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The Cannon Beach Gallery Group is sponsoring a new environmentally themed arts festival this September 20th – 22nd.  The Earth & Ocean Arts Festival offers the excitement of artistic inspiration blended with the gratification of giving back to the environment that sustains us.  Performance and visual artists will come together to honor the environment and celebrate the intimate relationship it shares with the arts; on the beach, in the parks, in the theater, and in the galleries of Cannon Beach. This festival will be unique and unlike any festival the Gallery Group has sponsored in the past.

I moved to Cannon Beach June 28th, 1999.  After 20 years I remain amazed and blessed to be able to call this my home.  To walk the beach and hike the trails of the north Oregon Coast everyday is a dream fulfilled.  In 2001 my partner Mari and I opened DragonFire Gallery which has been a challenging and rewarding journey.  It has become so clear to me that the arts without the inspiration of nature and the materials it provides would be lost.  We are dependent on the beauty and health of the planet and all it provides, not only for the arts, but our survival.  In the last few years I have become more involved, as have many gallery group members, to volunteer and raise funds for some of the hardworking nonprofits whose mission is sustainability, conservation and stewardship.  For the inaugural year of the Earth & Ocean Arts Festival the Gallery Group has selected five local nonprofits to partner with:  North Coast Land Conservancy, Sea Turtles Forever, Friends of Haystack Rock, Friends of Falcon Cove Marine Reserve, and Wildlife Center of the North Coast.  These organizations are involved in planning some festival events, and members will be present during the September festivities, inspiring us with their commitment and vision.  We are delighted to have this opportunity to work together.

For this first festival, we are very excited to welcome Artichoke Dance Company, an environmentally focused group committed to the power of the arts to effect positive change in people’s lives and communities, performing with physicality and wit. This group is a must see!

The Earth & Ocean Arts Festival is all about celebrating, being involved in our community, and promoting ecotourism.  As we work to build this new event, we welcome your participation. We need volunteers and invite local business partinerships in showcasing what is truly remarkable about Cannon Beach and the north Oregon coast. If interested, please call 503-436-1533. Take a look at the Cannon Beach Gallery Group website to see what we are about and the schedule of festival events to date: cbgallerygroup.com

More exciting details will be revealed as the festival approaches.

by Eeva Lantela

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