SEAL ROCK – A new art gallery has opened in Seal Rock, but the owner is a familiar face in the local business scene.
Susan Hanson owned Heartsong Beads for over 20 years on the 101 freeway and has now opened an art gallery in the same location. Dancing Coyote Gallery features Hanson’s original artwork as well as jewelry, stained glass sculpture, glass, fiber art and more from other artists.
The name Dancing Coyote Gallery comes from Hanson’s favorite gallery in Depoe Bay which closed in the early 2000s. Hanson went to their closing sale to buy some light fixtures and was offered their business sign. She’s stuck with it ever since. “I originally thought I would put it in my home studio,” she said. When she decided to open her art gallery, she checked to see if that name was available, and it was. “I love the name. It’s just funny how it turned out.
Hanson’s roots were in painting before moving to Oregon, where she discovered glass beads and torch work. After making beads for over two decades at Heartsong, she was ready to move on but not ready to express her creativity.
She had a closing sale for Heartsong Beads but felt she was not ready to retire. It was the physical gallery itself that brought her back to a new venture. “It’s a huge space and my home studio is very small,” Hanson said. “I like having chaos in one place.”
Although she hadn’t painted for 30 years, she still had many of her canvases. “I really love painting and wanted to come back to it,” Hanson said. “It’s meditative. I get a bit lost.
Dancing Coyote Gallery is also Hanson’s studio where she creates her art. Brightly colored abstract paintings are her current theme, and she says it’s both nerve-wracking and more liberating. She paints intuitively without having a drawing or photo to fall back on and paints in layers, bringing texture and interest to her work.
Hanson said she would continue to make memorial beads – glass works of art containing the ashes of a deceased loved one. The gallery still carries beads, which they like to make because they can be made quickly, but once sold, that inventory will be minimal.
The gallery also features artwork by some of her fellow artists from the Pacific Artist’s Co-op in Lincoln City, of which she is a member and where her beadwork is for sale. Hanson is looking for additional sculpting artists to exhibit in his gallery. Anyone interested should contact her directly.
Dancing Coyote is located at 10343 NW Pacific Coast Highway in Seal Rock and is open Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and whenever the “Open” flag is up. Follow on Instagram at susan_p_hanson for the latest updates.