The Earth & Ocean Arts Festival Promotes Environmental Awareness and Stewardship With a Series of Unique Art Events

(NOTE: The Gallery Group and event organizers will be following all local and state health guidelines to ensure a safe event. Masks must be worn inside and outside during all events).

Art and environment go hand in hand in Cannon Beach, Oregon like no other place on the planet and September 16-19 the town celebrates that combination at the Earth & Ocean Arts Festival. The festival will showcase the wonders of the natural world and encourage environmental stewardship through a broad range of gallery exhibits, live art performances and events. Some of the highlights of the event include:

Art For the Sky to Create World’s Largest Sea Star: The public is invited to be part of a live art project that will create the world’s largest sea star on the beach, entirely made up of people. The live art project will be coordinated by Art for the Sky, known for creating giant living paintings made of groups of people that are photographed from the sky. Over a span of twenty years, Art for the Sky founder Daniel Dancer has completed over 300 projects, in 44 states and eight countries with the help of more than 150,000 participants. To be part of the sea star, click here for free registration.

Live Performance Installations and Roving Performers: Public spaces in Cannon Beach will become participatory theater as award-winning San Francisco based theater group, We Players, acclaimed nationally for their site-integrated performances, will perform from their recent sold out production of PSYCHOPOMP, por­traying mythological characters who ferry souls between worlds.

Farm to Fork Dinner & We Players Performance: An exclusive, limited attendance culinary event will feature a performance by San Francisco based theater group, We Players, with food provided by White Cap Catering and Maggies on the Prom executive chef Jonathan Jones. Cost is $150, a fundraiser for the festival’s five featured non-profit organizations.

Dualing Easels: A Unique Painting Experience: Participants watch as painters Michael Orwick & Anton Pavlenko, with their own distinct styles and color palettes, simultaneously begin paintings then switch canvases several times before finishing the canvases.

Gallery Events: Each of Cannon Beach’s art galleries will feature the work of their artists with strong environmental connections during the weekend and several galleries will host special guest artists who will offer demonstrations and meet the public.

Raku Pottery Firing on the Beach: Ending with a burst of flame and smoke that creates the iridescent sheen of raku pottery, ceramic artists Dave and Boni Deal will fire a raku piece on the beach for the public to view. The Deals began firing raku on the beach 50 years ago and this will be their final public demonstration of this exciting process. Come share in a toast to the artists honoring their long artistic careers, then stay for a fire dancing performance by a We Players performer

Festival passes are $50 each, children under 12 free and include all festival events (excluding Thursday’s dinner) and entry in a prize drawing worth $500 in gift certificates for use at participating Cannon Beach galleries. 

To be part of the sea star, click here for free registration.

Click here for a Schedule of Festival Events.

Click here for Earth & Ocean Gallery Events & Activities

For more information or questions, please email:

To download a complete schedule and map to festival locations, click here

September 16-19, 2021

Earth & Ocean Arts Festival raises funds for these five North Oregon Coast based environmental non-profit organizations:

North Coast Land Conservancy

Wildlife Center of the North Coast 

Friends of Haystack Rock

Sea Turtles Forever