Every month, Toledo showcases the arts during First Weekend Art. This event is an opportunity for gallery goers to talk to local artists and connect on a personal level with their work.

First Weekend Art starts off the month of May with new and exciting shows from local galleries, studios and a museum on May 1 and 2. Participating galleries still continue to follow the guidance provided by the Oregon Health Authority to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

This month’s feature is the assemblage art of Janet Runger at Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio. Using found materials, Runger takes her audience into her world of fantastical creation. Viewers will find themselves discovering something new and enchanting the longer they gaze at her work. Explore her sculptural art and see forgotten objects turned into treasure. Also featured at Crow’s Nest are the works of Val Bolen, Alice Haga, Paula Teplitz, Jeff Gibford and Tish Epperson.

Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio is located at 305 N Main Street in Toledo. For more information, call 541-207-8088. Crow’s Nest will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

On Alder Street, the Yaquina River Museum of Art will be opening part two of its permanent collection features. Included in this exhibition are new additions and reframed works that will be shown to the public for the first time within the Schoolhouse Exhibit space. Highlighting this exhibition are watercolors by C.E.S. John, Dick VanRyper and two limited edition prints by Michael Gibbons.

Marilyn Murdoch, of Murdoc Collections Gallery in Portland, has gifted the collection with a 1988 oil painting “Reflections of Hot Lake,” which represents an early Gibbons’ style of quick and gestural brush strokes, capturing the natural vegetation during a hot October day at a location 10 miles from La Grande. Also for first time viewing, a unique oil painting by David McCosh from the 1960s, is an example of the highly original Oregon landscapes he explored with a directness and sense of personal discovery.

The Yaquina River Museum of Art is proud to show this selection where restoration and framing expenses have been provided through donations from its membership. The additions to the permanent collection will be on display through June 27 at the Schoolhouse, located at 151 NE Alder St., open every weekend from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org or call 541-336-1907.

Across the street from the Yaquina River Museum of Art, Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery will have a special spotlight on “Vineyard Landscape.” Selected by Flying Dutchman Winery, Otter Rock, to be the limited edition label for its 2013 Oregon Syrah, this painting features a dramatic background of wind blown trees for which Gibbons was noted, and the foreground registers warm, rich earth tones of “grape” country in Oregon. Flying Dutchman has aged this Syrah for seven years and now offers it to the public. Find more information on the wine at www.dutchmanwinery.com and on Michael Gibbons’ art at www.michaelgibbons.net. Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery is located at 140 NE Alder St. and is open every weekend, from noon to 4 p.m.

Further down the street from Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery, Ivan Kelly will be featuring his iconic big game paintings, maritime works and sweeping coastal landscapes. Featured works include “Lupin & Driftwood, Beverly Beach,” a moody springtime depiction of the rugged coast with a beam of sunshine glinting off of the freshly bloomed lupin. Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery, located at 207 E Graham St., will be open on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/IvanKellyGallery.

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