CANNON BEACH - Celebrating 35 years in Cannon Beach, the White Bird Gallery highlights more than 30 diverse artists in an anniversary exhibition through July 31. The exhibition opens with a gala from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27.
White Bird was the first gallery on the West Coast to fully incorporate fine art with fine craft. The historic gallery led the development of Cannon Beach's thriving art community and is one of the oldest continuously operating art galleries in the state of Oregon. Representing established and emerging artists from the Pacific Northwest to the East Coast and Canada, White Bird has gained recognition on both a regional and national level.
Evelyn Georges, a potter, and Steve McLeod, a painter, founded the coastal gallery in 1971. Georges gave up pottery to pursue the gallery full-time and is still the owner and director. McLeod left the gallery to devote his time to painting and continues to show at White Bird. Well-known artists of today had some of their first exhibiting experiences at the White Bird, like Seattle ceramicist Carol Gouthro and Arizona State University ceramic professor Kurt Weiser. Internationally known painters Royal Nebeker and Norman Laliberte still exhibit at the gallery. Georges also represents ceramic artists Yoshiro Ikeda, Karl Yost and Northwest favorites like Boni and Dave Deal. Featured jewelry by Elizabeth Rodgers and Tana Acton are on permanent display, while famous glass blowers have exhibited over the years. Currently, White Bird features emerging glass artists Joshua Rodine and Todd McLure.