Cannon Beach's Spring Arts Festival is a Virtual Event You Can Attend Now
By Gary Hayes
Published: 06/19/2020  Updated: 06/28/2020

Although Cannon Beach's Spring Unveiling Arts Festival was cancelled due to today's current health concerns, you can now attend the event virtually by video where you can see what's new in the galleries without leaving your home. Scroll through photos to see some of the artists featured by the galleries.

Arts lovers are invited to attend Cannon Beach's Spring Unveiling Arts Festival, but you'll need to provide your own wine and cheese. Due to today's health concerns, the 20th annual festival is available as a virtual event you can attend without leaving your home. Just like usual, you can tour the galleries, meet the artists and see their latest works, but the popular annual spring festival will be presented by video from this coastal community recognized as one of the Top Art Towns in America.

In the video, 12 galleries will invite you in to see what's new with some of their most renowned artists. New bronze pieces by celebrated sculptor Dan Chen will be among the new works to be unveiled. Born and trained in China, Chen is a master at capturing the Pacific Northwest's flora and fauna in his bronzes and mixed media sculptures.

Cannon Beach's most prominent resident artists will also be featured. New paintings by Jeffery Hull, blown glass by Jim Kingwell and Suzanne Kindland of Icefire Glassworks; and original jewelry designs by Sharon Amber will be revealed for the first time. All are longtime fixtures in Cannon Beach's arts scene. Hull and Icefire's Kingwell and Kindland all have been featured on the Oregon Public Broadcasting's Oregon Art Beat television program. Out of her Cannon Beach studio, Amber creates contemporary and organic original jewelry pieces using gold, exotic pearls, brilliantly colored gemstones and even dense black basalt pebbles.

The video will be posted on Saturday, June 27 and visitors can view the virtual festival by clicking a link on the Cannon Beach Gallery Group website at cbgallerygroup.com. The video will also be posted to the Gallery Group Facebook page, Instagram and YouTube Channel.

"It's disappointing to not be able to welcome visitors to our galleries, but in light of the current global health situation, we see this virtual event as the next best thing, for both our loyal clients and to share the festival safely to new audiences," said Allyn Cantor, owner of White Bird Gallery. "Our highest priority is the health and safety of our community, employees and visitors to Cannon Beach."

Viewers can contact individual galleries for further information and purchase options of the work that is shown in the video and all of the 12 participating galleries have now reopened to the public or by appointment. The galleries ask that guests wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.

Click here for the link to the 2020 Spring Unveiling video
Cannon Beach's Spring Arts Festival is a Virtual Event You Can Attend Now