Event

Stormy Weather Arts Festival, November 3-5, 2017

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.

For a list of weekend activities sponsored by the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce – click here

 

For Schedule of Gallery Events – click here

 

Archimedes Gallery

Erik Abel

Bold colors, geometric patterns, and botanical profiles capture the eye in Erik Abel’s artwork. Inspired by his love of the ocean, surfing and travel, his work articulates the spirit of the water and awe of nature. His roots as a California surfer intermingle with his experiences traveling to the South Pacific and Central America, imparting an organic, tribal style to his subjects and compositions. Upon a closer look, Abel’s graphic imagery unfolds to tell the story of his paintings. Accents peak through unexpectedly revealing the layers of color Abel cloaks in each piece while loose strokes of colored pencil and marker create dimension.  Erik currently lives in Seaside, Oregon.

Josh Keyes

Josh Keyes’ most recent paintings embody the theme of natural entropy, destruction, and restoration. The imagery in these paintings illustrates a post-human world, an environment reclaimed by nature. At first glance, the imagery calls to mind the contemporary fixation and anxiety surrounding the ever-growing impact the human presence has in relation to environmental change. The cause or event leading to the absence of humans is left to the viewer’s imagination; Josh’s focus is on the remaining landscape.

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Brin Levinson

In the war between man and the natural world, it would appear, judging from his unpeopled cityscapes, nature has won. Levinson’s worlds – washed in dour grays, ochre, and sepia brown – suggest the landscape before us is already becoming a relic. The brightest colors, the occasional burst of blue sky that breaks out from behind cloud-crowded sky, the flash of red graffiti on a rhino, illuminate the scene. Currently living in Portland, Oregon, you can see the influence Portland’s industrial areas and older architecture have had on Levinson. His “backyard” has become the subject of his art. A “new place” has emerged in his work based on the collision of urban landscapes and the natural world – in which the deer and the zebra roam, while wildebeests graze in the city’s Chinatown, and beneath an underpass in a switching yard, a tagged walrus, big as a train car, appears to rest his weary flippers.

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Hollywood Indian

Hollywood Indian’s artwork is primarily about the evolution of humankind as an animal and our impact on the natural world, specifically in regard to all other sentient beings.  The growing movement towards social justice, peace, and a truer embodiment of community in Western culture is undoubtedly linked to how we treat the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, regardless of species.  He continues to be inspired by the way in which animals exist autonomously, with behaviors driven almost entirely by necessity and survival.  They flourish in a capacity above greed, materialism, or vanity and do so without ever exhausting their resources.  Hollywood Indian is deeply unsettled by the incongruence of our two worlds.  His artwork explores color, texture, and surface manipulation in an attempt to achieve somewhat uncalculated results that cannot be drawn or painted by hand.   This is an allusion to the beauty of nature, which despite humankind’s endless attempts, can never be replicated nor restored once it is destroyed.  The animals and symbols rendered within these surfaces serve as reminders that we still have much to learn from our fellow inhabitants.

Nicole Gustafsson

Nicole works as a full time illustrator specializing in traditional media paintings featuring everything from woodland characters and environments to pop culture based projects. She uses a stunning color palette to capture fantastical places. Her interest in wildlife and trees grew into a life-long passion of the natural world and continues to be a theme in her artwork.

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Dan Hiller

Dan Hillier makes collages and ink drawings using a mixture of found imagery and his own imaginings. His work is born out of a passion for line work and collage, a love of archaic imagery and an urge to produce pictures that provoke humour, wonder and a certain subconscious recognition in the viewer. Nearly all of his work is figurative and comprises totemic or iconographical combinations of human, animal, plant and mineral forms. The subjects are generally set in blank spaces devoid of context. The characters in his pictures display an emblematic composite of human and non-human attributes, drawing on, but rarely literally depicting, ancient mythological beings, Victorian freak-shows, dream imagery, religious iconography and subconscious inspiration, whilst promoting a sense of transformation, repression, transcendence and evolution.

Teagan White

Teagan is a freelance illustrator specializing in intricate drawings of flora and fauna, playful watercolors of animal characters, and illustrated typography.  She is very interested in nature’s subtle, gentle reciprocity and wild, tragic discord, and combines this inspiration with nostalgic colors, decorative arrangements of organic forms and meticulous detail.  Her projects range from advertising and editorial to children’s books, greeting cards and textiles.

 

Blaine Fontana

Blaine currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Imbuing his vision with the divine symbolism of religious myths, worldly folklore and current social dynamics, his works contain a kind of shamanic exploration of meaning that recognizes the totemic quality and power of the image. Fontana’s work displays a virtuosic understanding of sign & simulacra and their role within our contemporary visual culture. Straddling the physical and metaphysical, organic and architectural, painterly and graphic sensibilities, Blaine fuses multiple visual strategies to forge an aesthetic language entirely of his own making.

Bronze Coast Gallery

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David Crawford

David does every bit of the work himself in creating his limited edition bronze sculptures in his Halfway, Oregon backyard studio and foundry. His subject matter comes from his simple, rural life style and is honest, deep, and often a bit quirky. He says “Growing up living and working among cattle ranchers, art was not really the kind of thing that one should take too seriously. So, initially, I tried to focus my creative energy on functional objects, such that I would be considered useful. But time would inevitably lead me to make things that had no purpose whatsoever.”

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Linda Wilder

Linda grew up as an “air force brat” traveling extensively across Canada, and finally settling in Alberta.  Her creative ability was readily evident as a child and eventually was able to follow her destiny. She says all of her landscapes are inspired in some way by the environment surrounding her…a mountain, waterfall or abstract shape.  The simplest things capture her attention…the way light bounces off the water and rocks in a stream, the contrast of snow against the warm underbrush, creating abstract form…it all sparks an emotional cord.

Jim Eppler

Jim brings the power, beauty, harshness and magnetic attraction of nature to both his paintings and bronzes. He creates from the experience of his lifelong enchantment with wildlife and his innate gift for the use of color and form. A seasoned artist who readily admits a romance with “the play of light and shadow, the way paint builds on canvas,” he is equally captivated by gestures and textures that lend themselves to the three-dimensional aspect of bronze. Bringing his skill as a colorist to his sculpture, Eppler hand-finishes each bronze in his limited editions.

Robert Rogers

Robert is a native Texan whose work has been inspired by Native American art, Oriental art, and European art – along with 40 years of studies in scouting and Indian Lore. He studied at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and has been greatly influenced by his visits to the great art Meccas of Europe and especially by the art of Gustave Klimt. For more than 27 years, Robert has created fine jewelry as an art and as an expression of love for the craft. His work reflects the full expression of archetypes in Native American culture as depicted in petroglyphs and pictographs in ancient North American sites, blended with mystical spiritual symbols, Braille and other icons.

Carol Gold

Carol grew up on a dairy farm in western Massachusetts and studied art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Boston University School of Fine Arts, MA; and the Museum School in Boston. Before she embarked on a sculpture career, however, she spent 14 years raising her family. In 1977 she resumed her art career in earnest, enrolling at the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA, to study bronze casting. Encouraged by her results with the medium, she built her own foundry in Northern California and has been operating it ever since. She 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

The child of artists, Joshua grew up in a household where nature was as much a part of life as art…in fact so much so that perhaps one would not exist without the other. While in college in Colorado, he explored the mountains and rivers and finally decided to become a bronze sculptor. Today his subject matter is a combination of figurative studies combined with wildlife. He says it is because as apart as man is from nature, it is only in nature that he feels as if he is part of something bigger than himself.

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Deb Carnes

Debra Carnes, a self-taught basket artist, has been handcrafting woven works of art for more than 30 years. Her pieces have been displayed in juried shows and galleries in Michigan, Florida, and Oregon. Her baskets and sculptures are currently inspired by a concern for sustainability in art making. Carnes won the Steve McLeod Earth Day Award two years in a row for creating pieces from recycled marine debris.

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Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson’s love of nature and background in plein air is evident in his beautiful and intricate watercolors. Johnson developed the soft washes of the Japanese tradition, as well as the refined line work of the Persian miniature. Johnson’s love of nature, refreshed by frequent trips and hikes, is evident in his work, but its mood, often portrayed by impending weather, dominates the objects in the landscape. There are subtle references to change in the clouds and stronger references to death and loneliness in the leafless trees of his latest work, yet the mood is never hopeless, but lets us know that the next season, bringing the tiny leaves of spring, is just beyond and approaching.

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Donna Sakamoto Crispin

Eugene weaver and basketmaker  Donna Sakamoto Crispin isn’t one to expound on the depth of meaning in each piece of her vastly diverse body of work. Rather, she is one of those rare, refreshing artists who allows a work of art to speak for itself – and often, for her. Ms. Crispin’s art form utilizes traditional Japanese and Native American techniques passed down from generation to generation for hundreds, even thousands of years. She believes her work as artist and teacher is fundamental to preserving this craft which, outside of the realm of art, is largely obsolete.

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Kathy Hastings

Water related images have intrigued Kathy since her student days at Art Center College of Design.  Her current work is a combination of digital photography and encaustic techniques.  On calm days, you may find her in a kayak on a NW waterway photographing the ever-changing surfaces around her, capturing what is reflected in, what floats upon, and what lies beneath the surface.  Back in the studio she digitally edits the photos and prints them on watercolor paper. For texture and translucency she then fuses layers of melted beeswax to each print, along with oil pastels, oil paint, alcohol inks and mica powder.  Her delight is in experimenting with the blending of new and traditional.  The joy is in paying attention.

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Deb Steele

Deb Steele is a local artist from Tualatin, Oregon.  Each piece of her jewelry is handcrafted in fine silver with accents of 24k gold, pearls, gemstones and glass. She strives to balance creativity with attention to detail.  Her designs reflect the things she loves, often taking you into the garden, to the Oceanside or travel destinations.  There is a special connection to the pieces that tells a story of life experiences.

 

Michael Orwick

His skill as a landscape artist creates compelling views of our world that move beyond time and place – places as mysterious as Oregon’s craggy coast, as unpredictable as a glacial view of Mount Hood, or as serene as an Oregon waterfall. His work can conjure up thoughts of Remington in his most enamored moments with the majestic west, or the dance of an impressionist on a pond or the snow.

 

Anton Pavlenko

A Ukrainian-born painter, he 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.

Icefire Glassworks

Jim Kingwell

Jim’s  life-forming fascination with glass began as a five-year experiment. Today, he has pieces in all 50 states and in more than 40 countries. And during Stormy Weather you’ll be able to see the first examples of his newest direction. Multiple firings of cast and fused glass will play with other materials, including wood and possibly clay. The idea is to produce work that evokes light and frozen motion. Over the next decade he expects Icefire’s sculpture to express ideas relating to transference, rhythmic and incremental repetition, bridging concepts and coherent light.

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.

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Pam Juett

Pam Juett fell in love with hot glass while watching Bill and Sally Worcester work their magic at their studio in Cannon Beach during the late seventies.  For the next six years, she immersed herself in the study of glass and art at the Pearl Wright Gallery in Manning, Oregon; at the Pilchuck School in Stanwood, Washington; and at the School of Arts and Crafts in Portland, Oregon. In 2008, she found a way to work with glass on a small scale at her home.   Classes in flame-worked glass at Bullseye Glass and Aquilla School in Portland led her to begin making beads.  Today, she continues to develop her beads and her jewelry, producing necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

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Mark Gordon

Mark began blowing glass in 2003. His first experience with the medium was at Icefire and he now lives and works in Bend, Oregon.  His current body of work is focused on blending colors and balancing them with individual forms.  The challenge of combining colors in different ways, and working with a hot and fluid medium, keeps every day of working with glass new and exciting. He says, “Jim Kingwell and Suzanne Kindland were my first mentors in glass. I never imagined what glass had in store for me.  It has shaped my life over the last fourteen years, and created a sense of accomplishment and pride in myself and the work I create.”  He currently works with Michelle Kaptur, another great friend and mentor. He studied at Firehouse Glass from 2003 to 2005, Eugene Glass School with Karen Willenbrink in 2006, The Pilchuck Glass School under Richard Royal in August of 2012 and Davide Salvadore and Shelley Muzylowski Allen in July 2016. Most recently he participated in a workshop on goblets at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle under Boyd Sugiki in July of 2017.

Imprint Gallery

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Stirling Gorsuch

Stirling is represented by White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach, but will be conducting a workshop during Stormy Weather at Imprint Gallery. Most of his subject matter is based on the coastal region of Oregon and the high desert, east of the Cascades. As he spends more time revisiting these particular places, he becomes more enamored with their complex natural history, and the rich visual experience accompanying them. In consideration for new images, he is searching for a story in the landscape that he can accentuate through visual means. Signs of geological activity, or indications of how weather has shaped the land are examples of what fascinates him as an observer. The inherently slow process of relief printing and monotype forces him to be methodical as he builds up each printed layer. Many of these prints are made over weeks, sometimes months at a time, making his process somewhat self-reflective. Like reading a journal from the past, his work is a record of his present-day focus and admiration of the world he occupies.

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Sharon Greenwood

Sharon Greenwood was introduced to clay while studying to become a graphic designer. The way it felt, how it took shape in her hands, even the smell was intoxicating. She took every class she could until she graduated. And then, for the next 15 years, she put clay away to focus on her career in advertising. In 2010, She took a two-month-long sabbatical from her career to explore her creative ambitions. She enrolled in a pottery class and fell in love with clay all over again. When the class ended, she quit her job and turned her garage into a studio. For the past several years she has continued to hone her craft and experiment. This is how she learned that she loved to carve. She says, “My work is inspired by the tranquility of the Oregon coast as well as the cheerfulness of my garden.”

Jeffrey Hull Gallery

Jeffrey Hull 

Jeffrey began his painting career over 40 years ago as a resident of Cannon Beach. Though primarily self-taught, he did study under three Northwest Watercolorists in the early 70’s. Known for his ability to capture the beauty and moods of the places where water joins land, Jeffrey controls the difficult medium of watercolor, often in very large paintings. Recently Jeff also returned to painting in oil as well. He is rarely found far from the ocean’s edge, the source of his inspiration. His deep love for the area is clearly seen in his original paintings and prints.

Jewelry by Sharon Amber

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From meteorites to mixed metals, you’ll find exceptional designs by master gold-smith Sharon Amber. A strong emphasis on exotic colored gems and movement of design in a surprisingly wide range. Classic, elegant, wearable art featuring several collections using local gems and materials. Sharon shows exclusively at her gallery of 30 years.

Modern Villa Gallery

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Eduard Gurevich

Eduard was born in Donetsk, Ukraine and in 1992 immigrated to Canada, where he now lives in Wasaga Beach, Ontario.  He runs a home-based art studio where he creates his own art and instructs aspiring artists of all ages.  He holds a Degree of Arts from the University of Lvov in the Ukraine and an Illustrator Diploma from Sheridan College in Canada.  He is a diverse, original and well-respected artist whose thought inspiring works convey a variety of themes drawn from his own life experiences, philosophy as well as the world and people who surround him.

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David Wright

David is well known for his innovative freeform glass wave sculptures.  He studied at the Pilchuck Glass School, founded by Master Glassblower Dale Chihuly. Studying under Therman Statom, it was here that his work with blown glass water fountains developed into an expression of water in the sculpted art form. He endeavors to create, by hand, a glass sculpture that embodies the essence of movement in water…each distinctly unique and individually created in his Seattle studio.

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Sarah Goodnough

Sarah’s work celebrates life. Her artistic style is expressive, using vibrant color, strong composition, and layered texture. She paints abstract viewscapes, pulling real life scenes into redefined realities of wonder and brilliance, creating in a variety of mediums; painting in oils, acrylics and watercolor. She also works with pastels, blockprints, mosaics and photography. By playing with composition and texture, she produces vibrant and unique work that is sensitive to mood and emotion.

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 Cannon Beach public choice award for Sculpture Without Walls with her “Tufted Puffins”. She typically works on two to three public installation commissions at one time using the traditional lost wax casting technique.

Hazel Schlesinger

Hazel 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

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.

Ann Fleming

Ann has been having a life long affair with clay. In harmony with her very practical nature she created colorful functional ware and architectural accents for over 25 years.  But one day  she gave herself  permission to have fun. She went to her studio in 2004 and created her first figure in clay simply for the joy of working in a material she knew so well. In 2006, urged by friends, she cast the first piece in bronze. Each new sculpture became a joy to her. She soon recognized that things that mattered to her crept into her work, stories that reflected human nature surrounded by our natural world. And though in the beginning she thought this work had no utility but to bring back to her the joy of process, she can now see that the stories the pieces tell are their utility.

Ivan McLean

He is a public sculptor working in steel, bronze, glass and wood. His work can be seen throughout Portland’s Pearl District and he has also created extensive site-specific installations within the Nines Hotel. His work is also well known in California where he has just installed a series of spheres of different sizes and colors on Hollywood Boulevard. His 108′ steel sculpture was also selected from ten sculptors nationally for the Newport Beach Sculpture Park.

White Bird Gallery

Christopher Mathie

Christopher has been represented by galleries from New York to Washington State, and has developed a signature style with emphasis on deconstructing images to their most important lines and organic forms. He strives to capture energetic movement, intense emotion and suggestive shapes essential to communicate his ideas in paint.

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Drea Rose Frost

Drea discovered a mystic sense of beauty through her passion for surfing and her visceral attraction to the ocean. Exploring her relationship with the natural world through her art, she draws from her experiences in and around the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest. She usually begins her artistic process with impressions from nature. Seduced by the complexities of water and the repetition of patterns and geometric forms in the ocean or surrounding areas, she seeks to create a visual representation of these elements. She has discovered a sense of awe and wonder while being immersed in the sea; and these are moments that have illuminated her from within and the weight of these ineffable and transcendental experiences drives her to find a language through art in which to articulate and share temporal moments.

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Helga Winter

Helga Winter has made something new, unfamiliar and possibly shocking out of something very familiar to us. Taking a book full of words she has turned it inside out, deconstructing it, but at the same time reconstructing, relearning and rethinking. Tearing, ripping, coloring, waxing, rolling, arranging and gluing the pages is practice. Something she does over and over to acquire a certain knowledge of patience, quietude, peacefulness and a gathering of information from the inside. She invites you to view the sculpture from all angles, to stay open-minded to learn about both sides of the story and know that it can always be changed.

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Melanie Brauner

Melanie is a hand papermaker and metalsmith, living and working in Shoreline, Washington. Her paper sculpture and VERSO line of jewelry are made from hand-fabricated metal forms cast with a paper skin.  The casting process starts with finely beaten abaca paper fibers suspended in water. The sculptural metal forms are dipped into this pulp, and the fibers cling to the metal and shrink as they dry. A tight, translucent paper skin is built up over successive dips. The concept is the same as making a sheet of handmade paper, but around a three-dimensional form, and by building up thin layers, over the course of several days. The paper-skinned forms are hand-dyed, and coated in sealer.

Stormy Weather Arts Festival, November 3-5, 2017