This Labor Day weekend, September 5, 6 and 7, nearly 60 artists are coming together in 12 different locations throughout Toledo to celebrate the 22nd annual Labor Day Weekend Art Walk and 2nd Annual Plein Air Toledo. 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 at participating galleries and studios. The event is sponsored by the Yaquina River Museum of Art, Oregon Coast Bank, Gallery Michael Gibbons, Toledo Ace Hardware, LaRue Hart, Pig Feathers BBQ, Central Coast Land Conservancy, Maxine Moodie, Jill Lyon and Ralph Grutzmacher. More information is available at www.ArtinToledo.com.
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.
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