The Cannon Beach Gallery features a nice selection of hand crafted jewelry by local designers who bring in new work with each change of the season.
The work of Susie Frances Aoki, Elizabeth Pattison, Andrea K. Mace, Carolyn Propst, Sea Fever Designs, Verdalio Designs, and Roots and Wings Designs (Ashley Mersereau) can all be found in our light filled gallery.
Each designer has a unique approach to their work, with a variety of mediums in play including freshwater pearls, abalone shell, semi-precious stones and metal work in sterling silver, copper and brass.
Repeat visitors to Cannon Beach come back year after year to pick out a special memento to remind them of their vacation on the Oregon Coast.
I’ve always been driven to make things. No matter the medium, I find excitement and wonder in creating something that didn’t exist the day before. Whether that creation succeeds or fails, it drives my creative process forward – eager to begin the next piece.
Landscape painting is the perfect vehicle for my creative pursuits. It marries my love of nature with an immediate, responsive approach to painting. It can, at times, be a welcome solitary act – and at other times, an opportunity for camaraderie with fellow painters.
I’m a proud Oregon native and currently live in Portland with my wife and two young sons.
So, why clouds?
Painting skies, and clouds in particular, has been a long-standing interest of mine and has been a theme in my work for years. Capturing the unique atmosphere and light of the Pacific Northwest continues to be one of my main intensions through my landscape paintings. In addition, I’ve always been drawn to both abstract and representational painting. I recall a former painting instructor who stated, “the best representational work is abstract and the best abstract work is realistic.” This still resonates.
So, this recent foray into painting skies and clouds, for me, has been the perfect marriage of plein air, representational, and abstract painting.
Humble, Practical Beginnings…
This series of paintings had a very practical beginning, well over a year and a half ago. Needing to “kick the tires” on an early batch of Gamblin’s Solvent-Free Gel that I was developing, I had to get some painting done one evening. With my better half working late and watching my boys in the backyard, I simply set up my plein air gear and looked up. The glowing clouds in the late spring sky become my available subject matter, so I knocked out a few 6” x 6” studies. These early paintings are included in the show and sparked the whole series.
“I can’t say why I paint; I just know I have to,” explains Oregon artist Robert Gamblin about his driving passion. “Painting can be simple, but for me it is complex, and I revel in pushing myself into that complexity.”
Gamblin along with two of his contemporaries, Scott Gellatly and Gretha Lindwood will have new work on display at the Cannon Beach Gallery in a show entitled Shared Oregon Visions from June 14-July 28, 2014. All three artists are known for their plein air work, a time honored tradition of working outside of the studio, in the elements, capturing the light and a particular moment in time directly on the canvas.
Shared Oregon Visions will be a part of Cannon Beach’s town wide arts festival, Plein Air and More, June 27-29, 2014 with special events planned for the weekend. All three artists will participate in the Saturday, “Paint Out” session in which artists set up their easels around town and work from the surrounding environment. There will also be an Artist’s Conversation with Gamblin, Gellatly, and Lindwood at the Cannon Beach Gallery beginning at 4pm, which will then transition into the Artist’s Reception from 5-7pm.
Gamblin possesses an intimate understanding of paint and color that is unique due to his passion for paint. In the tradition of the European masters, Gamblin began experimenting with mixing his own oil colors in 1980, which led to founding his own oil paint manufacturing company. Twenty years later, Robert founded a second venture, Gamblin Conservation Colors, a company that makes color for conservators and restorers in major museums to repair damaged artwork.
“Each of my paintings is about color relationships. I am drawn to scenes that catch my eye; those are the scenes I paint. I then use color in an emotionally expressive way to visually describe what it felt like to be that place in the heat moment of time,” Gamblin writes in his artist’s statement.
Portland artist, Scott Gellatly, has always been driven to make things. “No matter the medium, I find excitement and wonder in creating something that didn’t exist the day before,” Gellatly explains. “Landscape painting is the perfect vehicle for my creative pursuits. It marries my love of nature with an immediate, responsive approach to painting.”
Gallery patrons can expect a visual feast of color at the Shared Oregon Visions exhibition. The third artist in the show, Gretha Lindwood, creates refreshing, vivid works of art that convey her passion for the varied landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.
“The use of vibrant color and strong design are hallmarks of my work which I developed during my career as an illustrator and graphic designer,” Lindwood explains about her work. “I cherish our unique landscapes honed by water and time and delight in capturing their beauty in the lush colors of pastels or oils to share with the viewer.”
Robert Gamblin’s new work will be on display as a part of Shared Oregon Visions.