Rinee Merritt

South Santiam Hall Gallery/ Linn-Benton Community College
Sea, Earth, & Heavens:
Artistic visions in metal, fiber and glass with artwork by Rinee Merritt, Dan Mckenzie, and Wadell Snyder

Contemplate the textures of fabric kelp and jellyfish that tie the themes of Sea, Earth, and Heaven together throughout the exhibition. Experience the energy and beauty in the form of fiber work, glass sculpture, and metal works. Get lost in a display of color, shape, and light as glass corals and salmon shimmer in the space. View the contrast of metal mediums with organic subject matter as each piece leads you around the gallery.

LBCC South Santiam Hall Gallery is open to the public 8 a.m-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, while the exhibition is on display until May 5.


A review received from Rinee Merrit, Sea, Earth and Heavens artist, and, too, a Fairweather Gallery artist.



It is a bucket list item crossed off. We put up the installation. I learned a lot about what I would do again.

It was also interesting having it in a school setting where it was about the art installation. The curators did not post prices. The moments are captured in a video! It was all worthwhile for me. I enjoyed visiting during the opening reception with an estimated 50-60 people in attendance. What was nice was when the curators dimmed the lights and all of the lights behind the planets and seaweed glowed. It was magical and made me realize that I had accomplished a vision. We left the planet for just a little bit to go underwater and off to space. I could hear people say “ooooh” which was how I felt.

 here is a link to the video.”   –Rinee



From the Fairweather Gallery  archives: COLLECTIVE ENERGY, table and wall display featuring glass by Rinee Merritt and art by Kimberly Reed.


And, too, Kimberly Reed arrives once again to exhibit in  the Fairweather Gallery in May, 2018!

She has been traveling the world with her art. More news and images about  Kimberly Reed soon. 


Baroque glass shelf by Lori Bedard. Close up.

Jack Frost glass by Lori Bedard. Close up.

Silver Raku by Lori Bedard. Close up.




Cut work glass by Lori Bedard.

“Just got accepted at the Fairweather Gallery in Seaside. Talked about my work with the gallery owner, Denise, and got really excited about upcoming events. Namely, I will be a featured artist for April with my Raku glass pieces. The theme is botany observations and I will demonstrating my Raku work on the 7th during the Artist’s reception. I will also have a few of my cut-work stained glass pieces and my fused shelves. Life is good. Mark your calendars and come to Seaside in April!” –Lori

Yes, indeed, artist, Lori Bedard, with 22 years as a professional art glass designer and fabricator, works from her home studio in the Northwest and now can be found the Fairweather Gallery!

About Lori:

Most people admire glass and see it’s intrinsic qualities and then others, like Lori Bedard, work to bring about a beauty only imagined. By seeking to bring imagination melded with a combination of techniques, she often wanders into areas not focused on by the mainstream. Offering a unique study or a twisted perspective of art glass creations.

Born and raised in Oregon, nature and the environment have always been at the forefront for this Portlander. Moving and living in Hawaii for five years brought a love for the sea and ocean life, and traveling, as a military wife for sixteen years, throughout the U.S. and abroad instilled a love and respect for life and the earth. Lori earned an undergraduate degree in business, an associates in accounting and minored in art. This unusual left and right brain function combined with life experiences has emerged as art based in cold and hot glass disciplines with functionality and solid engineering.

Back in Oregon for the last 25 years with her husband of 37 years, glass has been a primary focus. Lori owned, operated, and taught art glass in her Canby glass store for over 13 years. During this time, custom residential commissions were a high percentage of the work. Offering custom design and quality construction to clients throughout the west. In 07’, the business was moved to a home studio (or rather, barn). For the past ten years, Lori has been free to experiment and create the unconventional in addition to servicing her business and residential clients. Her work has been viewed in a dozen galleries and shops throughout the state as well as fine art shows.

With thousands of square feet of glass, a few hundred pounds of frit, numerous supplies, the potential for creativity is boundless.  Factor in skill, experience, and knowledge and you have a diverse, beautiful, and bountiful body of work offered through Lori Bedard.



And, too, new mini-micro, mailable glass work by Rinee Merritt.

“A continued investigation into horticulture and science engages my conversations in kilnformed glass. I frequently include the language of graphic design to focus my communication and messaging. Using glass silkscreening, glass kiln forming and glass casting, I use the light and color to direct my studies in texture, shape, and species.” –Rinee Merritt

Rinee’s glasswork has been included in numerous shows. Her work can found at the Fairweather Gallery in Seaside.


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:-)


Octopus lamp by artist Rinee Merritt.

Summertime artistry to satisfy our yearnings for the handmade.
New work brings life, and emotion, to our spaces.

Rinee Merritt I

Artist’s statement: “A continued investigation into horticulture and science engages my conversations in kiln formed glass. I frequently include the language of graphic design to focus my communication and messaging. Using glass silk-screening, glass kiln forming and glass casting, I use the light and color to direct my studies in texture, shape, and species. My previous life as a horticulturist and my current work as a graphic designer feed my art investigations, the art feeds my graphic design. This is my circle of life, there is always artistic inspiration to find in our world.” –Rinee Merritt

Please visit http://rineemerritt.weebly.com for more information about the artist.