Shelby Silver

Oils by Melissa Jander.  Hand forged candle sticks, wood table by Ray Noregaard, candles by Illume,  hand fringed wool shawl, mouth blown pink art glass and jewelry by Mary Bottita.

Impasto oil by Lean Kohlenberg, pottery by Suzy Holland, hand made glass by Christine Downs and jewelry by Mary Bottita.


Impasto oil on canvas by Leah Kohlenberg, oil landscapes by Karen E. Lewis, watercolor by Bev Drew Kindley, seascape by Lee Munsell and  hand made  glass by Bob Heath.


Encaustic by Elina  Zebergs, pottery by Suzy Holland, hand forged pewter candle sticks with Illumne column candles.


Oils by Vicky Combs-Snider, landscape by Lee Munsell, watercolors by Paul Brent and jewelry boxes by Ray Noregaard.


Mixed media art work by Shelby Silver.

Watercolor with wax on rice paper by Helen Brown, calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson, encaustic birds by Kathryn Delaney and hand made  glass by Bob Heath.


Buoy, regetta  and beach oils by Paul Brent and landscape oils by Barbara Rosbe Felisky.


Handmade autumn wreath, land spaces by Bev Drew Kindley,   hand made paper box by Christine Trexel, crane art by Peggy Evans, with jewelry by Tanya Gardner and Mary Hurst.


Oils by Vicky Combs-Snider, encaustics by Elina Zebergs and handmade light stand by Andrew Nelson.

Photos by Scott Saulsbury for OUTSIDE INTERESTS.


Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.


Through August 25 

OUTSIDE INTERESTS featuring local painters and artisans hugely impressed with the wide-open, majestic vistas of the Pacific Northwest.

Selected art, all original work, conveys nature’s shifting moods, with no human presence visible.




Just arrived. “I AM the Wind” 24 X 36  Acrylic impasto, ghost net and hand-sewn PMD, plastic marine debris,  by Shelby Silver

I AM the Wind

I am every breath ever taken,


I AM the Wind

 My lips carry the stories of my heart and the hearts of those you’ve never met

Yet, in the stillness of the morning, you do.

I AM the Wind

I call out from a time before you

Where my weathered bare feet tamped down the path you now set your own feet upon.

I AM the Wind

The earth holds my memory

And you eat of my body and remember me. 

I AM the Wind

The confines of my mind find freedom upon the breeze caressing your skin

My thoughts, a bountiful inheritance I gift to you again and again.

I AM the wind

I am by your side all the seasons of your life and all of the seasons of your death.

WE Are the Winds

Copyright © 2019 Shelby Silver

“I  have finished this most lovely and heartfelt piece. It has been evolving and growing for several weeks and is now ready to greet the world.  Remembering our connection is remembering our responsibility to earth, sea, and all living beings.”

Blessings abundant, Shelby




Just in, as well.

“Hollow Log” 12 x 16 Acrylic Impasto, & Handsewn Plastic Marine Debris by Shelby Silver


“Gaia’s Breast” 16 x 12 Acrylic Impasto, & Handsewn Plastic Marine Debris by Shelby Silver



“These two shall have a proper debut.  They have been waiting in the wings for the perfect moment. I have carefully selected them to accompany “I AM the Wind” on the journey to Fairweather House and Gallery for June, 2019.”  Shelby Silver





Q: Who is Gaia, you ask?

A: Gaia. … In Greek mythology, Gaia (/ˈɡeɪ.ə/ or /ˈɡaɪ.ə/; from Ancient Greek Γαῖα, a poetical form of Γῆ Gē, “land” or “earth”), also spelled Gaea (/ˈdʒiːə/), is the personification of the Earth and one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life: the primal Mother Earth goddess.


Gaia first appears as a character of divine being in the Homeric poems, in the Iliad,  black sheep were sacrificed to her, and people were declaring oaths to invoke her. Gaia was described as the giver of dreams and the nourisher of plants and young children.  In modern times, Earth scientists use the term Gaia to describe the earth as a complex living organism.



In 1970, chemist James Lovelock and his research partner Lynn Margulis (the wife of Carl Sagan at the time) proposed that the earth is a living being, self-regulating the elements to sustain life on it. This revolutionary hypothesis was seen as heretical, but has since been accepted as fact; a theory, no longer a hypothesis.


Their work suggested that in the earth chemicals all “talk” to one another to protect life on the planet; the salt in the ocean is never too salinated, the oxygen in the atmosphere never too noxious, and the temperature of the earth never grows too hostile for life to thrive. All elements work in perfect harmony to ensure life on earth is sustained.


And, too, images featuring the artist  from the Ode to the Tides Art Show and Sale at the Fairweather Gallery.


Shelby Silver finding her  orca  mixed media art, “Infinite Balance”  on display.

The staging with the spot lights was not planned. The photographer Scott Saulsbury caught the artist in a pose  just about perfect, don’t you agree?

Shelby Silver visiting with a fellow artist during a reception at Fairweather’s.


“The Sacred” by Shelby Silver


On view through May 29

Medium: Mixed media, acrylic impasto and PMD (plastic marine debris)


Gallery display featuring Shelby Silver’s art “The Sacred.”  In addition, green and butter hand blown art glass, handmade journal and boxes by Christine Trexel.  In the back ground is portraits by Leah Kohlenberg.

Shelby Silver artist statement:

To quote Louise Doughty “Muscle has memory: the body knows things the mind will not admit.”

I agree with this concept whole heartedly*. It has only been through the process of painting and allowing myself to be a conduit that I have been able to tap into the message my body has been trying to convey for the past 35 years. I have opened myself to create portraiture from a place of ancestral memory, meaning I am not using a live model, and I am not operating from a photograph. I am recalling a memory, from a past I have not lived in this life, but one I have lived before.


Through blood lines long dusted now presenting themselves to me through meditative visualizations I am sharing this gift. I am sharing ancestral wisdom not only from my long forgotten historical background, but yours as well. You and I are unified, and eat from the same earth that those who’ve gone before us are now growing out of. It is only natural that together we feel connected and protective over our earth and this sacred right. As I open myself more completely to the nature of our familial totemic inheritance I am finding that my spirit is feeling fulfilled. My guardianship values are deepening in an innate yearning to reconnect mankind with the wild and essential beauties surrounding us.

There are untold gifts waiting to be received should we care for this planet in ways that symbiotically and ecologically allow it to care for us.

“Remembering our connection is remembering our responsibility to Earth, Sea, and All Living Beings.”



With “illumined gratitude” Shelby Silver  recently spoke about  “remembering our connection is remembering our responsibility to earth, sea, and all living beings” at Fairweather’s.


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*Q: What is the difference between heartedly and heartily, you ask?
Heartedly definition, having a specified kind of heart (now used only in … hearted. adj. now used only in combinations, meaning “at heart,” since c.1200, first … As adverbs the difference between heartily and heartedly is the heartily is in a hearty manner while heartedly is in a hearted manner.

Love and Mindfulness Advocate, & Steward of Earth and Sea, Shelby Silver, Pacific Northwest born and raised Ecological Artist couple’s self-taught impasto techniques, and her back ground in fiber art with plastic marine debris she collects along the Oregon Coast.

It is through this bold marriage of media she invites you to drop into your heart space and look ever more closely at the world we share as invaluable and sacred. ​Along with her evolving art career Shelby is a Writer, and Illustrator and is currently working on multiple books. One of specific interest may be her Educational Marine Alphabet, drawing awareness towards the declining conditions in which sea animals are living under.

End note:

“Just received the May 2019 edition of Southwest Art magazine.  There is an article about my  art.  Happy to bring extra copies for the opening artist reception to the Fairweather Gallery on May 4!”  


Shelby Silver

Environmental Artist

Love and Mindfulness Advocate

Steward of Earth and Sea


Portraiture opening reception collage; Top: Neal Maine habitat lecture and Carolyn Macpherson artist talk. Bottom:  Shelby Silver artist lecture and Blue Bond artist introduction.

Portraiture collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.