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Arts Festival Brings Thousands to North Oregon Coast Town

(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.

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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.

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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.

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“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. www.cannonbeach.org.

See BeachConnection.net's Cannon Beach Complete Guide for a dizzying array of details and features of the town.

Schedule of Events for 2007 20th Anniversary Stormy Weather Arts Festival
November 2 – 4: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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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 Jewelry
Reception: Nov. 3, 5:30-8 pm
Featuring the new fall lines by Sharon Amber.
Including the “Shadowbox” & “Petite” collections.

Whitebird Gallery
Artist Reception: Nov. 3, 4-7pm
Featuring new work by Arleigh Wood
Featuring Story Birds & Clay Tiles of Northwest Botanicals by Robin & John Gumaelius
Nov. 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 School
Nov 3, 2 – 4 pm Oregon Winery Tasting
Nov 3, 10 – 4 pm Specialty Food Tasting

Downtown Cannon Beach

Basketcase Flowers
Reception: Nov. 3, 4 - 7pm
Featuring Artists Julie Nelson & Micah Cerelli
Displaying “Growing Up Cannon Beach Style”

Modern Villa Gallery
Reception: Nov. 3, 6 pm
Featuring work by new artist Anne Packard

William Rose Fine Art
Featuring Artist Chad Spicknall
Featuring work by Frank Gonzales & Chris Bechler

The Wine Shack
Nov. 3, 1-5 p m Wine Tasting
Guest wine maker to be announced

House of the Potter
Nov. 3, 12 pm Featuring Jay Stewart on the pottery wheel
Nov. 3, 4 pm Meet artist Richard Gorsuch who painted
Haystack Rock 365 days in a row

Haystack Gallery
Artist Reception: Nov. 3, 4:30pm
Nov. 3, 11-3 pm Featuring artist Michael David Sorenson
Nov. 4, 11-2 pm Featuring artist Michael Tieman (Sculptor)

Nov. 3, 3-7 pm Featuring Webb Hammond – Collectable
Knife Maker (Flint knapping Demo)
Featuring Joni Cagwin demo of scrimshaw on Ivory pendants

Cannon Beach Book Company
Nov. 3, 1-3 pm Book Signing w/ Jimmy Pickering author of
‘Skelly the Skeleton Girl’

Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce
Nov. 3, 1-3 pm Book Signing w/ Adam Carlsen author of
‘Cannon Beach: The Art, Cuisine, and Atmosphere of
Oregon’s Favorite Coastal Village’

Cannon Beach West
Featuring Deb Steele & Artists ‘Going Green’

Feed the seals! One of the oldest aquariums in the U.S. is here in Seaside, Oregon, right on the PromenadeIcefire Glassworks
Reception: Nov. 3, 9 - 10:30 am Light Breakfast Fare
Nov. 3, 10:30 - 4 pm Featuring artist Jim Kingwell “Zinger” series & Featuring artist Suzanne Kindland “Brocades”

Ernst & Ernst Collectors Gallery

Reception: Nov. 3, 6 pm
Featuring artist William S. Phillips
Featuring artist Craig Erickson (Nov. 3 only)

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The Jeffrey Hull Gallery
Artist Reception Nov. 3, 6 pm
Featuring artist Jeffrey Hull
Creator of the 2007 20th Anniversary
Stormy Weather Arts Festival Poster
Watercolor prints available here

Bronze Coast Gallery
Catered Reception: Nov. 3, 6 pm
Featuring artist George Lundeen – Bronze Sculptor
Featuring artist Robert Rogers – Jeweler & Bronze Sculptor
Featuring artist Jim Eppler – Painter & Bronze Sculptor
Featuring artist Cary Henrie – Painter
Featuring artist Carol Gold – Bronze Sculptor

Rhodes Stringfellow
Artist’s Reception: Nov. 3, 6:20-9 pm w/ Nate Bond on Baby
Grand (Complimentary wine & hors d’oeuvres)
Featuring artist Law Wai Hin – Original watercolors & acrylics
Featuring artist Ann Fleming – Bronze Sculptor
Featuring artist John Dudley – Original acrylics on canvas
Featuring artist Amanda Howard – Original oils

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Reception: Nov. 3, 6 – 8 pm
Nov. 3, 10-Noon Featuring artist Christine Sharp – Painter
2 – 4 pm Featuring artist Alan Anwue – Sculptor
4 - 5:30 pm Featuring artist Eric Weigardt – Watercolor, also Book Signing ‘Free & Easy’
6 – 8 pm Featuring artists Greg Congleton – Sculptor & Ron Nicolaides – Oil
Nov. 4, 10-Noon Featuring artist Patty Thurlby – Glass work

DragonFire Studio & Gallery
Reception: Nov. 3, 4 - 7:30 pm
Artists Demos Nov. 3, 9:30 - 2:30 & Nov. 4, 9:30-1 pm
Featuring artist Tracy MacEwan – Acrylics, ‘Home Away from Home’ series
Featuring artist Mike Orwick – Oils, Durweigh Master of Fantasy & plein aire painter
Featuring artist Chris Bibby – Porltand vivid landscapes, bridges & buildings
Featuring artist Mike Smith – Not demonstrating on Friday

Northwest By Northwest Gallery
Nov. 3, 6 pm Benefit $10 w/ food & wine
Featuring Phillip Charette flute performance & Bronze Sculptor
Nov. 3, 1-3 pm Featuring artist Lillian Pitt
Nov. 3, 2 pm Featuring artist Rob Wurzer – Exhibit Sculptures
Nov. 4, 1 pm Wayne Chabre – Informal talk by ‘Sculptures Without Walls winner’
Featuring work of Marvin Oliver Nov. 4, 2 pm Reception

Music Around Town
Saturday Nov. 3, 2007

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Ecola Seafood: 12-1 pm – featuring Steve Cheseborough

Cookie Company: 12-12:45 pm – featuring Salty Dogs

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