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Promise: Annual Holiday Show

Exhibition Details

Exhibit Dates:                           November 4, 2023 – January 28, 2024

Art Talk:                                    January 6th, 2024           1:30-2:30PM

                                                   Judy Gibbons "Village Life In Colombia"

                                                   Rev. Pauline Morrison “The Venerable Lady of Korsun”


Location:        Yaquina River Museum of Art - Schoolhouse Exhibit Space

                        151 NE Alder Street, Toledo, OR 97391



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

Please Note: Museum will be closed Dec. 23-24 and 31.


Wood Carving by Rusty Brown


"Promise" is an annual celebratory exhibit features works of art from Latin America as well as art from East and Western Europe which showcases the beauty of the holidays.

Included with artworks from all over the world are works of iconography from US and European based creators, both antique and modern.

One of the many eyecatching features of the show is “Village Life in Colombia” painted by Juan B Toro in 1975.

Toro’s painting was purchased by Judy Ross Gibbons in the 70’s in Bogota at the annual benefit art show hosted by St. Alban’s Episcopal Church for patients hospitalized with Hansen’s Disease (more commonly known as leprosy). She never met the artist.  Looking at this painting, one gets the sense of a South American Grandma Moses style piece as Juan Toro depicts figures ranging in size from giant to miniature going about their business in an active village.  From the corrupted general mayhem in the bottom quadrant of the canvas to the sublime depiction of a Mass at a church service at the top under the vigilant eye of the Virgin Mary statue on a mountain peak; the artist has made a work of art from his memory that portrays experience while living within a community somewhere in Colombia in the past.

Pauline Morrison, Deacon in the Episcopal Church, Chaplain for Samaritan Hospitals in Newport and Lincoln City, Oregon, and Board Member of the Yaquina River Museum of Art, will give a talk about the Icon , “The Venerable Lady of Korsun”, written by the Grace of God, through the unworthy hands of His servant, Sherry Lynch; Iconographer (retired) from Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, which is now part of Morrison’s personal collection. She will give her insight about the Icon and history of the writer.  Rev. Morrison will speak as part of the program beginning at 1:30pm on Saturday January 6th at the School House Exhibition space.

Gibbons and Morrison will offer art talks about their respective collected works on Saturday, January 6 at 1:30pm at the School House Exhibit space. All are invited to join her and encouraged to join in the discussion time.  Holiday refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Yaquina River Museum of Art.

See this work and numerous others in this beautifully curated exhibit at the Museum during this holiday season, including handmade wood carved Celtic knot ornaments by Rusty Brown.

The Museum also encourages visitors to browse the giftshop for presents for any art lovers on our patrons' shopping lists. All proceeds benefit the Yaquina River Museum of Art and support events and exhibitions such as First Weekend and Art Walk.


"Village Life if Colombia" Juan B Toro

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.

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