Archive for March, 2017

The April 13 event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project.15826553_1344722865558721_1509893878409697605_n

In 2015, Oregon’s population exceeded 4 million people. Not only are we growing in number, we’re also changing demographically. Considering that Oregon has a history of racial exclusion, these changes prompt questions about Oregonian identity and values. How do we build communities that welcome people of all backgrounds? How are minority and under-represented populations included and treated today?

This is the focus of “Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians,” a free conversation with Kerani Mitchell on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. This program is hosted by the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

As an East Indian adoptee who has spent most of her life in small Oregon towns, Mitchell is accustomed to questions about her citizenship and lineage. The constant questioning of her identity inspired Mitchell to obtain a BA in International Studies from Seattle University, where she focused on multicultural and social justice issues. She’s since held numerous positions coordinating people and programs in nonprofit settings, working with immigrant, student, and volunteer populations. She currently works as a coordinator at the year-round arts and cultural nonprofit Sisters Folk Festival, Inc., and serves on the Bend International School Board of Directors.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Elaine Trucke at

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Lodging for event has been provided by Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

Attention textile artists, quilters, crafters and art enthusiasts! The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum will be opening a textile exhibit this April. Throughout the year the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum hosts artists from all over the Pacific Northwest.
April’s show will feature local artist Constance Waisanen. She is a creative and innovative quilter. She transfers original drawings to freezer paper templates, which are used to cute precise individual pieces. She integrates batik, hand-dyed and painted fabric – even using Shibori techniques! Each piece is marked and meticulously sewn together by home machine. The topstitching is done free motion on a standard sewing machine.
Purple trees quiltWaisanen’s exhibit is an exploration of organic forms, patterns, and images of our local resources. Trees will be on display through May of 2017. She says of her style, “In putting together this show I gathered together three series that are related but distinctly different. In the first series a single piece of hand dyed fabric serves as the ground for a tree like form. I love the shapes of trees and the metaphor of tree as life, grounded and rooted in the earth, solid yet flexible, always reaching for the light. The second series are “scrolls”, with imagery and poetry that explores the spiritual connection I feel when immersed in nature. The third series consists of crosses, another tree, rooted in the earth.”
Trees will open on Saturday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. a meet and greet with the artist, Constance Waisanen, to discuss her techniques and inspiration. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum welcome everyone and will be providing wine and hors d’oeuvres. A special thank you to Cannon Beach’s own Center Diamond for sponsoring this event. Center Diamond has been selling fabric for over twenty years in Cannon Beach with a focus on contemporary batiks, brights, Asian, landscape/beach and modern fabrics. A favorite for many local quilters and textile artists!

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Carolyn Cruso, an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and composer, returns to Cannon Beach for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum’s annual acoustic concert series on March 31 at 7:00 p.m.

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Cruso is a versatile performer who is equally comfortable on the hammered dulcimer, flute, and guitar. She performs a diverse array of original tunes and songs as well as traditional material. Her voice and stylings have been compared to that of Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt. Her instrumental compositions are mainly for the hammered dulcimer and are inspired by her strong connection to nature as well as her extensive travel and the cultures she’s encountered along the way. Her unusual and lyrical approach to the dulcimer especially delights audiences.

“Boundless highlights both Carolyn’s fluid playing style and the broad knowledge of Celtic music she brings to her compositions. A gorgeous listen throughout!” – Sing Out! Magazine

“For the adventerous listener…Cruso’s voice has the ability to go from folk to jazz to late night and sultry blues without advertising the change…a lot more going on here than folk…a very fluid album.” -Frank Gutch, Folk Acoustic Music Exhange, (F.A.M.E.)

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Seating for the Cruso concert is limited. Tickets are just $15 with the proceeds benefiting the Museum’s seasonal exhibits and free lecture series. Cost of the ticket includes tasty treats and donated libations. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.


Lodging for this event has been sponsored by Sea Breeze Court of Cannon Beach, Oregon!


*The 2017 Acoustic Folk! Music Series has been sponsored by Martin Hospitality of Cannon Beach, Oregon!



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