New work by 40 artists will be showcased by all members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group May 4-6. Unveilings, demos and receptions with live music will take place all weekend long in “One of the 100 Best Art Towns in America.”*
Artwork being revealed for the first time will include virtually every medium from watercolors to pastels and oils, bronze to metal sculpture, blown or fused glass, ceramics, and jewelry.
Cannon Beach visitors can visit with the artists, while watching many of them at work on a new piece.
Also included for the seventh year is “Art from the Chef’s Table” with 20 local chefs selecting artwork from the galleries as their theme for creating "edible art" offered only during the weekend.
The galleries and their featured event artists include:
Archimedes Gallery: Featuring three ceramic artists as part of their "Tides and Currents” show. Seattle artist Eva Funderburgh’s works deal with the overlap of humanity and the natural world. Shing Yin Knor comes from the theatrical world and makes awkwardly charming creatures trapped in a world of bumbling science and human fallibility. Leslie Levings is a sculptor of creatures, spending most of her time making the Beastlies—small, ridiculous monsters with big emotions.
Bronze Coast Gallery: Dan Dahlke’s current architectural series of paintings combines the allure of the coastal ambiance, sun, warmth, shadows and color. Jacques and Mary Regat have lived and worked in Alaska for more than 50 years, sculpting works that represent the many stories of the state's native people, as well as a wide variety of wildlife, with bears and otters among their favorites. Jason Frederick-Law’s current sculptures are inspired by a childhood spent boating on local lakes, which led to a fascination with how every culture has solved the challenge of water travel.
Cannon Beach Art Gallery: Portland native, Scott C. Johnson has painted and exhibited throughout the northwest for over three decades, working at capturing the beauty and majesty of the Oregon Coast since his teenage years.
DragonFire Gallery: Glass blower Kelly Howard brings a painterly eye to each piece, creating everything from light fixtures to transcendently beautiful vessels. Penny Forrest paints acrylic canvases that reflect the beauty to be found in the everyday. Interior scenes, landscapes and figurative imagery are all integral to her artistic imagination. Theresa Andreas-O’Leary utilizes the vibrancy and translucency of acrylics to convey the emotional experience of light in landscape, adding gold or copper leaf to create highlights. Just in time for Spring, Andrew Holmberg will show blown glass garden art, Tad Hetu will display new photography and Ann Cavanaugh and Arnie Chupp will unveil their fused glass/sculpture collaboration.
Icefire Glassworks: Mark Gordon’s first experience with glass blowing was at Icefire Glassworks, back in 2003. Today, he lives in Bend where he is currently focused on blending colors and balancing them with individual forms. What began as a five-year experiment evolved into a life-forming fascination with glass for Jim Kingwell, who has been playing with fire for more than 40 years. Inspired by the places she has lived, Suzanne Kindland makes blown glass pieces that express nature in the tangled patterns of woodlands, the stark horizons of deserts and the mysteries of deep water. Fused glass artist Steven Krig will also be joining the gallery for the festival.
Imprint Gallery: Michael Barnes' work is a reflection of his subconscious, often depicting solitary figures that exist within vacuous environments. Sara Swink makes hand-built clay human and animal figures that tell stories, often with a humorous edge. Angela Purviance’s body of work created at Oregon State University earned her a solo gallery exhibit and established her as one of the top printmakers in her graduating class. Michelle Gregor creates sculptures in high-fire ceramic, with the intention of articulating something of the precious source that animates us. Margaret Keelan’s ceramic sculptures have the look of disintegrating, painted-over weathered wood, a metaphor for life being lived and the process of aging. Beth Bojarski’s paintings combine a strong sense of tender narrative with surreal imagery. Richard Peck Taylor sculpts intricately detailed ships using scrap wood and various discarded ephemera, creating the appearance of decaying artifacts temporarily stopped in time. Duy Huynh creates poetic and contemplative paintings inspired by a variety of storytelling formats, including music, movies and ancient folklore.
Jeffrey Hull Gallery: Jeffrey’s painting career began more than 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 joints land, controlling the difficult medium of watercolor, often in very large paintings. Recently he has also returned to painting in oil.
Jewelry by Sharon Amber: Sharon creates personal treasures using 14k, 18k and 24k gold and exotic gems, and is known best for her high fire enameled “miniature paintings’ and her carvings in local gems and beach pebbles. Joining her will be Lisa Kerr whose romantic style centers around luminous semi-precious stones.
Modern Villa Gallery: With his imaginative style, bold use of color and dramatic perspective, David Jonathan Marshall brings a fresh new look to the art world. Joining him will be Micah Crandall-Bear, whose abstract landscape paintings examine earth’s intrinsic resources and our disposition toward their accelerated transformation. Sarah Goodnough will also return for the event, with her expressive art that reflects the beauty and mystery of life, inspired by nature and the human spirit.
Northwest By Northwest Gallery: Ann Fleming’s figurative and narrative bronze sculptures range from those small enough to fit in your hand, to significant public sculpture. Recently featured on the PBS NewsHour, Christopher Burkett’s authentic film photographs are represented in many permanent museum collections. Mitzi Kugler, fused glass artist and sculptor, combines techniques to create three-dimensional sculptural paintings. Hazel Schlesinger, winner of the 2017 Plein Air & More "People’s Choice Award” paints everything from the traditional to abstractions of oceanscapes. Ivan McLean is a leading public sculptor working in bronze, steel, wood and glass, with clients including Nike and the Nines Hotel in Portland. Angelita Surmon creates 3-dimensional paintings in glass.
White Bird Gallery: Deborah DeWit is a well-known Oregon artist who has several books published of her work. Her narrative compositions often take a moody pathway through outdoor environments and compositions framed by looking through a window.
Glass artist, Joshua Rodine has always been inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, but also by its destructive power such as wildfires, volcanoes and earthquakes, reminding us that we live in a world in which nothing stays the same forever. Alexandra Boyden works with pastels on sanded paper and says that happy accidents with color choices can bring a newfound integrity to a piece.
For more information about the individual artists, please contact the individual galleries, listed on the website. cbgallerygroup.com
A complete schedule of all events and high res images are also available on the website.
*The 100 Best Art Towns in America: A Guide to Galleries, Museums, Festivals, Lodging and Dining, Fourth Edition by John Villani.
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