Heaven in a Wildflower
Solo Exhibition by Colleen Caubin

Exhibition Details

Exhibit Dates:                                September 3, 2022 – October 30, 2022

Opening:                                      September 3-4, 2022          10AM - 5PM

Location:        Yaquina River Museum of Art - Schoolhouse Exhibit Space

                         151 NE Alder Street, Toledo, OR 97391

                          yaquinarivermuseumofart.org     541-336-1907


Hours:             Friday - Sunday, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


"Study" Queen Anne's Lace in the Meadow"

"Arnold Slough"

Colleen Caubin is a highly admired painter in the region whose still life and plein air works alike attract viewers everywhere. Caubin has created art her entire life and has made a living as a professional artist and instructor. Her work invites viewers into her world, making them feel at home amongst the nature of the world. Caubin finds immense inspiration from her surroundings, considering herself lucky to be encompassed by inspiration.

Colleen Caubin's solo exhibition "Heaven in a Wildflower" is a representation of the artist's exploration of a more abstract style. Venturing throughout the Yaquina Watershed to paint the pieces of this exhibition, Caubin's pieces reflect a wild quality as she captures the very essence of the moment.

"This is the key painting for me.  It records not how it looks, but how it made me feel.  If you go there you might not see this, another fleeting moment, maybe never to happen again."

Caubin's techniques for this exhibition were a combination of en plein air and in-studio study. Painting along the Yaquina River in the summer presents its unique challenges, if only for the constantly changing landscape of wild flowers and grasses along the banks and sloughs. Laying the foundation of the piece on site, the artist would take a few photos for posterity when completing the work in-studio.

Commenting on one painting, Caubin remarked "Good thing I took some photos too, as a couple of weeks later [the wildflowers] were almost gone.  One of the blessings of art is to capture the momentary and make it last."

See Caubin's original works at the Yaquina River Museum of Art's Schoolhouse Exhibit Space and hear the artist talk about her work at the opening reception of the exhibition at the 28th Annual Toledo Labor Day Art Walk. Colleen will be offering Art Talks to the general public September 3rd, 4th & 5th at 1:00PM on the Legacy Arts Terrace patio. Complimentary refreshments will be offered.

Through presenting exhibitions like “Heaven in a Wildflower,” YRMA provides related educational services for the purpose of increasing and enriching public knowledge through exhibitions of its collections.

The Exhibition

"Arnold Slough" - "Yaquina River Spring Meadow" Diptych - "Riverside with Queen Anne's Lace"

"Old Dinghy with Wildflowers" - "Meadow Spring Mist" - "Study: Queen Anne's Lace in the Meadow"

"Wild Sweet Peas and Wildflowers"

This Exhibition is sponsored by the Yaquina River Museum of Art

The Yaquina River Museum of Art, located at 151 NE Alder Street, will be open from Noon-4PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and during First Weekends.