All-NEW Oregon Coast Deck to be released at Cannon Beach’s Stormy Weather Arts Festival


PORTLAND, Ore. –  Oregon artist Aaron Trotter will release his latest deck of Illustrated Playing Cards – featuring the North Coast from Newport to Astoria – on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 12pm to 5pm at Voyages Toys, Comics & Games, located at 172 N. Hemlock St. in Cannon Beach during the city’s annual annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival. 

Marking his seventh year in the card business, Trotter's new deck captures the rugged, stormy nature of the scenic North Oregon Coast from Newport to Astoria. Meant to inspire exploration – the deck includes maps, suggested routes, and travel times – each card illustrates a different public beach, state park, viewpoint, or historic landmark. 

From Fort Stevens, the cards follow Route 101 south to Tillamook and the Three Capes Scenic Route, hugging the coastline to Yaquina Bay Bridge at Newport. Spanning just the northern half of the Oregon Coast, the diverse scenes include many famous destinations familiar to locals and visitors. 

According to Trotter, a separate deck focusing solely on Cannon Beach will be released in December; while a South Coast deck is planned for 2018. (A complete list of all North Coast illustrations is at the bottom of this release, please let us know if you request a high resolution image of a certain locale). 
The drawings were sketched on location over a succession of road trips in all weather over the last two years. They were finished at Trotter’s studio in Portland, or on the go with watercolor pencil, pen and ink. The cards are digitally printed in Portland; each box is signed and numbered by the artist. The first printing will be limited to 100 decks. Each deck is made to be played, displayed, and used as a souvenir and guidebook.
About Illustrated Playing Cards First released in November 2010, Illustrated Playing Cards debuted with Landmarks of Portland, featuring famous signs and downtown icons. Other Portland-centric decks followed: Portland Breweries (2013), Secrets of Portland and Oregon Wineries (2014), and Old Portland (2016). Trotter hasn't drawn all the cities of the world yet, but that's his goal. In the last seven years he has sketched over 30 different cities (each collecting 52 drawings) from Los Angeles to New York, Paris, Tokyo and beyond. The Portland cards are available at Powell's or Made in Oregon. Other decks are available at select museums around the country including the Seattle Art Museum, Griffith Observatory (Los Angeles), Mob Museum (Las Vegas), Denver Art Museum, Guggenheim (NYC), and National Building Museum (DC). Trotter and his decks can be found at Portland Saturday Market every weekend near Skidmore Fountain or by chance at his cavernous art studio on N.E. Alberta St.

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