Angi Wildt had her first job in an art gallery in Cannon Beach about 15 years ago. In 2013 she was living in California, working in a gallery.
Twice she’s produced pop-up galleries in Portland, and for some time has been collecting and stashing art at home in preparation for her long time dream of one day opening a gallery of her own. She said after a career in the military, in 1999 she moved to Seaside. She’s left and come back a few times. She always returns, she said, because she misses the rain.
Opportunity presented itself a few months ago when space became available at 751 Broadway in the historic Beacon Building.
That’s when Wildt took the leap to open the Angi D. Wildt Gallery.
Wildt, who is a photographer of water, beach, and architecture, represents a classy stable of talent. Arizona based artist Ty McNeeley’s photography captures the raw elements of human nature through abandonment or conflict.
“After seeing things in the military that I wished I could show the world, I decided to take that idea and make a career of it,” McNeeley says in his artist’s statement. His bold work focuses on natural beauty, such as the Aurora Borealis.
Quata Cody is a Seattle-based artist whose work is inspired by classic Japanese painting. “It’s cliché to say that it is an internal landscape, but these really are memories of real places; single thoughts and ideas highly focused and expressed in color,” Cody said. Nancy Bosse is an artist working in glass based out of Warrenton. Bud Egger is a sculptor working in marble, bronze, and metal. Suzanne Vaughn is a sculptor working in glass mosaic. These are just a few of the fine artists Wildt represents. She is also selling the consigned work of Christine Kende of Astoria; Cindy Erickson of Nehalem; Louis Andrew Schaffer from Portland; Aerin Adrian of Seaside, and other notable work.
Wildt is proud to be part of Seaside’s burgeoning gallery scene.
“There’s a lot happening in Seaside,” she said. She is a participant of the First Saturday Art Walks that take place in town from 5 to 8 p.m. On Aug. 3 she partners with Buddha Kat Winery to celebrate the exhibition of Christine Kende’s impressionist landscapes rendered on glass. In addition to running her gallery, Wildt is also a professional webmaster whose accounts include the Seaside Farmer’s Market and the Astoria Yacht Club.
“I race sailboats on Tuesdays on the river in Astoria,” she said. “Sailing and art — that’s what I live for.”
The Angi D. Wildt Gallery is located at 737 Broadway in Seaside. The phone number is 541-961-1229. Visit the gallery’s website at www.angidwildtgallery.com. Gallery hours are Thursday-Monday, noon to 5 p.m., or by appointment.
“If you see the sign is out, it means I’m open,” Wildt said.