Mike Brown

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


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.



Here’s a link to an excellent short video, with great aerial depiction of the changes that beaver dams bring to meadows . . .

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.”



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





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.



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. 


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/.


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!


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


2.  Denise Joy Mc Fadden, artist. Watercolor.

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


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


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


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



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


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

Broadway Books ■ Neal Maine, Pacific Light Images


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.



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!



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.

Sunrises IV

Sunrise/Sunset vase. Oregon myrtle wood.

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.. He has won multiple Best of Show awards at the national Artistry in Wood juried shows.

He has climbed 3 of the northwest cascade-range mountains (Hood, St. Helen’s, and Adams). Being outdoors, planning new adventures, and exploring out-of-the-way places in the Northwest and beyond provides him with the inspiration for his next projects.


Assembly IV


Myrtle wood Indian band vase.

Mike Brown, master wood sculptor.

Save the date and time!!!
Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway
July 2nd, 5- 7 p.m.
Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Opening reception for Power of Two, an exhibition that includes regional artists who have 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 sounds 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 have created, the gallery adds a dimension of serenity that is sensed as much as seen.

“Without giving too much away, the artists arriving are watercolorist Paul Brent, oil painter Victoria Brooks, wood turner Daniel Harris, textile artist Cherry Jones Harris, jeweler Cindy Bricca, textile artist Linda Ballard, wood worker Mike Brown, whimsical artist Marga Stanley;  each  artist has  a connection to the number two,” says Denise Fairweather, gallery owner and the Power of Two show’s curator, “because meeting an artist in person and listening to an artist talk is half the fun of attending an Art Walk!”

Seaside nature photographer Neal Maine introduces his latest natural history journal of images and will speak at 6: pm.







completed work

Introducing the Indian Blanket bowl with more than 1,000 pieces of exotic woods such as Padauk, Purple Heart, Myrtle wood and Birdseye Maple. Hand-rubbed lacquer finish from Brownie’s workshop.

About the artist:

Mike Brown is a native of the Pacific Northwest. He has always 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. He started creating exotic wood intarsia pictures (750 at last count) by taking classes from Judy Gale Roberts, a premier intarsia artist.

He has won multiple Best of Awards at the annual National Artistry in Wood Juried shows for his intarsia projects. He also enjoys turning bowls and vases on his lathe. This has become his new passion!

And, too, he has won Best of Class and Best of Division awards at the Juried Woodworking show for his lathe wood art.


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And, so, as we step forward into our 10th year (!) Fairweather’s continues to always  exhaustively follow regional talents, always  extracting essential trends, always building bridges between the arts and patrons,  and ALWAYS  striving to be the best partner for the best artists.