Along the streets of Toledo, people will find the small mill town integrates art and industry seamlessly. Train cars are the backdrop for sculptural works along the riverfront, and mosaics are laced among the scenes of Main Street.
For Toledo, the arts community is integral to the town’s iconic views. Every month, Toledo showcases the arts during First Weekend. This event on the first weekend of every month gives artists and visitors a chance to connect through a personal approach to art.
First Weekend returns to Toledo this weekend to showcase the uniqueness of the small town and its vibrant arts community. Participating galleries still continue to follow the guidance provided by the Oregon Health Authority to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Featured this month at the Yaquina River Museum of Art is “Toledo Treasures – Eight Artist Interpretations.” Thirteen selected works from the museum’s permanent collection depict iconic views of buildings, roads and landscapes found within Toledo. This wide variety of subjects and media will be displayed within the Schoolhouse Exhibit Space. Also featured at the museum is a fundraising raffle, where visitors can enter for a chance to win a crystal set, art books and other collectables.
The museum, located at 151 NE Alder St., is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 541-336-1907 or visit www.yaquinarivermuseumofart.org.
Across the street at Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery, the featured painting will be “Daylight Moon.” Painters are often considered historical recorders, and this particular painting attests to the artist’s skill of capturing a little seen view of the moon and sun. The gallery is located at 140 NE Alder St. and will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For information, call 541-336-2797 or visit www.michaelgibbons.net.
The Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery will feature an oil painting titled “Morning Over the Flood Marsh.”
Kelly describes the idyllic landscape as “a familiar scene (that) takes on magic and mystery during a misty dawn as the sunlight flows across the receding floodwaters and the remaining stocks of winter’s marsh grass.” Many other paintings that depict local scenes are also available for viewing.
Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery is at 207 E Graham St. and will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 541-336-1124 or visit www.ivankelly.com.
On Main Street, Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio will be showcasing the works of 15 artists. It is located at 305 N Main St. To learn more, call 541-207-8088. Crow’s Nest will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday.