Toledo artist Michael Gibbons will have his work featured from June 1 through July 12 in an exhibition called “Yaquina: A Painted Voice for a Sacred Landscape.” It will be showing in the Giustina Gallery at the LaSells Stewart Center, located on the Oregon State University Campus at 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis.
An artist reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June. 1.
This exhibition, representing 35 years of oil painting by Gibbons, includes 45 plein air paintings from locations in the Yaquina River watershed. The purpose of this exhibit is to offer a visual documentation of the beauty, history, health and viability of the Yaquina watershed. Through experiencing these poetic landscape interpretations, a benchmark is offered for sustaining this significant environment for forests, fish and wildlife. This artist’s vision emphasizes the benefits of the watershed that provides employment, a water source, healthy air quality and recreational venues for the region.
Born in Portland in 1943 and a fifth generation Oregonian, Gibbons has been actively painting the Oregon landscape for 55 years. He continues working in his signature style to create intimate views of the ever-changing Northwest landscape.
Preferring to work alone, Gibbons isolates himself among the trees and waterways where he can listen to the voice of the land. The artist is using the painter’s tools to give substance to that voice and spirit by communicating space, color, form and light through his innate talent and refined execution. “What is painted is of secondary importance; how it is painted is the critical aspect. It is in the execution of the painting that the possibility of interaction with it takes place,” he said.
“I paint whatever moves me,” added Gibbons. “When I’m painting in nature, it is the divine experience of the land that feeds my inspiration.”