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 9th Annual Plein Air & More festival. Scheduled for June 23-25, the event will feature nearly 50 artists creating art on location throughout the town and on the beach Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Last year we added a new feature to the festival that made it easier for visitors to watch the participating artists at work. On Saturday afternoon they all came together for two hours in an “Artists’ Swarm” right in the center of town. Visitors truly enjoyed being able to see them all creating in one place. This was so popular that we are continuing it this year. Also returning will be the “Creative Play Space” where children of all ages can explore their own artistic talents. Our stilt walker will also be back, along with live music, and the 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, woodworking, 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 Four Nationally Recognized Plein Air Artists. (click for more information)

Leading up to the weekend will be four workshops conducted by nationally recognized artists Michael Orwick, Anton Pavlenko, Mike Rangner and Hazel Schlesinger. Come and paint for a few days before the festival, then plan to stay over for all the fun.


2017 Plein Air & More Schedule (click for pdf file)


2017 Plein Air and More Gallery Listings!


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Archimedes Gallery

“Beachcomber Bay” by Nicole Gustafsson

Nicole Gustafsson

Nicole works as a full time illustrator specializing in traditional media paintings featuring everything from woodland characters and environments to pop culture based projects. She uses a stunning color palette to capture fantastical places portrayed. Her interest in wildlife and trees grew into a life-long passion related to the natural world, and continues to be a theme in her artwork.

“Spring” by Dan Chen

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.

“Fall on the River” by Pamela Claflin

Pamela Claflin

Pamela  has a deep love and respect for nature…especially what is found in 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.

“Praise” by Kristina Boardman

Kristina Boardman

Kristina was born in Lancashire, England and came to Canada amid Centennial celebrations in 1967, spending several years in Alberta before settling in Victoria. Her paintings are infused with the colors and tones from the multitude of stones found along the beaches of Canada’s west coast, and the painting possibilities are endless. Her work is created from within rather than from a still life construction or photograph, with her process mimicking the reaction of sand and water on stones in nature as they settle into place. In the finished painting, the eye travels along the crevices created by the shadows, just as water would flow around the stones on the beach.

“Deciduous Tree” by Christopher Perry

Christopher Perry

Christopher Perry began showing his paintings in 1983. He studied fine arts at Marylhurst University, with an emphasis on print making. Today, he creates in two separate mediums, oil painting and kiln-cast glass. The two mediums continually influence each other. He also contrasts light and dark in his abstract landscapes, paying particular attention to atmosphere. Having won many awards and had his work appear in several television series, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Council.

“Skylight” by J. Scott Wilson

J. Scott Wilson

He is constantly extending his inspired feelings through his media with each painting. His images develop for the day he lives. Direction of paint on surface as well as the entrance and the exit of imagery are a few of his present concerns.  The result is a fantastic freedom of expression. This accomplished painter of over forty years has earned honors with his paintings by art critics with over two hundred Best of Shows in prestigious art events in the USA over his career.  His paintings reflect his love for classical music through the movement and energy in each painting.  He strives to challenge the viewers’ eye and mind with innovative images he creates with use of color, line and texture.  The end result is a quality painting that holds the interest of the viewer for a lifetime.

“Late p.m. F35, Iceland” by Sidonie Caron

Sidonie Caron

Berlin born, London raised artist Sidonie paints within a wide range of themes and subjects. Her work includes landscapes, seascapes and figurative images, bridges and walls, industrial and abstract compositions, and Asian and Judaica themes. Her life and experiences have taught her–and she will say she was more influenced by her surroundings than from her classical training– to look for the subtle variations in things. Her work is never directly representational. She is much more interested in leaving an impression that has its basis in her experiments and explorations. Her perspective suggests that with a a bit of distance, a greater fullness of lived experiences comes into focus.

“Hang On” by Michael Orwick

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.

“Summer Colors” by Anton Pavlenko

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.

Untitled by JoAnne Shellan

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

“Northern Lights Vase” by Jim Kingwell
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.

“Brocade Series” by Suzanne Kindland
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.

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“Petroglyph Vase” by Michelle Kaptur

Michelle Kaptur

Michelle has been blowing glass since 1975. After ten years learning the basics of glass blowing, she moved on to paint for several years. “Painting is where I put together all the composition, color and design stuff that I learned about in school. When I came back to glass I had a much stronger sense of the design choices I wanted to make and why.” She has had her own studio, Glass Dancing, in Bend since 1994, previously having worked with Icefire Glassworks for several years.

Jewelry by Pamela Juett
Pamela JuettPam Juett fell in love with hot glass while watching Bill and Sally Worcester work their magic at their studio in Cannon Beach during the late seventies.  For the next six years, she immersed herself in the study of glass and art at the Pearl Wright Gallery in Manning, Oregon; at the Pilchuck School in Stanwood, Washington; and at the School of Arts and Crafts in Portland, Oregon. In 2008, she found a way to work with glass on a small scale at her home.   Classes in flame worked glass at Bullseye Glass and Aquilla School in Portland led her to begin making beads.  Today, she continues to develop her beads and her jewelry, producing necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

“Failure to Burn” by Angela Purviance
Angela Purviance

Angela is a graduate from Oregon State University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. During her time at OSU she focused in printmaking, where she took on the challenge of learning how to produce full color Intaglio prints. This type of copper plate etching is a multi-step process involving reworking a single plate for each color/layer of the image. In her studies she successfully produced vibrant, whimsical prints and quickly became one of the top printmakers in her graduating class.

Untitled by Lisa Wiser
Lisa Wiser

Lisa draws inspiration from the scenic northwest, travel adventures and reading novels to create watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media paintings. Also an avid photographer, she chronicles her visual inspirations as she records obscure landscapes, architectural details, and other intriguing painting subjects. Pursuits in life drawing and plein air painting confirm that she prefers a direct association with her subjects while working from life both outdoors or in the studio. “The foundation of my work is a keen interest in the concept of structure in both the natural and built environment. My primary interest is capturing landscape scenes that visually articulate my emotional response upon approaching the scene.” Her representational work is characterized by vivid color, great depth of space and attention to detail.”

“Delicate Matters” by Alisa Vernon
Alisa Vernon

Alisa Vernon is Imprint Gallery’s resident printmaker and studio manager. She is a recent graduate from the BFA program at Oregon State University where she studied under Yuji Hiratsuka. Her love for animals and attention to detail are brought forth in her intaglio prints. Since Alisa’s graduation and after a short break over the summer, she has relocated back to her hometown of Astoria. At Imprint Gallery, she hopes to grow both her experience in working for a studio/gallery while simultaneously indulging her love for printmaking.

Untitled by Mark Andres
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.”

Jeffrey Hull Gallery

“Along the Path” by Jeffery Hull
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.

“Deep Woods Elk Trails” by Sharon Amber

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.

“Treasure Box with Golden Beryl” by Steven Amber-Voorheis

Steven Amber-Voorheis

This 20 year old designer began fabricating silver jewelry at the age of 9. His love for origami evolved into origami silver earrings, pendants, and rings with colored gems and pearls. He took a hiatus from jewelry making during his high school years to explore his interest in oceanography, and after two years of college has returned to jewelry design with enthusiasm. One of his designs recently won international recognition as a finalist in the 2017 Saul Bell Jewelry Competition. He currently lives in Independence, Oregon and works in silver, 14 and 18 karat gold, colored stones, and diamonds.

Modern Villa Gallery

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“Surrounding Seas” by David Jonathan Marshall

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, but even I don’t always know what will be seen in the end.”

Northwest By Northwest Gallery

“Gorge Light” by Jeff White
Jeff White

Skyscapes & Landscapes in oil reflect the artist’s most memorable and moving experiences with nature. Jeff paints the splendor of our natural world in the Northwest in pursuit of the ethereal & atmospheric light our region is known for.

“Northwest Squall” by Hazel Schlesinger

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.

“Fremont Bridge” by Ivan McLean Image courtesy of Artslandia

Ivan McLean

Ivan 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  installed a series of spheres of different sizes and colors on Hollywood Boulevard. His 108′ steel sculpture was also selected from ten sculptors nationally for the Newport Beach Sculpture Park.

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“Horse” by Tolley Marney

Tolley Marney

This Western sculptor creates powerful equine sculptures using antique wood inlays, steel and a lifetime of traditional blacksmithing skills. Rustic, yet elegant, these works are labor intensive and only ten are sculpted in a year.

“Coyote Woman” by Cristina Acosta

Cristina Acosta

Cristina’s lifelong love of birds, bears and horses is often depicted in a contemporary, yet folk art manner that is truly distinctive. Her “Memoir” paintings are influenced by her Spanish heritage and family history. She has created works in many media all of her life…murals, illustrations and a best selling book. This “Coyote Woman” painting is of her grandmother in her Native American dress.

White Bird Gallery

“Heron Moon Cameo” by Dave and Boni Deal

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.

“Reeds on Edge” by Gretha Lindwood

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.

“Charlie Noble” by Robert Schlegel

Robert Schlegel

Robert is a professional artist from Banks, Oregon. He began exhibiting pen and ink drawings in 1973 and has had work included in the Artists of Oregon Show at the Portland Art Museum. Most recently, his work has been included in several juried shows.

Untitled by Bev Drew Kindley

Bev Drew Kindley

This Oregon artist often paints impressionistic landscapes “en plein air” or based on site experience, memories, sketches and photos. Searching for the brightness and joy in every season, inspired by the light and energy she finds in nature, she experiments to transform the excitement she feels into colors, shapes, movement and brushstrokes. Working to communicate what she discovers keeps her always exploring places, mediums and methods.

Untitled Horse Head by Josh Henrie

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.

“Summer Alley” by Brooke Borchering

Brooke Borchering

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/ 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.

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