Lee Munsell


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Oil on canvas. 24″ x 36″ by Lee Munsell. Sea Lion Rocks. Ecola State Park, Oregon.

About the artist:

Lee Munsell is a West Coast resident, and studied art at the Otis Art Institute. His work graces the walls of corporations, churches and private residences throughout the United States. His life is a balance of church, family, art, surfing…in that order.

Munsell is a Luminist, as he explores a range of naturalistic subject matter with a sensitive eye for varying degrees of luminosity. He takes on the more difficult subjects of water, its weight, and its under tow in the tidal current.

The art critic William Havlicek wrote: “Munsell uses nuances of light to create transcendent evocations. At a time when excess is a great temptation for an artist, it is refreshing to find an individual like Munsell who embraces time-honored tradition then attempts the difficult. He may approach a silent mountain terrain where clouds and light are as much the subjects of the work as are the peaks, rivers and strong pines. Munsell explores the profundity of water and light, presenting a shimmering work on rocks, or a glow of luminosity in back lit waves. Taking effects of light is his way of expressing a belief in a supernatural orgin for the natural universe. He seeks to convey the timeless and lasting effects of creation.”

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Lee Munsell’s art on display.

“One gets the feeling that Munsell wants to communicate more about his subject than paint alone can suggest. Munsell’s works have a staying power which gains the more the works are experienced.” –Denise Fairweather, gallerist

His art has been selected for the Laguna Festival of the Arts, a sought after juried show. His work is exhibited in selected galleries throughout the United States including a one man how at the World Art Gallery in Orange County. He has traveled throughout the world to gather insights, takes photographs and does pencil sketches that allow him to take the inspiration for new work later in his studio along the Pacific Coast.

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Lee Munsell in his studio.

The inspiration for the art:

“I have often had a retrospective vision where everything in my past life seems to fall with significance into logical sequence. Intuition, suspicion, or confidence in new ventures; there is a strange strain within me when advantage is not taken of some situation, the immediacy of recognition of the rightness or wrongness of a mood, a response, a decision – they are so often valid that I am increasingly convinced that we have yet to grasp the reality of existence.” –Ansel Adams

About the location: ECOLA STATE PARK.The first recorded journey by an American to what is now Ecola State Park was made by William Clark, one of the leaders of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 1806, Capt. William Clark and twelve members of the Corps of Discovery climbed over the rocky headlands south of Seaside Oregon (today called Tillamook Head) through thick trees to get to the whale in what is now Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Clark applied the name “Ekoli” to what is now Ecola Creek. Ehkoli is a Chinook word for “whale”.

Today there is more to the park than rich history. Surfers ride the waves at Indian Beach. Spot migrating gray whales during winter and spring.
For more information please read:
Whale Watching – Oregon State Parks and Recreation http://www.whalespoken.org/
Watching Whales in Oregon and the Whale Watching Spoken Here® program. Whales in Oregon! People come from all over the world to learn about the gray …

 

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Image: It’s a fluke. Michael Wing/PacificLight Images.

Location Seaside Cove.

Proceeds to support NCLC.

For more information about the photographer and to view more images please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/ Michael Wing and Neal Maine.

The exodus of gray whales heading south along the Oregon Coast is beginning. Each year, from mid-December to mid-January, around 20,000 whales swim from the cold Alaskan seas to the warm lagoons of Baja Mexico. The mass migration creates the potential for one of nature’s most dramatic views.

To read more about the Oregon great whale migration please go to: http://www.dailyastorian.com/
Ecola State Park is a good place to watch…Zach Urness reporter

Top 10 places to spot whales from Oregon Parks and Recreation:
1. Cape Foulweather
2. Cape Ferrelo
3. Cape Lookout
4. Cape Meares
5. Don Davis
6. Ecola State Park
7. Face Rock
8. Neahkahnie Mountain
9. Spanish Head
10. Shore Acres

Soon we will be moving the display tables into the next season.  We embrace change.

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Art walk hostesses amidst fall foliages.

We help one another.  We live for the moment.  

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Gary Pearlman, Sherrie Stahl,  Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, Sarah Lippold, Penelope Culbertson, Mary Boitta and Diane Klausner featured works on display.

We do what others are not willing to do. We feature original work by regional artists.

We accept social responsibility.  We give generously. We honor our artists, our community and our causes to the utmost of our abilities.

We do the right things.

We have hosted more than 100 art events in more than 10 years!!!

We take pride in discovering and promoting the many, many creative minds who shape our beloved community.

We are grateful.  We are thankful.  We are hopeful.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com for more about us.

Photos courtesy of Linda Fenton-Mendenhall Photography.

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“There is a Way” by Lee Munsell, Ruby Beach, Olympic Peninsula, WA

“Look deep into nature,
and then you will
understand everything better.”

–Albert Einstein

Lee Munsell is a West Coast resident, and studied art at the Otis Art Institute. His work graces the walls of corporations, churches and private residences throughout the United States. His life is a balance of church, family, art, surfing…in that order.

Munsell is a Luminist, as he explores a range of naturalistic subject matter with a sensitive eye for varying degrees of luminosity. He takes on the more difficult subjects of water, its weight, and its under tow in the tidal current.

The art critic William Havlicek wrote: ” Munsell uses nuances of light to create transcendent evocations. At a time when excess is a great temptation for an artist, it is refreshing to find an individual like Munsell who embraces time-honored tradition then attempts the difficult.

He may approach a silent mountain terrain where clouds and light are as much the subjects of the work as are the peaks, rivers and strong pines. Munsell explores the profundity of water and light, presenting a shimmering work on rocks, or a glow of luminosity in back-lit waves. Taking effects of light is his way of expressing a belief in a supernatural origin for the natural universe.” 

 

 New arrivals in mouth blown glassware reflect the fall hues in arctic neutrals, misted lavendar and amber.

 Sharing a “doing good works” story…

Lee Munsell’s daughter and her husband live in India part-time working for a humanitarian group called Embracing the World. Over the years they have built a beautiful relationship with us offering fine silk shawls. It is a pleasure to see the art work of her father’s art  on silk shawls and we are delighted to offer them for the fall season!

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

Completed painting

New art arrived. April 2016. Come Sit with Me by Lee Munsell. Original oil on linen.

Lee Munsell is a Luminist, as he explores a range of naturalistic subject matter with a sensitive eye for varying degrees of luminosity. He takes on the more difficult subjects of water, its weight, and its under tow in the tidal current.

The art critic William Havlicek wrote: Munsell uses nuances of light to create transcendent evocations. At a time when excess is a great temptation for an artist, it is refreshing to find an individual like Munsell who embraces time-honored tradition then attempts the difficult.

He may approach a silent mountain terrain where clouds and light are as much the subjects of the work as are the peaks, rivers and strong pines. Munsell explores the profundity of water and light, presenting a shimmering work on rocks, or a glow of luminosity in back-lit waves.

Taking effects of light is his way of expressing a belief in a supernatural orgin for the natural universe. He seeks to convey the timeless and lasting effects of creation. One gets the feeling that Munsell wants to communicate more about his subject than paint alone can suggest.

Munsell’s works have a staying power which gains the more the works are experienced.”

Picture development courtesy of Lee Munsell. 

Title: Come Sit with Me. 

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Inspiration from a sunset location near Florence, Oregon.

 The Florence area is probably the most scenic on the Oregon Coast.  The region is dominated by beautiful forest, fresh water lakes, rivers, and of course the sand and beach.  Please visit  www.traveloregon.com for more information.

 

It was good to see you again. Our daughter Christa is coming up your way. She has a shawl with one of my pictures on it to show you. Many blessings, Lee

And, too, beautiful new work  hand delivered  to the gallery.

A Place of Refuge.  Original oil on linen.  Lee Munsell.

A Place of Refuge Boardman State Park

Inspiration  from a Boardman State Park photo.

Located on the Oregon coast the Boardman State Park is rife with natural wonders. Seaside prairies, spectacular vistas, secluded cove beaches, rugged cliffs and forested sea stacks come one after the other throughout this park. This quiet, untouched park is completely otherworldly. Please visit http://www.oregonstateparks.org for more information.

 

 

Come Take My Hand

 

“Come and Take My Hand” Lee Munsell

Original oil on linen. Indian Point/ Ecola State Park, Oregon

Wrapping around Tillamook Head, between Seaside and Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park stretches along the Oregon coastline. The scenic and hiking opportunities are the main attraction, as well as the surfing and wildlife observations.  For more information go to www.oregonhikers.org.

Lee Munsell

 

Lee Munsell is a West Coast resident, and studied art at the Otis Art Institute. His work graces the walls of corporations, churches and private residences throughout the United States. His life is a balance of church, family, art, surfing…in that order.

 

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Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ artists/ Lee Munsell for more information.

And, where else in the world is Lee Munsell’s art, you might ask?

“I had a good meeting with the Coast Gallery of Big Sur. They have a lot of interesting plans going forward. Looking forward to working with them. Blessings, Lee.

Coast Gallery Big Sur has become the largest known gallery of American Crafts in the United States. It features work created by 250 artists and artisans. It is located on scenic Highway One near Carmel, CA.

“Those that live for the arts, support the arts.”

 

COLLECTIVE ENERGY, indeed, played out as an exhibition that brought art of all mediums together.

Original art by regional artists at Fairweather’s: Paul Brent, Richard Newman, Billie Johnstone, Bobby McWhirter, Kimberly Reed, Rosemary Klein, Rinee Merritt and Seaside/Gearhart naturalist Neal Maine.

 

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com for more information or go to http://www.facebook.com SeasideFirstSaturdayArtWalk.

And, too, a grace note received from Kimberly Reed.

“Thank you (and your lovely photographer) for the wonderful photos! As always, a lovely event. I really LOVED the display of Deep Blue Sea, Storms a Comin’ and Deep Blue Sea all together. The store/gallery looked GREAT! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and also to Kathy and Joan (and the rest of the wonderful people who help out in so many different ways)!” –Kimberly Reed:-)

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A mimosa-laced reception with a delicious plated brunch combined with moving stories about the titles given the fine art works by the artist Lee Munsell will be offered to the public on Friday, April 24th between 11:am to 3:pm at Fairweather’s Gallery.

Lee Munsell is a Luminist, as he explores a range of naturalistic subject matter with a sensitive eye for varying degrees of luminosity. He takes on the more difficult subjects of water, its weight, and it’s under tow in the tidal current.


Artist’s statement: “There is a design to the world and cosmos around us. There are lessons in everything created.”

The art critic William Havlicek wrote:

“Munsell uses nuances of light to create transcendent evocations. At a time when excess is a great temptation for an artist, it is refreshing to find an individual like Munsell who embraces time-honored tradition then attempts the difficult. He may approach a silent mountain terrain where clouds and light are as much the subjects of the work as are the peaks, rivers and strong pines.
Munsell explores the profundity of water and light, presenting a shimmering work on rocks, or a glow of luminosity in back-lit waves. Taking effects of light is his way of expressing a belief in a supernatural origin for the natural universe. He seeks to convey the timeless and lasting effects of creation.
One gets the feeling that Munsell wants to communicate more about his subject than paint alone can suggest. Munsell’s works have a staying power which gains the more the works are experienced.”


Fun Facts:
His fine art work was exhibited during the Laguna Festival of the Arts, a sought after juried show.

His work is exhibited in selected galleries throughout the United States including a one man show at the World Art Gallery in Orange County.

He has traveled throughout the world to gather insights, takes photographs and does pencil sketches that allow him to take the inspiration for new work later in his studio along the Pacific Coast.

Art patrons who met the artist Lee Munsell.  Purchased Serenity's Call, an original.

Delighted patrons who met the artist Lee Munsell and who had previously selected Serenity’s Call, an original oil.

For more information, go to:
http://www.fairweatherhouseandgarden.com/ artist/ Lee Munsell

Mark Ward, Sea Turtles Forever

Marc Ward, Seaside resident and founder of Sea Turtles Forever, writes: STF, is an Oregon based non-profit working to protect endangered sea turtles from extinction as well as our marine environment from marine plastic contamination. Marine-micro plastic debris is accumulating on our ocean beaches and carries toxic contaminants. These contaminants leach into the marine environment when left on the beach threatening the health of wildlife and people.” read more: www.seaturtlesforever.com

Free falling into the upcoming season, the GUYS TAKE OVER Art Walk on Sept. 7, 2013 is very different from anything Fairweather’s has done before. The exhibition, all by NW men artists, most certainly, will be arranged for optimal display, yet, too, a spotting scope provided by NW naturalist, Neal Maine, will allow the visitors to be completely captivated viewing through a camera lens a powerful razor-sharp magnification of a Great Horned Owl, a specimen from the “Fish and Wildlife guys”. It’s a really big “thumbs up” event.

Other notable guys appearing: Paul Brent, Painting Seaside LIVE ™, Jan Shield, Tom Hausken, Nick Brakel and Zifen Qian. The show, a benefit for Sea Turtles, Forever, scores another first, as Marc Ward, founder/ activist, will speak to the art patrons.

Denise Fairweather states: “We’ve surely re-doubled our usual intense dedication to creating an affair, for and about, well, the NW men artists of art. Truly, it will be an event where patrons and enthusiasts can mingle and be informed in real time guy-speak. The men have just gone ahead and done exactly what they wanted to show, yet, too— it’s a look-book into the fall season.”

Playbook is in!

Set 1 Paul Brent

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Paul Brent is an internationally recognized artist who is best known for his watercolors of coastal scenes and nature. His work is a reflection and reinterpretation of the environment found along the edge of the ocean to estuary wonders.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, he is a member of the National Watercolor Society and currently resides with his family during the summer months in Seaside, Oregon.

Paul appears throughout the summertime Seaside Chamber of Commerce First Saturday Art Walk events at Fairweather House and Garden, oftentimes painting while meeting and greeting art patrons.

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Set Two: Neal Maine & Michael Wing

Neal Maine & Michael Wing

Neal Maine & Michael Wing

Having been a part of the North coast community his entire life, Neal Maine, is sharing life lessons with Michael Wing, his grandson. They show us all how important it is to be involved. Whether it’s walking the North Coast Land conservancy lands, lending photographic skills and or proudly joining forces supporting the natural lands and it’s wildlife, two talented souls are working together to strengthen our community.

Michael is holding his photograph of a pair of reclusive rivers otters found along the Gearhart estuary.

Art patrons continue to be delighted with the kinds of conversations and images that are an everyday part of life for the two men.

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A blue heron bending down “zippering” it’s feathers. The series: Birds as Art, Fall 2013 Neal Maine, naturalist/ photographer.

Set Three: Zifen Qian

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Zifen Qian graduated from Shanghai Teachers University and Portland State with a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Qian has been teaching at Pacific Northwest College of Art and Portland State University. In addition, he serves as the senior artist for Carol Wilson Fine Arts, an internationally known licensee.

He is listed in the American edition of Who’s Who in the Art World and resides in Oregon wit his family. His art has shown in Shanghai Fine Arts, as well as, in numerous and solo group exhibitions in the Northwest, New York, Chicago, Paris and London. He has been 12 times listed in American edition of Who’s Who in the World and 3 times Who’s Who in American. He resides in Oregon with his family. His art has shown in Shanghai Fine Arts and China’s national exhibition in his early age, as well as, he had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the Northwest, New York, Chicago, Paris and London.

He currently is invited by Art & Design College at Shanghai Technology University as visiting Professor.

For the GUYS TAKE OVER Art Walk, September 7, 2013 at Fairweather’s, Zifen has applied a keen eye for brilliant, monochromatic original art works, work created in pen, ink and water on Xuan paper.

Set Four: Jan Shield

Jan Shield grew up in a family of artists and has been painting and sculpting all of his life. He is a Professor of Art at Pacific University, Forest Grove where he has been teaching since 1971. Mr. Shield’s works are included in corporate, public, and private collections across the country including New York. He has exhibited widely throughout the Pacific Northwest in one and two person shows, invitational’s, and juried group shows. Galleries where his works have been represented include: Lawrence Gallery, River Sea Gallery, Astoria; White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach; and Rental Sales Gallery PAM, Portland.

Through his paintings, prints, murals, and sculpture, Jan shares his deep regard for the most western regions of the United States, particularly Oregon, Hawaii, Japan, China, Australia, and the Pacific Rim. His paintings especially are a comment on Naturalism and symbolism. Other paintings and three-dimensional forms let the viewer feel the power, richness, and substance he discovers in nature through a more abstract style of expression.

Mr. Shield’s studio is located here at Dancing Trees Sanctuary For The Arts. Jan is available by appointment to discuss the sale or commission of his work as well as corporate art consultation and permanent collections placement.

Artist Jan Shield working on in his studio.

Artist Jan Shield working on in his studio.

Set Six: Nick Brakel

Nick Brakel holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin Superior, and recently completed a Northwest’s Emerging Print Makers Residency. In a series of collagraphs, the artist is exploring concerned about water birds and sea mammals that may be affected by climate change. Finding himself often wondering what will happen to the birds and sea creatures as the climate changes. To the artist, the wildlife seem almost like spirit creatures, watching their fate reveal itself, in the future, in the present, and in the present simultaneously.</

What you ask is a collagraph?

It means collage intaglio. Taking mat board and adding gesso, covering it with carborundum or sand, then adding wood burn lines into the work. It is then sealed in with different viscosities, inked and run through a printing press. As with most printmaking there is quite alot of work before you open a bottle of ink.

In Nick’s words:

“For the GUYS TAKE OVER Art Walk I was thinking it might be cool if I brought some printing plates and preliminary drawings to the opening, so I could show people some of the process.”
Copyright © Nick Brakel

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Kristin Qian

 Kristin Qian

Kristin Qian

Kristin Qian, musician/ artist will appear in Seaside, Sept. 07, 2013 between 6:30PM to 8:pm at Fairweather House and Garden.

Kristin Qian began her violin studies at age 3, piano and composition at 5. She was the first place winner of the 2008 and 2010 Oregon Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior Strings Competition. She made her solo debut with the Portland Youth Philharmonic Young Strings Ensemble at age 11 and debuted with the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Camerata Chamber Orchestra in 2012. Kristin won the Jewish Community Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition and performed solo with the orchestra in 2008 and was a laureate in the 2011 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition. Kristin is a two-time winner of the MetroArts Young Artists Debut. The Van Buren Concerto Concert Competition (2010, 2012), and has performed Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Maestro Niel Deponte. Kristin was assistant concertmaster and concertmaster of the Portland Youth Philharmonic and its Camerata Chamber Orchestra. At 13, Kristin was invited to and selected as the concertmaster of the 2011 American High School Honors Performance Series Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Since the summer of 2004, Kristin has participated in music festivals and competitions in China, France, Argentina, and the United States. In July 2012, Kristin was the youngest violinist to be invited to take part in the 2nd International Violin Competition Buenos Aires in Argentina, and recently, Kristin was a semifinalist in the 2013 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Violin Competition. Kristin is an artist-in-residence with the Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society.

As a pianist, at age 9, Kristin was the youngest competitor invited to participate in the 2007 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in California. In 2008, she was a semifinalist in the 1st Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists in New York City. Kristin won the 2006 Trula Whelan Concerto Competition. In 2009, she received award in the Oregon MTNA Junior Piano Competition. Kristin was also a finalist of Metro Arts Young Artists Debut. Concerto Competition Piano category and was a finalist of Portland Youth Philharmonic’s 2013 Piano Concerto Competition.

Kristin is also an accomplished visual artist. She has had many solo and group exhibitions including at the Portland French School, George Fox University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Marylhurst University, Fairweather House and Garden, the Westin Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas, Wieden + Kennedy, the Governor Hotel, and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Grand Lobby among other Portland galleries. In 2002, she was featured on the KOIN TV live segment “Painting Prodigy” from Shoen Library at Marylhurst University for her solo painting exhibition. Kristin received the Creativity Award and praise from critics for her oil painting “L’humain et l’espace” at the NASA-sponsored The Next Golden Age 18th International Academy of Astronautics Human in Space Symposium International Youth Art Competition. Kristin’s paintings have been collected by George W. Bush, organizations and individual collectors.

Kristin is a senior at Catlin Gabel School and at the same time, she studies and works with Dr. Cristina Tognon of Oregon Health & Science University in molecular biology research at OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute Druker Lab since April 2013. She is also in the John Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth program and Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth. Kristin has completed college level courses including AP Calculus BC at age 14. She currently is a math and French teaching assistant, as well as a writing tutor at school. Kristin is also the President of Catlin Gabel’s Model United Nations Team and a Committee Chair for the Oregon Model United Nations Conference.

Kristin will play during the GUYS TAKE OVER Art Walk, at Fairweather’s House and Garden, September 7th, in honor of her father, Zifen Qian, who will be exhibiting.

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