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Planning Commission Position Available

Gearhart Planning Commission Position Available

The City Council is looking for one volunteer to appoint for the Gearhart Planning Commission.  The planning commission consists of seven voting members to be appointed by the mayor with the concurrence of a majority of the city council.  

The term of office for a member shall be four years with terms expiring on November 30IMG_20171013_134940 of the fourth year after appointment.  Planning commission meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.  Occasionally the planning commission will hold an additional work session.  

Members of the planning commission will be chosen from the residents or the property owners within the city and urban growth boundary.

The planning commission shall study the subdivision of land and make recommendations to the city council, to public officials and to individuals regarding land use, location of thoroughfares, public buildings, parks and other public facilities.  The planning commission also studies any other matter relating to the planning and development of the city and the surrounding area.  

Applications and questionnaires for the planning commission may be picked up at the Gearhart City Hall or click HERE.  Applications must be returned to city hall by November 24th.  Interviews will take place at the December 6th city council meeting.

Happy Hour w/ Mayor Matty Friday at 3:00 PM

It’s time for another Happy Hour with the Mayor! Bring your favorite (non-alcoholic) beverage and stop by City Hall from 3:00-4:30pm on Friday to talk about anything Gearhart with myself and your fellow neighbors! This is a fun and informal way to get together with other residents and talk about all the things you love about our community and where we can find common ground on the different issues affecting us all. Cheers, and I look forward to seeing you Friday 10/6 at 3:00pm!

All the best,

Mayor Matty Brown


October 2017 Press ReleaseB&W St Johns Bridge

Trail’s End Art Association and Gallery is having a new show opening on Saturday, October 7 from 2-5pm honoring Richard Newman, our featured artist along with many other artists as members of the association.  The gallery is located in Gearhart at 656 A Street, one block south of Pacific Way.

Richard Newman, the featured artist for October at Trail’s End Art Gallery has entitled his show “Photography in Black and White.”  It will include his most recent works printed on aluminum, canvas and pearlized metallic paper.

Newman grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and now lives in Beaverton and Gearhart, Oregon. Ecola State ParkAs a kid growing up, he always loved the photographs in Life magazine. These pictures reached out from all parts of the world and showed both the beauty in landscapes as well as the reality of life. The one person who he admired the most was Ansel Adams who exclusively worked in Black and White and took scenic photographs of the Western United States.

Newman especially likes to take pictures of landscapes, nature, sports and historical objects. He is fascinated by the various textures that nature has provided, allowing him to bring these objects to print. “Photography is not a job for me; it is a passion for capturing memories.”  He loves to share his photographic development techniques with interested viewers.

B&W gearsCurrently, Newman is the president of Trail’s Ends Art Association. His photograph of a DC3 on aluminum received first place in the annual judged show in 2016. His photographs are hung in various coffee shops in Beaverton and Portland, and he has developed his own website located at

His photographs of the Bridge of Sighs and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in black and white were sold to ABC television and used on the Criminal Minds TV show. In addition, his photographs are also offered on Etsy under the shop Newman48.

Visit the gallery on Saturday, October 7. Along with other members’ work, the show will be open through the month of October. The public is welcome to browse the gallery featuring an all-new monthly exhibit of oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, photography, collage, cards and gifts.  Besides gallery shows, the association offers workshops and classes for all levels and media, as well as open studio opportunities free of charge to members and a small usage fee for others.  For more information about our organization, events and newsletter, visit us online at  New members are always welcome. Call 503-717-9458 for hours and times the gallery is open during October.  Our gallery is open 11-3pm Wednesday through Sundays.