Toledo’s art community will celebrate the joy of the holiday season this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3, with a festive First Weekend event entitled “Promise.”
Guests at the Yaquina River Museum of Art will be able to view a collection of handcrafted items from Latin America, including original wood carvings, wool embroidery, dolls and painted art items. The collection, featuring items from Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Chile, is on loan from Judith Gibbons.
Ikons, handpainted originals and reproductions from Greece, Portugal and the USA will be shown as well.
The collection will be on display from noon to 5 pm both days at 151 NE Alder Street. Light refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Yaquina River Museum.
The museum gift shop will be stocked with copies of a new DVD of the Yaquina Traveling Exhibit, a collection of landscapes painted by renowned oil painter Michael Gibbons.
Gabriel Salcedo, composer of the original music for the DVD, will be playing Christmas classics on the keyboard each day from noon to 4 pm.
Meanwhile, across the street at Gallery Michael Gibbons, guests will be able to admire “View in Schreiner’s Garden” an oil painting that Gibbons created en plein air on location in Salem.
Gibbons has painted in Schreiner’s Iris Gardens for more than 10 years and has been featured in their worldwide catalog several times.
The gallery, located at 140 NE Alder Street, will be open from 11 am to 5 pm both days, with guests invited to enjoy Oregon wines and cheese.
Just around the corner, fellow oil painter Ivan Kelly, a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, will be displaying several new works that focus on the effects of the Oregon Coast’s autumn storms.
“Debris washed up from afar creates fascinating patterns in the sands of our Oregon Coast Pacific Ocean,” Kelly said, “with the beachcombing gulls congregating in the hopes of catching fresh tidbits.”
Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery will be open for light refreshments and artistic conversation from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday, Dec. 2, and noon to 5 pm on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 207 East Graham Street.
On Main Street, Frank Jones will be featuring an exhibition of his signature black and white photography, showing the urban life of 1980s Portland. Jones’ eye perfectly captures the blue-collar cityscape that existed before the city underwent its rapid modernization. Jones will be playing live folk music to accompany his work from 10 am to 4 pm both days at Francyfolk Photos and Music, 227 S Main Street.
Elsewhere on Main Street, Newport artist Gotard Gburczyk will be exhibiting original oil paintings and selected prints at Gallery Briseņo. Gotard’s work is noted for realism with a touch of expressionism.
Gotard will be available to chat with guests at an opening reception from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 359 N Main Street.