Haystack Gallery

We're Back!!!

After three long months, the sub-flooring of the gallery has been completely replaced.  Fresh paint, new carpeting and a new floor layout give the gallery a much more open feeling.  We have most artwork moved back in and are working to get the rest in soon.  We actually opened the gallery doors this past weekend. 

May 1st is the annual Spring Unveiling Art Festival  

Because we didn’t know when we were going to get to move back into the gallery, we were not included in the news releases.  However, we will have two Oregon artists on hand on Saturday. 

Janis Ellison will unveil and showcase her new pastel work as well as doing a demonstration. Janis has won numerous awards and is a member of the International Pastel Artists.  Her images meld various hues of color to create flowing landscapes including waterways, fields of flowers, and colorful skies and vineyards.

 Jeni Lee, known for her whimsical acrylic bird paintings, has brought us several beautiful new abstracts that incorporate actual rain in her acrylic paintings and one with subtle writings of pioneer women who traveled to the Oregon Coast.  Colors range from soothing warm earth tones to more vibrant reds and deeper tones of blue as she captures abstract images of the coast and rocky shoreline.

We will have receptions both Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 5pm.

On a sad note

We are sorry to announce that Rie Munoz passed away earlier this month.  She suffered a stroke the day after Easter and passed away the following day. 

Then last Wednesday, we received a call notifying us that Steve Hanks had passed away.  He had been recently diagnosed with cancer in the neck and it had metastasized into his lymph nodes.  It was a short illness. 

We feel honored to have been able to meet and share shows with both Rie and Steve.  In 2004, Rie did her final show with us, she was always so gracious.  We have a picture of her on the wall in our gallery showing her standing in front of Haystack Rock.   Her work reflects the love she had for her adopted state of Alaska and its people.  She was an adventurous person and active right up until the end of her life.

Steve did somewhere around a dozen shows with us over the years.  He loved Cannon Beach, the beauty of the land and the people who came to our shows.  He always told us our customers were so down to earth and he really appreciated that.  Steve’s amazing watercolors demonstrated not only his incredible skills, but his love of people along with his desire to make the viewer study the image and try to discern what the person was thinking.  He certainly attained his goal of bringing positive images into the world.

We will miss both of these wonderful people, and will cherish the memories we have.  Stop in the gallery, when you have time, to enjoy some of the artwork we have from both these talented artists.