On April 6 and 7, the Toledo arts community is “Going Green.” The artists located in the Uptown Arts District one block above Main Street have special shows planned for the weekend, each with their own interpretation of the theme.
The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be showing a select number of paintings from the Musuem Permanent Collection. The YRMA was founded in 2002 by Michael and Judith Gibbons with the express purpose to leave a legacy of art to the community. The mission of the Musuem includes creation and preservation of an exhibition environment and focus on works of art generated by and about the land and people of the Yaquina River watershed region. To that end, much of the Permanent Collection has been generated from artists who have worked, temporarily lived or passed through this area. Many artists from the Toledo community are represented in the Collection.
The YRMA is always seeking art and the volunteer curator, Michael Gibbons, welcomes a conversation with anyone interested in exploring the possibility. Volunteers are most welcome for the open days. Please contact Rosa Decembrini, Office Manager. Museum hours are Wed.-Sun. noon-4 pm. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Musuem, which will be open from 11 to 5 each day of First Weekend and is open noon to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday. The School House (Circa 1887) Exhibit and Office space is located at 151 NE Alder Street in the Uptown Arts District. For more information, call (541) 336-1907 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gallery Michael Gibbons is featuring “Quiet Refuge,” a 15″x18″ oil painting that was painted en plein air (in the big air) in Lake Oswego, OR. A public garden now turned private beckoned to artist Michael Gibbons and others to catch “Spring” through their art, much as we look for a change of season in April every year.
The “greening” of the landscape is a particularly joyous time for Gibbons, as he loves nothing better than being outside to capture the changing colors on panel and canvas. The multiple award-winning artist’s work is collected nationally and many paintings are shown in his gallery. Look for his work in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, December 2012, Page 98 in the feature article entitled “Oregon’s Art: As Diverse as its Landscape.” Join the artist for Oregon wine and cheese each day of First Weekend Art. Gallery Michael Gibbons is located at the 1926 Vicarage, 140 NE Alder Street, and will be open from 11-5 Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (541) 336-2797 or email email@example.com or see www.MichaelGibbons.net.
Ivan Kelly grew up in the green rolling hills and valleys of County Antrim, Ireland, and consequently loves painting the landscape and its animals in a classical realism style that captures the true character and ambience in each animal in their natural landscape. This particular fine Spring day, as he was capturing the estuary landscape on his easel on the outskirts of Toledo, a young doe quietly came out to watch. Thus was borne new subject matter for his canvas, “Miss Curiosity, Summer Doe.” Ivan was awarded “Signature Member” status in the National Maritime Art Exhibition of American Society of Marine Artists, which will be featuring his Oregon sand dune painting at Coos Bay Art Museum during its National Exhibit of Maritime Art, March 22nd. Join Ivan during First Weekend where new wildlife and harbor oil paintings will be featured Saturday, April 6th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and April 7th, 12:30 – 5:00 pm at Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio. 207 East Graham Street, Toledo. One block above Main Street. For more information, call (541) 336-1124 or see www.IvanKelly.com and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of this month’s “Going Green” theme, Becky Miller Studio will be celebrating the nurturing of budding creativity. Becky has been teaching oil painting to middle school students at Eddyville Charter School since mid-December under a special artists-in-residence program that also brought in many other members of the community to teach courses such as geocaching, canine obedience, digital photography, marine science, engineering, aerobics, archery, plant identification, and more. As part of this enrichment program, Becky is hosting a show of her students’ paintings in her studio this month. The 10-13 year olds’ work is primarily comprised of wildlife paintings. All of the children are first-time oil painters. Refreshments will be served. 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