CANNON BEACH - A bevy of Northwest artists show their love of the Oregon coast in exhibits at the White Bird Gallery in July.

Royal Nebeker shows new mixed media watercolors in his "Copenhagen Journal," featuring many journal covers from his personal sketchbooks from the late 1960s and early 1970s while he was overseas in Norway and Denmark. Nebeker also incorporates quotes from Danish existentialist philosopher Soren Kirkegaard in his own handwriting to the grounds of his pieces, which range from dramatic figurative works to still life studies of flowers and vases. His style is expressionistic, loose and gestural, with images filtered through dreams and memories, creating compositions rich with metaphorical and symbolic content.

Stev Ominski paints highly realistic scenes of the Oregon coast and other favorite landscapes in acrylic, oil and watercolor. His exhibit, "Tidal Relics," focuses on the theme of relics, or things left behind.

"A Balanced Friendship," wood and mixed media box by Peter Shaughnessy, 2004Peter Shaughnessy creates innovative works in wood, based on the box form. His show, "Hard To Talk About," reflects his intention to interpret various subjects that people have difficulty dealing with openly, such as the feeling associated with the loss of a loved one.

A group landscape show features Barbara Grant, Randall Tipton, Annie Meyer and Michael Southern with acrylics, ceramic tiles and etchings.

Longtime Cannon Beach resident George Kettlewell shows new paintings that focus on floral subjects, still life and landscapes, with a delicate palette and calligraphic brushwork reminiscent of sumi ink paintings.

White Bird favorites Boni and Dave Deal create raku fired ceramic vessels, wall plaques and platters that are recognized for their classic form and intricate surface design. Wheel thrown by Dave and embellished with decoration by Boni, their works feature natural and Pacific Northwest motifs such as salmon, herons and leaf imprints.

All exhibits run July 3 through 30 at the White Bird Gallery, 251 N. Hemlock St. An opening reception is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 3. For information, call (503) 436-2681.


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