Each November Cannon Beach’s art community gathers to collectively celebrate diverse talents during this popular festival of the arts. Galleries, shops, hotels and restaurants host a variety of writers, singers, composers, painters, sculptors and more. The unique coastal beauty of this region has inspired creativity for many decades, making Cannon Beach one of The Best Art Towns in America. Transform your coastal experience into a festival of creativity filled with music, theater, poetry and art.
Stormy Weather Arts Festival – Check back for the 2021 Event
A weekend full of art gallery events, receptions and guest artists throughout town. (See the full schedule of events in our brochure.)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
The Portlanders in Concert – 7:30pm (Doors at 7pm): Folk supergroup, love band, songwriting multi-instrumentalists and singers, The Portlanders are Kate Power, Steve Einhorn, Mick Doherty and Kevin Shay Johnson, who share the stage in friendship and no less than two hundred collective years in folk music. Cost: $27* | Location: Coaster Theatre Playhouse (*combo ticket discount available)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Dancing in the Rain Fashion Show – 10am (Doors at 9:45am): Pick out a new outfit at this runway show featuring apparel and accessories from local and national designers available in Cannon Beach shops. Cost: Free (15 minute early entry & Guaranteed VIP seating with $5 donation) | Location: Coaster Theatre Playhouse
Music Around Town – 11am-5pm: Enjoy live performances by regional musicians at seven different locations around town. Cost: Free/Donations | Locations: The Landing, Sandpiper Square, Coaster Theatre Courtyard, Ecola Square, Pelican Brewing, Spruce Street Plaza, Public Coast Brewing. Sponsored by Bronze Coast Gallery.
CD Release Concert with Marv & Rindy Ross, Jon Koonce and special guests – 7:30pm (doors at 7pm): The founding members of Quarterflash join forces with one of Portland’s original indie roots rockers for a great evening of fantastic music. Cost: $39* | Location: Coaster Theatre Playhouse (*combo ticket discount available)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Brews, Blues & Barbecue – 11am-2pm: Sample local craft brews and savor a delicious barbecue lunch from a local chef. Live music with Steve Cheseborough. Cost: $25 | Location: Cannon Beach Community Hall
Bold colors, geometric patterns, and botanical profiles capture the eye in Erik Abel’s artwork. Inspired by his love of the ocean, surfing and travel, his work articulates the spirit of the water and awe of nature. His roots as a California surfer intermingle with his experiences traveling to the South Pacific and Central America, imparting an organic, tribal style to his subjects and compositions. Upon a closer look, Abel’s graphic imagery unfolds to tell the story of his paintings. Accents peak through unexpectedly revealing the layers of color Abel cloaks in each piece while loose strokes of colored pencil and marker create dimension. Erik currently lives in Seaside, Oregon.
Nicole works as a full time illustrator specializing in traditional media paintings featuring everything from woodland characters and environments to pop culture based projects. She uses a stunning color palette to capture fantastical places. Her interest in wildlife and trees grew into a life-long passion of the natural world and continues to be a theme in her artwork.
In the war between man and the natural world, it would appear, judging from his unpeopled cityscapes, nature has won. Levinson’s worlds – washed in dour grays, ochre, and sepia brown – suggest the landscape before us is already becoming a relic. The brightest colors, the occasional burst of blue sky that breaks out from behind cloud-crowded sky, the flash of red graffiti on a rhino, illuminate the scene. Currently living in Portland, Oregon, you can see the influence Portland’s industrial areas and older architecture have had on Levinson. His “backyard” has become the subject of his art. A “new place” has emerged in his work based on the collision of urban landscapes and the natural world – in which the deer and the zebra roam, while wildebeests graze in the city’s Chinatown, and beneath an underpass in a switching yard, a tagged walrus, big as a train car, appears to rest his weary flippers.
|Bronze Coast Gallery|
|Jim EpplerJim brings the power, beauty, harshness and magnetic attraction of nature to both his paintings and bronzes. He creates from the experience of his lifelong enchantment with wildlife and his innate gift for the use of color and form. A seasoned artist who readily admits a romance with “the play of light and shadow, the way paint builds on canvas,” he is equally captivated by gestures and textures that lend themselves to the three-dimensional aspect of bronze. Bringing his skill as a colorist to his sculpture, Eppler hand-finishes each bronze in his limited editions.|
|Robert RogersRobert is a native Texan whose work has been inspired by Native American art, Oriental art, and European art – along with 40 years of studies in scouting and Indian Lore. He studied at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and has been greatly influenced by his visits to the great art Meccas of Europe and especially by the art of Gustave Klimt. For more than 27 years, Robert has created fine jewelry as an art and as an expression of love for the craft. His work reflects the full expression of archetypes in Native American culture as depicted in petroglyphs and pictographs in ancient North American sites, blended with mystical spiritual symbols, Braille and other icons.|
|Carol GoldCarol grew up on a dairy farm in western Massachusetts and studied art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Boston University School of Fine Arts, MA; and the Museum School in Boston. Before she embarked on a sculpture career, however, she spent 14 years raising her family. In 1977 she resumed her art career in earnest, enrolling at the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA, to study bronze casting. Encouraged by her results with the medium, she built her own foundry in Northern California and has been operating it ever since. She shapes her figures and animals from wax instead of clay because she likes the way it can be manipulated to convey emotion and mood. “Wax enables me to sketch-in my figures rapidly,” she says. “It has a lightness to it that I like.” Her work is characterized by rich patinas in colors that range from warm tones of gold and copper to various shades of turquoise.|
|J. Christopher White|
While wood and bronze have frequently been presented side by side in sculpture, J. Christopher White has done a stunning job of blending the two into a new medium, which he calls a “Bronzewood Meld”. White’s tasteful use of high polish and contrasting rugged grays builds a platform to launch the illusion of bronze turning into wood. The result is a sculpture with the durability and repeatability of bronze, and the warmth and one of a kind uniqueness of wood, combining the best of both mediums and the added intrigue of having your eye fooled.
At the age of fourteen, Hans already knew that a pursuit in an artistic career was a serious consideration for him. He moved in 1982 to Portland, Oregon and began painting full time and displaying his work in galleries across the west. “I have always placed an emphasis on being a painter with a different look; hence my emphasis on materials and tools which are different. The medium is the carrier of meaning in itself; to me, the how is more important than the what.”
|Joshua TobeyThe child of artists, Joshua grew up in a household where nature was as much a part of life as art…in fact so much so that perhaps one would not exist without the other. While in college in Colorado, he explored the mountains and rivers and finally decided to become a bronze sculptor. Today his subject matter is a combination of figurative studies combined with wildlife. He says it is because as apart as man is from nature, it is only in nature that he feels as if he is part of something bigger than himself.|
|Cannon Beach Gallery|
|Fall Exhibit sponsored by Greenwood Resources|
Featured artists: Elizabeth Pattison, Jessica Sund, Orquidia Violeta, Yoshi Aoki
Sony Feldberg translates a career in sound engineering, working with the likes of Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers, into cigar box and art guitars. Be it a baritone ukulele, a one-string bass, or an acoustic guitar – each instrument has a story to tell.
For Leon Lowman, line, shape, color and contrast make up a language of emotion and experience. There is both an excitement and challenge in abstract composition that rewards both artist and viewer with a unique view of the world.
Joanne Shellan presents Tiny Versions of This Life,quiet and poetic moments in the urban landscape. Color and brushwork take us on a journey that is deeply human as these visual narratives speak to our enduring need for stories.
Eli Mazet’s rich imagination and devotion to craft combine in the alchemy of the hot shop with wild and exciting results. Sea creatures, monsters, amphibians and more inhabit a world of color and skilled artistry. His highly collectible shot glasses have taken the art world by storm.
|Jim KingwellJim’s life-forming fascination with glass began as a five-year experiment. Today, he has pieces in all 50 states and in more than 40 countries. And during Stormy Weather you’ll be able to see the first examples of his newest direction. Multiple firings of cast and fused glass will play with other materials, including wood and possibly clay. The idea is to produce work that evokes light and frozen motion. Over the next decade he expects Icefire’s sculpture to express ideas relating to transference, rhythmic and incremental repetition, bridging concepts and coherent light.|
|Suzanne KindlandSuzanne’s journey into the world of glass began with a dream where she was suspended in a pillar of fire. Turning in the flames she found herself dancing. That dancing continues as she continues to learn the ways of glass, creating with it as her partner and bringing forth objects reminiscent more of water than fire: cool, smooth forms that reflect light as a pond does, sculptures that bend the light as a ripple does, calm creations that transmit light like the stillest pool.|
Michelle Kaptur has been blowing glass since 1975. She came to glass after completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Pacific North West College of Arts in Portland OR. Michelle worked for ten years learning the basics of glass blowing and then went on to paint for several years. “Painting is where I put together all the composition, color and design stuff that I learned about in school. When I came back to glass I had a much stronger sense of what sort of design choices I wanted to make and why. I feel my work was my work and was much stronger after this.”
Mark began blowing glass in 2003. His first experience with the medium was at Icefire 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.
Steve is fairly new to glass having started his adventure in 2011. He is self-taught and with each new piece he produces Steve challenges himself to experiment with glass technique, producing a unique and one-of-a-kind piece each time. He views Light as a ‘partner’ in his work with glass – Light will continue to work its brush, bringing subtle changes to each finished piece long after his hand has left the imagery.
For 41 years Kathleen has explored the mysteries of glass. It continues to fascinate and teach her daily that boundaries can be pushed and new territories explored in her personal life, in wildlife and glass.
Pam Juett fell in love with hot glass while watching Bill and Sally Worcester work their magic at their studio in Cannon Beach during the late seventies. For the next six years, she immersed herself in the study of glass and art at the Pearl Wright Gallery in Manning, Oregon; at the Pilchuck School in Stanwood, Washington; and at the School of Arts and Crafts in Portland, Oregon. In 2008, she found a way to work with glass on a small scale at her home. Classes in flame-worked glass at Bullseye Glass and Aquilla School in Portland led her to begin making beads. Today, she continues to develop her beads and her jewelry, producing necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
Laura’s work is inspired by everything she sees, feels and experiences. It is a personal expression of self through creativity and a growth process through the interweaving of color, form, texture and line. The technique used in her work is glass engraving, a centuries old Italian style of grinding and sculpting called Battuto. The result is definitive lines, angles and the matte finish.
|Images of the West|
|Randall J Hodges|
Randall J Hodges has been capturing images of the Western United States and Canada as a full time professional photographer for over 19 years. Most of his work comes from time spent hiking and backpacking the wilderness areas of the west where he has hiked and photographed over 28,500 trail miles. Randall does not alter his work in any way and considers himself an “All in Camera Shooter” as he spends the time to wait for the right light and color and uses “Old School Techniques” rather than post-processing to capture his remarkable images. Only the smallest adjustments are made to insure the finished print matches the back of the camera as closely as possible.
Carla O’Connor is an award-winning watercolor painter. Her approach to painting is informed by a sound knowledge of how her chosen medium. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and Northwest Watercolor Society and is an AWS Dolphin Fellow and an NWWS Gold member.
Doug Whitfield is fascinated with the concept of individual perception of reality, dreams and alternative realities. A strong foundation in drawing and classical painting underlies his compositions, but his approach to painting is instinctive, engaged and engaging.
The figure is Michael Kelly’s main source of inspiration, representing all that we are familiar with in terms of form, function and emotional narrative. In his work he aims to reflect energy and motion – to reveal the living aspects and true nature of his subject’s existence.
Ruth Hunter takes humanity and the ephemeral experience of being as her central theme. She is a consummate colorist, through which she manipulates the senses to evoke an emotive response. An established artist on the East Coast, she is a new transplant the Northwest.
Geoffrey Gorman creates original sculptures from found, recycled and unusual materials. Materials that would be more at home within a neglected garage or abandoned industrial unit than an artist’s studio are skillfully crafted into dynamic portraiture of animals and birds, referencing animal folklore and symbolism.
Michèle Landsaat is a Northwest writer, illustrator and printmaker. Both her narrative and imagery evolve through the transformative nature of the process. Along side the unpredictability of acid on copper in the creation of the plate from which the images is drawn, Michèle also adds color and tone through small pieces of chine collé.
Liza Jones has been making etchings for many years, starting at Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught etching at: Experimental Etching Studio, Boston; Portland State University; Pacific Northwest College of Art & Design, Portland; and was chair of printmaking at Oregon Collage of Art & Craft, Portland. From 1980 through 2010 she directed Inkling Studio, in Portland.
|Jeffrey Hull Gallery|
|Jeffrey Hull Jeffrey began his painting career over 40 years ago as a resident of Cannon Beach. Though primarily self-taught, he did study under three Northwest Watercolorists in the early 70’s. Known for his ability to capture the beauty and moods of the places where water joins land, Jeffrey controls the difficult medium of watercolor, often in very large paintings. Recently Jeff also returned to painting in oil as well. He is rarely found far from the ocean’s edge, the source of his inspiration. His deep love for the area is clearly seen in his original paintings and prints.|
|Jewelry by Sharon Amber|
From meteorites to mixed metals, you’ll find exceptional designs by master gold-smith Sharon Amber. A strong emphasis on exotic colored gems and movement of design in a surprisingly wide range. Classic, elegant, wearable art featuring several collections using local gems and materials. Sharon shows exclusively at her gallery of 30 years.
Lisa Kerr’s romantic style centers around luminous semi-precious stones: sunny citrine, green peridot, violet amethyst, and blue tourmaline. Lisa often pairs soft, contrasting colors, like rose quartz and turquoise chalcedony. Each piece is one of a kind and based on an image in Lisa’s mind. For example, a deep blue tanzanite stone, set off with brilliant blue zircon gems, evokes the moonlight shining on water.
|Modern Villa Gallery|
|David Jonathan Marshall|
With his imaginative style, bold use of color and dramatic perspective, David brings a fresh new look to the art world. His skill at capturing movement and animation in his art is a direct reflection of his own lifestyle and view of the world. He says, “I feel like I’m putting a puzzle together. I paint the pieces of that puzzle, but even I don’t always know what will be seen in the end.”
Sarah’s work celebrates life. Her artistic style is expressive, using vibrant color, strong composition, and layered texture. She paints abstract viewscapes, pulling real life scenes into redefined realities of wonder and brilliance, creating in a variety of mediums; painting in oils, acrylics and watercolor. She also works with pastels, blockprints, mosaics and photography. By playing with composition and texture, she produces vibrant and unique work that is sensitive to mood and emotion.
|Northwest By Northwest Gallery|
|Georgia GerberGeorgia Gerber defines many NW Public Places; Rachel the Pike Place Pig at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, 26 sculptures in Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland and Tufted Puffins part of the City of Cannon Beach Public Art Collection. Gerber will share a new collection of work, Pond Dance is pictured. Fox, Sage Lodge Trout, Tufted Puffins, Rabbit with kits, Turtle and Yearling, Golden Retriever, Standing Otter. Gerber is the first woman in America to have her own bronze foundry. She is the leading Public Sculptor working today.|
|Hazel SchlesingerHazel discovered her passion for oil painting at an early age, inspired by her childhood on the Northwest coast. The shorelines, fields, and vineyards, and later the Mediterranean countryside, have supplied the scenes and subjects of her work. She paints from a palette of predominantly warm, vivid colors and large, rhythmic brush strokes, transforming landscapes into more contemporary or abstract realism.|
Angelita Surmon is an accomplished painter and kiln formed glass artist . She captures the color, rhythm and movement alive in nature. Her series “Refuge” reflects the imagery of the seasons. Her visionary paintings explore abstraction and representation, using acrylic paints with dynamic assuredness and knowing brushstrokes. Her Kiln Formed Glass “paintings” take days to fire one layer at a time as many as 7 to 9 firings. Surmon was one of four artists nationally to be selected for the prestigious Aspen Institute. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum. Pictured Aspen Grove Kiln Formed Glass.
|Christopher BurkettStudying 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. Museum Collections include Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Fine Art, Kansas City. Art Auction Houses; Sothebys & Bonhams.”The negative is the score, the print is the performance”. Ansel Adams|
Ann has been having a life long affair with clay. In harmony with her very practical nature she created colorful functional ware and architectural accents for over 25 years. But one day she gave herself permission to have fun. She went to her studio in 2004 and created her first figure in clay simply for the joy of working in a material she knew so well. In 2006, urged by friends, she cast the first piece in bronze. Each new sculpture became a joy to her. She soon recognized that things that mattered to her crept into her work, stories that reflected human nature surrounded by our natural world. And though in the beginning she thought this work had no utility but to bring back to her the joy of process, she can now see that the stories the pieces tell are their utility. This year “Midori” was made into a Public Sculpture.
|Ivan McLeanHe is a public sculptor working in steel, bronze, glass and wood. His work can be seen throughout Portland’s Pearl District and he has also created extensive site-specific installations within the Nines Hotel. His work is also well known in California where he has just installed a series of spheres of different sizes and colors on Hollywood Boulevard. His 108′ steel sculpture was also selected from ten sculptors nationally for the Newport Beach Sculpture Park.|
|White Bird Gallery|
Tom Cramer is a native Oregonian and well-known artist who creates meticulously carved, painted and gilded wood reliefs. Cramer gained much recognition throughout Portland in the 1980’s and 90’s for his landmark outdoor murals, wildly painted art cars and carved miniature totems – all of which are bright, bold and lean toward American pop-culture. This show revisits those themes in a series of new paintings, functional art and his signature carved Totem sculptures.
New artist Jon Norquist uses black coffee as an innovative medium to create sepia toned images that pay homage to the nature and adventure of the Northwest. A cheap, ill-performing coffee pot turned out to be the simple mechanism for inspiration. One morning, with the light just right, Jon caught a glimpse of the patterned coffee spills on his countertop made from the fundamentally flawed appliance. The artist has always found beauty in everyday things and from here is artwork was born.
New artist Valerie Savarie is traveling from Colorado to demonstrate her altered book sculpture techniques in the gallery. Savarie uses vintage books as the centerpiece of her creations, reinventing them into unique pieces through cutting, carving, stitching and character illustrations that are part of a larger visual storytelling. Valerie’s multi-dimensional book collages leave the majority of the book intact – every page is kept as bound to retain the intrinsic book characteristics. Her innovative artworks form an inseparable bond between words and visual arts. Valerie will be showing a collection of altered book art during the new gallery exhibition.
In his new reductive wood sculptures, Eugene-based artist Shadowfox (Jason Pancoast) depicts meticulous renditions of animals, trees and nature-inspired scenes. His three-dimensional wood relief is influenced from years of architectural study at the University of Oregon. Through hand-made layers of cut wood and paint inspired by the magical wonder of the Pacific Northwest, Shadowfox explores the relationship between nature and narrative – story and self.
Stirling’s subject matter is based on the coastal region of Oregon and the high desert, east of the Cascades. As he spends more time revisiting these particular places, he becomes more enamored with their complex natural history, and the rich visual experience accompanying them. In consideration for new images, he is searching for a story in the landscape that he can accentuate through visual means. Signs of geological activity, or indications of how weather has shaped the land are examples of what fascinates him as an observer. The inherently slow process of relief printing and monotype forces him to be methodical as he builds up each printed layer. Many of these prints are made over weeks, sometimes months at a time, making his process somewhat self-reflective. Like reading a journal from the past, his work is a record of his present-day focus and admiration of the world he occupies.
Helga Winter has made something new, unfamiliar and possibly shocking out of something very familiar to us. Taking a book full of words she has turned it inside out, deconstructing it, but at the same time reconstructing, relearning and rethinking. Tearing, ripping, coloring, waxing, rolling, arranging and gluing the pages is practice. Something she does over and over to acquire a certain knowledge of patience, quietude, peacefulness and a gathering of information from the inside. She invites you to view the sculpture from all angles, to stay open-minded to learn about both sides of the story and know that it can always be changed.