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Friday 01 May 2015

15th Annual Spring Unveiling Arts Festival

May 1st - 3rd

Cannon Beach Galleries

Gallery Group Website

Cannon Beach Gallery Group

Presents 15th Annual Spring Unveiling

Cannon Beach, OR – March 30, 2015—It’s nearly time again for one of the North Oregon Coast’s most popular art events.  This year, ten galleries will spotlight new work by nearly 40 artists May 1-3. Unveilings, demos and receptions with live music will take place all weekend long in “One of the 100 Best Art Towns in America.”***

Artwork being revealed for the first time will include virtually every medium from watercolors to oils, bronze to marble and metal sculpture, blown glass to cast, and ceramics. 

Cannon Beach visitors who have attended this event in the past have said they really enjoy being able to visit with the artists, while watching many of them at work on a new piece.

Also included for the fourth year is “Art from the Chef’s Table” with more than two dozen local chefs selecting artwork from the galleries as their theme for creating special menu items offered only during the weekend.

The galleries and their featured event artists include:

Archimedes Gallery:  The gallery will be featuring three artists:  Josh Keys is inspired by 18th and 19th century aesthetics and philosophy, painting animals in a style reminiscent of anatomical diagrams, and placing them in peril, displaced from their natural ecosystems.  David Rice’s work focuses on the themes of nature and its personifying characteristics, using natural landscape and its inhabitants as his primarysubject matter. Kelly Vivanco enjoys setting whimsy to work upon natural enigmas and pulls inspiration from the natural and imagined world, vintage photographs, literature and the idiosyncrasies of dreams.

 Bronze Coast Gallery: Bronze artist Linda Prokop is coming from Colorado to unveil new work following her theme of depicting the human form on an emotional level in a simplified, abstract manner.  Joining her will be Hans Schiebold. No paint brushes are used in his acrylic on canvas based images, as he chooses to use unique tools to roll and press the pigment onto the canvas layer after layer. 

Cannon Beach Art Gallery: The gallery will feature “Shirley Gittlelsohn, A Retrospective,” honoring the work of this long-standing member of the Oregon Arts Community.

DragonFire Gallery:  Russian acrylic artist Elena Markova will unveil new work, and display the symbolic heart of her paintings:  the sacred ceramic sculptures of her native Kargopol.  Fused glass artist, Ann Cavanaugh willjoin her.  Her work ranges from large architectural commissions, to sculptures, panels and vessels.  Chuck Gumpert will also be in the gallery, showing his latest bold, light-filled, mixed media canvases.

Icefire Glassworks: Glass blowers Jim Kingwell, and Suzanne Kindland will welcome Phoenix artistRobert Tamis, who produces his work under the name “Raphael.”  He will be introducing his latest concept with his work called “Cosmos.”  Mark Gordon will join them, unveiling more of his current work that focuses on blending colors and balancing them with individual forms.

Jeffrey Hull Gallery:  Jeffrey’s painting career spans over 40 years.  He has been an artist and resident of Cannon Beach since 1972.  Known for his ability to capture the beauty and moods of where the water joins land, he controls the difficult medium of watercolor, often in very large paintings.  Recently, he has also returned to painting in oil, as well.  His deep love for the area is clearly seen in his original paintings and prints.

Modern Villa Gallery: Working in a broad range of media including oil, acrylics, watercolor, pastels, blockprints, mosaics and photography, Sarah Goodnough will be unveiling a conceptual series that adds new subject matter while combining introspection and playfulness.

NorthwestBy Northwest Gallery: Artists will include noted public sculptor and bronze artist Georgia Gerber who will unveil a new collection and present a slide show of her foundry process, fine art photographer Christopher Burkett, watercolor master Kirk Lybecker, landscape oil painter Jeff White, plein air painter Hazel Schlesinger, public sculptor Ivan McLean and bronze sculptor and architect, Don Stastny.

Primary Elements Gallery: Continuing to celebrate the gallery’s move to the new location on Spruce Street, the weekend will feature Jack GibsonRip and Chad CaswellHeather SoderburgSteve Gevurtz, and Richard Sears sculpting in clay for bronze, Josh Henrie sculpting in stone, glass artistBob Heath, and ceramic artist Terry HutchinsonJeffry Mann will be showing his newest handcrafted fine wood furniture and David Williams will be turning wood bowls. Painters coming for the weekend include Sharon Abbott-Furtz, Mickie Skinner, Rob Ramage and Dan Dunn.

White Bird GalleryDeborah DeWit will be showing new work, continuing her visual reflections on her daily experiences, indoors and out, on the Oregon coast.  Robin & John Gumaelius will unveil their newest sculptures,incorporating steel, ceramic and wood to create animated human and anamorphic, bird-like sculptures, and Faryn Davis’s paintings and jewelry that encases tiny painted scenes and found objects from nature will also be on display.

For more information about the individual artists, please contact the individual galleries, listed on the website. cbgallerygroup.com  

A complete schedule of all events and images are also available on the website.

***The 100 Best Art Towns in America: A Guide to Galleries, Museums, Festivals, Lodging and Dining, Fourth Edition by John Villani.

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