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Ellen Swanson< Art Walk hostess, presents a show and tell with art by Paul Brent that was created for an upcoming Beaver exhibit.

First Shout Out on a very special BEAVER exhibit!
Sara Vickerman, curator, speaks about “doing good works” for the Oregon beavers at the Moments Like This opening reception at the Fairweather Gallery on August 6, 2016.

“I am working with the Wetlands Conservancy, North Coast Land Conservancy, and several coastal watershed groups on a beaver art project. The purpose is to highlight the beauty and ecological significance of beavers in creating and maintaining wetland habitat. We currently have 75 artists and 5 venues, including the Fairweather Gallery at Seaside. Denise Fairweather will feature the beaver art during the May 6, 2017 Art Walk. We will also have presentations from resource professionals, tours of beaver dams, and possibly the author of Once They Were Hats (a new book on beaver).” –Sara Vickerman

Fun Fact:
Fairweather artists Paul Brent, Neal Maine, Nick Brakel, Mike Brown, Patricia Clark-Finley and Agnes Field are “busy as beavers” creating art work for the 2017 exhibit. Stay tuned for more news and updates.

And, too, a second shout out:
http://www.coastweekend.com August 8, 2016

FROM NEHALEM — The Lower Nehalem Watershed Council is partnering with The Wetlands Conservancy to host a Beaver Art Exhibit and Sale at the North County Recreation District during the month of August 2017 as part of a number of exhibits around the state.

The project sponsors are seeking artwork of all kinds for the Nehalem exhibition: photographs, paintings, prints, cards, quilts, etc. that depict beavers and wetland habitat. They can be in any style — realistic, abstract, whimsical, collage, and etc. Three-dimensional pieces could be ceramic, wood, fiber art, or other media.

Artists can choose to sell or display their work. A percentage of sales will help support the conservation activities of The Wetlands Conservancy and Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit dedicated to the preservation, protection and enhancement of the Lower Nehalem Watershed. An opening reception, presentations and tours are also being planned.

Interested artists should contact Sara Vickerman by email at svickerman@comcast.net or by calling 503-936-4284.

The Beaver Art Exhibit and Sale at the NCRD in Nehalem is just one of several art exhibits planned throughout Oregon by The Wetlands Conservancy’s Beaver Lodge advisory group in honor of International Beaver Day on April 7, 2017.

Events will kick off in February with a reception, exhibit and sale at Oregon State University’s LaSells-Stewart Center. Other exhibits and events will be held in Lake Oswego, Seaside and at the Oregon Zoo.

The beaver, Oregon’s state animal, has been woefully misunderstood and blamed for dam building, flooding and munching on plants. In fact, Oregon beavers, nearly extirpated by trappers by 1900, create wetlands, spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead, habitat for insects, birds and amphibians, and create pools that keep water clean and moderate fluctuations in water flow. They are nature’s hydrologists.

There is growing appreciation and recognition of the positive benefits that beavers play in Oregon. The planned art exhibits in 2017 are a way to raise the profile of beavers, wetlands and Oregon artists.