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First Weekend in Toledo – Coming Alive with a Vibrant Arts Community

On the first weekend of every month, the small coastal town of Toledo celebrates their vibrant arts community in a city-wide event at local galleries and studio. First Weekend is an opportunity for the public to connect and talk to their local artisans. First Weekend invites art lovers and gallery goers to enjoy a weekend filled with art at all participating locations. Toledo will be celebrating First Weekend on October 2nd & 3rd. Participating galleries still continue to follow the guidance provided by the Oregon Health authority to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

For the month of October, the first weekend feature is the art of Marion Moir at the Yaquina River Museum of Art. Moir is known for her iconic watercolor works of flowers, landscapes, puffins, sea life, and maritime scenes. Many of her paintings are done en plein air, or “in the open air” outside and on location. She has been a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon since 1981, and enjoys membership in other art groups in the western states. She has won numerous awards and grants for her work. She is also a book illustrator in California, Arizona, and Oregon and her paintings are in corporate collections worldwide.  Her original works and prints will be available for purchase at the Yaquina River Museum of Art throughout First Weekend. See Marion Moir’s work at Yaquina River Museum of Art, located at 151 NE Alder Street, open throughout First Weekend from Noon-4PM. For more information, please visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org

Across the street the Signature Gallery of Michael Gibbons will be featuring “A Pumpkin Patch,” an autumnal painting of the Connecticut countryside. Gibbons was a frequently featured artist in the Mystic Annual International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale, in 1994, 1998, 1999 and again in 2011 in Mystic, Connecticut. On one participatory trip to the exhibition, Michael set out to explore the state’s countryside to paint en plein air where he came across this welcoming scene of a New England cottage with a sprawling and prolific pumpkin patch before it. See this painting, and many other original plein air works at Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery at 140 NE Alder Street, open 12PM-4PM each day during First Weekend. For more information on Michael Gibbons, please visit www.michaelgibbons.net

Just a street over Ivan Kelly’s Studio &Gallery will be featuring “Horned Puffins.” A painting of the distinctive shorebirds that is truly representative of Kelly’s style. Ivan is known for his paintings of wildlife, coastal landscapes, and maritime scenes. Ivan Kelly is an awarded Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists since 2000. His oil paintings have been featured in numerous exhibitions and have received many awards. See his sweeping coastal landscapes and maritime paintings at his studio located at  207 E Graham Street. Ivan Kelly Studio & Gallery will be open on October 2nd  from 11AM-4PM and October 3rd  from 12PM-4PM. For more information, please visit www.ivankelly.com

Down on Main Street, Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio will be displaying the works of fifteen artists. Janet Runger, the founder of Crow’s Nest, will be featuring her whimsical found object assemblage art. Also featured at Crow’s Nest are the works of Alice Haga, Val Bolen, Paula Teplitz, Jeff Gibford, Veta Bahktina, and Tish Epperson. 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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