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“Fun in the Sun” in August at Haystack Gallery

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CANNON BEACH , OREGON – Haystack Gallery, celebrating its 34th Anniversary this year, has set aside the month long August Exhibition as the:

Fun in the Sun Exhibition.
August and the sun has finally arrived at the beach. Our artists for the month have captured all of that fun in the sun in some very special pieces. Featured Artists: John Ebner, Michael D. Sorensen and Huibert VanDrimmelen.

John Ebner – At age five, John Ebner was fascinated with painting, exploring the world of watercolors and watching them expand on the paper. This fascination carried him through high school and on to the Advertising Art School in Portland, Oregon, where he earned a degree in art.

Embarking on a different career path, Ebner didn’t pick up a brush until 1974, when his wife enrolled him in a watercolor class as a birthday present. Today Ebner has established himself as one of the most widely collected watercolorists in the Pacific Northwest.

Ebner’s popularity continues to increase with his sellout prints of the genre he calls his “rain people.” These rain people address the delicate balancing act between pigment and paper. With warm tones next to cool tones and soft lines next to hard lines, a sense of mystery is added.

Michael David Sorensen – Michael started watercolor painting at age 13 and has enjoyed it ever since. Michael claims that he started drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil in an effort to compete with his older brother, Dan, and his dad. His dad was a professional artist, blowing glass, so when it came time to homeschool Michael and Dan, their dad became the art teacher. Michael was homeschooled all of the way through school other than a short time in a private school.

Michael went on to Clark College in Washington where he took every art class he could fit into his schedule and met several instructors that pushed him in his artwork. Even after finishing college Sorensen still relies on his brother and dad for art instruction and an ever-ready honest critique of his artwork.

One of Michael’s favorite things to do is travel and explore all of the amazing things that God created. Many of his paintings are inspired by road trips with his brother, Dan and his friend Adam. The three of them are currently working toward their goal of seeing every National Park in the U.S. and Canada.

Huibert VanDrimmelen – Huibert was born in Ziest, The Netherlands in 1950. In the late 50’s his parents immigrated to Canada and settled in British Columbia. During Huibert’s childhood he was always attracted to the arts. He graduated from Langara College in 1972 with an arts major. Huibert continues developing and honing his skills as an artist.

After several successful art shows in 1989-1993, Huibert concentrated on commissions and other interests involving travel. This is a defining time in Huibert’s journey as an artist and is the beginning of his adventure into mixed media, and representation in over twenty countries around the world. After spending holidays in Cannon Beach his love for the sea is expressed in his most recent works

About Haystack Gallery

A Fine Art Gallery established in 1977, Haystack Gallery displays the artwork of over 75 Northwest, national and internationally recognized artists, covering a wide range of styles including original oils, pastels, acrylics and watercolors, bronze and steel sculptures, hand-made jewelry, limited and open edition giclées and lithographs. We feature artists such as: Steve Hanks, Pino, John Ebner, Frogman, Rie Munoz, Sean Conrad, Mike Smith, Sally O’Neill and Michael Tieman.

Please stop by Haystack Gallery for more artist information.

An Anniversary Filled July

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Some special gallery anniversary celebrations are being held this month.

White Bird is celebrating its 40th summer this year!  On August 6th they will be having an anniversary party at the gallery.  Evelyn Georges will be there with her family to celebrate both the past and future of the gallery, including numerous artists! So stop in and join the celebration which will begin at 4pm.


The Cannon Beach Arts Association was begun by artists to create opportunities for artists. This 25th anniversary show is a celebration of the many talented individuals who have contributed to the success of the CBAA over the years including: Carol Riley, Barbara Grant, Barbara Temple-Ayres, Liza Jones, Paul Miller, Harry Greaver, Hanne Greaver, Allyn Cantor, George Vetter, Sally Lackaff, Steve McLeod, Andrea Mace, Jim Hannen, Elizabeth Pattison, Bonny Gorsuch, Grant Wood, Elizabeth Serreau, Marilyn Rooper and Shirley Gittelsohn. There will be an Artist Reception open to all on Saturday, August 6, 6-8 p.m. at Cannon Beach Gallery, 1064 S. Hemlock.

Other galleries are having some featuring shows and artists also both in July and August.  The Bronze Coast Gallery will be showcasing new works from artists Matthew Palmer and Joshua Tobey beginning the end of July and into August.

Haystack Gallery is currently featuring the whimsical, colorful watercolor and oil paintings of Mike Smith and the original metal sculptures of Mike Orias.  August will feature artists:  John Ebner, Huibert VanDrimmelen and Michael David Sorensen, all with the theme of fun in the sun.

Rip Caswell of Troutdale has rejoined Primary Elements Gallery displaying his representational bronze sculpture.  He is working on a new piece for Cannon Beach involving our unique sea birds: the puffins, mures, oyster catchers and sand pipers.

The arts certainly remain a vibrant part of the Cannon Beach landscape.  So be sure to mark August 6th for both the anniversary celebrations at White Bird Gallery and the Cannon Beach Arts Association.  Try to remember where you were 40 years ago…..well, maybe we shouldn’t go back that far.  Come reminisce about the past and celebrate the future!

Article for ‘The Gazette” by Patty Coomes

“The Studio Imagery of J. Scott Peck: a Collection of Intrigue”

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The Bronze Coast Gallery is proud to be showcasing the exciting new work of J. Scott Peck. Although continuously experimenting with new techniques and tools to use for new images, Scott revisited his crystal and water submersion techniques and gave it a more refreshed and refined look. While still reflecting a classic technique used by Scott, his new pieces continue to uphold his standard of unique and alluring beauty.

“Mrs. S. Dragon” (shown above), is a wonderful example of the revisited water submersion technique. The ethereal lighting Scott has captured makes the flower appear to glow. In contrast to the technique of the snap dragon, “Yellow Lizzie” (shown left) is the revisited crystals technique in which the crystals are now the foreground instead of the background—adding mystery and intrigue to the piece.

Both pieces are a part of a wonderful new collection that the gallery is showcasing.

Check out the Plein Air & More photos

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To see more photos of the event by photographer George Vetter please click here.

The Fantasy Worlds of Mike Smith & Mike Orias at Haystack Gallery in July

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CANNON BEACH , OREGON – Haystack Gallery, celebrating its 34th anniversary in Cannon Beach, will have a new exhibition in July of Internationally watercolorist Mike Smith and Oregon sculptor Mike Orias. Come and explore the fantasy.

Saturday July 9th an artist reception
beginning at 2pm.

Meet Mike Orias one of our exciting new abstract sculptors who we added during Spring Unveiling weekend in May. Orias will be here demonstrating his ironwork out in the courtyard throughout the day and for the reception starting at 2 pm.

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