Column by Eliza Davis for Cannon Beach Gazette

Column: When March turns stormy or rugged, it’s time to move inside


‘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.

Bronze Coast

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.

Haystack Gallery

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

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.”


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