Spring Unveiling

Photo courtesy of White Bird Gallery

Cannon Beach's annual art festival featuring new works from selected artists throughout the art galleries is coming up.

From 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at Bronze Coast Gallery, Victoria Parsons is unveiling new works with a presentation and cocktail reception. From 3:20-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, Rosetta is unveiling a new sculpture with an artist reception to follow at 5 p.m. From 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 5, enjoy coffee and pastries with Rosetta and Victoria Parsons.

The focus of the Bronze Coast Gallery is to provide education in sculpture and the in depth process of bronze casting. The gallery also spotlights the finest in original painting and features more than thirty award-winning regional, national and international artists.

Bronze Coast Gallery is located in The Landing at 224 North Hemlock Street in the heart of scenic Cannon Beach and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more than 20 years, Bronze Coast Gallery has been one of the Oregon Coast's premiere fine art galleries. Specializing in limited edition bronze sculpture, the gallery was opened by Kim Barnett in 1993 after more than a decade spent operating a large art foundry in eastern Oregon.

Though drawn to modeling in clay at a very young age, Rosetta's formal art training was in commercial art, culminating at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Once established in a successful graphic design career, the urge to pursue her love of creating in three dimensions resurfaced and she began sculpting full time.

Her style has been described as hard-edged yet soft, sensitive yet powerful. It is a combination of my great appreciation for the wondrous qualities of beauty, power and profound innocence that I sense in the animals, and the blending of realism and abstraction in my visual interpretations, that imbues my sculpture with these qualities.

Parsons is a unique combination of fine artist, business entrepreneur and business owner which has propelled her into such diverse roles as art show promoter, museum curator, artist promoter, show judge and artwork procurement facilitator. She began her career as a wildlife artist in 1991 after spending the previous 22 years as an accomplished rider, instructor and owner of an equestrian center in Columbus, Ohio. Her passion for animals and wildlife art blossomed once she arrived in Denver in 1989.

Her accomplishments have cast her into numerous prestigious museum tour events, exhibits and shows including The Ward World Championships, world renown Birds in Art exhibitions, Loveland’s Sculpture in the Park shows, Society of Animal Artists, National Sculpture Society and Artists for Conservation museum openings as well as numerous exhibitions at Parker, Colorado’s own The Wildlife Experience museum.

White Bird Gallery is hosting a new show of pastel works on paper, accompanied by contemporary glass art. The artists in this exhibition use landscapes, both real and imagined, as a framework for ongoing explorations towards elements of abstraction and the ethereal subtleties found in nature. This group show opens during Cannon Beach's annual Spring Unveiling Arts Festival.

The White Bird Gallery Contemporary Glass Showcase runs from May 4 to June 30. The Spring Unveiling Festival Reception takes places on Saturday, May 4, from 5-7 p.m. There will be live music in the gallery by Wes Wahrmund from 2-4 p.m.

Alexandra Boyden’s interest in art shifted from graphic and exhibit design to painting after a trip with her intrepid grandmother to Antarctica. The amazing landscape moved her to record it, with the South Pole becoming her first subject. Since then, she has used pastels on sanded paper as a medium to create abstract landscape compositions because of their expressive immediacy. Boyden intuitively experiments with color, form, gesture and juxtaposition, striving to make images equally compelling to their origins, but with a newfound personality. Not always having the right color can force a serendipitous substitution, and it is these happy accidents and intuitive abandon that bring integrity and a fresh perspective to Alexandra’s imagery.

Joshua Rodine is inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, but also by its destructive power such as wildfires, volcanoes, and earthquakes. The natural process of growth and decay are continually a source of focus in his work. This duality serves as a reminder of the dynamic world we live in, an ever evolving one, in which nothing stays the same forever. A technique he uses is molten color glass rods, and spinning glass threads around the piece, or taking shards of color and inlaying them into the piece. His artworks are blown and sculpted to achieve the final form and placed in a hot kiln to anneal. After the piece has cooled, Rodine uses cold-working processes that usually consists of sandblasting the glass to finely etch the surface, and battuto, which is engraving or carving the glass.

Jeremy Newman & Allison Ciancibelli are a husband and wife team that runs a studio where they collaboratively design and create blown glass sculpture. Jeremy and Allison’s work is inspired by the natural world and their role within the environment. In the presence of nature, there is absence, where the mind can wander over open spaces and find a sense of calm. The work is meant to remind people of our interconnection with nature, with each other and with out collective past.

Mary-Melinda Wellsandt uses her glass surface as a way to explore patterns and textures found in the natural world. The process includes the use of a sandblaster to carve into the glass, permanent paints, enamels, and other media to render original photography, drawings, and paintings in a unique and "high touch" way. She begins with an original photograph, usually from her walks around her local neighborhood or her travels and hikes around the Pacific Northwest. Through an intricate and complicated process, she carves the image deeply into the glass. She paints each piece by hand; multiple layers create depth and color variation.

Lisa Zerkowitz and Boyd Sugiki work both collaboratively and independently. The couple founded Two Tone studios where they create contemporary hand blown glass objects with a nod to the past. Their distinctive forms are inspired by mid-century designs and colors, blending clean simple lines with a fresh palette. In both of their works, the artists focus on subtleties and refinement, in both color and form. The sculptures presented reflect themes of the spring season, botanical inspirations, and references of water and the seaside.

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