Christine Downs


Original watercolor by Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, handmade spring column candles, mouthblown glass, hand turned wood candle sticks, pottery by Suzy Holland, mouth blown stemware by Rox Heath, vintage bird feeder and bird house, silk and chenille throw pillows.

Pastel by Gretha Lindwood, pair of whimsical artworks by Marga Stanley, mouth blown art glass, hand made potter vase, hand wired silk iris stem, hand beeded flowers, contemporary floral by Jo Pomeroy-Crockett and art cards by Leah Kohlenberg, glassware by Robin and Rox Heath.

Art by Toni Avery, handmade tea pot by Kate Carlye, hand-forged candle sticks, fused glass by Carolyn Lindberg and mouth blown art vase

Pottery by Suzy Holland and oil painting by Carmela Newstead.

Art by Leah Kohlenberg, textile art by Linda Olson..

Handmade birdie pillow by Cherry Jones Harris, feather motif handmade journal by Christine Trexel, mouth blown art glass, pottery and platters hand made by Maria Hudson.

Handmade glass by Bob Heath.

Handmade glass by Sandy and Bob Lercari.

 

 

Handmade glass by Christine Downs, fused glass by Sandy and Bob Lercari, urchin rocks by Kandy Schwartz, and ocean oil by Sandy and Bob Lercari.

Outdoor garden **folly filled with  cattail dyed green spheres and handmade moss decorative moss spheres.

 

**Q:  What is a garden folly, you ask?

A: A garden folly is usually considered a building or structure that is designed for decoration with no other purpose than to add a touch of whimsy or extravagance to the surrounding landscape. The term began as “a name for any costly structure considered to have shown folly in the builder” and was often named after the individual who commissioned or designed the project. The connotations of silliness or madness in this definition are in accord with the general meaning of the French word “folie”; however, another older meaning of this word is “delight.”

Photos by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

 

“This exhibit’s expectation lies in its possibility to present fresh, new perspectives, inspiration, experiences, reflection and even the possibility for transcendence in some way. Indeed, the meaning of “fresh start” is the beginning of a new period or step.  The North Coast land, truly, is in full springtime bloom for FRESH START, Fairweather’s March exhibition.”

Standing Water triptych  (ea. pc. 24×36)  by Toni Avery.

“Painter of the commonplace.”

 

Downpour 36×36 by Toni Avery.

“Painter of the commonplace.”

 

Reed Grass (Diptych ea. pc. 24×24)  by Toni Avery. 

“Painter of the commonplace.”

Toni Avery Statement:

“My paintings begin where memory and emotion merge and this is where my creativity is born. As a child growing up in the small Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, I was exposed to a world of art, music, and surprisingly back then, nature.

I spent countless hours outside, climbing trees, bike riding or going on endless walks over the many staircases that wind throughout the hills of Echo Park and Elysian park.  During those long summer days I became connected “to” and also a part “of” the outdoors. I would study the way the light played off of the leaves or how the rolling hills turned a deep gold; the way the wind would create waves in the tall grass and how the shadows faded to blue and purple in the late afternoon sun.

Something inside me wants to recapture those times  and I believe that is why I am fascinated by the contrast and color there may be in a shadow, or the defining opposition of a streak of light cutting through the cool darkness of the shade; the world at its most basic level.  I find the greatest joy through color, texture, shadow and light. Not perfection, but rather imperfections, limitations and nuances that bring meaning.

I’ve come to appreciate that recognizing an object and knowing it are quite different. Trying to capture the essence of ones connection to a thing, a place or a person allows it to transform into more… something unique to the artist.

My work is not seeking perfection, but rather glimpsing the beauty of the commonplace. My paintings are a reflection of times past, and of things that never change.  This is a sample of my work, my experiences, my translation of life.”

 

 

Toni Avery triptych on display.

Fairweather House and Gallery

Through March 25

612 Broadway St.

Seaside, Oregon

“A Fresh Start” featuring artists Toni Avery, Bill Baily, Karen Doyle, Christine Downs, Bob Heath, Dorota Haber-Lehigh, Gayle H. Seely and Bill Shumway.

Art glass by Christine Downs, fused glass platter by Rosalyn Andronescu and painting by Toni Avery on display.

Toni Avery experiences life and records her place in those experiences. This knowledge is both individual and distinctive.

“This exhibit’s expectation lies in its possibility to present fresh, new perspectives, inspiration, experiences, reflection and even the possibility for transcendence in some way.”

Read more at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Grace note received:

“It was a pleasure meeting you and seeing the gallery … so interesting and the artwork is wonderful.  Rich and I were both saying how much we enjoyed hearing the stories behind the work too. Fascinating. Thanks again for including me in your beautiful gallery/store collection. I do appreciate it.” Toni

Handmade paper box by Christine Trexel, chenille down filled decorative pillow, handmade sequined ornament, silk ribbon by the yard, hand dipped magenta dripless candles, hand decorated ornaments, mercury glass hurricane and for the December HUE exhibition art titled “Divine” by emerging artist Vanessa K. Stokes.

 

Magenta velvet and down filled decorative pillows, silk and linen shawls and oven proof pottery by Suzy Holland.

Selected silk, linen and wool shawls reduced 30% through Dec. 23.

Oregon Sunstone and Oregon myrtlewood earrings by Fred Lukens, wood bowl and tray by Tom Willing and  purple heart stave vase by Mike Brown.

 

“Snowberry” watercolor with pen and ink by Dorota Haber-Lehigh, birdhouse by Marcia Hudson, fused glass by Christine Downs, fused glass tree and star ornament by Monet Rubin.

 

Close up detail of a unique, whimsical bird house, lovingly built and painted by hand by potter Marcia Hudson.

“Charming bird feeder for your feathered friends. Fit to adorn your garden throughout the year.  Special pricing: originally $295/ reduced to $195  through Dec. 23.”

 

At the beach, the winter garden is usually a peaceful sanctuary in hustle and bustle of the holiday season. However, this year the front yard has hosted a three week, up to 7 trucks a day repair crew with all sorts of ladders, multiple levels of scaffolding, and surely, miles of electrical cords. Discovering, at first, a simple indoor water feature/ or rather, a small leak…the issue eventually developed into an extensive time and materials on-going repair project. I had offered to park the car outside in order to allow the garage space for material and equipment storage, every plug hosted multiple portable tool charging devices. Seeing daylight on the western front of the house today (windows and doors were previously boarded up) and seeing cedar shingles on the exterior curved walls… the end is in sight. Thankful for the insurance company who has covered: Mt. St. Helens volcano eruption repair (we lived 14 miles away); boating death; 1996 Portland flooding issue; gallery destruction in a 2007 windstorm and this current matter. Thankful for the contractor who was referred, who pulled together a crew from his home building company (has built ten homes in the Reserve). “Basically, we have used all the tools and equipment to build a complete house other than the plumbing on this repair.”

I would highly recommend the contractor and his crew, as they have proven themselves knowledgeable and efficient in the task associated with this water search and destroy repair project. PM for contractor and insurance references.

“Pinecone” pen and ink art by Dorota Haber-Lehigh. Handmade shell tree and hand sewn silk and seed pearl pillow. New hammered copper, gold and silver earrings by Cher Flick for Joanie and ME.

From $24- $48.

Complementary gift wrapping.

 

“This collection of jewelry is inspired by Joanie’s fun yet classy style. The earrings and bracelets are simple in design, light weight and are made of mixed metal, including sterling silver, pewter, brass, gold filled, copper, gemstones and pearls. I live and handcraft all of the jewelry in Oregon. I received my Graduate Gemology degree from the Gemological Institute of America  and have many years of experience working with diamonds, gemstones and other boutique jewelry.  In memory of Joanie, my mother, I will be donating 10% of sales to OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.”  

Staging by Kathy Bowman.

Fun Facts:

Jewelry designer Cher FLick Kathy’s younger sister.

Kathy is the oldest of three sisters.

Kathy is Fairweather’s Director of Hospitality.

 

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“Moonlight and Waves” original oil by Ron Nicolaides.

“Light and Waves” original oil by Victoria Brooks.

 

“Complete Me” original pen and ink by Vanessa K. Stokes.

 

Amber and turquoise fused glass platter by Christine Downs.

 

Turquoise and Amber Sue Sparkgo design  ™ quilted pillow by Cherry Jones Harris.

 

Fused glass Mezuzah by Rosalyn Andronescu with room for a biblical passage, a love note or a personal thought.

Earrings in Amber and Gold by Mary Hurst.

Sterling and turquoise bracelet by Mary Bottita.

 

“Whale Within” signed photograph by Neal Maine.  Three polar bears  with whale bones. Alaska trip.

 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Through December 23

 HUE, an exhibition, featuring art by Leah Kohlenberg, JoAnn Pari-Mueller  and Vanessa K. Stokes.

“Hues or colors are so pure – no white or blacks added – just rich, delightful, lose yourself in the color.”

In addition, HUE features a lavish array of handmade jewelry of mixed-metal, leather, gold-filled and semi-precious stones from many of the Northwest’s most reputable jewelry artists. It is a once a year exclusive private jewelry shopping experience to select the latest edgy fashion forward works.

In addition, new, never-before-seen photographs  and selected “encore” polar bear photographs from Neal Maine’s Arctic Light Images.

Raffle opportunity – only 14 chances to win a signed and framed Arctic Light  by Neal Maine (valued at $295).

The Last Polar Bear, a book published by Braided River. In addition to  Steven Kazlowski’s photos, the book features essays by Alaska-based writers Charles Wohlforth, Richard Nelson and Nick Jans, as well as Newsweek correspondent Dan Glick, Frances Beinecke, president of the National Resources Defense Council, and Theodore Roosevelt IV, conservationist and great-grandson of the president.

The photographs that make up the book show the polar bears and other Arctic species in their threatened natural habitat — swimming, playing, caring for their young and dozing on late-summer ice floes. One image is beautiful but the caption reminds the reader of the reality: “If we do nothing as a society, and the ice continues to melt, zoos could be the only place on Earth where polar bears can be found.”

Read more about Arctic Light:

https://www.discoverourcoast.com › coast-weekend › arts › article_1d18109…

Feb 16, 2015 – ‘Arctic Light’ draws attention to global warming Presentation, photographic … The presentation is co-sponsored by Denise Fairweather of …

“Patrons who purchase The Last Polar Bear book,  retail value of $39.99, will have the entire proceeds in support of Alaska Wilderness League and will have a raffle opportunity (1-14 chance)  to win a  signed and framed  Arctic Light Neal Maine image!   

Read more about doing good works at: http://www.alaskawild.org.  Book proceeds in support of Alaska Wilderness League.

Alaska Wilderness League protects Alaska’s public lands by fighting for wilderness, wildlife, indigenous rights and a cleaner energy future.

Each book purchase will receive a numbered ticket.  At a set time, Neal Maine will draw the winning ticket at random.

 

Read more at:

Arctic Light, the event, in support of the Alaska Wilderness …

 

https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com › 2015/02/22 › arctic-li…

 

Feb 22, 2015 – Three West coast naturalists who traveled to the high Arctic last year, a trip sponsored by the … Arctic Light, the event, in support of the Alaska Wilderness League

 

Through December 23

On Hue Art Exhibit and Sale

Fairweather House and Gallery

http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

 

Hand made bamboo vase and platter, hand wrapped fiber flower stem, hand crafted natural reed centerpiece, handforged wall scone, mouth blown leopard glass, hand beveled mirror, ribbon bow box by Ray Noregaard and handmade lined silk table slip cover.

 

 

 

Handmade pottery by Suzy Holland, willow console table, salmon and trout ceramics by Teresa Weisman-Knight, seascapes by Ron Nicolaides, mixed media art by Jan Shield, watercolor by Emily Miller, handmade silk pillows, mouth blown art glass, marble and plaster decor one-of-a-kind decor objects and hand turned wood candle sticks.

Jewelry by Mary Bottita,  photos in resin by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, oils by Sharon Kathleen Johnson, mezuzahs by Rosalyn Andronescu, hand made glass by Christine Downs  and art glass Fedor Zubanov and Irina Nazarkina.

 

Landscapes by Lee Munsell, watercolor with calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson, fused glass by Carolyn Lindberg and Christine Downs.

 

 

Handmade quilt  and penny lamb pillow by Cherry Jones Harris and wood turned bowl by Daniel Harris.

 

 

Sea star wood boxes by Ray Noregaard, wine barrel Lazy susan table by Mike Morris and nautilus segmented shells by Mike Brown.

 

 

MADE opening reception hostesses.

Shirley, Joan, Saundra, Kemy Kay and Denise.

 

“Made,” an exhibition, for the one-of-a-kind and the unexpected works by Northwest hands.

On sale through November 24.

“This is the time of year, before the gift-giving season, the Fairweather Gallery digs a bit deeper into the subject of the handmade, with a reverence for artisans who are producing exclusive objects, artisans who have made craft cool and luxurious.”

To read more about the artisans, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseangallery.com

 

Save the date and time
Next opening reception

Dec. 7, 5-7:pm

An exhibition titled HUE

 

Handmade glass bowl by Christine Downs.

“Glass is mesmerizing. Did you know it is not a solid? Scientifically it is considered a supercool liquid due to its unique crystalline structure. There is no other art medium like it.” CD

 

Handmade glass bowl by Christine Downs.

“The combination of color & light alone is magical. Its depth and visual allure pulls us in, seduces & invites the sense of touch.  We want to swim in it, to feel its warmth or coolness, to look at the world through it.  When such visceral responses as these are experienced, I have created a work of art.”  CD

 

 

Handmade glass tray by Christine Downs.

“The beauty of Oregon, the western landscape, rivers, trees, ocean & my own backyard feed my aboriginal eye & fuel my creativity on a nearly daily basis.”  CD

 

Handmade glass platter by Christine Downs.

 

“Rich pattern and simplicity of design is a dichotomy I strive to balance. My work often entails cosmic, geometric, zoomorphic & vegetal symbols such as spirals, mandalas, leaves, and other universal symbols and elements of sacred geometry.”  CD

 

Handmade glass platter by Christine Downs.

“Using a variety of techniques, I add visual texture & richness to my works. Combining sheets of glass with glass powders and granules called frit, I often create patterns or images in the glass, removing glass granules as I draw.  This “scraffito” technique’s results sometimes resemble monotype printmaking or wild gestural drawing.” CB

 

 

 

Handmade glass painting, framed, by Christine Downs.

“Recently I have been using glass powder mixed in a gelatinous medium to actually draw lines or “paint” with a palette knife as one would with acrylic paint. A technique I employ is embedding designs created by copper sheet or wire between two sheets of glass. The mass of the metal between the two sheets of glass introduces another element to the design: bubbles!  Only partially controllable, bubbles add an airy lightness to many of my works.”  CD

 

 

 

Handmade glass tray with fluted edge by Christine Downs.

“My pieces are typically fired at least three times.  I sometimes fire a piece, cut it up & re-fire the cut-up elements into a new design.  I am always experimenting, in partnership with the glass for inspiration, and permission for what it will allow me to do. As they emerge still warm from the kiln, I sometimes embrace these beloved “artifacts” to my heart.  My work is dear to me.”  CD

 

 

November through 24

MADE Art Show and Sale

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside

 

 

“Made” an exhibition for the one-of-a-kind and the unexpected works made by Northwest hands. Alluring, distinctive and exquisite products, never-before-seen, with just the right dose of imperfection to suggest a human element in the creative process.

“This is the time of year, before the gift-giving season, the gallery digs a bit deeper into the subject of the handmade, with a reverence for artisans who are producing exclusive objects, artisans who have made craft cool and luxurious.”

Featuring harp maker Duane Bolster, basket maker Carol Bolster, wood worker Mike Brown, calligrapher Penelope Culbertson, glass maker Christine Downs, paper crane maker Peggy Evans, quilt maker Cherry Jones Harris, maker of pottery Suzy Holland and mixed media maker JoAnn Pari-Mueller.

 

Glass display featuring the work of Christine Downs, Mike Fox, Carolyn Lindberg, Rosalyn Andronescu and Fedor Zubanov. Oil paintings by Joanna Donaca and Sharon Kathleen Johnson.  Jewelry by Mary Bottita. Wood bench by Ray Noregaard.

Welcoming pine needle artisan Martha Denham and wood turner Tom Willing.

Introducing metalsmith Nikki Hall and potter Marcia Hudson.

 

For more info go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Christine Downs lives in Southeast Portland with her husband. She enjoys spending time making glass art, gardening, and traveling. During the school year, she makes art two days per week with kindergarten through 5th grade students at Pioneer School. Students are typically placed here in this program due to unsafe behavior.

She taught at Portland State University, Graduate School of Education for many years, preparing candidates becoming special education teachers and continues substitute teaching at her favorite places when possible. For years, Christine was obsessed with Interpersonal Neurobiology. She taught entry-level PSU Interpersonal Neurobiology courses, Learning & the Brain & co-taught Meditation & the Brain with Caverly Morgan, founder of Portland’s Peace in Schools.

 

 

Shortie I for A FINE LINE.

Mixed media art by Bill Baily, woven bamboo basket by Charles Schweigert, black and white gull art by Leah Brown, encaustic art by Peg Wells, pen and ink drawings by Waka Takahashi Brown, photo by Susan Romersa, pottery by Suzy Holland and photographs by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

Shortie II for A FINE LINE.

Pen and ink shell studies, oak leaf watercolor and grape painting by Paul Brent.

Shortie III for A FINE LINE.

Art by Jan Shield, platter by Teresa Weisman-Knight,  semi-precious bracelets by Mary Bottita and watercolor by Carolynn Wagler.

 

 

Shortie IV for A FINE LINE.

Pen, ink and wax art by Dorota Haber-Lehigh.

 

Shortie V for A FINE LINE.

Handmade books by Christine Trexel and calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson.

 

Shortie VI for A FINE LINE.

Fused glass by Mike Fox, watercolors by Carolyn Macpherson and handmade glass by Bob Heath and Christine Downs.

Shortie VII for A FINE LINE.

Hand painted sea urchin rocks, signed and dated, by Kandy Schwartz.

 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

A FINE LINE

On view 

October 5-31

 

A FINE LINE”  an exhibition of representational and non-representational works of art. Working with different media the selected artists experiment with linear mark making in its widest sense. Each artist produced works inspired by places and spaces in the natural environment.

For more info please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Images by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

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