On Thursday, December 11, during the sunny part of the day, 19 TAG (Talented and Gifted) students from Toledo High School and their teacher Peter Vince took a field trip to Arnold Slough, Toledo on the Yaquina Bay where Fran Recht, Central Land Conservancy took them on a walking tour of the estuary. Shown in the photo are students and Michael Gibbons, artist and Peter Vince, Toledo TAG teacher, at the Port of Toledo’s non-motorized boat ramp where the students learned that the salt marsh to the west of the boat ramp area has only native species growing and is free of invasive plants. The group then traveled to the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center on the Newport Bay Front to view “Yaquina”, a Travelling Exhibit of 35 oil paintings by Gibbons of the estuaries he has done over a 19 year period of time in the field. Students engaged with Gibbons in conversation about the relation to art he sees in these life-giving estuaries and how a pictorial record in art is important to have and keep; a painted history.
Sponsored by the Yaquina River Museum of Art, Toledo, “Yaquina” has been shown in New York City at the National Arts Club and will be up at the Maritime Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd., Newport through January 4, 2015 . Open hours to the public are Thursday-Sunday 11:am-4:00pm.