Following on the heels of ART Toledo’s phantom pop-up galleries launch, a summer Art, Oysters and Brews event is coming to Main Street in partnership with the Yaquina River Museum of Art’s First Weekend celebrations in the city’s Art District.
The ART Toledo festival will take place on the first Saturdays of June, July and August, starting June 5. Events run from noon to 5 p.m. and continue on July 3 and Aug. 7 at the parking lot at the corner of East Graham and South Main streets, across from Bank of the West. Admission is free.
Co-hosts for the festival are the Toledo Chamber of Commerce and the Timbers Restaurant and Lounge.
The first-time festival offers Rogue brewery tastings; oysters from the Timbers; live music, including the Siletz tribal band; and art for sale, as well as an opportunity to visit Main Street’s Phantom Galleries and meet the artists whose work is displayed in the art-filled storefronts.
Toledo’s Main Street phantom galleries are small, temporary art shows in otherwise vacant storefronts, giving passersby the chance to “window shop” the work of area artists in a COVID-safe environment. Exhibiting are Nate Burke of Toledo, paintings; Jim Franklin of Toledo, etched wood; Sylvia A. Hosie of Toledo, color photography; Herb Kateley of Seal Rock, black and white photography; Moe Snyder of Seal Rock, paper book art; and Jill Perry Townsend of Lincoln City, paintings. Additionally, one Phantom Gallery space showcases student artwork from Toledo High School.
Each gallery has information about the artist and his or her work, along with how the art can be purchased and details about renting the commercial space. QR codes will allow visitors to scan and then visit the artist’s page on ARTToledo.com or learn more about the potential of the commercial spaces.
“The Phantom Galleries have truly transformed a number of vacant buildings on Main Street,” said Paul Schuytema, executive director of the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County.
“This is just the start of our Arts Revitalization of Toledo,” said Toledo Mayor Rod Cross. “This has been 15 years in the making, and now we’re starting to see the genuine impact the arts can have on our beautiful downtown.”
Rachael Maddock-Hughes, principal and founder of Sequoia Consulting and consultant to the city for ART Toledo, explained, “We believe we can use art to celebrate our history, our culture, and use it as a way to draw more folks to Main Street. And we are doing this to align with the First Weekend Art Walk.”
The First Weekend Toledo Art Walk, which has been held for several years, will be part of Art, Oysters and Brews in June, said Judy Gibbons, widow of Toledo artist Michael Gibbons and director of the Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery on Northeast Alder Street. That gallery, along with Ivan Kelly’s Studio-Gallery on East Graham Street, Yaquina River Museum of Art on Northeast Alder Street, and Crow’s Nest Gallery on Main Street, have traditionally been part of the monthly First Weekend art events in Toledo. The four galleries will be open on First Weekend in June from noon to 4 p.m. each day.
James Nelson, curator of the Yaquina River Museum of Art, said he liked seeing all of Toledo’s galleries working together with the phantom galleries. “It’s wonderful that the city and the arts community are banding together again,” he said.
The Yaquina River Museum, founded by Michael and Judy Gibbons, is expected to be open from noon to 4 p.m. every Friday through Sunday this summer, not just First Weekends.
For First Weekend, Ivan Kelly’s Studio/Gallery presents Kelly’s oil paintings with the theme of “The Beauty of Landscape and its Wildlife.” The exhibit includes a recent painting of a grizzly bear, “A Surprise Meeting in the Rockies,” and an on-location Oregon coastal landscape, “Morning Walk on the Dunes.”
Janet Runger’s Crow’s Nest Gallery will feature the work of 15 artists. And Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery across from the Yaquina River Museum will feature the late artist’s work.
“All the galleries work together,” Judy Gibbons said, noting they offer special shows on the first weekend of each month.
“It’s wonderful that the city and art are banding together again.” And she referenced a well-known quote: “A rising tide lifts all boats.”
Arts Revitalization of Toledo (ART) was launched by the City of Toledo and is supported by local businesses, nonprofits, Lincoln County and other stakeholders seeking to revitalize downtown.
“The Oregon Coast Visitors Association is dedicated to raising the bar for the visitor experience in Toledo and is grateful to be involved with the ART Toledo Committee,” said Jesse Dolin, a destination coordinator with the Oregon Coast Visitors Association. “It is a pleasure to work with such a wonderful group of local stakeholders, led by the city, who are dedicated to revitalizing downtown to serve the needs of current residents and to breathe new life into Toledo’s Main Street.”
Maddock-Hughes said future ART Toledo projects include additional art events, Main Street beautification, outdoor dining and a new mural program. She said ART Toledo has brought in more than $60,000 in grants to support downtown beautification and the arts in the city.
ART Toledo Committee members include: the Timbers Restaurant and Lounge, Crow’s Nest Gallery, Port of Toledo, the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County, Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society, Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery, Yaquina River Museum of Art, Oregon Coast Visitors Association, local artists, Toledo High School, Toledo Chamber of Commerce and Bank of the West.
To get involved in Toledo ART, contact Rachael Maddock-Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow ART Toledo online at: