Marga Stanley

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, textiles by Linda Ballard  and rice paper florals by Zifen Qian.  

For more info please visit … artists.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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 …artists

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


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 to read more about our work.


“Here’s  my new  paintings. They are called “Sons” and “Daughters” because my images could be brothers, sisters, partners or friends, but always, we are sons and daughters.” –Marga Stanely


And, as always, a bit of whimsy by Marga:

“Look to the Moon” by Marga Stanley.

Fun Fact: This year, the full moons of October, November and December all take place when the moon is at its closest point of approach in its orbit around Earth — a so-called supermoon. The supermoon, November’s full Beaver Moon, peaked its full supermoon phase on Monday, Nov. 14.



With love from MARGA, “Catching the Wind”


“My art training comes from watching and experimenting and then doing it all over again, exposing a little more of me, Marga, with every attempt.


With each coat of paint, whether it’s watercolors, gouache, acrylics and oil comes depth and motion…it’s exciting and satisfying to see my work evolve from one layer to the next. I love using odd tools to paint with…. for instance, the main images on my mini whimsy collection, were painted with a toothpick (I couldn’t find a small enough pallet knife).

I love the movement of things… whether it’s the hair or feather on a bird’s head or the drooping of a flower’s leaf…I want to make my painting live and breathe.”–  Big Hugs, Marga Stanley



“Stealin’ Home” by Marga.

Please visit Stanley for more information.

Please visit Art by for more about the artist.

Fun Facts:
While living in the Caribbean, Marga founded an annual fine arts fair, featuring over 20 very talented and diverse artists.

As an artist, Marga draws on a regular basis with an exceptional group of local artists and am one of the founding members of Tempo Gallery, an arts collective, in Astoria.

For eight delightful years, Marga has read “Bedtime Stories in Marga’s World” on KMUN radio, her platform for DOING GOOD WORKS.

And, too, sometimes, when subject matter wasn’t available, Marga writes her own children’s stories.




“Beach Boys” SOLD @ Fairweather’s to a collector of  Marga’s art.

For more images and stories about Marga, please visit……/for-the-power-of-two-exhibit-art…Jun 27, 2016 – “July’s theme THE POWER OF TWO has been a fun one for me and so enjoyable to do. Best friends, companions, confidants and playmates ……/coastal-kindred-whimsical-artist-…Mar 2, 2015 – “My art training comes from watching and experimenting and then doing it all over again, exposing a little more of me, Marga, with every attempt ……/for-open-windows-an-image-an…Apr 26, 2015 – Q: How did the theme for Open Windows come to be, you ask? A: In 2015 the artists were invited to submit a two-word theme and…


A delightful, soft-spoken speaker, Marga Stanley lectured about her latest works of art, sometimes painted with a toothpick  (please forgive us as we cannot keep this fact silent),  during the opening reception of Quiet and Clarity on December 3rd.



DUANE BOLSTER Master Harp Builder 


Duane Bolster was born in 1948 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from high school, he began working in the operating rooms at Emanuel Hospital to pay his way through college. He graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1974.  

Duane worked for forty five years in Pacific Northwest hospitals. He spent much of his time working in operating rooms, and Intensive Care Units. The last thirty six years of his work, he focused on treating critically ill children who needed emergency dialysis and aphaeresis.


It was during the years that he was involved with pediatrics that Duane witnessed the wonderful healing and soothing effects that harp music had on the children he cared for, and on their parents. Inspired by this, he began building harps for his own children. The first harp was seen by a thanatologist with the Children’s Cancer Association. She requested that he build the CCA a harp, which resulted in professional harpists and students throughout the western United States requesting custom harps from Duane. 


The Hero award from CCA “For Creating a Magnificent Harp for the Music Program” in 2006

The John Barry Award from Northwest Kidney Kids Inc. “For Providing Exceptional Care to Children with Kidney Disease” in 2010



Duane and Carol Bolster


 And, too a back story: 

“My wife Carol, and I were in the Fairweather Gallery recently.  It was suggested to us that I could bring some of the harps which I make to the First Saturday Art Walk in December.  Thanks so much.  We always enjoy the art featured in your gallery.” –Duane and Carol


Save and time:

December 3rd, 5-7pm.

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Fairweather’s.

612 Broadway

Opening reception for Quiet and Clarity

Special guest Duane Bolster

Lead artist Marga Stanley

Introducing  new artist Diane Copenhaver.

Introducing work by emerging artist Ashley Howarth.

Nature lecture by  Neal Maine at 6:pm.

LIVE holiday music by Shirley 88.

For more information about the Art Walk, please visit First Saturday Art Walk

For more information about the lead artist arriving please visit Marga Stanley

For more information about the speaker please visit artists/ Neal Maine

For more information about the emerging artist  please visit

Original on canvas

The Windcatchers by Marga

“July’s theme THE POWER OF TWO has been a fun one for me and so enjoyable to do. Best friends, companions, confidants and playmates are what we all can benefit from in this crazy world of ours. Putting a happy face on my creations was a project that I loved from start to finish. Thank you Denise for letting me be a part of this!” –Marga



On July 2nd for the opening reception for Power of Two, an exhibition that included regional artists who managed to produce body of work that reads like an oasis of calm, a subtle backdrop during the time of high season in vacation land. Indeed, the show title sounded like a recipe for chaos given the summer busy activities and adventures; yet, when teamed with the artists selected and combined with the work they  created, the gallery added a dimension of serenity that was sensed as much as seen.  Power of Two through July 31st.




Whimsical artist Marga Stanley offered new art for the summer season.   Each new work…with a connection to the number two!



“Two for the Moon” original gouache by Marga.


Q: What is gouache painting, you ask?

A: Gouache painting is similar to watercolor painting but is modified to make it opaque. Gouache differs from watercolor in that the particles are larger, the ratio of pigment to water is much higher, and an additional, inert, white pigment such as chalk may also be present. This makes gouache heavier and more opaque, with greater reflective qualities. Gouache generally dries to a different value than it appears when wet (lighter tones generally dry darker, while darker tones tend to dry lighter). Its quick coverage and total hiding power mean that gouache lends itself to more direct painting techniques than watercolor.

About the artist:
Marga and her husband, Tom Stanley, moved from the British West Indies to the North Coast about 10 years ago and have embraced Astoria as their new home, rain and all. Marga says, “I have been fortunate enough to have had my art in galleries from Canada to the British West Indies and the U.S. and now have the pleasure to be one of the founding members of the new Tempo Gallery in Astoria. Marga’s love for animals and children is the inspiration of her work: She works with paper mache, gouache, watercolors and acrylics. Out of her studio, she can also be heard reading bedtime stories in “Marga’s World” on KMUN.

The Beach Boys by Marga

The Beach Boys by Marga

And, too, a teeny tiny grace note received:

Hi!  Great write up …thanks for all that you do for me!!!  You are a treasure!!  See you Saturday!– Hugs Marga


For more information where else you can find Marga  please visit

Original calligraphy on marbled paper Through June at Fairweather: Works on Paper, an exhibition, including established and emerging artists who have created unique works using paper as their primary medium.

New work from Patricia Clark-Finley with works on graphite and sennelier ink on yupo; Penelope Culbertson with works in calligraphy on antique paper; and Christine Trexel, who plants, harvests the materials and creates paper art.


Also introducing new works on paper by Gary Pearlman, who embeds individually cut patterns of handmade paper integrating the works into original art.

  • Original watercolors by Paul Brent
  • Art by Victoria Brooks
  • Collagraphs by Nick Brakel
  • Art by Kathryn Delany
  • Collage and yupo art by Dr. Jo Pomeroy-Crockett
  • Pen and Ink art by Britney Drumheller
  • Contemporary art by Agnes Field
  • Ocean photography by Don Frank
  • Pastels by Joanne Donaca, Bev Drew Kindley, Gretha Lindwood and Lori Wallace-Lloyd
  • Teeny tiny art  by toothpick artist  Marga Stanley
  • Nature photography by Neal Maine
  • Landscape photography by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall
  • Collage art by Sherrie Stahl
  • Rice paper abstracts by Zifen Qian


And, too, Seaside nature photographer Neal Maine exhibits his latest natural history journal of images, habitat images found within steps from downtown, “along the coastal edge, in our own backyards.”

Neal Maine with his natural history journal of images.

Fairweather House and Gallery is located at 612 Broadway in Seaside, Oregon. Since 2006 the gallery has represented more than 100 nationally known artists with ties to the North coast, as well as mentored emerging regional artists.

Please visit for more information.

full house

10th year anniversary celebration @ Fairweather’s


As we move into our 11th year.

We will continue to do the right thing.

We will  continue to help one another.

We will continue to deliver raving service.

We will continue to embrace quality always.

We will continue to welcome change.

We will continue to accept social responsibility.

We will continue to do what others are not willing to do.

We will continue to honor out heritage.




Hi Denise,
“Just wanted to drop you a note to add my 2 cents about what a great celebration it was for your 10th anniversary art walk! Everyone had a great time meeting and greeting and enjoying all the visual treats (and food and drink treats) at Fairweather’s. I know I did! You never fail to surprise everyone… this month with the live bird talk? OMG… very cool. Thanks for supporting the Wildlife Center of the North Coast!!! Perfect timing. It’s bird watching season!!!”

eye to eye with Flynn

And, thank you also for changing me to one of the permanent artist. Truly, it’s an honor and I appreciate all you do for me and all the other artists. You simply ROCK, Denise.
OXOX always,
Linda Trexeler

GREAT ART WALK !!!! Nice way to start off the season. Everything looked so beautiful in the store. Thank you for including me. Have a good day.
Kathy B.


Your arrangements are lovely as always…you have such a talent for putting everything together, creating a visual masterpiece! Simply amazing, my dear.
Hugs Marga
I appreciate having the privilege of placing my art in your magnificent gallery. Fondly, Jo Pomeroy-Crockett.


A Fairweather thank you:

Fairweather House and Gallery is grateful to patrons.  Thank you so much for recommending us to friends, suggesting artists, and taking time to appreciate what we do.  We are grateful to all who have visited us, in person,  through our website, blog, Facebook or Twitter or via email.  We are grateful to the artists and artisans who offer us new art work each month with such devotion.  The connections shared with the patrons, artists and visitors are memorable.  Everyone sees a lot of original art, whether revisiting an artist in residence or seeing a new artist debut for the first time. Thank you.


“It is the excitement that comes from finding something new  whenever we visit your gallery and we rarely miss your special events,”  a recent email.


Fun Fact: Did you know that there have been many several times that we have been given the wonderful opportunity to show more than 100 new pieces for selected exhibition? Indeed, the gallery has opened a new exhibit  of original art work each and every month since 2006!

Please visit for more information.


Go to for more information about the Wildlife Center of the North Coast.

Next Page »