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Get on ‘deck’ for arts festival

Playing cards offer a unique vision of Cannon Beach, Coast

Published on November 3, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on November 7, 2017 6:28AM

The cover of Aaron Trotter’s deck of illustrated playing cards.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Trotter

The cover of Aaron Trotter’s deck of illustrated playing cards.

The Peter Iredale shipwreck is one of many North Coast locales featured in Aaron Trotter’s deck of illustrated playing cards.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Trotter

The Peter Iredale shipwreck is one of many North Coast locales featured in Aaron Trotter’s deck of illustrated playing cards.

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Oregon artist Aaron Trotter released his latest deck of Illustrated Playing Cards, featuring the North Coast from Newport to Astoria on Saturday during Cannon Beach’s Stormy Weather Arts Festival.

From Fort Stevens, the cards follow U.S. Highway 101 south to Tillamook and the Three Capes Scenic Route, hugging the coastline to Yaquina Bay Bridge at Newport. Spanning just the northern half of the Oregon Coast, the diverse scenes include many famous destinations familiar to locals and visitors.

The drawings were sketched on location over a succession of road trips in all weather over the last two years. They were finished at Trotter’s studio in Portland, or on the go with watercolor pencil, pen and ink. The cards are digitally printed in Portland; each box is signed and numbered by the artist. The first printing will be limited to 100 decks. Each deck is made to be played, displayed, and used as a souvenir and guidebook.

A separate deck focusing solely on Cannon Beach will be released in December; while a South Coast deck is planned for 2018.

Learn more at illustratedplayingcards.com.



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