16th Annual Spring Unveiling this weekend in Cannon Beach

Posted by The Oregon Coast / May 5, 2016

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Cannon Beach, OR – April 4, 2016—It’s nearly time again for one of the North Oregon Coast’s most popular art events.  This year, twelve galleries will spotlight new work by more than 75 artists May 6-8. 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 oils, bronze to marble and metal sculpture, blown to cast glass, ceramics, and precious metal jewelry.

Cannon Beach visitors who have attended this event in the past have said they really enjoy being able to visit with the artists, while watching many of them at work on a new piece.

Also included for the fifth year is “Art from the Chef’s Table” with more than two dozen local chefs selecting artwork from the galleries as their theme for creating special menu items offered only during the weekend.

The galleries and their featured event artists include:

Archimedes Gallery: What lurks in the woods and mist of the Pacific Northwest? Shrouded with legend and mystery, the gallery will bring you the “LORE” of the land, featuring three artists. Kelly Denato is inspired by the beauty of optimism and its inherent tragedy, just before disappointment.

Melita “missmonster” Curphy creates one of a kind handmade masks, dolls and sculptures…each piece an original with individual stories and personalities.  Lana Crooks loves the antique, the creepy, the cute and mysterious, constructing creatures from fabrics and found objects.

Bronze Coast Gallery: Bronze artist Don Rambadt’s fascination with birds has led him to manipulate the interplay of positive and negative in mixed metals, giving the impression of life and movement. Victoria Parsons’ naturalistic style is enhanced by the use of unique specialty woods, including burls which yield stunning one-of-a-kind creations because o their shape, age and rarity.  Seth Vandable’s detailed working knowledge of human anatomy has eliminated the need for models, making each sculpture a truly original creation.

Cannon Beach Art Gallery: The gallery will feature “A Compendium of Beasts,” a juried exhibition populated with beasts of all kinds – real, mythical and fantastical.

DragonFire Gallery: “Wild Spirit, Conservation for Life,” a group show featuring over 25 artists in a wide variety of media, pays tribute to the natural environment of the north Oregon coast.  To celebrate and express gratitude in DragonFire’s 15th anniversary year, 15% of gallery sales during the Festival weekend will be donated to the North Coast Land Conservancy, a local non-profit working tirelessly to protect and connect natural lands and waterways.

Haystack Gallery: Welded steel artist Richard Hays will unveil his newest humorous figures and large garden blooms, Barbara Coppock will show her latest etchings focused on architecture, history and landscapes, Joseph Kitzmiller will unveil mixed medium paintings, and Jeni Lee will bring her newest work that combines paint glazes and color washes, marks of crayons and sweeps of pastels.

Icefire Glassworks: Jim Kingwell, a melter and maker of glass since 1971, will unveil the latest in his “Embers’ series, pieces that reflect the fiery aspect of his craft. Suzanne Kindland, taking inspiration from her surroundings, will show new pieces from her “Emerald Forest” collection. Mark Gordon will join them, unveiling more of his classically inspired “Murrini” series.

Jeffrey Hull Gallery:  Jeffrey’s painting career spans over 40 years.  He has been an artist and resident of Cannon Beach since 1972.  Known for his ability to capture the beauty and moods of where the water joins land, he controls the difficult medium of watercolor, often in very large paintings.  Recently, he has also returned to painting in oil, as well.  His deep love for the area is clearly seen in his original paintings and prints.

Jewelry by Sharon Amber:  Sharon focuses in on local gems with her miniature basalt carvings and pendants set with Cannon Beach moonrock. New abstract jewelry designs by Steven Amber-Voorheis inspired by sea life will be unveiled as well as new impressionistic paintings by Victoria Brooks.

Modern Villa Gallery: David Wight is well known for his innovative freeform glass wave sculptures that embody the essence of movement in water.  With his imaginative style, bold use of color and dramatic perspective, David Jonathan Marshall brings a fresh new look to the art world.  Inspired by mid-century animation and painted with retro and modern colors, George Perrou’s art evokes reminiscence of the giddy, Saturday morning cartoons of our youth.

Northwest By Northwest Gallery: Unveiling of new bronze collection created for the festival by noted public sculptor Georgia Gerber. Also featuring new work by fine art photographer Christopher Burkett, landscape oil painter Jeff White, plein air painter Hazel Schlesinger, public sculptor Ivan McLean, bronze sculptor and ceramic artist Ann Fleming and Trompe l’oeil painter Kara Krieger-McGhee.

Primary Elements Gallery: Featuring Michael Parkes giclees, reflective images from Perry Haddock, bronze sculptures by Elaine Hansard, structural ceramics by Ken Jacobson, a pastel demo by Marianne Post, Steve Gevurtz and Rip Caswell sculpting clay for bronze, pen and ink and story telling with Paul Toews, Brad Lorang metal work, fine art glass artist Leslie Rankin, Scott Cordner photography, Andy Nichols scavo, new furniture designs by Dave Prosser, recycled artwork by Travis Pond, blown glass by Adam Kaser, a fused glass demo by Steve Krig, abstract metal sculptures with infused glass by Bob Kimball, and painters Mike Rangner, Thomas Thompson, and Sharon Furze.

White Bird Gallery. During the week prior to Spring Unveiling, a 56 foot-long painting by Rumi Tsuda will be unveiled in the walkway along the north side of the gallery. This will lead up to a new exhibit including glass enamel fusions on copper by Cynthia Miller, clay sculpture and paintings by Jacquline Hurlbert, and more paintings & drawings by Rumi Tsuda. A trunk show of jewelry by Melanie Brauner, combining silver, copper and abaca paper is also included.

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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