Friday, September 20, 2019 10:00 AM
Sunday, September 22, 2019 4:00 PM

Join us in celebrating the natural wonders of Cannon Beach through the blending of arts and ecology. The first annual Earth & Ocean Arts Festival offers the inspiration of exciting new art combined with the gratification of giving back to the ecosystem that sustains us. Performance and studio artists will create and perform on the beaches and in the parks and galleries of Cannon Beach – all with a fresh perspective of our natural world. Members of five environmental non-profits will join the festival, inspiring all of us with their commitment and vision: Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, Friends of Haystack Rock, North Coast Land Conservancy, Sea Turtles Forever, Wildlife Center of the North Coast.

The $50 three day festival Event Pass includes an Earth & Ocean tote bag, wine glass, entry to all events, including a private Saturday night beach reception and Alice DiMicele * in concert at the Coaster Theater on Sunday. With your Event Pass, you will be entered into a variety of raffle drawings Prizes include 2 – two night stays at a local vacation property, two $300 gift certificates redeemable at any participating Cannon Beach gallery, a boat tour of the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, a guided hike with the North Coast Land Conservancy, dining gift certificates, a whiskey tour and tasting, Kathleen Sheard art glass, Christopher Mathie art piece, Anton Pavlenko painting and more. Best of all, $25 of the $50 purchase price will be directly donated to the participating nonprofit organizations!

Please note: the Coaster Theater has a capacity of 198 seats. For all Sunday events scheduled at this venue, admittance is guaranteed to the first 198 Event Pass tickets sold; followed by first come, first serve.

A very special thank you:

To those individuals and businesses making this festival and prize drawings possible: Mike & Tracey Clark, Wave Crest Inn, Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals, Buoy Beer, Cannon Beach Distillery, Cannon Beach Smokehouse, The Wine Shack, Martin North.

Evolving Festival Schedule

Friday, September 20

10am – 5pm

Registration at the Chamber hall begins for Event Pass holders – pick up of Festival tote bag & schedule, sign up for prize drawings. Late registration from 5-7pm.

Land Art Creations on the beach. Local artist Debra Carnes  weaves baskets and sculpture from natural found and traditional materials, conveying the beauty of place. For the Festival, Debra will collaborate with the Tolovana Arts Colony board to create a large woven Land Art piece on the beach close to Whale Park.

Inspired by the Cannon Beach landscape and natural geometry, sculptor Benjamin Mefford brings an extensive background in natural materials and site specific art to the festival.

DragonFire Gallery artists & staff collaborate on a beach Land Art installation created from locally salvaged natural materials. There will also be a display of Land Art by local schoolchildren at the Chamber Hall on Friday and the beach on Saturday. The public are invited to join in and create.

12 – 5pm Meet the Nonprofits:  

Meet the environmentally focused non-profit organizations chosen by the Cannon Beach Gallery Group to receive a portion of the proceeds from the Earth and Ocean Art festival. Join Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, Friends of Haystack Rock, North Coast Land Conservancy, Sea Turtles Forever and Wildlife Center of the North Coast at the Chamber Hall to find out what they do and the impact they are having on the environment.

2-3:30pm – The Art of Seeing with Neal Maine

Join Neal Maine, conservationist, educator and artist, for instruction and hands on practice in using your smart phone to see and capture the art in nature. Come ready to learn, then  join Neal outside to practice your new skills.  Neal’s newest photography show, “The Art of Seeing”, will be on display for your enjoyment. Taking place at the Chamber of Commerce building, this class is open to Event Pass holders.

3:30 – 4:30 pm – Guided Nature Walk

Savor a palette of colors, textures, and life forms during a one mile walk that explores the inter-connectivity of ecosystems in nature. Guided by Katie Voelke, Executive Director of the North Coast Land Conservancy,  this walk travels from the Chamber Hall and surrounding woods to stream and ocean, revealing the natural beauty that surrounds the festival.

Gallery receptions 5 – 7pm

Ten local galleries host artist receptions, with live music and hors d’oeuvres

Saturday, September 21

Serving as ambassadors for the intersection of art and activism, we’re very excited to welcome Artichoke Dance Company, an environmentally focused group committed to the power of the arts to effect positive change in people’s lives and communities, especially in regard to plastics pollution. Through dance, they explore the intersection of art with daily life and address pressing ecological realities with physicality and wit.


Artichoke Dance does their first performance at the foot of 2nd Street on the beach.  This will be a very powerful performance, not to be missed!

11am (apx) – Sea Turtles Forever Beach Clean Up

Founder Marc Ward will host & demonstrate a micro plastic clean up at Whale Park using his patented microstatic screening process that is now being used world-wide. Highly informative with the chance to get involved!

Land Art Creations continue throughout the day on the beach.

Raku Demonstration & Firing will take place throughout the day at Whale Park with Dave & Boni Deal. There will be one firing during the day and one during the evening beach reception for Event Pass holders.

11:30-2:00pm – Rock Painting for Kids with Lisa Kerr

The festival offers something for everyone! Kids can explore their creativity through rock painting with an Earth & Ocean theme. Join us at the Tolovana Art Center, 3779 S Hemlock. Open attendance for children accompanied by a parent or guardian.

12 – 4pm

Gallery Walk – A wonderful opportunity for festival goers to take in all the individual gallery shows. See how participating artists in each gallery interpret nature and the spirit of the festival in a dynamic and diverse array of media. Watch demonstrations and meet participating artists.

Whale Park Beach Reception 4-7pm

Artichoke Dance will perform an interactive piece with the Land Art that has been created. Ceramicists Dave and Boni Deal will provide a very fiery and exciting experience with a Raku Firing on the beach at dusk. This private reception for Event Pass holders will also feature the highly entertaining local string band, Floating Glass Balls, as well as beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Sunday, September 22

10 am – Coaster Theater *

Panel discussion:  Join Artichoke Dance creative director and art activist Lynn Neuman, ecological artist and educator Shelby Silver, Nadia Gardner of Friends of Falcon Cove Marine Reserve, and gallery representative Eeva Lantela,  in a conversation that explores the intersection of art, creativity, nature, and conservation. The panel will share the source of their creative inspirations, artistic process and insights as to how their work has impacted their lives. Join in on the conversation of how to be better stewards of the environment. The discussion follows with a final Artichoke Dance performance in the Coaster Theater courtyard integrating a special and thought provoking art installation, We’ve Made Our Bed, created by Shelby Silver for this event.

12 noon –1:30 pm – Coaster Theater *

Dualing Easels: Michael Orwick and Anton Pavlenko  will reprise their very popular, engaging, funny and informative painting demonstration. While each artist will begin their own painting, they will switch canvases multiple times during the event. Not to be missed!


2:30-4 pm – Coaster Theater *


Alice DiMicele will close out the festival on Sunday afternoon with an inspiring concert.

For over three decades Alice DiMicele has been moving people with her brand of “organic acoustic groove.” Accompanied by her long-time bassist Rob Kohler, Alice brings her wide-ranging vocal prowess, humor, and distinctive guitar style to creating music that connects people and inspires them to take a stand for the earth and for justice in the world. With 15 albums and 30 plus years of touring under her belt, Alice has honed her craft and comes to every gig ready to create magic. Alice doesn’t just “put on a show” –she creates memorable experiences with her audiences.

Alice has shared stages with some of music’s finest, including some of her musical heroes like Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, JJ Cale, David Grisman Quintet, Steve Winwood, Ferron, Peter Rowan, Richie Havens, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and the list goes on. Bonnie Raitt said, “Alice’s music has that great combination of earthiness and groove that keeps it funky from the inside out. She’s for real.”

*Please note: the Coaster Theater has a capacity of 198 seats. For all Sunday events scheduled at this venue, admittance is guaranteed to the first 198 Event Pass tickets sold; followed by first come, first serve.


Included with the purchase of the Event Pass is a beautiful and sturdy tote bag made from 100% recycled cotton. There is a limited number of bags that are now available for direct sale at $20.

Organic cotton festival t-shirts are also available for $28 each. These basic black t-shirts show off the Earth & Ocean logo beautifully and are incredibly soft and comfortable. Call DragonFire Gallery at 503-436-1533 to purchase. The proceeds from these items directly fund the festival.



The Cannon Beach Gallery Group thanks The City of Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach Tourism & Arts Commission, and the following 2018/2019 sponsors for their support.


Martin North, Dena’s Shop on the Corner, RE/MAX Coastal Advantage, The Ocean Lodge, Pizza A’ Fetta , Bruce’s Candy Kitchen,  Land’s End at Cannon Beach, The Waves, Mariner Market, Fresh Foods Cannon Beach/Manzanita, Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals


The Bistro, EVOO, Haystack Lodgings, Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge,  Arbor Care Tree Specialists, B. Boutique, Pelican Pub & Brewery,  Sweet Basil’s Café, La Luna Loca, Warren House Pub, Crowerks, Columbia State Bank, Hallmark Resort Hotel & Spa, Cannon Beach Hotel, Lodgings Village Centre, Seasons Café, Morris’ Fireside Restaurant, The Wine Shack, Beachcomber Vacation Homes, Cannon Beach Hardware & Public House, Wave Crest Inn

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