Each March, the American Art Awards, with an intent to introduce the 25 Best American Galleries to unknown artists worldwide, announces their gallery picks via Highlight Hollywood.
President of AAA, Thom Bierdz, shared why AAA has selected Bronze Coast Gallery this year above the many other Oregon Galleries. “For over twenty years, Bronze Coast Gallery has been one the Oregon Coast’s premier fine art galleries,” Bierdz explained. Specializing in limited edition bronze sculpture, the gallery was opened by Kim Barnett in 1993 after more than a decade spent operating a large art foundry in Eastern Oregon. “We love that the focus of the gallery is to provide education in sculpture and the complicated process of bronze casting. They also offer stunning original painting, photography and giclee reproductions, featuring dozens of award-winning regional, national and international artist. We at the American Art Awards a impressed at the incomparable work, professionalism and reputation and proudly name Bronze Coast Gallery as the Best Gallery in Oregon, 2014, and one of the 25 Best Galleries in the Nation, 2014.”
Take Time to Enjoy The “Edible Art” During the Spring Unveiling Arts Festival. There’s Something to Suit Everyone’s Taste
What happens when 28 chefs, candy makers or baristas walk into a gallery and are inspired by a watercolor, bronze sculpture, or colors infused into a glass vase? We’ll find out soon. During the Spring Unveiling Arts Festival they will all feature special creations on their menus, available only during the weekend.
Throngs of art lovers are always drawn to this annual festival filled with unveilings of new work by dozens of featured artists, live music and artists’ receptions. “Art from the Chef’s Table” is back for the third year by popular demand.
Below are brief descriptions of what is planned. A complete guide to all of the gallery/restaurant pairings will be available to visitors during the weekend, and many of the works selected from the galleries will be on display in the restaurants.
Offering an Asian inspired entrée based upon a painting by Scott Johnson at White Bird Gallery
Lumberyard Rotisserie and Grill
Featuring a 12 oz. hand-cut rib-eye steak with frizzled “tobacco” onions and a Jack Daniels and bacon compound butter. Served with honey roasted corn and a baked potato. Inspired by the Aces & Eights bronze by Mark Lundeen available at Bronze Coast Gallery.
Bruce’s Candy Kitchen
Check out their chocolate version of Georgia Gerber’s bronze sculpture Rabbit Row on display at Northwest By Northwest Gallery.
Chef John Sowa is offering a special Bouillabaisse, based upon a Joe Pogan fish made of various “found metal” objects like old watches, sprockets, nuts and bolts and found at Primary Elements Gallery.
Tiffany Bozic’s Passion in Paradise painting at Archimedes Gallery has inspired a “Pink Passion Fizz” and “Grilled White Sea Bass with Tropical Fruit Salsa and jasmine Rice.”
Seasons Café will serve a “Calamari Appetizer” and “Squid Linguine with Steamer Clams,” based upon Michael Hopko’s blown glass octopus and Dale Evers’ bronze and glass table at Primary Elements Gallery.
Fishes Sushi & Japanese Cuisine is offering a new sushi roll, using local ingredients, inspired by David Wight’s “Glass Tsunami Waves” at Modern Villa Gallery.
Bella Espresso’s special “Royal White Chocolate Mint Mocha” combines roasted espresso shots, organic mint and Ghirardelli white chocolate, topped off with whipping cream and dusted with more white chocolate…all brought to mind by a rolling surf at sunset captured by George Vetter FotoArt.
Pizza a’fetta has a “Spring Harvest” offering made with mozzarella cheese, zucchini and squash, fresh spinach, eggplant and topped with montrachet cheese and fresh herbs, inspired by a George Vetter FotoArt, photo capturing the lush freshness of the season.
…here’s proof that anything is better with candy. Like the white chocolate truffles filled with champagne inspired by Christopher Burkett’s Pink and White Dogwoods on view at Northwest By Northwest Gallery…or brandied pear candy based upon the blown glass pear at Primary Elements Gallery…or merlot chocolates that bring the What Cat? painting by Bart DeGraaf to mind at Haystack Gallery.
Morris’ Fireside has a “Brown Sugar and Honey Glazed Ham Steak topped with a Grilled Pineapple Slice,” or a “Sockeye Salmon Filet with a Blueberry & Cider Vinaigrette Sauce”… each served with soup or salad, seasonal steamed vegetables and your choice of Yukon garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, sautéed baby reds or house cut fireside logs…a menu inspired by Joshua Tobey’s Meditation Bear” and the Regat’s Run of the Salmon People…on display at Bronze Coast Gallery.
Crepe Neptune has added a special dessert crepe inspired by Georgia Gerber’s Standing Otter bronze at Northwest By Northwest Gallery…you really “otter have another”
Insomnia Coffee is offering a “Salted Caramel Mocha,” made with Cannon Beach Sea Salt Company’s vanilla salt…inspired by Matt Linares’ Constellation Creator at Archimedes Gallery.
The Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge is serving “NW Seafood Stew” with a generous selection of steamer clams, salmon, halibut, prawns, bay shrimp and Dungeness crab in a rich tomato broth, inspired by “ Reflections,” a special sunset painting by watercolor artist Jeffrey Hull.
Bill’s Tavern is offering “Dungeness Crab Cakes” with lemon aioli, crisp seaweed and tobiko, representing Joanne Slorach’s colorful screen print, Crab at Archimedes Gallery.
The Local Grill & Scoop is serving “Linguine with Clam Sauce and Fresh Dungeness Oregon Crab” and a “Seafoam Cappuccino” to go with jeweler Sharon Amber’s “Oregon in the Mist” collection.
The Lazy Susan has a “Beach Benedict” with center cut cured pepper bacon, fresh spinach and tomato slices, inspired by Sublime Coast II, an oil painting of Haystack Rock by Mandy Main, showing at DragonFire Studio and Gallery.
EVOO Cooking School
The Friday night dinner show’s entrees featuring salmon, oysters, braised short ribs and home made pastas are inspired by Icefire Glassworks’ pieces created in the shades of red, melon, and spring green. The desserts will pick up on glass created with chocolate and lemon colored pairings. Reservations required.
Newmans at 988 is offering a contemporary version of a classic style “Spring Chinook Salmon” with a special seasonal preparation as a salute to the “Nouveau Artists Show” at Cannon Beach Gallery.
Bald Eagle Coffee is also serving a “Layered Spring Soup,” inspired by the “ The Nouveau Artists Show” at Cannon Beach Gallery.
Cannon Beach Café and Olio Cupcake Bar is serving a “Prosciutto Goat Cheese Salad” inspired by the ceramic sculptures by Eric Boos at White Bird Gallery.
The Wayfarer Restaurant & Lounge is featuring a trio of tropical sorbets nested on a plate with a blue chocolate stripe representing the sea and served on a bed of finely shredded and toasted coconut to mimic the sand…all brought to mind by As the Sun Sets by watercolor artist Jeffrey Hull.
The Irish Table has a “Chicken Pastie” dish …comfort food to go along with Scott Johnson’s perfectly melancholy work displayed at White Bird Gallery.
Sleepy Monk Coffee is offering “Be Misty” a special drink with coffee, vanilla and steamed milk, based on jeweler Sharon Amber’s “Oregon in the Mist” collection.
Cannon Beach Public House & Hardware has a variety of special cigars in their Outdoor Cigar Garden, along with a “NY Cheese Steak Sub,” and a gin-based “Bronx Cocktail” named for the Bombers Borough. Both offerings are based upon Randy Mulder’s whimsical sculptures Close but no Cigar and New York Yankees at Bronze Coast Gallery.
The Stephanie Inn is featuring “Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna, Carrot Ginger Soup, a Mahi Mahi Fillet and Tropical Fruit Parfait,” based upon paintings by Roy Tabora, blown glass fruit by Cohn-Stone Studio and a blown glass fish by Michael Hopko…all at Primary Elements Gallery.
Warren House has “Beef Medallions with Red Wine Reduction, Crimini Mushrooms and Goat Cheese,” inspired by Michael Orwick’s Oregon Vineyard painting at DragonFire Studio & Gallery.
Mo’s at Tolovana has chosen to base their special offerings on the paintings by Rie
Muñoz at Haystack Gallery…”Salmon Tartar with Chili Oil and Lemon Garlic Aioli“ and a “Blackened Halibut Filet with Mango Salsa and Rice Pilaf.”
The Cannon Beach Gallery will be hosting a dynamic installation curated by Astoria resident, Jessica Schleif, entitled Reclaiming the Green World from April 4-28, 2014 with an Artist’s Reception from 5-7pm on Saturday, April 5. The third annual green inspired show at the Cannon Beach Gallery happens in April in honor of Earth Day.
Recology of Western Oregon is the Exhibit Underwriter for the exhibition
A well-known garden maker and artist, Schleif is known for her innovative installations that include natural and re-purposed materials, which the she uses to make interactive environments. The show, Reclaiming the Green World, was conceptualized as a group show with artists exploring the concept of creative culture verses consumer culture.
The exhibition well established artists like Agnes Fields who will be showing two-dimensional, mixed media work inspired by her recent artist in residency in Finland and Anne Greenewood, whose “What’s in the Bag,” interactive, community based project explores the concept of identity and reclaiming our relationship with the natural world. In addition, there will be terrariums and installation work by Jessica Schleif, Kimberly Waites, Andee Gowing, Maurico Rioseco, Thor Andersson and Karl Travenshek.
Image: Agnes Field, Room to Spare, Mixed Media, 2013
Column by Eliza Davis for Cannon Beach Gazette
‘Hanging out on a Limb,’ a watercolor by Jeffrey Hull, is available at the Jeffery Hull Gallery.
For many on the north Oregon coast, March is a month of considerable frustration — it is so near spring, and yet the weather is so unpredictable and often violent.
The Anglo-Saxons called March “Hlyd monath,” which means “Stormy month,” or “Hraed monath,” which means “Rugged month.”
Spring vacationers often spend a bulk of their time indoors, watching the storms roll in. Thank goodness for Cannon Beach’s art galleries to ward off the stark weariness of March and provide warmth, color and a reminder that change is indeed coming.
The Bronze Coast Gallery is looking forward to Savor Cannon Beach Wine and Culinary Festival March 6 through 9 and will host Elk Cove Vineyard during the wine walk on Saturday, March 8.
The gallery has two new sculptures by Jack Kreutzer — one is aptly named “Spring Time,” depicting a female figure. The other, “Song of the Violin,” shows a woman standing in a canoe holding a violin behind her back.
At Haystack Gallery, Rie Muňoz will be the featured artist in March. The gallery is fortunate to be able to offer some rare limited editions and silkscreens that Munoz’ son kept when the edition officially sold out.
During the wine walk March 8, Haystack Gallery will feature the images of Bart DeGraaf. His gicleés portray wine and frogs in a variety of ways. “Evolution” shows a tadpole in a glass of white wine gradually evolving to a full-fledged frog in a glass of red wine.
DragonFire Gallery carries the photography of the remarkable grandfather and grandson duo, Neal Maine and Michael Wing.
All sales proceeds from their work will benefit the North Coast Land Conservancy, an organization that works to conserve and protect the coastal landscape for people, plants and wildlife. What makes Maine and Wing’s work so special is that all their photos are locally shot, and each image has a great story.
The pictures are available in gallery-wrapped gicleés on canvas or matted prints.
Cannon Beach Gallery
The Cannon Beach Gallery hosts a new exhibition during March titled “Abstraction Revisited.” An artists reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. March 1.
This will be a three-artist show, featuring Cannon Beach painter, Clement Lee; sculptor, Tom Small from Friday Harbor, Wash.; and printmaker, Barbara Mason from Portland.
Jeffrey Hull Gallery
Jeffrey Hull, of Jeffrey Hull Gallery, has a new watercolor of brightly colored floats hanging from tree branches. “Between these crab floats and the limb someone hung them on…. there are stories of storms to be told,” Hull said.
“I’ve personally had to limit my float collecting to bringing home only the ones that are still intact and have a rope attached. I still have more than my share nailed to the fence and hanging from limbs.”
By Eliza Davis
Images of love in all its forms are the icons of February.
At Cannon Beach’s art galleries, representations of love are a year-round affair.
Whether it be romantic, love between a parent and child or the affectionate poses of animals with their young, love and passion provide strong artistic inspiration.
Northwest by Northwest
“Valentine’s Day is a day to be thankful for the loving relationships in our lives, and Cannon Beach is a place to celebrate our milestones on beach time — birthdays, anniversaries and romance remembered and cherished,” said Joyce Lincoln, owner of Northwest by Northwest Gallery.
Bronze sculptor and long-time friend of Lincoln, Georgia Gerber, commemorates the relationship of all living things and their connectedness through her sculptures.
“Refuge and sanctuary are found in Cannon Beach, a national wildlife refuge and marine garden sanctuary,” Lincoln said.
Bronze Coast Gallery
At Bronze Coast Gallery, sculptor and painter Linda Prokop’s bronze sculpture, “Reunion,” depicts two human forms in a moment of joyous reconnection.
The bronze, “Peaceful Sleep,” by Rosetta, finds two affectionate cats curled together in slumber while her “Single Mom” sculpture captures the fierce, yet tender, expression of a mother cheetah with her young.
Male and female figures walk with arms around each other in Carol Gold’s sculpture titled, “Friendship.”
Jeffrey Hull Gallery
What could be more romantic than a rosy sunset over the Pacific? Jeffrey Hull of Jeffrey Hull Gallery has completed a new watercolor titled “Guardians at Sunset.”
“The beautiful sunsets we’ve enjoyed recently have kept me working with a rich color palette. I keep returning to the rugged but right coastline with treed sea stacks for inspiration. Their reflections in the tide pools add just enough drama and peacefulness to create the mood I’m after,” said Hull.
Stephanie Ansley, owner of Primary Elements Gallery, celebrates her birthday on Valentine’s Day.
“I have always embraced this special day as my own,” she said.
“Haystack Honeymooners,” a bronze sculpture at Primary Elements Gallery by Heather Soderberg-Greene, depicts two tufted puffins in a loving bird embrace. Soderberg-Greene is a honeymooner herself, having recently wed husband Richard Greene.
“Haystack Honeymooners” is the second in a series of coastal seabirds that Ansley asked Soderberg-Greene to create, and she will unveil a new pelican during Spring Unveiling in May.
New at Primary Elements Gallery are custom rocking chairs by Astoria artist Dan Supple. The chairs are fabricated from northern white ash lumber and leather, incorporating Marucci baseball bats into the design.
Cannon Beach Gallery
The Cannon Beach Gallery will host an All Juried Show with the theme “Red” from Feb. 1 to 24 with an artists reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.
The guest curator for “Red” is Danielle Knapp, the McCosh Associate Curator at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene.
Artists from across the region participate in the juried show at the Cannon Beach Gallery in a wide variety of mediums. “Red” is underwritten by the Cannon Beach Hotel.
New at White Bird Gallery, artist Senja Antilla creates mosaics from reclaimed ocean-tumbled wood. Her materials come from houses that have slid into the ocean at Washaway Beach, North Cove, Wash. The artist frequently visits the eroding beach to collect distressed wood. The assortment of wood used in her mosaics includes outdoor siding, inside walls, baseboards, door frames and window frames, as well as found hardware and photographs of the original house. The resulting artworks are contemporary compositions that recall time, history and the power of the natural cycle.
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Cannon Beach Gazette 01/17/2014, Page A11
Galleries offer angels, photos, puffins and bronzes
A new year has begun, bringing renewal, resolutions and a sense of revival.
As the holiday lights fade, the art galleries in Cannon Beach are the perfect place to keep alight our sense of wonder and appreciation for aesthetic beauty.
As a stroll on a quiet winter beach renews the spirit, a stroll through the local galleries restores our senses. Resolve to get out and visit the galleries that make Cannon Beach an international art destination.
The season of angels may be behind us, but Primary Elements Gallery artist Michael Parkes seems to be enamored with the possibility of winged creatures that might take a man from the everyday world to a world of magic. Originally, “Angel Affair” was portrayed as an oil painting, then printed as a lithograph and now is being offered as a limited edition bronze sculpture.
Other winged creatures include several tufted puffins by sculptor Heather Soderberg. The gallery looks forward to her newly sculpted sea birds, including a puffin in flight, that will be cast in bronze next month, and a pelican that will debut at Spring Unveiling.
Sculptor Richard Sears has on display a blue heron, a falcon and a parent with a fledgling pair of penguins. All three sculptures boast beautiful colored patinas and are No. 1 in their limited editions.
A whimsical mixed-media piece by Brenna Tyler titled, “The Ship of State,” depicts a blindfolded captain and a crew with broken paddles.
Primary Elements Gallery is upstairs in downtown Sandpiper Square.
Northwest by Northwest
Northwest by Northwest announces the yearend release of new works by Oregon photographer Christopher Burkett, a stalwart artist of the gallery for over 20 years. Each year, Burkett builds a portfolio of his latest images in his “Annual Collector Edition.” Northwest by Northwest Gallery is downtown across from the City Park and Information Center on Spruce Street.
Oregon painter Pamela Claflin recently delivered several new paintings to Bronze Coast Gallery. A scene from the side of Ecola Park Road of blooming skunk cabbage was the inspiration for “Coastal Spring,” while a waterfall at Short Sands Beach is the subject of “Hidden Falls.” A new sculpture, “First Light,” by artist John Coleman, has arrived at Bronze Coast. Coleman, an award-winning master sculptor and member of the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America, strives to tell the stories and history of Native Americans and the American West. “First Light” is of a Blackfoot or Shoshone woman, wearing a traditional animal robe, beads and a crucifix. According to Coleman, crosses were common trade items through the 1830s. Coleman originally did an oil painting, titled “Last Light,” of a woman looking down and the light fading. “First Light” is the companion piece, with the woman facing up into the morning sun. Also new at Bronze Coast Gallery is a collection of bronzes by Carol Gold. Gold’s simple, yet elegant works have been a staple for over a dozen years at the gallery.
Bronze Coast Gallery is downtown in The Landing.
The Cannon Beach Gallery Group is an association of local galleries that work together to pool resources and efforts to promote the arts. Gallery Group members include: Archimedes Gallery, Bronze Coast Gallery, Cannon Beach Arts Association, Dragon-Fire Gallery, George Vetter FotoArt, Haystack Gallery, IceFire Glass Works, Jewelry by Sharon Amber, Jeffrey Hull Gallery, Modern Villa Gallery, Northwest by Northwest Gallery, Primary Elements Gallery, and White Bird Gallery.
Plein air is a term derived from the French expression “en plein air”, meaning “in the open air” and specifically refers to the act of painting outdoors. Cannon Beach’s popular “Plein Air & More” is a three day event which includes a Friday night “meet & greet” with the participating artists and gallery owners, along with a collaborative show of art work. On Saturday and Sunday, more than fifty artists, represented by Cannon Beach’s art galleries will be creating works of art on location throughout town and on the beach. Many will work in the traditional method of plein-aire painting, while others will sculpt, create and photograph in their own unique styles. Individual galleries display the finished works along with hosting receptions for the artists Saturday and Sunday.
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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