Ribbons of Sunlight, oil on masonite
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, 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,” 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.
July 5, 2013 Michael Gibbons in front of Old 1926 Vicarage restoration of windows by Luckini Construction, Toledo
1926 photo print of the Toledo St. John’s Episcopal Church Vicarage from Lincoln County Historical Society archives
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com for more information.
Invitation to Opening Reception
“Ribbons of Sunlight,” 28″x40″ oil on masonite
“Ahnfeltiopsis Fantasy,” 36″x48″ oil on canvas
Toledo artist Becky Miller, known for her paintings of Oregon kelp and tidepools, will be one of two featured artists at Ozone Fine Art on the bayfront in Newport for a month, beginning March 16. A wine and appetizer reception from 5:00-7:30 pm will kick off the show. Entitled, “Take a Closer Look,” the show also features Geoffrey McCormack, who, like Miller, goes macroscopic in his realist paintings of oceanic themes.
Miller will be giving a brief presentation of some of the “back stories” behind many of her paintings currently on display in the gallery, including her most recent painting, “Ahnfeltiopsis Fantasy,” which has been a year and a half in the making and which will be unveiled for the first time at the opening reception.
Additionally, Miller will be participating in a paint-in at the gallery on Saturday, March 30, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. She will be bringing in a 36×48″ canvas in progress and invites the public to come watch the creative process in action.
Michael Gibbons, Toledo artist and Thomas Kitts, Portland artist, are shown above working near the Port of Toledo marina boats at the foot of Main Street on Tuesday, March 12. The artists were there working to complete paintings for the First Annual maritime-related juried art exhibition at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center located at 333 S E Bay Blvd. in Newport.
The Center and year-long art exhibit will open in June, 2013. Gibbons and Kitts both paint en plein air (in the big air) regularly and will make their next destination the Second Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo on April 10-14 in Monterey, CA, along with 700 other painters already registered for the event.
For more information regarding the maritime show, please call the Center at 541-265- 7509 or Gallery Michael Gibbons at 541-336-2797.
“Pacific Dunes,” a 12 “x 24″ oil painting by Ivan Kelly, has been juried into the Salon International 2013 exhibition, which will be hosted by Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in San Antonio, Texas.
This juried exhibition of original oil and acrylic paintings is a project of the International Museum of Contemporary Masters. Exhibit Dates are April 13 – May 3, 2013. Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art is one of the most respected galleries in the United States with 30+ years in business.
The International Museum of Contemporary Masters (IMCM), founded in 2001, is a support system for traditional representational artists. It challenges artists to always strive for a higher level of artistic excellence and is totally dedicated to the recognition,
encouragement and support of contemporary, currently active, artists of traditional representational art worldwide.
More information on the exhibit can be found:
Ivan invites the public to come by and visit his studio gallery to view the painting before it will is shipped in April.
It has been a good year for Ivan. This year is the 20th Anniversary, of his gallery. His painting, “Sculptured by Pacific Storms,” was juried into the prestigious American Society of Marine Artists two-year tour of eight public art museums. Additionally, his painting, “Berry Picker,” was featured in the International Wildlife Art Journal’s Spring/Summer 2012 issue.
Michael Gibbons has donated his exquisite painting, “View from the Bluff” (pictured below), to raise funds for the Yaquina River Museum of Art programs. YRMA participates in all First Weekend Toledo Art monthly events; facilitates the three-day Labor Day Weekend Art Walk event, and sponsors a guest artist in the School House; mounts art exhibits throughout the year; purchases art from artists working in the Yaquina River watershed for the Permanent Collection; offers free meeting space to non-profits; and supports Volunteers’ service for the Museum.
“View from the Bluff” by Michael Gibbons
“View from the Bluff,” a 12″x9″ oil painting in a custom gold wood frame (valued at $3500), was painted on location (en plein air) 3 miles north of Pacific City on the Oregon central coast. Michael Gibbons, internationally recognized painter who lives and works in Toledo near Newport, has captured the Pacific Ocean surf in a calm moment. The nearby trees included in the painting, as their bent trunks indicate, often are subjected to great winds and storms. This painting is a glimpse of the pristine beauty of the area shared by the artist on a bright sunny day. Please visit the website of the artist for more information www.michaelgibbons.net.
Win this fabulous view of the Pacific coast for your art collection! Tickets are $10. each or 6 for $50. available at the School House. Your chances are greater by purchasing lots of tickets! Monies received go directly to the Yaquina River Museum of Art programs which benefit the whole community. Thank you for helping and good luck in winning!
*Drawing will be held on St. Patrick’s Day March 17th! You need not be present to win!
More information at the Museum office, (541) 336-1907 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or at Gallery Michael Gibbons, (541) 336-2797 or email@example.com.
Toledo’s arts community has been highlighted in a feature article in the December issue of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine! This is a BIG DEAL.
"Soon Forgotten" by Michael Gibbons
In addition to featuring this large photograph of one of Michael Gibbons’ beautiful paintings, “Soon Forgotten,” the magazine had this to say about Toledo:
“Art lovers eager to experience another side of Oregon should visit the town of Toledo, just a 10-minute drive inland from the Pacific coast. Home to 3,700 people, Toledo is surrounded by thickly forested hills overlooking Yaquina River and Bay. There the landscape painter Michael Gibbons (b. 1943) and his wife, Judy, have been instrumental in fostering the Toledo Arts District, which centers on the studios of several artists and on the Yaquina River Museum of Art. Founded by the Gibbonses in 2002 in an 1887 building that once served as a Sunday school, the museum collects and exhibits artists who have worked in the Yaquina watershed region. Today it holds a growing collection that includes 80 paintings and drawings by Michael Gibbons, as well as works by such other artists as Emil Carlsen, William Russell Flint, and Loran Speck. Gibbons’s studio nearby occupies a former Methodist church, and his Signature Gallery was the Episcopalian church’s vicarage. To arrange a tour of Toledo’s buildings, visit michaelgibbons.net.”