2018 Toledo Art Walk

25th Silver Anniversary Celebration

Labor Day Weekend – September 1, 2, and 3, 2018

This year is our 25th Annual Labor Day Art Walk, and our 5th Annual Plein Air Competition.

This Labor Day weekend, many artists are coming together at various  locations throughout Toledo to celebrate the 25th Annual Labor Day Weekend Art Walk and 5th Annual Plein Air Competition.  The public is invited to enjoy the displays, refreshments, demonstrations, lectures, and more on this self-guided tour from 10 am to 5 pm daily.  Maps of the event will be available at participating galleries and studios.  A list of event sponsors and participants will be available as we get closer to the date.  Stay tuned!

If you’re an artist or art group who would like to participate in Art Walk, please download the participation form.  Information and instructions for submission are on the form.  There is no charge to participate.  The deadline to submit your form in order to be included in the promotional material is May 1st. This is a wonderful event to present and sell your art.

A Little History…

Toledo’s Art Walk began as a one-time event in October, 1993 as an open-studio for Michael Gibbons, a Mentor Artist for the Corvallis based Vistas & Vineyards program.  Artists Douglas Haga and Ivan Kelly, recent arrivals to Toledo and neighbors of Gibbons, were invited to open their doors during the festivities.  Several hundred visitors came for the event, and in 1994 and 1995 the trio of Toledo artists staged a repeat. Each artist invited a guest artist, swelling the number to six showing art. In 1996, prompted by the challenges of October weather, the Art Walk event date was changed to the three days of Labor Day weekend, where it remains to this day.

We always have such an amazing group of artists for Art Walk. You won’t want to miss it! Mark your calendar for this event, and spread the word!  We will update this page with a list of participating artists as we get closer to the date.  Each location has something different, as well as artist demonstrations, talks, and refreshments.  You’ll have wonderful opportunities to meet the artists, and talk about their work.  Maps will be available at the various studios.

"Cow Parsley and Lupine" by Michael Gibbons


2018 showing artists, studios, and galleries

Yaquina River Museum of Art

"Marine Repair" by Ron Raasch, 2017 First Place Plein Air Show Winner

At the Yaquina River Museum of Art located at 151 NE Alder Streetplein air paintings of the Yaquina Watershed will be displayed during the 5th Annual Juried Plein Air Show and Sale. Festive refreshments will be served throughout Art Walk and the show will be exhibited through the month of September. Artists have registered to complete paintings of the surrounding region within a 3 month period.

This year will be featuring the works of Pat Averill, Steve Bennett, Sue Bennett, Laurie Carlson, Coleen Caubin, Michael Guerierro, Jerilyn Guiss, Eileen Hearne, Ivan Kelly, Karen Kreamer, Katia Kyte, Michael Lessard, Kate McGee, Peggie Moje, Ron Raasch, Victoria Ross, Kristina Sellers, and Sharon Yeck. 

Artists accepted in the show have an opportunity to win prize monies for their outstanding work. The Juror of Awards this year is Dee Boyles, an accomplished designer, illustrator and painter. For more information on Dee Boyles, see the Plein Air Show webpage here.

Gallery Michael Gibbons

Depicted in "Lunch Time Fortification" is a faceless and nameless figure who wandered into the scene and is about to ascend the back entry stairwell to the Timbers (well known eating and drinking establishment that faces Main Street).

Internationally acclaimed artist, Michael Gibbons, will show a series of oil paintings of the “back side” of Toledo ’s Main Street and other locations around the town that he did over a 20 year period of time. Some five city vignettes of Toledo, as well as views of the South Bay, wet pastures, Yaquina Bay scenes, and the Industrial Park round out the collection of small paintings ranging in size from 6”x 8” to 6” x 12”. This original work is not framed and a significant courtesy allowance will be offered to collectors. This art will be presented in the Vicarage Garden that Gibbons opens to the public only for Art Walk. All are invited to enjoy a complimentary glass of Oregon wine and cheese with the artist who will be present to discuss his work. As has been the annual custom for Art Walk, Gallery Michael Gibbons offers an exclusive discount of 32% (1% for each year in business) on all prints, mugs, art cards and CD’s as a thank you to all of the collectors of his work. A free raffle of a framed and signed print by Gibbons will be offered in the gallery to be awarded to the lucky winner! 

At 1:00pm each day of Art Walk 25 in the Vicarage garden, Gibbons will introduce artists from the Plein Air Show and from Victoria Ross, who will be showing in the Justice of the Peace Art Studio. These artists will give short art talks and demos of their art. The public is invited to join friends for these informative talks and to relax in the beautiful garden setting while considering and selecting art for their private collections. Gallery Michael Gibbons is located in the 1926 Vicarage House Museum at 140 NE Alder St. , Toledo.

Ivan Kelly Studio & Gallery

Ivan Kelly’s painting “Six Bells” shows his mastery of marine painting. 

For 40 years Ivan Kelly has painted the landscapes from the Canadian Rockies all the way to the high desert of New Mexico. 

“I love the way light transforms the landscape, in particular early morning when the air is fresh and the shadows are long and transparent, he says, “and I believe the best way to paint the beautiful subtleties of light is with easel firmly planted where it’s happening, on a cliff edge, riverbank or sand dune.” 

Painted with energy and confidence, Kelly’s paintings are alive –  each one with a unique mood, light and authentic sense of place. Ivan Kelly Gallery Studio is located at 207 East Graham Street, one block above Main Street. 


Victoria Ross at the JP Studio

Victoria Ross has accepted the invitation of Gallery Michael Gibbons to be Guest artists for Art Walk 25 in the Justice of the Peace Art Studio, located in the Legacy Arts Terrace at 151 NE Alder Street.  

Victoria is an artist from Arizona who earned a Bachelor’s in Art and a Master’s in Art Education and used her education to teach art in elementary schools for 30 years. She is now expanding her own artistic endeavors.

"In my painting I strive to express the feeling or essence of what I paint... exploding color, thick paint like frosting, thin glazes – all of this is exciting to me; I am drawn to subjects that reflect timelessness and inner thought, as well as those that tie to my cultural connections with Latin America."

See Victoria’s art during the 25th Annual Toledo Art Walk at the JP Studio as well as the Plein Air Salon Show which will also be on display in the studio space.

Toledo Arts Guild

The Toledo Arts Guild will be featuring their art at Union Hall, located at 148 E Graham St, Toledo artists will be represented, with work that includes jewelry, fiber, painting, pottery, printmaking, photography, quilting, assemblage, sculpture, and glass. Each of the Guild artists creates unique work and has a wonderful story to tell.





Toledo Clayworks

Toledo Clayworks is located on Toledo’s Main Street at 305 N Main St in a beautifully remodeled historic building, providing the perfect setting for discovery and creativity. The pottery studio is run by Chasse Davidson, who found her calling for clay in highschool. 

"Clay is my passion, when I am actively working I wake up early and go to bed late with fantasies of clay on my mind. When pieces come successfully out of the kiln I get a smile on my face that just won’t go away, when I throw, I lose track of time and feel mesmerized." 

Along with Chasse's works, visitors will also see pottery made by one of the many people who take classes and use the studio.


Gallery Briseno

Fairy House by John Crawford

Gallery Briseno, at 355 Main Street, is the showcase gallery for metal artisan Sam Briseno, and also plays host to several other area artists. 

Visitors can also see watercolor paintings by Jack Wennstrom of eastern Oregon and the landscapes of Arizona.  Wennstrom was formerly of Newport, and his work, painted on site in the desert, depict the play of light on mountains and vistas of the rugged and alluring land. 

John Crawford of Fairy Woodland has a display of their charming Fairy Houses, as well as their DVD titled “Gateway to Fairy” that shows us “the value of seeing with our imagination and gives us permission to believe what we see.”  The second disk in the DVD set offers step-by-step instruction on how to build one’s own fairy house. 

Gallery Briseno also features a selection of “juju dolls” crafted by area artist Cat Mair Mair also calls these delightful and mysterious dolls “companions of the heart.” 

Finally, handbags felted by Sandy Blackman are shown all year round, and collectors will find a fine assortment to choose among.  Sandy and Scott Blackman’s surfing book, chronicling Central Oregon Coast surfing history, are also on hand, autographed by the authors.

Frank Jones Photography & The Art Annex

Frank Jones will be displaying his scenic photographs as well as photo cards. Jones, aka “Toledo’s Troubadour,” will be on hand daily with his guitar and singing voice to delight folk song aficionados. Stop in to hear a song or take home a CD. See Frank Jones at 227 South Main Street.

Frank Jones is also hosting a show of selected artists specializing in various mediums ranging from sculpture to photography at the Art Annex. See the specially curated exhibition at 213 South Main Street.

Oregon Coast Children's Theatre

The Oregon Coast Children's Theatre will be hosting the 2nd Oregon Coast Invitational Youth Art Festival at the Olalla Center for Youth and Families in the old Mary Harrison Elementary School in Toledo. 

The Youth Art Festival will be featuring non-abstract works of art from kids in 7th to 12th grade, painted by a brush or pallet knife in watercolor, acrylic or oils. The festival has three age categories: 7th and 8th graders; 9th and 10th graders; and 11th and 12th graders. Cash prizes will be given to the top three works in each age category: $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third.

The Oregon Coast Children's Theatre is used to reach out to rural and underserved communities throughout Oregon and the Pacific N.W.  Their home base gives them the opportunity to bring our unique education programs to our youth with state wide touring of artists in residency programs, assembly programs and workshops.  They have averaged reaching over 15,000 youth each school year since 1995. 

Heather Fortner

Sea Fern Nature Printing Studio

"Morning Calm Permit" by Heather Fortner

Heather Fortner will be showing her Gyotaku (fish printing) art work in her studio space, Sea Fern Nature Printing Studio, located at 321 SE 3rd Street at the Flowree Center.

Heather Fortner first saw a fish print in 1976 on the island of  Lana’i in the Hawaiian Islands and has been printing and studying this art form since. The sea is an elemental part of her life; the art of fish rubbing resonates with her as the ultimate blend of the artistic and marine realms.

See her at her studio during the 25th Annual Toledo Labor Day Art Walk.

Janet Runger

Crow's Nest Gallery & Studio

"Apothecary" by Janet Runger

Janet Runger, owner of the newly opened Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio, will be showing her talents as an exceptional assemblage artist.

Using found materials, Janet takes her audience into her world of dark whimsy. Viewers will find themselves discovering something new and enchanting the longer they gaze at her masterful sculptures. Wander through her gallery during Art Walk 25 and see forgotten objects turned into treasure.

Crow’s Nest Gallery & Studio is located at 170 North Main Street, just across from Holy Toledo.

Toledo Library Founders' Show

Finally, rounding out Art Walk’s shows, the Toledo Public Library will be open again this year for folks to enjoy the art during Art Walk 25.  The Library’s regular hours on Saturday and Sunday are from 1 – 5 pm and on Monday from noon – 8 pm.  Featured artwork includes the Original Art Walk Founder’s Collection, the Walter and Margaret Gordon Memorial Collection, two tile mosaics in the children’s area – one created by the Oregon Coast Children’s Theater group and one created by the Students of Arcadia School (this one celebrates our watershed), and the mixed media soft sculpture “The Storyteller” by Karen Fitzgibbon.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund • Ace Hardware, Toledo • Georgia-Pacific, Toledo LLC • Oregon Coast Bank • Gallery Michael Gibbons • Nelson Arts Consulting • Dahl Disposal Service • JC Market • Fred Meyer, Newport • Old River Coffee Roaster Co.  

James & Victoria Bassingthwaite • Neal & Jo Bowker • Joyce Colling  Jill Lyon & Ralph Grutzmacher • LaRue Hart  Tom Ing • Bill & Freia McCanless • M. Kay Mockness • Maxine Moodie • Bud Shoemake  • Don Weller  

Juror's Award Donation Made in Memory of Georges Liferman