In a town as small as Gearhart, there can be a limited number of things to do. Luckily, Gearhart has plenty of art galleries sprinkled around town that feature local artists. Many of the galleries are part of Gearhart’s monthly First Saturday Art Walk.
Begin the afternoon by admiring pastel artist Susan Thomas’ vibrant seabirds, coastal landscapes and sunflowers at A Great Gallery on Pacific Way. Thomas’ work is heavily inspired by Gearhart and local beaches. Her work also includes lighthouses, Gearhart’s buildings, shells and tufted puffins, which live at Haystack Rock.
The Natural Nook Flower Shop includes the work of local consignment artists in their assortment of floral arrangements and garden items. The shop is also featured in the art walk and features terracotta garden globes, an abundance of colorful flower pots and a wide variety of decorative art.
The gallery with the largest variety of work is Trails End Art Association on A Street. Trail’s End is a cooperative of local artists of every skill level. Many mediums are featured, from oil on canvas to jewelry. July’s featured artist is Carol Braden, who specializes in life-size guitars made from recycled metal and found objects. Braden has been featured over 100 galleries nationwide and is well-known among famous musicians like Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton and Zac Brown Band.
Be sure to check out Mary Schlunegger, who is one of 28 artists featured by the gallery. She focuses on birds, using mixed media and acrylic on silver leaf. Another artist, Micheal Muldoon, features Astoria scenes in his oil paintings, such as the Liberty Theatre and ships on the Columbia. Enjoy the interpretations and details of the coast that you may have missed, through Gearhart’s local art scene.