Art lovers will not have to stroll far to get their fix when First Weekend returns to the creative town of Toledo this Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8.
Guests will get to browse a wide range of art at five locations throughout town, including the Yaquina River Museum of Art, which will be displaying tagua nut jewelry by Erika Strum and hand-painted silk scarves by Margaret Owen.
Located at 151 NE Alder Street, the museum is open from noon to 5 pm both days, with complimentary refreshments on offer.
Across the street, oil painter Michael Gibbons will be showcasing “Dawn Near Eddyville,” a landscape featuring a rural barn dwarfed by a towering coniferous tree in the early hours before the dissipating river mist. Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery is open from noon to 5 pm both days at 140 NE Alder Street, with guests invited to chat with the artist over a complimentary glass of Oregon wine.
Around the corner, fellow oil painter Ivan Kelly will be featuring one of his signature big game works, “Pronghorns.” Kelly will be showing his big game studies alongside Oregon Coast works from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 pm, on Sunday at 207 E. Graham Street.
Meanwhile, down on Main Street, Francyfolk Photos & Music will be showing abstract paintings by the late Robert Coghill, who spent his later years living and working in Siletz. Coghill’s work earned him an exhibit at the Portland Art Museum and much interest from the public. Guests will also be able to hear live music from gallery owner Frank Jones. Francyfolk Photos & Music will be open from 10 am to 4 pm both days at 227 S. Main Street.
Also on Main Street, Gallery Briseño will showcase iron sculptures by late Toledo artist Sam Briseño. Many of Briseño’s public benches are seen around town, including theWaterfront Park area and along the boardwalk. Located at 359 N Main Street, Gallery Briseño will be open from 11 am to 5 pm both days.
Catch a plein in Toledo
Artists are preparing their entries for Toledo’s Annual Plein Air Competition & Show that will be opening during the 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration of the town’s Labor Day Art Walk.
Painters have until August 1 to submit work done in the Yaquina Watershed to be considered for in the juried show.
Sponsored by the Yaquina River Museum, the contest offers prize money totaling $3,000.
“This year’s show promises to be even better than the previous as we have many more artists entering,” said contest chair Judy Gibbons. “We are welcoming Floridians, Arizonians and Oregonians with a map and directions to our beautiful Yaquina watershed to capture unique views on canvas, board and paper. All paintings in the this show at the 1887 School House are for sale and this year we are offering space to entered artists to show work in the JP Art Studio so there will be even more art on display and for sale.”
For more information, call 541-336-2797 or go to toledoartwalk.com.