Featured through the month of May at the Yaquina River Museum of Art are 14 selected works from the permanent collection, which demonstrate the breadth and variety of work in that collection. The exhibit features several new additions to the collection and works that have been recently framed or restored. This wide variety of subjects and media by 12 regional artists will be displayed within the 1887 Schoolhouse Exhibit Space in Toledo.
The International Council of Museums says, “Museums have a duty to acquire, preserve and promote their collections as a contribution to the safeguarding of the natural, cultural and scientific heritage.”
Generally speaking, a permanent collection may be defined as a set of material objects that an establishment has assembled, classified, selected and preserved in a safe setting. The collected objects of a museum are acquired because of their potential value as examples, as reference material and as objects of aesthetic or educational importance.
Marilyn Murdoch, of Murdoc Collections Gallery in Portland, has gifted the collection with a 1988 oil painting, “Reflections of Hot Lake,” which represents the early Michael Gibbons’ style of quick and gestural brush strokes and captures the natural vegetation during a hot October day at a location 10 miles from La Grande.
Also for first time viewing is a unique oil painting by David McCosh from the 1960s, an example of the highly original Oregon landscapes he explored with a directness and sense of personal discovery. “Learning to paint,” McCosh said, “is learning to see, not to recognize only familiar things.” He taught at the University of Oregon from 1934 until his retirement in 1970. His drawings and paintings demonstrate a style based on energy and emotional engagement, and through his kind and dedicated teaching, he influenced many Oregon painters. This McCosh oil study was gifted by former YRMA chairman Tom Ing.
“Mountain View,” by Dick VanReyper, is a small watercolor illustrating the artist’s ability to capture the landscape through minimal brushstrokes. Plein air artists master skills at recording their observations while living in their environments, and their work reflects a fresh and honest interpretation of their subjects. This work was donated by Michael and Judy Gibbons.
Don Prechtel’s painting “Fishing Boat” comes from his time living in Newport, although the body of his work is about America’s western heritage. This oil painting was donated by the artist.
The Yaquina Museum of Art’s mission is to collect, preserve, study, interpret and exhibit significant art works relating to the Yaquina River Watershed region of Oregon. The museum is located at 151 NE Alder St. in Toledo and is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org or call 541-336-1907.