Show Preview | Plein Air & More

Cannon Beach, OR
Various locations, June 26-28

Jeffrey Hull, Weathered at Sunset, watercolor, 20 x 13.

Jeffrey Hull, Weathered at Sunset, watercolor, 20 x 13.

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Cannon Beach is known as one of Oregon’s most charming destinations. Located 80 miles west of Portland, the small town by the sea boasts rugged natural beauty with lush forests, pristine beaches, and scenic mountain peaks. National Geographic magazine once named it one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world. So what better location to host a plein-air event? This month the Cannon Beach Gallery Group presents its seventh annual Plein Air & More Arts Festival.

Ten galleries representing about 40 artists are featured in this year’s festival. Among the participating painters are Anton Pavlenko, Gretha Lindwood, Jeffrey Hull, Pamela Claflin, Margret E. Short, Rob Ramage, and Jeff White. Rain or shine, the artists create works in locations ranging from the town’s quaint main streets to its nearby beaches. Sculptors and ceramists are also invited to create on location. The public can watch the artists and their visions take shape from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Opening receptions take place at the participating galleries from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 26. A group show then takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. the following day in the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Community Room. Also on Saturday, June 27, a raku firing by artist David Deal, which is a popular highlight of the three-day event, is presented at sunset at the town’s beach.

In addition to the plein-air works, galleries are also featuring artworks created in artists’ studios. For example, artist and gallery owner Jeffrey Hull has several paintings from a landscape series on view at Jeffrey Hull Gallery in Sandpiper Square. The works explore the picturesque vistas characteristic of the Northwest Coast. Of his piece WEATHERED AT SUNSET, Hull says, “I was hoping to capture the rich sunset hues contrasted against the solid rock of the sea stack. The reflections in the tide pools provide design elements and communicate calm, which is something people say they love about my work.” —Bonnie Gangelhoff

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