The galleries in Cannon Beach continue to be busy with summer visitors, although some afternoons have been quiet, hinting at the slower pace of a changing season.

September offers gallery staff members a moment to catch their breath and finalize plans for Stormy Weather Arts Festival, right around the corner in early November.

Artists have been busy too, supplying new works to the local galleries. Here’s what you can see:

Nathan Bennett has several new patina paintings at Bronze Coast Gallery. Taking the chemicals normally used to finish bronze sculptures – oxides, nitrates, and acids – Bennett, instead, wields them as he would paint on a thin sheet of silica bronze that becomes his canvas. His landscapes have a surreal quality, which is partly due to his unusual medium. Many of his new paintings are of waterfalls and have an almost holographic effect as the light is refracted off the surface of the bronze.

Mixed media painter Cary Henrie also delivered new paintings to the Bronze Coast Gallery. His new work incorporates the use of crown moldings and real butterflies.

“The butterflies are from the Peruvian rainforest where a family protects and maintains their habitat. The butterflies live only a couple weeks and are then sold,” said Henrie. “It is a sustainable venture that benefits everyone.” Bronze Coast Gallery is downtown in the Landing.

At White Bird Gallery there is an ongoing exhibition featuring new paintings by Ken Grant and Randall Tipton, as well as glass sculpture by Jeremy Newman and Allison Ciancibelli. White Bird Gallery is downtown, across from Bruce’s Candy Kitchen and is the oldest gallery in Cannon Beach.

The Cannon Beach Gallery is hosting a group exhibition entitled “Still Lives” through September. Typically, “still life” refers to an artistic rendering of inanimate objects, such as fruit or flowers, but doubtless there are some surprises as this dynamic group of artists works with a variety of media to push the limit of what it means to be inanimate. Artists were provided with 12-inch by 12-inch wooden panels and given creative license to interpret the theme of still life.

Artists include local favorites such as Hanne and Harry Greaver, Liza Jones, M.J. Anderson, Janet Bland and Sally Lackaff. This is a fundraiser exhibition where the artists donate a portion of their commission as a fundraiser for the Cannon Beach Arts Association.

Cannon Beach Gallery is in midtown next to Bald Eagle Café.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, Northwest by Northwest Gallery will host an opening exhibition with award-winning plein air oil painter Eric Jacobsen from 2 to 5 p.m. The event will include an outdoor painting demonstration by Jacobsen, whose seascape titled,”The Needles,” will appear in an upcoming issue of Southwest Art Magazine.

On Sept. 21, Cannon Beach native Hazel Schlesinger will be at Northwest by Northwest Gallery for a plein air painting demo at 2 p.m., followed by a meet-the-artist talk. Schlesinger’s work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine and her oil paintings have appeared in many television commercials worldwide. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. a wine tasting will be held with Sineann Winery and the jazz and blues guitar music of Bobcat Bob.

Northwest By Northwest Gallery, 232 N. Spruce St., is downtown, across from the city park.

Primary Elements Gallery represents painter John Burrows. Burrows started his career in the arts as an interior designer in Newport Beach, Calif., where he owned his own design firm. Since the mid-1990s, he has been a successful painter, working in oil, using his knowledge of color and design. He likes to paint large originals and has a bent toward the abstract.

Also at Primary Elements Gallery is Jim Wylder, who throws most of his work on a potter’s wheel. Some pieces combine hand-built elements and colored slips. The term “Naked Raku” refers to the vessel shedding the slip and therefore being “naked”. Raku pots are sprayed with colored slips and burnished to reveal a lustrous surface. The naked raku technique completes the cycle with beautifully unpredictable crackle patterns. Therefore, the control of the potter is given up to the chaos of the firing with the result being a unique co-created vessel the artist makes with the principles of the varied elements. Primary Elements Gallery is upstairs in Sandpiper Square downtown.

IceFire Glassworks in midtown recently held its annual “seconds” sale. Over 100 man-hours of labor transformed the space from a gallery and studio to a pathway wandering amid hundreds of slightly flawed pieces of beautiful glass offered at very good prices. Veteran volunteers have made this a smooth and fun annual operation, and several of them have participated since 1992.

“We want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of them. You guys rock!” said owner Suzanne Kindland. “We have some amazing friends who help get it all set up.”

Customers routinely line up hours before the sale opens and on Saturday over 250 pieces were sold and packed up.

Haystack Gallery has added two well-known artists to their gallery, William Phillips and James Christensen. Phillips is known for his historical aviation images, as well as his contemporary and nostalgic subjects. He is one of only a few artists that have been honored to have a one man show at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. Christensen has been inspired by the world’s myths, fables and tales of imagination. He hopes that whatever he creates can convey a message, inspiration or a simple laugh. He believes that teaching people to use their imagination helps us find solutions to soothe the stresses of everyday life – or get a little lift to help us keep going.

Artist Michael Tiemam, who recently traveled in France and Italy, has delivered three new originals with more on the way. Haystack Gallery has also received new sterling silver jewelry featuring shards of Roman glass from the archeological digs in Israel. The gallery is downtown next to the Driftwood Restaurant.

At George Vetter FotoArt, the focus is on large canvas giclees. “Giclee” (pronounced ji-clay (accent on clay)) refers to the manner in which the image is made on giclee printers. Giclee is a French term loosely meaning “sprayed ink”. Images, paintings, drawings, etc are scanned or photographed to create a digital image, which is then printed onto media such as canvas, paper, cloth, etc. The result is referred to as a giclee. Visit the gallery in downtown Cannon Beach daily from noon to 4 p.m., or call George at 503-739-1415 to arrange a showing, a portrait shoot or a photo excursion/workshop.

The Cannon Beach Gallery Group is an association of local galleries that pool resources and efforts to promote the arts. The Gallery Group members include: Bronze Coast Gallery, Cannon Beach Arts Association, DragonFire Gallery, George Vetter FotoArt, Haystack Gallery, IceFire Glass Works, Jewelry by Sharon Amber, Jeffrey Hull Gallery, Modern Villa Gallery, Northwest by Northwest Gallery, Primary Elements Gallery, and White Bird Gallery.



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