February brings four vanguard artists to the Cannon Beach Gallery. Eunice Parsons, Rex Amos, Liz Cohn, and Grace Sanchez will be featured in “Sacred & Profane: The Art of Collage.” Ninety-six year old Parsons is no newcomer to the Oregon arts scene and creates collage using torn bits of paper she collected over the decades. Rex Amos is Cannon Beach’s own skilled scissors man whose ability to cut complex edges with precision, transforming the cut forms into fantastic imagery, landed him in the Hallie Ford Museum of Art last summer. Liz Cohn hails from 12×16 Gallery and Gallery 6 PDX and is the innovator behind the “Playing with a Full Deck” series. Grace Sanchez often includes figurative elements in her collage, with narrative from the filters of experience. This exhibit is absolutely must-see material, only on display for one short month from February 1-28, 2013. An Artist’s Reception will be held on Saturday, February 2 from 5-7pm at 1064 S. Hemlock in midtown Cannon Beach.
Colorado sculptor Linda Prokop has several new bronze sculptures at Bronze Coast Gallery. ‘Poised for Success’ features a schoolgirl balancing a book on her head, while ‘Almost Within Reach’ shows a girl reaching to select a book from a high shelf. ‘Leader of the Pack’ has a female figure walking, or being walked, by six dogs. A weightlifter struggling with a heavy set of weights is ‘Determined’ while ‘Finish Line’ depicts three runners breaking the tape in a foot race. A solitary figure holding the end of a long coil of rope is literally at the ‘End of the Rope’.
“The source of my imagery is rooted in my fascination with common, everyday occurrences,” explains Prokop, and the titles of her sculptures reflect this as she interprets everyday sayings and phrases. Prokop’s sculptures share a distinct style, as she keeps the pieces rough and somewhat impressionistic. “My favorite tools are my hands because the finger impressions on a finished piece reveal the intimacy from the initial moments of creative discovery”, Prokop said.
For more information call 503-436-1055, or visit bronzecoastgallery.com
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 3, 4 & 5, 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.
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The Cannon Beach Gallery announces a new show, Chimera: Mythological and Hybrid Creatures featuring a new collection by painter Dmitri Swain. Dmitri describes the work as a “narrative about creatures, animals, flowers, mycology, biology and even science itself…the canvas becomes a story weaving a tapestry about ecology.”
This exhibit includes a juried component. Artists may submit work related to the Chimera theme on Thursday, January 3 from 10am to 4pm at the Cannon Beach Gallery. By definition, “Chimera” refers to a fire-breathing female monster from Greek mythology, typically with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail, but it can also represent any mythical creation of the imagination. Cathy Silver of Nehalem will curate the juried show. Chimera will run from January 5 -28, 2013, with an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, January 5, from 6-8pm.
Also of note at the Cannon Beach Gallery are the upcoming Mix and Mingle Jazz Nights featuring guitarist Wes Wahrmund. Beginning Friday, January 11, Mix and Mingle Jazz Nights will be held every Friday night from 6-8:30pm through June 7, 2013. This event is free and open to the public and is funded by the Cannon Beach Arts Association and the City of Cannon Beach’s Tourism and Arts Fund.
For more information please visit www.cannonbeacharts.org or follow the Cannon Beach Gallery on Facebook.