Every month, Toledo pays tribute to local artists by celebrating First Weekend Toledo Art. Along with First Weekend for the month of August, the final installment of the Art, Oysters and Brews event at the corner of North Graham and South Main will take place. First Weekend and Art, Oysters and Brews invites art lovers and gallery goers to enjoy a weekend filled with art at all participating locations. Toledo will be celebrating First Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. Participating galleries still continue to follow the guidance provided by the Oregon Health authority to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
August’s First Weekend feature is the continuation of the “Private Collection (Gibbons Trust)” showing at the Yaquina River Museum of Art. The Private Collection exhibition is a show of select works from the art collection of the Michael and Judith Gibbons Trust. A spotlight will be given to “Vase with Roses,” a striking still life oil by artist John Van Dreal. A third generation Van Dreal artist, John began painting at the age of 7. He received his BFA from Brigham Young University under the instruction of Greenwich Workshop artist James C. Christensen, oil painter Bruce Smith and printmaker Jenni Christenson. He has received many awards through regional and national competitions, as well as numerous gallery shows. See his work and many others at Yaquina River Museum of Art, 151 NE Alder St., open throughout First Weekend from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org
Across the street, Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery will be featuring the late artist’s plein air paintings of the Pacific Northwest. Among Gibbons’ many works, the gallery will be featuring “Marys Peak from Blodgett Road,” a cold December winter view of tcha Timanwi (Marys Peak) painted on location just two days before Christmas in 1995. Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery is located at 140 NE Alder St. Hours during First Weekend are from noon to 4 p.m. Visit www.michaelgibbons.net for more information on the artist.
Just a street over, Ivan Kelly’s Studio & Gallery will be featuring “Still Morning, Marine Gardens” and many of his other marine paintings. Kelly is an awarded signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists since 2000. His oil paintings have been featured in numerous exhibitions and have received many awards. See his sweeping coastal landscapes and maritime paintings at his studio, located at 207 E Graham St. Ivan Kelly Studio & Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.ivankelly.com
Down on Main Street along with the Art, Oysters, and Brews event, Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio will be displaying the works of 15 artists. Janet Runger, the founder of Crow’s Nest, will be featuring her whimsical found object assemblage art. Also featured at Crow’s Nest are the works of Alice Haga, Val Bolen, Paula Teplitz, Jeff Gibford, and Tish Epperson. Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio is located at 305 N Main St. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.