Denise Joy Mc Fadden


Named the “state animal” in 1969, the American beaver builds the dams and wetlands that serve as habitat for Oregon salmon, steelhead, birds, amphibians and insects. Beavers are nature’s hydrologists, “Beaver Tales: A Celebration of Beaver Art” curator Sara Vickerman … click of the following link to read the entire front page article by Eve Marz, reporter for the Seaside Signal …

Source: From near extinction to a place in art

For more info the participating Fairweather  artists, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists … Paul Brent, Mike Brown, Susan Curington, Agnes Field, Jo Pomeroy Crockett, Neal Maine and Denise Joy McFadden.

Save the date and time.

BEAVER TALES, a celebration of art.

May 6th, 5-7:pm in the historic Gilbert District Block of downtown Seaside

For more info about the Art Walk, please go to http://www.facebook.com/SeasideFirstSaturdayArtWalk

SAVE THE DATE AND TIME!

http://www.NCLCtrust.org
Listening to the Land: Dam, Beaver! Dam!
Wednesday, April 19
6 to 8 pm
Seaside Public Library

And, too, a lot more info about Beavers and all the good things they do for us:

Dr. Stephen Ramsey, from the OSU Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing (the Center has recently announced the completion of its sequencing of the beaver genome, so this is very well timed – http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/35185225-75/oregon-state-university-researchers-find-benny-the-beaver-fills-big-genes.html.csp)

Frances Backhouse will offer a talk based on her research and writing that appeared in her award-winning book, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver. At Beach Books on May 6th at 1:pm. http://www.backhouse.ca/books/once-they-were-hats-in-search-of-the-mighty-beaver/.

The Wetlands Conservancy has posted information on the Beaver Tales art project. The link is below. Feel free to share it with your friends and contacts.
http://wetlandsconservancy.org/stewardship/beaver-tales

http://wetlandsconservancy.org/stewardship/beaver-tales/beaver-inspiration

https://northernwoodlands.org/discoveries/pathways-to-ponds

Here’s a link to an excellent short video, with great aerial depiction of the changes that beaver dams bring to meadows . . .
http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/other/videos/fooled-by-nature-beaver-dams

And for more inspiration, a video of beaver swimming on U-Tube. .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cwu_Wu5ONI

CBC News Posted: Apr 02, 2017Great parenting: animals that care for their young in ‘amazing’ ways BEAVERS…

Some parents are a little more dedicated than others, according to wildlife expert Frank Ritcey. Ritcey says beavers take a more paws-on approach to raising their young. They give birth inside their lodges, where kits will stay until they’re old enough to start eating solid food.

“Once they’re old enough to venture forth, they travel about with the parent to learn how to become a beaver. [Kits] follow the adult around and mimic the adults actions,” said Ritcey.

“It’s so cute to watch — but it’s also very important as the young have to learn a whole set of skills like using the right trees to fall and how to build dams and lodges, and in general — how to be as busy as a beaver should be.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_23vuRU2Ews

 

While nothing can compare to the real beaver it is great to see more comprehensive research about the positive impacts of beaver dams.

http://www.ktvz.com/…/osu-cascades-students-scien…/394113930

 

 

 

Featuring  art by regional artists:  floral and grasses  by Susan Curington,  landscapes by Jan Shield,  pastels by Joanne Donaca, wood cut birds and blooms by Gregory Graham, mouth blown glass by Cindy DuVall, watercolor butterflies by Denise Joy McFadden, textiles by Linda Ballard  and rice paper florals by Zifen Qian.  

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

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BLOOM, an exhibition at Fairweather’s through April. “It’s like living inside a garden, the gallery is layered  with colorful accessories, beautiful artworks, and gorgeous garden books.”

So lovely.  So perfect.  So right.  

Photo layout  by Fairweather artist and Seaside Art Walk photographer, Linda Fenton-Mendenhall featuring  the April  2017 salon-style display of art.

Selected BLOOM artists in salon style gallery display, left to right:   floral oil on linen art by Michael Muldoon,  still life oil on linen by Melissa Jander,  landscape pastels by Gretha Lindwood, encaustic (painting in beeswax) by emerging artist Rebecca Gore, abstract floral pastels by Gretha Lindwood, emerging artist mermaids in sea florals by emerging artist Ashley Howarth, and “Garden Party” tulips and hyacinths  original oil by Melissa Jander.

A round of applause for BLOOM, an exhibition at Fairweather’s throughout the month of April! You  introduced an imaginative way of displaying many diverse  NW artists.  The artwork brings together design drama in extraordinary intimacy and charm that creates a feeling of a springtime garden stroll. Thank you!” — Bonnie W.

Q: What is salon style display in the context of a gallery exhibition, you ask?

A:  Hanging art salon-style can be a dramatic and brave  way to decorate a wall, placing a range of art with unusual dimensions to create an interesting effect.   Neutral walls are considered a perfect way to cleanse the palette for the eye in  salon-style display.

 

For more info about the gallery and the artists, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists

Source: Beaver Tales arriving to the historic Gilbert District for an Art Walk! May 6th.

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The Beaver Tales Art Exhibit showcases the beauty and utility of beavers and the habitats they create and maintain.

Beaver Tales features the work of over 100 artists who have contributed paintings, photographs, and sculptures using an incredible array of materials including wood, glass, clay, pine needles, cedar bark, leather, felt even cross-cut saws.

Join us for a reception on February 9th.

Marking the beginning of a whirlwind events all about Oregon’s beloved beaver.

Oregon State University

The events of the day:

5pm-5:45 several art/science presentations on research and the natural history of the beaver, including:

Scientific posters will also be on display showcasing some of the work conducted by OSU, the USFS, and others. Information tables will be provided by some groups as well.

***5:45-6:30 Frances Backhouse will offer a talk based on her research and writing that appeared in her award-winning book, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver. http://www.backhouse.ca/books/once-they-were-hats-in-search-of-the-mighty-beaver/. Grass Roots books will be on hand to sell her books and assist with signings. Margo Greeve, author and illustrator of the children’s book Oregon’s Special Animals will be on hand to sell her book. Her beaver illustrations are also displayed in the show.

6:30-8:30 Public reception to celebrate the art, the science, and the people who made it possible. 

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL AGES.

The art exhibit will be up in the OSU Guistina Gallery, in the LaSells Stewart Center (across from Reser Stadium), Corvallis, Oregon through February 28th.

The BEAVER TALES exhibit at OSU and related events this month are a part of SPARK – OSU’s Year of Arts+Science, http://spark.oregonstate.edu/.

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OSU/ BEAVER TALES, a curated exhibition, has selected quite a few Fairweather House and Gallery artists! They are: Agnes Field, Denise Joy McFadden, Mike Brown, Paul Brent, Susan Curington, Neal Maine and Jo Pomeroy Crockett, PhD.  Congratulations!  Fairweather SEVEN!

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1.  Agnes Field, artist. Mixed media.
Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/AgnesField for more information about the artist and her work.

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2.  Denise Joy Mc Fadden, artist. Watercolor.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/DeniseJoyMcFadden for more information about the artist and her work.

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3.  Mike Brown, wood sculpture artist. Inlaid vase.
Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/blog /MikeBrown.

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4.  Paul Brent, artist. Oil on linen.
Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/PaulBrent for more information about the artist and his art.

 

5.  Susan Curington, artist. Acrylic on linen.
Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/SusanCurington for more information about the artist and her art.

6.  Neal Maine, nature photographer.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/NealMaine for more information about the nature photographer/PacificLight Images.

7.  Jo Pomeroy Crockett, mixed media artist

Please visit http://www.fairweaterhouseandgallery.com/artists/Jo Pomeroy Crockett for more information about the artist and her art.

Save the Date and Time!

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

May  6th, 5-7:pm

HELLO!  BEAVER TALES!!!

Fairweather House and Gallery  and other venues located in the historic Gilbert District of downtown Seaside, Oregon.

 

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Please  go to  www.wetlandsconservancy.org for updates on
exhibits and other beaver and wetland activities.

Sales of art and books to benefit:

 The Wetlands Conservancy/ for more info about the beneficiary go to www.wetlandsconservancy.org

 Necanicum Watershed Council/ for more info about the beneficiary go to  www.necanicumwatershed.org

 North Coast Land Conservancy/NCLC/ for more info about the beneficiary go to http://www.nclctrust.org

 Lower Nehalem Watershed Council/for more info about the beneficiary go to www.nwc.nehalem.org

Supporters:

Arlene Schnitzer ■ Village Gallery of Arts ■ Beach Books ■ Grass Roots Books

Broadway Books ■ Neal Maine, Pacific Light Images

Venues:

Oregon State University–LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis 

Lake Oswego –510 MuseumARTspace

Fairweather House and Gallery –Seaside

Beach Books–Seaside 

Astoria Art Loft–Astoria

Recreation District–Nehalem

Oregon Zoo–Portland 

A related event will take place on Feb 25 when the Greenbelt Land Trust hosts a Beaver Walk from 9am-noon at Bald Hill. More info is available at the reception and here: http://greenbeltlandtrust.org/event/beavers-wetlands-walk/

The Beaver Tales exhibit was curated by Sara Vickerman.

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Q: How tall is a beaver, you ask?

A:  The answer in a picture show and tell.

Frances Backhouse, author

***Frances Backhouse is a veteran freelance journalist and the author of six nonfiction books. Her latest, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver, was heralded by The Globe and Mail as one of the “20 books you’ll be reading – and talking about – for the rest of the year” and selected as one of the National Post’s Top 99 Books!

 

Top ten 2016 smile times.
 Laughter has a magnetic quality.
Laughter is contagious and uncontrollable.
Laughter can create unique bonds between people.

Indeed.

The ability to have a good laugh — especially at our own expense — may be essential for survival.

TIME magazine reported: Ursula Beermann of the University of California, Berkeley, and Willibald Ruch of the University of Zurich studied 70 psychology students to gauge their ability to laugh at themselves. The findings support what has long been believed: that being able to laugh at oneself is not only a distinct trait, but is also linked with having an upbeat personality and good mood and may be the foundation for a good sense of humor.

And, so, we move forward to 2017!!!

A blank canvas.

Please visit us at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com to read more about our work.

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Featured artist Denise Joy McFadden spoke about her woven watercolors during the opening reception of A Simple Approach.

“I especially enjoy the spontaneity, as well as the risks encountered with watercolor. I often work on dampened paper and mix color directly onto the painting, rather than the palette. This technique creates wonderful effects and textures, which makes no two paintings the same.”–Denise Joy McFadden

 

For more information about the artist please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/ Denise Joy McFadden.

 

“Those with talent and drive will always strive to bring their visions of beauty and style forward.” –M. Boodro, Editor Elle Décor

“When conditions are right, remarkable things transpire.”

For more images from the opening reception please visit http://www.facebook/com/Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

For more information about the photographers Neal Maine and Linda Fenton-Mendenhall please visit:

http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/Neal Maine

http://www.facebook.com/Linda Fenton-Mendenhall Photography

 

 

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Save date the time. Opening reception for QUIET AND CLARITY during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Fairweather’s on Dec. 3rd. 5-7:pm.

DUANE BOLSTER, harp maker, arrives Dec. 3rd, 5-7:pm.

Duane Bolster harp close up

Duane Bolster harp close up

Word of mouth has resulted in professional harpists and students throughout the western United States requesting custom built harps from Duane Bolster.

And, too, a call out for a harpist to play Dec. 3rd at Fairweather’s, 5-7:pm. 

The master harp builder does not play. 

Please contact dbolster1@msn.com or telephone (503) 738-8899.

 

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Image titled “Feathers as Art” by Neal Maine, educator, biologist, ecologist and wildlife photographer.

White Egret photographed in the Neawanna Creek, Seaside, October 2016.

Proceeds in support of NCLC. On November 5th, at 6:pm Neal Maine will lecture about the local habitat at Fairweather’s.  

Fun Fact: A tall, stately white wader of quiet waters. Common, especially in the south, it may wander to the far north in the fall. Nearly wiped out in the United States in the late 1800s, when its plumes were sought for use in fashion, the White Egret made a comeback after early conservationists  protected its colonies; as a result, this bird became the symbol of the National Audubon Society.

 

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Neal Maine, PacificLight Images.

THE NEXT FRONTIER, OUR OWN BACKYARD

“Humans: We take pictures, walks, deep breaths, memories, rides on waves, water, timber, in habitat that used to belong to other trail makers. We thought we could never catch all the salmon, never cut all the big trees, and never pollute the ocean. In our hubris, we thought we could make our own trails. With renewed humility, we are learning how to share this place, to live together with our partner trail makers. PacificLight Images celebrates this partnership as we use our images to inspire others to honor nature’s trails in OUR OWN BACKYARD.”Neal Maine.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artsits/Neal Maine for more images available.

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“I finished a new heron in its nest and I was even able to weave it. I will bring it with me for the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk  Saturday on November 5th. I will talk about my woven paintings  at the opening exhibition of A SIMPLE APPROACH. I think it is a good idea this is completed.”–Denise Joy McFadden

 

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Artist Denise Joy McFadden  lectured during the  exhibition opening of A Simple Approach on Nov. 5th  during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

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As a signature member of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society, as well as a member of Watercolor West and the National Watercolor Society. She is a resident Fairweather Gallery artist and has received many awards, including the  Southwest Washington Watercolor Society, Best of Show 2015 Spring and the Watercolor West Exhibit 2013, California Watercolor Reciprocal Award, People’s Choice.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artsits/Denise Joy McFadden for more information.

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/Seaside First Saturday Art Walk for more information about the Art Walk  event.

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Image title: Heron Magic by Neal  Maine, signed, matted and framed. Proceeds in support of NCLC.

Within walking distance of downtown Seaside, herons perform a courtship dance high above the ground. “Nature will always find a way.”–Neal Maine

For the backstory on this image please visit https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/just-in-from-nature-photographer-neal-maine-2/

 

 

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Shirley 88

Take Note: From Aretha to Adele, Classic American Song book to the latest songs, Etta James to Norah Jones, all music loved by Shirley and performed uniquely by her. Shirley 88 performed on November 5th at Fairweather’s.

 

“When I think of “A Simple Approach” I think of intensity of feeling, intentional lines, power pinpointed, singular movements and clear colors = great art.” Shirley Smith-Yates, Musician.

 

 Shirely will perform during the opening reception for A SIMPLE APPROACH, Nov. 5th during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Fairweather's.

Shirley will perform during the opening reception for A SIMPLE APPROACH on Nov. 5th during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Fairweather’s. 5-7pm. See and be seen!

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” Leonardo Da Vinci

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/Shirley Smith-Yates for more information about the performer.

Linda Fenton-Mendenhall arrives as Art Walk photographer

Linda Fenton-Mendenhall arrives as Art Walk photographer

Linda Fenton-Mendenhall. One who sees and is seen.

Sharing a grace note received:

“I attended last month’s Art Walk at your gallery and I wanted to share just how special of an experience it was for me. My cousin Linda Fenton-Mendenhall (one of the presenters that night) invited me to attend as I had just arrived to Seaside the day before.

I had just gotten off the road from a 6-week long road trip spanning the entire Oregon and California coastline. I’d been camping alone in the forests and on the solitary beaches since August, absorbing the beauty and wisdom of the earth. Soul searching. Seeking. At 43, a very harsh year of setbacks drove me out of my hometown of San Diego, California, and deep into the loving embrace of Mother Nature. I had no intention of coming in out of the woods until I found a good reason to live and a deeper meaning for my own existence.

Seaside Oregon was merely a short respite from what I thought would be a much longer journey up into the Alaskan wilderness. But sometimes we get messages from the universe that change our course. Of all of the messages I received from the quiet forests and beaches along my journey in the previous six weeks I wasn’t expecting to receive such a profound message inside a beautiful art gallery in Seaside, Oregon on that Saturday night. All of the presenters were fabulous, and I’m of course so proud of my cousin and her beautiful work.

But the words of photographer Neal Maine are what ultimately struck a deep chord within my soul. While he was sharing his wisdom, I couldn’t help but to think that the universe puts us in the right place at the right time. I needed to be there that night. I needed to hear his message.

As Neal spoke of the human spirit and of our opportunity to experience the magnificence of this world I could feel my own pain slowly melting away. Suddenly it was crystal clear to me. I hadn’t been running away from myself or my problems. I was running toward myself and Nature was my pathway.

This personal epiphany is difficult for me to explain but let’s just say it has opened up my heart in profound ways that I never could have imagined. I’ve been reminded how to love. I was only supposed to be in Seaside for a few days but I’ve been here a whole month, doing more soul searching and working on my creative projects from the comfort and warmth of this wonderful community. My journey will never end but I know for certain that this month, after six life changing weeks on the road, I was meant to end up in your Gallery on that Saturday night to receive this message from Neal.

It changed the course of my life, and I am eternally grateful. I hope you can share my experience with Neal and let him know that, like my cousin Linda, I’m not only photographing nature in a different way because of him, I’m seeing the world through a slightly clearer lens. And it’s really beautiful. In gratitude and shared love for our beloved earth.”  –Joseph Antonio Cervantes

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” ~John Muir  

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/Linda Fenton Mendenhall Photography for more information.

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