Toledo artists will open their doors this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, as the town hosts its monthly First Weekend celebration.
The Yaquina River Museum of Art will be hosting an opening reception for their newest exhibit, “Board Members Collect,” featuring works from the personal collections of museum board members.
“I’ve been collecting fine art since 1980,” said board member Steve Beck. “My mentors were gallery owners, museum directors and the artists themselves.”
Beck will give a talk on collecting art from 2 to 3 pm on both days of First Weekend. The museum, located at 151 NE Alder Street, will be open from noon to 4 pm both days, with volunteers on hand to serve refreshments and complimentary wine.
Across the street, Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery will be featuring “Vineyard Landscape,” an oil painting completed en plein air in Silverton on the eastern edge of the Willamette Valley. This painting was recently chosen by the Flying Dutchman Winery to display on the label of their Artist Series 2013 Oregon Syrah, which will be officially released on November 20 in a limited edition of 168 cases. The gallery, located at 40 NE Alder Street, will be open from 11 am to 5 pm both days.
On Graham Street, Ivan Kelly will be displaying “Backlight Seal Rock” a 12-by 24-inch painting showing an intriguing scene of gulls on a luminous beach. Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery will be open from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and from noon to 5 pm on Sunday at 207 E. Graham Street, with light refreshments on offer.
Along Main Street, Frank Jones will be displaying his landscape and urban photography, photo cards and showcasing the works of the late Robert Coghill, an abstract artist who spent his final years in Siletz — all while entertaining guests with guitar and vocals. Francyfolk Photos and Music, located at 227 South Main Street, will be open from 10 am to 4 pm both days.
Further down Main Street, Janet Runger will be showcasing new additions to her unique assemblage art at Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio, open from 10 am to 5 pm both days at 170 North Main Street.
At Gallery Briseño, 359 North Main Street, owner Deanne Dunlap will be featuring the works of the late Sam Briseño as well as photography by the late Scott Blackman, artisanal crafts by Sandy Blackman, and fairy houses by John Crawford from 11 am to 6 pm on both days.