Mike Brown



WAVES, Fairweather’s front counter table scape.  Art featured: Beluga Whale, mixed media by Nick Brakel, Waves, oil on board by Melissa Jander, fused glass platter by Cindy Duvall, calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson, Haystack oil on linen by Michael Muldoon.

 

Fairweather Gallery exhibition displays for WAVES.

A Fairweather Gallery  opening reception is all about meeting artists and seeing art.

 

WAVES introduced artist Karen E. Lewis.

 

Victoria Brooks.  Featured Faiweather resident artist for July.

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

 

Regional artists greeted, spoke to and lectured about art to patrons at WAVES, an exhibition.

 

Fun with Fairweather hostesses. Surfboards by Cleanline Surf, Seaside. And, too, a blooper of sorts.

 

ICONIC!  Oregon Coast Sunsets port hole view from Brownie’s Workshop.

Mike Brown. Master Wood Artist.

“Apparently glass is infused in Mike’s soul. He has introduced it back in his woodworking.”

 

Mike Brown’s  newest ICONIC creation is a vase called “Oregon Coast Sunsets” which incorporates four glass portholes and photographs taken on while on vacations!

Each porthole shows a beautiful sunset along the northern, central, and southern Oregon Coast and includes sand and shells to highlight the view through the porthole!

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Mike Brown is a native of the Pacific Northwest. He has had a creative mind and an intense work ethic and likes to express himself building works of art with different mediums using glass and exotic hard woods.

During his school days he took all different types of shop classes including various crafts, leatherwork, and metal but didn’t start working with wood until he started working at a glass shop at the age of 15 ½.  His first boss, Doyle Clapper, was his mentor and shared with Mike his love of woodworking along with giving Mike a broad knowledge of all aspects of construction.  After 35 years, Mike retired from the glass business and finally could pursue his passion for woodworking fulltime.
Mike started creating exotic wood intarsia pictures, learning the art of Intarsia by Judy Gale Robert. He won multiple Best of Awards at the Annual Artistry in Wood Juried show. He also enjoys turning bowls and vases on his lathe and has given many of them away as gifts to family and friends.
He started experimenting creating filigree pictures and ornaments using the scroll saw along with striped-ring exotic wood bowls. The internet is a wonderful thing and he happened upon Steve Garrison’s Ebook on creating wooden sea shells. This became his new passion and once again he won Best of Class and Best of Division awards at the Juried Woodworking show for his wood nautilus shells. These shells range from 35 to 170 wedges of wood and each one takes up to 40 hours to cut, glue, sand, and finish.

He uses exotic woods such as Padauk, Purple Heart, Myrtlewood, and Birdseye Maple, and completes them with a hand-rubbed lacquer finish. Each one is an exquisite piece of art and just like a seashell, no two are alike.

 


Mike has now expanded into turning segmented bowls and vases on his lathe along with creating his own patterns. He is also experimenting with liquid inlay and has created a stunning piece he calls “Purple Heart of Gold” using Purpleheart, Yellowheart,  and Maple woods with gold liquid inlay.

 

 

 

First Shout Out for What’s up Next!

SAVE THE DATE AND TIME!
June 3rd 5-7:pm

Opening reception for ICONIC!!!

Definition of iconic:

1: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an icon

2: widely recognized and well-established •an iconic brand name

3: widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence •an iconic image  •an iconic vacation

Fairweather House and Gallery

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Featuring Fairweather artists: Mike Brown, Penelope Culbertson, Melissa Jander, Carmela Newstead  and introducing fine art photographer Dale Veith!

Artist Carolyn McPherson will offer a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode!

Shirley 88 will perform LIVE!

Naturalist, ecologist Neal Maine will speak at 6:pm (sharp) about the local habitat!

 

For more information about the artists, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/  artists tab

 

For more information about the Art Walk, please visit http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

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 and  Neal Maine.

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

 

 

 

And, too, from @MightyBeaver
This page features updates on what’s happening in the beaver world and news about the book.

http://www.cbc.ca/…/canada/hamilton/trapped-beaver-1.4086804

A new addition to the beaver’s resumé — cattle wrangler!
http://www.cbc.ca/…/…/sask-ranchers-stunned-beaver-1.4073018

Beavers get a shout-out for their great parenting skills (especially their “paws-on approach to raising their young”) in this CBC News story. http://www.cbc.ca/…/great-parenting-4-animals-that-care-for…
A successful rescue of a wandering young beaver in London, Ontario.
http://www.thelondoner.ca/…/salthavens-patient-of-the-week-…
What does it mean to coexist with beavers and how do we do that? This short video offers good answers to both questions. https://vimeo.com/96040603

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 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,  Mike Brown, Paul Brent, Susan Curington, Neal Maine and Jo Pomeroy Crockett, PhD. 

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

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

  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.

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!

 

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Purple Heart of Gold vase. 

Inlaid with gold, onyx and turquoise.

Made by master craftsman Mike Brown.

12″ round by 12″ tall.

The elemental turns and inlays conjure images of the storms at sea. Organic slabs of yellow heart, red heart and purple heart  on a base of maple radiate to create a one-of-a kind  turned  wood work of art.

 

About Mike Brown, master wood sculptor:

Mike Brown is a native of the Pacific Northwest. He likes to express himself building works of art with different mediums using glass and exotic hard woods.

During his school days he took all different types of shop classes including various crafts, leather work, and metal but didn’t start working with wood until he started working at a glass shop at the age of 15 ½. His first boss, Doyle Clapper, was his mentor and shared with Mike his love of woodworking along with giving Mike a broad knowledge of all aspects of construction.

After 35 years, Mike retired from the glass business and finally could pursue his passion for woodworking fulltime. He started creating exotic wood intarsia pictures, taking classes from Judy Gale Roberts, a premier intarsia artist. He won multiple Best of Show awards at the annual Artistry in Wood juried shows.

And, too, he has won Best of Class and Best of Division awards at the  national  juried Woodworking show based in Tennessee.

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