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Cannon Beach Arts Festival Marks a Decade of Art en Plein Air
Published: 06/01/2018

Cannon Beach will celebrate its 10th Annual Plein Air & More Arts Festival, June 22-24.

Cannon Beach, Oregon has been named "One of the Most Beautiful Places in the World" by National Geographic and "One of the 100 Best Art Towns in America." It's only natural that this spectacular beauty has beckoned artists from around the world to capture it "en plein air" or "in the open air." In celebration of this challenging artistic style, Cannon Beach Gallery Group is presenting their 10th Annual Plein Air & More Arts Festival, June 22-24, 2018.

More than 30 artists represented by Cannon Beach art galleries will work outdoors, creating artwork throughout the town and on the beach. Many will be painting. But unlike conventional plein air art, here you will find sculptors working on stone, creating the clay forms that will eventually be cast in bronze, jewelers, ceramic artists (complete with a kiln on the beach), glass blowers and print makers. Art galleries throughout the town will also host receptions and special exhibitions over the weekend.

The artists can be found near their representing galleries or at the following locations: Whale Park, the courtyard between Spruce and Hemlock Streets, the Coaster Theatre Courtyard, Washington Street at Ocean and Harrison Street at Ocean.

Back by popular demand is the Saturday afternoon Artist Swarm from 2-4pm. For two hours in the center of town, participating artists will gather in the Coaster Theatre Courtyard. This will be a great opportunity for onlookers to see an entire group of artists at work. Visitors may want to head to the courtyard early to listen to the sounds of the Boka Marimba Band at 11:30. The artsy atmosphere continues on Saturday evening with a Raku firing on the beach at Whale Park with ceramic artists Dave and Boni Deal. Beginning at 6:30pm and complete with the Music of Zingari.

Brochure guides are available at all Cannon Beach Gallery Group locations and at Cannon Beach Visitor Information Center. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions of the artists while they work.

Galleries and their participating artists include:

Archimedes Gallery: Teagan White and Kelli MacConnell

Bronze Coast Gallery: Dan Chen and Margret Short

Cannon Beach Gallery: Sharon Abbott-Furze, Scott C. Johnson, Gary Lavarak and Hilma Josal

DragonFire: Joanne Shellan, Anton Pavlenko, Michael Orwick and Dana Murray

Icefire Gallery: Jim Kingwell, Suzanne Kindland and Steve Krig

Imprint Gallery: Mark Andres, Karen Croner, Jani Holberg, Kay Seurat, Catherine Grizes and Melanie West

Jeffrey Hull Gallery: Jeffrey Hull

Jewelry By Sharon Amber: Sharon Amber and Shelby Silver

Northwest By Northwest Gallery: Hazel Schlesinger

White Bird Gallery: Gretha Lindwood, Dave and Boni Deal, Josh Henrie, Debra Carnes, Marianne Post, Brooke Borcherding, Rachel Laura and Beverly Drew Kindley

For more information visit Cannon Beach Gallery Group

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