It’s the 27th Annual. Each November Cannon Beach’s art community gathers to collectively celebrate diverse talents during this popular festival of the arts.
Galleries, shops, hotels and restaurants host a variety of writers, singers, composers, painters, sculptors and more. The unique coastal beauty of this region has inspired creativity for many decades, making Cannon Beach one of The Best Art Towns in America.
Transform your coastal experience into a festival of creativity filled with music, theater, poetry and art.
Archimedes Gallery will feature a large group show “Thoughts on a Grey Day” a collection inspired by a change of season, wandering thoughts and the power of reflection. Featured artists are Blaine Fontana, Josh Keyes, Dan May, Moki, Patrick Maxcy, Paul Messink, Nicole Gustafsson, Jaclyn Alderete, Melissa Hartley and Kazu Tabu.
|Melissa Hartley’s compositions vary from simple still-life studies, to confrontation figures against undefined backgrounds, in a dream-like state. Others highlight the turbulent relationship man has with nature. Each subject is attractive yet somehow disturbing. She desires to create images of beauty and mystery that allow the viewer to find their own personal significance in them.|
|Glass artist Paul Messink creates multi-layered glass panels that reflect the natural world and exhibit incredible dimensionality. He is interested in natural elements such as trees, fences, and cemetery headstones which disappear into the distance, making viewers want to explore the landscape.|
|Moki’s images are unsettling and charming, strange yet familiar. They feature lonely northern landscapes: isolated Scandinavian and Icelandic terrain, a subarctic frozen lake continent, untouched caves and moss meadows, and mountains sculpted into anatomical shapes by wind and water. Animals and humans emerge and dissolve into their environments. Within the solitude of nature, disappearing seems an obvious act.|
Bronze Coast Gallery’s featured artists will include sculptors Mathew Gray Palmer, James Moore, Carol Gold, Joshua Tobey and jeweler, Robert Rogers.
|Working full time at Old World Stone Carving for six years, Matthew Gray Palmer gained tremendous experience designing and executing commissioned sculptures and architectural elements. He became skilled at using a variety of traditional media, including stone, marble, clay, wood and bronze.|
|Carol Gold shapes her figures and animals from wax instead of clay because she likes the way it can be manipulated to convey emotion and mood. “Wax enables me to sketch-in my figures rapidly,” she says. “It has a lightness to it that I like.” Her work is characterized by rich patinas in colors that range from warm tones of gold and copper to various shades of turquoise.|
|Joshua Tobey chose sculpture as his emphasis because he admired the bronze process, but mostly because it is his favorite art form. To him it is on a different level from all other art forms because of its physical interaction with everyone that sees it and touches it.|
|Cannon Beach Gallery will be hosting their juried 28th Annual Miniatures Show, which is curated by Jennifer Zika from the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery. The two featured artists will be basket makers, Donna Sakamoto-Crispin and Kathleen Kanas. They will also hold a Fine Art Raffle featuring a hand-blown glass “Bloomer” by Jim Kingwell of Icefire Glassworks.|
DragonFire Studio & Gallery will be showcasing the wide variety of artists who are new to them for 2014. They include Anne Peterson Klahr/Acrylics, Emily Start/Contemporary Jewelry, Elena Markova/acrylicss, Breezy Anderson/recycled metal sculpture & jewelry, Tash West/felted wearable art, Trifon Markov/jewelry, Tad Hetu/photography, Douglas Walker/sculpture and fountains from recycled musical instruments, Margaret Scovill/felted bags, Michael Thiesen/bells from recycled metal, Josey Wise/acrylics, Bev Jozwiak/acrylics, Nickie Dean/fabric baskets, and Helen Repp/woven wearable art. On Sunday, Michael Orwick and Anton Pavelnko will also be working together on a demo.
|Breezy Anderson is a self-taught mixed media artist, who has turned a lifelong passion and fascination with metal into a unique form of expression that includes jewelry, sculpture and furniture. Working with all different metals, from steel to aluminum, copper to brass, all pieces are hand sculpted and unique, with no two ever the same.|
|Ann Peterson Klahr is an abstract painter, believing that the story beneath a painting is in play long before she begins. Subjects have included the traumatic tsunami in Japan, political rhetoric surrounding global warming, as well as inspiring news. She is heavily influenced by color and her paintings evolve with no preliminary drawings.|
|Over the past 20 years, fiber artist Tash Wesp has been developing a line of one-of-a kind felt clothing. She loves dying with leaves and other plant materials as well as traditional dying methods.She explores with colors and shapes and re-uses pattern found fabrics in her work, playing with polka dots, flowers and stripes.Her style is eclectic, playful and adventurous, yet elegant and beautiful.|
|The natural beauty of the Oregon Coast brought George Vetter to Cannon Beach in 1977 and his love of travel and passion for photography have dovetailed into a collection of images from far and wide. But Cannon Beach and the Oregon Coast gets special attention. His library of digital images has grown to more than 100,000, many of which have appeared in local and national publications. Besides landscape and nature photography, portraiture and instruction are also offered by George.|
Haystack Gallery will be celebrating 37 years, featuring all of the gallery’s artists.
|Michael Tieman’s sculptures are unique in that they are a combination of traditional figurative sculpture and his Impressionistic painting style. “I create my bronze sculpture as a three dimensional painting. Texture is the Impressionistic impasto brushstroke, color is the play of light and shadows across the surfaces, and detail is the impression of movement.”|
|Janis Ellison painted alongside her friends and mentors in the budding days of the early pastel painters of this century. Her love of nature and the outdoors was a natural companion to her passion for painting en plein air. Recent honors include having a painting selected for the Pastel 100 in Pastel Journal, in competition with 3000 other artists, and notification that she will be awarded “Master Circle” status by the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies.|
|Michael Sorensen paints Northwest scenery with personality that is better captured by the imagination than by a camera. From his unexpected color choices that express mood more than reality, to his blending of both looseness and detail, he creates images that relate with people’s memories of their favorite places.|
|What began as a five-year experiment evolved into a life-forming fascination with glass for Jim Kingwell, who has been playing with fire for 41 years. Jim’s chemistry teacher’s observations about reality inspired him to enroll in art classes, so it is fitting that melting glass requires a grounding in both chemistry and physics.|
|Suzanne Kingland is inspired by the places she has lived. Suzanne makes blown glass pieces that express Nature in the tangled patterns of woodlands, the stark horizons of deserts, and the mysteries of deep water.|
|Jeffrey Hull 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.|
|Sharon Amber draws inspiration for her highly original fine jewelry 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. Her precious metal treasures are set with local “gems”, including carved dense black basalt pebbles, transformed into mermaids, seascapes, and faces bedecked with exotic colored stones.|
|Contemporary surreal artist David Jonathan Marshall is well known for his imaginative and daring ideas put to canvas. In describing his own unique painting style, David reveals his desire to paint scenes the viewer has never seen before. Subjects range from Cityscapes, Fruitscapes, Pear Shapes, Modern Landscapes, Tree Marvels, “The Bicycle Series” and most recent “The Architectural Series”. He is also the artist invited to create the limited edition 2014 Stormy Weather Arts Festival poster.|
|Sarah Goodnough creates in a variety of mediums; painting in oils, acrylics and watercolor. Additionally, she works with pastels, blockprints, mosaics, and frequently uses photography taken from her daily walks and world travels as reference and inspiration for her paintings. She enjoys combining the texture, line and form captured from life and her photos to create new and different realities in paint and mixed media. By playing with color, pattern, composition and texture, she produces vibrant and unique work that is sensitive to mood and emotion.|
Northwest By Northwest Gallery will feature noted bronze sculptor Georgia Gerber, award winning oil painter Eric Jacobsen, contemporary western oil painter Angella Woods, watercolorist Kirk Lybecker, oil painter Hazel Schlesinger, sculptor Ivan McLean, internationally recognized fine art color landscape photographer Christopher Burkett, sculptor Tom Small, and oil painter Jeff White.
|Georgia Gerber’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 vote in 2010 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.|
|Hazel Schlesinger discovered her passion for oil painting at an early age, inspired by her childhood on the Northwest coast. The shorelines, fields, and vineyards, and later the Mediterranean countryside, have supplied the scenes and subjects of her work. She paints from a palette of predominantly warm, vivid colors and large, rhythmic brush strokes, transforming landscapes into more contemporary or abstract realism.|
|Christopher Burkett Oregon’s native son, is recognized as the finest traditional darkroom master today. In fact, historian James Enyeart says that “Burkett has done for color what Adams & Weston did for black and white.” His exhibitions include “100 Years of Photography” at the Portland Art Museum and “Views and Visions” at the Seattle Art Museum. Ask him about his work and he will say “A pixel will never be a photon.”|
Rip Caswell, his son , Chad; Heather Soderberg, and Richard Sears will all be working in clay for bronze casting throughout the entire weekend. Josh Henrie will sculpt in stone. Marianne Post will demonstrate in watercolor with pastel, Sharon Abbott Furtze will paint in acrylic, Mickie Skinner will paint on stone, & abstract artist, Mia Schuite will be working in ink & pastel. New work by well known seascape artists Alexander Dzjurski & Byron Pickering & Ron Nicolaides as well as new work by Hong Leung, Jiao Ying, & Law Wai Hin of Canada will be displayed. Robert Kelly will feature his elegant female figurative sculpture as well as wildlife. Mike Frary will be showing his acrylic originals. Paul Chase will show work incorporating real guitars. Greg Congleton will be showing his latest creations using recycled metal, Jim Wylder will make a presentation on naked Raku Saturday afternoon. We will also have hand painted scarves and clothing by Carter Smith, representing his line”Shibori” and a trunk show of jewelry with a demonstration of semi precious gems and silver jewelry.
|Mike Frary was born in Tillamook, Oregon and spent much of his time on the northern coast, fishing the rivers and enjoying the beautiful beaches. He left Tillamook behind, moved to Portland to become a graphic artist, but the Oregon coast, rivers, bays and backwaters were always his favorite places to be. Now in retirement, he has the time to devote to painting and maybe trying to relive some of those childhood memories.|
|Hong Leung has been acclaimed since 1952 for his brilliant artistic style. A master of oil on canvas, he achieves a haunting quality in his works that absorbs the viewer’s emotions like an irresistible melody. His brush, like a wand, seems to weave a sense of enchantment. In his landscapes and waterside villages, visions of Shangri-La come to mind, superbly mixed with subtle orchestrations of peacefulness and drama.|
|Paul Chase is an internationally known artist, author, innovator, visionary and guitarist. He has taught art in high schools, vocational / technical school, and at the college level for over 30 years, and is best known for his graphic guitars, captured in his paintings and sculptures. He is a distant relative of the “other” famous American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (and they are both developed their art “roots” in hometown Sun Prairie, WI) and his large close up guitar images reflect her large close up flower series.|
|Christopher Mathie has spent a lifetime constantly observing, questioning and creating, His current fast-paced, high-energy painting technique appears spontaneous to on-lookers, but his confident bold marks have been long in the making. His signature style focuses on deconstructing images to their most important lines and organic forms. His intention is to stylize forms into “something more like poetry.”|
|Pamela Wachtler-Fermanis is known for her expressive style of Plein Air painting and the personal sensibility she brings to each landscape captured. Her career in commercial art brought her to the Northwest, and ultimately to her decision to return to her first love, oil painting. Whenever possible she paints her landscape subjects on location to capture the fleeting qualities of light and immediacy of the moment. Her delicate detailed compositions are built up with lustrous layers of oil paint and a rich palette, rendering beautiful scenes with an impressionistic approach. Her paintings have been described as “magical and mysterious” as one senses the wonderment of nature in her scenes.|
|Rebecca DeVere will be featured for a weekend-long Trunk Show where she will showcase her limited edition designs focusing on a new Autumn/ Winter collection created from multi-cultural materials and semi- precious stones. DeVere’s colorful and soulful jewelry line is embellished with one-of-a-kind findings that inspire one to feel fabulous and lively everyday with adornments that bring personal expression and enjoyment into daily life. Rebecca’s bohemian-inspired jewelry balances spirit and sophistication in pieces that range from classic and simple to bold statement jewelry.|