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Stormy Weather Arts Festival Takes Over North Oregon Coast Early November
(Cannon Beach, Oregon) - It's not just about art in the visual sense, although that would be a handful by itself. It’s a weekend of painters, sculptors, photographers and potters, but joining the artistic fray throughout the coastal burgh of Cannon Beach will be chefs, dancers and musicians as well, all inhabiting shops, restaurants, hotel lobbies and of course, galleries.
Cannon Beach’s 21st Annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival takes place November 7 – 9, happening all over town. Highlights include the QuickDraw at Tolovana Inn, where selected artists have one hour to complete a masterpiece; a special headlining performance by Portland’s 3 Leg Torso; and the weekend also features an art and literary walk, open mic night, artist gallery receptions, movement workshops, photography exhibits, and much more.
Things kick off on Friday, November 7 with the QuickDraw, although this event is now completely sold out.
Saturday brings a variety of events, including a silent auction of art works at 10 a.m. at the Cannon Beach Chamber. Also happening there are seminars in journaling, creative dance and collage, as well as a “Surfing as Art” reception in the evening, with food provided by Newman’s at 988.
The big Art, Artisan and Literary Walk happens throughout the day, where numerous galleries host artists, and sometimes wine and hors-d’oeuvres, as well as the occasional bit of live music. Participating galleries include Jeffrey Hull, North By Northwest, Modern Villa, Sharon Amber Gallery of Jewelry, Primary Elements, Bronze Coast, White Bird, Rhodes Stringfellow, Haystack Gallery, George Vetter FotoArt, Dragonfire, Icefire Glassworks, The Buttery, Pyromania Glass Studio, Ernst and Ernst and House of the Potter. Other shops involved include Evoo Cooking School, Basketcase, Melange, Rain ‘N’ Shine, Cannon Beach Book Company, Cannon Arts Association, Waves of Grain Bakery, The Waves Motel and the Community Presbyterian Church.
While most will feature artists, you’ll find everything from food, sake, wine or tea, to book signings, readings and floral creations. Many begin as early as 11 a.m., while others in the afternoon or evening.
During all this on Saturday, various shops and eateries will be hosting acoustic musicians, in what is sort of Cannon Beach’s cold weather version of MusicFest NW. Performers include the Nate Bond Band, Salty Dogs, Cannon Beach Chorus, Lee Clingman and Jason Lambert, among many other coastal local names.
The Palette Puddlers event happens Saturday and Sunday at the Cannon Beach Elementary School Gym, where local artists will be demonstrating their art form and selling their works.
An open mic for musicians or performers of any kind happens at The Lumberyard Rotisserie & Grill, starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday night.
The evening’s headline act is world chamber music group 3 Leg Torso at 8 p.m. at the Coaster Theater. Tickets are $15.
Sunday becomes markedly more laidback as the galleries continue showing artworks, and a few smaller events take place throughout town. These include a talk on natural found materials and an informal talk by sculptor Lillian Pitt on rock art of the Columbia people. The EVOO Cooking School will have a brunch and session on crepes at 11 a.m.
Contact the Cannon Beach Chamber for more information at 503-436-2623. A full, detailed schedule is available at www.cannonbeach.org.