OCEAN PARK — August is a beautiful month on the Southwest Washington coast, perfect for summer strolls with friends and family. On Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the artists and shops of Ocean Park’s Art and Antiques invite you to do just that. Meander down Bay Avenue to seven stops featuring world-class art, funky treasures, a bit of music and delicious treats and nibbles, and friendly folk to greet you along the way.
Toward the east end of Bay Avenue close to Willapa Bay, Wiegardt Studio Gallery (2607 Bay Avenue) is having a very special day. At 1 p.m., artist Eric Wiegardt hosts a plein air painting demonstration in the gardens of his beautiful gallery. Wiegardt teaches painting workshops around the world, however this afternoon, guests are invited to pull up a beach chair and watch him work for the sheer joy of it. Also offered one day only is a 20 percent off anything in the gallery. If you have longed for an Eric Wiegardt work, this is a perfect time to treat yourself.
Traveling west is a tent perched along the walking path in front of Beach Home Old and New (2311 Bay Avenue). With the scent of sun drenched pine needles all around, Bonnie Lou Cozby offers a touch of whimsy featuring beach and rain forest Fae Folk as well as a few tiny dragons and fairy wands. The dragons guard a treasure of sterling silver and gem jewelry and the eclectic work of jewelry artist Debbie Haugsten. Try a bit of the Barn on Bay Rocky Road for a treat.
Almost next door, Weir Studios (2217 Bay Avenue) encompasses the works of Andrea and Sven Weir. For the walk, Andrea has focused on her paintings done in oil and mixed media drawing formats. Several of the pieces are award winners from recent shows in Astoria and Gearhart, Oregon. Lending a shimmer and sparkle to the space are wonderful, one of a kind fused glass pendants, beaded works and larger glass pieces.
Forgotten Treasures Antiques and Collectibles Mall is located mid-point (1904 Bay Avenue). Eclectic dealers, over 35 in all, display their wares throughout two buildings and “The Wizard” (aka Vincent Stevens) mans an octagonal tent of wonders outside. If you ever wondered what to do with an odd, slightly beat-up container of any sort, seek inspiration here and then ask Alissa Stevens. You will find evidence of her talent to meld the perfect container with the perfect plant tucked here, there and everywhere outside their two shops. The Stevens are also Dixie Belle chalk paint distributors and will demonstrate an easy to master and spectacular patina painting technique during the day.
New to the Ocean Park Art & Antiques group is Rosa Accuardi, owner of Rosa’s Treasure Chest (1410 Bay Avenue). Accuardi describes her shop best with a quote on her business card, “Things you want. Nothing you need.” Old, new, used and collectible share space here. In a back nook, there are shelves of signed first-edition books to ponder over; below the window a set of claw foot tub feet… everything needs a double look in order to take it all in.
Bay Avenue Gallery (1406 Bay Avenue) is a combination working studio and amazing gallery. Studio time is filled by local and visiting artists working mostly in clay, but the gallery offers beautiful work in any media imaginable. Gallery owner and clay artist Sue Raymond is well known for her fun and whimsical creatures. Oils, acrylics, watercolor, jewelry, woodcarving, driftwood, pottery, sculpture, prints, cards and so much more fill the gallery. During the walk, a long-time and well-loved local artist, Janet Herring, will make a rare appearance to demonstrate her cranberry vine basket-making techniques. She and her husband Art have been on the local art scene for many years and the walk offers a perfect chance to drop by and say hello.
Walking uses energy and the perfect solution is a stop at Adelaide’s (1401 Bay Avenue). Colleen Smith offers the best of everything delicious, coffee in all the favorite forms, breakfast sandwiches, lunch options, proper desserts, chocolate candy and ice cream, lots of ice cream. This fun, spunky and always hopping place is also the home to local spinning and weaving group the Peninsula Fiberistas (members on hand for demos at 10 a.m.), as well as a colorful yarn shop. Artists Judy Leonard and Robert Matthews join author Lynda Raynor and others on the covered porch of the historic Taylor Hotel building, home to Adelaide’s. Leonard paints intricate scenes on old hoes, trowels, shovels and more and Matthews creates miniature bowling alley vignettes. Inside local artist Bette Lu Krause has perfect for summer screen-printed T-shirts available featuring her work.
Maps are available at all locations, the Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce and the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau. Visit on Facebook: Ocean Park Art and Antiques or oceanparkartandantiques.vistaprintdigital.com.