Toledo falls into First Weekend


Every month, Toledo galleries and studios open their doors to art lovers for a behind-the-scenes look of local artistry. Toledo will be showing its colors Nov. 2 and 3 as the streets have taken on their autumn hues. The public is invited to each location to visit with artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Featured during this month’s First Weekend Art Celebration is the Yaquina River Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection, focusing on North and Southwest art. Visit the museum and enjoy work donated to the museum by the prolific artists of the region. Complimentary refreshments will be offered to visitors as they peruse the Museum’s Schoolhouse Exhibit space. The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at 151 NE Alder St. For more information on the Yaquina River Museum of Art, visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org

Across the street, Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery will be giving a special spotlight to “Gracie’s Garden,” a painting not previously shown within the gallery’s space. “Gracie’s Garden” depicts a mysterious garden path that leads into blooming rhododendron bushes that are iconic features of our coastal landscape. Stop in the gallery and enjoy complimentary Oregon wine and cheese. Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery, located at 140 NE Alder St., will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Over on Graham Street, Ivan Kelly will be featuring his big game, landscape and maritime paintings. Kelly is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists. Ivan Kelly Studio & Gallery, located at 207 East Graham St., will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

On Main Street, assemblage artist Janet Runger will be featuring her sculpture work in Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio. Stop in to see her newest creations and the interesting stories they have to tell. Visitors will have the opportunity to peruse her popular magnets, cards and original works of art. Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio, located at 170 N Main St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Further south on Main Street, Frank Jones will be featuring his vibrant landscape photography of the Oregon Coast. Francyfolk Photos and Music, located at 227 S Main St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Just across the street from Francyfolk 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 South Main St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

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