As spring approaches in Toledo, the streets bloom with the town’s iconic cherry trees and flower boxes — complementing Toledo’s artistic flair. On the first weekend of every month, Toledo takes the opportunity to celebrate its local arts community. First Weekend is an opportunity for artists and the general public to meet and have a look at what’s new within the town’s galleries and studios.
As part of the monthly celebration this weekend, March 5 and 6, Crow’s Nest Studio & Gallery on Main Street will feature the works of more than a dozen local and regional artists, including the photography of Sylvia Hosie. Hosie is a fine art and travel photographer whose work reflects a deep love for the American West and for the Oregon coast, which she calls home.
Other featured artists at Crow’s Nest include founder and assemblage artist Janet Runger; Alice Haga, fused glass; Val Bolen, tile and ceramic pieces; Paula Teplitz, sculptural jellyfish mobiles; Jeff Gibford, digitally manipulated photographs; Tish Epperson, watercolors; Yelizaveta Bhaktina, oil paintings; and Susan Jones, woven fiber jellyfish. Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio is located at 305 N Main Street in Toledo. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
On Alder Street at the Yaquina River Museum of Art, the Founder’s Sale Show continues in its final month in the School House Exhibit Space. The Founder’s Show features art from the museum’s private collection of artists who first started the Yaquina River Museum of Art. Artists featured include Michael Gibbons, Dee Boyles and William Shumway, as well as others. Prominently displayed on the walls of the museum is “Dawn Near Eddyville,” a pastoral piece by Gibbons featuring a gigantic spruce tree located near Eddyville. See this painting and other works at the Yaquina River Museum of Art’s School House Exhibit Space, located at 151 NE Alder St. For more information, please visit yaquinarivermuseumofart.org
Across the street at Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery, “Treasure Island Seascape” will be featured. This is an oil painting featuring crashing waves of the Pacific against rugged intertidal rock formations on a summer day. Stop by Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery to see plein air works by the late painter at 140 NE Alder St. For more information, visit michaelgibbons.net