Gallery Committee


The Gallery Committee meets throughout the year to review artist proposals and plan out exhibits for the following calendar year and is dedicated to creating diverse programming which showcases the work of emerging and professional regional artists. The Gallery Committee is comprised of working, professional artists with decades of combined experience in the arts in Oregon.

Janet Bland – Janet Bland is a contemporary painter, landscape and figurative artist working on the north coast of Oregon. She frequently paints outdoors; the vistas of the Northwest are her primary subject. She is influenced by the plein air painters of the Bay Area and the Society of Six – California Colorists, as well as the history of Matisse and Cezanne. Her drawings are gestural figurative abstractions and show the influence of de Kooning, Diebenkorn, Oliveira and the Bay Area Figurative School. Janet has a BA in history with emphasis on Asian Studies from Stanford and a three year certificate in Interior Architecture from Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design. She has studied painting and drawing in California, Oregon and at the New York Studio School.

Susan Simon – Susan Simon moved to Portland from the East Coast and has been a full time Cannon Brach resident since 2002. She studied painting at The Oregon School of Arts and Crafts and at The Pacific Northwest College of Art where she was inspired by a teacher, Jeff Gunn, to become a full time encaustic painter.

Barbara Temple Ayres – Barbara is a long term resident artist of the Cannon Beach area who has been intimately involved with promoting the arts and providing arts education opportunities on the Oregon Coast. Barbara is an exhibiting artist, teacher, and advocate for arts education in the region. Barbara holds a B.A. in Art and German Lit. from Scripps College, Claremont, California – 1969 and a M.A.T. in Art and German, Reed College, Portland, Oregon – 1971

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.

Meagan Sokol – 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.

Dmitri Swain

Don Frank

Gary Wahlbeck