ART Toledo is pleased to announce that a fourth event has been added for the summer Art, Oysters, and Brews series. It will take place from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 4, on Toledo’s Main Street. Due to COVID-19 precautions, masks will be required to attend the event. Main Street will be closed to traffic to allow for more space in between vendors and attendees.

This event is held in partnership with the Yaquina River Museum of Art’s First Weekend art celebrations, the Toledo Chamber of Commerce, and the Timbers Restaurant and Lounge. It will feature local bands Lucky Gap and Wild Hog in the Woods. Deluxe Brewery, 3 Rivers Winery and Acrobat Winery will be serving tastings. The Timbers Restaurant and Lounge will be serving oysters. There is also a kid’s activity booth supported by the Toledo City Library.

In addition, visitors can tour the other galleries that will be open as part of the First Weekend art celebration, such as Michael Gibbons Gallery, Ivan Kelly Art Studio, Crow’s Nest Gallery, and the second round of Toledo’s Phantom Art Galleries.

Toledo’s Main Street Phantom Galleries are small, temporary art galleries created in vacant storefronts to allow visitors to enjoy the works of local and regional artists in a COVID-safe environment. The galleries not only enliven Toledo’s Main Street but showcase available street-level storefronts that are ripe for new business development.

“The Phantom Galleries have truly transformed a number of vacant buildings on Main Street,” said Paul Schuytema, executive director of the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County. “Now comes the fun part of celebrating this wonderful downtown and these great artists, and also inspiring new businesses to join the Toledo business community. Come check it out and make an afternoon of it!”

Each gallery has information about the artist, their displayed work and how it can be purchased, as well as the commercial space and its amenities. QR codes will allow visitors to scan and then visit the artist’s page on ARTToledo.com or learn more about the potential of the commercial spaces.

Visitors can also enjoy the Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society and the Toledo History Center. Or, as part of the Oregon Film Trail, check out the local sign that celebrates locations in and around Toledo that were used for the filming of “Sometimes a Great Notion,” the 1971 movie adapted from Oregon author Ken Kesey’s novel.

The Art, Oysters and Brews event series is part of the city’s new Art Revitalization of Toledo initiative (ART), which includes the phantom galleries, the event series, grants for downtown beautification and outdoor dining, as well as a soon-to-be-launched mural program. ART is supported by local businesses, nonprofits, the county, and other stakeholders who are dedicated to revitalizing downtown to serve the needs of current residents and to reinvigorate Toledo’s historic Main Street.

“This is Toledo, and this is what we’re all about,” said Mayor Rod Cross, “art, industry and it all coming together to form a beautiful place to live, grow and raise your family. Enjoy Main Street.”

ART is overseen by a dedicated ART Committee of engaged citizens, local businesses, and nonprofits. Members include: the Timbers Restaurant and Lounge, Crow’s Nest Gallery, Port of Toledo, the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County, Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society, Michael Gibbons Gallery, Yaquina River Museum of Art, Oregon Coast Visitors Association, local artists, Toledo High School, Toledo Chamber of Commerce, local artists, members of the community and more.

To learn how to get involved in Toledo ART, contact Rachael Maddock-Hughes at rachael@sequoiaconsulting.org. Learn more at ARTToledo.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/ArtToledoOR or on Instagram: nstagram.com/art_toledoor

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