During the summer, the town of Toledo comes alive with art. The sidewalks are lined with the works of chalk artists, painters are out depicting the beauty of the river town, and hand-painted rocks can be found nestled in flowerbeds and perched in curious locations. Toledo has a long standing love of the arts and prides itself in taking a moment at the first weekend of each month to celebrate art. Join the town of Toledo during August 4th and 5th to discover new works of art around the town.
Michael Gibbons has often been asked if the colors in “Last Hurrah” are true to what he saw when painting the sunset in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson, Arizona. “I feel that this fleeting moment is akin to what we see here in the Green Flash sunset of the sea”, Gibbons said. “Very elusive and we better be concentrating and watching or we’ll miss it”. “Last Hurrah” is available along with a selection of original oil paintings in the artist’s Signature Gallery at 140 NE Alder St. in the Old 1926 Vicarage, (541) 336 2797. Stop by for Oregon wine and cheese refreshments August 4 and 5. Open most Wednesdays through Sunday from noon to 5:00pm. www.michaelgibbons.net or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
During First Weekend Art in August, Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio focus will be on Oregon Coastal oils. Ivan currently has 3 Oregon Coastal oil paintings showing thru September in the 25th annual Coos Maritime Art Exhibit located at the Coos Bay Art Museum. Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery will be open Saturday, 11 to 5pm and Sunday, 12 to 5pm. See www.ivankelly.com for more information.
Five new giclee print images of Michael Gibbons paintings from the Yaquina Traveling exhibit ranging in price from $35.-$75.are now available. When en plein air, Michael will come to a place that feels right to him, he’ll take a moment to pause and find a blasé of grass to touch. Gibbons feels he can almost hear the chorus of the different trees. “It’s a sense. You don’t hear words, per say. The language is right there. It’s a living being” he said. The School House Exhibit is located at 151 NE Alder St. and will be open for 1st Weekend noon to 5:00pm and free refreshments are offered by Friends of the Museum. Regular open hours are Wed.-Sun. noon to 4:00pm.
Frank Jones will be displaying his scenic photographs, photo cards, and displaying the works of the late Robert Coghill at Francyfolk Photos and Music. Jones, aka “Toledo’s Troubadour,” will be on hand daily with his guitar and singing voice to delight folk song aficionados. Francyfolk Photos and Music will be open from 10AM-4PM on Saturday and Sunday.
Janet Runger, owner of the newly opened Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio, will be showing her talents as an exceptional assemblage artist. Using found materials, Janet takes her audience into her world of dark whimsy. Viewers will find themselves discovering something new and enchanting the longer they gaze at her masterful sculptures. Wander through her gallery during First Weekend and see forgotten objects turned into treasure. Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio is located at 170 North Main Street, just across from Holy Toledo.
Just up the way, Gallery Briseño will continue to showcase the works of the late Sam Briseño. A prolific sculptor of scrap metal, Briseño’s work is well loved in the town of Toledo. Benches and massive sculptures serve as the town’s adornments, each piece a new landmark to discover. See his work around town and in Gallery Briseño during First Weekend at 355 Main Street. The gallery will be open Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-6PM.