Category: Exhibits


The Long Road Home

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Toll Road Sign. On display at the museum.

Stop by the Museum to check out our latest temporary exhibit, “The Long Road Home.” This exhibit explores how travelers arrived in Cannon Beach and what it took to get here.

Cannon Beach has been a destination spot since the late 1800’s drawing in thousands of people who delight in its unique beauty and opportunities for sport, rest, and relaxation. The idea that the seashore was a place of beauty and an escape from city life led to the relatively new kind of community, the seaside resort.

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The road to Cannon Beach, 1907.

The location of these resorts, including Cannon Beach, has always depended on transportation, which deemed rather difficult. The road to Cannon Beach wasn’t always a two-hour jaunt from Portland or a ten-minute drive from Seaside.

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One of the many hairpin turns on the road to Cannon Beach.

Throughout the years, advances in technology have reduced travel time and made the journey to the coast a much more enjoyable experience. How did people get here? Why did people get here? Learn those answers and explore how travelers arrived in Cannon Beach and the journey it took to get here.

This exhibit will be on display through June of 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall Exhibit Opening

Fall 2017 exhibit opening

On October 6, 2017, the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s latest art exhibit featuring the work of local artists Scott Johnson, Debra Carnes with a memorial to Cannon Beach’s Steve McLeod.

Scott Johnson’s love of nature and background in plein air is evident in his beautiful and intricate watercolors. Johnson developed the soft washes
of the Japanese tradition, as well as the refined line work of the Persian miniature.

 Johnson’s love of nature, refreshed by frequent trips and hikes, is evident in his work, but its mood, often portrayed by impending weather, dominates the objects in the landscape. There are subtle references to change in the clouds and stronger references to death and loneliness in the leafless trees of his latest work, yet the mood is never hopeless, but lets us know that the next season, bringing the tiny leaves of spring, is just beyond and approaching.

For more than thirty years self-taught basket artist Debra Carnes has been handcrafting woven works of art from ever changing materials. Her pieces have been displayed in juried shows and galleries in Michigan, Florida, and Oregon. Her baskets and sculptures are currently inspired by her concern to create express sustainability in art making. Carnes won the Steve McLeod Earth Day Award two years in a row for creating pieces from recycled marine debris.

The work that Carnes and Johnson will be displaying in this exhibit is in part inspired by the late work of Cannon Beach artist Steve McLeod.

 Cannon Beach artist and devoted beachcomber passed away just over two years ago. An evolving artist known for his seascapes and abstract sculptures were greatly inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. McLeod didn’t like being pigeonholed to one thing. He experimented with beach detritus, wine boxes, watercolor, and more. McLeod had a vision that wasn’t lost on the community he left behind.

Steve McLeod was a huge part of Cannon Beach’s art movement during the 1960’s. He along with Evelyn Georges had an idea to open a gallery that showcased the work of local artists, crafters, and professional artists in the same space. The White Bird Gallery was one of the first of its kind. This idea has formed the artistic identity of Cannon Beach, and some might argue, the community as a whole.

The fall exhibit will open on Friday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. with refreshments and live music. Both Johnson and Carnes will be on hand to discuss their work and how McLeod has inspired them over the years.

This exhibit was made possible with funding from Clatsop County and will be on display through December of this year. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a private non-profit located in mid-town Cannon Beach. The museum is home to the cannon that Cannon Beach is named for, as well as a replica longhouse, tide pool exhibit, and seasonal art exhibits. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s mission is to keep the history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape alive for Oregonians for generations to come.

For more information visit the museum’s website www.cbhistory.org or find us on Facebook!

This summer the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s seasonal art exhibit will feature the work of over ten Pacific Northwest artists.  Behind the Lens will open on Friday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. with refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Crater Lake (Inside the _Log Cabin_)

Behind the Lens is an exhibit featuring three to five pieces from both amateur and professional photographers alike. Each artist was given the freedom to share their story through visual art, but in some cases, their love of Cannon Beach and Oregon.   A mixture of metal, wood, canvas, and framed pieces with vibrant colors, innovative content, and truly inspiring stories.

Meredith S Photo ExhibitThis exhibit was made possible with funding from Clatsop County and will be on display through September of this year. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a private non-profit located in mid-town Cannon Beach. The museum is home to the cannon that Cannon Beach is named for, as well as a replica longhouse, tide pool exhibit, and seasonal art exhibits. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s mission is to keep the history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape alive for Oregonians for generations to come..Riley Photo Exhibit

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a private non-profit located in mid-town Cannon Beach. The museum is home to the cannon that Cannon Beach is named for, as well as a replica longhouse, tide pool exhibit, and seasonal art exhibits. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s mission is to keep the history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape alive for Oregonians for generations to come.

For more information visit the museum’s website www.cbhistory.org or find us on Facebook!

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!

For more information visit www.cbhistory.org, find us on Facebook or call 503.436.9301

This tiny museum is home to thousands of artifacts, each with their own unique history. From the Vault showcases nearly twenty different objects and photographs from the depths of the Museum’s archives. These artifacts have been explicitly chosen for their uniqueness and pertinence to the history of Cannon Beach. Visitors will discover the stories behind these unseen treasures. One of the iconic artifacts featured is the saddle used by Mary Gerritse while riding her horse Prince to deliver the mail along the coastline. The saddle is accompanied by entries from her journal sharing her harrowing story of nearly falling from a cliff side, to coming face to face with both a mountain lion and a bear, at different times. Gerritse took over the mail route when her husband was unable. She acted as the area’s mail carrier from 1897 until 1902.

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The saddle Gerritse wore while riding her favorite horse, Prince.

The exhibit will also feature an artifact with a slightly more macabre origin, the head of Cannon Beach’s own headless horseman. In 1964, the community of Cannon Beach was inundated with a tsunami. The tsunami was caused by a Megathrust quake with an epicenter at the head of glacier-ringed College Fiord, 75 miles from the town of Chenega. It also severely damaged Cannon Beach’s flow of summer tourists. The following year in 1965, locals Betty Dueber and Bill Steidel, along with other merchants, devised a plan to create some positive publicity for Cannon Beach. The Swigert family loaned a solid black horse each weekend and promptly at noon the bells in the Presbyterian Church would ring, and the headless horseman would enter the downtown area and gallop down the main street. The horseman, whose identity was never publicly disclosed, would gallop down the street with the human head covered with a blanket, and with all the children chasing the horse trying to determine who the actual rider was.

The exhibit also features recently donated images taken by Frank Woodfield and the Warren Family of the Warren Hotel. These images have never-been-seen by the public and share not only the tale of the old hotel, but show the humor of the photographers and the Warren family.

Discover tidbits of Cannon Beach history that you won’t find anywhere else!  On display now through December of 2016.

 

Haystack Rock StarfishOn Saturday, April 18th the Haystack Rock Awareness Program’s exhibit on the Tide Pools of Haystack Rock opened to rave reviews. The seasonal exhibit encompasses the entire John Williams classroom with beautiful photos featuring the wildlife that live in and around the rock, as well as the history of this important Cannon Beach program.
The exhibit celebrates 30 years of the Haystack Rock Awareness Program and explores the serendipitous story of its beginnings. It was a summer day in 1983 when Neal and Karen Maine brought their spotting scopes and other equipment to Haystack Rock. They planned to observe birds and intertidal creatures, but that wasn’t exactly how their day worked out. Curious passersby crowded around Karen and Neal asking for “interpretation of the wildlife.”

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Neal & Karen Maine

Inspired by the enthusiasm of those who stopped them, Mrs. Maine suggested that a program be organized. From Mayor to City Manager, the idea of an environmental education agency at the rock began to form and in the summer of 1985 a pilot program was launched. The city contracted with naturalists to be present at the rock during low-tide times on four busy weekends. One cannot talk about the first years without mentioning the cadre of volunteers that stepped up to make that first summer a successful one.
The Haystack Rock Awareness Program’s staff and volunteers work tirelessly to not only protect the town’s most iconic image, but to provide education to the public. With the help of the Friend’s of Haystack Rock, the Haystack Rock Awareness Program continues to grow, both in size and scope.

The Haystack Rock Awareness Program hard at work.  Image circa late 1980's.

The Haystack Rock Awareness Program hard at work. Image circa late 1980’s.

This exhibit is a great way to see how this organization has evolved over the past three decades and to learn a little more about the rock through the eyes of those who know it better than anyone. The exhibit will be on display through September, 2015.  The Museum is open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Memorial Day – Labor Day) and admission is by donation.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the Museum’s exhibit on the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, now is your chance.  The exhibit, which closes on May 15, 2015, explores the history, life of, and after life of the secluded lighthouse.  The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, known affectionately as Terrible Tilly, or just Tilly.

The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse receiving visitors, image taken between 1913 and 1939.

The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse receiving visitors, image taken between 1913 and 1939.

Tilly’s story first began in 1878, when funding for construction of the lighthouse was approved.  The act read as follows, “That the sum of fifty thousand dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated … of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated for the purpose of constructing a first-class light-house on Tillamook Head, Oregon.”

The initial location for the lighthouse was Tillamook Head, but after being fully vetted, it was decided that a lone basalt rock off of Tillamook Head would be the better location.  Construction began in 1879 and was completed in late 1880. Tilly’s light first shone in early 1881.  The first part of Tilly’s life was surrounded with intrigue.  During the construction phase, a highly recognized lighthouse designer fell into the Pacific while trying to gain access to the rock.  Later, the Lupata (also written as the Lupatia) was torn apart just off the rock.  The wreck was so close that the crew constructing the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse could hear the men yelling, “Hard aport!”

Despite, these difficulties the lighthouse had a successful career.  She acted as a warning beacon to thousands of vessel skirting the coastline on their way to the mouth of the Columbia River. The Columbia River became a busy part of marine commerce in the mid-to-late 1800’s. This was and is still considered one of the most dangerous river mouths in the world. Ships lost to the sea were so common that the waters became known as the Graveyard of the Pacific.

The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse was an important part of the Columbia’s marine routes, until 1957 when she was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard. Lighthouse keeper Oswald Allik, the last civilian keeper, wrote in the logbook, “Farewell, Tillamook Rock Light Station.  An era has ended.  With this final entry, and not without sentiment, I return thee to the elements.  You, one of the most notorious and yet most fascinating of the sea-swept sentinels in the world; long the friend of the tempest-tossed mariner.  Through howling gale, thick fog and driving rain your beacon has been a star of hope and your foghorn a voice of encouragement.  May the elements of nature be kind to you.  For 77 years you have beamed your light across desolate acres of ocean.  Keepers have come and gone; men lived and died; but you were faithful to the end.  May your sunset years be good years.  Your purpose is now only a symbol, but the lives you have saved and the service you have rendered are worthy of the highest respect.  A protector of life and property all, may old-timers, newcomers and travelers along the way pause from the shore in memory of your humanitarian role. Oswald Allik – September 1, 1957

A sky view of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.  Image was taken after she was decommissioned.

A sky view of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Image was taken after she was decommissioned.

Some say that life after being decommissioned was even more interesting and unique than the life spent protecting ships from shore. From rumors of mob connected owners, to grand ideas of a quiet vacation rental, to life as a place for the dead to rest in peace. But you’ll have to visit the museum to learn more!  The Museum is open Wednesday through Monday, closed Tuesday.  Open from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Admission is by donation, so come see us whether you have the cash or not.

In just a few weeks High Fiber Diet’s exhibit “Blue” closes. For those who haven’t had an opportunity to see the colorful and imaginative pieces, now is your last chance. This is the second show from the Portland, Oregon based textile group to be featured at the Museum.

Blue Ewe by Pamela Pilcher, High Fiber Diet.

Blue Ewe by Pamela Pilcher, High Fiber Diet.

The group of over thirty quilters includes artists from southwestern Washington and as far south as Eugene. “Blue” features work from nine different artists from all over the Pacific Northwest. The exhibit is an exploration of the color and concept of blue. Blue is more than just a color on the spectrum between violet and green, it is the color of the clear sky, the sea, of clothing, cars, flowers, but more than that, it is a concept. What is blue to you?

"Forget Me Not" by Gerrie Thompson, High Fiber Diet.

“Forget Me Not” by Gerrie Thompson, High Fiber Diet.

As the group explains, “Conceptually, the word blue can inspire thoughts of a blue moon, the infinity of a blue sky, the darkest depths of the blues, and the foot-tapping beat of the blues music that engages our souls and soothes our hearts.” Don’t miss this innovative and fun show! This exhibit was sponsored by Center Diamond of Cannon Beach. Center Diamond has been selling fabric for over 20 years in Cannon Beach with a focus on contemporary batiks, brights, Asian, landscape/beach and modern fabrics. Look for their custom made Haystack Rock batik and Tufted Puffin fabric — available only at Center Diamond — along with a large selection of sewing supplies and notions.

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, closed on Tuesday.

"Wetland Blues" by Emily Stevens (cropped), High Fiber Diet.

“Wetland Blues” by Emily Stevens (cropped), High Fiber Diet.

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A supply boat approaches the Tillamook Rock LIghthouse during a calm day in 1937.

This image was from an issue of Life Magazine published in 1942 about the role of the Oregon Coast during WWII

This image was from an issue of Life Magazine published in 1942 about the role of the Oregon Coast during WWII

On a secluded rock, just over a mile off Oregon’s rocky shores lies the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.  Terrible Tilly, as it became known as, is one of the most fascinating and secluded lighthouses of America.  In operation from 1881 until it was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1957.

The lonely basalt rock on which it stands is considering one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th Century.  It took less than 600 long and arduous days to construct.  The name Tilly was born of a series of mishaps from the death of one of the original contractors to the loss of a British Bark call the Lupatia. In early January of 1881, just a few days before the lighthouse was lit for the first time, most of the crew of the Lupatia perished. The ship’s dog was the only survivor.

During its life as a fully functioning lighthouse Tilly acted as a warning beacon to thousands of vessel skirting the coastline.  The Columbia River became a busy part of marine commerce in the mid-to-late 1800’s.  The waters surrounding the mouth of the Columbia River were and are still considered the most dangerous in the world.  Ships lost to the sea were so common that the waters became known as the Graveyard of the Pacific.  It was home to a crew of up to five men at a time.  Women were never stationed there due to the difficulty and danger involved in getting on and off the rock.

Some argue that the life after being decommissioned was the most interesting part of Tilly.  Rumors of owners with mob ties, claims of ghosts and ganders, owners who intended to turn it into a secluded vacation rental and finally time spent as a columbarium.

Find out more about how the lighthouse was constructed, what it was like to be stationed there, and finally what happened after it was decommissioned. A portion of the original Fresnel lens will be on display which is one of the few artifacts left of the decaying lighthouse.

This exhibit will be on display through December 2014.

Coast Guardsmen Alban Chinn in the breeches buoy.  He is heading back from leave.

Coast Guardsmen Alban Chinn in the breeches buoy. He is heading back from leave.

Simple Red: A Textile Exhibit

"Last Leaves" by Kimberly Connelly of High Fiber Diet.

“Last Leaves” by Kimberly Connelly of High Fiber Diet.

"Fractured, Textured Red" by Georgia French of High Fiber Diet.

“Fractured, Textured Red” by Georgia French of High Fiber Diet.

The leaves are changing, the sun is setting earlier and the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is turning red. Red with quilts! The Museum’s fall exhibit will feature the show “Simply Red” by Portland, Oregon fiber group High Fiber Diet.

High Fiber Diet is a group of fiber artists committed to advancing their art professionally. They challenge each other to become more educated about art and design principles and to expand their repertoire by focusing on creativity. Their show, Simply Red, has been booked for all of 2014 and into 2015, which is why it will be on display in Cannon Beach for such a limited time.

Each piece speaks to the diverse and deep artistic background of each artist. The work couldn’t be more different from each other! From traditional looking quilts to the more complex and intricate abstract designs.   While each piece is unique, together they form a cohesive show that screams – RED!

Simply Red will open on Saturday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Artists will be available to discuss their work and provide insight into the detailed work that textile work takes.

Special note, the Simple Red exhibit’s run has been extended due to its popularity.  It will be on display through Sunday, January 4, 2015.

"Red Barn" by Mary Arnold of High Fiber Diet.

“Red Barn” by Mary Arnold of High Fiber Diet.

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