Mission and History

The Cannon Beach Arts Association supports, funds, and enhances the arts and artists in Cannon Beach and the region through education, events, and exhibits. The Cannon Beach Arts Association (CBAA) is located in Cannon Beach on the scenic north Oregon coast. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization since 1986, the CBAA was founded with the intention of enhancing the vitality of the arts in Cannon Beach and the surrounding area. The CBAA continues to fulfill this goal today by bringing a wide variety of programs to members of our community and to visitors to our part of the Pacific Northwest coast. CBAA programs also provide opportunities for over 200 artists each year.

Our Objectives:
* Operate the Cannon Beach Gallery to provide a venue for diverse arts in the community.
* Provide Cannon Beach with an annual schedule of programs in the arts for children and adults.
* Provide financial resources for individual artists to complete projects that are shared with the community.


Cara Mico, Program Director – Cara attended Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California, holds a B.S. degree from Oregon State University in Watershed Restoration Science and Policy, and is currently attending the University of Oregon for a Masters in Arts Administration and Nonprofit Management, expected June 2017, where she is researching accessibility and equity in arts programming.

Meagan Sokol, Arts Education Director – Meagan received her bachelors of arts degree in Visual and Performing Arts, Art History and Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and her masters of arts degree in Art Therapy and Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, Boulder. She has worked with preschoolers, teens and families as a licensed art therapist and currently teaches workshops locally.

Board of Directors

Lila Wickham, President – Lila Wickham retired after 40 years in public health, most recently as the Environmental Health Director for Multnomah County.  Her dream to live on the Oregon Coast was manifested in May 2014.  She remains committed to her passions by volunteering for the national Public Health Accreditation Board as a reviewer and as Co-Coordinator of the Cannon Beach Medical Reserve Corps.  In 2015 she joined the Cannon Beach Arts Association as a board member to support arts and artists in the community.

Linda Gebhart, Vice-President – Linda Gebhart is a retired mathematics teacher working most recently at St. Helens High School and Portland Community College.  Upon retirement in 2014 Linda moved to Cannon Beach full time.  She served as the Treasurer for the Trails End Art Association through 2016.  She is currently a watercolor artist but has worked in other media in the past.  Linda joined the Board in 2017 to help make the Cannon Beach Arts Association the best place to showcase local talent along with talent from farther away.  Linda also volunteers at the Library and Trails End.

Kevan Ridgway, Treasurer – Kevan Ridgway has extensive experience in the hospitality and tourism industries, most recently as the President/CEO of a regional destination marketing organization in Vancouver, British Columbia. Moving full-time to Cannon Beach in June 2015, he continues with his passion for destination marketing as Chair of the Marketing Committee with the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce. He holds a professional accounting designation, and has had financial responsibility for organizations throughout his career.

Brigitte Wahlbeck, Secretary – Bridgette Wahlbeck worked in Law Enforcement for 18 years, until recently when she decided to follow her heart and retire from her “you are just a number, Government Law Enforcement job”, and relocated to Cannon Beach in 2013. This transition enabled her to create and live a more mindful and heartfelt existence. She is now creating metal art that promotes Love, Encouragement, and a Human connection. All of which are inspirational, motivational, and decorative!

Phyllis Bernt – Phyllis Bernt is a retired professor of information and telecommunication policy. She also did regulatory and policy work for the Lincoln Telephone Company, and taught English literature and composition at the University of Nebraska. Her academic training is in English literature, and in business administration and accounting. She moved to Cannon Beach in 2012, after spending many happy vacations on the Oregon coast.

Frankie White – Frankie White is an artist and taught Studio Art at the high school level for 35 years.  She taught Art Education and Creative Leadership courses as an Adjunct Professor at Gonzaga University. She and her husband moved to Cannon Beach two years ago and split their time between Cannon Beach and Spokane, Washington.

Mark Sokol – Mark has over 20 years experience as a software engineer. Mark moved to Cannon Beach full-time with his wife Meagan in 2015. In his free time, Mark enjoys fishing, kayaking, rock climbing, Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu, and playing with his dogs at the beach. As a wood and metal artist, he has a passion for the arts. Mark joined the board in 2017 and looks forward to supporting local community artists.

Gallery Commitee

Susie Simon
Barbara Temple Ayres
Gary Wahlbeck
Lynne Allison
Frankie White
Meagan Sokol

Docents and Volunteers

Peggy Biskar
Nancy Bond
Dorota Haber-Lehigh
Daron Patton
Linda Gebhart
Lila Wickham
Meagan Sokol
Judith Pearson
Cathy Green
Frankie White
Kim Adams
Linda Schaeffer
Bev Cordova
Brianna Ortega
Carolyn Propst
Cindi Plath
Heather Brien
Kristin Steinke
Summer Peterson
Cara Mico