Leah Kohlenberg


 

Original portrait by Leah Kohlenberg.

 

Portrait by Leah Kohlenberg. 

Leah Kohlenberg artist statement:

“I have been painting for 17 years, and am primarily self taught, though I have taken classes at the Gage Academy and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and studied privately with Armenian painters Hakob Hovannisyan, Arthur Sarkissian, and Suren Nersisyan, with Georgian artist Lado Pochkhua, and with Portland Artist Don Bishop.  I work mainly in oil and acrylic, working with urban architecture and modern portraits as my subjects, but also use pastels and watercolor. I have been juried in as a Portland Open Studio artist every year between 2015 and 2018, and currently serve as president of the open studio board. I have had solo shows at the Hadas Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; at the Műveleti Terület Gallery in Budapest, Hungary; and at the American Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia, among others. I won a merit prize in the American Juried Online Art Salon 2010 Spring and Summer Show.  My art is in private collections around the world.”

 

Portraiture exhibit featuring the art of Leah Kohlenberg.

“I have taught art for 11 years, first by helping start an English language art school called Sziv Studios in Budapest, Hungary with American artist Paula Brett, and since then teaching hundreds of students of all ages.  I founded the Roaming Studio for  teaching art classes in 2010 (renamed Leah Kohlenberg Fine Art Classes in 2016).  I was awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant to publish my first book, The Roaming Studio Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Faces, released in early 2016.  I also offer an Art at Work Program, designed to bring drawing and painting classes to non-professionals in the workplace,”  …from a previous lecture  Leah Kohlenberg.

 

 

“Here is a link to the book. I will have copies for Fairweather’s  Portraiture exhibition through May 29.”  Leah

The Roaming Studio’s Step-By-Step Guide to Drawing Faces (The Roaming Studio’s Art Guides) (Volume 1) by Leah Kohlenberg (2015-12-24) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K151HGE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_pDtVCbKK1SDBJ

 

Featured artists for ‘March’ exhibition displayed on the west showcase wall: whimsical paintings by Marga Stanley, pastels by Leah Kohlenberg, fused glass necklaces by Mike Fox, fresco paintings by Agnes Field.  Accessories made by hand:  willow bird nests, felt bunny, hand turned wood candlestick and hand forged bronze candelabra.

 

Featured artists for ‘March’ exhibition displayed on the west showcase wall.  Left to right: Abstract “March Grasses” original by Leah Kohlenberg,   painting in rain by Jeni Lee, impasto oil by Melissa Jander, fused glass by Mike Fox, hand-made glass by Bob Heath and pastel pen and ink by Lori Wallace-Lloyd.

 

Featured ‘March’ exhibition artists.  Left to right:  Penelope Culbertson calligraphy, en plein air original by Bev Drew Kindley, miniature oil by Barbara Rosbe Felisky, acrylic “Dune Grasses” by Bev Drew Kindley, oil landscapes by Lisa Wiser, couture jewelry by Mary Hurst, hand-made glass platter by Sandy and Bob Lercari, pastel by Gretha Lindwood and fine art hardbound books selected for the spring season.

 

 

Displays by D. Fairweather, gallerist/ allied member A.S.I.D., American Society of Interior Designers.  

Photos by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk photographer.

‘March’ on exhibit through March 31.

Fairweather House and Galllery

612 Broadway

Seaside

 

 

From traditional to transitional, representational to contemporary, realism to impressions, The Fairweather House and Gallery has presented an eclectic collection of fine art by an exceptional group of living Northwest regional artists for over 12 years.

 

Save the date and time.

Celebrating 15 years in 2019, the next Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, will be held 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday April 6.

The free event takes place between Holladay Drive and Broadway Street in the Historic Gilbert District of downtown Seaside.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Opening artist reception for “Life Abundant” featuring regional artists Bill Baily, Diane Copenhaver, Barbara Bacon Folawn, Martha Lee, Emily Miller, Veronica Russell, Jan Shield, introducing oil painter James Waterhouse andwatercolor artist Carolynn Wagler. 

“For April the works are full of energy to create a feeling of the air merging with the trees and fields where from the earth they grow.  They express a sort of witness to the soil becoming the grass and how plant life abounds joined in a harmony of space and form,” Jan Shield, Professor Emeritus of Art at Pacific University.

Painting demonstration, artist lectures, LIVE music by Shirley 88 and local habitat lecture by Neal Mail at 6:pm.

 

To read more about the gallery, please visit www.fairweatherhouseangallery.com


 ‘Shannon’ crystal candle sticks.

Ireland is home to some of the world’s most impressive crystal designs, among them ‘Shannon’  crystal. The craft of Irish crystal making is an art form that has been developed and modified over hundreds of years, going back as far as the Celts, who brought the first glass to Ireland in for jewelry making.

Table design featuring ‘Shannon’ crystal, mixed-media beach stone and lichen art by Peggy Stein, ‘Great Blue Heron’ oil painting by Paul Brent, miniature abstract by  Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, semi-precious gemstone necklaces by Mary Bottita.  Tables by D. Fairweather, gallerist and  allied member A.S.I.D., American Society of Interior Designers. Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

 

 

Green art glass: no other medium captures the dance of light and color so perfectly, mouth blown gracefully into a free-form shape. Approximately 20’ diameter at rim.

Kemy Kay, art hostess in dressed in the wearing of green, Carol Johansen, frequent gallery visitor. She is a cousin to Fairweather resident artist Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, did you know?

Pastels on table by Leah Kohlenberg,  raw edged coffee table by Ray Noregaard, birch wood framed acrylics on grass cloth  by Barbara Bacon Folawn, abstract 12×12 by Diane Copenhaver, pen and ink framed and matted art by emerging artist Brenda Gordon, paper cloth beaded origami by Peggy Evans and table display featuring the liquid beauty of a hand blown fluted glass bowl. Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall

 

One-of-a-kind hand-crafted art jewelry at the Fairweather Gallery. Distinctive  NW artist-made necklaces and earrings.

 

Concert grand piano display for ‘March’ featuring watch necklaces by Brigitte Willse, sea glass jewelry by Barbara Walker, calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson and earrings by Mary Boitta, Mary Hurst, Karen Johnson and Tanya Gardner.

 

 

 

Leather key ring cross by Luan and silver cuff by Alan Stockam and Heather Rieder.

 

 

 

To read about the history of the Celtic cross, please visit https://www.gaelicmatters.com/celtic-cross-meaning.html

 

To read more about past Irish and March articles about  Fairweather’s go to:

https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/…/a-round-of-applause-for-after-pa…

Mar 12, 2017 – A round of applause for after party images from IRISH LANDS, an exhibition opening at Fairweather’s.

Feb 14, 2017 – Posted by Fairweather House and Gallery under Q&A | Tags: Art Galleries, … Kate Hegarty came to America from Ireland with a spinning wheel …
Mar 2, 2016 – The Wildlife Center of the North Coast will bring a live American kestrel to FairweatherHouse and Gallery during …

 

Making the Dollar: Fairweather House & Gallery. Published: March 26, 2009. During 25 years of interior design experience she …

Top left: Rain painting by Jeni Lee, mixed media 12 x 12 painting by Jan Rimerman, mini words in wisdom by Diane Copenhaver, ceramics, lava vases and pottery by Emily Miller, mouth blown glass platters by Sandy and Bob Lercari, pastel “Pond Reflection” by Dan Mackerman, as well as calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson.

Top center: “Great Blue Heron” oil painting by Paul Brent.

Top right:  pair of whimsical art by Marga Stanley.

Bottom left: Seaside Visitors Bureau/ Tourism booklet 2019 open to a page about the Fairweather Gallery.  Nature photography by Neal Maine.

Bottom center:  Watercolors on yupo by Carolyn Macpherson and wood boxes by Ray Noregaard.

Bottom right: IIumne  candle collection on piano,  Fine Art lamps,  mirror by Currey and Co., indoor/outdoor garden stool by Art Interiors and limited edition rabbit lithographs.

2019 March postcard by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

 

 

“Blue Highway”  Leah Kohlenberg, abstract painter

“I often find that the best way to work with paintings is to work in a series: that is, to take a single idea and tease it out over several paintings, using specific mediums, style and content.”

 

 

 

Leah Kohlenberg has been painting for eighteen years and is mostly self-taught, although the artist has taken classes at the Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest College of the Arts in Portland and has studied privately with a host of professional painters spanning the globe in Budapest, Armenia, Croatia and New York City.

 

 

“I have taught art for 11 years, first by helping start an English language art school called Sziv Studios in Budapest, Hungary with American artist Paula Brett, and since then teaching hundreds of students of all ages.  I founded the Roaming Studio for teaching art classes in 2010 (renamed Leah Kohlenberg Fine Art Classes in 2016).”

 

 

I was awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant to publish my first book, The Roaming Studio Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Faces, released in early 2016.  I also offer an Art at Work Program, designed to bring drawing and painting classes to non-professionals in the workplace.” 

© 2018 Leah Kohlenberg

 

To read more about the Fairweather artist, please visit https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/2018/09/25/for-exploring-new-surfaces-fairweathers-oct-exhibition-artist-leah-kohlenberg/

 

 

 

 

“March Grasses in the Light” by  Leah Kohlenberg, abstract painter

 

 

“I primarily work in acrylic. I use a lot of glazing mediums and build up the darks, rather than start with them.  It creates the feeling of light coming out of the darkness, an appropriate sentiment for these absurd and terrible times.  I am looking forward to the March show on Mar. 2.  I  have  five paintings (including two framed pastels). I have just printed a set of eight note cards, featuring pastel scenes of the Oregon Coast.”

 

Salt enhanced watercolor by Paul Brent, encaustic beeswax painting by Peg Wells, pastel by Kathy Moberg,  archival papyrus pen and ink, rice paper by Zifen Qian, mixed media on easel by Jo Pomeroy-Crockett.

Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall

“The works included in this exhibit use either new materials or methods and techniques to amplify the meaning in the content of their art. Adding or embedding new materials to the surface creates surprise, and occasionally, deeper interpretation and understanding of the subject.” –Agnes Field, curator

Mixed media art mask by Jorjett Strumme, miniature oil by Barbara Rosbe Felisky, impasto oil paintings by Leah Kohlenberg and Painting Seaside LIVE(tm) Paul Brent.

Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall

 

Art in photo:   Carmela Newstead chiseled oil on linen, Agnes Field fresco art and a series of three impasto oils framed in basswood by Martha Lee. Photo by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

 

Exploring New Surfaces, a Fairweather exhibition, through October 31.

“Cauldron” by Leah Kohlenberg

 

Leah Kohlenberg,  artist statement:

I have been drawing and painting for 18 years, but the work you see today is entirely new for me.

These pastels and oil paintings are inspired by the Oregon coast, but the colors are wild and bright (sometimes wacky) and the land forms are intentionally abstract. This is to allow some of the raw brushwork and initial power that comes from an artistic first impression. It’s also an attempt to share the more vibrantly colorful world that’s in my head onto the canvas.

I started painting in my 30s, so have always had a sense of being “behind” – there were people who’d been doing art much longer than me, who knew more about the craft than I, who were way better artists than I. As I practiced my skills, I also did a lot of painting over my first attempts until I made the work “correct.”

My lack of confidence resulted in a stuttering “over-painting” that could lose the initial rawness and beauty of the initial strokes. I sometimes missed what I had created in the first pass, and at the same time, I didn’t trust it.

Now 18 years later, this series is an attempt to trust and honor that first pass. You are the first people to see these works. They have all been made this year, with this venue in mind. Many thanks for being the number one audience.

 

October 2018

Exploring New Surfaces

Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway Street
Seaside, Oregon

 

Exploring New Surfaces, an exhibition curated by Agnes Field, Astoria based artist with a Master’s Degree in Studio Fine Art from New York University through October 31st.

 

Artist, curator Agnes Field

 

“The works included in this exhibit use either new materials or methods and techniques to amplify the meaning in the content of their art. Adding or embedding new materials to the surface creates surprise, and occasionally, deeper interpretation and understanding of the subject.” –Agnes Field

 

The October 2018 exhibit includes Leah Kohlenberg and Kathy Moberg and Carmela Newstead.

“I have been drawing and painting for 18 years, but the work you will see for Exploring New Surfaces is entirely new for me. These pastels and oil paintings are inspired by the Oregon coast, but the colors are wild and bright (sometimes wacky) and the land forms are intentionally abstract. This is to allow some of the raw brushwork and initial power that comes from an artistic first impression. It’s also an attempt to share the more vibrantly colorful world that’s in my head onto the canvas. Art Walk visitors will be the first people to see these works. They have all been made this year, with this venue in mind. Many thanks for being the number one audience.” Leah Kohlenberg

For more about the curator, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/  artists/  Agnes Field

 

The art of Leah Kohlenberg on display.

 

Close up of the art by Leah Kohlenberg

 

Reprinting ART ON article/ Oct 18  hipfishmonthly.com

Exploring New Surface

Leah Kohlenberg at Fairweather

Review

“The work inspired by the Oregon coast artist uses raw brush work and unexpected colors to focus on the initial power that comes from the first artistic impressions.  An experienced painter for over 18 years  Kohlenberg also teaches drawing to many local professionals.”