The quiet town of Toledo is where the Georgia Pacific mill hums, where the Yaquina River meanders and, according to Toledo’s thriving community of artists, also “Where Art Lives.”
And the town’s art community is once again throwing open its doors this weekend, inviting guests to explore artwork and hear stories about creating one-of-a-kind pieces.
The First Weekend event will offer visitors the chance to view a series of plein air works by award-winning artist Michael Gibbons. The collection features works painted on location in the Pacific Northwest as well as the Arizona desert. Guests are invited to visit with the artist and enjoy complimentary Oregon wine and refreshments from noon to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6 and 7. Gallery Michael Gibbons is located at 140 NE Alder Street. For more information, call 541-336-2797.
Just around the corner, fellow oil painter Ivan Kelly, a Signature Member of American Society of Marine Artists, will be showcasing works inspired by the coast’s autumn storms.
“Debris washed up from afar creates fascinating patterns in the sands,” Kelly said, “with the beachcombing gulls congregating in the hopes of catching fresh tidbits.”
Kelly will be welcoming guests for light refreshments and artistic conversation from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday at 207 East Graham Street. For more information, call 541-336-1124.
Also in the Toledo Arts District, the Yaquina River Museum of Art will be continuing its Christmas show, “Promise,” featuring a range of Latin American and European crafts from the collection of Judith Gibbons. The museum, located at 151 NE Alder Street, will be open from noon to 4 pm both days, with guests invited to enjoy light refreshments alongside live music from guitarist Gabriel Salcedo.
And down on Main Street, Frank Jones will be showing an exhibition of his signature black and white photography, chronicling the urban life of 1980s Portland — a blue-collar cityscape very different from the hipster environment of today.
Jones’ photography will be on display accompanied by live folk music from 10 am to 4 pm both days at Francyfolk Photos and Music, 227 S Main Street.