2013 Spring Unveiling
Art Weekend, May 3, 4 & 5
Featured Art & Artists

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BRONZE COAST GALLERY

Matthew Palmer

By age twelve, Matthew was creating life-size creatures out of masking tape and newspapers in his basement. Opting to pass on scholarships from various art institutes, he decided to get his training hands on. Working full time at Old World Stone Carving for six years, he gained tremendous experience designing and executing commissioned sculptures and architectural elements. He became skilled at using a variety of traditional media, including stone, marble, clay, wood, and bronze.

Eugene Morelli

Eugene's first sculpture was done in the eight grade with clay dug up from a friend's backyard in West Virginia. Recently a piece done collaboratively with his wife Joan Zygmunt, was selected for the permanent collection of the White House. Another sculpture is on long-term display at the prestigious Brookgreen Gardens. This award-winning artist's sculpture is powerful yet intimate and is found in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Joan Zygmunt 

Joan's work has found its way across the United States and around the world. She has exhibited in shows such as Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Sculpture in the Park and A Celebration of Birds, at the North American Ornithological Conference. In addition to her birds, she has created a series of stunning bronze vessels, each unique in form and flowing design. Her sculptures are the culmination and expression of lifelong experiences of the natural world.

CANNON BEACH GALLERY

Ken Pincus

The great pottery traditions of East Asia are a source of inspiration in the work of Ken Pincus. "I was fortunate to apprentice with Japanese potter/artist Yoshihiko Yoshida, and his philosophy, emphasizing simplicity and vitality in clay work, embodies what I aspire to achieve," Pincus explains. Settled in the Portland area since 1988, his passion continues to be stoneware, the throwing and forming of clays enhanced with slips and glazes, all fired in high-temperature reduction atmospheres.

Richard Rowland

Richard Rowland is an experienced ceramic artist who fires an Anagama, or an outdoor community kiln, in Astoria. Also called a Dragon Kiln, it is built into a hillside and gets its heat (up to 2,400 degrees) from a wood fire that gives pottery a unique color and texture. Rowland's work is infused with the power of the elements that he utilizes; the wood, ash, earth and stones in the clay itself, and air that fuels the fire.

Lisa Kerr

Lisa Kerr of Sea Fever Design began her artistic life as a professional choreographer. Today she composes the movement of silver and wonderful semi-precious stones in her studio in Cannon Beach. The Cannon Beach Arts Association commissioned Kerr to create a stunning piece of jewelry for its Spring Raffle.  The necklace is called "Spring Comes to Cannon Beach," and features a gorgeous Chalcedony pendant, cast bunnies (which are abundant around town) and fish, on a sterling silver chain.

DRAGONFIRE STUDIO & GALLERY

Anne Anderson

This Northwest native paints on silk, using a technique she first saw during her travels in France. Experimenting with fabric, dye, wax and steam for 12 years, Anne has developed her own art form that results in imagery with deeply luminous colors. Her botanical imagery hearkens to the influences of Georgia O'Keefe and natural landscapes.

Ann Cavanaugh

 As she looks back over her 27 years of work as a glass artist, Ann sees her passion for nature and an appreciation of interesting textures, consistently showing up in her work. Working in fused glass, Ann layers glass into translucent images of amazing depth and emotional power. She is currently exploring large architectural commissions, the most recent being a 50” round window installation for the library in Sisters, Oregon. Ann has also received Best in Show at the Oregon Glass Guild show in Portland for three years running.

Virginia Leonnig 

Virginia's life-long painting endeavors began at age 12, in her first studio at her grandmother's house. In recent years, her work with acrylics, watercolors and pastels has seen a dramatic stylistic change, resulting from a two and a half year sailing adventure, traveling throughout Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and other western Caribbean countries. The wonderful vibrant tropical colors and the constant motion aboard the boat are themes seen in all of her current work.

GEORGE VETTER FOTOART

George Vetter

The natural beauty of the Oregon Coast brought George to Cannon Beach in 1977, and since then his library of digital images has grown to more than 100,000, many of which have appeared in local and national publications. During the Lewis and Clark Expedition's 200th anniversary, he worked with the Great Falls, Montana Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, where his image entitled “Clark's View” is now an 8 foot high wall mural.

Don Frank

Don Frank lives and works on the Oregon Coast. The unusual has always held a special place in Don's artistic vision. The combination of his professional experience coupled with a sardonic worldview has helped him create imagery that is in galleries and collections across the country, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado. His work is creative and colorful, showcasing the eye he has crafted over years of pointing his camera at something, at anything. Many photographers simply observe, Don likes to participate.

Justin Bailie

Justin Bailie was born and raised on the north Oregon coast. He grew up here, tromping up its creeks and rivers, getting dirty, building forts and chasing all things fishy. He is a Manzanita, Oregon based adventure and environmental photographer who believes in wild places, free flowing rivers, ancient forests, real food, children, wood stoves, community, potlucks, the transformative power of stories and has a huge crush on salmon and all things Pacific NW.

HAYSTACK GALLERY

Michael Tieman

Tieman's sculptures are unique in that they are a combination of traditional figurative sculpture and his Impressionistic painting style. “I create my bronze sculpture as a three dimensional painting. Texture is the Impressionistic impasto brushstroke, color is the play of light and shadows across the surfaces, and detail is the impression of movement.”

Steve Hanks

Steve is recognized as one of the best watercolor artists working today. The detail, color and realism of his paintings are unheard of in this difficult medium. A softly worn patterned quilt, the play of light on the thin veil of surf on sand, or the delicate expression of a child—-he captures these patterns of life better than anyone.

Michael David Sorensen

Sorensen vibrantly paints the beloved Northwest scenery with personality that is better captured by the imagination than by a camera. From his unexpected color choices, that express mood more than reality, to his blending of both looseness and detail, he creates images that relate with people's memories of their favorite places.

ICEFIRE GLASSWORKS

Jim Kingwell

What began as a five-year experiment evolved into a life-forming fascination with glass for Jim, who has been playing with fire for 41 years. Jim's chemistry teacher's observations about reality inspired him to enroll in art classes, so it is fitting that melting glass requires a grounding in both chemistry and physics. His Icefire Glassworks logo incorporates the alchemical symbols for Earth, Air, Fire and Water, honoring the obvious linkage of art and science. From that, beautiful pieces of blown glass emerge that seduce the senses and stimulate the spirit.

Suzanne Kindland 

It was Suzanne's connection to the dream world that led her to become a glass artist at the age of 38. There were hints all through her lifetime, persistent nudges that would not be ignored, from favorite childhood words (horizon, crucible) to a vision of dancing in flames that led her to Cannon Beach and into the passionate world of soft molten glass. Inspired by the places she has lived, Suzanne makes blown glass pieces that express nature in the tangled patterns of woodlands, the stark horizons of deserts, and the mysteries of deep water.

Mark Gordon

Mark began blowing glass in 2003.  His first experience with the medium was at Icefire Glassworks, and he now lives and works in Bend, Oregon.  His current body of work is focused on blending colors and balancing them with individual forms.  The challenge of combining colors in different ways, and working with a hot and fluid medium, keeps every day of working with glass new and exciting.

JEFFREY HULL GALLERY

Jeffrey Hull

Jeffrey began has painting career 40 years ago in Cannon Beach, and it is from its coastline that he draws his inspiration. Today he is widely known for his ability to capture the beauty and moods of the places where water joins land, controlling the difficult medium of watercolor, often in very large paintings. Recently he has returned to painting in oil as well, and is rarely found far from the ocean's edge. He is a signature member of the prestigious American Society of Marine Artists.

JEWELRY BY SHARON AMBER

Sharon Amber

Sharon draws inspiration for her highly original fine jewelry from nature and the constant motion of the waves. She has a passion for local materials and ancient jewelry methods such as cloisonné and repousse. Her precious metal treasures are set with local "gems", including carved dense black basalt pebbles, transformed into mermaids, seascapes, and faces bedecked with exotic colored stones.

Sasha Samuels

Nestled in the Italian countryside is Sasha's art studio – which for a time was a 14th century Tuscan stone church.  Surrounded by lush natural beauty and the art of the ages, she gleans inspiration from her environment.  She begins her paintings in situ, completing the finishing touches at her “altar”.

Kathleen Frazer

All of Kathleen's work is either one of a kind or a small limited edition.  Each piece is handcrafted in silver with care in her little studio with pearls, gems, and small cast parts of twigs, tiny people and animals.

MODERN VILLA GALLERY

David Jonathan Marshall

Surreal, imaginative, dramatic perspectives, expressionistic…are just a few of the words used to describe David's unique painting style. Subjects range from cityscapes, fruitscapes, pear shapes, modern landscapes and the most recent “Bicycle Series”. Born in Southern California, he moved to the Northwest early on and now currently resides in Arch Cape, Oregon. He is constantly focusing his seemingly endless imagination on reinventing his style, giving new perspective in an unexpected way.

David Wight

David is well known for his innovative freeform glass wave sculptures.  He studied at the Pilchuck Glass School, founded by Master Glassblower Dale Chihuly in Seattle Washington. Studying under Therman Statom, it was here that his work with blown glass water fountains developed into an expression of water in the sculpted art form. He endeavors to create, by hand, a glass sculpture that embodies the essence of movement in water…each distinctly unique and individually created in his Seattle studio.

Sarah Goodnough

This contemporary Northwest artist creates expressive art that reflects the beauty and mystery of life. Inspired by nature and the human spirit, she combines an intuitive style of painting with techniques using texture, layers of color and strong composition. Her paintings are distinctive visual experiences with sensitivity to mood and emotion. She is self-taught, pursuing art throughout her life. Now living both in Portland, and the quaint coastal town of Astoria, she finds the dichotomy between the two cities to be a great balance for her artistic imagination.

NORTHWEST BY NORTHWEST GALLERY

Georgia Gerber

Georgia's bronze sculptures define many NW public spaces, including “Rachel the Pike Place Pig” in Seattle's Pike Place Market and 25 sculptures surrounding Pioneer Courthouse in downtown Portland. Gerber won the 2010 public choice award for Sculpture Without Walls with her "tufted Puffins". She typically works on two to three public installation commissions at one time bringing forth the essence of the subject using the traditional lost wax casting technique.

Christopher Burkett

Studying with Ansel Adams inspired award-winning, fine art color landscape photographer Christopher Burkett to redefine color photography as Adams had defined black and white. The Washington Post says, "Burkett has achieved in Cibachrome what Eliot Porter achieved for dye-transfer or Weston for black & white". Each handcrafted photograph is a hand printed, hand crafted fine art original, solely created by the artist.

Eric Jacobsen

In 2001, Art & Antiques Magazine rated plein air painter Eric Jacobsen one of the top 16 emerging artists in America. His awards have included the significant fellowship he received after completing his studies at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in 1995. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Copely Artist Award, has been recognized by the Oil Painters of America for his contribution, and featured in SW Art Magazine.

PRIMARY ELEMENTS GALLERY

Greg Congleton

Greg's launch into the art world was a little like a bird discovering it doesn't have to walk. His natural talent for visualizing and sketching led first to three dimensional renderings for architects and builders. He graduated with a degree in business and formed a career using his creative ability as a carpenter and home builder. His natural aptitude to conceptualize in three dimensions spawned a new passion in sculpture which he has expressed by working in clay for bronze casting and welding immensely creative work from recycled materials.

Rip Caswell

Rip has lived in the northwest since early childhood. The son of a guide and outfitter, he was encouraged to study taxidermy with which he won national awards. The interest in animals helped him later with his figurative sculptures and wildlife subjects. Today, he is an accomplished sculptor with private and corproate collectors worldwide and has created over 200 sculptures of various subjects in contemporary and realistic styles. This year his son Chad has joined him in the field and they will each demonstrate in Primary Elements Gallery during Spring Unveiling.

Heather Soderberg

Heather believes that an artist is fundamentally alone in the creative process. The inner drama, the complex ebb and flow of thoughts and feelings, observations and experiences creates a hunger and need to express oneself that is personal and individual. The daughter of a foundry worker, Heather learned by example and sold work while still a child. Later, she bought the foundry where she had worked and employed her fellow workers in what is now the only foundry owned by a woman. As an artist she is unique in that she is sole creator from conception to completion.

WHITE BIRD GALLERY

Jacquline Hurlbert

It's crazy out there. So Jacquline retreats to her inside world where she can breathe and calm herself. Clay serves as the vehicle for her meditation; it speaks without words. Everything she feels is transfered to the clay through her hands. This is her voice, not heard but seen. She invites you to communicate with her through visual imagery, creating a dialogue between yourself and the work. Many of her figures are in costume, reflecting her ongoing investigation of the many personalities and attitudes that reside inside each of us.

Robert Schlegel

Robert's paintings, drawings, collages, and prints reflect the moody environment of the Northwest landscape and countryside. His warm palette of deep oranges and reds is balanced with rich earth tones in regionalist compositions that reflect rural life, small towns and natural forms like valleys, hills, birds and farmlands. He is particularly drawn to the interaction of shape and contrasting line found when man-made structures juxtapose the landscape.

Darcie Leighty

Darci says that she is constantly cataloging and tucking away images into her mind. When she reaches back to incorporate them into a painting, the details become less important, resulting in an emotional remembrance of the images rather than a technical one. It is this “emotional remembrance” of bold colors and expressive line encapsulated within a familiar image, that she feels compelled to share. In the past, she worked as both freelance illustrator and art teacher but found that nothing can replace the experience of being a studio artist.