Monthly Archives: October 2015

Humans: Pierre Toutain-Dorbec


©Pierre Toutain-Dorbec

©Pierre Toutain-Dorbec

December 10 – January 4

Artist Reception: December 12, 5 – 7pm

Pierre Toutain-Dorbec was invited by Cannon Beach Arts Association to show a retrospective of his work in the Cannon Beach Gallery. When discussing this with the artist at the Cannon Beach Hotel, which he owns and runs with his wife Claudia, both I, as the new Program Director and he, the artist, were bemused by the enormity of such a task. Toutain-Dorbec has had a distinguished career spanning over forty five years, working as war correspondent and social commentator. Over a well-rounded glass of cognac, we considered the scale of the rather lovely, but small, Cannon Beach Gallery and the choice of work available. It was obvious that the show could not be a true retrospective, but perhaps we could give a glimpse into the broad spectrum of the artist’s work by choosing a single thread… Humanism as expressed through the photographer’s lens.

The work in this show has been selected by the artist to represent the theme “Humans” and his preoccupation with capturing human nature in the most authentic sense. The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, December 12, 2015 and runs through January 4, 2016. Pierre Toutain-Dorbec has traveled the world, photographing and reflecting on his own interaction with life’s events and as a witness to the actions of mankind. Pierre has published over forty books, and exhibited his photographs, drawings, sculptures and paintings throughout Asia, Europe, America, and North Africa.

©Pierre Toutain-Dorbec

©Pierre Toutain-Dorbec

Pierre Toutain-Dorbec grew up in an artistic family. His mother, Francoise Fontaine, was a professional musician and opera singer. His grandfather, Gabriel, and uncle, Jean, were both photographers. Pierre’s father, Jacques, was a textile designer, and later a painter. At 16, Toutain-Dorbec attended the Atelier de la Grande-Chaumiere, a renowned art school in Paris, and worked as an assistant with the acclaimed German photographer Wilhem Maywald. By the end of 1968 he began his career as a photographer in Vietnam, working as a war correspondent.

©Pierre Toutain-Dorbec

©Pierre Toutain-Dorbec

He documented front line stories in Vietnam, and in Cambodia with the Khmer Rouges. In Burma, while covering guerilla insurgence, he began to focus on the collateral damage of war and social issues such as child abuse, prostitution, and drug use. He worked for two years for the Moroccan royal family. In India, he worked extensively on recording the human face of leprosy, religious rituals and its ancient cities. He lived and worked with the Dalai Lama for a year, publishing two books with him.

In Europe he photographed French traditions and customs dating back as far as the Middle Ages. From 1995 to 2003, he lived in France and Spain where he exhibited and worked on personal projects, primarily sculpture and photography. In 2002, he became the Director and curator for the International Museum for Photography, located in the ancient Château de Belcastel. In 2004, he moved to New Mexico, then to Oregon, where he started a project documenting the USA. If this was not enough… Pierre also worked in the fashion industry for both Christian Lacroix and Christian Dior, as well as for the movie industry.

©Pierre Toutain-Dorbec

©Pierre Toutain-Dorbec

©Pierre Toutain-Dorbec

©Pierre Toutain-Dorbec

Cannon Beach Awards Two Grants to CBAA

CBAA was the recipient of two grants from the city of Cannon Beach in support of our programming in 2015 and 2016.

The Parks and Community Services Committee awarded CBAA $8658.40 in support of our five primary programs: Cannon Beach Gallery, Summer Art Camp, Individual Artist Grant, Summer Internship, and High School Scholarships.

The Tourism and Arts Commission awarded CBAA $12857 in support of the CBAA’s Juried Show program. The CBAA mounts three Juried shows each year drawing artists from across the Pacific Northwest which provides an opportunity to submit their work for consideration for inclusion in the show. The Juried Show in February 2015, with guest curator Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, had submissions from 104 artists of which 51 were new to the Cannon Beach Gallery.

Many thanks to the City of Cannon Beach, the awarding committee and commission, for recognizing and supporting the work of the Cannon Beach Arts Association!

New CBAA Officers  

The CBAA Board of Directors welcomes a new line-up of officers for the year 2015-2016. Lila Wickham will be stepping into the role of board President. A CBAA board member since February of 2015, Lila brings her nonprofit leadership background as President of the Oregon Public Health Association along with a love for the arts to this pivotal role in the organization. Katy Mayer, a former school principal and education mentor, will serve as Vice President. Katy is a volunteer docent at the Gallery and an avid supporter of the arts in Cannon Beach. Suzanne Kindland of Icefire Glassworks will serve as Treasurer on an interim basis while the organization continues its quest to recruit a financially-minded individual for the position. Brigitte Wahlbeck, a metal artist with a line of decorative accessories called Angelfish Love, will continue to serve another term as Secretary. Board Members at Large include Beth Holland and Dorota Haber-Lehigh.

Departing board officers who have recently completed a three year term of service on the Board of Directors are Mary Bess Gloria and Carolyn Propst. Both joined the board in the Spring of 2012 and have worked steadfastly to sustain the programs of the CBAA. As Treasurer, Carolyn made significant contributions to the business operations of the gallery and was recognized for her efforts earlier this year at our Volunteer Appreciation event at the gallery. Mary Bess served as Vice President in 2013 and 2014 before taking the helm last Fall to serve as President. Both Carolyn and Mary Bess have participated in grant writing projects for the CBAA as well as coordinating an Arts on the Land event with the North Coast Land Conservancy. Vice President Cindi Plath recently stepped away from her board position to devote additional time to her career as an artist.
The CBAA honors the service of all the talented individuals who give of their time and expertise to continue the mission of the CBAA to support the arts and artists on the North Coast and the region. We continue to seek volunteer docents and board members. If you would like to join this group to reap the rewards of friendship and camaraderie that our organization fosters, please reach out to our Program Director, Jane Brumfield, at cannonbeacharts@gmail.com or by phone at 503-436-0744.

“Raining Cats & Dogs”

The 29th Annual Miniatures Show

November 6 – December 6

With Featured Artist Paul Miller

The Annual Miniatures Show is a favorite main stay of the CBAA program amongst artists and patrons alike. This year the gallery will be showing work by Paul Miller as a featured artist. His quirky carved wooden dogs will populate the space, amongst the selected pieces from this juried show. This year the juror is CBAA’s new Program Director, Jane Brumfield, who brings over 25 years of experience as a curator, gallery owner and program manager to the post.

Artist Reception: November 7th, 5pm-7pm