“Painting with Abandon” at the Fall WSO Conference in Bandon

30 Sep

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Bandon has two big events on tap for the next two weekends. The Fall Transparent Watercolor Convention of the Oregon Watercolor Society “Painting With Abandon!” will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Barn/Community Center will be the headquarters for the event, and convention co-chairs Victoria Tierney and Pat Cink are planning great workshops for the Society members.

Over 200 pieces of their work will also hang at Southern Coos Hospital, with a reception, open to the public, at the hospital Saturday afternoon from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The will be the first time in 25 years the entire statewide exhibit of the Watercolor Society of Oregon will be opening in Bandon.

Workshops will include a paint-out at the beach, a paint-out at a cranberry bog and a trip to the Old Town Market. A lot of these events will probably depend on the weather and as I update this Sunday afternoon, it doesn’t look very promising for any kind of outside activity. But this is Oregon and we know how quickly the weather can change.

Local photographers Susan Dimock and Kelle Herrick of Bandon and Pat Stannard of Floras Lake will lead the group in photo-shoots at the local beaches and lakes.

While here, the group will take side trips to the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, and a trip to Port Orford to the Hawthorne Gallery and Redfish Restaurant.

A press release put out by Victoria Tierney last spring also reminds visitors that they will have a chance to visit the new Face Rock Creamery, play world-class golf, ride horses on the beach, take a charter fishing boat ride, beach comb, camp at Bullards, and enjoy Bandon’s great restaurants and quaint shops.

Now if we just have some of our “Indian Summer” weather . . . that would be great.

The 2013 Oregon Coast Film Festival will take place Saturday evening, Oct. 12, also at the community center. Tickets for the film festival are $10 and can be purchased at True Value Hardware or on the EventBrite.com website. General admission tickets will also be available at the door for the program, which starts at 6 p.m., with a reception at 5.

I’ll have more about this event in next week’s column, but it’s a first for Bandon and people are encouraged to attend.


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