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Plein Air & More Arts Festival

For years, the spectacular natural beauty of Cannon Beach has beckoned artists out of their studios to capture unique elements of this landscape "en plein air" and nearly 50 artists will be on the streets, beaches and at scenic viewpoints throughout Cannon Beach creating fresh new works of art during the 8th Annual Plein Air & More festival, June 24-26. Continue Reading...

New to the festival this year are workshops offered in the week leading up to the festival, offered by four nationally recognized plein air artists. Visitors who come early to the festival can take advantage of a one-, two- or three-day workshop offered by painters Mike Rangner, Anton Pavlenko, Marianne Post and Hazel Schlesinger. These workshops offer a unique opportunity to learn from the artists themselves with a limited number of other participants. Anyone wishing to participate should register in advance to reserve their spot.

The three-day festival weekend opens on Friday with artists creating works throughout the town, on the beach and in nearby settings. Artists continue to work outdoors on Saturday and children can join in the fun with activities just for them. Visitors can enjoy live music in the Coaster Theatre courtyard in the afternoon, then stroll down to the beach at Whale Park at sunset and watch the dramatic Raku firing process as husband and wife team Dave and Boni Deal reveal the wonders of this ceramic art form. Opportunities to meet and mingle with the artists at the individual gallery receptions and watch their works progress will happen throughout the weekend.

8TH ANNUAL PLEIN AIR & MORE MAIN EVENT SCHEDULE

Workshops

Wednesday – Friday, June 22-24

Three Days Working En Plein Air with Mike Rangner: Learn the history and basics of creating beautiful and expressive landscapes. All experience levels welcome. Class limited to 10 participants. $300 rangnerfineart.com/workshops

Thursday – Friday, June 23-24

Easels at the Beach with Anton Pavlenko: Paint expressive land and seascapes with demonstration, critiques and individual instruction in this two-day course. Class limited to 12 students. $190 antonpavlenko.com/workshops

A Passion for Pastel with Marianne Post: This two-day workshop focuses on observing direct from nature and breaking landscapes down into manageable components. It will also utilize exercises covering the fundamentals that will develop skills that can be used in the field and in the studio. Class limited to 10 students. One day: $125. Two days: $185. mariannepoststudio.com

Beginning and Intermediate Plein Air in Oil with Hazel Schlesinger: Learn how to simplify landscapes into a few basic values and use bold brush strokes to build on them. Students will leave the class with several small studies of the area around Cannon Beach. Class limited to eight. $185 hazelschlesinger.com/workshops

Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday

10am-4pm: Artist can be found painting near their representing galleries or at one of four additional locations: Whale Park, 2nd Avenue beach access, Washington Street or in midtown.

Saturday

10am-5pm: Cannon Beach Arts Mobile Gallery will showcase the Cannon Beach Gallery Group’s featured Plein Air artist, selected works from students of the Cannon Beach Arts Association Plein Air painting weekend and selected works from Icefire Glassworks. They will also offer the information point and voting point for the Plein Air & More Awards. Location: US Bank parking lot, 115 N Hemlock.

10:30am-4pm: Children’s Art in Action with face painting, bubble blowing, chalk art and other activities to inspire tomorrow’s artists. Location: US Bank parking lot, 115 N Hemlock.

11:30am-1:30pm: Boca Marimba Band. Location: Coaster Theatre Courtyard

2-4pm: Artists Swarm will give an additional opportunity to observe artists at work throughout town.

7:30pm: Raku firing with Dave and Boni Deal from White Bird Gallery with music and s’mores. Location: Whale Park.

Sunday

10am-4pm: Artists painting in locations throughout the town.

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