Artists George Kettlewell and Elaine Norberg will have their paintings hanging in Cannon Beach City Hall.

The two were chosen from four finalists who submitted original works in competition sponsored by the city’s public arts committee.

Their paintings will become a permanent part of the city’s public art collection.

Three oil paintings by George Kettlewell depicting street and beach scenes in Cannon Beach were selected for the east wall.

Kettlewell has been a Cannon Beach resident since 1973 and has worked in sculpture, painting and ceramics in his Cannon Beach Gallery.

Elaine Norberg’s creek scene, “Late in the Day,” was selected for the south wall.

Norberg is a Tillamook County resident who has been featured in solo, juried and selected group exhibitions since 1996.

“We are very excited about this year’s finalists,” said City Manager Rich Mays.

Richard Gorsuch, of Cannon Beach, and Greg Navratil, of Gearhart, were the other two finalists.

Submissions were accepted from artists who reside in Clatsop and Tillamook counties, with preference given to artists from Cannon Beach.

The city has sought art for public places through the public art competition since 2007.

Previous projects were all outdoor sculptures, including the puffins at the City Hall parking lot and the whalebone sculpture along the parking lot at the north end of town, west of the Lumberyard Grill.

For the project, For the project, all media was considered, including drawings, paintings, prints, photos and wall relief.

This was the first year an indoor project was sought.

The council chamber is home to several other works of art, and the room as a whole was considered in the selection process.

Artists were encouraged to visit the chambers as part of their creative process.

The selected artists now have until June 28 to deliver their finished work.

The project budget is $5,000 and must cover all expenses related to the project, including materials, framing, installation, insurance and travel.

Norberg and Kettlewell will be responsible, with assistance from the city’s public works department, for installing their projects. Though the artwork delivery deadline is June 28, exact installation dates will be determined by city officials.

 

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