November 3 and 4, the entire arts community of Toledo will be opening galleries and studios to celebrate “Nature’s Bounty” during the monthly First Weekend event. Saturday and Sunday, November 3rd and 4th, visitors to “First Weekend” will have the opportunity to collect, in the free Passport to Toledo Arts, a unique hand-carved stamp by Toledo artist Becky Miller. A different stamp is available each month during First Weekend and Passports may be picked up at the feature events or any time at any of the participating galleries and studios. More information is available online at www.toledoarts.info.
First Weekend receptions at participating galleries and studios throughout Toledo will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Three of the four shows in the Uptown Arts District will feature themed refreshments to accompany their work in celebration of the harvest season.
This month’s featured artist is Becky Miller who interprets the theme “Nature’s Bounty” with a celebration of Pacific kelp, which is the subject of many of her oil paintings. Becky’s husband, Stu Miller of Pig Feathers BBQ, will be preparing a number of tasty treats made from kelp found right on our local coast. Come learn about the historic and current uses of this versatile, delicious and nutritious family of plants. Becky will share her enthusiasm for the beauty and bounty of kelp through paintings, recipes and identification and collection tips, as well as a poem she has written. Becky Miller Studio is located in Toledo’s Arts District at 167 NE 1st St. and will be open from 11-5pm both days. For more information, call 503-504-7289 or see www.BeckyMillerArtist.com / email@example.com.
Attached photos: Stu Miller collecting bullwhip kelp for pickling; “Kelp Geometry,” 12”x12” oil on canvas (in color and in B&W).
The Signature Gallery of Michael Gibbons this month features the theme “Nature’s Bounty” with a view of the British Isles and the European continent. He will show work from his private collection that he painted in England, France and Ireland and invites the public to enjoy the journey with him. This historical art was created between 1987 and 2000 when Gibbons traveled to paint on location in these countries. A selection of present day original art work done in the Northwest will be available as well as Limited Edition Prints and reproductions. Join the artist for a complimentary glass of French wine and English Cheese and Biscuits. The gallery, which is located at 141 NE Alder Street, will be open 11:00-5:00 pm Sat. and noon-5:00 pm Sun. For more information, call (541)336-2797 or see www.michaelgibbons.net.
Attached Photo: “The Washbowl” oil; 10″x 12″ NFS; painted by Michael
Gibbons in the Cotswolds, England in 1987.
Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio will be celebrating “Nature’s Bounty” from 11:00-5:00 pm on Sat. and from 12:30-5:00 pm on Sun. with new Yellowstone Park big game oil paintings, such as “Challenge on the Edge,” a 12 x 16″ oil painting of the Rocky Mountain sheep challenge. Ivan specializes in realism focusing on coastal Oregon, its mountains and its wildlife. Also available will be Oregon coastal landscape oils. Come enjoy some “Berry Picker” fruit and nut cake and “Bounty Game Caps” for a taste of the natural bounty of America’s wild lands, and talk art with Ivan, whose oil painting, “Sculptured by Pacific Storms,” is currently exhibited in the Texas National Art Museum exhibit tour. Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio is located in the Uptown Fine Art District at 207 East Graham Street. For more information, call (541) 336-1124 or see www.ivankelly.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attached photo: Challenge on the Edge (Bighorn Sheep)
The Yaquina River Museum of Art is open from noon-4:00 pm daily. Featured this month is an exciting array of art loaned from the Board members’ private collections of work created by artists working in this area. Curator Michael Gibbons has selected art that supports the mission of the museum and the public is invited to join with Board members Jill Lyon, Gregg Harrison, Michael & Judy Gibbons, Maxine Moodie, Steve Beck, and Casey McEneny in celebrating this First Weekend of November and for the entire month at the School House Exhibit space. The Board also wishes to announce that the Nov/Dec issue of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine will feature an article written by Editor Peter Trippi about Oregon art that includes the story of the Yaquina River Museum of Art here in Toledo and Founder Michael Gibbons’ work. The museum is located in the Uptown Arts District, one block above Main Street at 151 NE Alder St. in Toledo. For more information, call (541) 336-1907.