Notice: Museum Hours and Event Updates

In accordance with the newest State of Oregon measures to control the spread of COVID-19, and in an effort to do our part to support the health of our community, the Yaquina River Museum of Art is cancelling The Founders' Day Birthday celebration on December 19th, as well as the Art Talk by James Nelson. The event will be rescheduled when restrictions allow us to offer public events. 


Please note that YRMA is open with reduced days,  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from noon till 4:00.


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P r e s e n t i n g  a n  e x h i b i t i o n  o f  t w e n t y  p a i n t i n g s  b y 

O r e g o n ’s  r e n o w n e d  r e g i o n a l  p a i n t e r -

t h e  l a t e  M i c h a e l  G i b b o n s  (1943-2020)

N o v e m b e r  7 t h ,  2020  to  J a n u a r y  3 1 s t ,  2 0 2 1


Exhibit Photos by Peter Vince

Forty Years of Painting Around the World

This exhibit is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific and Michael Gibbons' Signature Gallery

The Yaquina River Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition of oil paintings by Oregon’s renowned artist, the late Michael Gibbons.  These works represent a legacy of creating art that spans over forty years from around the world.  Most of the paintings have never been exhibited and are generously loaned to us by Judy Gibbons.


Michael was drawn to places with personal spiritual significance; where he could play with color and texture to make works that are peaceful yet exciting, and rewarding.  His focus was working in a signature style to create intimate views of the ever-changing Northwest landscape and locations like England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Mexico, Arizona, Florida & California.

As a plein air artist, his studio was mobile with very few creature comforts, but everything he could want and need was there:  his unique vision, spiritual beliefs and nature.      


Born in Portland in 1943, and a fifth generation Oregonian, Michael painted the Oregon landscape for 55 years.  His death in July, 2020 has been a significant loss for his family, many friends, our regional art community and art collectors around the world.

I paint whatever moves me. When I’m painting in nature, it is the divine experience of the land that feeds my inspiration.  What is painted is of secondary importance; how it is painted is the critical aspect.  It is in the execution of the painting that the possibility of interaction takes place.

“This man has painted a land we all know and love, giving it back to us in a form we can understand”

Mark O. Hatfield - Oregon U.S. Senator