Artists throughout Toledo will be offering a lineup of work guaranteed to stir the soul as the town celebrates First Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3 and 4.
Oil painter Ivan Kelly is this month’s featured artist. A Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, Kelly started his painting career in 1972 after emigrating from North Ireland to Western Canada. Under the mentorship of prolific landscape painter Robert Lougheed, Kelly learned to capture the beauty of the West.
Throughout First Weekend, Kelly will be featuring “Incoming at Rocky Creek”, a painting which depicts a December morning at Rocky Creek State Park as warm sunlight moves across the green, drops down the basalt cliffs and lights the spindrift of an incoming monster wave.
Kelly will be offering complimentary refreshments and chatting with guests at his Studio Gallery, 207 East Graham Street, from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday.
Meanwhile on Alder Street, Michael Gibbons will be welcoming visitors to his Signature Gallery to view works including “Beaver Creek,” a pristine view of the Coast Range Mountains, with the sparkling Beaver Creek meandering through meadow grass.
“The site is often thought of as remote,” Gibbons said, “but in reality, those living here know similar beauty is found easily on logging roads and trails of the Northwest.”
Located at 140 NE Alder Street, the Signature Gallery will welcome guests for wine, coffee and Tillamook cheeses from noon to 5 pm on both days.
Across the street at the Yaquina River Museum of Art, guests can enjoy live piano music from Gabriel Salcedo while viewing works including Jack Wenstrom’s remarkable watercolor of the old Sylvia Beach Hotel. Volunteers at the museum will serve chocolates and wine to gallery-goers from noon-4 pm both days.
Down on Main Street, Frank Jones will be featuring his photography and playing live music from 10 am to 4 pm both days at Francyfolk Photos and Music, 227 S Main Street.
And just a short walk up Main Street, Gallery Briseņo will be featuring the metal works of the late Sam Briseņo, whose creative legacy is a prominent part of Toledo’s identity. His iconic sculptures adorn the town’s streets in the form of benches, weather vanes and abstract works of art. Located at 355 Main Street, the gallery sill be showing works by Briseņo and other artisans from 11 am to 6 pm both days.