“View from the Bluff” Supports YRMA Fundraising Effort

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“View from the Bluff,” by Michael Gibbons (oil on panel).


Toledo, OR — The Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA) has launched a campaign to raise needed operating funds – and one lucky supporter will be able to add a Michael Gibbons original oil painting to his or her collection. Founder and Curator Michael Gibbons has donated his oil on panel “View from the Bluff” to be raffled for fundraising purposes.

The 12” x 9” painting shows a calm Pacific shore through sparse trees. The plein air (“open air”) work was executed three miles north of Pacific City, showing the pristine beauty of the area on a bright sunny day. “View from the Bluff” is framed in a custom, gold wood frame and is valued at $3500.

The raffle is expected to raise funds needed for YRMA’s day-to-day operation. “With free admission and no endowment, YRMA’s sources of ongoing funding are severely limited,” said Museum Board Chair Jill Lyon. “We are efficient and our needs are small, but we must raise money very soon.” Tickets are being sold at $10 each, with discounts for sales of five or more. They are available from the Museum (call (541) 336-1907) or from individual YRMA Board members Jill Lyon, Michael Gibbons, Judy Gibbons, Maxine Moodie, Steve Beck and Richard Nichols.
The Museum also is conferring with event organizers to publicize the raffle and make tickets available at other area events over coming weeks. The drawing is scheduled for St. Paddy’s Day, 3:pm at the School House Museum exhibit & office,  151 NE Alder Street, Toledo March 17, 2013; ticket holders are invited but need not be present to win.

Beyond the raffle, YRMA offers opportunities for greater Museum support, including sponsorship of individual rooms in the Vicarage House portion of the campus. Such gifts help to endow the Museum and provide a long-term foundation both for operation and arts programs. Supporters also can purchase engraved granite slabs or smaller bricks for the Legacy Arts Terrace adjacent to the Schoolhouse exhibition space. For more information, please contact the Museum at (541) 336-1907 or yrmaoffice@qwestoffice.net. YRMA is a §501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, a Cultural Trust member, and donations are tax-deductible.

Artist Michael Gibbons has been interpreting the landscape with paint and brush for over forty years. His work is highly prized, has garnered many awards and is collected internationally. Gibbons is a native Oregonian and has lived in Toledo for over 30 years, where he maintains his home and Signature Gallery open to the public.

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