By Eliza Davis
Images of love in all its forms are the icons of February.
At Cannon Beach’s art galleries, representations of love are a year-round affair.
Whether it be romantic, love between a parent and child or the affectionate poses of animals with their young, love and passion provide strong artistic inspiration.
Northwest by Northwest
“Valentine’s Day is a day to be thankful for the loving relationships in our lives, and Cannon Beach is a place to celebrate our milestones on beach time — birthdays, anniversaries and romance remembered and cherished,” said Joyce Lincoln, owner of Northwest by Northwest Gallery.
Bronze sculptor and long-time friend of Lincoln, Georgia Gerber, commemorates the relationship of all living things and their connectedness through her sculptures.
“Refuge and sanctuary are found in Cannon Beach, a national wildlife refuge and marine garden sanctuary,” Lincoln said.
Bronze Coast Gallery
At Bronze Coast Gallery, sculptor and painter Linda Prokop’s bronze sculpture, “Reunion,” depicts two human forms in a moment of joyous reconnection.
The bronze, “Peaceful Sleep,” by Rosetta, finds two affectionate cats curled together in slumber while her “Single Mom” sculpture captures the fierce, yet tender, expression of a mother cheetah with her young.
Male and female figures walk with arms around each other in Carol Gold’s sculpture titled, “Friendship.”
Jeffrey Hull Gallery
What could be more romantic than a rosy sunset over the Pacific? Jeffrey Hull of Jeffrey Hull Gallery has completed a new watercolor titled “Guardians at Sunset.”
“The beautiful sunsets we’ve enjoyed recently have kept me working with a rich color palette. I keep returning to the rugged but right coastline with treed sea stacks for inspiration. Their reflections in the tide pools add just enough drama and peacefulness to create the mood I’m after,” said Hull.
Stephanie Ansley, owner of Primary Elements Gallery, celebrates her birthday on Valentine’s Day.
“I have always embraced this special day as my own,” she said.
“Haystack Honeymooners,” a bronze sculpture at Primary Elements Gallery by Heather Soderberg-Greene, depicts two tufted puffins in a loving bird embrace. Soderberg-Greene is a honeymooner herself, having recently wed husband Richard Greene.
“Haystack Honeymooners” is the second in a series of coastal seabirds that Ansley asked Soderberg-Greene to create, and she will unveil a new pelican during Spring Unveiling in May.
New at Primary Elements Gallery are custom rocking chairs by Astoria artist Dan Supple. The chairs are fabricated from northern white ash lumber and leather, incorporating Marucci baseball bats into the design.
Cannon Beach Gallery
The Cannon Beach Gallery will host an All Juried Show with the theme “Red” from Feb. 1 to 24 with an artists reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.
The guest curator for “Red” is Danielle Knapp, the McCosh Associate Curator at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene.
Artists from across the region participate in the juried show at the Cannon Beach Gallery in a wide variety of mediums. “Red” is underwritten by the Cannon Beach Hotel.
New at White Bird Gallery, artist Senja Antilla creates mosaics from reclaimed ocean-tumbled wood. Her materials come from houses that have slid into the ocean at Washaway Beach, North Cove, Wash. The artist frequently visits the eroding beach to collect distressed wood. The assortment of wood used in her mosaics includes outdoor siding, inside walls, baseboards, door frames and window frames, as well as found hardware and photographs of the original house. The resulting artworks are contemporary compositions that recall time, history and the power of the natural cycle.
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By Eliza Davis