Toledo ’s First Weekend Event in December to Feature Michael Gibbons and “Promise” Shows
On Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, Toledo’s arts community will be opening studios and galleries around town with shows themed “Promise,” in honor of the Christmas season, which will provide a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see the wide variety of art being created in Toledo. This month’s featured artist is Michael Gibbons, whose paintings grace the collections of such well-known individuals as Colin Powell and Senator Mark Hatfield, and hang in the Oregon Governor’s mansion.
Michael has chosen to feature his 12”x9” oil painting, “The Red Door,” in this month’s show. Walking a path to the red door at the top of the hill, Gibbons has painted the steep terrain and the “Promise” of entry upon reaching the summit. A verdant garden surrounded by trees is the setting the artist uses to trick our eye beyond the flat pane through a masterful wielding of the brush. Plein air practiced at it’s best. Additionally, Michael will be showing new paintings that include coastal works and a piece that he entered into the California Art Club’s “Missons” show, entitled “Mission Carmel.”
Michael will be celebrating his 70th birthday during First Weekend and invites the public to join him at his gallery for cake, Oregon wine, chocolate, and cheese refreshments from 11-5 pm on Saturday the 7th and from noon to 5 pm on Sunday the 8th. Gallery Michael Gibbons is located inside the “Old 1926 Vicarage,” 140 NE Alder St. in Toledo . For more information, call (541) 336-2797, email email@example.com, or see www.michaelgibbons.net.
The party will also be going on at the Yaquina River Museum of Art, located across the street in the 1887 School House Exhibit & Museum Gift Shop at 151 NE Alder Street from noon to 4 pm both days. This month sees the return of the annual Christmas show of artisan work from Latin America and Europe, on loan to the Museum from the private collection of Judith Gibbons.
The Gift Shop features hand-made Jewelry by Sondra and one-of-kind silk scarves by Paulette for the Holidays. “Shoe Print Art” books by nationally known writer and Romper Room TV Show star Karen Robbins are offered for kids. Winner of the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association, “Shoe Print Art” sales partners with Soles4Souls to help put shoes on the feet of kids who cannot afford them. For around $1. Soles4souls can send a pair of shoes to kids who are barefoot. Check it out by visiting www.giveshoes.org and come by to get your copy of “Shoe Print Art” to create 55 shoe print drawings!
Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio will be open for the weekend from 11 to 5 on Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday. Come and enjoy a new serene and charming series of “ Moonshine Park , Fall Fishing” paintings, where you will feel the peaceful landscape that is filled with ambiance. Ivan specializes in realist paintings of Oregon ’s coast, mountains and Wildlife. Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio is located at 207 East Graham Street in Toledo , half a block south of Gallery Michael Gibbons. For more information, call (541) 336-1124, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or see www.ivankelly.com.
At Becky Miller Studio this month, the artist is featuring several beautifully framed, hand-signed giclee prints of her colorful kelp paintings, all ready for Christmas giving, as well as animal portraits and other works in progress. Also on display will be black and white watercolors and pen & ink drawings of Oregon kelp. Becky Miller Studio is located at 167 NE 1st Street, just half a block down from the Yaquina River Museum of Art. Due to her participation in a fundraising event for a local family on December 8, her studio will be open Saturday only, from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, call (503) 504-7289, email email@example.com, or see www.beckymillerartist.com.
“There will always be a surprise” From unexpected weather to joyous discoveries to the daily miracles of life, nature promises to surprise us, always. Sea Fern Studio celebrates this promise of surprise with a display of small pieces of nature, encompassing both land and sea, water and forest. Explore with Heather Fortner as she shares her love of some natural treasures of the Oregon Coast . Learn how to make mushroom spore prints, how to press and dry seaweeds into beautiful arrangements, and how to create lovely displays from beach finds. Heather will be demonstrating these techniques throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday, 11-5. Sea Fern Studio is located in the Floweree Community Center at 321 SE 3rd St. For more information, call (541) 270-9697 or see www.heatherfortner.com.
At Things Found Mercantile and Gallery, three artists’ work will be featured for your Christmas shopping. Janet Runger is showing her new “Sky Squigglies,” inspired by one of her Caravan pieces and available for just $30 appiece. Each is unique and created with various found object items. They look as if they could fly through the air guided by their tails. She and partner Keith LaMarr will both be showing many other new art pieces made from repurposed found objects into new creations. Finally, Jon Christopherson’s assemblage art is included in the gallery. Things Found Mercantile and Gallery will be open from 10 to5 both days and is located at 199 S. Main Street. For more information, call (270) 938-6893.
Stop by Impressions Pacific, Toledo ’s newest addition to its arts community, to see their assortment of handcrafted Holiday decorations and unique gift items. All items are original works of art and made in Toledo , Oregon ! Gift certificates are available, also, and can be applied to any of products or services offered by the business, including custom picture framing and professional family portrait sessions – just in time for the Holidays! Impressions Pacific is located in “The Leader Building” at the corner of Hwy. 20 and Main St. (at the top of Main ), and will be open from 10-6 on Saturday, and 11-6 on Sunday. Normal shop hours are Monday 10-6, Wednesday 12-6, Thursday-Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 1-6. Visit their FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/ImpressionsPacific, or on the web at www.impressionspacific.com. For more information, call (541) 336-2207 or email info@ImpressionsPacific.com.