Oregon Governor Kate Brown Visits Michael Gibbons' Signature Gallery

Governor Kate Brown and husband Dan Little were hosted at brunch in the garden of Michael and Judy Gibbons on Saturday, August 12  who also showed them the 1926 Vicarage House Museum; the 1887 Old School House Yaquina River Museum of Art & Office; the 1910 Justice of the Peace Art Studio and 1887 1st Methodist Church cum art studio for Michael that have all been converted to art purposed buildings in Toledo by the Gibbons.  The conversation centered on "Yaquina", A Painted Voice for a Sacred Landscape, the travelling art exhibit of 40 oil paintings of the nearby watershed that Gibbons painted over a 35 year period of time. Gibbons said " The divine nature of this landscape has been my focus and a point of beauty in my life that I have tried to portray in my art". A collaboration with grant funding by the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, the Toledo High School media department that did the filming, and the Yaquina River Museum of Art, has made possible a promotional video of the exhibit. Mahonia Hall, the official Governor's Residence of Oregon in Salem, showcases "Arnold Creek Estuary", a 62"x 42" oil painting by Gibbons (an inspiration point for the traveling exhibit) which was gifted to Friends of Mahonia Hall by Greenbrier Companies, Portland. It is planned that small regional museums and institutions in Oregon will be the venue for the travelling exhibit with the Favell Museum  Klamath Falls as a first location. Scheduling for display may be made by calling Michael Gibbons at (541) 336 2797 or email at michaelgibbonsart@charter.net  Michael Gibbons is a member of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA); Oil Painters of America, Chicago; Laguna Plein Air Painters; Oregon Society of Artists; and Allied Artists of America, NY. 

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