Toledo is the quintessential Americana town known for its industry and thriving arts community. First Weekend Toledo Art is the town’s monthly celebration of the arts that occurs on the first weekend of each month. First Weekend gives an opportunity for the public to talk with artists and stay up to date with their work. Art lovers are encouraged to visit participating locations this first weekend on November 3rd and 4th and discover something new.
The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be hosting an opening reception for their newest exhibit “Board Members Collect”. The exhibition will feature works from the personal collection of the Museum’s board members.
“I’ve been collecting fine art since 1980.” Steve Beck, a member of the organization’s board explained. “My mentors were gallery owners, museum directors and the artists themselves. The best advice I’ve received was from Robert Neuhaus, whose father was the Dean of Art at UC Berkeley from 1920 through the 40’s. I approached Robert, a museum curator and gallery owner at that time, to authenticate two pieces painted by his father. He advised me to look at all the art I could; to study the palette, the brush strokes, the composition. He said to sharpen my eye, not only to the work I liked, but the quality of work.” Steve Beck will be giving a talk on collecting art on Saturday and Sunday from 2PM-3PM both days.
The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be offering gallery-goers refreshments and complimentary wine during First Weekend. The Museum will be open from Noon-4PM on November 3rd and 4th. For more information, visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org
Across the street, Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery will be featuring “Vineyard Landscape”. The landscape was painted en plein air in Silverton, Oregon, a town located on the eastern edge of the Willamette Valley. The Willamette region is internationally recognized for its exceptional vineyards, growing some of the world’s best wine grapes. This painting was recently chosen by the Flying Dutchman Winery to display on the label of their Artist Series 2013 Oregon Syrah, which was aged for 5 years in oak barrels. The wine will be officially released on November 20th, where a reception will follow. The 2013 Oregon Syrah will be a limited edition run with 168 cases, totaling 7,500 extra-heavy bottles with wax seals. Those interested in ordering a bottle of Syrah will have the opportunity to do so on the winery’s site: www.dutchmanwinery.com and those interested in the purchase of the original painting “Vineyard Landscape” can contact the artist at MichaelGibbonsArt@charter.net.
Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery will be open from 11AM-5PM on Saturday and Sunday. Complimentary refreshments will be offered. Contact the gallery at (541) 336-2797 for more information.
On Graham Street, Ivan Kelly will be displaying “Backlight Seal Rock” a 12-by 24-inch painting showing an intriguing scene of gulls on a luminous beach. Kelly was awarded “Best of Show” during this year’s plein air competition. Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery will be open from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and from noon to 5 pm on Sunday at 207 E. Graham Street, with light refreshments on offer.
Along Main Street, Frank Jones will be displaying his landscape and urban photography, photo cards and showcasing the works of the late Robert Coghill, an abstract artist who spent his final years in Siletz — all while entertaining guests with guitar and vocals. Francyfolk Photos and Music, located at 227 South Main Street, will be open from 10 am to 4 pm both days.
Further down Main Street, Janet Runger will be showcasing new additions to her unique assemblage art at Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio. Art lovers getting started on early holiday shopping will have the opportunity to peruse her popular magnets, cards, and original works of art for potential gifts. Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio, located at 170 North Main Street, will be open from 10AM-5PM on Saturday and Sunday.
At Gallery Briseño, owner Deanne Dunlap will be featuring the works of the late Sam Briseño as well as photography by the late Scott Blackman, artisanal crafts by Sandy Blackman, and fairy houses by John Crawford. Gallery Briseño is located at 359 North Main Street and will be open from 11AM-6PM on both days. For more information, contact the gallery at (541) 336-1315.