Cannon Beach, OR
Various locations, June 24-26
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The Cannon Beach Gallery Group presents its eighth annual Plein Air & More event this month in a locale the National Geographic Society has named one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world. Situated along the northern Oregon coastline, Cannon Beach is home to a thriving art community and numerous galleries. Artists represented by CBGG galleries are invited to participate in the three-day event, one of the few in the country in which plein-air paintings are offered alongside a host of other fine-art works. “With the title Plein Air & More, it gives us the opportunity to do more than just painting,” says CBGG marketing director Bonnie Gilchrist.
Over the weekend, some 40 painters, sculptors, glass workers, wood carvers, ceramists, and other fine artists set up and work en plein air in four designated areas—all within walking distance of their representing galleries—and the public is encouraged to observe. Other events include gallery receptions both Friday and Saturday nights, raku firings on the beach, and, this year for the first time, an Artists’ Swarm. “From 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, all of the participating artists will be working in a central location downtown,” says Gilchrist. “We’re also adding live music and more activity right in town.”
After the Artists’ Swarm on Saturday, visitors can visit the galleries where each of the artists is represented to find their recently created works displayed in designated areas and also view their larger bodies of work. At 7 p.m. Saturday evening, ceramic artists Dave and Boni Deal present a sunset raku firing display on the beach. There are also music and s’mores, and the presentation of awards.
Sunday offers more opportunity to watch artists working and visit galleries. “The galleries are very different from each other,” Gilchrist says, and visitors will find a great variety of artwork as well as price points. “There really is something for everyone,” she says.
“I’m excited about the changes we’re making [to the event]. I think it’s going to create a better experience for the people who want to see the artists working,” Gilchrist says. —Laura Rintala
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