First Weekend In Toledo
First Weekend returns to Toledo for the month of March to showcase the uniqueness of the small town and its vibrant arts community. This event on the first weekend of every month gives artists and visitors a chance to connect through a personal approach to art. Participating galleries still continue to follow the guidance provided by the Oregon Health authority to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Featured this month at the Yaquina River Museum of Art is Toledo Treasures – Eight Artist Interpretations. Thirteen selected works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection depict iconic views of buildings, roads, and landscapes found within this small mill town. This wide variety of subjects and media will be displayed within the Schoolhouse Exhibit Space. Also featured for March and April at the Museum is a fundraising raffle! Visitors can enter into the raffle for a chance to win a crystal set, art books, and other collectables. Included in the Toledo Treasures exhibit is “Toledo Mill” a pastel by Steve Bennett from Jacksonville, Oregon. Steve is a member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of West Coast, Pastel Society of Oregon, Watercolor Society of Oregon, Artist Workshop and Rogue Valley Critique Group. He is the winner of Gold Award Pastel Society of Oregon 2015. View his work and many others at the museum; located at 151 NE Alder Street, open Noon-4PM on Saturday and Sunday. Information: 541-336-1907 and please visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org.
Steve Bennett, “The Toledo Mill”
Across the street, the Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery will showcase the works of renowned Oregon artist, the late Michael Gibbons. A special spotlight will be given to one of his many works featuring award-winning irises at Schreiner’s Iris Gardens in his painting “The New And The Old.” The painting captures our often moody Oregon spring skies with the vivid hues of the blooming irises as a weathered barn stands watch. Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery is located at 140 NE Alder Street and will be open from Noon-4PM on First Weekend. Information: 541-336-2797 and please visit www.michaelgibbons.net.
The Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery will feature an oil painting entitled “Toledo Waterfront, Summer Evening”.
Ivan relates: “I painted this impression on a warm evening in June with the easel set up on a floating dock. Warm light on the boatyard and mill made a lovely contrast with the clouds that quickly flew across the hills beyond.” Many other paintings that depict local scenes are also available for viewing. His location is at 207 E Graham St, Toledo, OR 97391, open Noon-4PM on Saturday and Sunday. Information: 541-336-1124 and please visit www.ivankelly.com
On Main Street, Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio, now in a new location, will be showcasing the works of fifteen artists. Janet Runger, the founder of Crow’s Nest, will be featuring her Assemblage Art using found objects. Featured artist this month will be Val Bolen, a tile and ceramic artist. “I love to see how the light influences the glass. I am working on a series of sunflowers, which brings me joy and I want to make people happy through these pieces during these difficult times.” Also, Alice Haga will be showing her fused glass works; Paula Teplitz, primarily a ceramic and a mixed media artist, will be displaying her work such as her sculptural jellyfish mobiles; Jeff Gibford is a photographer who digitally manipulates his photography; and Tish Epperson will be displaying her vivid watercolor work. Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio is now located at 305 N. Main Street in Toledo. Information: 541.207.8088. Crow’s Nest will be open from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday and Sunday.