Story from Artist Becky Miller, Toledo
Caroll Loomis to Open Art Studio for “Passion” Show During First Weekend
On February 2 and 3, the public will have a rare opportunity to visit the studio of Caroll Loomis, who is this month’s featured artist in Toledo ’s First Weekend Art event. Caroll, who is a member of the Osage tribe, is a native of Lincoln County , where she has shown her creative contemporary native American artwork for more than thirty years. She has carved a unique stamp for visitors’ “Passport to Toledo Arts” and her show will be highlighting her passion for nature’s colors and textures. This passion is on display in every fine art gourd, intricately woven and beaded basket, and encaustic painting that she produces.
Caroll’s studio is a veritable artist’s playground, nestled in a gorgous clearing in the forest at the base of the Coast Range , between the Siletz and Yaquina rivers. A wood stove keeps it toasty warm and her Airedale, Ruby, makes for good company. At the front is a small gallery. Beyond that is the studio workspace, filled with shelves and tables laden with bins of various natural fibers and gourds, pots of colored waxes, trays of beads and shells, and cups of brushes. The walls provide storage for bundles of brightly dyed reeds. Her joy in the creative pursuits is evident everywhere you look.
Caroll’s daughter-in-law, Dwan Loomis, will be her guest artist for the weekend. Like Caroll, Dwan grew up in a family of artists and bubbles with enthusiasm about her creative pursuits. Her exposure to family members involved in fashion design, graphic design, photography, and mixed media work has clearly influenced her paintings, which sparkle with life. Dwan’s paintings and mixed media pieces are rarely exhibited and are a must-see for the weekend.
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. Refreshments will be served. To get to Caroll Loomis Studio, head east on Hwy. 20 from Toledo and turn left on Sams Creek Rd. near mile post 15. The 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.