Summer shows off the vibrancy of the small town of Toledo, from the blooming flowers along the sidewalks to the art splashed across the industrial town. The local arts community of Toledo is a significant presence on the coast, with galleries and studios dotted throughout the town. On the first weekend of every month, the arts community opens its doors to visitors and art lovers to give a behind the scenes view of their works and see what’s new. Stop by all participating locations on June 4th and 5th and take a look.
The inspired “Sculpture and the Sea” exhibit continues at the Yaquina River Museum of Art with its official opening reception during June’s First Weekend event. “Sculpture and the Sea” is an invitational exhibit and sale with works from the Michael Gibbons Trust Collection, the Museum’s Permanent Collection, and regional, national, and internationally recognized 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. Art talks by Jill Perry Townsend and Janet Runger will happen both Saturday and Sunday from 1-3PM. See this remarkable show and listen to two of the featured artists talk about their sculptural process while enjoying complimentary wine and refreshments. “Sculpture and the Sea” will be open from May 7ththrough June 30th . For more information on the artists featured in “Sculpture and the Sea,” please visit yaquinarivermuseumofart.org
Across the street at Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery original oil paintings by the late regional painter will be on display. A focus for this month will be “Quiet Moorage,” a plein air work along the bay in Panama City, Florida. The painting draws the viewer into a gentle scene along the docks, peering through the branches of the verdant live oak trees of the region. Gibbons’ works often celebrate these contemplative moments, pausing to appreciate the beauty of nature surrounding us. See “Quiet Moorage” and other original works painted en plein air locally and around the world 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
On the next block, Ivan Kelly Studio and Gallery will be welcoming visitors from Noon to 4PM Saturday and Sunday. On display is “Morning Over the Flood Marsh,” an oil depicting a local estuarine scene with the dawning sun glowing through the mist on a congregation of buffleheads. “I love the qualities and effects of light on my chosen subjects, be it a meadow, an ocean beach, a Teton peak or on the coat of an elk in the early dawn.” Says Kelly. Ivan is a nationally recognized artist and has been a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists since 2000. See more of his original works at 207 East Graham Street during First Weekend. For more information on Ivan Kelly, please visit ivankelly.com
Along Main Street Crow’s Nest Gallery and Studio is a treasure trove for art lovers, featuring the works of 15 local and regional artists from sculpture and fused glass to painting and photography. Floating among the sculptural pieces include Susan Jones’ woven reed jellyfish. After taking a break from basket weaving due to surgery, Jones started a new basket project – halfway through, she flipped the basket upside down and remarked that it looks very similar to a jellyfish. Calling them “Magical Medusa” baskets, these woven sculptures flow through an open room in grand organic form. 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; Veta Bakhtina, oil paintings; and Alice Haga, fused glass. 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.