CANNON?BEACH The Cannon Beach Gallery announces its second annual green-inspired art show, Verde, which will open with an Artists Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6. The featured artist in the show is Manzanita-based artist Ashley Mersereau, who will be exhibiting new work from her up-cycled jewelry line, RootsAndWings.
Mersereau was raised in Arch Cape, a fact that she says has shaped her life as an artist in countless ways. In her late 20s, she has a passion for creating that goes back as long as she can remember. While she works in many media, it is her jewelry line that is taking the bulk of her attention these days. Ashley has been involved with the infamous Trashion Show sponsored by CartM in Manzanita each year, in which local artists put on their fashion designer caps and find new and interesting ways to use recycled materials to create haute couture. This experience creating fashion from discarded goods was part of the inspiration for her RootsAndWings jewelry line, which uses up-cycled materials.
Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products, and it is often used by artists interested in working in an environmentally friendly way.
Im attempting to make my life, in as many ways as possible, a beautiful, creative act. This is such a multi-faceted idea to me, and takes many forms, Ashley writes on her successful Etsy site, one of the venues for selling her jewelry.
The curator for the juried component of the exhibition, artist Royal Nebeker was born in San Francisco in 1945, received his Master of Fine Arts at Brigham Young University in Utah in 1971, and now lives near Astoria. Many local residents have known him as a fixture in the art department at Clatsop Community College for more than 20 years. A successful artist, Nebeker continued his art studies in Norway in 1972, and the country still resonates in his art.
The Cannon Beach Gallery scheduled Verde to coincide with Earth Day, which has become a time for people to reflect on their relationship to the environment. Many of the artists whose work will be on display at the gallery have done this, thinking about how to work with discarded materials in innovative ways to make beautiful works of art. As a tie in with Earth Day, the gallery will be hosting an Artists Talk at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in which artists who have work in the show will reflect on the question, What does it mean to work green as an artist?
The Artists Talk as well as the Artists Reception are both free and open to the public. The Cannon Beach Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Verde is being underwritten by Western Oregon Waste.
Since 1986, the Cannon Beach Arts Association (CBAA) has provided programs and opportunities that enhance and support the arts in Cannon Beach and the surrounding community. The CBAA is a nonprofit multidisciplinary arts organization run almost entirely by volunteers, allowing more than 97 percent of its budget to go directly to a wide variety of programs, including the Cannon Beach Gallery.