Imprint Gallery Participates in Earth & Ocean Arts Festival September 20 - 22
As part of Cannon Beach Gallery Group, Imprint Gallery is proud to be participating in the inaugural Earth and Ocean Arts Festival this September. The gallery will be hosting two exhibitions, “Habitat” and “Menagerie”. “Habitat” is a group show, bringing together the work of six Northwest artists in a celebration of the diversity found in wildlife and the natural environment. The artists include Molly Cliff Hilts, Andrea Benson, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, Karen Croner, Randy Van Dyke and Bethany Rowland. “Menagerie” showcases hand-colored etchings by Briony Morrow Cribbs.
Bethany Rowland, "Red Wings Make Their Own Decisions" (Detail)
Both exhibitions open with a reception on Friday, September 20, 5 – 8pm, and continue through October. We will also have artist demonstrations by Karen Croner, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsely, Briony Morrow Cribbs, and Jani Hoberg will be our printmaker in residence in our studio over the festival weekend.
Earth and Ocean Arts Festival is a new event organized by Cannon Beach Gallery Group, happening on the September equinox, September 20 – 22. It is a celebration of landscape, wildlife and the natural environment through the arts. It also aims to encourage responsible engagement with our environment; recognizing the diligent work of environmental organizations, and raising funds for the important work they do in the stewardship and protection of Oregon’s North Coast region. Funds will be raised for Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, Friends of Haystack Rock, North Coast Land Conservancy, Sea Turtles Forever, and Wildlife Center of the North Coast through the purchase of a $50 three-day festival event pass. Pass holders receive a tote bag with festival goodies including a ticket to prize drawings, including: two $300 gift certificates redeemable at any participating Cannon Beach gallery, a two night stay at a local vacation property, a boat tour of the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, a guided hike with the North Coast Land Conservancy, dining gift certificates, a whiskey tour and tasting, and more.
In addition to gallery exhibits, artist demonstrations, and environmental presentations, we are excited to welcome Artichoke Dance Company to be the festival headliners. Serving as ambassadors for the intersection of art and activism, this environmentally focused group is believes in the power art to effect positive change in people’s lives and communities, especially in regard to plastics pollution.
Cannon Beach is a jewel of a small town set on the rural Oregon coast. The special nature of this place is in large part the product of two things: its location on one of the most beautiful coastlines on the planet, and its development from an artist’s colony. The legacy of these creative founders is evident in the cultural vibrancy of the town. The town boasts over a dozen fine art and craft galleries, a theatre, a library and a museum. It still boasts a larger share of artists and creatives within its population than most other towns of its size. Artists continue to be drawn to Cannon Beach because of its beautiful landscape and coastline.
Cannon Beach is one of most photographed places on earth, drawing tourist from across the world. It is also a unique ecosystem that requires protection. Much of the work in stewarding this natural resource is provided by nonprofit organizations, and armies of volunteers. It should be noted that this monumental task is preformed by dedicated teams drawn from a small resident population - proving again that it is the combination of place and people that makes this community so strong. Earth and Ocean Arts Festival brings together these threads of community engagement and a sense of place.