The 7th Annual Plein Air & More Festival will Feature
Work of Nearly Forty Artists.
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 7th Annual Plein Air & More festival. Scheduled for June 26-28, the event will feature artists represented by ten of Cannon Beach’s art galleries
The featured artists will create art on location throughout the town and on the beach on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with their work showcased at gallery receptions on Friday evening. They will also participate in a group show at the Cannon Beach Chamber Building, which opens on Friday morning, with new work added as it is completed. A reception with light hors d’oeuvres and music will also take place at the Chamber on Saturday 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.
Scroll down for a listing of artists by gallery participating in this year’s event
Plein Air & More Festival Awards Announced
Award of Excellence for “Plein Air”
Oil Painter Anton Pavlenko, Represented by DragonFire Gallery & Studio
Awarded for his body of work, plus “Needles in the Morning” which was created during the festival
Award of Excellence for “And More”
Ceramic Artist Terri Axness, Represented by Primary Elements Gallery
Awarded for her body of work, plus “Poppies” a platter created onsite.
Both received a blown glass sculpture by Jim Kingwell of Icefire Glassworks, along with a 1/2 page ad in SW Art Magazine valued at $2300.
Four Honorary Awards of Excellence were also awarded, with each receiving a 1/4 page ad valued at $1100 from SW Art Magazine.
Oil painter, Lori LaBissioniere, represented by Archimedes Gallery for “At Rest to Rust”
Oil painter, Pamela Wachtler-Fermanis, represented by White Bird Gallery for ” L.S. Wayside, CB North”
Oil painter, Jeff White, represented by Northwest By Northwest Gallery for “August Dream”
Watercolor artist, Jeffrey Hull, represented by his own gallery for “Crab Floats and Geraniums”
People’s Choice Award
Jeffrey Hull also won the “People’s Choice Award,” and received a Jim Kingwell blown glass sculpture.
Schedule of Events
Friday, June 26
10:00 a.m. Group Show opens at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce
10:00 am -4:00 pm Artists creating work throughout the town, on the beach and nearby.
5:00-7:00 p.m Gallery receptions for featured artists
Saturday, June 27
10:00 a.m. Group Show continues at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce
10:00 a.m.- 4:00 pm Artists continue to create work throughout town, on the beach and nearby.
5:00-7:00 pm Plein Air & Pinot Artists’ reception and awards presentation.
Music, wine and light hors d’oeuvres.
Sunday, June 28
11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Artists continue to work around town, and group show continues at Cannon Beach Chamber.
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|Lori LaBissioniere carves lines on her work surfaces much in the way she surfs and shreds, working with and passionately respecting the mountain and coastal landscapes she plays in, whether that be in the Cascade mountains or in the coastlines of California. Spirited, yet strong, her works create vivid environments that echo the physical beauty in which she revels; while at the same time, her brush filters that beauty through her uniquely stylized lens. Lori brings her love of Expressionistic color and composition into the contemporary realm, with an amped up palette and graphic use of line, tying together connections between nature and modern culture.|
|Jo Lundberg’s paintings are often described as surreal and their meaning shrouded in symbolism. Her work is inspired by the natural world; the sea, human anatomy, and the place where psychology and the human condition bisect. She takes up-cycled pieces of wood and uses the beauty of the wood grain as part of her composition. Jo has shown throughout the West Coast and is currently living in Portland, Oregon.|
|Pamela Claflin. Pamela Claflin has a deep love and respect for nature…especially desert and arid areas from the Northwest to the Southwest. In her paintings she wants to transfer to the viewers the reason for capturing that particular scene…be it the quality of light, color, textures, a water source in an unusual area, or the absolute beauty of a grand scene. Occasionally she enjoys capturing a building, a bloom or animal, or an etched-out life style.|
|Oregon artist Margret Short specializes in still life and floral subjects in oils. She is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and Master Signature Member of American Women Artists. Captivated by Rembrandt’s bling, Margret has replicated 17th century paints for her collection by hand grinding each pigment. Luscious colors, with magical names like lapis lazuli, cinnabar, and malachite are the focus of each bountiful still life. Not only are the colors duced, but sections of each original work in her paintings are a game of hide and seek.|
|Presenting Terra Nova: An All Juried Show. Artists Blur the Lines of Contemporary Landscape.|
|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.|
|Michael Orwick’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.|
|Sally O’Neill says “As soon as I started working in oils I couldn’t get enough.” As an admirer of the impressionists, she loves the effects of light and color the medium allows. Each time, she strives to create a place more beautiful than perhaps it may actually be, wanting her paintings to bring the viewer into a world they would love to be in.|
|Jim Kingwell’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 Plein Air & More 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’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 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.|
After a successful career as an art director in television and motion pictures, Victoria Brooks has pursued her love of painting, which she has been doing for 27 years. In addition to being a talented studio artist, she is an accomplished plein air painter as well, and has won numerous “Best of Show” awards for her studio and plein air works.
|Jeff White’s skyscapes & landscapes in oil reflect his most memorable and moving experiences with nature. He paints the splendor of our natural world in the Northwest in pursuit of the ethereal & atmospheric light our region is known for.|
|Ivan McLean 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 10 sculptors nationally for the Newport Beach Sculpture Park.|
|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 vote in 2010 for her Tufted Puffins. Her “Colt & Turtle” sculpture won the “People’s Choice Award” in 2014. 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.|
|Douglas Granum works in sculpture from super realism like the project for the Gig Harbor History Museum called “The Big Catch”, based on a 1909 photograph of a cannery worker with a King Salmon taken by Asahel Curtis. The sculptor & painter works in a broad range of medium and styles and yet they can only be his. He is currently creating a sterling silver canoe based on an earlier carved wooden canoe design by the artist.|
|Hazel Schlesinger 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.|
|Terri Axness. Eastern Oregon provides the inspiration for Terri’s work, using a variety of mediums including pencil, oil, acrylic, watercolor, and clay. Known primarily for her landscapes, she also paints still lifes, portraits, and decoys. Her ceramic pieces and sculpture vary from humorous to functional.|
|Marianne Post is an avid outdoors woman whose 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.|
|Rip Caswell has lived in the northwest since early childhood. The son of a guide and outfitter, he was encouraged to study taxidermy with which he won national awards. The interest in animals helped him later with his figurative sculptures and wildlife subjects. Today, he is an accomplished sculptor with private and corporate collectors worldwide and has created over 200 sculptures of various subjects in contemporary and realistic styles.|
|Heather Soderberg’s father was a foundry worker and encouraged and supported her desire to sculpt. Drawing national attention as a child prodigy, her story was featured by Paul Harvey, People Magazine, Nat’l Geographic World, and “That’s Incredible”. In 2009 she bought the foundry she worked at and moved it to the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. Her “Sacagawea, Pompi, and Seaman” commissioned by the Port of Cascade Locks, has gained regional and worldwide attention.|
|For Beverly Drew Kindley observing and painting is a meditation, an active appreciation, a way to connect intuitively with nature. When she turns to the peace of fields and beaches, the strength of trees in shadow, the spirited persistence of wildflowers or the flickering light of ponds and gardens, she feels refreshed, exhilarated, and enriched. She absorbs a scene, focuses on the mood, simplifies the important features and begins to visualize a way to suggest feelings and ideas and create a sense of life.|
|Gretha Lindwood’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 oflight 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.|
|The husband and wife team of Dave and Boni Deal 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.|
|Although Scott Johnson’s landscape studies are rooted in plein air painting, early on he began to add the little touches that rouse the imagination—the faint treetops that indicate a valley beyond the hill, or the tiny glint of water that tantalizes over a grassy dune. These hints at an unseen landscape, beyond the one we see, were an introduction to his dream world. His love of nature is evident in his work, but its mood, often portrayed by impending weather, dominates the objects in the landscape.|
|Pamela Wachtler-Fermanis’ work reflects the impressionistic style of “The Philadelphia 10.” a group of Moore College painters of the 1900’s. Her pastoral landscapes invite the viewer to pause and walk down the lane. She says, “The world is a beautiful place and that’s what I try to capture in my paintings. Even ordinary life offers magical moments for my canvas.”|
|Leigh Anne Boy is an oil painter/artist who makes her home in Bend. She explores the northwestern landscape with her dog Zephyr, observing the amazing drama unfolding before her. Her paintings are done mostly from life in her sensitive, Impressionistic style, capturing the incredible light of nature.|