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Tsunami Gallery: An Unexpected Art Experience
Published: 02/16/2013
Sculptor and Tsunami Gallery owner Mack Holman works in his onsite foundry, casting his bronze pieces. This piece is titled "Cramming for Finals."
Sculptor and Tsunami Gallery owner Mack Holman works in his onsite foundry, casting his bronze pieces. This piece is titled "Cramming for Finals."

The tiny coastal town of Gardiner, Oregon, with a population of under 300, is not known for its tourist attractions, but art lovers will want to keep their eyes peeled for a big yellow building on the Coast Highway, home of Tsunami Gallery.

If your travels take you down Oregon Coast Highway 101 along the south coast, keep your eyes open for the occasional unexpected art experience. In the tiny coastal town of Gardiner, across the Umpqua River from Reedsport, art lovers will be happy to discover Tsunami Gallery. At first glance, the large yellow structure looks more like an aging warehouse than an art gallery, but real treasures await inside for the adventurous art-seeker who stops. Gallery owner and master sculptor, Mack Holman works on site creating his sculptures and casting them in bronze in his on site foundry. In addition to Holman's bronze work, the gallery features a large collection of Ursula Diddl's organic art made of gifts from the sea: kelp, shells and bits of driftwood. You'll also find watercolor paintings from over a dozen artists and the work of master photographer Charles Draper. Draper's Oregon coast landscapes draw on his decades-long experience as a visual artist in many roles: film producer, cinematographer, director and photographer. Don't miss Tsunami Gallery at 77207 US Highway 101 in Gardiner, (541) 271-1597. - By Veronica Russell

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