Michael Gibbons to Participate in Favell Museum Invitational Show

Michael Gibbon’s painting “Coast Vignette, Mendocino,” is part of a series of five he created along the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean. The five will be among paintings being shown at the Favell Museum’s 2nd Annual Invitational Art Show in Klamath Falls.  The show begins with an opening reception on Friday, September 26 at 6:pm and will remain up and open to the public through Sunday, October 26.

Gibbons will also be participating on Saturday, September 27 in the Museum’s Plein air Paint Out on the Link River that borders the Favell building and grounds. A silent auction and sale happens all days of the gala reception weekend, which also includes a ticketed champagne brunch on Sunday.

The Favell Museum, which opened in 1972, is noted for the magnificent Western Art and Indian Artifacts Collections originating from founder Gene Favell and his family. Present day shows also feature contemporary artists, as in 2013 and now, 2014, where over 30 West coast artists will show representational work including oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, bronze, and wood sculpture.

The public is cordially invited to join Toledo artist Michael Gibbons for the festivities at the Favell Museum,125 W. Main, Klamath Falls. For more information, call  (541) 281-1770 or see www.favellmuseum.org.

"Coast Vignette, Mendocino" 6"x 8" oil by Michael Gibbons

“Coast Vignette, Mendocino” 6″x 8″ oil by Michael Gibbons

Steve Wyatt to Speak at YRMA During First Weekend

Steve Wyatt

Steve Wyatt

Steve Wyatt, Director of Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center, will be speaking at the Yaquina River Museum of Art in the 1887 School House at 151 NE Alder ST. Toledo on Saturday, June 7 at 2:00 pm during First Weekend Art. His subject is the Convergence of Art and History, both from professional and personal experience.

Wyatt, Executive Director of the Lincoln County Historical Society, grew up in Southern Oregon. His ancestors first put down Oregon roots in the 1880s. Wyatt’s first memories of the Oregon coast date from the 1960s. His grandparents lived on the Siletz River.

Wyatt moved to Newport in 1993 after completing a Masters degree in Museum studies and gaining experience as an archivist and curator in Medford/Jacksonville. Wyatt was Curator of the Lincoln County Historical Society until 2001. While there, he wrote the popular local history publication called “The Bayfront Book.”  Later Wyatt worked at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts as Curator of exhibitions. He returned to the Central Oregon Coast in 2012 when he accepted the Executive Director position at LCHS.

Wyatt believes that art can reflect history and Michael Gibbon’s “Yaquina” show, currently on display at the Museum, documents not only Gibbon’s work and evolution as an artist but is reflective of Yaquina Bay, and of the urgency to capture the beauty of the Central Oregon Coast.

The public is cordially invited to attend the talk, which is free.  Light refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Museum.


Fran Recht Speaks at Traveling Art Exhibition Focused on Watershed

The Yaquina River Museum of Art will host Fran Recht of the Central Coast Land Conservancy for a talk on Sunday, May 4 at 2:00 pm in the 1887 School House Exhibit and Office location,151 NE Alder St, Toledo. The public is cordially invited to attend the free talk and the rest of the First Weekend Art, Toledo, which starts May 3. Refreshments will be served courtesy of Friends of the Museum.

Fran Recht of Depoe Bay works for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission’s habitat program on both local and regional level projects. She supports the efforts of non-profit groups working on habitat conservation, restoration, and public awareness that benefit salmon and other marine species. She has also managed projects on behalf of the MidCoast Watersheds Council.

In celebration of the current art exhibit “Yaquina” by Michael Gibbons, that features 25 plein air paintings of local marshes and landscapes, Fran will make a brief presentation about the Yaquina River estuary and the work being done to conserve and restore the richness and productivity of these beautiful areas. This traveling art show will be displayed until August and its central piece is the estuary shown below.

Willamette Living magazine’s April/May issue features the Yaquina River Museum of Art on page 65. The museum’s mission is to create and preserve an exhibition environment focused on works of art generated by and about the land and people of the Yaquina River watershed region. For more information please call the Yaquina River Museum of Art at (541)336-1907 or Gallery Michael Gibbons at (541)336-2797.

"Arnold Creek Estuary," by Michael Gibbons

“Arnold Creek Estuary,” by Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons Painting Showing in Oregon Art Beat Exhibit

Michael Gibbons was invited to paint with a group of artists in the Berry Botanic Garden, Lake Oswego, OR in 2008 to raise funds for the Garden, a non-profit organization that collects native plant seeds to preserve endangered plants of the Pacific Northwest. The Garden is now a part of the Environmental Science and Management Program at Portland State University.

Gibbons’ painting focuses on the garden bench under flowering trees on a rather misty and cold day. Noted for his unusal compositions and quiet paintings, Michael will show this painting in the Oregon Art Beat artist’s exhibit. Art Beat traveled to Toledo in 1995 to film Gibbons on location. The 4 1/2 hours spent filming resulted in a fascinating short video which was aired on OPB TV Art Beat and can also be seen at the artist’s Signature Gallery in Toledo.

Quiet Refuge, 15"x18" oil by Michael Gibbons

Quiet Refuge, 15″x18″ oil by Michael Gibbons


The 15th Annual exhibit of Oregon Art Beat artists will include works by over 300 artists showing in four Galleries in Pioneer Place Mall in Portland. The exhibit runs from April 19 through June 15. Two main Exhibition Openings will be held: Saturday, April 19, 2-9 pm and Saturday, May 17, 2-9 pm. Additionally, visitors will enjoy two free weekly musical events on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 5-7 pm in the Art Beat Main Stage galleries every week for the two month exhibit.

Yaquina River Museum of Art Issues Call to Artists

Will Hold Plein Air Show During Labor Day Weekend Art Walk

The Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA) is issuing a call to all artists to submit works painted en plain air (on location) for a juried Plein Air Toledo exhibit to be held in the Museum’s exhibit space during this year’s 21st Annual Art Walk in Toledo and for the subsequent month. YRMA’s purpose is to call attention to the Yaquina River Watershed Region through the eyes of the artists who live and work within it.

All works of art must be done on location within the watershed region between March 15 and July 15, 2014. Seascapes are not included. Submissions are limited to two-dimensional objective work that is hand made and no larger than 154 square inches in size. Acceptable mediums include paintings, drawings, etchings, and wood and Lino cuts. Photography will not be accepted.  Artists may submit up to three entries.

The wide time frame for completion of the work will allow for out-of-area artists to arrange travel and for all participants to respond to weather conditions as desired.

A nonrefundable jurying fee of $35 will be charged for up to three submissions per artist. An application form and fee must be submitted prior to beginning the work. Photos of finished work must be submitted no later than July 15 for Phase 1 of the jurying process. Phase 2 will be by invitation, with selected works delivered to the Museum by August 1 for the final acceptance process. All submitted works must be for sale.  A 25% commission on sales will be paid to YRMA.  Cash awards totaling $1000 will be distributed, with $350 for Best of Show.

A registration forms and prospectus may be obtained from YRMA by calling (541) 336-1907 or may be picked up at from the Museum office at 151 NE Alder Street in Toledo during regular hours.

Ivan painting at Yellowstone

Ivan painting at Yellowstone

Gibbons plein air painting

Gift from YRMA to Toledo Public Library

On January 17, 2014, Steve Beck, Board Member of the Yaquina River Museum of Art, 151 NE Alder St., Toledo, presented a gift of art magazine subscriptions to Deborah Trusty, Toledo Public Library Director. The library provides a variety of magazines and welcomes more to “round out” the selection for interested library visitors. Beck explained, “The Yaquina River Museum of Art strives to give art related educational materials to public institutions as part of the Museum’s outreach programs.” Others interested in donating magazine subscriptions to the Toledo Public Library are encouraged to contact Deborah Trusty at (541) 336 3132 by telephone or visit the Library at 173 NW 7th Street in Toledo.

Deborah Trusty, Library Director and Steve Beck, Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA) Board member

Deborah Trusty, Library Director and Steve Beck, Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA) Board member

Becky Miller Featured in One-Woman Show

Ribbons of Sunlight, oil on masonite

Ribbons of Sunlight, oil on masonite


Patterns in Pastel by Becky Miller

Patterns in Pastel by Becky Miller

Through the end of November, Becky Miller’s oil and watercolor paintings are being featured in the gallery space at WineStyles in Corvallis.  An artist’s reception was held there on November 14.

The one-Woman invitational show includes two dozen pieces painted over a four year period, including sea birds, seascapes, and kelp paintings.  At the end of November, the majority of the pieces will be included in a special show at Pegasus Gallery, also located in Corvallis.

For more information, see www.BeckyMillerArtist.com.


Michael Gibbons to Show at Favell Museum in Klamath Falls

Michael Gibbons, artist living and working in Toledo for 32 years, will exhibit his art in Klamath Falls at the Favell Museum September 28 to October 26, 2013 in an Invitational Art Show and Sale showing the work of 32 artists.  A native Oregonian born and raised in Portland, he left his ownership and position as designer of specialty automotive accessories for a small manufacturing firm in Portland to pursue painting full time, marking a turning point in his life and giving birth to his reputation as a “regionalist.”

Autumn View on the Yachats River, 30”x 45”, oil

Autumn View on the Yachats River, 30”x 45”, oil

“Autumn View on the Yachats River,” oil, 30” x 45” done ala prima (outdoors) on a crisp fall day, gives validity to the artist’s belief that his most powerful work comes from where he lives. He will include and show several smaller pieces of his art as well. Winner of many awards over the years and with a solo show in London, England and New York City under his belt, Gibbons’ work is coveted by many and in numerous corporate and personal art collections. For more information about the work of Michael Gibbons please visit his website at:  www.michaelgibbons.net.

Gibbons Works to Restore Yaquina River Museum of Art House Museum


When Michael Gibbons, artist living in Toledo, bought the old Episcopal Vicarage in 1981 ( built in 1926) he knew he would have a lifetime job restoring and maintaining the Cape Cod style house which had been the home of 12 clergy families over the past years. He recently discovered the windows in the front rooms had dry rot beyond repair. In early July, 2013 Gibbons partnered with Millgard windows, an Oregon firm building windows that closely followed the style used in the 1926 construction and Jason Luckini Construction, Toledo, to install the 8 new acrylic windows in the front rooms facing West to the weather side on NE Alder Street .

“My purpose is to return the building to a similar ‘look’ that it had at the time of original construction. I know that not everything can be re-built. As noted in the original photo of 1926 evident dormer windows in the second floor were removed long before I purchased the house and the expense of rebuilding is prohibitive.”

Michael and his wife Judith have shared a vision since 2002 to leave a legacy of art to the community. The non-profit Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA) governed by a Board of Directors formed and meets regularly to conduct the business necessary. The House Museum (Vicarage) and the auxiliary office, exhibit space and curator’s basement storage located across the street in the 1887 School House building are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from noon to
4:00pm and free scheduled group tours are welcome. Art exhibits change regularly in the School House and the Yaquina River Museum of Art sponsors the annual 3-day Art Walk Event and participates in all First Weekend Toledo Art shows. Both buildings have had a sympathetic historic renovation to conform to use as needed. For more information about the Yaquina River Museum of Art please call 541 336 2797 or email yrnaoffice@qwestoffice.net.

St. Patrick’s Day Raffle Winner of Gibbon’s Painting


Michael Gibbons and raffle winner Pat Klinkhammer with "View from the Bluff"

Congratulations to Pat Klinkhammer of Newport, who won the raffle drawing at the St. Patrick’s Day event at the Toledo Yaquina River Museum of Art on Sunday, March 17.  The winning ticket was pulled by Museum office manager Rosa Decembrini at exactly 3:00 pm as all present cheered.  Michael Gibbons, Founder of the Museum, donated his original painting, “View from the Bluff,” (shown on easel in photo) to help the museum raise funds for operating expenses. During the very successful one-month campaign, 425 tickets were sold at $10 each in the raffle for the painting, valued at $3,500. 

Founded in 2002, the Yaquina River Museum of Art offers financial support for local art events and mounts art shows each month for First Weekend Toledo Art.  YRMA is also the Sponsor of Toledo Art Walk, an annual Labor Day weekend event that daily brings hundreds of people to the Toledo area and showcases the art of Toledo artists and guests. This popular event will be celebrating its 20th year this year and runs August 31, September 1 and 2, 2013.  Each year, the Museum invites a special guest artist to show their work during Art Walk.  This year, we are pleased that Rick Bartow of Newport will be our Guest Artist at the Museum. 

The School House Exhibit & Office, 151 NE Alder St. in Toledo, is open noon to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday, and the Vicarage House Museum, 140 NE Alder St., may be visited by appointment. Call (541) 336-1907 or email yrmaoffice@qwestoffice.net for more information.