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Six Artists Receive Awards at the Plein Air & More Arts Festival

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Six Artists Receive Awards at Cannon Beach Gallery Group’s 8th Annual Plein Air & More Arts Festival

Cannon Beach, OR – June 30, 2015   Nearly 40 artists participated in the Cannon Beach Gallery Group’s 8th Annual Plein Air & More Arts Festival which drew thousands to the coast June 24-26 to watch them paint and create throughout the town and on the beach.  At the end of the festival, Kaline Carter from SW Art Magazine announced six awards for those painting “En Plain Air” as well as to those who represented the “& More” part of the event which opened it up to sculptors, wood carvers, glass artists, ceramicists, metal artists, jewelers and more.

Receiving awards from the magazine, along with a hand blown glass sculpture created by Cannon Beach Artist Jim Kingwell from Icefire Glassworks, were:

Brooke Borcherding, White Bird Gallery: Award of Excellence for “En Plein Air” work done onsite during the weekend and for overall body of work.

Dan Chen, Bronze Coast Gallery:  Award of Excellence for “& More” work done onsite during the weekend and for overall body of work.

Receiving additional Honorary Awards of Excellence from the magazine:

Marianne Post, Primary Elements Gallery

Joanne Shellan, DragonFire Gallery

Eva Funderburgh, Archimedes Gallery

Suzanne Kindland, Icefire Glassworks

The public was also invited to vote for their favorite artist, based upon what they observed during the “Artists’ Swarm” and in the galleries representing the weekend’s artists. Winner of the “People’s Choice Award” for the second year was Jeffrey Hull, Jeffrey Hull Gallery. He also received a glass sculpture created by Jim Kingwell.