Charles Schweigert

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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 artists/ Gretha Lindwood, Susan Curington, Penelope Culbertson and Neal Maine for more information.

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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.

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Charles Schweigert
Artist Statement

These pieces are made entirely of bamboo and waxed linen, and although they suggest basket shapes they are more sculptural than functional. The bamboo is bent using heat, interwoven, and then secured using waxed linen knots. The shapes are inspired by traditional Japanese baskets, which use humble materials to suggest movement and energy associated with natural forces in the environment. They embody the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic by using perishable, natural materials in a way that is more suggestive than literal. The result is an elegant object with an abstract quality similar to Japanese calligraphy, which relies to a large extent on movement and energy to convey meaning. In this respect, they can be viewed as three-dimensional calligraphy. They also reflect the Japanese gardener’s use of simple materials and techniques to suggest a completely natural form. The hand of the maker disappears, and the object appears to have taken shape organically.




Artist Biography

Originally from Michigan, and after spending twenty years in the Southwest, I now reside in Astoria, Oregon, where the climate is a good compromise between the Midwest and Southwest.

I have worked in a number of professions, primarily teaching and urban planning, while continuing to develop my skills in painting. With a degree in art from Kalamazoo College and graduate work at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, I worked for a summer as an intern at the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 60’s where I was exposed to the work of Willem deKooning, whose paintings form a significant influence on my own work.

Other influences include the work of Joan Mitchell and Susan Rothenberg. I also draw inspiration from contemporary crafts, principally wood-fired ceramics and contemporary Japanese textiles and basketry.

I have exhibited widely in the Southwest and Northwest since the early 1990’s, having had eleven one-person shows in Santa Fe, Portland, Denver, Seattle, and Astoria.

My work is in private and corporate collections of contemporary art in the United States, Europe, Japan, and the Caribbean. In Oregon, my paintings can be seen at the RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach, Fairweather House and Garden Gallery in Seaside, and at Gallery 903 in Portland. Outside Oregon, I exhibit in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

On Saturday April 2nd Charles Schweigert will meet and greet art patrons at the Fairweather House and Gallery during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk 5-7pm.

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