This year’s Stormy Weather Arts Festival, according to organizers, was well attended and those who ventured out were delighted by the diverse art displays, music and live artist demonstrations.
Nine galleries in all participated in the annual event, that took over town Friday Nov. 6 through Sunday Nov. 8.
With Coronavirus restrictions limiting events, the festival took on a different look from previous years featuring more intimate, limited-attendance gallery events assuring safety for artists, gallery staff and attendees.
Carol Hull, who along with her husband Jeff own Jeff Hull Gallery in town, and have been a participating gallery in the festival for long time, said the flow over the three days was good and people were glad the event went on.
“It was a good weekend, not like past Stormy Weather weekends,” she said of the event. “It was a great first step into dipping our toes into the water.”
Carol also said it was great to see old friends, and familiar faces, as people came and went over the three days.
“Jeff and I were both on hand all weekend,” she added. “Everyone was very good, people were genuinely onboard with all the restrictions, I look forward to the next Stormy Weather Arts Festival, we may be back to more normal by then.”
Jeffrey Hull Gallery showcases Jeffrey’s newest watercolor and oil paintings and limited-edition prints. Hull began painting over 40-years ago, he’s one of the artists who was part of the early years when Cannon Beach was developing into the thriving art community it is today.
Tay Scribner, a sales associate with DragonFire Gallery said the festival was busier on Saturday and Sunday.
“We had Anton Pavlenko, Theresa Andreas-O’Leary and Bev Jozwiak as our featured artists,” she said. “They conducted painting demonstration in the gallery, tucked into their own little spaces for distincing on Saturday and on Sunday they painted for the North Coast Land Conservancy who is in the process of acquiring a Rainforest Reserve above Cannon Beach and Arch Cape.”
Scribner says all funds raised from the three pieces entitled ‘For the Love of Trees’ will go toward that cause.
“It seemed like town was very busy over the festival weekend,” Scribner said. “It was not as intense energy as a normal festival, but there was a lot of energy for the art, it was a good boost for the town and was nice to have a small dose of normalcy.”
She says that Andreas-O’Leary’s piece was sold on Sunday but Pavlenko’s and Joswiak’s paintings are still for sale. “All proceeds will go to support of the land conservancy,” she said. You can inquire about any of the gallery’s art be calling 503-436-1533.
Jim Paino Executive Director of the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, the organization who cosponsored the event for the past 33 years with the Cannon Beach Gallery Group said all events went well.
“We managed the music and the Paint and Sip at the Chamber Hall,” Paino said. “All the events went well everyone seemed to enjoy the music, everyone seemed to be social distancing, it rained, but that’s why we call it Stormy Weather Arts Festival.”
Piano said it would have been very difficult to manage contact-tracing during the event, so that was left up to the individual galleries. “We let them do their thing,and they all did a great job this year.” he added.
After the holidays, Paino said in early spring, the committee will start planning next year’s event.
“We will have a better idea then what that will look like in terms of a pandemic,” he said. “Hopefully we will be able to plan on a more normal event, but if not we have been through one like this year and know more what to expect, and that it can be done.”
2020 Stormy Weather Arts Festival participating galleries
Cannon Beach Gallery: The non-profit Cannon Beach Gallery operated by the Cannon Beach Arts Association hosted its 34th Annual Miniature Show featuring small works of art 6x6” or smaller by community artists. The gallery hosted a virtual reception and tour of the gallery during the Stormy Weather Arts Festival weekend. What to know: The exhibition will be in place from November 4 to December 31.
Northwest By Northwest Gallery: The gallery featured work by painter Hazel Schlesinger; renowned photographer Christopher Burkett; kiln formed glass and paintings by Angelita Surmon; bronze sculpture by George Gerber; paintings and bronze sculpture by Don Stastny; and sculpture by Ivan McLean. What to know: Schlesinger created the art for the Stormy Weather Arts Festival Poster, titled “November Skies over Haystack Rock.” Gerber is known for her public bronze installations including Rachel the Pig, the life size piggy bank at the entrance to Seattle’s Pike Place Market.
Randall Hodges Images of the West: Photographer Randall Hodges was on site showing his latest images, sharing his adventures and personalizing copies of his book, “Images of the West.” What to know: Hodges has been photographing landscapes of the Western United States and Canada as a full-time professional photographer for over 20 years. His work has been published over 4,500 times worldwide in books, magazines, calendars, greeting cards, post cards and newspapers.
Icefire Glassworks: The working glassblowing studio in Cannon Beach’s midtown district featured new pieces by Mark Gordon and Michelle Kaptur, as well as new work by resident artists Jim Kingwell and Suzanne Kindland. What to know: Gordon showed his battuto blown glass vessels, a technique of grinding the glass to create texture and reveal inner layers of color. Battuto is an Italian word that translates to “beaten” or “hammered.”
Archimedes Gallery: The downtown gallery curates a nice collection of contemporary artists and featured new artwork by illustrators Nicole Gustafsson and Marika Paz; and painter Josh Keyes. What to know: Keyes’ photo realistic paintings often make political statements about the collision of the natural world and urban decay.
Bronze Coast Gallery: Artists in attendance were David Crawford, Dan Chen and Carol Gold. The gallery also featured new work by Linda Wilder and Robert Rogers. What to know:
DragonFire Gallery: The gallery featured painters Anton Pavlenko, Theresa Andreas-O’Leary and Bev Jozwiak. The featured artists conductd painting demonstrations in the gallery from 11am-3pm on Saturday. Other features include a special showing and sale of 5 X 7-inch artist proofs from Tad Hetu’s limited edition photographs printed on metal. What to know: On Sunday, the gallery presented “For the Love of Tree,” where painters Pavlenko, Andreas-O’Leary and Michael Orwick will each complete a painting from 11am to 3pm. Proceeds from sale of the finished paintings will be donated to the North Coast Land Conservancy who is in the process of acquiring a 3500-acre Rainforest Reserve above Cannon Beach and Arch Cape, connecting Oswald West State Park and the Falcon Cove Marine Reserve.
White Bird Gallery: The gallery with feature mixed media figurative paintings by Robert Schlegel, altered book sculpture by Valerie Savarie and encaustic bird paintings by Janel Pahl, a new artist to White Bird. What to know: Savarie uses vintage books as the centerpiece of her creations, reinventing them into unique pieces through cutting, carving, stitching and character illustrations. She will demonstrate her techniques in the gallery Saturday.
Jeffrey Hull Gallery: Jeffrey Hull was b in the gallery all weekend and showcased his newest watercolor and oil paintings; and limited-edition prints. What to know: Hull began his painting career over 40 years ago, one of the artists who was part of the early years when Cannon Beach was developing into the thriving art community it is today. He is known for his mastery of watercolor seascapes and landscapes that reflect his deep love of the Oregon Coast.