Carve Out Some Time for First Weekend Toledo Art
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. Stop by all participating locations on May 7 & 8 for a weekend of art.
Yaquina River Museum of Art –The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be opening “Sculpture and the Sea,” an invitational exhibit and sale with works from the Gibbons Trust Collection, the Museum’s Permanent Collection, and local artists. Included in the exhibition are sculptures by Martin Eichinger, Nano Lopez, Janet Runger, Jill Perry Townsend, Paddi Moyer, Julian Morillo, Mark deGraffenreid, Michael Magrath, and more. Nationally and internationally recognized, Martin Eichinger is a Portland-based sculptor who is considered one of the “Living Masters” by the Art Renewal Center. Also featured in the show is internationally accomplished sculptor Nano Lopez, known for his “Nanimals” – patterned and brightly painted animal sculptures, incorporating gears and other symbols of modern life. See their work and the works of many other prominent sculptors in this blockbuster exhibit. “Sculpture and the Sea” will be open from May 7 through June 30. A public reception will be held on the first weekend of June 4 & 5 from Noon-4PM. The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be open from Noon-4PM on Saturday and Sunday May 7 and 8. For more information on the artists featured in “Sculpture and the Sea,” please visit yaquinarivermuseumofart.org
Gallery Michael Gibbons – Across the Street, Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery will be featuring the plein air oil paintings of the late regional painter Michael Gibbons. On display is “A Path of Roses,” a verdant piece that was painted ala prima in the Portland Park Blocks on a warm summer day. The artist has chosen to show an empty path beside a life size bronze sculpture. It is almost as though one will travel with the mounted soldier together down the path of roses. See “A Path of Roses” and other original works of art at Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery located at 140 NE Alder Street, open both Saturday and Sunday from Noon-4PM. For more information on Michael Gibbons, please visit michaelgibbons.net
Ivan Kelly Studio & Gallery – Just around the block on Graham Street, Ivan Kelly Studio & Gallery will be welcoming gallery-goers on Saturday, May 7. For 40 years Ivan Kelly has painted the landscapes from the Canadian Rockies all the way to the high desert of New Mexico. Painted with energy and confidence, Kelly’s paintings are alive – each one with a unique mood, light and authentic sense of place. Known for his coastal landscapes and big game paintings, Kelly’s work encourages viewers to settle in the awe of true wilderness. See Ivan Kelly’s work and visit with the artist on May 7 from Noon-4PM at 207 East Graham Street. For more information on Ivan Kelly, please visit ivankelly.com
Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio – On Main Street, Crow’s Nest Studio & Gallery will feature the works of 15 local and regional artists. Shown in the studio space are the glittering fused glass pieces by Alice Haga. Haga transforms pieces of glass into jewel-tone works of art that take on new and often organic forms from floral subjects to animal portraits. “Every fused glass piece I make teaches me something new in my continual process of creating art.” Other featured artists at Crow’s Nest include founder and assemblage artist Janet Runger; art; Tish Epperson, watercolor; 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.