Cannon Beach has not only been named “One of the Best Art Towns in America,” but National Geographic has also listed it as “One of the Most Beautiful Places in the World.” So…what more could you ask for if you’re a plein air artist? That’s why they continue to come from around the world to capture the unique elements of this landscape “in the open air”. To celebrate this challenging artistic style and the work of the artists, the Cannon Beach Gallery Group is presenting the 10th Annual Plein Air & More festival. Scheduled for June 22-24, the event will feature nearly 30 artists creating art on location throughout the town and on the beach Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday afternoon all participating artists will come together for two hours in an “Artists’ Swarm” right in the center of town from 2-4 pm. The event will also include live music, and the annual raku firing on the beach Saturday evening. This festival is unlike any other in the country, in that it goes beyond the typical “Plein Air” event, by including not only those working in oil, pastels, and watercolor. The “and more” component attracts virtually every other art form…bronze sculpture and stone carving, metal working, jewelry, ceramics and fused or blown glass. We hope you’ll join us. This event just keeps getting better and better each year.

Workshops Offered by Six Nationally Recognized Plein Air Artists. (click for more information)

Leading up to the weekend will be six workshops conducted by nationally recognized artists Michael Orwick, Mike Rangner, Gretha Lindwood, Hazel Schlesinger, Josh Henrie and Linda Gebhart. Come and paint for a few days before the festival, then plan to stay over for all the fun.

2018 Plein Air & More Schedule (click for pdf file)

2018 Plein Air and More Gallery Listings!




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Archimedes Gallery

Teagan White

Teagan is an artist and illustrator specializing in intricate paintings of flora and fauna. Her work depicts nature’s subtle, gentle reciprocity and wild, tragic discord through muted colors, ornamental layouts, and meticulous detail. She lives in Minneapolis with a cat named Bug and a taxidermy goose, and spends her time riding bikes, trying to be friends with seagulls, holding unexpected animal funerals, volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center, reading tarot cards, and vanishing into the woods


Kelli MacConnell

Captivated by the wilderness since early childhood, Kelli embraces a unique relationship with nature that continuously sparks her imaginative work. Exploring landscapes with careful observation, she translates her natural surroundings into richly detailed prints. For her, printmaking serves as a key vehicle in fostering a relationship between humans and the natural world. Through her creations, she strives to show how one person can both exist in civilization and remain connected to that which is inherently wild.


Dan Chen

Dan was born in China, in the province of Canton. He immigrated with his parents to the U.S. in 1984 and enrolled at San Francisco City College to study graphic design and illustration at Academy of Art University. Since then, Dan’s professional career has focused full time on nature and wildlife art in both paintings and sculptures. His experience with the eastern and western disciplines of art has provided the inspiration for the extremely pleasing and dramatic style he has developed. Whether the media is oil, pastel, watercolor or sculpture, each piece Dan creates is an exquisite and masterful expression of line, color, light and energy which is truly his own. His art is a marriage of the finest qualities of eastern and western art style and technique.

Margret Short

Oregon artist, Margret Short, specializes in still life and floral subjects in oils.  Captivated by Rembrandt and the Dutch Masters, she commonly replicates 17th century paints by hand grinding pigments. Painting on copper and gold leaf, as well as traditional linen, her substrates and hand made paints capture light and color with great depth and intensity in her mostly small scale works.

Sharon Abbott-Furze

Sharon is compelled to paint: people and their stories, nature and the sea expressing its many moods, light, rhythm, power and energy. Practicing her art is one of her greatest joys, painting moments in time that touch her deeply.

Scott C. Johnson

Scott has painted and exhibited throughout the NW for over three decades. Wishing to capture the beauty and majesty of the Oregon Coast since his teenage years, Scott would hitchhike from Portland to paint on the beach till day’s end, enraptured and fortified to return.

Gary Lavarak

Gary attended Pratt Institute and was an Official Photographer at the New York World’s Fair for the Hawaiian Pavilion. He was the Head of the Photography Department for Paier College of Art, the President and Founder of the New England Design Institute, and has won multiple awards for his work.


Hilma Josal

Hilma showed art for the first time at the Northwest Pinball Arcade Convention in Tacoma. She has also been accepted into the Shelton Rotating Art Gallery and at the Arts of Snohomish Gallery, and is an artist for the Con of Thrones in Texas in May.

Michael Orwick

Michael’s 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.


Dana Murray

Dana invites the element of water into her studio to produce stunning photographs of the captured moment. With patience,
Persistence and creativity, she takes the viewer to the meeting point of art, nature and science. She will conduct demonstrations of her method of photographing water drops in the gallery throughout the weekend.

Anton Pavlenko

Anton Pavlenko is a Ukrainian-born painter who 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.

Joanne Shellan

This Seattle artist began her career with watercolor and in just two years found success in galleries, solo shows and commissions, started winning awards and attained her signature membership in the Northwest Watercolor Society.  But the frustration she was feeling with that medium told her that something was still missing. So, after happening on a demonstration of ala prima oil painting, she gave away her watercolors and bought oils. “The dense pigment and rich texture of oils truly express the art that has always been inside me.” Today, she paints in oils and acrylics and is known for her strong design and rich color.

Icefire Glassworks

Jim Kingwell

What began as a five-year experiment evolved into a life-forming fascination with glass for Jim, who has been playing with fire for more than 40 years. His 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. His Icefire Glassworks logo incorporates the alchemical symbols for Earth, Air, Fire and Water, honoring the obvious linkage of art and science. From that, beautiful pieces of blown glass emerge that seduce the senses and stimulate the spirit. He will show his latest work from his Embers series.

Suzanne Kindland 

Suzanne was not reared to be a glass artist. It was her connection to the dream world that led her to become one at the age of 38. There were always hints, persistent nudges that would not be ignored, from favorite childhood words (horizon, crucible) to a vision of dancing in flames that led her to Cannon Beach and propelled her into the passionate world of soft molten glass. Inspired by the places she has lived, she makes blown glass pieces that express Nature in the tangled patterns of woodlands, the stark horizons of deserts, and the mysteries of deep water. She will be showing the latest work in her Emerald Forest series.

Steven Krig

Steven Krig finds great comfort in the unique way that glass allows him to partner with the light. He can’t hold light in his hand, so he simply befriends it in an effort to to influence its path. Light continues to work its brush, bringing subtle changes to the work he creates long after his hand has left the imagery.

Karen Croner

Karen is a mixed-media sculptor working with wire, papier-mâché, paper clay, fabric, and plaster. Iconic fairy tale characters, such as the innocents, the tricksters, sorcerers, princes, princesses and “the big bad wolf”, inspire much of her work. Her sculptures are also informed by a deep love of wildlife.

Mark Andres

Mark is a multimedia artist fluent in drawing, painting, animation and film. Stylistically, his color pallet evokes comparisons to Fauvism, and his work certainly pays some tribute to German Expressionism. The paintings are a product of an experiential process where, in his words, “the mysterious rhythms of the place resonate in my body”. His intention is to communicate the freshness, excitement and brevity of his first glimpse and initial experience of a place. He is keen to qualify that this is no Impressionist manifesto, explaining, “the rhythms I refer to are also abstract and graphic, not just about the fleeting effects of light.”

  Melanie West

Imprint Gallery is introducing jewelry to its collections of artwork, beginning with the work of Melanie West. Melanie lives in the woods of Maine, surrounded by a plethora of wild life, including moose, bob cat, fox, coyotes, lots of song birds, wild turkeys and ravens. What drives Melanie’s current work with polymer clay is a life long fascination with Nature’s use of extravagant forms, colors and patterns. Melanie’s vessels and wearable art express a very personal, dream like impression vision of nature.

  Keith Schneider

As part of the gallery’s “Focus on Ceramics”, one of the “& More” offerings in the Plen Air & More Festival,we will be introducing the work of Keith Schneider. He received his MFA degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1985, and has been teaching ceramics and drawing at Humboldt State University since 1988. Keith’s artwork is exhibited throughout the United States, and he has won numerous awards for his ceramics as well as his two dimensional work. His work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Ceramics Monthly magazine, and since 2008 he has been featured at SOFA (Sculpture Objects and Functional Art) in Chicago.

Jeffrey Hull Gallery

Jeffrey Hull

Jeffrey began his painting career more than 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. His deep love for the area is clearly seen in his original paintings and prints.

Sharon Amber

Jewelry artist Sharon Amber creates personal treasures using 14k, 18k, and 22k gold and exotic gems.  She is best know for her high fire enameled “miniature paintings”, and her carvings in local gems and beach pebbles. During Plein Air & More, she will reveal work and designs inspired by thousands of miles of travel over the last few months.


Shelby Silver

Pacific Northwest born and raised, this environmental artist uses self-taught impasto techniques, and plastic marine debris collected along the Oregon Coast. This bold marriage of media gives life to the workings of her soul. “Remembering our connection is remembering our responsibility to earth, sea, and all living beings.”

Northwest By Northwest Gallery

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.

White Bird Gallery

Dave and Boni Deal

This husband and wife team has collaborated in clay for more than 30 years, working fulltime at their rustic home studio in the Cascades. They have worked almost solely in raku since the 70′s, and are known for large classical forms and intricate surface designs. A unique aspect of their pottery is the focus on the native environment … the plants, geology, and wildlife that are reflected in the themes and materials used in their work, like the heron urns, leaf imprint pots and landscape triptychs. During the weekend, they will be doing a raku firing on the beach at Sunset.

Gretha Lindwood

Gretha’s  paintings are best described as “crisp, refreshing, and vivid.” Vibrant color and strong design are hallmarks of her work developed during a 30-year career as an illustrator and graphic designer. Using soft pastel sticks, recompressed powdered pigments from the earth, she makes her marks on artist grade sandpaper to express the effects of light and atmosphere as she paints the landscape en plein air. Recent awards for her work include “Best Pastel” at the 2013 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competition. She has also won recognition for her work at shows in Laguna, Carmel, and Los Gatos.

Debra Carnes

For more than thirty years, basket artist Debra Carnes has been hand-crafting works of art. Her pieces have been in juried shows and galleries in Michigan, Florida, and Oregon. Debra’s baskets and sculptures are inspired by colors, textures and shapes in nature. She creates contemporary work while mastering historical techniques.

Marianne Post

A sense of design and master of technique are two important elements of a successful painting. This Oregon artist melds her life experiences into her colorful paintings. Born and raised in San Francisco and graduating with a degree in Environmental Design from the University of California, she continued her studies at the San Francisco Academy of Art.  A successful design career ultimately led her back to the University of California where she held the position of principal artist for almost two decades. Her love of art and nature married with her design background and keen interest in drawing and painting has resulted in work that captures the generosity of nature. She currently resides in Philomath, OR.

Josh Henrie

Josh was raised in the northwest corner of Washington where the coast is rugged, calm, and angry, with rays of light that are ever changing. His stone sculptures are deeply influenced by all these elements of nature, moving him to push the texture and polished stone until he brings its story to the surface.

Brooke Borcherding

Brooke is dedicated to an ongoing inquiry of building the landscape through paint.  Growing up painting palm trees of southern California, she moved to Oregon which inspired her to take an easel outside for the first time in 2009.  She received her BFA from the University of Oregon in 2010, but is mostly self taught by observing and responding to nature.  With a practice of both plein air and studio painting she now works as a full time artist in Seattle, WA.  Her current work of deconstructing the landscape aims to shed light on the beauty of ordered chaos.


Rachel Laura

This Oregon artist uses pastels and mixed media to create vibrant and dramatic landscape paintings. She is inspired by beauty found in the world around her. The idea of composing a calm moment embodies the essence of her work. Rachel hopes her work inspires a moment of mental repose.

Beverly Drew Kindley

Beverly has always been inspired by outdoor scenes and the energy of nature’s growing things, always wanting to share the sense of life and joy she feels through the spontaneous nature of water and paint. Her painting is a celebration of our precious environment, an act of mindfulness and a poem of gratitude. Discovering ways to express this is her journey.

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