May Day artist talk 2021

ON YOUR MARKS

by Gayle H. Seely

  Every December Fairweather House and Gallery sends out the next year’s Art Walk themes. There is always one that jumps in front of the rest. This past year I switched from working with beads and stones to drawing on boxes with oil markers.

So “On your marks” was the perfect theme to create around.

 

I am exploring this new medium, having fun “marking” with color, wrapping layers around the sides to create full, vividly colorful pieces. My square boxes include tiny vases, a way to customize each piece and “make your mark” by adding your choice of feather.

Some of the feathers here are from birds I have harvested with my “marksmanship“. 

My larger companion piece is a way to share a story or awaken a memory in the viewer. Like a poem or a song in a visual, colorful language.”Gayle H. Seely

 

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.

Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then do that.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman, Educator and Theologian

 

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s First Woman President

Collage images by Linde Fenton-Mendenhall for Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Upper left:  Gayle H. Seely smiling joyfully about her new work for 2021 while following COVID social distancing and Oregon mask mandates. 

Upper middle: Gallery display featuring the new work for 2021 at the Fairweather Gallery for Gayle H. Seely and  in the background is new pastel work by Susan Mitchell.

Upper right:  Gleeful artist Gayle H. Seely with a fine feathered family friend.  Pictured in the background is art by Beverly Drew Kindley, NW impressionistic artist and Fairweather resident artist.

Lower left: Gayle H. Seely lecturing about her new boxes during the opening reception of the ON YOUR MARKS exhibition at the Fairweather House and Gallery.

Lower right:  Gayle H. Seely wearing a personally designed feather fascinator.  And, too, pictured with the artist is another art patron wearing a fascinator hat. 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Art Show and Sale

May 1-25

ON YOUR MARKS, an exhibition, featuring NW artists Gayle H. Seely, Diane Copenhaver, Mary Burges, and Lee Munsell. Debuting the pastel art of Susan Mitchell. 

“On your marks”  a command given to runners at the beginning of a race in order to get them into the correct position to start. In the words of the Fairweather exhibition, it “ means to begin something, indicating the arts season is opening for the summertime”. 

“For by the coastal summer season, is that nothing is enjoyed without community, without creative collaboration, without pure joy, and resolute faith in living safely and sharing generously with friends, family, and visitors.”  FH&G

The show offers a fresh and dynamic experience with new art specially created for the upcoming summer season. 

Please read more about our gallery, our commitment to NW artists, and our products made by NW hands.

https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

New advancement for Vanessa K. Stokes from emerging artist to Fairweather resident artist status in 2021.

 

I am absolutely ecstatic about your announcement with news of my receiving resident artist status at Fairweather House and Gallery.  Yes, I have been making strides to not only improve my art and craftsmanship, as well.  Having a job after graduation has opened up many new avenues. 

 

My art for your stunning gallery now has a dust cover on the back and includes a personalized wax seal and preserved flowers from the Northwest.  The flowers have been sealed with a UV-resistant spray to protect my trademark signature as long as my art. As, always, I will happily accept any advice you offer going forward.  Thank you, so much, for mentoring my art during my emerging artist status.  Please stay safe and well during these crazy times.”  Vanessa K. Stokes, artist 

Vanessa K. Stokes was introduced at the gallery at aged fifteen as an emerging artist. At the time she was in the early stage of her career and caught the eye of an art critic.

Vanessa K. Stokes is a self-taught Oregon artist. Since childhood, she has always had her nose in a book and hands in creating art. She finds Oregon’s rain especially calming and inspiring.

 

NATURE’S GRACE

Artist lecture grace notes

Vanessa K. Stokes

Graceful is one of the many words that come to mind when thinking about Mother Nature.  Nature is ever-expanding and no matter how articulate one may be, there will never be a proper way to faithfully describe how wonderfully stunning our planet earth is.

 

In every moment, whether we see it or not, nature is striving to find a way to survive. Growing, thriving, and yet, staying the same all in one moment  It is wildly free and chaotic while also being thoughtful and diligent.

From the air we breathe to the wind that blows to the land we step on to the grass we mow to the places where the flowers grow to the rainy mornings and the golden hour glow, Nature’s grace truly shows us how fortunate we are to be able to experience life’s abundance with its delicately strong strength.

 

 

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“Cliffs” oil by Lee Munsell
“Oregon Hug Point”

“Oregon North Coast Gold”

“One gets the feeling that Lee Munsell wants to communicate more than paint alone can suggest He uses nuances of light to create transcendent evocations.”

Lee Munsell uses nuances of light to create transcendent evocations. At a time when excess is a great temptation for an artist, it is refreshing to find an individual like Munsell who embraces time-honored tradition then attempts the difficult.

He explores the profundity of water and light, presenting a shimmering work on rocks, or a glow of luminosity in back lit waves.” –William Havlicek, art critic

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

On display and on sale through May 25

ON YOUR MARKS, an exhibition, featuring NW artists Gayle H. Seely, Diane Copenhaver, Mary Burgess, and Lee Munsell.

The artist, Lee Munsell, is a Luminist, as he explores a range of naturalistic subject matter with a sensitive eye for varying degrees of luminosity. He takes on the more difficult subjects of water, its weight, and its under tow in the tidal current.

Welcoming NW pastel artist Susan Mitchell. 

On your marks”  a command given to runners at the beginning of a race in order to get them into the correct position to start.

In the words of the May 2021 gallery exhibition, it “ means to begin something, indicating the arts season is opening for the summertime.

The show offers a fresh and dynamic experience with new art specially created for the upcoming high season.   

Please read more about our gallery, our commitment to NW artists, and our products made by NW hands.

https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Lee Munsell painting LIVE at Fairweather Gallery in the spring of 2021.

“There is a design to the world and cosmos around us. There are lessons in everything created.” LM

Just in from Lee Munsell. New for 2021.

Oil Paintings. One-of-a-kind.

Original artwork that is not set into any frame.

Because of frameless borders, these artworks can adapt to any style.

Unframed works are loved for their sleek and modern look.

Please read more about Lee Munsell, on the featured artist tab at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com 

His art works have been selected previosuly for the Laguna Festival of the Arts, a sought after juried show. In addition, Lee Munsell has participated in the Pageant of the Masters. His work is exhibited in selected galleries throughout the United States including a one man how at the World Art Gallery. He has traveled throughout throughout the Pacific NW to gather insights and does pencil sketches on location that allow him to take the inspiration for new work later in his studio.

“Precision” acrylic on wood panel by Diane Copenhaver

‘On your Marks’ Fairweather Gallery  exhibition May 1-25
 
 
The theme of ‘On Your Marks’ resonates with me.  Since my work is abstract, non-representational, I often begin a work with mark-making.  Disturbing a blank canvas by making a mark and then responding with another mark, sets the work in motion.”  Diane Copenhaver
 
 
 
“Experiment encaustic wax and pigment by Diane Copenhaver
“Who” encaustic wax and pigment by Diane Copenhaver
 
 
For the Fairweather Gallery May 2021 show,  my art pieces are an exploration of some new techniques. The mixed media collage and encaustic works reflect mark making and response but with a bit of whimsy and playfulness.”  DC

Diane Copenhaver, abstract artist, is a NW resident, and has embarked on a journey of discovery to unleash creative talents after a successful career in the aerospace industry. business. Bellevue College provided foundational skills focused on the principles and elements of design, color theory and harmonies, and painting techniques and processes.

Diane is painting primarily abstract using acrylics on varied surfaces. She also produces collage and mixed media works, is studying calligraphic arts and has begun to explore encaustic painting.

Color and texture are often the focus of Diane’s paintings. She uses layers of paint, as well as a variety of tools and mediums.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Art show and sale

May 1-25

ON YOUR MARKS, an exhibition, featuring NW artists Gayle H. Seely, Diane Copenhaver, Mary Burgess, and Lee Munsell.

Welcoming NW pastel artist Susan Mitchell. 

“On your marks”  a command given to runners at the beginning of a race in order to get them into the correct position to start.

In the words of the May 2021 gallery exhibition, it “ means to begin something, indicating the arts season is opening for the summertime.”

The show offers a fresh and dynamic experience with new art specially created for the upcoming high season.   

Please read more about our gallery, our commitment to NW artists, and our products made by NW hands.

https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

“Goldfinch and Sage” watercolor on wood panel by Mary Burgess

My paintings are about joyful experiences. As a long-time bird watcher, hiker, and nature enthusiast, I love the challenge of capturing the essence of each little creature and enjoy painting each as a portrait.”  MB

Mary Burgess is a watercolor artist living and working in Lake Oswego, Oregon. After teaching High School Art classes for 15 years, she began her second career as a professional watercolor artist and painting instructor

“Once a teacher, always an educator.  Mary Burgess enjoys the best of all worlds because she is using her skills to educate others about the arts and develops artwork to show what she is passionate about.”-– FH&G

“Redknot and Oceans” watercolor on panel by Mary Burgess

Red Knots nest above the Arctic Circle and winter near the tip of South America. So they migrate about 16,000 miles round trip each year. They can live more than 15 years, which means red knots travel to the moon and back several times on their cumulative migration flights.

When it’s winter here in the northern hemisphere, it’s summer in the southern — a fact that helps explain how the red knot’s vast migration evolved.

This is one of the most spectacular migrations available in bird life along the Pacific Ocean/ Western region migration and along the Atlantic Ocean/ Eastern region migration. 

Mary Burgess recommends reading the book “RISING”…

“RISING” by Elizabeth Rushing
Review: The short answer is: a writer’s sensibility. Rush, who teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University, has chosen to examine climate change through the lens of American places and people devastated by rising seas and higher temperatures. … An empathetic writer and observer, Rush hints that she is learning alongside you. Hailed as “deeply felt” (New York Times), “a revelation” (Pacific Standard), and “the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing” (Chicago Tribune), Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Art show and Sale

May 1-25

ON YOUR MARKS, an exhibition, featuring NW artists Gayle H. Seely, Diane Copenhaver, Mary Burgess, and Lee Munsell.

Welcoming NW pastel artist Susan Mitchell. 

“On your marks”  a command given to runners at the beginning of a race in order to get them into the correct position to start. In the words of the Fairweather exhibition, it “ means to begin something, indicating the arts season is opening for the summertime”. 


And, too, just perfect for the upcoming ice cream season, from Tom Willing.  Hand turned wood handles stainless steel ice cream scoops $40. each.

Tom Willing taught middle school in Newberg, Oregon.
Once a teacher, always an educator
President and Certified Member of the Pacific Northwest Woodturning Guild, he teaches woodturning techniques and is a Board Member of Northwest Woodturners and the American Association of Woodturners. 
Willing lives in the Willamette Valley with his wife, watercolor artist Mary Burgess.
 
 

Please read more about our gallery, our commitment to NW artists, and our products made by NW hands.

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“First Hike of Spring” by Susan Mitchell

Original pastel on paper 9 x 9” with 3” white matt, Tru Vue nonglare glass, and 1” SM signature black frame
“Philosophy of Fishing” by Susan Mitchell

Original pastel on sanded paper 9 x 12” with a  3” white matt , Tru Vue nonglare glass, and SM signature 1” black frame

Susan Mitchell
Contemporary painter/ Abstracted reality
“Early on my course of study and career was in photography. I am also a hiker and with each outdoor adventure I came back with hundreds of photographs but to me, they seemed filled with too much distracting detail. With that in mind, my abstracted paintings became about taking the landscape apart and putting it back together. By controlling how much leave out of my paintings and how I use value and color, I can convey my personal view with simplicity.”
 
 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Art Show and Sale

May 1-25

ON YOUR MARKS, an exhibition, featuring NW artists Gayle H. Seely, Diane Copenhaver, Mary Burgess, and Lee Munsell.

Welcoming NW pastel artist Susan Mitchell. 

“On your marks”  a command given to runners at the beginning of a race in order to get them into the correct position to start. In the words of the Fairweather exhibition, it “ means to begin something, indicating the arts season is opening for the summertime”. 

The show offers a fresh and dynamic experience with new art specially created for the upcoming high season.   

“For by the coastal summer season, is that nothing is enjoyed without community, without creative collaboration, without pure joy, and resolute faith in living safely and sharing generously with friends, family, and visitors.”  FH&G

“The Pond” by Susan Michell
Original abstract pastel 8.5 x 8.5″ with white matt, Tru Vue nonglare glass, and SM signature 1” black frame.
ABSTRACT works are often mixed media pieces, usually, there is some drawing with a variety of pencils, crayons, charcoal or pastel. At some point, I switch to watermedia, often times transparent layers or veils that cover parts of the work, to establish composition, then several other steps are applied including more paint, ink, water, wax, scraping and whatever is the spontaneous choice at the moment.
The abstracts are always about the movement of the marks and the color palette. The goal for me is to find an elusive balance between light and dark, then an intriguing search to find a depth of layers under the surface.'”  Susan Mitchell

“Jane’s Garden” by Susan Mitchell
Original abstract pastel 9.5 x 9.5″ with white matt, Tru Vue nonglare glass, and SM signature 1” black frame.

“In addition to exhibiting my artwork in NW galleries since 1975, I also teach workshops and classes at my Long Beach Studio.”  SM

Please read more about our gallery, our commitment to NW artists, and our products made by NW hands.

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“An 8 x10 box points a new direction, with dreamlike images that wrap around and create a story or awaken a memory.” Gayle H. Seely, artist
“Reverse side of 8×10″ box Drawn with oil markers, this box is covered on all sides with vivid, lively colors.” Gayle H. Seely

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Art Show and Sale

May 1-25

ON YOUR MARKS, an exhibition, featuring NW artists Gayle H. Seely, Diane Copenhaver, Mary Burges, and Lee Munsell. Debuting the pastel art of Susan Mitchell. 

“On your marks”  a command given to runners at the beginning of a race in order to get them into the correct position to start. In the words of the Fairweather exhibition, it “ means to begin something, indicating the arts season is opening for the summertime”. 

The show offers a fresh and dynamic experience with new art specially created for the upcoming summer season.   

“For by the coastal summer season, is that nothing is enjoyed without community, without creative collaboration, without pure joy, and resolute faith in living safely and sharing generously with friends, family, and visitors.”  FH&G

Seely has been represented by the Fairweather Gallery since 2015.

Seely and her husband live in Seaside where she also has a studio. When she isn’t working, she enjoys walking and spending time with her beautiful dog.

“I love seeing people become so involved in my boxes,” Gayle H. Seely. The artist’s unique creations will be on display at Fairweather House and Gallery’s Art Walk kick off at the ON YOUR MARKS opening reception on Saturday, May 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. Her painting methods combined with fresh, modern energy and emotions create intricate colorful boxes, bound to delight.

Seely, an Oregon native, moved to the North Coast from Trinidad in 1984. She became familiar with the area after her parents, Carol and Al Vernon, moved to Gearhart in 1980.

After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in fine art, she moved to San Francisco to take a job in an architectural design firm.

To offset the artistic constrictions of her day job, she enrolled at Humboldt State College as a post baccalaureate unclassified, which meant she could take any art class she liked.

“There was a senior year seminar where I was thrown in with the messy artists, and I realized I wanted to feel that,” Seely said.

She decided to pay off her school loan and her and car loan and eventually quit her job in San Francisco to move to Trinidad to make art. To support herself, she took a job waiting tables. 

“When I wasn’t working, I drew. I was drawn to seascapes,” Seely said. “I’ve always loved the beach.”

Not long after, Seely had an epiphany she wanted to focus exclusively on boxes, a direction she’s taken for several years.

“The boxes are surprisingly durable,” Seely said. All the same, she said people collect them and regard them as talismans.

Excerpts from Seaside Signal newspaper

 

END NOTE:

“My dog is a trained pheasant hunter,” Seely says.

It’s easy to imagine one day, perhaps, in May, during the artist talk at the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk… Gayle will describe how feathers found their way into her enchanting and imaginative work…  

Please read more about our gallery, our commitment to NW artists, and our products made by NW hands.

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Karen Doyle is an award-winning Impressionist oil painter. She paints luminous, colorful landscapes of her local Oregon surroundings and the places she has traveled and lived. She is a member of the Oregon Society of Artists and shows her work at Fairweather House + Gallery in Seaside, Oregon. 

“Gardener’s Delight” oil impasto by Karen Doyle

I paint oil on panel, en Plein Air (outdoors) and in my home studio, I create luminous, impressionist landscapes of Oregon. I paint with palette knife and brush, often beginning with a few pencil lines to mark out my chosen composition, then blocking in large areas of color with a brush.  As the composition unfolds, I build up buttery, thick impasto layers with a palette knife, often scraping up piles of paint from my palette to create new colors with each swipe of the knife.  My impressionist landscapes reflect the intense feelings I get from observing the ordinary beauty that surrounds me everyday.  

I attended UC San Diego and studied a variety of  subjects in the arts and sciences, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in Visual Arts and Philosophy.  Off to graduate school I went, to pursue a PhD in Social Psychology.  I moved to the Pacific Northwest and  began pursuing my goal of becoming a working artist.  I studied life drawing at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, and enrolled in the Museum School (now the Pacific Northwest College of Art, or PNCA) to pursue a Certificate in Fine Art.  Simultaneously, I began my career at Nike, where I have now worked for over 27 years.  

When Covid shut down events, workshops and conventions, I needed to rethink my involvement, and I chose to focus on local engagement.  I  refreshed my membership with the American Psychological Association, a discipline which continues to be a source of passion and fulfillment for me.”  Karen Doyle  

Please read more about our gallery, our commitment to NW artists, and our products made by NW hands.

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End grace note Spring 2021… “Daughters are wearing masks while performing live. I’m pleased with the cautious and data-driven approach that Oregon has taken.  Gradually, a new normal emerges.  It changes daily, however.  We are not in control, the virus is.”  Karen Doyle

© Karen Doyle/  FH&G 2021

Jewelry by Mary Truhler, watercolor abstracts by Lieta Gratteri, photographs by Neal Maine, triptych landscape by Toni Avery, hydrangea oil by Melissa Jander, floral still life by Emily Schultz McNeil, pen and ink portrait by Vanessa K. Stokes, and pottery by Marcia Hudson.
Heron oil painting by Paul Brent, wood sculptures by Martin Conley, landscape oil by Karen Doyle, silk and cotton ribbons by the yard, hardbound coastal cookbook, fused glass platter by Bob Lecari, wood turned bowls by Daniel Harris, bamboo and mahogany wood runner, pottery by Marilyn Cohn, jewelry by Michelle Shigemasa, raw edge trestle table, down filled silk throw pillows, and milk painted wood lyre table.
Mixed media art by Jan Rimerman, encaustic art by Emily Miller, handpainted stemware by Gretha Lindwood, cranes by Peggy Evans, fused glass bowl by Bob Lecari, ocean ghost rope baskets by Emily Miller, willow twig table by Otis, mouth blown art glass, and selected plated glass frames.
Art by Karen Doyle, cards by Dorota Haber-Lehigh, assemblage vase by Jeanne Walker, calligraphy art by Penelope Culbertson, tile earrings by Kris Zorko, silk textile wall hanging by Cicely Gilman, fused glass art platter by Bob Heath, hand turned wood candlestick, and verdigris bronze stand.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside

Nature’s Grace on exhibition through April 25

“Truly, artists lose themselves in their work revealing the world that exists in the  imagination, transcending grace  through the muse of nature.” FH&G

Displays by KD Fairweather, allied member A.S.I.D., American Society of Interior Designers

Photographs by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall for Fairweather House and Gallery

Please read more about our gallery, our commitment to NW artists, and our products made by NW hands.

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Watercolor by Mary Burgess, art glass, masks by Cherry Harris, and visiting art patron Jessica, beautifully dressed for the Fairweather Gallery opening reception for Nature’s Grace.

Oceanscape by Toni Avery, watercolor by Mary Burgess, fish platter by Sandy Visse, bamboo linen masks by Beth Fulton, jewelry by Mary Truhler, fused glass platter by Carolyn Myers Lindberg, and diachronic glass rectangle plate by Christine Downs.

   I hail from California and my two loves are buying bulbs and shoes with flowers on them.”  Mary Lyn Gough

About the artist:

Like any artist, as a child, I started by painting on the walls. 

I sold my first painting in 7th grade. Won 1st prize in the County Fair 5 times in a row. Creating a balance of right & left-brain hemispheres, I collected a few college degrees. I received income in my college years by selling art.  MLG

Art is a luxury we all can afford. I have the experience of witnessing people find the right artwork. Being both a maker and seller of art- I worked at LaHina Gallery in San Francisco. You can tell when someone falls in love with a piece by their expression, body language. Somehow helping them and sharing in that experience of discovery – that Ahaa moment- was compelling. MLG

“Spring Pageant” watercolor 23 x 30 framed by Mary Lyn Gough

“Watercolors have the transparency of oils and a vibrancy of acrylics with the beguiling nature of water. Painting with watercolors is an attempt to control the uncontrollable.” MLG

“Spring Awakening” 23 x 30 watercolor by Mary Lyn Gough
 
 
Mary Lyn is a Principal Program Delivery Partner at Providence. She strives to spend at least a couple of weekends a month on the North coast and has served on the Board of the Cannon Beach Arts Association.  In addition, the artist arrived to lecture about her new watercolors, a floral series of original framed art priced at $650 each, during the April Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at the Fairweather Gallery.
 
Art Walk 421 Col 1

Mary Lyn Gough, water color artist, with Bon Knoll, another Cannon Beach Arts Association Board member.  Fun fact:  Nancy Knoll, spouse of Bob Knoll, is also another Cannon Beach Arts Association Board member.  Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, Seaside First Saturday Art Walk photographer.

Arching Glory” 23 x 30 watercolor by Mary Lyn Gough

You can teach the basics of structure, the technique of any art process, however, to access the 7th element within cannot be taught. It comes from your soul or intestines, depending on the day.

It is like Picasso, who during his Blue Period, mastered techniques which allowed him to break all the rules and create Cubism.”  MLG

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MARY LYN GOUGH watercolors on display and for sale through April 25.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside

“Truly, artists lose themselves in their work revealing the world that exists in the  imagination, transcending grace  through the muse of nature.” FH&G

 

Please read more about our gallery, our commitment to NW artists, and our products made by NW hands.

https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.com