“Reflections of Hot Lake” by Michael Gibbons, oil painting, 1988
“Mountain View” by Dick VanReyper, watercolor
“Fishing Boat” by Don Prechtel, oil on panel
New Additions – From the Permanent Collection
Featured through the month of May at the Yaquina River Museum of Art are 14 selected works from the Permanent Collection which demonstrate the breadth and variety of work in the permanent collection. The exhibit features several new additions to the collection and works that have been recently framed or restored. This wide variety of subjects and media by 12 regional artists, will be displayed within the 1887 Schoolhouse Exhibit Space in Toledo, Oregon.
“Museums have a duty to acquire, preserve and promote their collections as a contribution to the safeguarding of the natural, cultural and scientific heritage.” International Council of Museums
Generally speaking, a permanent collection may be defined as a set of material objects which an establishment has assembled, classified, selected, and preserved in a safe setting. The collected objects of a museum are acquired because of their potential value as examples, as reference material, and as objects of aesthetic or educational importance.
Marilyn Murdoch, of Murdoc Collections Gallery in Portland, has gifted the collection with a 1988 oil painting “Reflections of Hot Lake” which represents the early Michael Gibbons’ style of quick and gestural brush strokes, captures the natural vegetation during a hot October day at a location ten miles from LaGrande Oregon.
Also for first time viewing, a unique oil painting by David McCosh from the 1960s, is an example of the highly original Oregon landscapes he explored with a directness and sense of personal discovery. “Learning to paint,” McCosh said, “is learning to see – not to recognize only familiar things.” He taught at the University of Oregon from 1934 until his retirement in 1970. His drawings and paintings demonstrate a style based on energy and emotional engagement and through his kind and dedicated teaching, he influenced many Oregon painters. This great McCosh oil study was gifted by former YRMA Chairman, Tom Ing.
“Mountain View” by Dick VanReyper, is a small watercolor illustrating the artist’s ability to capture the landscape through minimal brushstrokes. Plein air artists master skills at recording their observations while living in their environments, and their work reflects a fresh and honest interpretation of their subjects. This work was donated by Michael and Judy Gibbons.
Don Prechtel’s painting “Fishing Boat” comes from his time living in Newport Oregon, although the body of his work is about America’s western heritage. This fine oil painting was donated by the artist.
The Yaquina Museum of Art’s mission is to collect, preserve, study, interpret, and exhibit significant art works relating to the Yaquina River Watershed region of Oregon. “With a primary focus on accomplished artists who have drawn inspiration from this region, we are building a body of significant art works that will serve and as painted history for generations.” Michael Gibbons, YRMA Founder
The Exhibition: Dee Boyles “Dune Patina” (oil painting); Michael Gibbons “Shady Grove” & “Traumerci” (etchings); Michael Gibbons “Reflection of Hot Lake”; C.E.S. John “Tree Detail (watercolor); Ivan Kelly “Beach Scene”; David McCosh “untitled” (oil); Casey McEnemy “Returning to Nature” (print); Marion Moir “Network”; Don Prechtel “Fishing Boat” (oil on panel); Bill Shumway “South Bay Marsh III”; David Simon “Mission with Arizona Desert”; Dick VanReyper “Mountain View”; John Waddingham “farm Grey Day.”
Through presenting exhibitions like “New Additions – Permanent Collection,” YRMA provides related educational services for the purpose of increasing and enriching public knowledge through periodic exhibitions of its collections.
This Exhibition is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific and the Michel Gibbons’ Signature Gallery
The Yaquina River Museum of Art, located at 151 NE Alder Street, will be open from Noon-4PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and during First Weekends.
For more information, please visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org or call (541) 336-1907