Our Coast Magazine 2018:OC18
Artistry. Outdoors. Adventures. Pastimes.
Short Sand Beach Oswald West State Park, Oregon About 10 miles south of Cannon Beach is a large parking lot on the east side of U.S. Highway 101, and there you’ll ﬁnd the trailhead for Short Sand Beach. This half-mile-long beach may be the prettiest on the Oregon Coast, but it remains relatively unknown. On a warm summer day you’ll ﬁnd plenty of people there, but it won’t seem crowded, for Short Sand is a Mecca for those with surfboards, paddle boards, kayaks, and ﬁshing rods. If the day is balmy, plan to arrive early, and on oﬀ-season days you may ﬁnd you have Short Sand almost to yourself. A well-maintained path through primeval forest leads along and over Short Sand Creek. You ﬁnd yourself walking beneath the branches of great moss-covered trees, and after half a mile of gentle slope you ﬁnd yourself at a picnic area that looks out on Short Sand Beach and Smuggler Cove. There’s a waterfall at the north end of the beach, and to the south mist from breakers drifts past basalt and sandstone cliﬀs. One of the advantages of Short Sand Beach is the moderate gradient. As the tide goes out there are pools and shallows far enough back from the waves to be perfect for small children who want to build sand castles and splash in the water. And there’s plenty of driftwood just waiting to be turned into forts. Side trails take you through dense old-growth forest, and a trail of slightly more than two miles takes you to Cape Falcon.
Surfers and fishers enjoy Short Sand Beach at Oswald West State Park.
Another half-mile walk takes you to a monument that memorializes Matt Kramer, the journalist who was instrumental in preserving Oregon beaches. It has a beautiful view of Short Sand Beach. — Dwight Caswell
The Picture Attic Long Beach, Washington
Jean Nitzel picks out a frame to show a customer at the Picture Attic at 711 Pacific Ave. N. in Long Beach.
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Owners and longtime Long Beach Peninsula residents Jean and Bill Nitzel founded the Picture Attic in 1981 as a portrait studio, quickly establishing itself as the area’s premier location for senior portraits, wedding pictures, and family reunion photos. With the arrival of the digital age, this aspect of their business has faded away, but the Picture Attic continues to thrive as a source for custom picture framing and a resource for the ﬁne artists throughout the region. The Nitzels pride themselves on their economical but highquality framing personalized for the speciﬁc needs of the customer, in addition to their rubber-stamping and scrapbooking supplies. But it’s their support and encouragement of local artists that accounts for their continued growth. Their gallery is the home of the Northwest Artist Guild, a group of more than 20 local artists whose work is promoted and exhibited on the premises. In addition, the Picture Attic oﬀers regular classes and workshops in watercolors, seaglass windows, needle-felting, and alcohol inking, with new programs added regularly. Plans are afoot for a paint-pouring class and “Lunch Bunch Fridays,” where artists can bring their in-progress projects for an afternoon of work and socializing on site. Whether you are a novice or professional artist, or simply an aﬁcionado of the local arts, the friendly and helpful staﬀ at the Picture Attic is there to provide for your every need. — William Ham