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First Weekend in Toledo!

Here is a sampling of what will be offered during February’s First Weekend Toledo:
The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be open on Saturday and Sunday, the 4th and 5th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. Through February 27, the Museum art collection is celebrating its donors. Curator Michael Gibbons has selected 10 works of art from the Permanent Collection to be shown the
month of February. The key painting “California Coast Farm,” is a watercolor, 21½” x 28½” by John Hewitt, an artist who lived and worked in Toledo in the past. It depicts a scene on the Northern California coast. Gibbons states, “Hewitt uses great skill in transforming the landscape through his medium of watercolor into an image of contemporary times.” Through the generosity of donor Don Weller, past Chairman of the Museum Board, funding was received to purchase the painting from the artist and is now in the Permanent Museum Collection. Also to be shown is work by artists Jack Wenstrom, Don Prechtel, Ivan Kelly, Jacqueline Hewitt, Ed Young, and five others. Light refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Museum.
Yaquina River Museum of Art
Uptown Arts District One Block above Main Street
“School House Exhibit Building”
151 NE Alder Street, Toledo (541) 336-1907

Attached photo above: Michael Gibbons (on left), YRMA Museum Curator, and Don Weller (on right), Past Chairman of Museum Board and Owner of Ona Beach B&B, South Beach, shown gifting a painting by John Hewitt, artist formerly from Toledo, to the Yaquina River Museum of Art in 2007.

Gallery Michael Gibbons will be open on Saturday the 4th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday the 5th from noon to 6:00 pm. Oregon wine and cheese reception with the artist. Gallery Michael Gibbons continues to focus on Spring and the beauty Gibbons has found in the exquisite flower gardens at internationally known Schreiner’s Iris Garden, Gervais. Each year the artist eagerly awaits notification from the Schreiner family that all is abloom to travel with paints and easel to make his work on location. Spending up to 3 days working en plein air, Gibbons has painted many scenes including out in the fields where row upon row of color blocks tease the eye. As with so many of Gibbons paintings, “Schreiner’s First Show Garden,” 15″x15″ oil, which depicts one of three locations for the public to walk in, shows the artist’s need to find a “way” or “path” into the scene he has just painted. Join Michael Gibbons at his gallery to see and discuss the work he creates.
Gallery Michael Gibbons
One block above Main St. in Uptown Arts District
The Signature Gallery of Michael Gibbons
140 NE Alder Street, Toledo (541)336-2797
www.michaelgibbons.net

Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio will be open for the weekend from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday the 4th and from 12:30 – 5:00 pm on Sunday the 5th. Ivan has been expanding his Big Game oil series from this past Fall’s painting trip to the high desert of Southeastern Oregon. He first started painting on location in the Rocky Mountains and his love for big animals and mountains continue. Also on exhibit will be Coastal Oregon Landscapes. Enjoy light refreshments and art talk with Ivan, whose oil painting “Sculptured by Pacific Storms,” is currently exhibited in an art museum tour in Mobile, Alabama, at the Mobile Museum of Art.
Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio
Uptown Art District
207 East Graham Street, Toledo
541-336 1124 www.ivankelly.com / info@ivankelly.com

Becky Miller’s new studio/gallery will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday 4th and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, the 5th. Since moving out of Skybound Art Gallery in November, Becky has been preparing her new space in the Toledo Arts District. She has several new paintings of kelp in progress. These unique paintings blend realistic detail with abstract design. Additionally, Becky will have on hand for sale autographed copies of the book, “While Science Sleeps,” which she illustrated and edited. Light refreshments will be served.
Becky Miller Studio/Gallery
167 NE 1st Street in Toledo
Facebook: “Becky Miller, Artist”
(503) 504-7289 or beckymillerartist@yahoo.com

“Metamorphosis of Light,” an 8 X 10 photograph printed on canvas. It was captured at Nye Beach in Newport, Oregon.

Lastlight Photography in the Cottage Gallery will be open from noon to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, the 4th and 5th. Join Robert Trusty for light refreshments and view his original photographs of landscapes, seascapes and vineyards.
Lastlight Photography in the Cottage Gallery
157 NE Alder Street in the Toledo Arts District

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