Oregon (Toledo) Artist’s painting celebrated at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition in SFO Bay Area
OREGON WETLANDS SHOWING IN CALIFORNIA
Provided by Artist Michael Gibbons
Michael Gibbons, artist living and working in Toledo, has received notice that his painting “Wetlands and Cow Parsley”, 12” x 24”, oil, has been juried into the Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Regional Exhibition opening with a reception for artists on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 4:00 – 7:00pm at the Lee Youngman Galleries, 1316 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, California. Award winners will be announced during the Artist’s Reception. Gibbon’s work was one of 97 paintings selected from over 900 submissions. A preview of the show will be held for the public October 5, 6, & 7 at the gallery. A Collectors and Artist dinner will be held October 7 in the Barrel Room at Cuvaison Winery and reservations may be made at the gallery. Demonstration painting events by artists will be held all three days prior to the opening of the event. Artists in the show will also have the opportunity to paint in pre-arranged vineyard locations of the wine growing area.
Michael Gibbons painted “Wetlands and Cow Parsley” on Whalen Island at the Clay Myers Wildlife Refuge located just north of Pacific City. As a note of interest, Clay Myers, 1927-2004, former Secretary of the State of Oregon, became a close friend of the artist when the two discovered their mutual interest in the town of Tubac through purchase of homes in the area. The artist paints several times a year in the Pacific City location as he finds the natural landscape of great interest and he is grateful to be uninterrupted in his train of thought because of the relative isolation of the spot. The area backs up with tidal waters and is quite marshy. Gibbons finds the juxtaposition of the Coastal Mountain Range and the forested edges incredibly beautiful especially when the wildflowers of summer are blooming in the foreground as in “Wetlands and Cow Parsley”. In 1997 and again in 2002, Michael Gibbons, a Signature Member of the OPA, Chicago, Illinois, won the major Award of Excellence at Oil Painters of America exhibitions.