Fall has arrived with its crisp, cool mornings and gorgeous sunny afternoons.  The evening sky has often been painted with incredible strokes of orange, yellow, a hint of purple with a few wispy clouds which artists love to capture.  This is just one of many benefits we enjoy living here along the north Oregon Coast.

The members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group have some interesting new artwork to celebrate the changing seasons.

Martin Gerard is a new artist to show at Primary Elements.  With a background in music, fine furniture, sculpture and original abstract art painted on glass, Martin’s newest piece combines many of those skills.  He has produced a table with a base of Bubinga wood with an art glass top.  He describes his work, “it’s very Zen like, I like painting on the edge of control rather than trying to make a copy of life.”  Greg Congleton has created “Belle”, an original sculpture made of recycled parts.  Standing 10’6” and weighing 550 pounds, she has a working gas torch and an LED crown. The cast iron stove base houses her propane tank. Contact the gallery for further information.

“Mousin’ Around”, depicts five bronze life-size mice perched on a block in various poses, tails entwined and “Trumpet Flower” a wall vase with a hummingbird by Melissa Cooper are some of the new arrivals at the Bronze Coast Gallery.  Limestone carver, David Petlowany delivered “Charlie”, a chimpanzee and has just finished a limestone owl titled “Echo” while Jim Eppler has two new bronze wide-eyed baby bobcats to add to his wildlife collection.  Victoria Parsons has used bristlecone pine and bronze in her two new pieces.  Using a permit to collect the bristle cones near her home, she is able to imbed bronze ladybugs into the wood of her two newest sculptures, “Ladies Convention” and “Ladies on the Run”.  In her trademark simple, yet elegant, style Carol Gold has recently completed several new bronzes: “Family”, “Gracias”, “Got it” and “Luna”.

Stop by the Jeffrey Hull Gallery to see the new giclee, “Hangin’ Out” which is the image Jeff created for the 25th Stormy Weather Arts Festival.  This image depicts two colorful floats hanging in a tree with Haystack Rock in the background.  Jeff is cloistered away in his studio currently working on pieces for the upcoming festival.  This year he will be one of the participants in the Friday night Quick Draw and Demonstration.

Haystack Gallery is celebrating new autumn creations by several artists.  Kathy Hastings has created several new pieces, including a couple of triptychs.  Her work begins with a photograph and then she may add oil paints or oil pastel and ends with the encaustic process of melted wax as a top layer.  Booker Morey discovered a process in 1993 to etch leaves to reveal the lacy and intricate beauty of the veins of the leaves.  The leaves, which contain no preservatives, yet are still pliable, are hand selected for the quality of their shape, then etched, colored, dried,  and mounted on a twig  then framed.  Michael Sorensen has a new original watercolor with pastel depicting Multnomah Falls, which captures all the beauty of the fall season.

The Cannon Beach Arts Association Gallery will be opening an Invitational Photography Exhibit on Friday, Oct. 12th with an Artists’ Reception that evening from 6-8pm.  The show will feature the work of esteemed Northwest photographers Brooks Jensen, the publisher of LensWork Magazine and Blue Mitchell of Diffusion Magazine. Other photographers participating in the weekend long Cannon Beach Photo Review event will also be displaying their images.  The show will run from Oct 12th through the 30th.  The annual Miniatures Show will begin in November.

So with all this fabulous fall weather, take a bit of time to stroll through town and stop in to see what new and exciting artwork has arrived this fall at the galleries.  After all we know the rains are sure to return.

The Gallery Group members include: Bronze Coast, Cannon beach Arts Association, DragonFire, George Vetter FotoArt, Haystack, IceFire, Jewelry by Sharon Amber, Jeffrey Hull, Modern Villa, Northwest by Northwest, Primary Elements, and White Bird Gallery.

Patty Coomes and her husband Bill have owned and owned and operated Haystack Gallery since 1985.  The Gallery was established in 1977.

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