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Original calligraphy  by artist Penelope Culbertson.


Opening reception for the exhibit Rain or Shine, juxtaposed an array of art, images and voices in a way that resonated with the spring season at the beach.

Two artists offered a Seaside Painting LIVE ™ episode,  starting with a blank canvas then completing a quick finish during the April Seaside First Saturday evening at Fairweather’s. The free event offered art patrons a marvelous opportunity to watch masters create, in addition,  visitors enjoyed LIVE music by Shirley 88, artists lectures, guest speakers, wine tasting and more.

To view the art action and performance  go to the links provided by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall Photography.  All rights reserved.





Slide show featuring scenes from Fairweather’s Rain or Shine. April 2016.

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By request, Rain or Shine artist lecture:

“Why do I do Art? In all of our lives we’ve got big metaphorical Tigers chasing after us, mice chewing on the very vine we’re clinging to for dear life, and we’re trying not to think too much about the sheer cliff we’re dangling over. Then we realize there’s a most beautiful, perfectly ripe and luscious strawberry right in front of us.  What to do? 

Despite the ongoing crisis that life can feel like, there are also so many moments to taste and savor, right under our noses.  In the case of a strawberry, it only takes 7 seconds to enjoy. I timed it! Making Art is my strawberry. Joyous and sweet and fulfilling.” Susan Curington


An artist’s grace note received:

“I  so appreciate your fine aesthetic and the strong community sense you have worked to make, and all of your marketing.  It’s remarkable.”–Susan 

And, so, too, a patron’s grace note received:

“Thank you for a delightful evening of artworks, artist presentations, gifts, music and hors d’oeuvres. We enjoyed the entire event from start to finish. Your gallery is delightful and therapeutic. We will visit again on our next trip. Thank you for wrapping the artworks safely for our travels. With much appreciation” –A. R. Joseph, Ed. D, educational consultant.


Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ artists/ Gretha Lindwood, Susan Curington, Penelope Culbertson and Neal Maine for more information.

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/SeasideFirstSaturdayArtWalk for more information about the historic Gilbert District monthly Art Walks.



Art Walk hostesses posing on Broadway Bridge in downtown Seaside, OR.  In the back ground is the Gilbert Block building that houses several boutiques and galleries who sponsor Seaside First Saturday Art Walk events.

Local Lore:

The  Broadway Bridge spans the Necanicum River which is nearly 84 miles long.  The Necanicum one of the most healthy rivers in Oregon for it has never had a dam built over it.

East on Broadway, over the bridge, towards Highway 101 (the Pacific Coast Highway), is the historic Gilbert District, an area that oftentimes  is called “adult land” with boutiques, restaurants, fine art galleries and the famous Seaside antique mall.

West on Broadway, over the bridge, towards the ocean (the other side),  is an area sometimes called “fun land” for it houses an arcade, a carousel, paddle boats to rent, salt water taffy and ice cream shops, bumper cars and more, an amazing boardwalk and, for course, the fabulous Seaside beach!

The  Broadway Bridge,  spanning the Necancium River, is nearly 84 miles long.  The Necanicum one of the most healthy rivers in Oregon for it has never had a dam built over it.

Seaside was the first ocean resort town in Oregon.

Please visit https://wordpress.com/stats/insights/thegilbertdistrict.wordpress.com for more information about the historic Gilbert District or go to http://www.facebook.com/ the historic gilbert district for more images.

For more information about the Necanicum River and good things happening in the environment go to http://www.necanicumwatershed.org.