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Toledo goes off the artistic high dive into April

Toledo’s First Weekend “Springs” Into April

Along the streets of Toledo, you’ll find that the small mill town integrates art and industry seamlessly. Train cars are the backdrop for sculptural works along the riverfront, and mosaics are laced among the scenes of Main Street. For Toledo, the arts community is integral to the town’s iconic views. Every month, Toledo showcases the arts during First Weekend. This event on the first weekend of every month gives artists and visitors a chance to connect through a personal approach to art. First Weekend returns to Toledo for the month of April to showcase the uniqueness of the small town and its vibrant arts community on Friday April 2nd and Saturday April 3rd for Easter weekend.  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 “View Down Graham Street” a watercolor by John Hewitt from Mendocino, California. Hewitt is a well-known watercolor painter and teacher. He has taught since the 1980s at College of the Redwoods and, for the past 15 years, the Pacific Union College Summer School of Art, a college credit course in painting. His paintings have been juried into over 140 prominent watercolor society exhibits, winning over 30 awards. View his work and many others at the museum; located at 151 NE Alder Street, open Noon-4PM Friday through Sunday. Information: 541-336-1907 and please visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org.

Across the street from the archives studio of Gallery Michael Gibbons: A “Daylight Moon” often occurs in early Fall and Michael Gibbons considered himself lucky enough to catch just such an image in this 13”x 13” painting on canvas of an out-building encased in trees and bushes in the Oregon countryside on October 16, 1981. Painters are often considered historical recorders and this particular painting attests to the artist’s skill of capturing a little seen view of the moon and sun.  Framed in a unique hand built frame, this painting is shown and available at his Signature Gallery in Toledo. Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery is located at 140 NE Alder Street and will be open from Noon-4PM Friday through Sunday. Information: 541-336-2797 and please visit www.michaelgibbons.net

The Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery will feature an oil painting entitled “Morning over the flood marsh.”

Kelly describes the idyllic landscape as “A familiar scene [that] takes on magic and mystery during a misty dawn as the sunlight flows across the receding floodwaters and the remaining stocks of winter’s marsh grass.” Many other paintings that depict local scenes are also available for viewing.  His location is at 207 E Graham St, Toledo, OR 97391, open 11AM – 4PM on Friday and Saturday. 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 Friday through Sunday.

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