The members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group invite you to play along the shores of Cannon Beach and in the varied and beautiful galleries of our town. Nestled between the wild ocean and the coastal mountains Cannon Beach offers art and craft ranging from the playful to the sublime. On May 2, 3 & 4, each gallery will spotlight new work by their chosen artists. Unveiling demos and receptions take place all weekend long, making this event an unparalleled experience for the art lover.

Below the schedule are the artists (by gallery) who will be featured during the 2014 Spring Unveiling Arts Festival.

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Archimedes Gallery

Losing Burdens by Frank Gonzales Frank Gonzales’ incredible artwork places him at the forefront of the Young American Realist movement.  His refined, yet bold and inventive reinterpretations of classic subjects can be viewed many ways.  Taking references from various sources to create his own imagery, his paintings become a play between artificiality and realism.  His compositions reflect the spontaneity of starting with a background color or single image, where that becomes a jumping off point for the painting.
Symbiosis by Leslie Levings at Archimedes Gallery Leslie Levings is a sculptor of creatures. The majority of her time is spent making the Beastlies– small, ridiculous monsters with big emotions. Sculpting her first little creatures at age 10, she took a break through high school and college to pursue photography and writing. None of those things were ever as fun as creating tiny characters out of clay, so now she’s back to doing that full time.
Symbiosis by Shing Lin Khor at Archimedes Gallery Shing Yin Khor. A former theatrical painter, designer, and propmaker, Shing Yin Khor makes awkwardly charming creatures trapped in a world of bumbling science and human fallibility. Her themes are inspired by historical hoaxes, old museums, cabinets of curiosities, and Pre-Linnaean taxonom, with palettes drawn from the more obnoxiously colorful parts of nature, especially invertebrates.
Winter Berries by Melissa Cooper Melissa J. Cooper Ten years spent working in a foundry as a young woman taught her virtually all the labor-intensive steps involved in casting bronze, but not once during those years did she imagine creating her own works of art. That came later when she discovered she could visualize a complex three-dimensional form, calculate its necessary structural strength and bring it to reality, in many cases without ever having seen how the artwork will look as a whole. Her widely collected wildlife art depicts rabbits, beavers, chipmunks, and bears, known for their combination of graceful shape and charm.
Rosetta Sculpture has always been something she has done for the pure joy of it, but it wasn’t until computers put an end to her free-lancing as a graphic designer that she realized she could make it a career. Focusing on animals, her work depicts their life force in all its visual splendor, rather than a realistic depiction of outward appearances. Her style has been described as hard-edged yet soft, sensitive yet powerful. Her wish is that her works inspires other to cherish these creatures as she does.
Nathan Bennett believes art should be like snapshots of an artist’s life. As a master patineur he creates images that best capture the inner workings of his soul. Using a centuries old process, his paintings come from a mixture of iron, silver, copper and other chemical compounds infused onto a bronze plate, merging the compounds with the metal.
Catherine Kumlin Gamblin’s paintings reflect the family ties that shaped her relationship to seeing the world and working with her hands…a professional seamstress grandmother, a great grandmother who was a quilt maker, and a grandfather who was a rockhound. Today she travels extensively, and back in the studio her creative process welcomes her life experiences into her work.
Painting by Sandy Sampson Sandy Sampson is an interdisciplinary artist and educator with a 35-year exhibition history. Locating and framing casual pedagogy as it presents in the everyday is the thematic constant in the collaborative public practice. Commissioned projects include the Portland Art Museum, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Beton Salon in Paris, and Apex Art in New York.
Painting by Jean Erhardt Jean Erhardt loves oil paint – the look, smell and feel of it, so much so that she paints with her hands instead of brushes. She tends to paint what is on my mind or what is in front of her, and her current series of paintings were inspired by trees growing near the ocean around her home on the Long Beach peninsula.
Key Study by Jean Rosenbaum at Cannon Beach Gallery Jean Rosenbaum has been behind the camera for 45 years, many as a commercial photographer concentrating on food and advertising photos. Her love of the medium started in Boston, shooting extreme close-ups of architectural detail. Today, in the digital age, she still sees architectural lines and shapes in everything, but can now create so much greater interest in post-production detail. As a result, in recent years she has moved from commercial photography into the fine art realm.
Star Gate at Dragonfire Gallery Dragonfire Gallery will present a themed “Garden Party” group show, including all of the gallery’s artists with each submitting their version of “garden art” to the party.

George Vetter FotoArt

TSwigart Portrait George Vetter The natural beauty of the Oregon Coast brought George to Cannon Beach in 1977. 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 at his gallery in Village Centre in downtown Cannon Beach

Haystack Gallery

Eucalyptas Trees by Sally O'Neill at Haystack Gallery Sally O’Neill Throughout her life, Sally has always been involved in the arts, painting, drawing and music. After working primarily in watercolor beginning in the 80′s, she went back to working solely in oils in 1998, and knew this was the perfect medium for expressing her obsession with light, color and atmosphere. She is both a plein air and studio artist.
Poet 2 by Michael Tieman at Haystack Gallery 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.”
"Evolution" by Bart DeGraaf at Haystack Gallery Bart DeGraaf finds the act of painting to be euphoric. He says, “I have a passion for color, texture, movement and design. The imagery I use is pulled from my surroundings, experiences and my imagination. To me, my art is about the process of discovery, the synthesis of my personal feelings, color that inspires me, and techniques that I use; it’s a piece of who I am.”

Icefire Glassworks

Bad Hair Day by Jim Kingwell at 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 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. 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.
Autumn Leaves Bowl by Suzanne Kindland at Icefire Glassworks Suzanne Kindland 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, 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.
Neodimium Necklace by Pam Juett at Icefire Glassworks Pamela Juett first fell in love with hot glass while watching a demo in Cannon Beach in 1977. After exploring the many ways of working with this amazing medium, she has found her niche in flameworking, making beads that become stunning pieces of wearable art. She will be taking custom orders during Spring Unveiling.
Cool Color Bowls by Mark Gordon at Icefire Glassworks Mark Gordon began blowing glass in 2003.  His first experience with the medium was at Icefire Glassworks, 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 each day of working with glass new and exciting.

Jeffrey Hull Gallery

Arch Cape Iris by Jeff Hull at Jeffrey Hull Gallery Jeffrey Hull began has 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

Cloisonne Madiera Citrine Pendant by Sharon Amber at Jewelry by Sharon Amber 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.

Modern Villa Gallery

Red Rain by David Jonathan Marshall at 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.”
The Wharf at Santa Barbara by Tom Henderson at Modern Villa Gallery Tom Henderson was introduced to art early in life because his father was a professional cartoonist, but his earliest career path was into music. When in his thirties he became excited about art again and found himself especially drawn to plein air painting. Today, he says “Whether I’m in a busy harbor or on a quiet hillside, nothing puts me into the moment like painting does. I believe what is in front of me is open to interpretation, and my goal is that my paintings are more of a reaction than a rendering.”
Farm at the Edge of Dunes by Tom Scheibal at Modern Villa Gallery Tom Scheibal’s paintings are both graphic and mysterious. They provide a hushed backdrop for the artist’s childhood in the Pacific Northwest. His work is accomplished on paper and wood panels using French pastel, graphite and acrylic paint. Crows, horses and landscapes are the recurring subject matter, providing a dreamlike quality that smolders in the distance, becoming clear in the diffused light of an overcast morning.

Northwest By Northwest Gallery

Knees up Mother Brown by Georgia Gerber at Northwest by Northwest Gallery 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 “Cannon Beach 2010 Public Choice Award” for Sculpture Without Walls with 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.
Cottonwood & Light by Christopher Burkett at Northwest by Northwest Gallery Christopher Burkett Oregon’s native son, Christopher Burkett 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.”
Following A Dream by Jeff White at Northwest by Northwest Gallery Jeff White This Oregon oil painter, known for his skyscapes and landscapes, says his work “represents a spiritual journey and the balance found in the harmonies between the environment and man as a voyeur passing through time.” The thin glazes and layers of transparent pigments emulate the atmospheric conditions that exist in the natural world. His work can be seen in public spaces including the Columbia Gorge Visitor Center, The Hawaii Temple Visitor Center and the Seattle Maritime Museum.

Primary Elements Gallery

Old Faithful by Greg Congleton at Primary Elements Gallery Greg Congleton’s launch into the art world was a little like a bird discovering it doesn’t have to walk. His natural talent for visualizing and sketching led first to three-dimensional renderings for architects and builders. He graduated with a degree in business and formed a career using his creative ability as a carpenter and homebuilder. His natural aptitude to conceptualize in three dimensions spawned a new passion in sculpture which he has expressed by working in clay for bronze casting and welding immensely creative work from recycled materials.
Spring by H Leung at Primary Elements Gallery H Leung & Thomas Leung H. Leung is recognized as one of the premiere neo-impressionist artists, a master of enchanted landscapes, dreamy moods, and magical reflections of light and color. His son, Thomas, grew up watching his father create beauty on canvas, and knew that he, too, would become an artist. Today he creates canvases of great diversity, displaying dreamy landscapes and magical fantasies, striking abstracts in bold colors and pastels of multi-hued indescense.
Fin Table 1 by Jeffry Mann at Primary Elements Gallery Jeffry Mann’s medium is wood. He designs and experiments with their colors, grains and textures as he creates variations of light refractions and dimensionality. The shapes are creative combinations of fine crafted furniture unique as it is functional. As an artist working at his craft for 23 years, Jeffry does commission work creating cabinets, doors, and other specialty items for wine cellars, commercial and home living spaces. Mann is best known for his sleekly organic sculptured tables, chairs, barstools, and desks.

White Bird Gallery

Sun Porch by Deborah DeWit at White Bird Gallery Deborah DeWit is a well-known Oregon artist who has several books published on her work. Her narrative works explore autobiographical themes and often have depictions of cats, books, people reading, and familiar landscapes inhabited by both animals and people. Many of her paintings suggest metaphors on the human experience through renditions of hands or feet used to convey an idea. Moody pathways through outdoor environments and compositions framed by looking though windows also convey her larger themes on the human experience.
Blue Bite Bowl by Eric Boos at White Bird Gallery Eric Boos’ “Almost Edible Ceramics” is a series of semi-functional ceramic sculptures exploring the intersection of food, eating, sensuality, sexuality and organic growth. These studio built one-of-a-kind porcelain pieces are sculpted with glass-smooth surfaces, clean and formal lines, carefully balanced volumes and edges “so sharp you can almost shave with them.” The artist says “One day I was looking at a cluster of the sculptures on my work table and it made my mouth water…the colors were so juicy I wanted to eat my own work. That is great fun.”
Journey Without A Map by Helga Winter at White Bird Gallery 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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