Cannon Beach, OR, November 2-4
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“The first time I went to Cannon Beach, I fell head over heels—it’s my favorite place on earth,” says Nathan Bennett, one of six artists displaying new works at Bronze Coast Gallery from November 2-4. The show is part of the 25th annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival, a three-day celebration that showcases the galleries and artists of Cannon Beach, OR.
This is Bennett’s first year attending the festival, and he couldn’t be more thrilled. “Not only do I get to spend time in the perfect spot, I get to meet and share my art with collectors there,” he says. The artist creates paintings on patinated bronze plates, usually featuring trees. “Using trees [as a metaphor], which is very universal, allows the viewer to add their own life’s journey to the piece,” he says.
Participating sculptor Carol Gold strives to communicate her feelings about human character through her bronze figures. “My style is one of simplifying and flattening the human form to express movement, emotion, connection, and balance,” she says. Gold has 10 new works in the show, including a piece titled FRIENDSHIP, which portrays a man and woman walking arm-in-arm. “Depicting human interaction is important to me,” she says.
Another participating artist, Hans Schiebold, is deeply moved by the landscapes of the Northwest. A vacation to the region in 1981 inspired him to leave his 12-year position as an art teacher and relocate to Portland, OR, to pursue a career as an artist. “My encounter with the Oregon coast especially caught my imagination,” he says. “Its rugged headlands and savage beauty provided the impetus for me to paint full-time.” In these new surroundings, Schiebold’s work evolved from a focus on the abstract to more representational landscapes.
The show also includes new works by Joshua Tobey, Jim Eppler, and Robert Rogers. All six artists are in the gallery for the three-day event. A cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, and a larger artists’ reception is at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Gallery manager Melisa Colvin says the weekend is “not only a chance to see new works, it’s a time to catch up with old friends and make new ones.” —Lindsay Mitchell
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