Kiln-fired ceramics, street inflatables in December’s Astoria Art Walk


Astoria’s Second Saturday Art Walk, a celebration of visual art, music and writing, will begin at noon and continue through 8 p.m. Saturday. New exhibits open with refreshments, drinks and treats at this monthly downtown event.

Angi D Wildt Gallery, 106 10th St.

In three galleries on the 10th Street block between Astor Street and Marine Drive, including Angi D Wildt Gallery, artist Paul Polson will display parade-style inflatables, creating a fun photo opportunity.

This gallery represents 25 artists working in various mediums. Between 5 and 8 p.m., light snacks and beverages will be offered here and at Paul Polson Studio Gallery and West Coast Artisans Gallery.

Astoria Art Loft, 106 Third St.

At Astoria Art Loft, a show of fiber artwork allows artists to experiment with edges, shapes and compositions in various materials including fabrics, photos, paint and rust. Vote for your favorite pieces.

ARTstoria Gallery, 1168 Commercial St.

Settle in and focus on home at this gallery, offering new original paintings each month as well as prints, home decor, cards and journals by owner and artist Connie Dillon. Sign up for a gift card drawing during the art walk.

Astoria Studio Collective, 372 10th St.

This location will be hosting another Writer’s Guild pop-up authors’ fair. Representative authors include Elisa Carlsen, Deb Vanasse, Kim O’Bryant, Kama O’Connor, Juleen Johnson, Marianne Monson and Logan Garner.

Also, collective artists will have studios open to display their work. Talk with local authors and artists upstairs from 4 to 6 p.m. Look for flashing signs marking the entrance.

Astoria Visual Arts, 1000 Duane St.

Welcoming three Portland artists with work from the East Creek anagama kiln in Willamina. Joe Robinson, Eli Pilkington and Calvin Bartlett exhibit in “Fire Brands,” a show curated by Barry Calvarese, of Nehalem.

Built in 1983, the East Creek anagama kiln is the oldest wood-fire kiln west of the Mississippi River. Each piece embodies the unique natural elements within the region in a craft that has captivated humans for millennia.

Also, visit the ceramics nook, a fundraiser to support Astoria Visual Arts’ nonprofit gallery and arts education program.

Bridge and Tunnel Bottleshop and Taproom, 1390 Duane St.

Showing the work of Tracy Phinney, a local photographer who focuses on natural beauty. This collection mostly focuses on macro photography, with a few other touches.

Brumfield Gallery, 1033 Marine Drive

This gallery’s exhibition features Wesley Anderegg’s figurative ceramic sculptures, along with new animal-themed raku vessels by Dan Chen and new mixed-media sculptures from Morgan Brig. Also showcasing paintings in oil, cold wax, mixed media encaustic, acrylic and watercolor.

Cambium Gallery, 1010 Duane St.

Announcing the upcoming solo exhibition “Sidestoke” by ceramicist Audrey Long. This exhibition is an exploration of atmospheric firing in ceramics through three kilns in six weeks within an inclusive and diverse community in Willamina.

View “Sidestoke” at the gallery’s annual holiday party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday or during the art walk, The artist will be present.

Imogen Gallery, 240 11th St.

At this gallery’s annual “Hook, Pulp & Weave” show, a rich and diverse invitational exhibition explores the uses of fiber in art. Functional and nonfunctional work will be included in this unique exhibition of textile-based art.

Color, texture and composition form the backbone of this collection, designed with the holiday season in mind. Included in this year’s exhibition is the photographic work, printed to silk, of Pamela Chipman, abstract fiber wall art by Susan Circone and wall-hung work from Kim Lakin.

Also showing needle woven waxed linen and beaded jewelry by Celeste Olivares, woven wraps from Helen Repp, freq flags made of reclaimed fabrics by Jenny Rideout, needle felted wool sculptures by Amelia Santiago, nuno felted wraps by Julie Kern Smith and abstract needle felted sculptures by Karen Thurman.

LightBox Photographic Gallery, 1045 Marine Drive

Sam Blair’s exhibit, “Zenscapes,” is about minimalism and simplicity. Blair believes photography is an art of interpretation. In his words, “I don’t photograph what I see, but what I feel.” To express those emotions, he reduces the vast outer world down to shapes and forms, adding that “if it doesn’t add, it detracts.”

Old Things and Objects, 1144 Commercial St.

This shop focuses on vintage maritime art of the Pacific Northwest. Displayed will be original paintings, signed prints, Native American jewelry, local studio pottery, books, records and other items.

Made in Astoria, 1269 Commercial St.

Colin Meston’s utilitarian ceramic work uses simple but strong forms inspired by the natural world, rooted in the long tradition of the craft. His latest work was fired in a local anagama kiln, where each piece captures the variable surface colors and textures that reflect the path of the flame. Meston will be at the gallery from 4 to 6 p.m.

Martha and Michael Grano’s jewelry show, “Metal + Fire + Stone,” continues with new work. The husband-and-wife duo work individually and collaboratively, combining modern form and organic materials to create inventive jewelry.

Paul Polson Studio Gallery, 100 10th St.

Showing new paintings in addition to the inflatables on 10th Street. Paul Polson’s pet dinosaur will be lurking on the street as well.

RiverSea Gallery, 1160 Commercial St.

Richard Rowland presents “Ahikaaroa,” an exhibition of his wood-fired ceramics, with the title taken from the name of his hillside anagama kiln in the forested outskirts of Astoria.

He has devoted months to experimenting with exciting new sculptural and functional forms. The pieces in this show were unloaded from the Ahikaaroa kiln on Nov. 25. Each piece that survives the intense fire and ash of the kiln is a unique testament to an ancient process and the community centered around it.

Also, Kate Speranza showcases a new collection of jewelry and small artworks featuring found materials and objects ranging from natural to manufactured. Her elegantly crafted work offers formal composition, rustic grit and a bit of bling. She’ll also have an enhanced selection of her popular Astoria sidewalk glass jewelry.

From 5 to 8 p.m., meet the artists and enjoy seasonal refreshments with musical accompaniment by guitarist Wes Wahrmund.

West Coast Artisans Gallery, 160 10th St.

Along with inflatables along 10th Street, this gallery will feature holiday ornaments, gifts and art. For those who remember the art walk before the pandemic, Janet’s cookies and brownies will be back at 5 p.m.

Xanadu Astoria, 1104 Marine Drive

Showing art by Missy Strain, aka Messy Stain, a local artist who creates interpretative views of historic Astoria. See how she takes houses, buildings and many other things and creates a new view. Starting at 2 p.m., meet the artist and enjoy a day of music.

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