Toledo Rings In the Holidays during First Weekend Art Celebration
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 November 6th & 7th. 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 November, the first weekend feature is the opening of “Promise” an Annual Holiday Show, and the book launch of “Painting in Nature,” a fine art book of the late Michael Gibbons’ work, at the Yaquina River Museum of Art.
Featured this year in “Promise” will be the exhibition of authentic original Ikons by modern ikon writers as well as antiquated Greek and Russian Orthodox ikon writers from the 18th and 19th centuries. Ikonography is an ancient form of art that involves the conscious duplication of medieval types and imagery from Early Christianity.
Along with featured Icons from private collections, some works available for sale to the public, modern Ikons written by Bobby Love, a local ikonographer, will be on display. Bobby Love is an artist working from his studio in South Beach. Working primarily as a tattooer and applied artist from 1991-2007, he became well-versed in a variety of mediums and techniques. In 2008, Love was granted the opportunity to live and study art as a monk in a Benedictine monastery. During the years that followed he focused his attention on the theology and sacred geometry of Byzantine iconography. Love was also strongly influenced by the Beuronese School of Art. After his departure from the cloister in 2018, he relocated to the Oregon Coast.
Love’s primary focus for the past several years has been statue restoration and Orthodox Christian Ikonography. See his work and other ikons in the Museum’s School House Exhibit Space.
During the opening reception for “Promise,” the Museum will be launching the fine art book of the late Michael Gibbons’ work “Painting in Nature.” Hand-bound versions of the book featuring silver leaf lettering will be available for sale at the Museum for $50 each. Collectors Limited Edition version of the book featuring gold leaf lettering are available for purchase at Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery for $125 each. See the rare Ikon exhibition and take a look at the newly published book of Gibbons’ work at the Yaquina River Museum of Art, located at 151 NE Alder Street, open throughout First Weekend from Noon-4PM. “Promise” the Annual Holiday Show will be on display at the Museum through January 23, 2022. For more information, please visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org.
Across the street the Signature Gallery of Michael Gibbons will be featuring “Dawn Near Eddyville,” a painting depicting a colossal spruce tree towering over a barn amidst the dewy morning hillside near Eddyville. In 2019 Michael connected with Patricia Plunkett Holler, one of the descendants of the homesteaders of the property, who saw his painting featured in an online article and instantly recognized the tree.
“My dad told me about how, when he was quite a small boy, he stood beside his grandfather and watched him plant a little spruce tree near the road that went by their land in Eddyville. That had to have happened right around year 1900.” Plunkett Holler said.
Patricia and her family have always felt a strong connection to that tree. The tree, now just over 120 years old, captured Gibbons’ attention on one of his many painting excursions along the Oregon Coast.
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
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.