Patricia Clark-Finley

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.

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Artist Patricia Clark-Finley.

Fairweather House and Gallery features an exhibition titled Works on Paper from artist Patricia Clark-Finley through the month of June. The exhibition consists of works on graphite and sennelier ink on yupo and depicts the subjects for which the artist is well known: sea life and shore life.

“Clark Finley’s work is remarkable for its subtlety, spontaneity, and tonal beauty. All of the artist’s work is infused the work with vitality, freshness, and uncommon luminosity,”
Denise Fairweather, gallery owner.


Patricia Clark-Finley
is a multi-media artist with an interest in narrative and mythology. Clark-Finley studied art and also business at the U.W. and U.C. Berkeley, and holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. A native of Washington State, she lived in the San Francisco Bay area for many years, where she developed her art and exhibition history. Her work was infl­uenced by Bay Area Figuration, activities around the Bay Area arts community and the San Francisco Art Institute. Continuing education has included the San Francisco Center for the Book, Carl Jung Institute, and Crown Point Press.

She has been included in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Gallery, numerous national juried and invitational exhibitions, solo and group shows.

Clark-Finley now resides in Whatcom County and has studio space by the beach in Ocean Park, Washington. Many pieces from the Clark-Finley portfolio are found on labels and graphics for Mount Baker Vineyards.


Patricia and randy

Randy Finley and Patricia Clark-Finley at Mount Baker Vineyards and Winery.


“Paper offers a shorter gap between the concept and the execution of an image. Since paper sits in a pile at the artist’s disposal, it is possible to take an image through several versions in the same studio session. In printmaking, it offers duplicate images in a series or edition. It costs less in time and materials than other mediums. Artists historically have created piles of drawings and work on paper for each master work produced. Often the drawings offer more insight into the artistic process than the final work,
” — Patricia Clark-Finley.


work in progress

Artist Patricia Clark-Finley with a work in progress.


Grace note received:

“Denise Fairweather is a gifted interior designer who shows artists’ work in the context of home interiors. Denise gathers artists from the various worlds of jewelry design, objects, including art books, found constructions, hand-crafted furniture, and unique wall treatments as a placement for art and sculpture in a stunning variety of mediums.

Her Fairweather House and Gallery Art Walk presentations include featured artists stationed around the gallery to answer questions and make personal contact. Small bites and wine tastings are a frequent offering. Near the end of the evening, the gallery is usually bursting at the seams as the artists explain their art process and background. With gifts to patrons, sales of artwork leaving the premises, and a lot of smiles all around, the evening comes to a close at around 7:00 p.m.…in the summer season her event is open late until eight.

Randy and I looked forward to the Works of Paper opening reception and saw a lot of patrons there on June 4th. We brought some Mount Baker Vineyards’ wines featuring labels from my portfolio to complement the work Denise featured for the show. “–Patricia Clark-Finely

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To Patricia Clark-Finley and Randy Finley,

“Once again, thank you for your support!  Thank you for being part of  a special  and beautiful evening.” —Denise Fairweather

Fairweather House and Gallery is located at 612 Broadway, 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.  For more information go to:

Mount Baker Winery

Patricia Clark-Finley is showing at Mount Baker Vineyards with artist Agnes Field!!!

I live for the mystery that builds as intellectual, spiritual, and esthetic elements create their own dramatic space. I just watch the process for a while, and then something gets going. What a luxury. I am so thankful for the winery and your gallery and the arts community to make use of all this.” Patricia Clark-Finley

IN THE BARREL HOUSE: The Vineyard Loft Studio Features Three Northwest artists in the mature phase of their careers. What they have in common is a trajectory nearing its bullseye – Artists who committed to the mystery of creating, took risks, also took care of business, and moved through interesting lives full of art and life well-lived.

Agnes Field transforms found materials and everyday objects into luminous objects of beauty. Her fresco techniques include masterful mark-making and elegant gestures which question “the boundary between everyday experience and the commercialization of formal practice…..Making art is not only about display and product, but about finding the unknown.” Agnes Field is an active curator and board member in the Astoria, Oregon art world.

David Campiche’s ceramic sculpture is formed in the alchemy of fire, mythology, and human expression. Tall, muscular pieces are wheel thrown, then sculpted. Others are hand-built with mysterious marks and symbols. Smaller pieces exude the Zen of the wheel or the soul of Native American animal spirits. David and Laurie Campiche are well-known and popular inn-keepers in Seaside, Washington.

Patricia Clark-Finley creates jewel-like surfaces and rich textures in encaustic panels up to 4 x 5 ft. in size. The varied imagery and content evoke humor, metaphor, and drama, and draws from a wellspring of sources which include mythology, Jungian symbolism, and the natural world. “Art Practice is an organic part of the object created – which is separated like an apple from a tree. It carries the DNA of its beginning.” Randy Finley and Patricia Clark-Finley operate Whatcom County’s Mount Baker Vineyards. Patricia’s work is featured on labels for many of the winery’s award winning wines.

IN THE TASTING ROOM: Mount Baker Vineyards sets a new bar for the Puget Sound Appellation with Estate Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir Sparkling Brut – Made in the labor intensive Methode Champenoise. In addition, the Estate Madeline Angevine has been awarded the Gold Medal in the 2015 Tri-Cities Wine Festival, and has become a big winner over the years with a near cult-following.

360 592-2300 Winery is Open Daily Noon to 5:00

Mixed media art by Agnes Field.  Calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson.

Fairweather ladies who hosted ANYTHING GOES. Kay, Shirley, Joan, Denise and Kathy.

A photo montage from ANYTHING GOES.   

Montage definition, the technique of combining in a single composition pictorial elements from various sources.  With appreciation to Kay Kjemhus and Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, Seaside First Saturday Art Walk photographers.

A few  grace notes received:


Hello Denise:

Thank you for the super photos and all your terrific publicity work! We should be back at the beach by the 20th. All the best, Patricia Clark-Finley

Thanks so much Denise for the wonderful blog and photos. Really great event!—Agnes Field.

Lagoon Agnes Field

Agnes Field

Lagoon by Agnes Field. Mixed Media 36″ x 48″


Close Up Lagoon by Agnes Field.

Agnes Field and Patricia Clark-Finley


“The concentration of Agnes’ work provided a whole picture of her medium and process that was not diluted by distraction, while the whole gallery was still an adventure.”Patricia Clark-Finley.


Curator Agnes Field  opens ANYTHING GOES on August 1st.   A group invitational art exhibit at Fairweather’s  August 1st through August 31st.

“Anything Goes refers the use of materials and methods used to make art—anything to stretch the boundaries of understanding and meaning of the work.”–Agnes Field.

SEASIDE — Fairweather House and Gallery  opened a new art exhibit, “Anything Goes,” with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The art show and reception  featured work by Patricia Clark-Finley, Agnes Field and Zifen Qian with music by Kristin Qian and a lecture by  naturalist Neal Maine.

Clark-Finley works from her studio in Ocean Park, Washington, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She also has spent time at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Carl Jung Institute, and Crown Point Press and has been included in many juried regional and national exhibitions.

“The push and pull between abandon and control informs my abstraction,” she says of her work. “The medium and technical stuff requires control. But the element of chance is the same to me as abandon. If you allow chance, which is the great ‘aha’ moment in art, you have to abandon control. That is because the ego is the controller, but is blind. To introduce chance, to soften the boundaries between reality and imagination, the ego has to step back.”

Astoria artist Agnes Field uses a matter-of-fact approach to painting and making objects by improvising and reusing found materials along with the paint to amplify the intended meaning. “Painting is a dark romance for me — a sensuous love of paint and materials, but also the expression of unknown meaning that always finds its way to the surface,” Field says. “It is often on the edge between making and destroying. You can look at an object for a long time, until it is so familiar, and then one day its entire meaning changes — which changes the object in turn.”

“Painting is one way of looking for the mystery that is always there hiding in plain sight, and is the price of one’s time for understanding,” she says.

Field has a master’s degree in studio fine art from New York University and is currently the acting president of nonprofit Astoria Visual Arts and the visual arts curator at KALA. Her work has been included in many juried exhibits and residencies.

A graduate of Shanghai Normal University and with a Master of Fine Arts from Portland State University, Zifen Qian paints modern romanticism that combines Eastern and Western culture.

“Painting is a visible art form, which should be understandable by persons other than the artist,” he says. “Creating a painting is not the same as addressing scientific abstract inference on a report. Artistic addressing of social, psychological and cultural issues is based on the artist’s personal judgment from life and always combines his or her cognition of perceptual and rational knowledge with techniques of image making.”

The internationally acclaimed artist has been included in many national and international exhibits and collections.

Kristin Qian, the youngest scholarship member of the Princeton University Orchestra (class of 2018) is praised as an “omnibus” prodigy for her multiple talents across a wide spectrum of areas, including music, science, languages and painting. She will perform music during the reception.

After a 30-year career as an award-winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine became the first executive director of the North Coast Land Conservancy, which he co-founded in 1986. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion for nature photography through PacificLight Images, a partnership with Michael Wing, dedicated to raising awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with whom we share the region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands and forests.

Their photography centers around coastal and Columbia River landscapes, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems. Proceeds from photography sales will benefit the North Coast Land Conservancy.  –Coast Weekend.


The after party at Anything Goes. Pictured: artist Zifen Qian, guest performer Kristin Qian, artist Patricia Clark-Finley, curator Agnes Field, Kathy B., Denise F., Joan S., Kay K., (Fairweather Art Walk hostesses), naturalist Neal Maine and Randy Finley (Mount Baker Winery).

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Patricia Clark-Finley

Patricia Clark-Finley

Hello Denise:
I am back at the winery (Mount Baker Winery) today, but wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, ANYTHING GOES, and the new arrangement of the Fairweather Gallery space.

The confluence of issues in the artists’ talks was such a breath of fresh air: language, music, and poetry as a backdrop for contemporary art, opening a window onto the broader context of art in our culture.

That took some courage. Here’s hoping the show is as rewarding for the Gallery as it has been stimulating for a broader conversation around the arts at the beach.”
Patricia Clark-Finley

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Read more about the museum-style hanging that the Fairweather Gallery did for ANYTHING GOES on a recent blog post dated:
July 17, 2015
Q: Does the Fairweather Gallery have a reputation for anything in particular, you ask?




Thank you for all the work you do, Denise.

“Fairweather Art Walk is always a good party. It seems effortless and relaxed as only a talented designer could orchestrate. The space is lighted with precision to display over 100 artworks from a variety of genres and mediums. The artists are comfortable and welcomed as they mingle with visitors and one another. Music plays, refreshments are offered, greetings are pleasant and well-mannered. The evening closes with brief explanations from the artists about their work and themselves, door-prizes, and a word from Denise about current projects and events for the gallery. Denise Fairweather works tirelessly along with loyal friends to set the stage for this genuine paradigm for art in the community.”  Patricia

Side note: Perhaps Patricia wrote about the lighting that highlighted ISLAND SAMBA, encaustic art for WATER, an abstract exhibition.
En caustic art is a technique for working with wax.

Back story: Patricia explored the limitless possibilities of painting with melted beeswax. Her water show provided the art patron original works of art using the encaustic application, layering colors and carving wax, creating depth and rich textures; using collage techniques in the work of en caustic with image transfers; and experimenting with charcoal, inks and other mixed media.

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