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Changing Nature, The Green Show – The Cannon Beach Gallery

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Changing Nature April 3 – April 26, 2015

Artist Reception: April 4, 5 – 7pm

Exhibit Sponsor: Recology Western Oregon



"Bug Community" by Tara

“Bug Community” by Tara

“Bug Community,” Tara Doherty, painting on found wood.

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“Learning to Build’, Lloyd McMullen

“Learning to Build’, Lloyd McMullen. The mixed media pod includes a small bird and bird nest inside. Materials: Pod: Burnt wire frame, sewing patterns, flex gel and acrylic mediums. Birds nest: acrylic mediums, sushi bowl, actual bird’s nest; with bird made from Christmas light bulb, wire, acrylic/mediums, peeled paint, sewing patterns.


The Cannon Beach Gallery will be featuring an installation during the month of April that will feature well known Cannon Beach artist, Steve McLeod along with central Oregon artists Lloyd McMullen and Tara Doherty. The installation, Changing Nature, expands upon the concept of the “butterfly effect”: that every action no matter how small has global consequences. An Artist Reception on April 4, from 5 – 7 p.m. will include a short talk by the artists. The show is on display from April 3 –April 26, 2015. The Cannon Beach Gallery is located Midtown Cannon Beach at 1064 S. Hemlock Street in Midtown, Cannon Beach. Cannon Beach artist, Steve McLeod will display assemblages and mobiles constructed of tsunami debris. McLeod is known equally for his background in fine arts and as an avid beach comber and collector of lost cargo that has fallen off of passing container ships. His work is a reflection on the life of the ocean and how it is being impacted by modern plastics. McMullen and Doherty create installations together that tell stories about what it means to be a part of the world today as artists who work green. They are collectively interested in the chaos theory, known as the butterfly effect, which describes how a small change at one place can result in huge differences in a later state. The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, is derived from theoretical example of the details of a hurricane (exact time of formation, exact path taken) being influenced by the flapping of the wings of a distant butterfly several weeks earlier. The installation of mixed media work will heavily incorporate found objects and cast off materials, to suggest a small biosphere investigating that theory: every action no matter how small has a global consequence. Large cocoons and nests made from up-cycled materials will hang from gallery walls, casting shadows around the pieces. A wall of two-dimensional icons of flying creatures will personify the transitory nature of the natural world. The use of transferred images, found objects, rusty metal, broken glass, wire, wood, plastic and paper, comment on the impact of human activity on habitat. The image of cocoon especially serves as metaphor for metamorphosis: the fragile and changing nature of our planet. “This is a show of faith in Nature’s evolutionary flexibility. It is art about hope and the power of transformation,” writes artist, Lloyd McMullen. For the fourth year in a row, Recology is sponsoring the green show, Changing Nature, as an Exhibit Underwriter.



Reflections at Silver Point – New painting by Jeffrey Hull

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My cares seem to evaporate when I walk on the beach especially at sunset. These two sea stacks at the south end of Cannon Beach are among my favorite to explore and paint. If it weren’t for our famous “Haystack Rock” these two would certainly be what Cannon Beach is known for. While the reflections are what people are likely drawn to, compositionally I selected the exact location to paint them from because it provides a stable triangle that is very comfortable to our western aesthetic and has been used for centuries by painters and sculptors. In essence the three rocks create a triangle with the height of the middle rock touching the line between the one on the left and the one on the right. Together they are roughly the same shape (though in reverse) as the smallest one on the left which utilizes another design principle of repetition. These tools the artist uses unify their work and communicate more than this is just a “pretty painting”.

Original Framed Watercolor 43 ½”  x 63 ½”  $6,500 – Image 33 ½” x 53 ½” All Rights Reserved

Rosetta represented by Bronze Coast Gallery has won 2nd Place!

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Rosetta’s “High Country Totem” has won 2nd Place in the “Representing the West” show at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo, CO. She told us… “This exhibition showcases over 100 pieces of original artwork answering the question of what the American West means to each artist” and I’m happy to have my view, that the animals are what is most meaningful to me, represented there.

Sneak Previews for Spring Unveiling 2015!

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Spring Unveiling Arts Festival – May 1-3, 2015

Primary Elements Gallery


“Coralita”, a mermaid in bronze by Canadian sculptor, Jack Gibson has just arrived in Primary Elements Gallery. The artist and his wife will join us for Spring Unveiling. May 1-3.

LG Burger will be performing for Primary Elements Gallery

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LG Burger – Primary Elements Gallery

Heather Soderberg – new work at
Primary Elements Gallery

Heather Solderberg Phoenix Rooster Clay for Bronze

Heather Soberberg
Japanese Golden Phoenix Family
Clay for Bronze

Heather Solderberg Phoenix Rooster Clay for Bronze

Heather Soderberg
Japanese Golden Phoenix Rooster
Clay for Bronze

Here is a photo of Heather Soderberg’s newest piece.  It is a Japanese Golden Phoenix family.  The colors will be very bright and contemporary, lots of reds and greens and golds 🙂  The rooster and hopefully the rest of the family cast will be cast in bronze for Spring Unveiling 2015.  Each piece can be purchased separate or all together.

 Cannon Beach Treasure  – Spring Unveiling Event


Cannon Beach Treasure

Mark your calendars!  The 15th Annual Spring Unveiling is set for May 1-3, 2015.  Run away to Cannon Beach for the weekend and join us as we unveil our exciting new collections.  Here at Cannon Beach Treasure you will have first pick of….

  • Glittering Silver Ecu’s (the size of a silver dollar), all that remains of the French vessel Le Chameau, which wrecked on the shores of Nova Scotia in 1725
  • Our extensive collection of rare trade beads – including the New World’s first trade beads brought by the earliest Spanish Explorers in the early 1500’s, and the coveted 7-layer Italian Chevron beads traded both here in through North America, including the Pacific Northwest, as well as in Africa.  And, my favorites, early Dutch wound annulars in the rarest colors!
  • An exclusive private collection of 1715 Fleet shipwreck Pieces of Eight in celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the 1715 Fleet – Robert can bezel one of these rare pieces to your specifications
  • Hand-hammered Frankish-Greco Crusader coins (as seen on History Channel’s Curse of Oak Island) stunning examples of medieval silver pieces bearing the Crusaders Cross

And, of course, many other fascinating artifacts, including “just arrived” apothecary and poison bottles from our diggers in England and Scotland – many in beautiful kelly green and cobalt blue.


Cannon Beach Treasure

Love Sea Glass? Then Spring Unveiling is for You!And… of course, for my Sea Glass fans, Spring Unveiling is when I put out the rarest sea glass found by my dedicated hunters during the Winter season – the best time to find the rarest of the rare – red, turquoise, Amberina and the elusive art glass sea glass will all be on display.If you’d like to receive a preview email with pictures of the rare pieces in your favorite color, please email me at, and I will add you to my list!


Substrates at the Cannon Beach Gallery

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March 5 – March 29, 2015

Artist’s Reception: March 7, 5 – 7 pm

Substrate: The ground upon which stuff is built. Also, substratum: The material of which something is made and from which it derived its special qualities.
Substrates is a group show where artists will utilize a variety of media to explore their impressions and expressions of substrates.  The exhibit will run from March 5 – 29, 2015 with an Artist’s Reception on Saturday, March 7 from 5 -7 pm.

Artists Marilyn Joyce is from Portland, along with Mary Ann Puls, and Shawn Demarest while Liza Jones, Susan C. Walsh and Kathleen Ryan are all from Manzanita.

“Since my work is inspired by what is experienced on my walks over a variety of terrain, the substrate literally becomes the land that I walk on, and the layers beneath. In further exploring the concept of substrate, I was drawn to a fundamental place within my art practice of drawing on paper. The paper is the foundation upon which the marks, thick and thin layers of material, form information based on the graphite and charcoal – a back and forth dance that creates a tactile quality. In these drawings, the material itself took precedence over the image, with one drawing informing the next,” writes Marilyn Joyce about her latest body of work on view at the Cannon Beach Gallery.  Joyce has been showing at the gallery the last two years as a featured artist where the rich variety of her work has been well received by patrons.

MaryAnn Puls creates non-representational art using a combination of re-purposed materials and substrates including pencil, paint and collage elements.  Each piece records spontaneous impulses and thoughtful arrangements.

“Everyday visual stimuli, words and an arm-chair interest in natural science create constant fodder and themes in my work,” Puls explains of her process.



Jewelry Trunk Show – Primary Elements Gallery

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We will be having a champagne reception and trunk show of silver jewelry by Istanbul Gifts of Oregon 6-8PM Friday, Feb13th. Please join us and select a gift for your friend or Valentine. Show them that you took the time to pick something just for them. It will be placed in a red velvet pouch for you to present on Valentines Day. Remember it’s the thought that counts and give them permission to exchange it if they would like to make another choice.


Lunch with the Curator, Bonnie Laing Malcolmson

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Sunday, February 8 from 12 – 1:30 pm


The Cannon Beach Art Association will be hosting a special event with Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum on Sunday, February 8 as a part of the opening weekend of the Winter All Juried Show at the Cannon Beach Gallery.  There will be a ticketed luncheon at the Cannon Beach Café with Laing Malcolmson from 12 -1:30 pm featuring a catered menu and a presentation by the curator about her work at the Portland Art Museum.

Laing-Malcolmson will discuss the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Northwest Art as well as the regional exhibitions that she puts together, including the Biennial Contemporary Arts Awards, the Apex Exhibition Series and the installation of the 9,500 square foot Northwest Permanent Collection Gallery Space.

There are a limited number of seats available for purchase through the Cannon Beach Arts Association; tickets are $45 each for CBAA Members and $60 each for the general public.  Please contact the CBAA’s Executive Director, Andrea K. Mace, to reserve your spot by emailing

The Winter All Juried will run from February 4 – March 1, 2015 with an Artist’s Reception on Saturday, February 7 from 5-7 pm.  The Cannon Beach Gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm.

The Cannon Beach Arts Association received funds from Cannon Beach’s Tourism and Arts Commission for its Juried Show Program in 2015.

Robert Kelly Wins Best in Show – Primary Elements Gallery

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”Equus” by Robert Kelly

”Equus” by Robert Kelly

Artist, Robert Kelly announced that “Lila” & “Sasha” were recently juried into the 28th SCAA National Juried Exhibition (South Cobb Arts Alliance). It is a Georgia show that has entries from all over the country. I’m proud to tell you that last night “Lila” was judged “Best In Show” and received the “Karen Beswick Founders Award” including prize money of $1000.00.

“Lila” & “Sasha”,  are two favorite sculptures of mine & are on display in Primary Elements Gallery. They are cast marble on black onyx bases.

Jeffrey Hull shared Laguna Candles link

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Tom Everhart has joined Primary Elements Gallery

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Limelight agency has agreed to allow Primary elements Gallery to represent the art of Tom Everhart who is licensed to use the characters created by Charles Schultz, who created the comic strip Peanuts. Everhart uses the well known characters in originals and limited edition fine art prints. The picture below is titled “Super Bad” by Tom Everhart showing the beloved Snoopy character created by Schultz and known around the world. This image is copywrighted./
c PWW2015

"Super Bad" by Tom Eberhart - copyright c PWW2015

“Super Bad” by Tom Eberhart – copyright c PWW2015

Sculptor Ann Fleming at Northwest By Northwest Gallery

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Ann Fleming's "Perfect Balance"

Ann Fleming’s “Perfect Balance”

Northwest By Northwest Gallery features the work of narrative bronze sculptor Ann Fleming. “Perfect Balance” Bronze 8 x 14 x 5.5 . Edition of 35.

Winter All Juried Show at the Cannon Beach Gallery

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Guest Curator, Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson

The Cannon Beach Arts Association is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, the curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum, as the guest curator for the Winter All Juried Show.

A steward of the art scene in the Northwest, Laing-Malcolmson promises to be a dynamic curator and a great draw for artists from across the region.

A Seattle native, Malcolmson has spent most of her life in the region. As the Northwest curator at PAM, she curated a solo exhibits each year for the museum’s APEX program, which highlights artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. In addition, every two years, she’ll assemble the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, a group show that focuses on the work of several regional artists.

The Submission date for artists to drop up to three original pieces of artwork to the Cannon Beach Gallery will be Friday, January 30 between 10 am – 4 pm.

On Friday, January 30, from 5 – 7 pm, artists participating in the Winter All Juried Show are invited to attend a free Mix and Mingle event at the Cannon Beach Café. The evening will provide artists submitting their work that day a great reason to stay in town and enjoy the camaraderie of other artists from across the state. CBAA Director, Andrea K. Mace and the CBAA’s Gallery Committee will be hosting the event which will feature light refreshments and appetizers.
The Cannon Beach Cafe is located just south of the Cannon Beach Gallery on Hemlock Street in the historic Cannon Beach Hotel, which is currently celebrating its’ 100th birthday.
In addition to donating the venue for the Artist’s Mix & Mingle event, Cannon Beach Hotel Lodging is also one of the CBAA’s lodging partners with special rates for the weekends of January 30 – February 1 and February 6 – 8, 2015.

The curatorial process will happen with Laing-Malcolmson on Saturday, January 31 during the morning hours. Artwork that is not accepted into the exhibit will be available to pick up starting Saturday afternoon between 2 pm – 4 pm and on Sunday, February 1 between 10 am – 4 pm.

The opening Artist’s reception will be held the following weekend, Saturday, February 7, 2015. Laing- Malcolmson will be on hand during the Artist’s Reception to meet artists and patrons. In addition, plans are underway for an additional, ticketed event with Malcolmson on Sunday, February 8, 2015. Watch for further details.

The Winter All Juried Show will run from February 4 – March 1, 2015.

There is no theme or size limitations for this exhibition, artists working in both two and three dimensional media are encouraged to participate. There are no application fees to participate in the CBAA’s Juried Show program; however, artists are encouraged to become members of the arts association. CBAA Members get special notices about all of the exhibits at the Cannon Beach Gallery, including Call For Work notices, a yearlong exhibition calendar and monthly exhibit postcards. In addition, membership dollars help fund the Cannon Beach Gallery space with its twelve, distinct exhibits annually.

There is additional information about the Juried Show program, including the protocol for submitting artwork on the CBAA webstie under the Exhibits tab.

The Juried Show Program has received a grant from Cannon Beach’s Tourism and Arts Fund to help facilitate the program.

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