The first weekend in November transforms art and the forces of nature into a magical festival of creativity where artists, writers and musicians emerge together at the annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival.

For three days galleries, shops and churches are filled with visitors ready to brace the elements. There were new works of art from paintings to mixed media, bronze, glass, metal and woodworking. Visitors could catch an artist giving a talk or painting a new piece — and all were willing to discuss their process to anyone who asked. Any collector, supporter or first-time buyer would be inspired by the collection of art represented.

Plein-air painter Anton Pavlenko is no stranger to the Oregon coast weather — fair or foul. Working in oils, his brushstrokes are bold and vibrant. He is a self-taught painter who creates paintings not so much from what he sees, but what he feels. “I strive to capture the essence of the landscape by working from a state of flow, where every stroke is effortless.”

Pavlenko’s plein air landscapes and cityscapes are based more on observation than on a visual snapshot, preferring the changing, raw scenes of the outdoors. His still life, figurative and abstract works are also expressive depictions of nature, oftentimes leaving the viewer with the role of interpreter. His new piece “Valencia Oranges” is filled with light, color, bold strokes of texture and pure expression.

His work can be seen at DragonFire Gallery where he states, “I love DragonFire. They make the work very approachable.”

When you see art that offers a truly different perspective, it is difficult not to notice. Jeffrey Hull never ceases to impress. He constantly explores different techniques and approaches to the medium. Whether it is a watercolor or oil, each piece reaches new heights with a fresh twist.

Hull is rarely far from the ocean’s edge where he finds inspiration from his surroundings. Ahead of the weekend’s festival, he released four new watercolors, each significant and representative of the coast. Two of Hull’s new pieces, “As Rain Falls” and “Shelter From The Storm,” give the impression of being inside looking through a window at raindrops, Hull said.

He developed this technique a few years ago and from time to time plans it into the painting. “I applied drops of resin to the inside of the glass to look like rain on the window you are looking through.”

Also on display at the Jeffrey Hull Gallery is the original painting he donated to Providence Seaside Hospital Foundation for the annual Festival of Trees. The watercolor “Reaching Out” will be auctioned as part of the event.

At Northwest By Northwest Gallery, featured artist Georgia Gerber gave a talk to a captive audience about the processes in creating her bronze figures. Nationally known, Gerber is one of the leading public sculptors working today. Many pieces are larger than life and installed in public spaces. Her work is expressive, endearing and approachable, which encourages public interaction.

When asked about how she started, Gerber said she used her family’s ping-pong table as her workstation and used the family cat as a model for her first piece.

Once the clay sculpture has formed, Gerber readies it for bronzing. “We strive to have our pieces look in bronze as they do in clay,” Gerber said.

When creating public space art, Gerber likes to work with the scale of the space, however, she said, “sometimes a client wants a life-size piece” as with a recent installation of a golden retriever.

This winter, Gerber will work on another piece in her rabbit series titled, “The Dance.”



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