Toledo First Weekend Art Walk
On February 2 and 3, from 11am to 5pm, the arts community of Toledo will be opening galleries and studios to celebrate “Passion” during First Weekend. This month the public will have the opportunity to collect, in the free Passport to Toledo Arts, a unique hand-carved stamp by Toledo artist Caroll Loomis. A different stamp is available each month during First Weekend and Passports may be picked up at the feature events or any time at any of the participating galleries and studios. More information is available online at www.toledoarts.info. First Weekend receptions at participating galleries and studios throughout Toledo will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 2 and 3, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
This month’s featured artist is Caroll Loomis. Caroll chose the month of February because it the theme would give her the opportunity to showcase her passion for the source of her inspiration, Nature and color. On display will be many colorful encaustic paintings and fine art gourds. Additionally, Caroll will be offering the public a free demonstration of the proper safety and setup for an encaustic studio at 1:00 pm on Saturday, Feb. 2. Guest artist Dwan Loomis will be showing her photographs, acrylic paintings, and mixed media creations inspired by her childhood in the rural community of Harlan. From Toledo, head east on Hwy. 20 and turn left on Sams Creek Rd. near mile post 15. Caroll Loomis Studio is located 1/4 mile up the road and is the first driveway on the left. For more information, call (541) 272-2235 or (541) 270-9172.
The following galleries and studios are also participating in First Weekend this month:
The Yaquina River Museum of Art presents a beautiful painting by Michael Gibbons that was recently gifted to the Museum’s Permanent Collection, “Winter Surf II,” a 30″ x 80″ oil painting of the sea. The Museum shows this new work with a selection from the Collection in the exhibit space. Just in time for Valentine’s Day gifts, a new selection of silk scarves by Paulette has arrived, along with exquisite jewelry by Sondra, and both are now showing in the Museum Gift Shop. Sweets for the sweet refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Museum, which will be open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm each day of First weekend and is open noon to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Please call the office for more information at (541) 336-1907. The museum is located in the Uptown Arts District, one block above Main Street in the “School House Exhibit Building” at 151 NE Alder Street, Toledo.
Gallery Michael Gibbons will be highlighting the creative process. As Jeffrey Breslow said, “The creation of art is the passion. The completion of art only ignites another creation.” Featured will be “Storm in the Santa Ritas,” a dramatic Southwest work of the artist seeking beauty in the desert near Nogales, Arizona. For Gibbons, the palette of colors used in this painting is quite different from the colors of the Northwest and all are invited to see this contrast in his paintings. Refreshments of tortillas and sangria will be served. The gallery will be open from 11:am-5:pm both days. The Signature Gallery of Michael Gibbons is located one block above Main St. in the Uptown Arts District, 140 NE Alder Street, Toledo (541)336-2797. For more information see MichaelGibbons.net
Ivan Kelly’s passion for painting is shown through his dedication to bringing out the very best in every canvas through his use of light, shadow, and depth. His compositions show the study that goes into each individual painting, from the beginnings of on-location or studio charcoal compositions, to the making of model animal statues for studies of light and shadow, to the end product of an original oil painting. Ivan’s passion for painting nature began in1972 in the Rocky Mountains, and Ivan will be celebrating the “Passion” theme by showcasing his new Northwest Rockies big game oil paintings, inspired by his Fall, 2012 painting tour through Glacier National Park in Canada and Yellowstone/Grand Tetons National Park, where an abundance of elk, bison, mountain sheep, and pronghorns roam. Included will be the oil painting, “Berry Picker,” which was featured in the international Wildlife Art Journal magazine. Also available will be Oregon coastal landscape oils. Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio invites the public to join in its celebration of the beginning of its 20th anniversary and enjoy art talk and light refreshments with Ivan, whose oil painting, “Sculptured by Pacific Storms,” is currently exhibited in Texas as part of a national public art museum exhibit tour. Hours are Saturday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, 12:30 – 5:00 pm. Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio is located in the Uptown Fine Art District at 207 East Graham Street. For more information, call (541)336-1124 or see www.ivankelly.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Becky Miller will be celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of her studio with Valentine treats and an exhibit that showcases her lifelong passion for drawing, with a studio full of pen and ink drawings and several sketchbooks full of life drawings. Additionally, the public will be invited to indulge its passion for fine ales, as Becky will be showing newly completed and in-progress paintings which will become labels for Twisted Snout Brewery’s forthcoming bottled ales. Samples of these hand-crafted ales will be part of the show. Finally, visitors will get a sneak peek at Becky’s newest kelp paintings – a subject that shows her greatest artistic passion – before they head to Ozone Fine Art in Newport for her featured show in March. Becky Miller Studio is located in Toledo’s Arts District at 167 NE 1st St. For more information, call (503) 504-7289 or see www.BeckyMillerArtist.com.