Sunset Near the Oregon Coast – John Hewitt
On the first weekend of every month, Toledo takes the opportunity to celebrate their local arts community. First Weekend is an opportunity for artists and the general public to meet and have a look at what’s new within the town’s galleries and studios.
At the Yaquina River Museum of Art the Founder’s Sale Show has been extended another month for the general public to view. The Founder’s Show features art from the Museum’s private collection of artists who first started the Yaquina River Museum of Art. Displayed on the Museum’s walls is “Sunset Near the Oregon Coast,” a dramatic watercolor landscape by John Hewitt, who gifted this work to the Museum in 2015. John Hewitt lived in Toledo with his wife Judy and daughter Jacqueline for three years. At the time his art was secondary to his profession as an Emergency Room doctor at both the Samaritan Hospitals in Newport and Corvallis. Post-retirement, John Hewitt now paints full time. Hewitt’s love of art and painting comes from a life-long exposure to art from his family who boast over 5 working artists within. John is adept at painting en plein air and setting up to do demonstrations for the public to see his process in real time. He and his family have returned to Ft. Bragg, California where he shows his work, and always finds something new to learn in his artistic career. For more information about the art of John Hewitt, please visit johnhewittart.com. See this painting and other works of art by the Museum’s founding artists at the Yaquina River Museum of Art’s School House Exhibit Space located at 151 NE Alder Street. For more information, please visit yaquinarivermuseumofart.org
Across the street at Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery, “Thistle Dew View” will be featured during First Weekend. The late regional artist Michael Gibbons painted this work on site in Corvallis on a flower farm. Gibbons particularly liked to paint crops. He was in his element with the layout of the flowers growing in curving rows as he related to the colors growing in nature. Among crop subjects, he was known to paint hay bales or “stoucks” as they are called when in the Norfolk area of England, and the iris fields in Schreiner’s Gardens each year. Some of his most striking paintings were of poppy fields near Silverton, Oregon and in the Cotswolds of England – which he would seek to paint as often as he could throughout the growing season. To learn more about the work of Michael Gibbons (1943-2020), please go to michaelgibbons.net. Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery is located at 140 NE Alder Street.
On Main Street, Crow’s Nest Studio & Gallery will feature the works of 15 local and regional artists. Adorning the walls of the space are the chromatic watercolors of Tish Epperson. Epperson’s world of whimsical characters are shown throughout her works and make viewers feel as though they are entering into another fantastical world. Other featured artists at Crow’s Nest include founder and assemblage artist Janet Runger; art; Alice Haga, fused glass; Val Bolen, tile and ceramic pieces; Paula Teplitz, sculptural jellyfish mobiles; Jeff Gibford, digitally manipulated photographs; Sylvia Hosie, photography; Yelizaveta Bhaktina, oil paintings; and Susan Jones, woven fiber jellyfish. 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.