Pay It Forward From a Smart Dog to An Art Festival--This Really Happened

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Yesterday I was sitting on the couch when I noticed my Golden Retriever coming down the stairs with something in his mouth. He came over and played Keep Away for a minute or two, then relinquished the paper.

Our youngest "son", Takoda (photo: Gayle Rich-Boxman)



 I looked at what he brought me and it was a gorgeous brochure for the "springunveiling" Art Festival weekend at Cannon Beach, OR--our favorite coastal town to go to for celebrations!

11th Annual Spring Unveiling

Well, it seemed that there must've been a bit of dog-divine intervention going on here!  My birthday is mid April and this festival is the next week (April 29-May 1st) and we always stay at our favorite dog-friendly hotel, the SurfSand Resort Hotel AND we love to buy artwork in Cannon Beach so it all spelled out M-A-K-E T-H-E C-A-L-L!

Afterwards, I got to thinking about how often people ask me about what coastal towns to visit when they are looking at buying property here at Fishhawk Lake and I always mention Cannon Beach as a perfect destination that's only an hour away.





One sunset/3 views on Cannon Beach, December 2006

Haystack Rock

Photos by: Gayle Rich-Boxman

 So, I decided to e-mail the gallery group who put this stunning full-color piece together (knowing how much work this took and how much money) to compliment them on it and tell them that I will be coming and taking photos and putting together a "localism" article to send out on my blogs with pictures as well as content once I get back from the festival.

DragonFire GalleryDragonfire Gallery, one of the many galleries open for the April Art Festival weekend (April 29, 30, & May 1st)

I told the gallery group in an e-mail how special Cannon Beach is to my husband and I and how many art pieces we've collected from different artists and galleries in our travels there. We even bought a very large giclee piece of Jeffrey Hull's that he and his wife personally delivered and hung for us last fall. We took them out on our boat and gave them a tour of Fishhawk Lake--a place they'd never been to before, even though it's only an hour from Cannon Beach!  


 This is a painting of Haystack Rock (Haystack Rock at Sunset) by Jeffrey Hull, hanging in our "Lake Room".

3rd Annual Plein Air & More

George  Vetter photo of Jeffrey Hull, creating his artwork of Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach,OR

This is the first of at least two articles I will write about this terrific destination, Cannon Beach, OR as well as the many opportunities to buy art.

Hope to see you there! (Or visit me "virtually, once I get the photos and article written in May about the "springunveiling art festival weekend").

Gayle Rich-Boxman
Broker, Vernonia Realty
Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Recreation Club
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
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I liked your blog very much. Then I noticed there were no comments. Isn't that a drag when you've put so much into it. I guess as AR grows it's harder to be seen.

Apr 03, 2011 08:10 AM #1
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
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Hi Gayle....your comments will come.  I like the story of how your dog brought this to your attention.  I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures you take of this years festival.  The pictures of Canon Beach are gorgeous.  I'm always amazed at what a good job you do of promoting Fish Hawk Lake.  Enyoy the rest of your Sunday.    

Apr 03, 2011 08:18 AM #2
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

It's okay, Robert, I just posted it only a couple of moments ago! Not to worry--build it and they will come.

I'm going to send this to the galleries group, too....just so they know I put this "out there" on the worldwide web.

Miss Sondra--thanks, darlin' and I can't WAIT for this event! I probably won't have my decent camera by then, but so what--I'll still take tons of pics and (most importantly) have fun with my family! And MAYBE buy some art....

Apr 03, 2011 08:21 AM #3
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Does, in fact, seem like some kind of divine intervention . . . but what I REALLY want to know is . . . WHEN in mid-April is your birthday?  Mine is the 14th!  I KNEW you were a kindred spirit! :)))  Sounds wonderful . . .

Apr 03, 2011 09:06 AM #4
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

I have been a big fan of Cannon Beach since I visited it when I used to work for Tektronix in Beaverton and came there for training events. So different from Florida beaches with the huge rocks in the water. The other thing I noticed with the strong breezes how many people fly kites there, plus the much colder water with swimmers wearing wet suits. You have a magical dog there Gayle, no doubt about it.

Apr 03, 2011 11:25 AM #5
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Gary, there are SO many reasons why I treasure you--this just adds one more to the mix. I lived in Beaverton for several years before we sold our home (in FOUR HOURS) and moved out here fulltime--never looked back--

Having grown up on the east coast and having spent many a summer in the waters of upstate NY at the Thousand Islands (FRIGID), having been to Atlantic City, and FLA, they are all so very different, but the throughline for me is it's about water. 

There is something so soothing about the sound of the ocean that has always healed me. One of the things I didn't put in this blog is that when I have had to put one of my precious dogs to sleep, I have always taken whatever other dog(s) I had and driven down to Cannon Beach to cleanse my soul and let go of the pain.

Apr 03, 2011 12:22 PM #6
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Gayle, another cool place to visit! Someday I'll get to all these places you're introducing me to!

Apr 03, 2011 04:55 PM #7
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
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Oh! How fun! I love the Surf & Sand here in Laguna~ when I got married my guests stayed over here and we took some of our wedding pictures here too~ Your area looks nice as well... You will have a great time! I'm sure! I will chat with you before your bday~ take pix ;) Great doggie pic too!

Apr 03, 2011 08:49 PM #8
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