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Cannon Beach Showcases Sculpture by the Sea
Published: 12/16/2010
The work of sculptor Georgia Gerber can be seen at Northwest By Northwest Gallery in Cannon Beach.
The work of sculptor Georgia Gerber can be seen at Northwest By Northwest Gallery in Cannon Beach.

The ancient art form of sculpture is showcased both in Cannon Beach galleries and on its street corners.

Galleries in Cannon Beach represent the work of some of the most successful sculptors in the country along with local and regional artists whose work is cast in bronze, carved in wood or molded in clay and fired. Visitors will also find several significant public art pieces that are part of the city's Sculpture Without Walls annual exhibition. Each year, the public votes on which sculpture will become part of the city's public art collection.

Start your gallery tour at Bronze Coast Gallery, where sculpture is the emphasis. You'll find the work of more than 20 nationally-known sculptors here alone. But don't stop there. You'll want to explore all the galleries to discover the unique works they feature. Of note are Northwest By Northwest Gallery which features work by two of the Sculpture Without Walls winning artists, Wayne Chabre and Steve Jensen. Other sculptors they represent include Georgia Gerber and acclaimed Native American artists Lillian Pitt and Marvin Oliver. Haystack Gallery features work by Cannon Beach artist Michael Tieman among its sculptors. Tieman's latest work includes "The Wine Thief," from his "Hands of the Artists" series (pictured in inset). DragonFire Gallery features welded steel sculptures by CJ Rench and hammered steel wall scuptures by Jason Sheldon. Primary Elements Gallery also features several sculptors including the human f­igurative work of Greg Congleton.

From April 2010 to May 2011, three sculptures selected by guest jurors will be on display in prominent outdoor locations in Cannon Beach for the city's Sculpture Without Walls program. During Cannon Beach's Spring Unveiling art festival, the public is invited to vote for the "People's Choice Award." The winning sculpture will be purchased for permanent display in the city's public art collection.

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