Artwork by the late Robert Coghill will take center stage at this month’s First Weekend in Toledo, with artists welcoming visitors into studios and galleries throughout town on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6.
A renowned Northwest artist, Coghill studied under classically trained painters at Portland’s Museum Art School, now known at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He would later go on to be an instructor at the college from 1962 to 1966 and was honored with a major show at the museum in 1975. His works are included in several prestigious museum, corporate and private collections.
In 1970, Coghill moved to Newport and later near Siletz where he continued his art career until his death in June of 2017. A primary painting influence was Harry Widman and he later became colleagues with Rick Bartow and Drake Deknatel. He specialized in highly crafted and imaginative pieces pieces; mostly abstract and thoroughly modern, yet deeply rooted in art history, and sometimes incorporating his unique subtle humor with irony and social criticism.
Frank Jones, owner of Francyfolk Photos & Music, will showcase a selection of Coghill’s paintings from 10 am to 4 pm both days of First Weekend, at 227 South Main Street.
Further north on Main Street, Gallery Briseno will be showing the works of late metal artist Sam Briseno as well as photography by Scott Blackman and the artisanal crafts of Sandy Blackman. Gallery Briseno, located at 355 Main Street, will be open from 11am to 5 pm both days.
Meanwhile, the Yaquina River Museum of Art will be presenting limited edition giclée reproductions of five oil paintings by renowned Toledo artist Michael Gibbons, selected from the paintings shown in the traveling exhibit “Yaquina, A Painted Voice for a Sacred Landscape.”
The prints are being offered in limited editions of 50 each. The museum, located at 151 NE Alder Street, will be open from noon to 5 pm both days, with volunteers on hand to serve light refreshments.
Across the street, Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery will be featuring “Mid-Winter Water Meadow”, an oil painting created on site in the Yaquina Watershed on a chilly winter day. Cat tails and wild grasses in the foreground entice the viewer to see the bit of Yaquina Bay at the back of the painting.
Gallery Michael Gibbons will be open from noon to 5 pm both days at 140 NE Alder Street, with guests treated to complimentary Oregon wine and cheese.
Just a short walk away, fellow oil painter Ivan Kelly will be showcasing his new 15-by-30-inch oil painting, “An Oregon Beach.” Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery, located at 207 East Graham Street, will be open from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday.