17th Annual Spring Unveiling Arts Festival, May 5-7, 2017

The members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group invite you to play along the shores of Cannon Beach and in the varied and beautiful galleries of our town. Nestled between the wild ocean and the coastal mountains Cannon Beach offers art and craft ranging from the playful to the sublime. On May 5, 6 & 7, each gallery will spotlight new work by their chosen artists. Unveilings, demos and receptions take place all weekend long, making this event an unparalleled experience for the art lover.

2017 Spring Unveiling Events Schedule

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2017 Spring Unveiling Gallery Listings!


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Archimedes Gallery

Brin Levinson

In the war between man and the natural world, it would appear, judging from his unpeopled cityscapes, nature has won. Levinson’s worlds – washed in dour grays, ochre, and sepia brown – suggest the landscape before us is already becoming a relic. The brightest colors, the occasional burst of blue sky that breaks out from behind cloud-crowded sky, the flash of red graffiti on a rhino, illuminate the scene. Currently living in Portland, Oregon, you can see the influence Portland’s industrial areas and older architecture have had on Levinson. His “backyard” has become the subject of his art. A “new place” has emerged in his work based on the collision of urban landscapes and the natural world – in which the deer and the zebra roam, while wildebeests graze in the city’s Chinatown, and beneath an underpass in a switching yard, a tagged walrus, big as a train car, appears to rest his weary flippers.

David Rice

Much of David’s work focuses on the themes of nature and its personifying characteristics. Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, he has a special connection with the outdoors. David uses the natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primary subject matter. Meldingtogether an organic style with graphic overlays, his style combines a mixture of the natural world with a geometric presence. The combination of the organic with the human engineered. This speaks to how instead of only a natural world existing, or one that is manmade, the two can coexist harmoniously if the dominant party yields to this cohesive existence. A balance is needed for both parties to survive. He currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon

Nicole Gustafsson

Nicole works as a full time illustrator specializing in traditional media paintings featuring everything from woodland characters and environments to pop culture based projects. She uses a stunning color palette to capture fantastical places portrayed. Her interest in wildlife and trees grew into a life-long passion of the natural world and continues to be a theme in her artwork.

Nathan Bennett

Using the patina process on bronze plates as his canvas, Nathan Bennett mines new veins in painting. His landscapes have a surreal quality, a sense of otherness, which is partly due to his unusual medium. Taking the chemicals normally used to finish bronze sculptures — the oxides, nitrates and acids — Bennett instead wields them as he would paint on an eighth-inch-thick sheet of silica bronze that becomes his canvas. The work itself is stark, haunting almost, in its barrenness. His landscapes startle. Without relying too much on the materials themselves for effect, Bennett realizes nature in cold hard metal, light in acidity and a kind of esthetic spirituality born of poetic austerity. Over the last 12 years, Bennett’s art has been exhibited in solo and group shows around the country.

Margret Short

This Oregon artist specializes in still life and floral subjects in oils. She is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and Master Signature Member of American Women Artists. Captivated by Rembrandt’s bling, Margret has replicated 17th century paints for her collection by hand grinding each pigment. Luscious colors, with magical names like lapis lazuli, cinnabar, and malachite are the focus of each bountiful still life. Not only are the colors duced, but sections of each original work in her paintings are a game of hide and seek.

Melissa J. Cooper

Spending ten years working in a foundry as a young woman. starting at age 17, Cooper learned and performed virtually all the labor-intensive steps involved in casting bronze at a Loveland, Colorado foundry. But not once during those ten years did Cooper pick up a chunk of wax or clay and ponder creating her own little work of art. Despite the grime and hard work, those years at the foundry were worth it, the award-winning artist acknowledges. They gave her an invaluable education in working in bronze from the bottom up. As a result, she can visualize a complex three-dimensional design (without drawing it on paper), calculate the necessary structural strength and interrelations of its various parts, and bring it to reality—in many cases without ever having seen how the artwork will look as a whole. Cooper’s widely collected wildlife art—from five-inch to monumental scale—depicts such creatures as rabbits, beavers, chipmunks, and bears, known for their combination of graceful shape and, as the artist puts it, “fluffy and robust” charm. An impressionistic style suits Cooper well for a creature’s body. When it comes to the face, however, detail is key to infusing the animal with spirit and personality.


Ann Cavanaugh

Ann has truly found her medium in fused glass. For over ten years she has expressed her love of color, light and nature with a depth and complexity made possible by building layers of glass into translucent images of amazing emotional power. Her work ranges from realistic snowy woods scenes to abstract pieces of urban energy. She says, “Working with glass brings together science and discovery. Pushing the limits continues to challenge and interest me. When I open the kiln, the anticipation is like a child’s eagerness at Christmas – the wonder of it all.” She is currently creating a series of pieces utilizing old window frames that capture experiences she’s had in the natural world. Some of them are recognizable as “birches,” or “garden walls,” for example. Others are abstracted in a way that reflects nature through bursts of color and vivid lines. She is also doing work on a commission basis, the most recent being the “Mari’s Fire” sculpture, co-created with metal artist Linley Schetky. It is a large outdoor sculpture created in memory of DragonFire co-founder, Mari Rockett.


Chuck Gumpert

Painting transports him into another world. Each new piece is an exploration the canvas tells him where to go and the colors are the vehicle to get there. His pieces are expressive, energetic, moody and thought provoking. To paint out of habit or by formula would be to him the antithesis of artistic expression. When working on a large canvas, brush strokes are not a flick of the wrist, rather a full body gesture! He is inside that world for a while, playing in the colors and bathing in the light. The canvas becomes his entire field of vision. Abstract is an escape, a dizzying journey into … anything! He enjoys it when a viewer begins to see and names the things they are “seeing.” It is a different experience for everyone. He believes his sense of color and light derives from his continued practice over the last fifteen-plus years of computer graphics. Projected light and vivid color vs. reflected and natural…this exploration seems to be his ongoing quest.


Eli Mazet

He may be the most passionate glass artist you will ever meet. It all began when his brother introduced him to lamp work glass. He fell in love with it, spent hours on the torch practicing and within a few years had developed the skills that take most people a life time. His fascination with glass has led him to his most recent project, “The Contemporary Shot Glass.” While looking for something new to make, it became apparent to him that today’s glass artists were not making one of the most collected pieces of glass worldwide. With the support and sponsorship of Northstar Glass, he challenged top glass artists to create a new handcrafted shot glass. Using their skills, new techniques and glass, over 40 artists have now created more than 70 shot glasses, each a work of art.
Their work has been documented in a book documenting the movement which has created the largest contemporary shot glass collection known today. After fifteen years of working in glass his enthusiasm has never faded and his love of glass has only grown. He is always looking for new things to make in glass and is always inspired by other glass artists.

Icefire Glassworks

Jim Kingwell

What began as a five-year experiment evolved into a life-forming fascination with glass for Jim, who has been playing with fire for more than 40 years. His chemistry teacher’s observations about reality inspired him to enroll in art classes, so it is fitting that melting glass requires a grounding in both chemistry and physics. His Icefire Glassworks logo incorporates the alchemical symbols for Earth, Air, Fire and Water, honoring the obvious linkage of art and science. From that, beautiful pieces of blown glass emerge that seduce the senses and stimulate the spirit. He will show his latest work from his Embers series.

Suzanne Kindland 

Suzanne was not reared to be a glass artist. It was her connection to the dream world that led her to become one at the age of 38. There were always hints, persistent nudges that would not be ignored, from favorite childhood words (horizon, crucible) to a vision of dancing in flames that led her to Cannon Beach and propelled her into the passionate world of soft molten glass. Inspired by the places she has lived, she makes blown glass pieces that express Nature in the tangled patterns of woodlands, the stark horizons of deserts, and the mysteries of deep water. She will be showing her latest work in her Emerald Forest series.

Mark Gordon

Mark began blowing glass in 2003.  His first experience with the medium was at Icefire Glassworks, and he now lives and works in Bend, Oregon.  His current body of work is focused on blending colors and balancing them with individual forms.  The challenge of combining colors in different ways, and working with a hot and fluid medium, keeps every day of working with glass new and exciting. He will be showing new work in his Murrini series during the weekend.

Jeffrey Hull Gallery

Jeffrey Hull

Jeffrey began his painting career more than 40 years ago in Cannon Beach, and it is from its coastline that he draws his inspiration. Today he is widely known for his ability to capture the beauty and moods of the places where water joins land, controlling the difficult medium of watercolor, often in very large paintings. Recently he has returned to painting in oil as well, and is rarely found far from the ocean’s edge. His deep love for the area is clearly seen in his original paintings and prints.

Sharon Amber

Jewelry artist Sharon Amber creates personal treasures using 14k, 18k, and 22k gold and exotic gems.  She is best know for her high fire enameled “miniature paintings”, and her carvings in local gems and beach pebbles. During Spring Unveiling, she will reveal work and designs inspired by thousands of miles of travel over the last few months.


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Victoria Brooks

After a successful career as an art director in television and motion pictures, Victoria Brooks has pursued her love of painting, which she has been doing for 20 years. In addition to being a talented studio artist, she is an accomplished plein air painter as well, and has won numerous “Best of Show” awards for her studio and plein air works.

Modern Villa Gallery

Anne Packard

The painting tradition is strong in Anne Packard’s family from her grandfather Max Bohn, a turn of the century impressionist, to her grandmother, great-aunt, uncle, mother, and daughter. Her art was initially worked on wood panels from wind drift along the shores of Cape Cod. As she became more involved with her art, she studied with the late Phillip Malicoat and also at Bard College. The artist Robert Motherwell saw great talent in Packard and purchased twenty-three of her painting for his collection. With a greater knowledge and practiced discipline, new directions emerged. Today, her painting evokes the surge of relentlessly driven winter seas as well as the tranquil planes of dunes at rest, or an inviting narrow trail winding through sharp bladed dune grasses. The Cape, to which she has returned time and again continues to restore her spirit.

David Jonathan Marshall

With his imaginative style, bold use of color and dramatic perspective, David brings a fresh new look to the art world. His skill at capturing movement and animation in his art is a direct reflection of his own lifestyle and view of the world. He says, “I feel like I’m putting a puzzle together. I paint the pieces of that puzzle, but even I don’t always know what will be seen in the end.”

Josef Kote

His paintings are symphonies of light and color. They are lirically stunning and romantic, edgy and current. He achieves this delicate balance of seemingly contradictory qualities through his complete mastery in technique, and through years of experimenting to find his own unique style. With the lightness of a true master’s hand he combines classic academic and abstract elements, fixing these, literally letting them run into each other with dripping rivulets of riveting colors and light. His trade marks are his bold brush work and sweeping strokes of vibrant colors applied, more often than not, with a pallet knife, while other areas of the canvas are left monochromatic and devoid od detail craeting a negative space that lets the eye drift to infinity. The results are paintings the tremble in stillness with energy and light.

Northwest By Northwest Gallery

“Hip Hop” by Georgia Gerber

Georgia Gerber

Georgia’s bronze sculptures define many NW public spaces, including “Rachel the Pike Place Pig” in Seattle’s Pike Place Market and 25 sculptures surrounding Pioneer Courthouse in downtown Portland. Gerber won the 2010 Cannon Beach public choice award for Sculpture Without Walls with her “Tufted Puffins”. She typically works on two to three public installation commissions at one time using the traditional lost wax casting technique.

Christopher Burkett

Studying with Ansel Adams inspired award-winning, fine art color landscape photographer Christopher Burkett to redefine color photography as Adams had defined black and white. The Washington Post says, “Burkett has achieved in Cibachrome what Eliot Porter achieved for dye-transfer or Weston for black & white”. Each handcrafted photograph is a hand printed, hand crafted fine art original, solely created by the artist.

“Pointillist Painting” by Jeff White

Jeff White

Skyscapes & Landscapes in oil reflect the artists most memorable and moving experiences with nature. Jeff paints the splendor of our natural world in the Northwest in pursuit of the ethereal & atmospheric light our region is known for.

Hazel Schlesigner

Hazel  discovered her passion for oil painting at an early age, inspired by her childhood on the Northwest coast. The shorelines, fields, and vineyards, and later the Mediterranean countryside, have supplied the scenes and subjects of her work. She paints from a palette of predominantly warm, vivid colors and large, rhythmic brush strokes, transforming landscapes into more contemporary or abstract realism.

Ivan McLean

Ivan is a public sculptor working in steel, bronze, glass and wood. His work can be seen throughout Portland’s Pearl District and he has also created extensive site-specific installations within the Nines Hotel. His work is also well known in California where he has just installed a series of spheres of different sizes and colors on Hollywood Boulevard. His 108′ steel sculpture was also selected from 10 sculptors nationally for the Newport Beach Sculpture Park.

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Tolley Marney

This Western sculptor creates powerful equine sculptures using antique wood inlays, steel and a lifetime of traditional blacksmithing skills. Rustic, yet elegant, these works are labor intensive and only ten are sculpted in a year.

White Bird Gallery

Anne John

Rumi has been doing and exhibiting painting, performance, ceramics, sculpture installation and fashion design in New York, Oregon and Japan since the 1980′s. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC in 1986 and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. During the week before Spring Unveiling, she will be unveiling a 54′ painting “At Play in Cannon Beach” that will be installed in the pergola adjacent to White Bird Gallery. Other works will be on display during the festival at White Bird Gallery.

Robin & John Gumaelius

Robin and John Gumaelius incorporate steel, ceramic and wood to create animated human and anamorphic, bird-like sculptures. Robin creates, through sgraffito and complex decorative glazes, the colorful surface imagery and then John adds the exquisite metal armatures that give the artwork life and transform them into kinetic sculptures.

Ken Grant

His career began in retail store window and interior display working with many stores in the Portland area, before beginning a successful business as a freelance display artist and store designer, that also included teaching visual merchandising. At one time, he and a friend also operated a gallery in Cannon beach, where he also spent time working on his own drawings and sculptures. Next came a gallery in Portland, a featured piece in the “Works on Paper” exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, and the publication of a book of his drawings “The Nude.” Along the way he has done illustrations for books, magazines, greeting cards and advertisements. In 1994 he became an artist full time.


Faryn Davis

From the mountains just west of Asheville, North Carolina, Faryn creates paintings and a line of jewelry which encases tiny painted scenes and found ephemera such as leaves, twigs, grass, thorns, bird bones, wasp nests, feathers, and moss into resin. Each piece is individually hand painted with toothpicks and tiny brushes, embedded in layers of resin.

17th Annual Spring Unveiling Arts Festival, May 5-7, 2017