(Cannon Beach, Oregon) – Since 1987, Cannon Beach’s Stormy Weather Arts Festival has been a wintry wonderland of the creative mind, growing and changing over the years to incorporate visual arts, music and more – eventually expanding to draw tens of thousands to this small north Oregon coast village.
Over the three-day weekend celebration, Stormy Weather Arts Festival now brings in between 8,000 to 10,000 people - roughly the same numbers as Cannon Beach’s famous Sand Castle contest in the summer. “But it’s spread out over the three days, so you don’t quite notice the crowds,” said Kim Bosse, executive director of the Cannon Beach Chamber.
This year’s event happens November 2 - 4, throughout Cannon Beach, featuring a bevy of art happenings, demonstrations, talks, music by local and regional performers, along with the recent additions of some literary events. Also added is a children’s scavenger hunt on Sunday, centered around the release of north coast author Tricia Gates Brown’s book, “Frederick and the Flute Maker.”
Artists showing their works and having receptions include jewelry by Sharon Amber, tiles by Robin & John Gumaelius, illustrator Sally Lackaff, Anne Packard, Frank Gonzales, Chris Bechler, painter and bronze sculptor Jim Eppler, Chris Bibby and painter Mike Orwick. Jeffrey Hull - creator of the 2007 20th Anniversary Stormy Weather Arts Festival Poster – will be on hand, as will Cannon Beach painter, Richard Gorsuch, who painted Haystack Rock 365 days in a row.
Musicians include Seaside band Salty Dogs, central coast jazzers Palmer-Lavin Duo, Portland blues band Luminos, and north coast folkie Jason Lambert. Gary Stroutsos headlines the festival with a show at the Coaster Theater on Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A handful of book signings will be held throughout the event, including Brown’s “Frederick and the Flute Maker,” Adam Carlsen and his famous book about Cannon Beach, and Jimmy Pickering’s “Skelly the Skeleton Girl.”
Even wine shops get in on the act, with special appearances by wine makers
The festival has even added wine tasting, wine makers and fine foods at some gourmet shops in town.
Patrons essentially walk around town, from gallery to gallery or performance to performance, dodging the raindrops that typically hit in early November and ending up in the warmth and glow of one artistic endeavor or another.
The Sunday scavenger means kids will pick up a map either on the beach or at the Cannon Beach Chamber – depending on the weather – and they will go in search of clues to find the flute. At the end of the trail, a flautist and author Brown will be waiting. “It melds curiosity with the outdoors,” said Bosse.
Bosse said it all began around 1987 as an informal way for locals to put on art shows and music performances, largely for each other. “For the first five years, it was more of a reason for people to get together, have pizza and listen to music,” Bosse said. “It started 20 years ago as an idea to include music with art for locals in the wet season, and then morphed into an event to display local and out of the area talent to locals and visitors.”
It wasn’t even held every year, at first. There were a couple of years it didn’t happen, and one year it was held in February.
Cannon Beach is also famous for one movie landmark, "Goonies Rock," which was featured in the 80's film (aerial photo courtesy Seaside Helicopters)
Bosse said by the early 90’s it began to formalize, became a traditionally November event and then it started to grow rapidly until it reached its current capacity of about 10,000 attendees. “The numbers have been largely the same for the last ten years,” Bosse said. “There really isn’t room for growth.”
Now, the festival strives to add something new all the time or change things a little bit. The inclusion of more literary events meant the exclusion of some things, like the “Women in Song” event that was traditionally held most of last few years.
Three years ago, the event added photographic works. And more interesting plans are in the works for future events.
“Every year, we try to add new pieces,” Bosse said. “It’s not just about art galleries. In fact, next year we’ll be adding the movement arts, such as dance, performance art, and so on.”
For more information call the Cannon Beach Chamber at 503-436-2623 ext. 3. http://www.cannonbeach.org/.
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Art & Literary Walk
All features will be displayed Nov. 2 - 4 in most of the following locations, unless otherwise noted.
Book signings - like this beautiful coffee table book about Cannon Beach - will be plentiful at the event
Sharon Amber Gallery of JewelryReception: Nov. 3, 5:30-8 pmFeaturing the new fall lines by Sharon Amber.Including the “Shadowbox” & “Petite” collections.
Whitebird GalleryArtist Reception: Nov. 3, 4-7pmFeaturing new work by Arleigh WoodFeaturing Story Birds & Clay Tiles of Northwest Botanicals by Robin & John GumaeliusNov. 3, 1-3pm Book Signing w/ Tricia Gates Brown author of “Frederick and the Flute Maker”Also featuring original work by illustrator Sally Lackaff
Sandy Cove Inn (Seaside)Featuring work by new artist Eva Campbell
Cannon Beach EVOO Cooking SchoolNov 3, 2 – 4 pm Oregon Winery TastingNov 3, 10 – 4 pm Specialty Food Tasting
Downtown Cannon Beach
Basketcase FlowersReception: Nov. 3, 4 - 7pmFeaturing Artists Julie Nelson & Micah CerelliDisplaying “Growing Up Cannon Beach Style”
Modern Villa GalleryReception: Nov. 3, 6 pmFeaturing work by new artist Anne Packard
William Rose Fine ArtFeaturing Artist Chad SpicknallFeaturing work by Frank Gonzales & Chris Bechler
The Wine ShackNov. 3, 1-5 p m Wine TastingGuest wine maker to be announced
House of the PotterNov. 3, 12 pm Featuring Jay Stewart on the pottery wheelNov. 3, 4 pm Meet artist Richard Gorsuch who paintedHaystack Rock 365 days in a row
Haystack GalleryArtist Reception: Nov. 3, 4:30pmNov. 3, 11-3 pm Featuring artist Michael David SorensonNov. 4, 11-2 pm Featuring artist Michael Tieman (Sculptor)
MelangeNov. 3, 3-7 pm Featuring Webb Hammond – CollectableKnife Maker (Flint knapping Demo)Featuring Joni Cagwin demo of scrimshaw on Ivory pendants
Cannon Beach Book CompanyNov. 3, 1-3 pm Book Signing w/ Jimmy Pickering author of‘Skelly the Skeleton Girl’
Cannon Beach Chamber of CommerceNov. 3, 1-3 pm Book Signing w/ Adam Carlsen author of‘Cannon Beach: The Art, Cuisine, and Atmosphere ofOregon’s Favorite Coastal Village’
Cannon Beach WestFeaturing Deb Steele & Artists ‘Going Green’
Icefire GlassworksReception: Nov. 3, 9 - 10:30 am Light Breakfast FareNov. 3, 10:30 - 4 pm Featuring artist Jim Kingwell “Zinger” series & Featuring artist Suzanne Kindland “Brocades”
Ernst & Ernst Collectors Gallery
Reception: Nov. 3, 6 pmFeaturing artist William S. PhillipsFeaturing artist Craig Erickson (Nov. 3 only)
The Jeffrey Hull GalleryArtist Reception Nov. 3, 6 pmFeaturing artist Jeffrey HullCreator of the 2007 20th AnniversaryStormy Weather Arts Festival PosterWatercolor prints available here
Bronze Coast GalleryCatered Reception: Nov. 3, 6 pmFeaturing artist George Lundeen – Bronze SculptorFeaturing artist Robert Rogers – Jeweler & Bronze SculptorFeaturing artist Jim Eppler – Painter & Bronze SculptorFeaturing artist Cary Henrie – PainterFeaturing artist Carol Gold – Bronze Sculptor
Rhodes StringfellowArtist’s Reception: Nov. 3, 6:20-9 pm w/ Nate Bond on BabyGrand (Complimentary wine & hors d’oeuvres)Featuring artist Law Wai Hin – Original watercolors & acrylicsFeaturing artist Ann Fleming – Bronze SculptorFeaturing artist John Dudley – Original acrylics on canvasFeaturing artist Amanda Howard – Original oils
Primary Elements GalleryReception: Nov. 3, 6 – 8 pmNov. 3, 10-Noon Featuring artist Christine Sharp – Painter2 – 4 pm Featuring artist Alan Anwue – Sculptor4 - 5:30 pm Featuring artist Eric Weigardt – Watercolor, also Book Signing ‘Free & Easy’6 – 8 pm Featuring artists Greg Congleton – Sculptor & Ron Nicolaides – OilNov. 4, 10-Noon Featuring artist Patty Thurlby – Glass work
DragonFire Studio & GalleryReception: Nov. 3, 4 - 7:30 pmArtists Demos Nov. 3, 9:30 - 2:30 & Nov. 4, 9:30-1 pmFeaturing artist Tracy MacEwan – Acrylics, ‘Home Away from Home’ seriesFeaturing artist Mike Orwick – Oils, Durweigh Master of Fantasy & plein aire painterFeaturing artist Chris Bibby – Porltand vivid landscapes, bridges & buildingsFeaturing artist Mike Smith – Not demonstrating on Friday
Northwest By Northwest GalleryNov. 3, 6 pm Benefit $10 w/ food & wineFeaturing Phillip Charette flute performance & Bronze SculptorNov. 3, 1-3 pm Featuring artist Lillian PittNov. 3, 2 pm Featuring artist Rob Wurzer – Exhibit SculpturesNov. 4, 1 pm Wayne Chabre – Informal talk by ‘Sculptures Without Walls winner’Featuring work of Marvin Oliver Nov. 4, 2 pm Reception
Music Around TownSaturday Nov. 3, 2007
Icefire Glassworks: 9 -10 am – featuring Michael Corry
Cannon Beach Bakery: 10 - 10:45 am – featuring Salty Dogs
Ecola Seafood: 12-1 pm – featuring Steve Cheseborough
Cookie Company: 12-12:45 pm – featuring Salty Dogs
Primary Elements Gallery: 12:30-1:30 pm – featuring the Palmer Lavin Duo
DragonFire Studio & Gallery: 1-3 pm – featuring Lee ClingmanMorris’
Fultano’s Cannon Beach Pizza: 2-3 pm – featuring Jason Lambert
Cannon Beach History Center: 2-3 pm – featuring Steve Cheseborough
Whitebird Gallery: 3 – 4 pm – featuring the Palmer Lavin Duo
Lumberyard Rotisserie & Grill: 3:30 - 4:30 pm – featuring Jason Lambert
Coaster Theatre: 4-6 pm – featuring String of PearlsGary Stroutsos headlines the event, playing 7 – 9
Sandpiper Square: 4 - 4:45 pm – featuring Salty Dogs
DragonFire Studio & Gallery: 4 pm – featuring LuminosDooger’s Seafood & Grill: 4:30pm – featuring Michael Corry
Ernst & Ernst Collectors Gallery: 6 pm – featuring Jason Lambert
JP’s at Cannon Beach: 6-8 pm – featuring Cathy Speers, Jaeda Pappas & Danita PappasRhodes Stringfellow: 6:20-9pm – featuring Nate Bond
Lumberyard Rotisserie & Grill: 7-9 pm – featuring Bruce Smith
Coaster Theatre: 7-9 pm – featuring Gary Stroutsos
Sunday Nov. 4, 2007
DragonFire Studio & Gallery: 9:30-11am – featuring Lee ClingmanDragonFire Studio & Gallery: 11-1 pm – featuring Gary Stroutsos
House of the Potter: 11 am – featuring Ken Finch
Haystack Gallery: 12:15 pm – featuring Ken FinchErnst & Ernst Collectors Gallery: 1:30pm – featuring Ken Finch
Lumberyard Rotisserie & Grill: 3-3:45pm – featuring Michael Corry
Dooger’s Seafood & Grill: 4:15-5pm – featuring Michael Corry