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First Weekend Art Walk in Toledo: “Going Green” April 6 & 7

First Weekend in Toledo, April 6 & 7 "The Vickarage" Michael Gibbons Galleries

First Weekend in Toledo, April 6 & 7
“The Vicarage”
Michael Gibbons Galleries

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.


Yaquina River Museum of Art Artist Michael Gibbons

Yaquina River Museum of Art
Artist Michael Gibbons

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


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.

"Quiet Refuge" Michael Gibbons

“Quiet Refuge”
Michael Gibbons

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 or see


"Young Curiosity" Ivan Kelly

“Miss Curiosity
Summer Doe”
Ivan Kelly

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 and email:


Produced by one of artist Becky Miller's young students in Eddyville

Produced by one of artist Becky Miller’s middle school students in Eddyville

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


Five fabulous lady artists of Toledo: Simple as black and white!

From Becky Miller
Becky Miller Studios

In honor of Toledo’s First Weekend theme for January, “Black and White,” five women are joining together for a group show that will showcase the wide range of fine artwork that is being created in Toledo. Caroll Loomis, Becky Miller, Alice Haga, Karen Fitzgibbon (Fikaa Designs), and Sarah Gayle (SolaLuna Studios) will each be displaying several primarily black and white pieces created especially for this two-day show, to be held at Becky Miller Studio, 167 NE 1st St. in the Toledo Arts District.

The group first began to formulate the idea last year when they took a girls trip together to Sisters to see an art show there. “We all felt so inspired by bouncing ideas off each other that we didn’t want the fun to end when we got home,” said Becky. “Caroll and I had talked at one time about doing a black and white show when we both were artists-in-residence at Skybound Art Gallery on Main Street. The idea came up again when the theme was set for First Weekend in January, and we all decided it would be a great opportunity for our first group show.”

Becky, who primarily is an oil painter, will be showing pen and ink drawings, black and white watercolors, and pencil drawings. Caroll has created black and white gourds and several sets of hand-painted black and white earrings. Alice has a created beautiful black and white dishes and masks. Sarah will be showing a pen and ink drawing and Karen has designed several unique mixed media pieces. The group is also preparing black and white refreshments.

The women intend to show together often. The next group show they are planning will be held in May, when the First Weekend theme is “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad May.” “Our interpretation of the theme will be ‘Mad Hatter,’” said Becky. “Both Alice and Sarah have years of theatrical costume-design experience, Karen’s work is wonderfully theatrical and colorful in nature, and Caroll’s work is always playful and unique. Without a doubt, the May show is also going to be an absolute blast.”

The Black and White show will be open from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, January 5 and 6.

Toledo Hometown Holiday schedule

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The Toledo Public Library will hold its annual Holiday Story Time in its Children’s Area at 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 8th. Retiring Library Director Peter Rayment will tell the story of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Michelle Christiansen will tell a story or two, and so will Deeda Chamberlain, who works as the Children’s Librarian at the Woodburn Public Library. The Storytime will last approximately 45-minutes. Toledo Public Library, 173 NW 7th Street [541] 336-3132.

Pig Feathers BBQ Collecting Food and Toy Donations
Contact: Becky Miller, 541-336-1833.
Pig Feathers BBQ is pleased to be helping two worthy organizations in their efforts to help local families in need. The Toledo Food Pantry has placed a collection box in the restaurant, where customers may leave items of non-perishable food. “It is our hope that while our customers are enjoying a tasty meal, they will remember that some of their neighbors are not so fortunate,” says co-owner Becky Miller. As an added incentive, on December 8, during Toledo’s Hometown Holiday, anyone who places a food donation in the collection bin at the restaurant will be entered in a drawing to win a Pig Feathers gift card.

This year, the restaurant is also once again collecting children’s toys for the Toledo Elks annual toy drive. “This is an event our customers have enthusiastically supported every year since we opened,” Becky says. The drive seeks unwrapped gifts valued at approximately $20 for infants, children, and teens. Gift tags are hanging on the tree at Pig Feathers, and gifts must be returned to the restaurant before December 15.Hours are Monday-Thursday, 11am-8pm and Friday-Saturday, 11am-9pm. Pig Feathers Restaurant, 300 S. Main Street, 541-336-1833.

Saturday, Dec 8th 2012 – 10am to 6pm
Location: Toledo Downtown with SolaLuna Gallery, Main Street Mercantile, The BeeHive and Becky Miller Studio and Gallery
Event: Hometown Holidays and Confection Convention

Join us on Saturday, Dec 8th as Toledo merchants once again present the annual Hometown Holidays celebration. This year, many merchants will be joining to create the first Homemade Holiday Confection Convention as a part of the celebration. SolaLuna Gallery and Main Street Mercantile will be serving their favorite childhood candy recipes. And they also are encouraging the community to bring their own favorite homemade candies and recipes to share with others. The BeeHive will have Candy Box projects to take and make at home. And Becky Miller Studio and Gallery will have cute and delicious chocolate mice. Shops will be open from 10am to 6pm during the event. Come by to sample candies and share your favorite stories and childhood memories. Call SolaLuna at 541-632-3236 or email for more information. SolaLuna Studios, 147 N Main Street, 541-632-3236.

Main Street Mercantile Becky Miller Studio The Bee Hive
170 N Main Street 167 NE 1st 207 NE Highway 20

Gallery Michael Gibbons and Yaquina River Museum of Art welcomes you to celebrate the season on Saturday 8 from 11 am to 5 pm. Enjoy refreshments as you view the art portraying the theme “The Close and Holy Darkness.”

Gallery Michael Gibbons, 140 NE Alder Street, 541-330-2797.

Yaquina River Museum of Art, 151 NE Alder Street, 541-336-1907.

Toledo Arts Guild at Gallery Briseno
Join the Toledo Arts Guild, including metal artist Sam Briseno for a Fairy Land treat on Saturday, December 8. Frank Jones will be performing his music, and Bridget Wolfe will be reading fairy stories all surrounded by a fairy wonderland. Gallery Briseno, 404 N Main

Yaquina River Museum of Art : “Board’s Own” Show for November Offers Novelty

Landscape of the Coastal Woods, Delores Pommarane
Steve Beck Collection

Toledo – The Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA) will offer November visitors a unique opportunity: to see the works of art that their friends and neighbors choose to collect and put in their own homes. YRMA’s “Board’s Own” show will consist of pieces belonging to members of its Board of Directors, curated and hung by Museum curator Michael Gibbons.

“How often are you able to see something you own, and love, on the walls of a museum?” offered YRMA Board Chair Jill Lyon. “It’s a unique opportunity both for Board members and other visitors to the Museum. We just hope there aren’t too many people looking around and saying, ‘I wouldn’t have it in my house.’”

YRMA’s normal mission of highlighting artists and works of the Yaquina River watershed has been enlarged somewhat to accommodate these pieces. However, the show retains a focus on the Oregon coastal region and artists who have or do work here.

The Board’s Own show will debut at YRMA’s Schoolhouse exhibition space at 151 NE Alder in Toledo during First Weekend, November 3-4, 2012. First Weekend hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; otherwise, YRMA is open 12 noon – 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The show will remain up through the month of November, with a Christmas exhibition to follow during December and January. Admission to YRMA is free to the public; memberships and donations are encouraged.

For more information, contact YRMA at 541.336.1907 or the Michael Gibbons Gallery at 541.336.2797.


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