For the past 26 years, artists from around the area have flocked to Toledo to display their talent for the public to see during the annual Toledo Art Walk. Artist demonstrations, art talks, music, competitions, food and wine have always been a part of the festivities. This year will feature returning artists and new participants as Toledo celebrates art over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Yaquina River Museum of Art
The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be featuring Earl Newman as this year’s guest artist. The museum will also be offering a “Make Your Own Art” booth in the Legacy Arts Terrace. People can also listen to Michael Hicks give an art talk Saturday afternoon. Visit the Yaquina River Museum of Art’s Schoolhouse Exhibition space located at 151 NE Alder St.
Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery
As one of the founders of Art Walk, Michael Gibbons has placed great importance on making art accessible to everyone. He will show a series of oil paintings not previously shown in his Signature Gallery. The paintings feature scenes from the Yaquina Watershed over a 35-year period. This art will be presented in the Vicarage Garden that Gibbons opens to the public only for Art Walk. At 1 p.m. each day of Art Walk, Gibbons will introduce artists from the Plein Air Show and Vicky Ross, who will be showing in the Justice of the Peace Art Studio. These artists will give short art talks and demos of their art. Gallery Michael Gibbons is located at 140 NE Alder St.
Ivan Kelly Studio & Gallery
For more than 40 years, Ivan Kelly has painted the landscapes from the Canadian Rockies all the way to the high desert of New Mexico. “I love the way light transforms the landscape, in particular early morning when the air is fresh and the shadows are long and transparent,” Kelly said. “And I believe the best way to paint the beautiful subtleties of light is with easel firmly planted where it’s happening, on a cliff edge, riverbank or sand dune.” Each one of Kelly’s paintings portrays a unique mood, light and authentic sense of place. Ivan Kelly Gallery Studio is located at 207 East Graham St.
Barbara Alexander Home Studio
Barbara Alexander is a new artist within the Toledo community who will be debuting her work at this year’s Art Walk, featuring her oil and mixed media works in her home studio located at 448 NE Andie Lane.
Toledo Arts Guild
Members of the Toledo Arts Guild will be featuring their art at Union Hall, located at 148 E Graham St. Artwork includes jewelry, fiber, painting, pottery, printmaking, photography, quilting, assemblage, sculpture and glass.
Artists featured in this year's show include Alice Haga, Jennifer Rose, Jennifer Norman, Sandy Blackman, Cynthia Jacobi, Valerie Jacobi, Tish Epperson.
The guild will be showing at the Union Hall on Saturday and Sunday only, and there will also be free artist demonstrations offered.
Toledo Clayworks is located at 305 N Main St. in a beautifully remodeled historic building, providing the perfect setting for discovery and creativity.
The pottery studio is run by Chasse Davidson, who found her calling for clay in high school. "Clay is my passion,” she said. “When I am actively working, I wake up early and go to bed late with fantasies of clay on my mind. When pieces come successfully out of the kiln, I get a smile on my face that just won’t go away. When I throw, I lose track of time and feel mesmerized."
Along with Chasse's works, visitors will also see the works of Dennis White, Doug Haga, Val Bolen, Martha Wallace, Paula Teplitz, Lydia Bosley and Ram Papish.
Gallery Briseño, located at 355 N Main St., will be featuring the metal works of the late Sam Briseño, 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.
Michael Hicks Studio
New artist Michael Hicks will be featuring his graphite drawings and watercolor works. Art lovers can see his beautiful depictions of nature, portraiture, and more at his gallery space located at 240 S Main St.
St. John’s episcopal church
St. John's Episcopal Church at 110 NE Alder St. will feature a "Celebration of Writing and Art," an inaugural competition in which local students either enter original written works with art illustrations or art creations only. Scholarships will be awarded to the winners. Student and adult artwork will be on sale.
Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio
Janet Runger, owner of the Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio, will be showing her talents as an assemblage artist. Using found materials, she takes her audience into her world of dark whimsy. Viewers will find themselves discovering something new and enchanting the longer they gaze at her masterful sculptures. Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio is located at 170 N Main St.
Toledo Public Library
Rounding out Art Walk’s shows, the Toledo Public Library will again feature the Original Art Walk Founder’s Collection, which includes the art of Michael Gibbons, Doug Haga, and Ivan Kelly. The library, located at 173 NW Seventh Ave., will be open Saturday only.