First Weekend Features the Yaquina Watershed in Toledo
Every month Toledo celebrates the arts during First Weekend Toledo Art Celebration. The two-day event gives artists and galleries around town an opportunity to open their doors and invite the public to visit, talk with artists and see what’s new. First Weekend Toledo Art will be ushering in the month of June on the 1st and 2nd with enchanting art displays.
The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be giving a special feature on “Yaquina: A Traveling Exhibit.” The traveling exhibit is the crown jewel for the Museum and its mission to preserve, make public and promote an appreciation of the artistic expressions of the land and people of the Yaquina River watershed. The exhibit features 45 plein air paintings by regional artist Michael Gibbons from locations in the watershed. “Yaquina” offers a visual documentation of the beauty, history, health and viability of the Yaquina Watershed. Through experiencing these poetic landscape interpretations, a benchmark is offered for sustaining this significant environment for forests, fish and wildlife.
“I paint whatever moves me,” Michael Gibbons says, “When I’m painting in nature, it is the divine experience of the land that feeds my inspiration.”
The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be featuring the DVD “Yaquina: A Painted Voice for a Sacred Landscape” as well as limited edition giclee prints of 5 paintings selected from the exhibition. The full exhibition will be on display at the LaSells Stewart Center on Oregon State University’s main campus in Corvallis from June 1st through July 12th. The Yaquina Rive Museum of Art, located at 151 NE Alder Street, will be open from Noon-4PM on Saturday and Sunday during First Weekend.
Across the street, Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery will be featuring “A Path of Roses”, a painting done in the Portland Park Blocks on a warm summer day using a painting technique called “ala prima” which refers to a method of painting in which the artist applies wet paint to already administered layers of wet paint. Michael Gibbons chose to show an empty path beside a life size bronze sculpture. It is almost as though one will travel with the mounted soldier hero together down the path of roses. Not often would the phrase ” A Path of Roses” be related to a war and perhaps the artist wishes to show the irony of it. Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery will only be open Sunday, June 2nd during First Weekend from 11AM-5PM and will offer complimentary wine and refreshments.
Ivan Kelly Gallery & Studio will be displaying “Wild Horse Skies” a painting featuring grazing horses on a rugged beach landscape. Ivan Kelly, a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, is also known for his detailed depictions of wildlife and big game. The artist will be on hand to talk about his work from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday at 207 East Graham Street.
On Main Street, Frank Jones will be featuring his music and photography at Francyfolk Photos & Music. Jones, also known as “Toledo’s Troubadour,” will be on hand from 10 am to 4 pm each day to delight folk song aficionados with his guitar and singing voice. Francyfolk Photos & Music is located at 227 South Main Street.
Across from Holy Toledo, Janet Runger will be featuring her talents as an assemblage artist at Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio. Wander through her gallery during First Weekend and see forgotten objects turned into treasures. Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio is located at 170 North Main Street.