The Peninsula Arts Association hosts multiple events throughout the year. Groups are welcome to attend art shows and studio tours.
2019 Peninsula Arts Association Scheduled Events
- The Spring PAA Art Show April 12-14, 2019
- Summer Event July 20-21, 2019
- Fall PAA Art Show October 4-6, 2019
- November Studio Tour November 23-24
The studio tour is a favorite for groups. Typically the studio tour features a dozen venues and participating artists. The studio tour offers a special opportunity to meet many of the local artists that open their personal studios. Explore the spaces where the artists work tucked along the backroads and byways along the forests between Willapa Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Groups can see glass art, pottery, paintings, photography, monoprints, jewelry, fabric art, metal sculpture, wood carving, repurposed art, demonstrations, and more. The studio tour is also a brilliant way to shop for unique gifts.
Their 11th Annual Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour will be 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on November 23-24. Maps are available at the Long Beach Visitors Bureau, The Picture Attic, Ocean Park Area Chamber, Bay Avenue Gallery, www.beachartist.org and the Peninsula Arts Association Facebook page. Once you’re on the trail, just follow the signs.
Just down the road, Bette Lu Krause’s cozy home studio is tucked among the trees. Her bold distinctive style using acrylic paints and a palette knife expresses her passion for wild places. Along with original paintings, prints, tiles and cards, she will feature new hand silk-screened art t-shirts. (a collaboration with a local silk-screen artist). Stop by Carol Couch’s home and watercolor studio on U Street and join Carol, Nancy Meyrick and Judy Cox as they hostess their festive annual party. Carol is a longtime painter of Pacific Northwest themes and an art instructor at Gray’s Harbor College at the Ilwaco campus. Judy’s delicate and intricate iris folding is fascinating and available in cards and prints- she will demo this technique and also offer cards made by paper casting. Nancy is a nature and life photographer that works to create evocative images. She hopes her thoughtful pictures will generate discussion and new ideas.
Bay Avenue Gallery and Studio is in downtown Ocean Park. Owner and artist Sue Raymond’s whimsical characters are designed to put a smile on your face and tug at your heart. Sue pushes pinches and pulls the clay into shapes that make her fanciful characters very human. You’ll find something for everyone on your list in the gallery as it represents more than 50 local artists. Head east toward Willapa Bay and you’ll discover more amazing studios. Andrea Weir (and husband Sven) offer a boat barn filled with exciting new work. She has been busy making watercolor and graphite drawings, (and now offers prints) oil and acrylic paintings, and of course, lots of glass and jewelry. There are new earrings, pins and strung necklaces, and stunning delicately crafted bead-crochet necklaces.
Eric Weigardt’s studio and gallery is filled with beautiful paintings inspired by local scenes and travels abroad. Eric has had an exciting year- traveling and teaching in Europe and receiving national awards for his paintings. Most recently, he started using gold paint to create exquisite watercolors. His new book, “Painting without a net- thinking like an artist” has just been released and is available at Weigardt Studio Gallery and at www.ericweigardt.com. A perfect gift for the artist in your life. That brings us to Judy McFadden’s house, just south of Ocean Park. Like so many artists in this area, Judy is living her retirement dream, creating realistic oil paintings and photographing local scenes of nature’s splendor. She so enjoys having you come by to talk about art.
A little north of Long Beach wrapped in a piece of mature forest is The Hobbit Shop – Jim Unwin’s woodcarving workshop. Though some of you might think you’re meeting Bilbo Baggins, Jim is a talented carver who has worked out his own style of Northwest expression in wood through years of thoughtful woodwork. At The Hobbit Shop, you’ll find wood pieces that are whimsical, functional and /or allegorical- all possessing a bit of the temperate rainforest story. He sees his art as universal and timeless, each piece representing energy visualized as form.
Turn East onto Cranberry Road and north on Birch Street and in a few minutes, you’ll arrive at Marsh Pottery. Linda throws pots, hand-builds and offers classes in her beautiful new studio. Linda has thrown and sculpted some gorgeous larger pieces this year, but I was quite taken with her fanciful sparkly poinsettia ornaments. Whether you’re looking for utilitarian or decorative clay items, Linda has something to offer you.
At the Oysterville Store in Oysterville, JoAnne Webster and Dierdre Duewel will enliven the space with fairies and colored glass. These two artists are new to the tour and offer unique and unusual handcrafted pieces. Dierdre makes one of a kind mosaic mirrors. She loves the range of expression that can be displayed with bits of glass or most any other small item- buttons, shells, broken pottery, etc. ‘There is something meditative about finding a place for each piece in a larger work.’ JoAnne’s imagination seems boundless. She builds exquisite fairy houses using locally sourced plants, branches, moss, and lichen. The detail in each bit of furniture and fairy gown will transport you to another more carefree land. She also crafts jewelry from vintage lace and trims, buttons and photos.
On Sandridge Road and Highway 101 junction, Karen Brownlee’s spacious home studio anchors the south end of our tour. She invites you to make everyday special with her bright and functional handmade stoneware pottery, animal sculptures, mosaics, and raku pieces. Treat yourself and your friends to cheerful items that bring happiness on the rainiest of days.
Groups are invited to the 48th annual Fall Art Show presented by Peninsula Arts Association members, Oct. 5, 6 and 7 in Long Beach to see the wonderful display by our local artists. The art show, which is free to attend and open to the public, will be held in the old Long Beach Train Depot located at 3rd NW and Pacific Hwy (across from Dennis Company). Twenty-three artists have entered 72 pieces in the show including pottery, photographs, jewelry, glass art, watercolor, acrylic, metal art, and oil paintings. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The artist reception is from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Attendees to the show will vote on their favorite art piece. Winners will be announced on Sunday at the reception.
Peninsula Arts Association (PAA) was established in 1970 when a group of artistically minded people came together on the Long Beach Peninsula. From the very beginning, the motto, – “encourages, stimulates, supports and promotes creative expression by individuals, groups, and community”, has directed the tone and actions of the group. In the late ‘80’s PAA became a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. The organization focuses on visual arts and has a membership averaging around 100 members. Membership forms are on our website: www.beachartists.org
PAA encourages and supports the involvement of youth in the arts. The organization provides art boxes with lesson plans and supplies each year to Naselle-Grays River School District and Long Beach & Ocean Park Elementary. A scholarship for a graduating senior from Naselle-Grays River or Ocean Beach districts is awarded each year to a student desiring to pursue art education.
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