Seaside artist Susan Romersa


After a long history in Las Vegas Advertising and Public Relations, Susan Romersa has been enjoying photography, writing, and painting along the Oregon coast since moving to Seaside from Nevada. Susan has continued her work in publicity here in the Seaside area, most recently for the Seaside Providence Hospital.


“Lady” oil on canvas by Susan Romersa


Susan Romersa feels her oil paintings and photography celebrate the beauty and constantly changing surroundings that the Oregon coast offers. Her work reflects the many impressions of the area, including nature – great landscapes – pets, some portraits and figure paintings.






Celebrating 14 years in 2018, the next Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, will be on December 1, 5-7: pm.

Visitors meet artists, view artist demonstrations and, oftentimes, enjoy live performances in music.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Opening artist reception for “All is Calm”, an exhibition featuring the art of Susan Romersa.

The Seaside artist paints in oil celebrating the beauty in portraits and figure paintings. In 2005 Susan was ordained as a Minister of Religious Science after many years of study.


Fairweather’s annual harp petting zoo, featuring beautiful Limerick harps by NW woodcrafter Duane Bolster.


Naturalist Neal Maine will speak at 6: pm about the quietness found in the local habitat during the winter.


Art Walk hostess cookie exchange.


LIVE music performed by Shirley 88.


Complimentary gifts for patrons.



Naturalist and wildlife photographer Neal Maine lectured during the opening reception of “Expanding Horizons”   at Fairweather’s on Nov. 3rd.


Take away notes:


Q: What is Natural History?

A:  Natural history tells the story of our living earth. It comprises the systematic observation, classification, interpretation, and description of the biosphere and its inhabitants.

Natural history is a primary component of culture. Every society develops some system for classifying, interpreting, and valuing animals, plants, and other natural phenomena. These systems shape our understanding of the world and our place in it.

Natural history is field-based. It begins with direct observation and study of organisms in the conditions under which they actually live.

Natural history is interdisciplinary. While grounded in the natural sciences, it engages the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, and it informs technical fields such as medicine, agriculture, forestry, and environmental management.




Q: What is the difference being a scientist or a naturalist, you ask?


A: “Lots of scientists never leave the lab. You can just see them in white coats, crunching numbers on computers, pouring stuff in and out of test tubes, torturing animals, etc. Naturalists are people who actually go outside, learn about, and appreciate nature. And although there is some overlap, there is a huge difference, and it is very disappointing that there aren’t many naturalists out there any more. I guess there is no money and academic prestige associated with being a naturalist any more. That’s why Neal Maine is such a special person to have around.”  –Sara Vickerman-Gage


Through November

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway Street

Expanding Horizons, an exhibition, featuring artists turning to nature seeking to express its evocative power on personal level.

Painters and photographers included in this exhibit are Linda Fenton-Mendenhall,  Lee Munsell, Ron Nicolaides, Judy Horning Shaw,  Jim Young and Russell Young, as well as Neal Maine.

Introducing Michael Fox, Jeni Lee and Barbara Folawn.



Q; Why Does Natural History Matter?

A: Natural history helps to shape communities and individuals. It gives us deeper insights into our relationships with other beings and places we inhabit.

Natural history promotes sound environmental practice. It grounds policy in ecological reality, guides decision-making, and inspires conservation efforts at all levels.

Natural history informs and energizes environmental education. It connects students with natures, creates synergy across fields, and draws strength from all major divisions of a community. It prepares people to live honors and responsibly in a sustainable world.



Save the date and time.

Next Neal Maine lecture at Fairweather’s.

December 1, 6:pm.


To view photographs  by naturalist  Neal Maine, go to …artists/ …Neal Maine


Joanie, “the Bouncer”

“You must finish the wine before stepping out to the street”.

That’s a Seaside Wine Walk  rule.


“Best place to stand in line.”  Comment heard.


“Best wine ever and I am a wine connoisseur.”  Comment heard.

Marlene Grant pouring.  

Parrett Mountain Cellars


May 2018 Wine Walk. Just minutes before “Shirley 88 and the Boys”  started playing LIVE music.


A group of mermaids arrived complete with a “Mermaid Security” person.


November Wine Walk.


Lovely start to the  2018 November Wine Walk evening.

November 2018.

Photo by Cathy Tippin.


LIVE music performed by Larry Allred on percussion, Ray Coffy on sax & flute and Dan Golden on classical guitar.

November 2018.

Photo by Cathy Tippin.



Dennis Grant pouring.  

Parrett Mountain Cellars

November 2018.

Photo by Cathy Tippin.


November 2018

Dennis Grant pouring  

Joan assisting Parrett Mountain Cellars

Denise visiting

Photo by Cathy Tippin



Artists who created gorgeous original art for the Seaside Wine Walk at Fairweather’s:  wine bottle still life by Barbara Rosbe Felisky  (two oil paintings on canvas),  framed watercolor by Emily Miller and watercolor cluster of grapes by Paul Brent.   Photo by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.


Take a note


Spring Downtown Wine Walk

Fall Downtown Wine Walk

Wine Walks are when Seaside opens its doors – and its bottles – to welcome wine enthusiasts during two wine tasting events. More than twenty participating wineries sell unopened bottles, allowing visitors to take home their favorite new find. Most of the wineries charge a small tasting fee, making it an inexpensive way to experience new wines and also see what downtown Seaside has to offer. The event also includes live music in several venues, complimentary appetizers, and a prize drawing for future Wine Walks.

For more details contact the Seaside Downtown Development Association (SDDA) at (503) 717-1914


Seaside Downtown Development Association

Twenty businesses and 20 wineries

November 10, 3-7pm





  Dennis and Marlene Grant  

Parrett Mountain Cellars


Grace note received

“We are so happy to be back in your gallery for the Wine Walk on November 10th.  We appreciate you having us again and look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers.”  Dennis and Marlene Grant, Parrett Mountain Cellars


Dennis and Marlene Grant have a small family winery specializing in bold reds and Pinot Noir.


“Making wine is a labor of love and we take great pride in the wines we produce.”


“la poesie en bouteille” – Bottled Poetry

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”

–Ernest Hemingway




LIVE music will be provided by guitarist Dan Golden  and flutist Ray Coffey/ SunRose Gallery and fellow Gilbertorian!


Just in! Percussionist Larry Allred will arrive to play, as well.


Blue Bond, Blue Bond Studio and Gallery,  teacher/ painter and fellow Gilbertorian, will offer a Painting Seaside LIVE tm episode during the Seaside Wine Walk at Fairweather’s!


Q:  What is a Gilbertorian, you ask?

A:  A Gilbertorian is a nickname often given to fellow business members located in the Historic Gilbert District of downtown Seaside.


Map courtesy of KP Graphics

For more about the historic Gilbert District, please visit

The Gilbert District Gilbert District

“Power of Flight”  by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images

Pacific Flyway

Snow Geese



Snow geese fly along the Pacific Flyway  in narrow corridors, more than 3,000 miles from traditional nesting areas in the Arctic tundra to wintering areas along the coast. They visit traditional stopover habitats in spectacular numbers.


Q: What is the Pacific Flyway, you ask?

A: The Pacific Flyway is a major north-south flyway for migratory birds in America, extending from Alaska to Patagonia. Naturalists can often predict to the day when a particular species will show up in their area.




Neal Maine habitat lectures every First Saturday at 6:pm. Fairweather House and Gallery.


After a thirty-year career as an award-winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine became the first executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, which he co-founded in 1986. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion for nature photography through PacificLight Images. His photographs center around coastal and Columbia River landscape, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems.

Neal focuses his imagery on exploring wildlife in the context of its habitat. PacificLight Images is dedicated to working with coastal communities to protect wildlife habitat and its connectivity. 100% profits are donated to NCLC, North Coast Land Conservancy, to help further this goal

To read more about the naturalist, please go to artists tab … Neal Maine at


Fun facts about Snow Geese:

SIZE: 27 to 33 in; wingspan, 4.5 ft

Snow Geese stay with the same mate for life.

The oldest Snow Goose on record was 27 and a half.

Snow Geese make epic journeys by air, but they are impressive on foot, too. Within the first three weeks of hatching, goslings may walk up to 50 miles with their parents.

The Snow Goose breeds north of the timberline in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern tip of Siberia. They fly high as far as 5,000 feet about the ground.

The Snow Goose has two color plumage morphs, white (snow) or gray/blue (blue), thus the common description as “snow goose” and “blue goose.”

“Across Over There, Evening” oil on gessoed paper 8″ x 23″ by Judy Horning Shaw


“When I began my art career it was an act for which I was punished—drawing and coloring on my bedroom walls. That did not stop me, though I did move on to art that uses more traditional materials—currently oil paints with some acrylics, watercolors or drawing materials thrown in for spice. At that young age, I was making drawings and botanical notes about the plants of my surroundings along the coast. Later I began drawing or painting people, places, and things. My focus is still largely representational—painting the things I experience and feel that have an inherent beauty either of appearance or of being. I also enjoy an occasional foray into abstraction.”-Judy Horning Shaw

“Across Over There, Morning” oil on gessoed paper 8″ x 23″ by Judy Horning Shaw



Note from Judy


“These are  for the Expanding Horizons show in November. I have attached  images of work for the show.  Thank you.”–Judy



Judy Horning Shaw. 

Art for Expanding Horizons.


Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway Street

Expanding Horizons, an exhibition, featuring artists turning to nature seeking to express its evocative power on personal level.

Painters and photographers included in this exhibit are Linda Fenton-Mendenhall,  Lee Munsell, Ron Nicolaides, Judy Horning Shaw,  Jim Young and Russell Young.

Introducing Michael Fox, Jeni Lee and Barbara Folawn.





Russell Young, photographer/ author




“I live a double life as a fine art photographer. One half of my life is spent in nature photographing the voice of silence. These landscape photographs come from a revelatory, wanderer’s process, a reflection of the peace and the quietness of breath that one finds beyond the grandeur and grace of expansive vistas. As they reveal a view, they also invite you to witness and experience nature in a raw timelessness, peacefulness and tranquility can be found by looking to nature: in the dawn, in the twilight, and in the depths of night, places of quiet and stillness still exist.



The other half of my life is in my studio and occasionally at locations where I created my photographs by building installations/sets, adding props often casting characters, then photographing the completed installation. The studio work is inspired by life experience, personal stories, my dreams, literature, visual arts, and performance art.”  —Russell Young


Live Action shot of ME shooting  images for my new In The Mist Book — Russell Young



Through November

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway Street

Expanding Horizons, an exhibition, featuring artists turning to nature seeking to express its evocative power on personal level.

Painters and photographers included in this exhibit are Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, Lee Munsell, Ron Nicolaides, Judy Horning Shaw,  Jim Young and Russell Young.

Introducing Michael Fox, Jeni Lee and Barbara Folawn.


Take a note!

Russell Young, author and photographer, has signed a collection of his IN THE MIST books.



Fun fact! There are now copies published in Sweden, Germany, and Romania, as well as in the US.


Photographer Russell Young lectures  during the opening reception of “Expanding Horizons” at Fairweather’s.


Copyright © 2018  Russell Young for Fairweather House and Gallery.