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Spring Unveiling May 4, 5 & 6, 2012 Our Artists

Every Spring the members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group look forward to the weekend when they unveil the newest work by their featured artists.

This has become one of the most anticipated annual arts events in Oregon, because it gives the art lover an opportunity to meet the artists, watch many of them at work, attend the receptions, enjoy a wide variety of food and music…and take in everything this postcard-perfect town, nestled between the wild Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountains, has to offer.

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Art from the Chef’s Table

Chefs from these Cannon Beach restaurants have been inspired to create a special “Spring Unveiling” weekend addition to their menu, based upon a work of art they have selected from our galleries. More>


Bronze Coast Gallery

J. Scott Peck From the time he was a child, Scott was always entranced by the conceptual world of science, contrasted by the abundant nature around him. His work has been a bit of that combination ever since…in woodworking or working with a torch on raw steel. After feeling overwhelmed by projects on a grand scale, he began to search for a completely new direction that would incorporate both the technical and the aesthetic. What you see today in his spectacular imagery is an expression of how the experiment is going so far.
Don Rambadt Don sculpts because he enjoys the challenge of manipulating space and chooses birds as his subject matter because “they fascinate him to no end.” His work explores the relationship of positive and negative space and manipulates this interplay in mixed metals to give the impression of life and movement. His work, although somewhat abstract, is based on anatomical accuracy, “I feel you should have an intimate understanding of your subject matter before you attempt to abstract it.”

Cannon Beach Gallery

Linda Piacentini-Yaple Linda is a well-known book artist. She says, “this is a fantastic sculptural medium that goes way beyond ‘the book,’ incorporating sculpture, painting, literature, politics…the list goes on and on with endless possibilities.”

DragonFire Studio & Gallery

Anne AndersonThis Northwest native paints on silk, using a technique she first saw during her travels in France. Experimenting with silk, dye, wax and steam for 12 years, Anne has developed her own art form that results in imagery with deeply luminous colors. Her botanical imagery hearken to the influences of Georgia O’Keefe and natural landscapes.
Anton Pavlenko A Ukrainian born painter, Anton has always been drawn to creating imagery. His earliest memories are of drawing Russian cartoon characters before he immigrated to the United States with his family as a toddler. Encouraged by his father, he persisted in educating himself about art and painting, and today remains largely self-taught and deeply inspired by the natural world.
George Vetter FotoArt
George VetterThe natural beauty of the Oregon Coast brought George to Cannon Beach in 1977, and since then his library of digital images has grown to more than 100,000, many of which have appeared in local and national publications. During the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s 200th anniversary, he worked with the Great Falls, Montana Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, where his image entitled “Clark’s View” is now an 8 foot high wall mural.
Haystack Gallery
Michael Schlicting Inspired by American landscape painter Winslow Homer, post-impressionist painter Paul Gauguin and still life painter Henri Matisse, Schlicting creates landscapes using a combination of abstract and realistic interpretations. He describes his style as creative realism. Working in watercolor, acrylics and mixed media, he chooses the medium of a project based on how the subject speaks to him.
Mike Orias Mike grew up in Silverton, Oregon and and went to night school to get his first welding certification. Today, he uses his musical appreciation to create instrumentalists who express their love of jazz or rock through use of curved and wavy lines, movement and various textures. Barking dogs are reduced to their elemental forms as straight lines, and contemplative figures are made with gentle curves.
Rogene Manas With a background as graphic designer, art director and creative director at ad agencies, Rogene has always created art. She has also traveled throughout the U.S, Mexico and Europe studying painting, drawing, sculpture and jewelry making, all of which ultimately took her from painting reality to painting “what was inside her head.”
Heritage Gallery Fine Art & Framing
Cassandra Barney Cassandra paints portraits that share her passion for storytelling. Her images capture the souls of heroines, everyday women who have found strength in their diverse experiences. They carry a range of emotion reflective of the events that have shaped their character. Ambiguous and poignant, her women find strength in their femininity.
Icefire Glassworks
Jim Kingwell What began as a five-year experiment evolved into a life-forming fascination with glass for Jim. Today, his work appears in shows and galleries throughout the Northwest, and he has pieces in all 50 states and in more than 40 countries. His new work offers a fabulous array of colors and forms as he melts a virtually colorless formula with exceptional clarity and handling capability that energizes every color he brings to his finished off-hand blown glass designs.
Suzanne Kindland Suzanne’s journey into the world of glass began with a dream where she was suspended in a pillar of fire. Turning in the flames she found herself dancing. That dancing continues as she continues to learn the ways of glass, creating with it as her partner and bringing forth objects reminiscent more of water than fire: cool, smooth forms that reflect light as a pond does, sculptures that bend the light as a ripple does, calm creations that transmit light like the stillest pool.
Michelle KapturMichelle has been blowing glass since 1975. After ten years learning the basics of glass blowing, she moved on to paint for several years. “Painting is where I put together all the composition, color and design stuff that I learned about in school. When I came back to glass I had a much stronger sense of the design choices I wanted to make and why.” She has had her own glass studio, Glass Dancing, in Bend, Oregon since 1994 and worked with Icefire Glassworks for several years prior to that.
Jeffrey Hull Gallery
Jeffrey HullJeffrey began his painting career 40 years ago in Cannon Beach, and it is from its coastline that he draws his inspiration. Today he is widely known for his ability to capture the beauty and moods of the places where water joins land, controlling the difficult medium of watercolor, often in very large paintings. Recently he has returned to painting in oil as well, and is rarely found far from the ocean’s edge.He is a signature member of the prestigious American Society of Marine Artists.
Jewelry by Sharon Amber
Sharon Amber As a jewelry artist Sharon draws inspiration from nature and the constant motion of the waves. She has a passion for local materials and ancient jewelry methods such as cloisonné and repousse, and her precious metal treasures are set with local “gems” carved into mermaids, seascapes, and faces bedecked with exotic colored stones.
Michael Lorenzini Growing up in Oregon, Michael learned to surf in the frigid, sharky waters of the Pacific Northwest. These repeated ice water dunkings taught him humility, and respect for the ocean’s power. It also gave him an undiminished sense of awe for the unique experiences and perspectives only surfers are shown. He is mostly self-taught, and typically works in acrylic paint. His work was featured in Longboard magazine’s 2007 Surf Art issue.
Modern Villa Gallery
David Jonathan Marshall With his imaginative style, bold use of color and dramatic perspective, David brings a fresh new look to the art world. His skill at capturing movement and animation in his art is a direct reflection of his own lifestyle and view of the world. He says, “I feel like I’m putting a puzzle together. I paint the pieces of that puzzle, but even I don’t always know what will be seen in the end.”
David Wight David is most celebrated for his ocean wave glass sculptures. As a young artist, he studied at Pilchuck Glass School, and ultimately found inspiration after traveling to a beautiful waterfall in the Caribbean. Through his passion and determination, he continues to fulfill his dream of conveying the cascading dance of water through molten glass.
Northwest By Northwest Gallery
Georgia Gerber Georgia ‘s bronze sculptures define many NW public spaces, including “Rachel the Pike Place Pig” in Seattle’s Pike Place Market and 25 sculptures surrounding Pioneer Courthouse in downtown Portland. Gerber won the 2010 “Sculpture Without Walls” vote for her Tufted Puffins. She typically works on two to three public installation commissions at one time bringing forth the essence of the subject using the traditional lost wax casting technique.
Christopher Burkett Studying with Ansel Adams inspired award-winning fine art color landscape photographer Christopher Burkett to redefine color photography as Adams had defined black and white. The Washington Post says, “Burkett has achieved in Cibachrome what Eliot Porter achieved for dye-transfer or Weston for black & white”. Each handcrafted photograph is a hand printed, hand crafted fine art original, solely created by the artist.
Eric JacobsenIn 2001, Art & Antiques Magazine rated plein air painter Eric Jacobsen one of the top 16 emerging artists in America . His awards have included the significant fellowship he received after completing his studies at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in 1995. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Copely Artist Award, has been recognized by the Oil Painters of America for his contribution, and featured in SW Art Magazine.
Primary Elements Gallery
Greg Congleton Greg was raised on a cattle ranch in central Oregon which provided the early training and skills that he later used, first in his career as a homebuilder, and later as a sculptor. He transitioned into a full time artist by working clay for bronze for limited edition sculptures and larger public installations. He later used his artistic skills and mechanical knowledge working with found steel objects. This unleashed a freedom of creativity, which has given him great personal satisfaction and brings joy to those who view and collect his work.
Michael Parkes Michael is an American-born artist living in Spain who is best known for work in the areas of fantasy art and magic realism. He specializes in painting, stone lithography and sculpture. His work is widely available in the form of self-published mass production poster prints and nine published books of his artwork.
Jeffrey MannJeffrey creates art for the home. His pieces become part of the living, inhabitable space. His medium is wood, and his designs experiment with the grains, light refraction, dimensionality, and the reaction of the wood to his careful hand-tooling. A furniture artist for 23 years, Mann is best known for his sleekly organic sculptured tables, chairs, barstools, and desks.
White Bird Gallery
Scott Johnson

Although Scott’s landscape studies are rooted in plein air painting, early-on he began to add the little touches that rouse the imagination—the faint treetops that indicate a valley beyond the hill, or the tiny glint of water that tantalizes over a grassy dune. These hints at an unseen landscape beyond the one we see, were an introduction to his dream world. His love of nature is evident in his work, but its mood, often portrayed by impending weather, dominates the objects in the landscape.

Spring Unveiling May 4, 5 & 6, 2012 Our Artists