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9th Annual Plein Air & More, June 23-25, 2017

9th Annual Plein Air & More, June 23-25, 2017

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Cannon Beach has not only been named “One of the Best Art Towns in America,” but National Geographic has also listed it as “One of the Most Beautiful Places in the World.” So…what more could you ask for if you’re a plein air artist? That’s why they continue to come from around the world to capture the unique elements of this landscape “in the open air”. To celebrate this challenging artistic style and the work of the artists, the Cannon Beach Gallery Group is presenting the 9th Annual Plein Air & More festival. Scheduled for June 23-25, the event will feature nearly 50 artists creating art on location throughout the town and on the beach Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Last year we added a new feature to the festival that made it easier for visitors to watch the participating artists at work. On Saturday afternoon they all came together for two hours in an “Artists’ Swarm” right in the center of town. Visitors truly enjoyed being able to see them all creating in one place. This was so popular that we are continuing it this year. Also returning will be the “Creative Play Space” where children of all ages can explore their own artistic talents. Our stilt walker will also be back, along with live music, and the raku firing on the beach Saturday evening. This festival is unlike any other in the country, in that it goes beyond the typical “Plein Air” event, by including not only those working in oil, pastels, and watercolor. The “and more” component attracts virtually every other art form…bronze sculpture and stone carving, metal working, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics and fused or blown glass. We hope you’ll join us. This event just keeps getting better and better each year.

Workshops Offered by Four Nationally Recognized Plein Air Artists. (click for more information)

Leading up to the weekend will be four workshops conducted by nationally recognized artists Michael Orwick, Anton Pavlenko, Mike Rangner and Hazel Schlesinger. Come and paint for a few days before the festival, then plan to stay over for all the fun.

 

2017 Plein Air & More Schedule (click for pdf file)

 

2017 Plein Air and More Gallery Listings!

 

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Archimedes Gallery

“Beachcomber Bay” by Nicole Gustafsson

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 related to the natural world, and continues to be a theme in her artwork.

“Spring” by Dan Chen

Dan Chen

Dan was born in China, in the province of Canton. He immigrated with his parents to the U.S. in 1984 and enrolled at San Francisco City College to study graphic design and illustration at Academy of Art University. Since then, Dan’s professional career has focused full time on nature and wildlife art in both paintings and sculptures. His experience with the eastern and western disciplines of art has provided the inspiration for the extremely pleasing and dramatic style he has developed. Whether the media is oil, pastel, watercolor or sculpture, each piece Dan creates is an exquisite and masterful expression of line, color, light and energy which is truly his own. His art is a marriage of the finest qualities of eastern and western art style and technique.

“Fall on the River” by Pamela Claflin

Pamela Claflin

Pamela  has a deep love and respect for nature…especially what is found in the Northwest to the Southwest. In her paintings she wants to transfer to the viewers the reason for capturing that particular scene…be it the quality of light, color, textures, a water source in an unusual area, or the absolute beauty of a grand scene. Occasionally she enjoys capturing a building, a bloom or animal, or an etched-out life style.

“Praise” by Kristina Boardman

Kristina Boardman

Kristina was born in Lancashire, England and came to Canada amid Centennial celebrations in 1967, spending several years in Alberta before settling in Victoria. Her paintings are infused with the colors and tones from the multitude of stones found along the beaches of Canada’s west coast, and the painting possibilities are endless. Her work is created from within rather than from a still life construction or photograph, with her process mimicking the reaction of sand and water on stones in nature as they settle into place. In the finished painting, the eye travels along the crevices created by the shadows, just as water would flow around the stones on the beach.

“Deciduous Tree” by Christopher Perry

Christopher Perry

Christopher Perry began showing his paintings in 1983. He studied fine arts at Marylhurst University, with an emphasis on print making. Today, he creates in two separate mediums, oil painting and kiln-cast glass. The two mediums continually influence each other. He also contrasts light and dark in his abstract landscapes, paying particular attention to atmosphere. Having won many awards and had his work appear in several television series, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Council.

 
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“Skylight” by J. Scott Wilson

J. Scott Wilson

He is constantly extending his inspired feelings through his media with each painting. His images develop for the day he lives. Direction of paint on surface as well as the entrance and the exit of imagery are a few of his present concerns.  The result is a fantastic freedom of expression. This accomplished painter of over forty years has earned honors with his paintings by art critics with over two hundred Best of Shows in prestigious art events in the USA over his career.  His paintings reflect his love for classical music through the movement and energy in each painting.  He strives to challenge the viewers’ eye and mind with innovative images he creates with use of color, line and texture.  The end result is a quality painting that holds the interest of the viewer for a lifetime.

“Late p.m. F35, Iceland” by Sidonie Caron

Sidonie Caron

Berlin born, London raised artist Sidonie paints within a wide range of themes and subjects. Her work includes landscapes, seascapes and figurative images, bridges and walls, industrial and abstract compositions, and Asian and Judaica themes. Her life and experiences have taught her–and she will say she was more influenced by her surroundings than from her classical training– to look for the subtle variations in things. Her work is never directly representational. She is much more interested in leaving an impression that has its basis in her experiments and explorations. Her perspective suggests that with a a bit of distance, a greater fullness of lived experiences comes into focus.

“Hang On” by Michael Orwick

Michael Orwick

Michael’s skill as a landscape artist creates compelling views of our world that move beyond time and place – places as mysterious as Oregon’s craggy coast, as unpredictable as a glacial view of Mount Hood, or as serene as an Oregon waterfall. His work can conjure up thoughts of Remington in his most enamored moments with the majestic west, or the dance of an impressionist on a pond or the snow.

“Summer Colors” by Anton Pavlenko

Anton Pavlenko

Anton Pavlenko is a Ukrainian-born painter who has always been drawn to creating imagery. His earliest memories are of drawing Russian cartoon characters before he immigrated to the United States with his family as a toddler. Encouraged by his father, he persisted in educating himself about art and painting, and today remains largely self-taught and deeply inspired by the natural world.

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Joanne Shellan

This Seattle artist began her career with watercolor and in just two years found success in galleries, solo shows and commissions, started winning awards and attained her signature membership in the Northwest Watercolor Society.  But the frustration she was feeling with that medium told her that something was still missing. So, after happening on a demonstration of ala prima oil painting, she gave away her watercolors and bought oils. “The dense pigment and rich texture of oils truly express the art that has always been inside me.” Today, she paints in oils and acrylics and is known for her strong design and rich color.

Icefire Glassworks

“Northern Lights Vase” by Jim Kingwell

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.

“Brocade Series” by Suzanne Kindland

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 the latest work in her Emerald Forest series.

 
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“Petroglyph Vase” by Michelle Kaptur

Michelle Kaptur

Michelle has been blowing glass since 1975. After ten years learning the basics of glass blowing, she moved on to paint for several years. “Painting is where I put together all the composition, color and design stuff that I learned about in school. When I came back to glass I had a much stronger sense of the design choices I wanted to make and why.” She has had her own studio, Glass Dancing, in Bend since 1994, previously having worked with Icefire Glassworks for several years.

Jewelry by Pamela Juett

Pamela JuettPam Juett fell in love with hot glass while watching Bill and Sally Worcester work their magic at their studio in Cannon Beach during the late seventies.  For the next six years, she immersed herself in the study of glass and art at the Pearl Wright Gallery in Manning, Oregon; at the Pilchuck School in Stanwood, Washington; and at the School of Arts and Crafts in Portland, Oregon. In 2008, she found a way to work with glass on a small scale at her home.   Classes in flame worked glass at Bullseye Glass and Aquilla School in Portland led her to begin making beads.  Today, she continues to develop her beads and her jewelry, producing necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
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“Failure to Burn” by Angela Purviance

Angela Purviance

Angela is a graduate from Oregon State University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. During her time at OSU she focused in printmaking, where she took on the challenge of learning how to produce full color Intaglio prints. This type of copper plate etching is a multi-step process involving reworking a single plate for each color/layer of the image. In her studies she successfully produced vibrant, whimsical prints and quickly became one of the top printmakers in her graduating class.

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Lisa Wiser

Lisa draws inspiration from the scenic northwest, travel adventures and reading novels to create watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media paintings. Also an avid photographer, she chronicles her visual inspirations as she records obscure landscapes, architectural details, and other intriguing painting subjects. Pursuits in life drawing and plein air painting confirm that she prefers a direct association with her subjects while working from life both outdoors or in the studio. “The foundation of my work is a keen interest in the concept of structure in both the natural and built environment. My primary interest is capturing landscape scenes that visually articulate my emotional response upon approaching the scene.” Her representational work is characterized by vivid color, great depth of space and attention to detail.”

“Delicate Matters” by Alisa Vernon

Alisa Vernon

Alisa Vernon is Imprint Gallery’s resident printmaker and studio manager. She is a recent graduate from the BFA program at Oregon State University where she studied under Yuji Hiratsuka. Her love for animals and attention to detail are brought forth in her intaglio prints. Since Alisa’s graduation and after a short break over the summer, she has relocated back to her hometown of Astoria. At Imprint Gallery, she hopes to grow both her experience in working for a studio/gallery while simultaneously indulging her love for printmaking.

Untitled by Mark Andres

Mark Andres

Mark is a multimedia artist fluent in drawing, painting, animation and film. Stylistically, his color pallet evokes comparisons to Fauvism, and his work certainly pays some tribute to German Expressionism. The paintings are a product of an experiential process where, in his words, “the mysterious rhythms of the place resonate in my body”. His intention is to communicate the freshness, excitement and brevity of his first glimpse and initial experience of a place. He is keen to qualify that this is no Impressionist manifesto, explaining, “the rhythms I refer to are also abstract and graphic, not just about the fleeting effects of light.”

Jeffrey Hull Gallery

“Along the Path” by Jeffery Hull

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.

“Deep Woods Elk Trails” by Sharon Amber

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 Plein Air & More, she will reveal work and designs inspired by thousands of miles of travel over the last few months.

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“Treasure Box with Golden Beryl” by Steven Amber-Voorheis

Steven Amber-Voorheis

This 20 year old designer began fabricating silver jewelry at the age of 9. His love for origami evolved into origami silver earrings, pendants, and rings with colored gems and pearls. He took a hiatus from jewelry making during his high school years to explore his interest in oceanography, and after two years of college has returned to jewelry design with enthusiasm. One of his designs recently won international recognition as a finalist in the 2017 Saul Bell Jewelry Competition. He currently lives in Independence, Oregon and works in silver, 14 and 18 karat gold, colored stones, and diamonds.

Modern Villa Gallery

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“Surrounding Seas” by David Jonathan Marshall

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, but even I don’t always know what will be seen in the end.”

Northwest By Northwest Gallery

“Gorge Light” by Jeff White

Jeff White

Skyscapes & Landscapes in oil reflect the artist’s 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.

“Northwest Squall” by Hazel Schlesinger

Hazel Schlesinger

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.

“Fremont Bridge” by Ivan McLean Image courtesy of Artslandia

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  installed a series of spheres of different sizes and colors on Hollywood Boulevard. His 108′ steel sculpture was also selected from ten sculptors nationally for the Newport Beach Sculpture Park.

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“Horse” by Tolley Marney

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.

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“Coyote Woman” by Cristina Acosta

Cristina Acosta

Cristina’s lifelong love of birds, bears and horses is often depicted in a contemporary, yet folk art manner that is truly distinctive. Her “Memoir” paintings are influenced by her Spanish heritage and family history. She has created works in many media all of her life…murals, illustrations and a best selling book. This “Coyote Woman” painting is of her grandmother in her Native American dress.

White Bird Gallery

“Heron Moon Cameo” by Dave and Boni Deal

Dave and Boni Deal

This husband and wife team has collaborated in clay for more than 30 years, working fulltime at their rustic home studio in the Cascades. They have worked almost solely in raku since the 70′s, and are known for large classical forms and intricate surface designs. A unique aspect of their pottery is the focus on the native environment … the plants, geology, and wildlife that are reflected in the themes and materials used in their work, like the heron urns, leaf imprint pots and landscape triptychs. During the weekend, they will be doing a raku firing on the beach at Sunset.

“Reeds on Edge” by Gretha Lindwood

Gretha Lindwood

Gretha’s  paintings are best described as “crisp, refreshing, and vivid.” Vibrant color and strong design are hallmarks of her work developed during a 30-year career as an illustrator and graphic designer. Using soft pastel sticks, recompressed powdered pigments from the earth, she makes her marks on artist grade sandpaper to express the effects of light and atmosphere as she paints the landscape en plein air.Recent awards for her work include “Best Pastel” at the 2013 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competition. She has also won recognition for her work at shows in Laguna, Carmel, and Los Gatos.

“Charlie Noble” by Robert Schlegel

Robert Schlegel

Robert is a professional artist from Banks, Oregon. He began exhibiting pen and ink drawings in 1973 and has had work included in the Artists of Oregon Show at the Portland Art Museum. Most recently, his work has been included in several juried shows.

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Untitled by Bev Drew Kindley

Bev Drew Kindley

This Oregon artist often paints impressionistic landscapes “en plein air” or based on site experience, memories, sketches and photos. Searching for the brightness and joy in every season, inspired by the light and energy she finds in nature, she experiments to transform the excitement she feels into colors, shapes, movement and brushstrokes. Working to communicate what she discovers keeps her always exploring places, mediums and methods.

Untitled Horse Head by Josh Henrie

Josh Henrie

Josh was raised in the northwest corner of Washington where the coast is rugged, calm, and angry, with rays of light that are ever changing. His stone sculptures are deeply influenced by all these elements of nature, moving him to push the texture and polished stone until he brings its story to the surface.

“Summer Alley” by Brooke Borchering

Brooke Borchering

Brooke is dedicated to an ongoing inquiry of building the landscape through paint.  Growing up painting palm trees of southern California, she moved to Oregon which inspired her to take an easel outside for the first time in 2009.  She received her BFA from the University of Oregon in 2010, but is mostly self taught by observing/ responding to nature.  With a practice of both plein air and studio painting she now works as a full time artist in Seattle WA.  Her current work of deconstructing the landscape aims to shed light on the beauty of ordered chaos.

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

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

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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

2017 Spring Unveiling Saturday Reception Schedule

2017 Spring Unveiling Chef’s Table

 

Winner of the Two night stay at the Tolovana Inn is Rick Chaney from Des Moines, Washington

 

2017 Spring Unveiling Gallery Listings!

 

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Archimedes Gallery

“Meridian Crow” by Brin Levinson

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.

“Sunup” by David Rice

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. Melding together 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

“Haystack Rock – Twilight” by Nicole Gustafsson

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.

“Marble and Monarch” by Nathan Bennett

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.

“Journey of the Medlar” by Margret Short

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 reproduced, but sections of each original work in her paintings are a game of hide and seek.

“Sweet Sipper” by Melissa Cooper

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.

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Postcard from the “Frame of Reference Show”

Cannon Beach Gallery

The gallery will open their second juried show of 2017 during the weekend.
“Frame of Reference” will feature contemporary artwork that blends text and image. From Egyptian hieroglyphics to contemporary graphic novels, cultures across centuries utilized various forms of text and image for communication. Work being submitted for the show can be done in calligraphy, altered books or maps, collage, mixed media, or any other media that follows the show’s theme.

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“Ghost Forest” by Ann Cavanaugh

Ann Cavanaugh

Ann grew up roaming and “making” in the outdoors of Oregon. Spending so much time outdoors and having been exposed to formal art instruction at an early age has culminated today in her being a “maker” of glass that reflects the textures and colors of nature. In 2004, she took a workshop in fused glass from Roger Thomas. From the first hour she knew she had found her medium. It didn’t take long to turn one of the outbuildings on her property into a fused glass studio. Since retiring from her job as a school administrator, she has devoted herself to her passion for glass and gardening. She is drawn to the depth and complexity that are possible by layering glass into translucent images of amazing power. Every piece represents continuous learning and renewed excitement.

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“Guessing Game” by Chuck Gumpert

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.

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“Shot Glasses” by Eli Mazet

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 about how this movement 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

“Naissance Vase” by Jim Kingwell

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.

“Emerald Forest Bowl” by Suzanne Kindland

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 the latest work in her Emerald Forest series.

“Murrini Vase – White with Blue” by Mark Gordon

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.

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“Leadfoot Chapel” by Aggie Zed

Aggie Zed

Born in South Carolina and now living in Virginia, Aggie studied at the University of South Carolina to gain a BFA Painting and Sculpture in 1974. She has exhibited extensively in the Southern region of America and her work is widely collected. She was awarded a Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts in 1982, and a National Endowment for the Arts Professional Fellowship in 1986. In 2012 Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, mounted a substantial show of her paintings and float sculptures called Keeper’s Keep. Her work has a sense of having arrived mid-narrative with unexplained content that is both disturbing and delightful. She does not see herself as a storyteller, but creates her work as a catalyst. “I’m like the person who shows you one page of a story and lets you guess the rest.” Her work challenges the viewer to make sense of what they are seeing, while embracing confusion about the unknown.

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“A Little Wrong: Deliver My Soul From the Sword; My Darling From the Power of the Dog” by Juliellen Byrne

Juliellen Byrne

Juliellen received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Ohio State University. Much of her work explores the troubling emotions that surround injustice, loss and grief. “As my interest in figurative sculpture continues I am still motivated by the emotions of vulnerability, isolation and anger. As I step away and look objectively at my work I see how dreams, secrets and the experiences of others, as well as my personal experiences, have informed my work.”

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“Escape” by Angela Purviance

Angela Purviance

A graduate from Oregon State University, Angela earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. During her time at OSU she focused on printmaking, where she took on the challenge of learning how to produce full color Intaglio prints. This type of copper plate etching is a multi-step process involving reworking a single plate for each color/layer of the image. In her studies she successfully produced vibrant, whimsical prints and quickly became one of the top printmakers in her graduating class.

Jeffrey Hull Gallery

“Backwash Breaker” by Jeffrey Hull

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.

“Deep Woods Elk Trails” by Sharon Amber

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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“Treasure Box with Golden Beryl” by Steven Amber-Voorheis

Steven Amber-Voorheis

This 20 year old designer began fabricating silver jewelry at the age of 9. His love for origami evolved into origami silver earrings, pendants, and rings with colored gems and pearls. He took a hiatus from jewelry making during his high school years to explore his interest in oceanography, and after two years of college has returned to jewelry design with enthusiasm. One of his designs recently won international recognition as a finalist in the 2017 Saul Bell Jewelry Competition. He currently lives in Independence, Oregon and works in silver, 14 and 18 karat gold, colored stones, and diamonds.

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“Company Houses” by Bernard Geiser

Bernard Geiser

During the festival Sharon will be exhibiting paintings done by her Grand Uncle Bernard Geiser, a noted WPA painter. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and, while in France in World War I as a medic, painted murals in the base hospital in Perigueux. He subsequently became part of the Paris art scene, receiving a scholarship after the war in recognition of his murals. He later headed the art department at Western State College in Gunnison Colorado. After his wife perished of pneumonia, he gave up painting and was ordained as an Episcopal priest. He arrived in Portland in 1931, and while assigned to St. Mark’s Church, completed a series of eleven murals. Geiser commented, “I gave up art for the Church and the Church gave it back to me. He was very active in local art circles from his arrival in Portland until his death in 1965.

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“Exhilaration” by Victoria Brooks

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 and has won numerous “Best of Show” awards for her studio and plein air works.

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Hammered silver set with ammonite gemstones by Nick Ketcham

Nick Ketcham

Nick brings his enthusiasm to jewelry design, beginning with fabrication techniques at the age of 18, and is working between college terms in the jewelry studio. Now 19 years old, he is learning the difficult intricacies of ring construction. His designs are mostly abstract, and most include texture as a main component.

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Fish Necklace by Thomas Tietze

Thomas Tietze

Thomas specializes in North West, nature and sea life inspired jewelry, such as salmon, trout, whales, dolphins and other denizens of the deep. An accomplished jeweler, designer and instructor, he brings over 35 years of experience and inspired passion to his designs. After completing an apprenticeship, he received further training from the Revere Academy in San Francisco and was instructed by the renowned Dieter Mueller-Stach, at CSULB. Thomas is a Jewelers of America Certified Senior Bench Jeweler. Originally from Cologne, Germany, his workshop and teaching studio is located in Portland.

Modern Villa Gallery

“Low Tide” by Anne Packard

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 paintings 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.

“Surrounding Seas” by David Jonathan Marshall

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.”

“Supernal Glory” by Josef Kote

Josef Kote

His paintings are symphonies of light and color. They are lyrically 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 of detail creating 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

“Raven Moon” 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. For this year’s Spring Unveiling, she is creating a collection of six new works in celebration of our gallery’s 30th anniversary.

“Summer Aspen Forest” by Christopher Burkett

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.

“Pointalist Painting” by Jeff White

Jeff White

Skyscapes & Landscapes in oil reflect the artist’s 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.

“Northwest Squall” by Hazel Schlesinger

Hazel Schlesinger

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.

“Fremont Bridge” by Ivan McLean Image courtesy of Artslandia

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 ten sculptors nationally for the Newport Beach Sculpture Park.

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“Horse” by Tolley Marney

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.

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“Coyote Woman” by Cristina Acosta

Cristina Acosta

Cristina’s lifelong love of birds, bears and horses is often depicted in a contemporary, yet folk art manner that is truly distinctive. Her “Memoir” paintings are influenced by her Spanish heritage and family history. She has created works in many media all of her life…murals, illustrations and a best selling book. This “Coyote Woman” painting is of her grandmother in her Native American dress.

White Bird Gallery

“Harvest Moon” by Anne John

Anne John

Anne’s subjects are typically real people who model in thematic form. Her favorite models include her daughter and two daughters-in-law, though many friends have also found their way onto her canvases. Her artwork often includes a variety of mediums, which highlight the narrative style she employs within a surreal framework. Recently her multi-layered surfaces have involved collaged news articles related to the subject.

“Sayer of Little Things” by Robin & John Gumaelius

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.

“Checkered Still Life” by Ken Grant

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.

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“Goldfinch” by Faryn Davis

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.