CANNON BEACH — The Earth & Ocean Arts Festival will be held in Cannon Beach Thursday through Sunday.

The festival will showcase the wonders of the natural world and encourage environmental stewardship through a broad range of gallery exhibits, live art performances and events.

Art For the Sky to create world’s largest sea star: The public is invited to be part of a live art project that will create the world’s largest sea star on the beach, entirely made up of people. The live art project will be coordinated by Art for the Sky, known for creating giant living paintings made of groups of people that are photographed from the sky.

Live performance installations and roving performers: Public spaces in Cannon Beach will become participatory theater as award-winning San Francisco based theater group, We Players, acclaimed nationally for their site-integrated performances, will perform from their recent sold-out production.

Dualing easels: Participants will watch as painters Michael Orwick and Anton Pavlenko simultaneously begin paintings then switch canvases several times before finishing.

Gallery events: Each of Cannon Beach’s art galleries will feature the work of their artists with strong environmental connections during the weekend. Several galleries will host special guest artists who will offer demonstrations and meet the public.

Farm to fork dinner and We Players performance: Iron Chef Goes Coastal winner Jonathan Hoffman will cater an exclusive limited attendance culinary event. The cost is $150.

Raku pottery firing on the beach: Ceramic artists Dave and Boni Deal will fire a raku piece on the beach for the public to view.

Earth & Ocean Arts Festival is a fundraiser for five North Oregon Coast based environmental nonprofits. To purchase passes or RSVP for the Art for the Sky project, visit

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