Labor Day Weekend – August 31st, September 1st, September 2nd, 2019
This year is our 26th Annual Labor Day Art Walk.
This Labor Day weekend, many artists are coming together at various locations throughout Toledo to celebrate the 26th Annual Labor Day Weekend Art Walk.
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.
The 26th Annual Toledo Labor Day Art Walk will feature 11 venues, and 30 artists. Please see below for information on each location.
Thank you to our lead Art Walk sponsors Newport News Times, The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Toledo Ace Hardware, and Georgia-Pacific.
Thank you to our Art Walk Donors LaRue Hart, James & Victoria Bassingthwaite, and Armando Ceballos.
Thank you to our contributing sponsors Beach Street Kitchen, BriCor Tax Services, Cup of Sass, Gregory Herkert Comprehensive Dentistry, Green Dragon Herbal Clinic, Toledo JC Market, Loofah Soaps & Creations, Michael Gibbons Signature Gallery, Milltown Coffee Stop, Newport Plumbing, Paul B. Osterlund's Law Office, Prism Bookkeeping & Business Management, Rags to Riches, Rizza Pizza, Toledo Les Schwab Tires, Toledo Feed & Seed, and Vern Bearden Auto Repair.
Our sponsors make the Toledo Labor Day Art Walk Event possible.
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
"Monterey Jazz Festival Two Posters" by Earl Newman
At the Yaquina River Museum of Art located at 151 NE Alder Street, guest artist Earl Newman will be displaying his silk-screen prints.
Earl has been designing and hand silk-screening prints since 1960. His work has been commissioned by music and theatre events such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Oregon Country Fair, and for organizations such as the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
"I've been able to reproduce my designs in volume, usually 100 at a time. It is like having 100 canvases on which to experiment, using different colors of papers and inks, varying the color blends as I go along. Thus, no two prints are alike. As an artist, I've been able to sell my work inexpensively, to communicate and share with others." the artist stated.
Earl's work for the Monterey Jazz Festival dating back to 1963 is now included in the Smithsonian's Division of Musical History in Washington DC.
See his hand-printed works at the Yaquina River Museum of Art during the 26th Annual Toledo Labor Day Art Walk.
"The Back Pasture" by Michael Gibbons
Internationally acclaimed artist, Michael Gibbons, will show a series of oil paintings not previously shown in his Signature Gallery. The paintings feature scenes from the Yaquina Watershed over a 35 year period. 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 26% (1% for each year in Art Walk) on all prints, mugs, and CD’s as a thank you to all of the collectors of his work.
At 1:00pm each day of Art Walk 26 in the Vicarage garden, Gibbons will introduce artists participating in this year's Toledo Art Walk. 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’s painting “Clearing, A Winter Evening” 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.
Barbara Alexander will be featuring her oil and mixed media works in her home studio located at 448 NE Andie Lane.
Barbara Alexander left her first career to pursue her passion for art. She is now debuting her work inside her home studio for the 26th Annual Toledo Labor Day Art Walk.
See Barbara’s striking works of art during the 26th Annual Toledo Art Walk at her studio located at 448 NE Andie Lane.
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. Artists featured in this year's Toledo Art Guild show include Alice Haga, Jennifer Rose, Jennifer Norman, Sandy Blackman, Cynthia Jacobi, Valerie Jacobi, Tish Epperson. Each of the Guild artists creates unique work and has a wonderful story to tell. The Toledo Art's Guild will be showing at the Union Hall on Saturday & Sunday only.
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 the works of Dennis White, Doug Haga, Val Bolen, Martha Wallace,Paula Teplitz, Lydia Bosley, and Ram Papish.
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.
New artist Michael Hicks will be featuring his graphite drawings and watercolor works.
Art lovers can see his beautiful depictions of nature, portraiture, and more at his gallery space located at 240 South Main Street during the 26th Annual Toledo Labor Day Art Walk.
St. John's Episcopal Church will feature a "Celebration of Writing and Art", an inaugural competition in which local students either enter original written works with art illustrations or art creations only. Top dollar scholarships will be awarded to winners of the writing and art expressions, but winners of original artwork will also receive scholarships. Student artwork as well as adult artwork from friends of the church will be on sale.
Join the art celebration at St. John's located at 110 NE Alder Street.
"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.
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 26. The Library will be openSaturday only. 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, and the mixed media soft sculpture “The Storyteller” by Karen Fitzgibbon.