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Hawk Creek Gallery: where the artist and the art are all part of the experience

It was the summer of 1978. Michael Schlicting and his then-wife were artists fresh out of college and in Neskowin spending time with family. His grandparents had turned an old, one-room school house into a home, and it just happened to be empty that summer.

“My parents said, ‘Why don’t you stay there?’” Schlicting recalled.

That Memorial Day weekend, the young couple had an inspiration.

“We hung some artwork in the living room and put a little sandwich board on the highway that said ‘Art’ with an arrow pointing the way,” Schlicting said. “People stopped and started buying things. That was the genesis of the Hawk Creek Gallery. It’s worked since day one.”

Hawk Creek Gallery Neskowin
Hawk Creek Gallery is located in Neskowin.

Thirty-nine years later, from mid-June to September, Schlicting is still on hand seven days a week to greet guests.

“I very much enjoy meeting the people that come in,” said Schlicting, who works in watercolor, acrylic and mixed water media. “As an artist, you are putting in your personal vision and emotional response to what you are painting and it is so fun and enlightening, and sometimes very humbling, to see how other people react.”

Michael Schlicting
Michael Schlicting

A world traveler, Schlicting visits Italy and South America often. Eight years ago, he was the featured cultural speaker for weeks in West Africa.

“These opportunities add a richness and depth to my work,” he said. “People are not just buying the image, they are buying my experience, my travels. There is an investment in me, my career, my longevity. That is part of the experience.”

The Hawk Creek Gallery is located at 4800 Schoolhouse Rd., Neskowin; and is open seven days a week in the summer months from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The gallery is also open weekends in the spring and fall, or by appointment.

To view some of Schlicting’s work, visit his website; and to keep up with news at the Hawk Creek Gallery, follow their Facebook page.

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Lori Tobias
Lori Tobias is a journalist of more than 25 years, most recently as a staff writer for The Oregonian for which she covered the Oregon Coast for a decade. She currently writes a regular column for Oregon Coast Today and freelances for numerous other local, state and national publications. Her novel "Wander" is due out from Red Hen Press in 2016.