TOLEDO FIRST WEEKEND – May 1st & 2nd
CONTACT: Judy Gibbons (541) 336-2797 firstname.lastname@example.org
YRMA EXHIBIT: “Dune Patina” by Dee Boyles
IVAN KELLY STUDIO: “Lupin & Driftwood, Beverly Beach” by Ivan Kelly
MICHAEL GIBBON’S GALLERY: “Vineyard Landscape” by Michael Gibbons
FIRST WEEKEND: “Misled” by Janet Runger
May’s First Weekend Blooms in Toledo
Every month, Toledo showcases the arts during First Weekend. This event on the first weekend of every month is an opportunity for gallery goers to talk to local artists and connect on a personal level with their work. First Weekend starts off the month of May with new and exciting shows from local galleries, studios, and museum on May 1st and 2nd. Participating galleries still continue to follow the guidance provided by the Oregon Health authority to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The month’s First Weekend Feature is the assemblage art of Janet Runger at Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio. Using found materials, Janet takes her audience into her world of fantastical creation. Viewers will find themselves discovering something new and enchanting the longer they gaze at her masterful sculptures. Explore her sculptural art this First Weekend and see forgotten objects turned into treasure. Also featured at Crow’s Nest are the works of Val Bolen, Alice Haga, Paula Teplitz, Jeff Gibford, and Tish Epperson. . 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.
“Dune Patina” by Dee Boyles
On Alder Street, the Yaquina River Museum of Art will be opening Part 2 of their Permanent Collection features. Included in this exhibition are new additions and reframed works that will be shown to the public for the first time within the Schoolhouse Exhibit space. Highlighting this exhibition are watercolors by C.E.S. John, Dick VanRyper, and two limited edition prints by Michael Gibbons. Marilyn Murdoch, of Murdoc Collections Gallery in Portland, has gifted the collection with a 1988 oil painting “Reflections of Hot Lake” which represents an early Gibbons’ style of quick and gestural brush strokes, capturing the natural vegetation during a hot October day at a location 10 miles from LaGrande Oregon. Also for first time viewing, a unique oil painting by David McCosh from the 1960s, is an example of the highly original Oregon landscapes he explored with a directness and sense of personal discovery. YRMA is proud to show this selection where restoration and framing expenses have been provided through donations from its membership. The Additions to the Permanent Collection Exhibit exhibits from April 23rd to June 27th at the Schoolhouse located at 151 NE Alder Street, open every weekend from 12PM-4PM. For more information, please visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org or call (541) 336-1907.
Across the street from the Yaquina River Museum of Art, Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery will have a special spotlight on “Vineyard Landscape.” Selected by Flying Dutchman Winery, Otter Rock, Oregon to be the Limited Edition Label for an exquisite 2013 OREGON SYRAH ; this painting features a dramatic background of wind blown trees for which Gibbons was noted and the foreground registers warm rich earth tones of “grape” country here in Oregon. Flying Dutchman has aged this SYRAH for 7 years and now offers it to the public. Find more information on the wine at www.dutchmanwinery.com and on Michael Gibbons’ art at www.michaelgibbons.net . Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery is located at 140 NE Alder Street and is open every weekend from 12PM-4PM.
Further down the street from Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery, Ivan Kelly will be featuring his iconic big game paintings, maritime works, and sweeping coastal landscapes. Featured works include “Lupin & Driftwood, Beverly Beach” a moody springtime depiction of the rugged coast with a beam of sunshine glinting off of the freshly bloomed lupin. Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery, located at 207 E Graham Street, will be open on May 1st from 11AM-4PM and May 2nd from 12PM-4PM. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/IvanKellyGallery.