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.


Artist Call

Open Studio Tours
Astoria Visual Arts (AVA) will hold its first annual Astoria Open Studio Tour, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JULY 30TH AND 31ST, 2011 – 10am to 4pm both days. This event is open to artists in all media.

Participating artists must have a studio space or shared studio space in the Astoria 97103 zip code, and be willing to open their studios to the public for the duration of the tour. Participating artists will be asked to pay a $25 fee ($15 for AVA members), to help defray the costs of advertising, tour maps, etc. Artists will keep 100% of their sales.

Entry deadline – April 30th. For entry forms, or for more information, please contact Drew Herzig –

Fiber Artists
AVA and Clatsop Community College are launching a new juried fiber arts exhibit, Coastal Fiberarts, to be held July 14 – August 18 at the Art Center Gallery at Clatsop Community College in Astoria. Work in any fiber media and/or using fiber techniques is eligible. The show will be juried by Barbara Setsu Pickett, Associate Professor Emeritus in the Art Department at the University of Oregon. The entry fee is $35 for up to three pieces of work, entry forms are due May 20. For an application form and for more information, please email Cheryl Silverblatt at:

Astoria Artist Web Page is looking for Astoria Artists interested in appearing on their Artist Web page. IT’S FREE. With thousands of hits per day.

Just send us; 1-2 images of yourself and / or artwork; A brief artist statement; contact information as you want it to appear on the website. E-mail your profile to Jamie Boyd at or call 503 791 9435.

TAC – Tolovana Arts Colony Instructor Opportunities
Would you like to share your art or interest with the community? The TAC is recruiting instructors to lead affordable, varied and outstanding arts, fitness, educational and other leisure classes for Cannon Beach residents, neighbors, workers and visitors. Classes are held at Tolovana Hall at 3779 S. Hemlock. A priority of the TAC is to create a vehicle for artists to share their particular craft.    Contact: Valerie Vines Magee, Program Coordinator (503) 368-7222 cell (808) 264-1454.


Artist Trunk Show

Long Beach Coffee Roasters hosts an Artist Trunk Show April 16&17 from 10am-5pm. Featuring local artists presenting drawings, paintings, jewelry, and more! Located at 811 Pacific Ave S Suite 12 in the First Place Mall in Long Beach, WA Contact Mandy at 360-642- 2334 for further details.


Jeremy Johnson at Street 14

For Astoria’s second Saturday Art Walk on April 9, Street 14 Coffeehouse will be holding an artist’s reception from 5-9 p.m. for photographer, Jeremy W. Johnson. “Time Come to Pass”, features “traditionally” printed black and white photographs The images intend to serve as visual prompts for reflection on assorted experiences, for the purpose of illustrating a few commonalities we all share. ST. 14 Coffee is located at the corner of 14th and Commercial in Astoria.