Our Coast Magazine 2018:OC18
The Columbia Pacific is a playground for every type of explorer, whether you’re an art lover, history buff, sports junkie, or wilderness nut. Here are some of our favorite ways to have an adventure when you’re out and about.
Get Lit at the Beach Cannon Beach, Oregon We often think of authors as Olympian ﬁgures, imbued with otherworldly talent — distant demigods occupying a lofty cultural perch. One of the appeals of Get Lit at the Beach — Tolovana Arts Colony’s annual three-day literature conference that takes place every spring in Cannon Beach — is that you feel as if you get to know these great minds on a down-to-earth level and realize they, too, are human — ﬂawed, self-doubting, in search of inspiration, drawn to beauty, forced to face down obstacles and bad habits en route to becoming who they wanted to be. Get Lit ticket-holders enjoy a meet-and-greet, attend talks and book signings with the authors, and listen to a keynote speech. The event culminates in a public Q-and-A panel at the Coaster Theatre Playhouse, where the writers sit on stage and banter about their craft. A moderator, usually Cannon Beach’s own Terry Brooks — author of the monumentally successful Shannara series — asks them questions that touch on their journeys, their writing process, their successes and failures, and their advice for budding wordsmiths. What’s their daily routine? How do they know they’ve written something halfway decent? When is self-publishing a very bad idea? The dialogue is always edifying, entertaining, often thrilling. Guest authors have included such luminaries as Willy Vlautin, Nancy Pearl, Jim Lynch, Molly Gloss, and the much-missed Brian Doyle and Ursula K. Le Guin. These giants of Northwest literature hail from diﬀerent backgrounds, pen ﬁction and nonﬁction, create worlds set in rugged reality and pure fantasy. But they share a belief in the importance of their work and are invested in seeing their projects through to completion. After experiencing Get Lit, anyone aspiring to do something bold and meaningful — whether become a writer, musician, athlete, or entrepreneur — will come away feeling that their dream, too, is worth chasing. — Erick Bengel
The five guest authors of 2015’s Get Lit at the Beach gather onstage at the Coaster Theatre Playhouse. From left: Jim Lynch, Gail Tsukiyama, Nancy Pearl, Karen Joy Fowler and Terry Brooks. The 2018 event takes place May 18 through 20.
LightBox Photographic Gallery Astoria, Oregon
Patrons check out images on the walls of LightBox Photographic Gallery at 1045 Marine Drive in Astoria.
Since its founding in 2009, LightBox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Oregon — owned and operated by Michael and Chelsea Granger — has exhibited brilliant photographers. Both local photographers and professionals from around the world have graced its walls — artists like John Wimberley who changed the game with his revolutionary chemical processing techniques, or Jody Miller, who studied with Ansel Adams and Arthur Ollman. Last June marked LightBox’s 100th exhibit. The inviting two-story gallery has new exhibits about once a month. In addition to selling ﬁlm and photographic supplies, the gallery oﬀers matting, archival framing, and printing services (both digital and traditional ﬁlm), as well as photo restoration. LightBox also oﬀers memberships to people who support its mission to educate and promote the photographic arts. Members meet on the ﬁrst and third Wednesdays of each month to learn from each other and discuss and critique each other’s prints and images. Whether it’s alternative, historical, or modern methods you’re into, LightBox allows visitors to experience many voices and methods. “We’ve enjoyed each and every day meeting those who come into the gallery and to have experienced and shared the vision of so many unique and individual artists,” the Grangers said. The gallery is not to be missed by enthusiasts of the art form. — Laura Cherau Our Coast 2018 • discoverourcoast.com • 13