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Updated: October 11, 2022 @ 8:11 pm
“Blue Heron,” by Ivan Kelly, will be featured at the Toledo artist’s gallery during First Weekend Art, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday at studios and galleries around town.

“Blue Heron,” by Ivan Kelly, will be featured at the Toledo artist’s gallery during First Weekend Art, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday at studios and galleries around town.
Toledo is a small town that finds pride in all it has to offer, from its varied industries to the local community events that bring people together. The local arts community of Toledo is a significant presence on the coast, with galleries and studios dotted throughout the town. On the first weekend of every month, the arts community opens its doors to visitors and art lovers to give a behind-the-scenes view of their works and see what’s new. Stop by all participating locations this Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, and take a look.
Featured this month at the Yaquina River Museum of Art, 151 NE Alder St., is “Toledo Treasures,” an exhibit displaying 13 selected works from the permanent collection, which depict iconic views of buildings, roads and landscapes found within Toledo. The artists featured in this exhibition represent a wide variety of styles and techniques used to interpret their subjects. From a random growth of native flowers or leaves of grass or from a Main Street corner building to the Georgia-Pacific Mill, these artists have found their inspiration almost anywhere. “Toledo Treasures” will be on display at the museum’s Schoolhouse Exhibit space from July 2 through Aug. 14. For more information, visit yaquinarivermuseumofart.org
At Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery across from the Yaquina River Museum of Art, original paintings by the late artist will be on display, including “Mary’s Peak on Blodgett Road,” a scene along Old Blodgett Road painted en plein air by Gibbons on a clear December afternoon in 1995. “My most powerful work comes from here where I live,” Gibbons once said of his paintings in the local region. “It is in the sacred land that I have found my voice. It continues to speak through my paintings.” Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery, located at 140 NE Alder St., will be open both Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit michaelgibbons.net
Just a block over, Ivan Kelly Studio and Gallery will be welcoming visitors from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Featured this month is “Blue Heron,” a quintessentially Pacific Northwestern scene of a calm river encroached with the greenery of a temperate rainforest. Stoically along the banks stands a great blue heron on watch. Known for their expansive wingspan, great blue herons are the largest herons native to North America. However, this large bird is dwarfed by the looming forest surrounding it in Kelly’s painting. Kelly is a nationally recognized artist and has been a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists since 2000. His studio/gallery is located at 207 E Graham St. For more information, visit ivankelly.com
On Main Street, Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio will be displaying the works of several artists. Janet Runger, the founder of Crow’s Nest, will display storybook found object assemblage art; Alice Haga, fused glass; Val Bolen, tile and ceramic pieces; Paula Teplitz, sculptural jellyfish mobiles; Jeff Gibford, digitally manipulated photographs; Tish Epperson, watercolors; Veta Bakhtina, oil paintings; Sylvia Hosie, wildlife photography; and Susan Jones, woven fiber jellyfish. Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio is located at 305 N Main St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
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