Toledo Welcomes August During First Weekend
As the warm summer days stretch out into the month of August, colors continue to bloom along the streets of Toledo. The vibrancy of the nature that surrounds the riverfront town meets with the art installations and galleries that Toledo is known for. 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 Schoolhouse Exhibit space continues its final installment of “Toledo Treasures.” The exhibit is a selection of thirteen works from the Permanent Collection which depict iconic views of buildings, roads, and landscapes found within Toledo. The artists featured in this exhibition represent a wide variety of styles and techniques used to interpret their subjects. From a random growth of native flowers or leaves of grass or from a Main Street corner building to the Georgia-Pacific Mill, these artists have found their inspiration almost anywhere. “Toledo Treasures” will be on display at the Museum’s Schoolhouse Exhibit space through August 14th. For more information, please visit yaquinarivermuseumofart.org
Across the street at Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery, original paintings by the late renowned artist will be on display for gallery-goers. On display for the month of August is “Summer Afternoon at Salishan,” a painting that perfectly captures a summer day by the seashore on the Oregon Coast. The foggy marine layer obscuring the blue sky with soft light as the sun still catches the waves making them glitter. See this painting and more during First Weekend at Gibbons’ Gallery located at 140 NE Alder Street. For more information on Michael Gibbons, please visit michaelgibbons.net
Just up the way on Graham Street, Ivan Kelly Studio & Gallery features Kelly’s coastal landscapes and maritime paintings. Kelly’s paintings often capture dramatic light across his scenes as shown in “Yaquina Cliffs.” The dawn scene glows as the sun casts its easterly light across the hills and rock formations, making the seawater reflect a green hue. Ivan Kelly is an awarded Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists since 2000. See his original works at Ivan Kelly Studio & Gallery located at 207 East Graham Street. For more information, visit ivankelly.com
Down on Main Street, Crow’s Nest Gallery and Studio will be featuring the works of fifteen artists. The gallery-space run by assemblage artist Janet Runger always features new and exciting works for viewers to see. Painter Veta Bakhtina’s work is shown prominently in the gallery and is a feast for the eyes. Her detailed pieces brings viewers along a journey, making admirers feel as though they’ve stepped into a fairytale. Janet Runger, features found object assemblage art; Alice Haga, fused glass; Val Bolen, tile and ceramic pieces; Paula Teplitz, sculptural jellyfish mobiles; Jeff Gibford, digitally manipulated photographs; Tish Epperson, watercolors; Sylvia Hosie, wildlife photography; 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.