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Fresh Air and Fresh Paint – Plein Air and More in Cannon Beach, June 24–26

Janet Bland“En plein air,” is the French expression meaning to paint “in the open air,”  and is most frequently referred to as plein air, the act of painting outdoors. Cannon Beach’s popular “Plein Air and More event now in its third year, has grown into a 3-day event, and this year includes more than two dozen artists, represented by Cannon Beach galleries.

Artists will be creating works of art on location throughout the town and on the beach. Adding to the excitement of this unique artist happening, many will work in the traditional method of plein air painting, while others will sculpt, and photograph in their own unique styles. Individual galleries will display the finished works and host receptions for the artists.

Sit and watch, ask questions, or even pick up your own brushes and participate in a workshop with Michael Orwick, noted plein air painter, in the week leading up to the event. June 22-24, The workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, but Michael is also inviting students to join him for informal sunrise and sunset paint outs at no additional charge. Open to painters of any level. For more information, contact DragonFire Gallery. 503-436-1533.

EVENT INFO: June 24 – Friday night, 5 to 7pm, “Meet and greet” artists reception at the CB Chamber of Commerce; June 25 – Saturday 10am to 4pm, “Paint out” and more throughout Cannon Beach. Maps of the artists locations will be available at all of the galleries. Saturday Eve – individual Gallery receptions for the artists; June 26  – Sunday 11am to 4pm, Plein Air and More Group Show. For more detail and a list of participating galleries and artists, go to

AN ALL JURIED SHOW Guest Curator: Carl Annala June 4 – June 20

Carl AnnalaTHE CANNON BEACH GALLERY will be hosting an Artist’s Reception on Saturday, June 4, 2011 between 6-8P.M. for An All Juried Show curated by Carl Annala.

Born in McMinnville, Oregon into a musical family, Carl Annala is an arts professional hailing from the Portland area. He has exhibited his drawings and paintings at various galleries in the NW for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelors of Fine Art in Drawing from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a Masters of Fine Art in Painting from Portland State University. Annala is currently a Cultural Arts Program Supervisor at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro where he is the gallery director/curator. Jeweler, writer, dancer and rockstar are all titles he has enjoyed in the past.

The Juried Show program at the non-profit Cannon Beach Gallery is one of the unique offerings of the Cannon Beach Arts Association.  It provides both emerging and professional artists the opportunity to submit their original artwork for consideration by a guest curator.

CB Gallery Recruiting New Docents

ARE YOU AN ARTIST living on the Northern Oregon Coast?

Cannon Beach’s only non-profit gallery is recruiting new Docents for summer. If you are interested, consider coming to the Docent Meeting on Wednesday, June 15 at 2pm to find out more information. Or call the Cannon Beach Gallery at 503-436-0744 and ask to speak with the director, Andrea Mace.

Docents work six hours a month at the desk, answering questions about our rotating exhibits and making sales. In trade, docents get to contribute to the vitality of the arts in the region by staffing a truly wonderful gallery that provides a venue for emerging and professional artists from all over the North West. In addition, Docents have unique opportunities to exhibit their artwork in the gallery and receive 10% off of all purchases.

The Cannon Beach Gallery is a program of the non-profit Cannon Beach Arts Association, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011.

Ilwaco Art Walk • Sat, June 19

OVER 15 Ilwaco businesses at the Port of Ilwaco, open their doors and welcome friends, neighbors and visitors with refreshments and art, the third Saturday of the month. This popular event features two raffles with free gifts from participating shops and restaurants. 100% of proceeds generated go to local non-profits and community organizations.  5:00 – 8:00 pm.  FMI:

Installation at PPP

Pier Pressure Productions ArtPPP participates in Astoria’s June Wine and Art Walk, Sat., June11 with a celebration of the artists who have opened shows at 260 10th Street since the opening of the theatre/gallery space in August 2010.  Karen Bain, Jerry Schell, Liz Hylton, Jennifer Goodenberger, Charlotte Bruhn, Kitty Paino, Terrie Remington, Becky Hitchin, and Rosie Bergeron will show representative pieces that explore a variety of mediums and methods. Dan Reiley provides original compositions.

Upstairs,  an installation by Rosemonde Stelladora, a reclusive and retiring individual who has studied art, religion, and theatre in Oregon, Nebraska, and Great Britain,.  Her piece, Wedding Weather Warnings is an homage to British sculptor Cathy De Monchaux’s work, Dangerous Fragility, American poet Sylvia Plath’s “The Applicant,” and recording artist Laurie Anderson’s Meltdown.  WWW is a turbulent fusion of fabrics, metals, plastics, glass, sound, and light.  This installation has been a work in progress for over 50 years, whispering on the periphery of the artist’s vision since 1959, making an appearance in bits and pieces from 1965 to 1997.  In 1983, some of the inspired impressions and images evolved into performance art presented at Clatsop Community College’s Performing Arts Center.  From 1997 to the present, the artist put away the thought of this installation until recently, when PPP presented itself as an appropriate venue for the physical exploration of this piece.

Bent Rabbit Multimedia Studios engineered the sound for this exhibit.

Yoshihiko Yoshida Master Potter • CCC Art Center Gallery

YoshidaClatsop Community College (CCC) welcomes Yoshihiko Yoshida, a master potter from Mino, Japan, to the College’s Art Center Gallery for an exhibit of ceramic pottery in the Mino tradition. The show opens May 20, 2011 and runs until June 30, 2011. There will be an opening reception on Friday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. in the CCC Art Center Gallery to welcome Yoshida and his work.

“In my responsibilities to find artists who could contribute to my teaching at Clatsop Community College and the professional art and general community, I traveled to Japan to look at traditional ceramics and its thousands of years of history,” says Richard Rowland, CCC Ceramics instructor. “I began my study by looking at the ancient work of Joman, Aichi and the traditional 6 ancient kiln sites. I also investigated through maps and museums the migration routes of peoples into Japan from Korea and China. I visited many well-known potters but when I was invited to visit potters in Mino and Shigaraki I was lucky enough to meet Yoshihiko Yoshida, and was instantly impressed by his humble and honest demeanor.

After meeting with him and his wife, I realized that he could show my community how to hold on to the best of traditional values by using them as a springboard for contemporary reflection. The timing seemed right to ask him if he could come to Astoria.”

In addition to the gallery exhibit, Yoshida will conduct a ceramic workshop the next day for students and professional artists on Saturday, May 21, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Art Center ceramic studio. He will do a pottery throwing demo and answer specific question about ceramics in Japan. Cost is $20 for CCC students and $30 for the public. A tea ceremony is included during the day’s event.

Contact for workshop information and availability. Space is limited.

Saturday evening, Yoshida will finish his visit to CCC with a lecture and slide presentation at the CCC Performing Arts Center (PAC). The presentation, “In the Mino Tradition”, is at 7:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Larry Tyrrell will perform Shakuhachi—traditional bamboo flute. Yoshida will lecture about his life and work as a traditional potter in Japan; as well as his apprenticeship with Arakawa Toyozo (1894-1985), one of Japan’s First National Living Treasures.

FMI: about the artist, Yoshihiko Yoshida, visit

Yoshida Lobed Bowl 2008 Yoshida Carved Vase 2008

“Once described as a sennin (mountain hermit)…. Yoshida lives amid a forest in the hills of Toki City in Gifu Prefecture. Located near his secluded home are the ruins of many kilns that fired the masterpieces of medieval Mino wares. I imagine that while walking by these kilns, looking for shards, some unseen force entered into Yoshida’s soul like water silently seeping into sand. How else can one describe the feeling he energizes his pots with?……..That is why potters such as Yoshida are so vital for this country. They anchor Japan in these changing times and question the frivolous fashions that appear, and disappear, like the moon in a cloud. They put “soul” in our hands. Yoshida works in a few different styles, including the aforementioned Shino, aka-Shino (red Shino), shirokesho (white-slip wares), hai-yu yohen ash-glazed wares, and his stellar Setoguro (Black Seto).”

“Yoshida studied with the late Living National Treasure Arakawa Toyozo (1894-1985) starting in 1956 and established his own kiln in 1969. His work is subdued, understated, refined, contemplative, graceful, and honest. I asked him upon viewing a lovely pastel Shino vase how he gets the colors, he turned to me and said matter-of-factly, “Shizen (it’s natural).” It best describes the man himself, and his work.”

-Excerpt from To See a World in a Bowl of Tea, By Robert Yellin
for The Japan Times, Nov. 14, 2001

Columbia River Maritime Museum: Cleveland Rockwell (1837-1907) Opening: Friday, May 20 through July 20

Scow SchoonersThe Columbia River Maritime Museum hosts a special exhibit for the opening weekend of Astoria’s Bicentennial Celebration. This new exhibit is a collection of works by Cleveland Rockwell focusing on the region: Astoria, the Lower Columbia River & the Coast.

Cleveland Rockwell was the foremost painter of the Pacific Northwest. Although he did not become a full-time painter until his retirement in 1892, the many sketches he made on his expeditions with U.S. Coast Survey served as the basis for his later oil and watercolor paintings. With a life-long passion for fishing, hiking and climbing, Rockwell knew his scenes intimately. Showing sketches, watercolors and oil paintings of this area from over a century ago, this exhibit depicts the stunning beauty of the unspoiled local landscape. With the eye of a surveyor and an engineer, Cleveland Rockwell captured the natural beauty and grandeur of his subjects, documenting the Columbia and the coast at a time when change was occurring rapidly and before photography was readily available.

All exhibits are free to Museum members or with paid admission to the Museum. Children (ages 6-17): $5.00 • Children under 6: Free.

Artist Call

THE CANNON BEACH GALLERY is pleased to announce that Carl Annala, the Cultural Arts Program Supervisor for the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro, will be the guest juror for our next All Juried Show.  Artists interested in submitting work to the show should bring their submissions to the gallery on Thursday, June 2 between 10am-4pm.  The exhibition will run from June 4-June 20, 2011.

The Juried Show program at the non-profit Cannon Beach Gallery is one of the unique offerings of the Cannon Beach Arts Association.  It provides both emerging and professional artists the opportunity to submit their original artwork for consideration by a guest curator.

TAMI’S BARBERSHOP IN GARIBALDI is still looking for artists to create 3’ x 3’ paintings with a coastal theme.  The paintings will be mounted on an outside wall of the barbershop to create a collage effect.  Please give Tami a call at 322-2228 if you are interested, or drop in at the barbershop to see Tami.

There are no deadlines for this project.  Tami will provide the boards for artists to paint on.  (How about making this a  group project?  The group could meet at the Arts Center to discuss design ideas, present them to Tami for approval, and then work together on creating the collage (or perhaps just  part of the collage) for the barbershop.  Contact Bay City Arts Center FMI: 503.377.9620.

Geometric Origami Class: Folding Paper into Modular Shapes

Origami CollageTEACHING will be primarily through demonstration.  Students will also learn to follow written directions with origami folding symbols for each shape. Students are asked to bring 36 sheets of 6” by 6” origami paper. Recycled maps will be available for the 12 piece “ring”. This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate folders, ages 10 to adult.

Barbara Baum Freethy, M.Ed. is a private practice therapist in Portland, ME., working with children who are challenged by attention deficit and autism spectrum disorders.  She frequently uses origami as an expressive therapy tool to enhance children’s self-esteem and creativity. Barbara is also a paper artist who has been teaching paper folding to adults and children for the past 15 years.

Sunday, May 22, 1:00 – 3:30 pm Hoffman Center, 594 Landeda Ave., Manzanita.

Cost: $30. To register, please visit

Seaside High School Student Art Show

Seaside High School Art ShowDuring the month of May, the Seaside Public Library will host its annual exhibit of art work created by Seaside High School students.  The show explores a range of media including clay, collage, paintings, drawings and multi-media.  The title of this year’s show is “Spring Gleaning”.  The exhibit will run from May 3rd to May 31st and will be in the Community Room, foyer, and main library.

Located at 1131 Broadway, across from the Youth Center and Swimming Pool.  For more information please call (503)738-6742 or visit us at and

Rosie Bergeron At PPP

Grocery ShoppingIN MAY, Pier Pressure Productions, is featuring the work of Rosie Bergeron, gallery manager, artist, and resident of Brooklyn, NY, with the original piano compositions by Christopher Andrew Corbell. Bergeron’s dramatic wood block prints are images of daily life.  They are a celebration of the mundane, be it washing dishes, buying groceries, or walking about the neighborhood. She likes to use the images as a meditation on contemporary femininity and an examination of her autobiographical “theater”.

“As a native of the Pacific Northwest I was taught relief and sculptural wood carving by my father in our basement. He is an avid fan of native American woodworking and when I was growing up I would assist him in classes he taught to the locals. When I entered college and took my first woodcut print class I was hooked. The transformation of carved wood to multiple paper prints was a way to link my past with things I wanted to talk about in the present.”

Artist reception for Astoria 2nd Saturday Art Walk, May 14, 5-9pm. PPP is located at 260 10th St.

Dale Flowers at Old Town Frame

Dale Flowers

Daffodils by Dale Flowers

LIKE MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY, Astoria artist Dale Flowers, gets up close and personal with Prismacolor pencil in a series of work dedicated to “flowers” cultivated on the Pacific Northwest coast. “Each flower that is used as the subject matter is drawn in a series of six to eight drawings over a period of a month, refining and exploring the design.” These bright studies, most 22” by 28” are big in color and form. The artist is featured through the month of May. Artist Reception is Sat, May 14, Astoria 2nd Saturday Art Walk. Old Town Frame is located 1287 Commercial, 503.325.5221.

The Art & Psyche Show


Nancy Karacand

Art and the Psyche are mystically intertwined.  Life passages, transitions, changes in health, job, or  relationships– all of these Transformative  areas of life – can be brought to life  in artistic form – and often are in the area of art therapy.

On May 14, 5-9pm The Art & Psyche Show will be on display at the Astoria Music Festival Office located at 1271 Commercial Street, during the Second Saturday Astoria Art Walk.

Presented by Yvonne Edwards and Nancy Karacand, both trained psychotherapists who share a love of art as a creative therapeutic medium for  emotional growth and healing– the Art & Psyche show will offer a variety of unique art processes.

According to Edwards, “Art & Psyche is a creative multi-media process that I use as an adjunct to psychotherapy.  We are always growing, developing, transitioning and evolving from a familiar state of being to an unknown state of becoming. These art exercises enhance psychological self-discovery and insight – for people who are in therapy – as well as those who are not.   It leads to self-directed evolution, experiential dialogue with our art, and a renewed appreciation for the richness of our own inner world – one with heart and meaning.”


Yvonne Edwards

Karacand’s work for the show will center on creating a series of stone and beaded pendants that will reflect the colors and qualities of the chakras.  She has been a Healing Touch practitioner for the past 10 years and incorporates her awareness of energetic healing into the creation of each unique piece.
The Art & Psyche show developed after several workshops the pair held, and exhibits  include: The Maori drawing, The Five Universal Shapes, the Illustrated Journal, the Mandala, the tile mosaic of one’s Life Path, mask-making, dream painting, drawing a safe place, doll making and other art.  Janet Maher also brings samples of her work with Soul Collage.

Karacand and Edwards will continue throughout the year with workshops, women’s gatherings, children’s Art Camps, and other community focused events. FMI: contact Yvonne Edwards at 503 338 7202 or Nancy Karacand at 503 325 9217.

Impressions of New Zealand – Marie Powell at RiverSea Gallery

New Zealand art

Bouquet at Dusk by Marie Powell

Vibrant, energetic imagery of exotic plant life takes on a celebratory nature in artist Marie Powell’s newest series of monotypes, “Impressions of New Zealand”.  Resident of both the Long Beach Peninsula and New Zealand, Powell is constantly exploring new ways, mediums and subject matter. Her most recent art endeavors involve her passion and fascination with printmaking. Attend the reception held for Astoria’s Second Saturday Artwalk, from 5 – 8 pm, May 14th. The artwork will remain on display through May 31st.

Powell has been an artist on the Long Beach Peninsula for many years.  After a 19 year high school teaching career, she now devotes full time to creating prints, oils, and mixed media work. Having grown up in a semi-rural environment of the Pacific Northwest, she has always been drawn to the outdoors and the natural world and incorporated the scenes and feelings of the coast and its natural flora and fauna into her paintings and prints. Eventually, this carried over into her work in New Zealand, where she has been a part-time resident for many years. Working independently at the Te Kowhai Print Trust in the township of Whangarei, Powell produced her newest series of monotypes where native plants have actually been “embossed” into the paper, leaving the lovely textures and shapes of the plant images on each piece.

RiverSea Gallery is open daily at 1160 Commercial Street, call 503-325-1270, or visit the website at

The Motherhood Show at CB Gallery

Lady Takes the Stairs

Lady Takes the Stairs by Sophia Pfaff-Shalmiyev

Northwest artists Nikki McClure, Liz Haley and Sophia Pfaff-Shalmiyev are the featured artists presented in The Motherhood Show exhibited through the May at the Cannon Beach Gallery.  The Motherhood Show highlights the dynamic artistic abilities of the three women who all have ties to the DIY (do-it-yourself) art movement of Olympia, Washington.  A celebration of the ultimate act of creation, the Motherhood Show is also an exploration of how women continue to develop their careers as artists after having children.

In celebration of this exhibit, art patrons are encouraged to come into the gallery during the month of May and ask for the “Mother’s Discount,” which is 10% off of any purchase for anyone with a mother (that should cover you, dear reader).

Girl in Lake

Source by Nikki McClure

The most well known artist of the group, Nikki McClure, creates intricate paper-cut illustrations that celebrate the grace of everyday domestic scenes and nature.  McClure’s work appears nationally in books, an annual calendar, cards and posters.  McClure will be showing 14 original paper-cuts in the Motherhood Show.

A recent transplant to Cannon Beach, Oregon; Sophia Pfaff-Shalmiyev has quickly become involved in the northern Oregon Coast’s burgeoning art scene.  An active gallery docent at the Cannon Beach Gallery, Pfaff-Shalmiyev has been in many of the galleries recent juried shows.  She is also a member of Astoria’s Lightbox Photographic, where she has been doing the majority of her darkroom work for her “Your Love Will Break My Heart,” series of autobiographical photographs, writing, and mixed media works.

A self described, “bicoastal feminist artist,” Pfaff-Shalmiyev calls New York City home as well as Cannon Beach, Oregon. Born in Russia in 1978, Pfaff-Shalmiyev immigrated to New York City in 1990 and then attended college at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In Olympia, she deepened her interest in feminist politics and art, joined bands, wrote fanzines and curated art shows that explored the validity of confessional and confrontational narrative.

Space Homestead

Space Homestead by Liz Haley

“Expected to hide our disappointment, and unable to name the void that aspects of mothering can create in other parts of our lives, the artist asks herself if “things” have gotten “better” for women, “ Pfaff-Shalmiyev explained.

“The friendships and the body you remember are gone, but somehow no amount of humiliation and alienation could make the tugs on your heartstrings feel any less magical,” continued Pfaff-Shalmiyev.

Inspired by the many women she has met since moving to Cannon Beach, Pfaff-Shalmiyev aims to capture the ecstatic joy and the humbling vulnerability explored in her images for the Motherhood Show.

Another recent transplant to the coast, Liz Haley is living in Seaside, Oregon with her young family. Born as the youngest of six children in 1972, Haley is equally inspired by the concepts of community and escape.  An artist, filmmaker, musician and curator, Haley’s work has been widely exhibited, including at the Anthology of Film Archive, New York; the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle.  In 2005, she co-founded Valentines, an art, music and performance space in Old Town, Portland, Oregon.

The Cannon Beach Gallery is located at 1064 S. Hemlock St. 503-436-0744 or go to

The Photographic Nude At Lightbox Gallery

Maple Leaf Nude Shadow nude

LIGHTBOX Photographic Gallery presents “The Photographic Nude”, an exhibition of photographic prints exploring the artistic and creative view of the body and its form, dedicated to the creative spirit of photographer Ruth Bernhard. The exhibit will open with an Artists Reception on Friday April 8th 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Gallery. The exhibit runs through June 5th, with many special speakers and events to be held during the run of the show.

LightBox Photographic Gallery was inspired to create ”The Photographic Nude” show as a result of two influences. The first is the “Au Naturel” show at Clatsop Community College. “Au Naturel” is in its fifth year and has established itself as one of the finest group shows of the artistic nude. LightBox wished to develop a show for the artistic nude in the medium of photography, highlighting the importance of the genre in the photographic arts. The nude in photographic art is a study of the human body, concentrating on form, emotion, using lighting, composition and subject to emote the artistic expression. LightBox was also influenced to hold the show after being exposed to the biographical film “Illuminations”, documenting the life and photographic works of Ruth Bernhard.

Juror for the show, photographer Cherie Hiser says, “Generations of artists have struggled with ‘the nude’. In my opinion, in the medium of photography, it is the most difficult challenge.  There are formidable tasks for many reasons:  it seems to start with individual perceptions the viewing audience brings, also the technical and personal precepts of the model, the artist and the camera. Nothing about it is easy.

Ruth Bernhard lived during the twentieth century, passing away recently at 101 years of age. She was hailed by Ansel Adams as “the greatest photographer of the nude”, and devoted her life to celebrating the unclothed figure with eloquent light and creativity.

Cherie Hiser, renowned photographer and curator from Portland, Oregon. She has become widely respected as an innovator and visioneer in the field of photography. She is internationally recognized as a photographer, educator, curator, consultant, writer and net worker. Her first teachers were Minor White, Ruth Bernhard and Imogen Cunningham.

Robert Burrill, photographer/filmmaker from Milpitas, Ca. has been invited by the gallery to be the featured artist for “The Photographic Nude” exhibit. Robert was a longtime friend of Ruth Bernhard, he produced her biographical film, “IIluminations”. Showings of this film will be scheduled during the month of April. Please contact the gallery about special events, or visit for show details. LightBox Photographic Gallery is located at 1045 Marine Drive in downtown Astoria.

Visiting Professor to Conduct Au Naturel Workshop at CCC

MuhsamThe 5th Annual Au Naturel Exhibition continues at Clatsop Community College through APRIL 14. This year’s juror Jane Beebe, owner and director of PDX Contemporary Art, comes to the mission known for her appreciation of the conceptual edge. Ms. Beebe is one of Portland’s people outstanding in the field of artist and audience development. Each year Au Naturel Executive Director and founder Kristin Shauck seeks to raise the level, and thus far she has been notably successful, in her invitation to prestigious art professionals, and the amazing number of applicants the world wide.

ARMIN MÜHSAM, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, will conduct a workshop entitled “FIGURE DRAWING MATTERS” FROM 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011 in the Drawing and Painting Studio of the Clatsop Community College Art Center. Originally from Romania and educated in Germany as well as in the U.S., Mr. Mühsam has been teaching at Northwest Missouri State University for over a decade. Selected from among hundreds of submissions to exhibit in the Au Naturel competition for three consecutive years, his ink drawing entitled, Erin Seated, is currently on display in this year’s show, and will be on view in the CCC Art Center Gallery through April 14th.

FREE to students enrolled in spring term credit courses at CCC, and open to the public for a $20.00 per person fee. Enrollment is limited, Contact Kristin Shauck at 503-338-2472 or

CARTM Announces 2011 Trash Art Workshops

Katya Welding

Katya biesanz displays her metal sculpture created in the 2010 cArTM Welding Workshop. Photo: Cathy Silver.

Every year hundreds of people attend CARTM’s big Trash Bash and always enjoy the focal point of that event—the Trash Art Show. The show inspires wonderment, delight and ways to repurpose recycled materials into works of art. When visiting that unique art show, people will often say, “next year I’m going to make a piece for the show!” Let this be your year to do just that.

CARTM makes it easy to explore your inner trash artist and make something to hang in the 2011 show. A wide variety of Trash Art workshops are being offered to spark your creativity.

From welding to mosaics, from “trashion” to pop art, choose your favorite medium or attend them all. The workshops are held in different locations and the fees vary. Let 2011 be your year to make some art to hang in the 13th annual Trash Art Show. For more information or to register, call CARTM, 503-368-7764.

Mosaic Workshop, April 9, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.—For beginners or experienced mosaicists. Learn techniques, tricks and tips from instructor April Petersen. Venue: NCRD Kitchen, 9th Street in Nehalem; Tuition: $50 plus $7 materials fee.

“Pop Art” Workshop, April 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.—Learn how to turn aluminum pop and beer cans into whimsical, colorful works of art using a grid system and proven attachment techniques. Instructor, Patty Thurlby; Venue: NCRD Kitchen, 9th Street in Nehalem; Tuition $30 plus $12 materials fee.

“Trashion” Workshop, April 16-17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.— Call for “trashionistas”! Sign up to walk the runway at Trash Bash! We’ll help you make your Trashion outfit at this fun workshop. Instructors, Kathleen Ryan and Aina Tonjes; Venue: Hoffman Center, Laneda Avenue in Manzanita; Free. Make a “trashionable” outfit for Trash Bash Trashion Show and strut your stuff on the runway or use the workshop to make a fabulous and fun outfit to wear for the event.

Scavenger Collage, April 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.—Learn to select a theme and make a collage from found objects. Once you know the building blocks of collage there are no limits to what you can create. Instructor, Patty Thurlby; Venue: NCRD Kitchen, 9th Street in Nehalem; Tuition $30 plus $15 materials fee.

To reserve your place in one or all of these workshops, visit CARTM during open hours or call 503-368-7764.

Regional Youth Art Show at CB Gallery

Kids art

Nick Burns, Nehalem Elementary

The Cannon Beach Gallery will be hosting a regional youth art show entitled, Under 18, from April 2 – April 28, 2011 presenting student artwork from schools stretching from Rockaway Beach to Seaside, Oregon. The show was inspired by the desire to highlight the creative talents of young people along the coast and the importance of art in our communities and schools.

Jeff Donelly at Old Town Framing

Jeff Donnelly

Big, abstract oil paintings. Donnelly, known for his excellent use of light in pastoral settings takes a leap into the sumptuous abstraction. Opens, April 9, 5-8pm, Astoria Art Walk. 1287 Commercial in Astoria.

Celtic Renderings at PPP

Becky HitchinPier Pressure Productions opens its doors to works by April’s featured artist from Kent, England, Becky Hitchin. A frequent visitor to Astoria, Hitchin is a doctor of marine biology with a keen interest in coastal preservation and marine management. Her fascination with Celtic knotwork and JRR Tolkien is expressed with pen and ink, watercolor (pencil and brush), gouache, and pencil. Inspired by classic artists such as Mucha and Rosetti, Hitchin’s art has been featured on the covers of various Tolkien Society publications, as well as in the book Forging Dragons with John Howe and Guillermo Del Toro.

Dina James, Astoria writer and friend of the artist will be stepping in as Hitchin’s representative for the evening’s festivities. Astoria Art Walk April 9, 5-8pm. PPP is loaced at 260 10th St in Astoria.

Patrick Carrico at Redman Hall

CarricoArtist Patrick Carrico is works in Cathlamet schools as a therapist for ‘children at risk’ and uses his art to interact with these students. Carrico will be showing some of these pieces along with his main work, describes it as as ‘utilizing found art supplies, creating his pallet from building supplies, cast off house paint and traditional fine art media to create a sincere visualization of the world around him – as it is from what it is.’

Jill Hatier, Redman Hall exhibit coordinator says, “We are quite excited to present a modern artist who has such an exciting collec- tion of work and are looking for- ward to introducing Patrick to the people of Southwest Washington in this exhibit.”

Opening April 9: with an opportunity to meet the artist and discuss his vision and work with art as a communication method. Redman Hall is open Thursdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Located in Skamokawa right off S.R.4. For more info: 360- 795-3007.

5th Annual Tokeland/Northcove Studio Tour April 16


MERRILL PHOTOGRAPHY, studio of photographer Marcy Merrill demonstrates colloidal wet plate photography, an early photographic process dating from the 1850’s. The effect is that of an old fashioned ‘tin type’. Marcy will have a photo booth set up in her studio to take pictures of visitors who would like to experience what it was like to sit for a portrait in the days before digital photography. To learn more about Marcy Merrill visit

ARTISTS FROM TOKELAND WA present their 5th annual art studio tour on Saturday April 16th from 10:00-5:00. This free annual event showcases the diverse talents of fifteen artists, working in a variety of media including: painting, photography, ceramics, metalsmithing, and furniture. Four private art studios and the Tokeland Hotel will be participating.

The studio of JUDITH ALTRUDA will showcase her recent work with anticlastic forming, a technique originating in the Bronze age for shaping metal; hammered cuff bracelets in copper and bronze, etched silver and gold rings set with sea glass, ancient Greek coins, and gemstones. THE MANN STUDIO, headquarters of Wally and Marlene Mann; acrylic and oil painting and pastels.

Knock on Wood, the workshop of JEFFRO UITTO, will have driftwood furniture, including benches and chairs. Not to be missed, a nine foot eagle sculpture constructed entirely from small pieces of driftwood collected from local beaches. Shoalwater Bay tribal artist Earl Davis shares space, showing carvings and native masks. Jeffro’s website is

Tokeland Hotel Artists: Brad Saunders and Emily Maldonado – lamp work beads and native cedar flutes; Kennedy Creek Pottery – sculptural ceramics with functional and decorative work; Kimmi Kerns – graphic designed tile work. Bev King Lufkin, plein air painter; Janet Karlsson and Barbara Sampson, watercolor paintings.

Studio locations maps can be picked up at the Tokeland Hotel, the Westport Chamber of Commerce and local business in the South Beach. FMI: check the events page on Facebook: The 5th Annual Tokeland/Northcove Studio Tour, or call (360) 267-2326.

Three Easy Pieces: New Works by Jill McVarish At Lunar Boy Gallery

Three Easy PiecesLunar Boy has long adhered to the theme of being the place where serious art meets real fun. April’s exhibition of new oil paintings by local artist Jill McVarish fits the shoe. The gallery has long adhered to an overall theme of being the place where serious art meets real fun, and the new show by McVarish truly hits that mark.

McVarish is a classically trained artist, graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1993 followed by studies abroad at the prestigious Garett Rietveld Acadamie in Amsterdam where she was greatly influenced by the works of the Dutch masters, most especially Rembrandt. It was here that McVarish blended her passion for contemporary art with a reverence and admiration for more traditional painting techniques.

McVarish’s paintings are, in combination, what could be described as a super clever creative concoction. Imagine a children’s flip book, beautifully rendered in oil paint and comprised of elegant, imaginary and fantastical characters… and yes, they can actually be rearranged in the frames, as they hang, on the wall! Available in requisite sets of three: one head, one torso and one pair of legs. Be the first to compile your favorite combo.

Lunar Boy is located at 1133 Commercial, Astoria. Three Easy Pieces opens April 9, Downtown Art Walk, 5-8pm.