The Yaquina River Museum in Toledo invites you to a SWEET 1st Weekend of local art February 3 & 4.. This month, oil painter Ivan Kelly will be the featured artist of the event. Kelly, a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists since 2000, started his painting career in 1972 after emigrating from North Ireland to Western Canada. Under the mentorship of prolific landscape painter Robert Lougheed, Ivan learned to capture the beauty of the West. Now, as a well-established artist living on the Oregon Coast, Ivan continues to illustrate the landscapes which surround him.
Join Ivan in his Studio Gallery at 207 East Graham Street this First Weekend for a showing of “Incoming at Rocky Creek”, a painting which depicts a December morning at Rocky Creek State Park as warm sunlight moves across the green, drops down the basalt cliffs and lights the spindrift of an incoming monster wave. A symphony of sunlight, motion, noise and power all in an instant. The Studio Gallery will be offering complimentary refreshments and talks with the artist on Saturday, February 3rd, from 11AM-5PM and on Sunday, February 4th, from Noon-5PM. For more information, visit www.ivankelly.com or call (541) 336-1124.
On Alder Street, Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery will be welcoming visitors. Michael Gibbons has captured a favorite scene of the Northwest; a pristine view of the Coast Range Mountains fir trees with a sparkling Beaver Creek meandering through meadow grass. The site is often thought of as remote, but in reality, those living here know similar beauty is found easily on logging roads and trails of the Northwest. Using an intensely muted palette, Gibbons offers this little gem of an oil painting that he painted on site. You are invited to his Signature Gallery in the Old 1926 Vicarage, 140 NE Alder St., Toledo. Stop by for a complimentary glass of Oregon wine; Vicarage blend gourmet coffee and Tillamook cheeses from Noon to 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday of 1st Weekend. Visit with the nationally recognized artist and founder of the Yaquina River Museum of Art, a non-profit dedicated to bringing art to the community. The regular Gallery hours are Wed.- Sun. Noon to 5:00pm. Please visit www.michaelgibbonsart.net . Michael Gibbons work is also shown at Michael Parsons Fine Arts Gallery, 716 SW Madison, Portland, OR 97205 MPARSONS20@hotmail.com for more information.
Across from Gallery Michael Gibbons, the Yaquina River Museum of Art located in the 1887 School House will be offering sweet deals on art books in their gift shop with 25 – 50% discount on all art books! The Permanent Collection Exhibition will be putting a special spotlight on Jack Wenstrom’s remarkable watercolor of the old Sylvia Beach Hotel. Yaquina Traveling Exhibit DVD’s, prints, and giclee prints are also featured along with four original paintings by painter Michael Gibbons completed in the Yaquina Watershed. Joining the Museum again for First Weekend is composer and pianist Gabriel Salcedo who will be playing music on keyboard for sweethearts in the Schoolhouse. Gabriel will be offering CDs of his music through his company, True Love Music. Volunteers at the Museum will serve chocolates & wine to gallery-goers. The Museum will be open both days from Noon-4PM. Regular open hours are Wed.-Sun. noon to 4:00pm. For more information, visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org.
On Main Street Frank Jones will be featuring his photography and playing live music at Francyfolk Photos and Music. Francyfolk, located at 227 S Main Street, will be open both days from 10AM-4PM.
Just a short walk up Main Street, Gallery Briseno will be featuring the metal works of the late Sam Briseno. Sam’s creative legacy is a prominent attribute to the identity of Toledo. His iconic sculptures adorn the street of the town in the form of benches, weather vanes, and abstract works of art. Stop in at Gallery Briseno to see his art and the works of other artisans during First Weekend at 355 Main Street from 11 am to 6 pm both days.