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First Weekend Flies in Toledo

Surf Runners
Ivan Kelly

The small industrial-driven town of Toledo charms visitors with its railroads, logging history, and thriving arts community. Every month Toledo pays tribute to the local artists by celebrating First Weekend Toledo Art. Along with First Weekend for the month of July, the Art, Oysters, and Brews event at the corner of North Graham and South Main will continue on for its second month. First Weekend and Art, Oysters, and Brews invites art lovers and gallery goers to enjoy a weekend filled with art at all participating locations. Toledo will be celebrating First Weekend on July 3rd & 4th. Participating galleries still continue to follow the guidance provided by the Oregon Health authority to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Still Life
Bill Kucha

July’s First Weekend Feature is the new exhibition “Private Collection (Gibbons Trust)” now showing at the Yaquina River Museum of Art. The Private Collection exhibition is a show of select works from the art collection of the Michael and Judith Gibbons Trust. One painting that will be on display is “Still Life” by Bill Kucha. Kucha is among the best known and most admired artists on the Oregon Coast. A lifelong artist and educator, Bill received his bachelor of fine arts from Boston University in 1967 and his masters of fine arts from City University of New York in 1969. “Still Life” is a superb example of a brief period in the artist’s career that ventured away from the watercolors he was known for into oils. Along with his painted works, Kucha sculpts, writes poetry, and creates music. Yaquina River Museum of Art, located at 151 NE Alder Street, will be open throughout First Weekend from Noon-4PM.

Across the street, Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery will be featuring select works from the late artist’s paintings completed on location in Ireland and England. The featured painting “Famine Cottages” was a work Gibbons completed in Dingle, Ireland. The painting features the stone ruins of cottages along a windswept coastline. Famine cottages were built in the 19th century and garner their

Famine Cottages
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name from the families who lived in them during the Great Irish Famine. Due to the desolation of the town, Dingle was one of the hardest hit locations during the Great Famine. This work and many others will be on display at Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery, located at 140 NE Alder Street, during First Weekend from Noon-4PM.

Just a street over, Ivan Kelly’s Studio & Gallery will be displaying “Surf Runners,” a piece depicting wild horses on a morning gallop through the incoming surf. Kelly is an award winning artist known for his coastal landscapes and big game works. See “Surf Runners” and his other coastal works at his studio located at 207 E Graham Street. Ivan Kelly Studio & Gallery will be open on July 3rd from 11AM-4PM and July 4th from 12PM-4PM.

Morning Crow
Veta Bakhtina

Down on Main Street, along with the Art, Oysters, and Brews event, Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio will be displaying the works of fifteen artists. Among the artists, Janet Runger, the founder of Crow’s Nest, will be featuring her storybook found object assemblage art. Alice Haga will be showing her fused glass works. Val Bolen, a tile and ceramic artist, will be displaying her pieces. Paula Teplitz, a 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. Tish Epperson will be displaying her vivid watercolor works. Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio is located at 305 N. Main Street in Toledo. Crow’s Nest will be open from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday and Sunday.

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