Tillamook County Arts Network (TCAN) is hosting its first biennial highlighting the wealth of creative expression in Tillamook County. The show opens at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Gallery, 2106 2nd Street in Tillamook, with a celebratory public reception for the artists from 5-7 p.m. Friday, August 3, with live music by Rod Whaley. The exhibition runs July 31 through Sept. 30.
Earlier this year, TCAN put out a call for entries to all "creatives" in its county-wide network to submit new work for this juried biennial and invited 11 prominent local artists to participate. The invited artists were asked to submit one piece of new work for the show. The remainder of the show will be comprised of juried 2D, 3D, fine craft, literary and music selected by a jury of creative peers working in each of those mediums. The only criteria for participation in the show is living or in or owning a residence in Tillamook County.
Invited artists include: M.J. Anderson, sculptor (Nehalem), Mark Cavatorta, ceramacist (Hebo), Frank Boyden, mixed-media (Neskowin), Deborah Dewitt, painter (Wheeler), Karen Gelbard, weaver (Sand Lake), David Henryson, wood worker (Nehalem), Liza Jones, painter and printmaker (Manzanita), Randall Koch, painter (Neskowin), Elaine Norberg, painter (Tillamook), John Stahl, mixed media (Netarts) and Susan Walsh, painter and printmaker (Nehalem).
Jurors for the show include: 2/D, 3/D: Randall Koch, Elaine Norberg and Susan Walsh; fine craft: Lynn Thomas, artist, musician and educator; literary: Watt Childress,publisher of Upper Left Edge; and music: Michael Simpson, musician and music educator.
TCAN chose to host the show at the TCPM gallery because of its central county location, open hours six days a week and because of the high volume of visitor traffic to the venue. Though patrons must pay to tour the entire museum, access to the gallery is free.
"We are grateful to TCPM for partnering with us on the biennial," said TCAN biennial chair Kathleen Ryan. "The Museum staff is exemplary at their ability to hang shows and their gallery has terrific wall space and professional lighting—just the ambiance we were needed for this quality exhibition."
"We encourage everyone to join us at the opening and visit the exhibition to experience the creative expression that is fostered in this beautiful place we live," said Ryan.
An additional special biennial event is planned for Thursday, August 16, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. showcasing short films by local filmmakers and music sets by local musicians. The free event will take place at 2nd Street Market, 2003 2nd Street in downtown Tillamook.
The TCAN Biennial is supported by a grant from the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition, a local re-granting organization funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Tillamook County Arts Network, an all-volunteer county-wide organization, has been serving the local creative community since 2000. TCAN engages daily in its mission to strengthen, illuminate and promote arts and culture in Tillamook County through its website: www.tillamookcountyarts.org. The site features detailed information on the following: creatives throughout the county, comprehensive calendar of arts and cultural events, venues for rent, arts organizations, and media resources. Statistics show the site is used every day providing a vital service to the cultural fabric of Tillamook County. TCAN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is a registered partner with the Oregon Cultural Trust.