Toledo’s First Weekend Event in October to Feature “Squid Row”
On Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, Heather Fortner will be the featured artist for Toledo’s First Weekend, with a theme of “Squid Row.” Heather works at her Sea Fern Studio in the Floweree Community Center, where she specializes in gyotaku – or Japanese fish prints – and nature printed seaweed, corals and plants. This month she will be featuring the printing of non-fish marine creatures. She will be demonstrating the printing of Cephalopods, the class of marine animals that comprises octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus. Her work often contains examples of these molluscan creatures, and she enjoys nature printing seaweeds with octopus to create an “octopus’s garden”.
Heather will demonstrate the printing of a red Humboldt squid at 1 pm and baby octopus at 3 pm on Saturday, and will demonstrate printing of cut nautilus shells on clothing on Sunday at 2 pm. Sea Fern Studio is located at 321 SE 3rd St. in Toledo. For more information, call (541) 270-9697 or see heatherfortner.com.
At the Yaquina River Museum of Art, “Seafarer” by Utah sculptor Mark deGraffenreid will be featured. The sculpture was acquired by gift to the Museum for the Permanent Collection of Art. DeGraffenreid developed a passion for art while attending high school in Alaska. His sculpture is noted for artistic style, grounded with an in-depth knowledge of the human form, and his ability to represent accurate likenesses of those individuals he portrays. “The Seafarer’s Memorial” was commisioned by the North Pacific Fisheries Association, Alaska as a memorial to honor those lost at sea and sits across the Homer Harbor overlooking Kachemak Bay. Other art showing from the Permanent Collection is by John Hewitt; Susan Bennett; Marion Moir; Douglas Haga, Ivan Kelly; Don Prechtel; and Michael Gibbons. The show will be up from Oct. 5 through Nov. 30.
Refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Museum, and the Museum will be open from 11 to 5 each day of First Weekend. It is regularly 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.
Michael Gibbons will show a body of art work relating to the difference between East and West coastal views painted en plein air over a period of years. Featured is “Dune Grass on the Sand Ridge,” a 9″x 12″ oil painted in the panhandle of Florida near Panama City showing dunes and fences erected to maintain the integrity of the beach area. Gallery Michael Gibbons is located at the 1926 Vicarage, 140 NE Alder Street and will be open from 11-5 Saturday and Sunday. The artist will be available and welcomes the public to join him for complimentary Oregon wine and cheese refreshments. For more information, call (541) 336-2797 or email email@example.com or see www.michaelgibbons.net.
Join Ivan Kelly during First Weekend in his studio gallery on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday,Oct. 6, from 12:30 to 5:00 pm at Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio, 207 East Graham Street, Toledo (one block above Main Street). Come and enjoy new on-location coastal and haborside oil paintings such as “Summer Marsh”, and “Western Gull”. Ivan specializes in realism coastal Oregon, mountains and its wildlife. For more information, call (541) 336-1124, or see www.ivankelly.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Becky Miller Studio will, for the first time, be featuring new prints, both framed and unframed, of her kelp paintings, as well as new works in progress and a recently completed commission of hunting dogs. Becky Miller Studio is located at 167 NE 1st Street, nearly a block above Main, and will be open from 10:00 to 2:00 Saturday and 10:00 to 5:00 Sunday. For more information, see www.BeckyMillerArtist.com.