It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque setting than this small north Oregon Coast beach town. For years, the spectacular natural beauty of Cannon Beach has beckoned artists from around the world out of their studios to capture unique elements of this landscape “en plein air” or “in the open air”.  To celebrate this challenging artistic style and the work of the artists, the Cannon Beach Gallery Group is presenting the 4th Annual Plein Air & More festival. Scheduled for June 22-24, the event will include 28 artists represented by a dozen of Cannon Beach’s art galleries

The featured artists will create art on location throughout the town and on the beach on Friday and Saturday with their work showcased at gallery receptions on Saturday evening. They will also participate in a group show at the Cannon Beach Chamber Building Friday evening. The events are free and will take place rain or shine.

Maps detailing the location of each artist will be available at all Cannon Beach Gallery Group locations and the Chamber of Commerce. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions of the artists while they work, or simply observe.

2012 Schedule

Friday, June 22
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Group Show and “Meet and Greet” reception for artists Cannon Beach Chamber Building

Saturday, June 23
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Artists creating work throughout the town of Cannon Beach, on the beach and in nearby settings.

5:00-7:00 p.m.
Individual gallery receptions showcasing new work

Sunday, June 24
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., artists working on location, and group show continues in Cannon Beach Chamber Building

2012 Plein Air 2012 List of Participating Artists & Their Outdoor Locations

2012 Workshops During Plein Air & More Week


  Annie Henrie
“I’ve been lucky to have my own personal professional art teacher throughout my life” says Annie of growing up the daughter of artist Cary Henrie, first in New York and later in Utah. Her work is primarily figurative in mixed media of acrylic, oil, charcoal pencil, and gesso texturing. She says, “More than anything I aim to create a window of peace in the attitudes and expressions of my figures, in which they mostly appear to be thinking.”
  Cary Henrie
Cary Henrie’s abstracted landscapes are a reflection of his world travels where he fell in love with the worn and broken patinas in the landscapes, the sandstone textures, the patina of rusted metal contrasted with vast soft natural elements.” With each piece, he spends hours laying his canvas with additive and subtractive methods; sanding, varnishing, taping, adding paint, burnishing and removing layers of paint. He continually experiments with materials and technique, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in painting.
  Donnie Wanner
The automobile was the form that first captivated the mind and imagination of artist Donnie Wanner. Working for an automobile manufacturer and being a quick learner with an artist’s eye, he was fascinated by the molding of metal, welding, fabricating, mold making, coloring, and the ultimate production of something that was fresh, exciting, and stimulating to look at. He is recognized as a highly skilled artist specializing in metal wall sculptures depicting landscapes of regional scenes.
  Phyllis Trowbridge
Painting and drawing outdoors in the landscape year-round makes Phyllis one of the Northwest’s most dedicated plein air artists. D.K. Row of the Oregonian wrote of her work: “There’s enchantment and enigma, quiet awe in these paintings of lifting fog, melting snow and placid lakes.” She has generously shared her talent in painting residencies and a variety of schools and programs throughout Oregon.
  Bets Cole
Bets’ paintings are energetic, spontaneous, colorful and for the most part executed in the plein air tradition. Each piece evolves slowly, and her success lies in the patience and flexibility involved in her creative process…she re-works her surfaces, building layer upon layer, which in turn allows the piece to gain depth, a sense of history and a voice of its own.
  Michael Lorenzini
His passion for art was born in the raw, frigid, beautiful and often terrifying waters of the Oregon Coast. The majority of his work is done “en plein air”, and he has learned that this can be a trying and frustrating experience…chasing direct sunlight, waiting out rain squalls, and generally enduring miserable conditions. His reward comes when all of the variables synthesize…coming together in a tangible summation.
  Christopher Gerber
For Christopher, reality is not a static state but constantly occurring. His brushstrokes are inspired by the ink paintings of Zen and Taoist masters, evoking focus and intent. By using multiple layers of mica pigments, he generates a holographic effect in an ancient medium as he fuses the layers with torch fire, integrating contrasting textures and simultaneously revealing intriguing nuances. Dripping wax, he plays. He says, “It takes millions of bees pollinating millions of flowers to produce the couple of pounds of wax used in these paintings. That in itself is sacred to me, painting with life itself.”
  JoAnn Chartier
An award winning painter, sculptor, printmaker and published writer, JoAnn has been making art since the age of 12, when she learned the joys and frustrations of painting on location. Though most of her work is now done in acrylics in the studio, she returns to her roots to paint local landscapes and seascapes. She says the challenge of capturing the essence of a place in juicy oils using a knife or brush is, for her, like windsurfing or snowboarding to an adrenaline junky: Irresistible.
  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.
  George Vetter
The 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.
  Janis Ellison
Drawn to the dramatic landscape of New Mexico, Janis 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 plein air. In 2006, she moved to southern Oregon, where the pristine setting of the area provides endless inspiration for her work. Honors include signature status in the pastel Society of New Mexico, Sierra Pastel Society and the Northwest Pastel Society.
  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.
  Pat Lambrecht-Hould
Pat received her formal training at the University of Montana; Montana State University and Eastern Montana College. She majored in Applied Arts beginning as a sculptor, later expanding into oil painting and has spent the last 25 years working in watercolor and acrylics. Pat now works exclusively in mixed media often using vibrant colors and layers of texture. Her work is done on a gold leafed surface using the leaf as a reflected light source. “The work is experimental.”
  Jim Kingwell
What began as a five-year experiment evolved into a life-forming fascination with glass for Jim Kingwell. Today, 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.
  Jeffrey Hull
Jeffrey Hull began his painting career 40 years ago as a resident of Cannon Beach. 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 he returned to painting in oil as well. Rarely found far from the ocean’s edge, his deep love for the area is clearly seen in his original paintings and prints. He is a signature member of the prestigious American Society of Marine Artists.
  Sharon Amber
Artist Sharon Amber is best known for her jewelry designs that incorporate local “gems” carved into mermaids, seascapes, and faces bedecked with exotic colored stones. But during Plein Air & More, she will also make the chips fly, carving local sandstone into images related to the sea.
  Alan Boileau
Striving to celebrate and enhance the living spirit of the wood in each of his artworks, Alan creates two and three dimensional wall sculptures. He believes the eastern Canadian white pine that he generally uses tells its own story; with the elemental forms and forces in nature driving his original ideas and fueling his belief that wood has a continuous energy of its own.
  Joachim McMillan
In his youth, Joachim worked with watercolors and acrylics, creating works for galleries in Grenada, where he grew up. In his early 20’s, he migrated to New York City to study technology and at the same time continued to explore different art techniques. Years later, he moved to the west coast to work for a leading semi conductor company. During his spare time, he continued to focus on his art, switching to oils and a palette knife. His mosaic style, which he calls “Pixelism” was inspired by the way he has seen acids etching the surface of metals in his work environment.
  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  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.
  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 Jacobsen
In 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.
  Marianne Post
Because she is an avid outdoors woman, Marianne’s subject is “naturally” the landscape. Using soft pastels in a “painterly” impressionistic style, her award winning work reflects quiet morning vistas, light glinting off the water’s surface and the grandeur of the Oregon high country. It also conveys her fascination with nature, light and color.
  Steve Memering
Although Steve had developed a reputation as an accomplished watercolor artist, opaque mediums, such as oil and acrylic gave him the freedom he needed to re- evaluate and explore his ideas. Never entirely abandoning the demanding constraints of watercolor he now works predominantly in oil on canvas. The dramatic play of light and dark has become a persistent theme in his work along with bold, emotion-based color schemes.
  Josh Henrie
Josh Henrie is both a painter and a sculptor with a very unique style. He believes in embedding beauty, power, and, most importantly, soul into the figures that he creates. Through his paintings and sculptures, he likes to portray the raw emotion of beautiful coastal surroundings. 
Josh has participated in the Cannon Beach Stormy Weather Quick Draw and the Plein Air and More events for the past three years.
  Pamela Wachtler-Fermanis
A career in commercial art brought Pamela to the Pacific Northwest, and ultimately to her decision to return to her first love, oil painting. Whenever possible she paints en plein air to capture the fleeting qualities of light and the immediacy of the moment. She has been featured in seven solo shows and 35 juried and invitational group shows.
  Christopher Mathie
Having spent a lifetime constantly observing, questioning and creating, Christopher’s 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.”
  Robert Schlegel
With paintings, drawings, collages, and prints reflecting the moody environment of the Northwest landscape and countryside, Schlegel’s warm palette of deep oranges and red is balanced with rich earth tones that reflect rural life and natural forms. He is particularly drawn to the interaction of shape and contrasting line found when man-made structures juxtapose the landscape.

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