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.
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.