First Annual Astoria Open Studio Tour July 30-31

Isabelle Johnston-Haist
Isabelle Johnston-Haist, sculptor

On Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, 33 Astoria-area artists will open their studios to the public.  The event is sponsored by Astoria Visual Arts and is Astoria’s first city-wide studio tour, designed to showcase the scope and variety of artwork that is produced here.  The event is entirely free to the public. Self-guided maps for the tour, which will include images and descriptions of the art at each location, will be available in mid-July at RiverSea Gallery, Old Town Framing, Dots ‘N Doodles, Lightbox Gallery, Cargo, Astoria Public Library, and KALA@HIPFiSHmonthly.

Studios are in 18 locations around Astoria, with one studio located in nearby Svensen.  Some studios are in private homes, some above storefronts downtown, and others in businesses located downtown, including Dots ‘N Doodles on Marine Drive. The artists will have their studios open both days of the tour from 10 am to 4 pm. Painting, ceramics, fiber art, sculpture, assemblage, wearable art – a wide range of items in various media will available for viewing and purchase

Artists participating in the studio tour include noted Astoria artists such as Darren Orange, Noel Thomas, and Sheila Brown, as well as artists new to Astoria, such as Charles Schweigert, Roxanne Turner, and Isabelle Johnston-Haist. Two well-known local artists, Greg Darms and Susan Darms, will open their popular studio in Svensen.

“Astoria Visual Arts has been actively promoting the arts in Astoria for over 20 years, but this is our first bicentennial!  As part of the year-long celebration of Astoria’s history and culture, 33 local artists invite you into their creative space. Please join us on July 30th and 31st for this very special art event.”

Participating artists include:  Sally Bailey, Vicki Baker, Susan Bish, Louise Birkenfeld, Sheila Brown, Chris Bryant , Shirley Dahlsten, Greg Darms, Susan Darms, Lori Durheim, Agnes Field, Judith Fredrikson, Mary Ann Gantenbein, Ireta Sitts Graube, Jane E. Herrold, Jeannean Hibbitts, K. A. Hughes, Debbie Janssen, Isabelle Johnston-Haist, Sally Lackaff, Gin Laughery, Linden, Joan Masat, Darren Orange, Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, Kimberly Reed, Jessica Schleif, Charles Schweigert, Cheryl Silverblatt, Margaret Thierry, Noel Thomas, Roxanne Turner, Ellen Zimet.


The Fabled Landscape – Marla Baggetta at RiverSea

Marla BaggettaIF YOU’VE EVER FOUND yourself gazing down a path, not knowing where it might lead, but choosing to follow anyway, the paintings and pastel landscapes of Marla Baggetta are sure to entrance. The renowned Oregon artist brings a new collection of works on paper as well as canvas to RiverSea Gallery in a series titled, The Fabled Landscape. The exhibition will open with a preview party and artist’s talk Friday, June 10th 6 –8 pm, followed by the Astoria Second Saturday Artwalk reception, June 11th 5 – 8 pm. Baggetta will be available at both events to discuss her artwork, techniques and the vision that binds it all together. The Fabled Landscape will remain on exhibit through June 28th.

In large format canvases and pastel works on paper, Baggetta invites the viewer to explore her conception of landscape. Known as a master of light and color, Baggetta carefully follows the rules of classic techniques in use of medium until she finds the perfect point of departure. Her work exhibits depth in training, an understanding of the importance of under painting and tonality; composition is never left to chance, nor is the balance of abstraction to reality.  These combined elements are what make Baggetta’s work move beyond traditional landscape painting…it’s her own blend of magic, based on intuition, freedom to explore, and supported by an assured knowledge of classical skills.

Baggetta is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of Oregon, and has won numerous awards for her highly sought-after works. She has been featured in Pastel Journal, the premiere magazine for pastel artists. She is also the author of Step by Step Pastel, published by Walter Foster Publishing, and teaches workshops throughout the northwest, including at Art Center College of Design, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Creative Arts Community-Menucha, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and for West Linn/Wilsonville Community Education.

RiverSea Gallery is open daily at 1160 Commercial Street, in the heart of historic downtown Astoria, Open: Mon through Thur, 11 to 5:30; Fri and Sat, 11 to 7pm; and 11 to 4 each Sunday. 503-325-1270, or visit the website at


Art Sea Street Fair in Lincoln City Focuses on Recycled Art

Bottle Cap Fish
John T. Unger's Bottle Cap Fish will be part of a community public art project at the Art Sea Street Fair.

A Recycled Fashion Show, Junk to Funk art, a Kids Recycled Castle project are all part Lincoln City’s bay front Art Sea Street Fair, on 51st Street, and city-wide, all-day Art Sea Festival in Lincoln City,  on Saturday June 11.

Art vendors and bands from across the Pacific NW will set up at the Cultural Center on HWY 101 from 9:00am-7:00pm. Plein Air artists are invited back to compete in our annual “Quick Draw” contest and live Paint Out along the Bay-Front. At sundown (around 8:45pm) help in the release of hundreds of sky lanterns benefiting the Children’s Cancer Association. Lanterns are available for a suggested donation and can be purchased during the Street Fair on SW 51st Street.

This year the festival brings noted Michigan-based recycle artist John T. Unger to Lincoln City to create a one day community public art project.  Unger is an artist filled with a passion for found materials. He creates from everyday objects often discarded as used up, void of life. “If my job as an artist is to fill the world with more things, I feel that I should also remove unused or unwanted things from the world in the process in order to make room for the new art,” states the artist. “This is one reason I like working with recycled materials.”

John will be helping members of the public scale back and find new life by creating a fish of used bottle caps. States Unger, “Bottle caps have long had a place in the folk art tradition as a decorative element. My own bottle cap mosaics were initially inspired by Haitian ritual flags, in which detailed images are realized entirely through the use of sequins. For the process each cap is sorted by brand or color, washed, dried, punched, partially crimped and finally nailed in overlapping scales to create a feeling of depth, light and shadow. Decorative nail heads emulate the texture of seed beads often used to reinforce the sequins.”

Sky LanternWhen speaking on the finished fish project John says,” The most amazing thing about these fish is the way they interact with light. When you look at one or two caps from any brand, they’re generally not all that impressive. But when you group hundreds of them together and let them catch the sunlight, they truly glow.”

Unger’s work, which includes magnificent ornate fire bowls hand-cut from 100% recycled steel  has been praised in print by Craft Magazine, VenusZine, Variety Magazine, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Sun Times, The Detroit News, and others.

Members of the public are invited to work with John and create a community art project from Noon 6:00PM on SW 51st Street in the Historic Taft District of Lincoln City. FMI Call 800.452.2151 or visit


The Bay City Arts Center Artist of the Month

Bay City ArtsBAY CITY ARTS presents the work of sculptor and muralist Stephan Seable through the month of June, with a reception to meet the artist, Saturday June 5, 5-7pm.

Seable’s work ranges from playground sculptures for the Concord We Care Center and Ambrose School in Pittsburg, California, to mural painting at the Foreign Affairs College and the American Embassy in Beijiing, China in 2000, to mural painting in Buin, Chile in 2003-2005. Raised and educated in Portland, Seable earned his BS from Portland State University in Art/Biology/Humanities and his MA from Brigham Young University in Sculpture and Design.

Says the artist of his work, “I attempt to combine my appreciation for the beauty and wonder of the natural world and my love of color, form, line and texture.  Much of my sculpture is inspired by the human drama, and emotion of relationships, family, parent/child, and man to God.”

Visit and enjoy this exhibit at the Bay City Arts Center, 5680 A Street, in Bay City. For more events at the center go to


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.