Toledo celebrates art this weekend

“Medicine Woman,” by Janet Runger, will be on display at the Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio during First Weekend Toledo Art. (Courtesy photo)

First Weekend Toledo Art takes place this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, providing an opportunity for the public to talk with artists and stay up to date with their work. Art lovers are encouraged to visit participating locations around town and discover something new.

The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be hosting an opening reception for its newest exhibit, “Board Members Collect.” The exhibition will feature works from the personal collection of the museum's board members.

“I’ve been collecting fine art since 1980,” said board member Steve Beck. “My mentors were gallery owners, museum directors and the artists themselves.” Beck will be giving a talk on collecting art on Saturday and Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be offering gallery-goers refreshments and complimentary wine during First Weekend. The museum will be open from noon to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org.

Across the street, Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery will be featuring “Vineyard Landscape.” The landscape was painted en plein air in Silverton, a town located on the eastern edge of the Willamette Valley. The Willamette region is internationally recognized for its exceptional vineyards, growing some of the world's best wine grapes. This painting was recently chosen by the Flying Dutchman Winery to display on the label of their Artist Series 2013 Oregon Syrah. The wine will be officially released on Nov. 20.

Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Complimentary refreshments will be offered. Contact the gallery at 541-336-2797 for more information.

On Graham Street, Ivan Kelly will be displaying “Backlight Seal Rock,” a 12- by 24-inch painting showing an intriguing scene of gulls on a luminous beach. Kelly was awarded “Best of Show” during this year’s plein air competition. Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday at 207 E Graham St., with light refreshments on offer.

Along Main Street, Frank Jones will be displaying his landscape and urban photography, photo cards and showcasing the works of the late Robert Coghill, an abstract artist who spent his final years in Siletz — all while entertaining guests with guitar and vocals. Francyfolk Photos and Music, located at 227 S Main Street, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Further down Main Street, Janet Runger will be showcasing new additions to her unique assemblage art at Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio. Art lovers getting started on early holiday shopping will have the opportunity to peruse her popular magnets, cards and original works of art for potential gifts. Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio, located at 170 N Main Street, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

At Gallery Briseño, owner Deanne Dunlap will be featuring the works of the late Sam Briseño, as well as photography by the late Scott Blackman, artisanal crafts by Sandy Blackman and fairy houses by John Crawford. Gallery Briseño is located at 359 N Main Street and will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. For more information, contact the gallery at 541-336-1315.