Toledo is a town where whose personality is defined by the bridging of art and industry. Wandering the streets of Toledo one can see the flourishing logging, milling, and maritime industries in full force as well as the beauty of metal-work sculptures, mosaic murals, and galleries dotting the sidewalks. As the town prepares for their Annual Wooden Boat Show, artists show off their pride in the local maritime industry in their own creative ways during this month’s First Weekend Toledo Art Celebration. Toledo will be celebrating First Weekend on August 3rd & 4th at participating gallery locations.
Featured during this month’s First Weekend Art Celebration is Michael Gibbons’ painting “Beaver” a depiction of Ralph Criteser’s boat tied up at his Moorage along the Yaquina River. Gibbons has made the Yaquina Watershed and the people who live in it his artistic focus for the past 35 years. Join the artist in his Signature Gallery during First Weekend and enjoy works of original art as well as complimentary Oregon wine and cheese. Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery, located at 140 NE Alder Street, will be open from Noon-4PM on both Saturday and Sunday. Learn more about Michael’s work at www.michaelgibbos.net
Across the street, the Yaquina River Museum of Art will continue their feature on the Yaquina Exhibit, as well as their exhibit of works from their Permanent Collection that focus on the town of Toledo. Stop by the Museum and check out the limited edition Giclee prints of selected works from the Yaquina Exhibit and enjoy complimentary refreshments provided by the Friends of the Museum. The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be open Saturday and Sunday from Noon-4PM. Learn more about the Yaquina Exhibit at www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org
Just a block away on Graham Street, Ivan Kelly will be featuring “Toward Cape Foulweather”, a scene that captures the beautiful desolation of Oregon’s beaches. Ivan Kelly is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists. Ivan Kelly Studio & Gallery, located at 207 East Graham Street, will be open 11AM-5PM on Saturday, and from Noon-5PM on Sunday. For more information, please visit www.ivankelly.com
On Main Street, Frank Jones his will be displaying his coastal and maritime landscape photography all while entertaining guests with guitar and vocals. Francyfolk Photos and Music, located at 227 S Main Street, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Just across the street from Francyfolk new artist Michael Hicks will be featuring his graphite drawings and watercolor works. Art lovers can see his beautiful depictions of nature, portraiture, and more at his gallery space located at 240 South Main Street from 10AM-5PM both days.
Further down the street, Janet Runger will be showcasing her unique assemblage art at Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio. Visitors will have the opportunity to peruse her popular magnets, cards and original works of art. Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio, located at 170 N Main Street, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.