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Illusions & Reality: new paintings by Ken Grant August 4 – September 16

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Opening Reception: Saturday, August 4th, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Ken Grant has been a full-time painter for over 30 years, the Oregon artist is known for his renderings of empty rooms and architectural spaces that capture the shifting light of day, casting unique shadows on lone still-life objects. Rooted in illustration, Grant’s highly refined style resembles photo-realism. His pieces are created from a number of model and still life studies that are composed into imaginary scenes that evoke both illusions and reality.

For his new exhibition, Grant revisits his ongoing interest in
figurative painting and surrealism. Utilizing his skillfulapproach to depicting reality, Grant infuses many of his newest pieces with wit, fantasy and romance. Sensual women draped in intricately patterned clothing, still-life’s that float into vast oceanic landscapes and quiet light-filled rooms where rippling waves are just outside windows. This new exhibition will be presented at White Bird Gallery, where Grant has been exhibiting regularly for over 25 years.

Bank of Astoria hosts Flora and Fauna Exhibit at the Cannon Beach Gallery

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The Cannon Beach Gallery will display the work of regional artists in an exhibit entitled Flora and Fauna beginning on Friday, August 3 with an Artist’s Reception on Saturday, August 4 from 6-8pm. The show is being underwritten by the Bank of Astoria and will run through Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

Included in this invitational exhibit are well known North Coast artists Liza Jones, Sally Lackaff, Barbara Temple Ayres, Susan C. Walsh, Grant Wood, Michelle Beaulieu and the basketry of Eugene artist, Donna Sakamoto-Crispin. The artists will explore the local environment through their own visual narratives using a variety of media, including printmaking, assemblage, painting and weaving.

The Cannon Beach Gallery is a program of the non-profit organization the Cannon Beach Arts Association and is located in mid-town at 1064 S. Hemlock Street. The gallery is open seven days a week through August from 10am-5pm. Contact information: 503-436-0744,

Haystack Gallery’s “The Abstract World” July Art Exhibition Introduces New Artists to Cannon Beach

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Haystack Gallery, celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year, is building on the success of their introduction last year of the contemporary section of the gallery by featuring three of their popular abstract artists: Pat Lambrecht-Hould, Michael Schlicting, and Jeff Zigulis and adding four new artists.

“With the success of our new contemporary section,” says owner Patty Coomes,“ we have decided to expand the section and are introducing four new artists: painter Helen Saunders, sculptor Ned Block, photo/encaustic artist Kathy Hastings and metal sculptor Taya Rae Hubbard.”

For more information contact Haystack Gallery at PO Box 12 , Cannon Beach , OR 97110. Phone: 503-436-2547; Email:

Bronze Coast Gallery Painter wins first place at Wallowa Valley Arts Show.

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Plein Air painter Pamela Claflin’s oil painting titled ‘Buena Vista Morning’ won first place in the painting category at the Wallowa Valley Arts Show held in Joseph, OR in June. The 18” X 18” painting is on display and available for sale at the Bronze Coast Gallery. Claflin also was a featured artist during the recent Plein Air & More art festival and several of her seascapes completed that weekend are available.



Cannon Beach Gallery hosts Five Artists from Sitka Center

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Cannon Beach Gallery in Midtown hosts Five Artists – a showcase representing the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on Cascade Head near Neskowin. The exhibit features Carol Riley, Andie Thrams, Deborah DeWit, Frank Boyden, and Greg Wilbur – artists who have been instructors and board members at the Center. Frank Boyden is co-founder of the 270-acre sanctuary for creative learning. His selection of etchings depict form and motion in deep hues. Carol Riley’s sumptuous watercolors depict bird and botanical themes in vibrant colors that would illuminate any space. Andie Thram’s paintings depict the depth and mystery of the forest. Artist Greg Wilbur employed an ancient metal-smithing process to stretch malleable metal into freestanding sculptures and dynamic wall hangings that add striking architecture to a room. Deborah DeWit brings on the gilt with “Neighborhood” and a series of paintings depicting everyday sights in extraordinary renderings The show runs through July 31.

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