Toledo’s First Weekend Art is happening this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, and the Toledo Arts District welcomes Murray & Co. Wool Goods Open Studio, located in the 1887 Old Church Studio at 199 NE First St.

An online business new to Toledo, Murray & Co. Wool Goods is sharing this opportunity for the holidays with the artists of the community for the first time with an open house. An array of yarn, including exclusive holiday colorways, will be available for purchase. Knitters are invited to bring their needles and sit for a while, knitting in this beautifully restored former studio of Michael Gibbons and First Methodist Church. For more information and to purchase online, go to www.MurrayWoolGoods.com.

Next door to Murray & Co. Wool Goods, the Yaquina River Museum of Art continues its exhibition of “Promise,” an annual holiday show in the 1887 School House Building. This year, “Promise” features 24 icons, ranging in age from the Byzantine 19th century to 2021, including works by local iconographer Bobby Love. The public is invited to a talk about icons given by Love on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. in the School House. Light refreshments will be served.

Michael Gibbons’ Premier Edition fine art book, “Painting in Nature,” which features a collection of more than 160 of his works, will be available for purchase at the School House. “Painting in Nature” includes contributions by Gibbons’ friends and professional associates, with many stories behind these works; revelations about Gibbons’ career and his personal writings about those 50 years of capturing the “voice” of nature through his art. 

The Yaquina River Museum of Art is located at 151 NE Alder St. It is open from noon to 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org

Across the street at Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery (140 NE Alder St.), artwork by Gibbons (1943-2020) is on display. “View of the “Sevren at Deerhurst,” an oil on canvas painted in 1983 on the Sudeley Castle grounds in Winchcombe, England, will be the featured painting for First Weekend Art. The gallery is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 541-336 2797 or email michaelgibbonsart@charter.net

Just down the street, Ivan Kelly Studio & Gallery will be featuring “Spruce, Fern, Queen Anne’s Lace & Purple Daisy on Otter Crest,” a plein air painting of a coastal meadow with the Pacific stretching off into the clear blue sky. “I came upon this lovely combination on a clear warm fall day on the Otter Crest Loop,” Kelly said. “Set against the Pacific, it has everything a wildflower garden could want, warm sunlight, color and contrast.”

Kelly has been a signature member of American Society of Marine Artists since 2000. The Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery is located at 207 E Graham St. and will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, go to www.ivankelly.com.

Celebrating the holidays down on Main Street, Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio will be displaying the works of multiple artists. Tish Epperson’s fairytale watercolor works stand out along the walls of Crow’s Nest in saturated color. Also featured are the works of Alice Haga, Val Bolen, Paula Teplitz, Jeff Gibford, Veta Bahktina, and the founder of the studio, Janet Runger. Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio is located at 305 N Main Street. Crow’s Nest is open most days, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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