1st Weekend Toledo Arts event marks Vicarage spruce up, grabbing artwork by the horns and a bit of Salt Water Taffey…
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When Toledo artist Michael Gibbons bought the old Episcopal Vicarage in 1981, he knew he would faced a lifetime of restoring and maintaining the Cape Cod style house which had been the home of 12 clergy families over the many decades.
Michael very recently discovered the windows in the front rooms had dry rot beyond repair. So he quickly partnered-up with Millgard windows, an Oregon window-maker, who carefully studied the window style of the original 1926 construction and came up with a close match. Michael also enlisted the services of Justin Luckini Construction of Toledo, to help him install the eight new acrylic windows.
It was critical that the installation be flawless because the windows face west, the direction from which Toledo gets its fiercest winter storms. Michael said, “My purpose was to return the building to a similar ‘look’ that it had in 1926. But I also knew that not everything can be re-built perfectly. As evident in the home’s original photo, the dormer windows on the second floor had been removed long before I purchased the house. Rebuilding to the exact period motif would have been cost prohibitive. But we’re expecting the new windows to exhibit most of the original architectural charm of the home.
Michael and his wife Judith have shared a vision since 2002 to leave a legacy of art to the community. The non-profit Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA), governed by a Board of Directors, meets regularly to attend to the affairs of the artisan campus which includes several nearby buildings.
The House Museum (Vicarage), its auxiliary office and exhibit space as well as a curator’s basement storage facility located across the street in the 1887 School House building are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4:00pm. Scheduled free group tours are not only welcomed but encouraged. Art exhibits change regularly in the old School House.
The Yaquina River Museum of Art sponsors the annual 3-day Toledo Art Walk Event and participates in all 1st Weekend Toledo Art shows. Both buildings have had a sympathetic historic renovation to conform to use as needed. For more information about the Yaquina River Museum of Art please call 541-336-2797 or email YRMAOffice@QuestOffice.net.
Another featured artist during the 1st Weekend Art Walks in Toledo is Ivan Kelly whose studio gallery is located at Alder and Graham Streets, immediately south of Michael’s studios. Oregon’s beautiful and dramatic Oregon coastal ambiance is highlighted in each oil canvas by Ivan Kelly. New paintings of Highland cattle will be exhibited during First Weekend Art, Saturday, August 3rd. Studios are open 11:00am – 5:00pm Saturday and 12:30 – 5:00 pm Sunday, August 5th.
Ivan’s recent and upcoming juried exhibits include “Pacific Dunes” which received a “Top 50” ribbon by the International Salon13, recently hosted by Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in San Antonio, Texas; Pacific Maritime Heritage Center art exhibit in Newport; and also “Berry Picker, Black Bear” featured in National Wildlife Art Journal Nature Magazine.
Light refreshments will be served at Studio-Gallery located 207 East Graham Street, Toledo. One block above Main Street. To contact the Ivan Kelly Studio Gallery call 541-336-1124 or on line at http://www.ivankelly.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org by email.
This month, the theme is “Works on Paper.” I will only be open on Saturday the 3rd, and will be showing my watercolor and pen & ink paintings of wildlife and kelp, as well as my new works in progress of three dimensional oil painting on paperclay relief sculpture. I have also just completed a new oil painting, “Salt Water Taffy,” which is attached. Also attached is “Tidepool Textures,” a watercolor painting. For more information and to see my works-in-progress, go to www.beckymillerartist.com.