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New work at Primary Elements Gallery

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“Amethyst Turtle” by John Gibbons is  new piece featured by Primary Elements Gallery.

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“Amethyst Turtle” by John Gibbons

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Sunset at Silver Point by Jeffrey Hull

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“Sunset at Silver Point” by Jeffrey Hull

These two large basalt sea stacks reside at the south end of Cannon Beach. Most days I walk by them in the morning or evening, sometimes both. The coast stretches south for miles of walkable, mostly empty beach.

Original Framed Watercolor 33 ½” x 63 ½” $5,500 – Image 23 ½” x 54” All Rights Reserved


Northwest By Northwest Gallery Press Release 7th Annual Plein Air & More Arts Festival

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We have a very exciting Arts Festival coming up called the 7th Annual Plein Air & More Arts Festival June 26, 27 & 28th.

Throughout Cannon Beach artists paint & sculpt or create works of art. These are some of the leading Northwest Artists. Georgia Gerber known for her sculptures in downtown Portland depicting Oregon Wildlife . Gerber will be creating sculpture in clay in front of the gallery. She won the Public Choice Vote for 2014 for her lifesize “Colt & Turtle”. The event is covered by the prestigious Southwest Art Magazine.


Ivan McLean is a contemporary steel sculptor who has created numerous sculptures throughout the Pearl district. He has just returned from installing 6 spheres on Hollywood Boulevard across from Beverly Hills. He is known for his numerous site specific installations for the Nines Hotel in downtown Portland; large bronze sculpture, kiln formed glass walls and wood installations throughout.

Jeff White is a Master oil painter. He has been an Oregon Art Beat feature Artist. His work can be seen in numerous Public Collections; Hawaii Temple Visitor Center, San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge & Columbia River Gorge Visitor Center. Private & corporate collections include, Schnitzer Steel, Clint Eastwood the performer Joanna Newsom.

Hazel Schlesinger grew up in Cannon Beach and is a devoted Plein AIr Oil Painter, belonging the the OPA (Oil Painters of America) and the the Plein Air Painters of Hawaii.Her work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine and has been featured in the TV Series filmed in Portland with Timothy Hutton. Numerous American Express commercials as of late . She is also known and collected for her delightful abstracts .

Douglas Granum is a renowned bronze sculptor known for “Raven Discovering Mankind in a Clam Shell”  we have a maquette or model of this bronze sculpture and there is a 28 ft version on Camano Island. His latest project is a lifesize fisherman in bronze, based on a Asahel Curtis Photograph from 1909.  “The Big Catch”. The image is of a cannery worker with a King Salmon.

For several years the sculptor carved cedar canoes in the NW style. It is one of these canoes he has selected to be scanned by the very latest 3D technology that he will have cast in bronze. He is bringing a very special guest who is an international leader in this technology, Rob Arps. Arps has worked on big projects with Disney worldwide.

Granum created the Basalt sculpture in front of the gallery with wings. Two months of work went into the project.

Friday evening reception with Jazz Guitar of Bobcat Bob & wine educator Patrick McELLIGOTT pouring award winning Sineann Wines.

Northwest By Northwest Gallery

232 N Spruce

Cannon Beach, Oregon

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Event Preview of the 7th Annual Plein Air & More Weekend

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7th Annual Plein Air & More Weekend June 24, 25, and 26th, 2015 Plein air is a term derived from the French expression “en plein air”, meaning “in the open air” and specifically refers to the act of painting outdoors. Cannon Beach’s popular “Plein Air & More” is a three day event which includes a Friday night “meet & greet” with the participating artists and gallery owners, along with a collaborative show of art work. On Saturday and Sunday, more than fifty artists, represented by Cannon Beach’s art galleries will be creating works of art on location throughout town and on the beach. Many will work in the traditional method of plein-aire painting, while others will sculpt, create and photograph in their own unique styles. Individual galleries display the finished works along with hosting receptions for the artists Saturday and Sunday.

Plein Air Painting contributed by Stephanie at Primary Elements Gallery

Plein Air Painting, Cannon Beach Style!
contributed by Stephanie at Primary Elements Gallery




Featured Artist for Primary Elements Gallery – 2015

Plein air painter by Sharon Abbott-Furtze will be painting during this years event. Originals as well as cards and small prints will be on display.

"Lazy Susan" by Sharon Abbott-Furze

“Lazy Susan” by Sharon Abbott-Furze

"Local Grill & Scoop" Sharon Abbott-Furze

“Local Grill & Scoop” Sharon Abbott-Furze

"Opening Night" by Sharon Abbott-Furze

“Opening Night” by Sharon Abbott-Furze

"The Wine Shack"  by Sharon Abbott-Furze

“The Wine Shack” by Sharon Abbott-Furze


Featured Artists for Northwest By Northwest Gallery – 2015


Georgia Gerber Sculpting

Sculpting by Georgia Gerber will be featured at Northwest by Northwest Gallery.

Georgia Gerber won the Public Choice Vote for her “Colt & Turtle ” at last year’s  Plein Air event, 2014.



Oil Paintings of Hazel Schlesinger , a native of the Cannon Beach area, is a member of the prestigious American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America. Her work has appeared in Southwest Art Magazine, and the TV Series “Leverage” filmed in Portland and numerous commercials distributed worldwide. She will be a featured artist at the Plein Air & More Art Festival held the last week in June each year .June, 26, 27 & 28.

"Pinot" by Haze Schlesinger

Pinot by Haze Schlesinger 18″ x 36″

Primary Elements Gallery Artist to be Featured for Plein Air & More

2014 – Bill Thompson received the “And More Award” from Southwest Art Magazine this year during The Plein Air & More. The images shown here of John Lennon were composed by Bill Thompson using floor tile as a mosaic. The third image was actually made by the artist on the back deck of The Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce during the event with an audience of onlookers. It hangs in Primary Elements Gallery with portraits of other famous people. Seasons Café, & Sweet Basils also have images of celebrities, musicians, & rock stars that are easy to recognize. The November issue of Southwest Art contained an ad which was the prize given by the magazine to  the award winning artists.

Bill Thompson "Lennon" Primary Elements Gallery

Bill Thompson “Lennon 3”
Primary Elements Gallery

Bill Thompson "Lennon" Primary Elements Gallery

Bill Thompson “Lennon 2”
Primary Elements Gallery

Bill Thompson "Lennon" Primary Elements Gallery

Bill Thompson “Lennon 1”
Primary Elements Gallery


Sediment at the Cannon Beach Gallery in July

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Window in Time for CBG (2)

Window in Time

True North for CBG (2)

True North

Phaze Wavez for CBG (2)

Phaze Wavez

All images by Stirling Gorsuch – linocut and chine colle

Sediment: July 2 – July 26

July 2 – July 26
Artist Reception: July 11, 5 – 7pm
Funding Partner: James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation
A printmaking show featuring Stirling Gorsuch, Kirsten Horning and Sarah Baumert-Lippold will explore variations of this diverse medium including monotypes and relief printing combined
with chine colle. All three studied closely with Oregon artist Royal Nebeker whose influence has guided their vision.
Cannon Beach artist, Stirling Gorsuch, will be in a group show at the Blackfish Gallery in Portland in July, 2015 for their Recent Graduates show, which shows 2 students from each of the universities in Oregon. Each university chooses 2 graduates from their fine art department and Gorsuch was chosen for Oregon State University.

From Stirling’s Artist Statement
My current work explores process and change in the natural world. I combine imagery from the north Oregon coast with geometric forms to create a dialogue that allows for the complexities of nature to be understood in simple ways.
Through repetition and pattern, these geometric forms convey the passage of time, perception of distance, and changing environmental conditions. In combining geometric forms with landscape, these works offer ways to look in to unseen properties of nature.
Although I reference landscapes that I am familiar with, these locations are used more as structures to expand upon. Building on my experiences in these coastal areas, I then translate natural phenomena that cannot be seen, such as wind, tidal forces, earthʼs precession, growth and erosion.
Many of these processes are naturally recorded in the environment, such as the moonʼs influence on the tides, shadows of different times of the day, or rugged cliff edges shaped by wind and erosion that have occurred over time. My work records these associations in order to clarify how environments are continually shaped and reshaped throughout time.
While the properties of nature are considered complex and difficult to understand, the underlying structures that cause this complexity are very simple.


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