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POLARIS GALLERY

Polaris Gallery in Manzanita, Oregon showcases the paintings of artist/owner J. Scott Wilson and visiting artists.

POLARIS GALLERY was named Polaris after the North Star, a guiding star adjacent the Big Dipper clearly evident in the Oregon Coast evening skies.  Polaris illuminates a blanket of celestial art above our northern Oregon coast community.

Polaris (α UMi, α Ursae Minoris, Alpha Ursae Minoris, commonly North Star, Northern Star or Pole Star, also Lodestar, sometimes Guiding star) is the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor. It is very close to the north celestial pole, making it the current northern pole star. It is a multiple star, consisting of the main star α UMi Aa, two smaller companions, α UMi B and α UMi Ab, and two distant components α UMi C and α UMi D. α UMi B was discovered in 1780 by William Herschel. Many recent papers calculate the distance to Polaris at about 434 light years or 133 parsecs.