Special Exhibition


“Cauldron” by Leah Kohlenberg

 

Leah Kohlenberg,  artist statement:

I have been drawing and painting for 18 years, but the work you see today is entirely new for me.

These pastels and oil paintings are inspired by the Oregon coast, but the colors are wild and bright (sometimes wacky) and the land forms are intentionally abstract. This is to allow some of the raw brushwork and initial power that comes from an artistic first impression. It’s also an attempt to share the more vibrantly colorful world that’s in my head onto the canvas.

I started painting in my 30s, so have always had a sense of being “behind” – there were people who’d been doing art much longer than me, who knew more about the craft than I, who were way better artists than I. As I practiced my skills, I also did a lot of painting over my first attempts until I made the work “correct.”

My lack of confidence resulted in a stuttering “over-painting” that could lose the initial rawness and beauty of the initial strokes. I sometimes missed what I had created in the first pass, and at the same time, I didn’t trust it.

Now 18 years later, this series is an attempt to trust and honor that first pass. You are the first people to see these works. They have all been made this year, with this venue in mind. Many thanks for being the number one audience.

 

 

October 2018

Exploring New Surfaces

Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway Street
Seaside, Oregon

 

Exploring New Surfaces, an exhibition curated by Agnes Field, Astoria based artist with a Master’s Degree in Studio Fine Art from New York University through October 31st.

 

Artist, curator Agnes Field

 

“The works included in this exhibit use either new materials or methods and techniques to amplify the meaning in the content of their art. Adding or embedding new materials to the surface creates surprise, and occasionally, deeper interpretation and understanding of the subject.” –Agnes Field

 

The October 2018 exhibit includes Leah Kohlenberg and Kathy Moberg and Carmela Newstead.

“I have been drawing and painting for 18 years, but the work you will see for Exploring New Surfaces is entirely new for me. These pastels and oil paintings are inspired by the Oregon coast, but the colors are wild and bright (sometimes wacky) and the land forms are intentionally abstract. This is to allow some of the raw brushwork and initial power that comes from an artistic first impression. It’s also an attempt to share the more vibrantly colorful world that’s in my head onto the canvas. Art Walk visitors will be the first people to see these works. They have all been made this year, with this venue in mind. Many thanks for being the number one audience.” Leah Kohlenberg

For more about the curator, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/  artists/  Agnes Field

 

The art of Leah Kohlenberg on display.


 Abstract watercolors by Donna Sanson, Oregon  myrtlewood cribbage board, segmented vase and nautilus sculptures by Mike Brown.

Crafted by NW hands.

Folded book art by Mary Boitta, en caustic art (aptly titled “Remembering Autumn”) by Peg Wells, origami by Peggy Evans, leather work by Luans Leathers, en caustic crows by Kathryn Delany and hand painted tiles by Sandy Applegate.

Abstracts by Diane Copenhaver and glass art by Bob Heath.

 


Handmade curly willow, mouth blown glass,  hand-made book and box by Christine Trexel.

Coral glass by Rinee Merritt, glass platters by Sandy and Bob Lecari and plein air oil by Lisa Wiser.

 

En caustic  art, ocean debris baskets, sea urchin bowls, moon platter by Emily Miller, mixed media stone art by Peggy Stein, abstract drip by Kimberly Reed and oil paintings by Sharon Kathleen Johnson.

 


Abstract miniatures by Tanya Gardner.

 

Calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson, watercolor by Bill Baily and pottery by Suzy Holland.

 

Abstract oil by Carmela Newstead.

 

 

Abstracts by Zifen Qian, maple bowls by Daniel Harris, watercolor by Paul Brent, landscape by Bill Baily and seascape  by Victoria Brooks.

 

 

For Shape and Color.

Art masks by Jorjett Strumme.

Paintings with pressed flowers on metal by Mike Mason. Anny Sears, model, with pressed foliages by Mike Mason.

 

 

Pastel landscape by Carmela Newstead, vintage jewelry necklace by Reneé Hafeman and en caustic blue abstract by Kimberly Kent.

Sunset oil paintings  by Nicholas Oberling, photograph by Neal Maine, pastels by Lynda Campbell and seascapes by Ron Nicolaides.

 

Mixed media diptych by Gary Pearlman, raw edged walnut bowl by Mike Brown and paper box sculpture by Christine Trexel.

Miniature oils by Barbara Rosbe Felisky.

 

Photos by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

“Color and Shape” exhibition through September 30th.

The show covers every aspect of art, textures, materials and finishes, highlighting the quintessentially colorful fall season.

Grace note to the artists…

 

“Shape and Color, Fairweather’s September exhibition, would not be such a success without the beautiful work created by NW hands.  The selected artists provided new work to highlight the annual fall show.  We thank them all for the extraordinary opportunity to tell a seasonal story with their art.  Truly, the artists offered new exceptional work, and by doing so, they encourage those of us in the arts, to do more.”  Fairweather Gallery

Abstract series of three by Jan Rimmerman, seascape oil by Karen E. Lewis and pottery by Suzy Holland.  Shape and Color gallery hostesses Katie, Kemy Kay, Joan, Bonnie and Denise.

 

And, too, a grace note received from a gallery hostess to share.

“Thank you for the beautiful crystal I picked out for a gift.  Most, of all, thanks for bringing the utmost beauty to many, many people.  Most of all, thanks for inviting me to work in your stunning establishment.  It delights my eyes every time I come in.  Your artists are beyond comparison.” Kemy Kay

A grace note received from an artist.

 

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask yourself  what makes you come alive and then do that.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” –Howard Thurman, educator and theologian.
“Thank you for your encouragement and support in showing and growing my art.  You have created such a wonderful group of artists, and display our work in beautiful ways.  I am extremely grateful for your friendship and aliveness in out shared vision.”  Gayle H. Seely

For more about the gallery, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com.

 

“Patterns” original  by Donna Sanson

 

Artist statement:

“I feel so fortunate to have art as a friend and companion throughout my life. I’ve been influenced by my aunt who was a professional artist; by special art classes at Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh PA during my elementary and high school years; by encouraging art instructors at Midwestern State University while living in Wichita Falls TX; by membership in the Fremont Art Association, Portola Art Gallery, and  Artists 7, and by teaching drawing and watercolor in private classes and through the Fremont Adult School while living in the Bay Area; by attending a painting workshop at La Romita School of Art in Umbria Italy; and by being a founding partner in Art On Broadway Gallery in Beaverton OR.”  Donna Sanson 

 

“No matter where I found myself, my connection to art has been instructive, challenging, supportive, and joyous!”

Donna Sanson’s favorite inspiration quote:

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” – St Francis of Assisi

 

 

Copyright © Donna Sanson

 

“Pathways” by Donna Sanson

“The following set of paintings are all matted and framed identically and were painted as a series.” Donna

 

 

“Abstract With Lines” – original watercolor on paper, framed under glass by Donna Sanson

 

“Abstract With Circles” – original watercolor & gouache on paper, framed under glass  by Donna Sanson

 

“Abstract With Dots” – original watercolor on paper, framed under glass by Donna Sanson

 

 

Grace note received from the artist

 

“It was a pleasure to talk with you recently while visiting the coast.  I am following up about exhibiting my artwork in your upcoming show. As promised, I have selected abstract paintings that I feel would be appropriate for your September “Shapes & Colors” installation.”  Donna

 

End quotes:

“Creating and sharing my paintings is truly a pleasure, but my proudest artistic accomplishment is bringing together the extremely talented group of local artists. Together, we have given our community a gift – a  destination for the discovery, appreciation, and enjoyment of fine art.”  Donna Sanson

 

“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” George Bernard Shaw

 

 

Fairweather Gallery presentation of Donna Sanson’s abstract art.

Note the special photo image catching the mirror reflection of the Donna Sanson art presentation.
In appreciation to Linda Fenton-Mendenhall,  resident Fairweather photographer.

 

“Web of Deceit” Mixed Media Mask by Jorjett Strumme

 

 

“Mid-Century Molecule” Mixed Media Mask by Jorjett Strumme

 

 

 

“Venetzia” Mixed Media Mask by Jorjett Strumme

 

Life for Seaside, Oregon native, Jorjett Strumme, has been an adventure echoing those on the big screen of old Hollywood. Jorjett’s lifelong dream of designing and creating glamorous fashion for the legends of Hollywood was a dream that came true. The glamorous, “Golden Age” of Hollywood, is still a source of inspiration for the artist and designer.

 

 

“I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time. People ask me so often, how did you get from Seaside, Oregon to Hollywood, California? I had a lot of guts, a lot of determination and a lot of good luck. It was wonderful!”

Jorjett Strumme with Barbara Stanwyck, whose  nickname among co-workers was “Missy.”

“I got work with all of my favorites: Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner, Bette Davis, Ginger Rogers and Ann Miller, just to name a few. I was also featured in a full page photo in the April 1987 “Hollywood” edition of LIFE Magazine.”

What happened next was another dream comes true.

 

“For ten years, I traveled the world with Elizabeth Taylor, as her personal assistant and stylist. I gathered fabric, trim, beads and feathers along the way.”

In 1992 and 1993, Jorjett was a Contributing Editor to HARPER’S BAZAAR Magazine. After 24 years in Los Angeles and London, England, Jorjett, once again resides in Seaside, Oregon.

In 2009, Jorjett was inducted into the Seaside High School Hall of Fame for both her student and career achievements.

Copyright © 2011-2018 Jorjett Strumme. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

End notes:

“My masks are generally purchased as art. However, they are real, wearable masks.”  –Jorjett Strumme

“I am proud owner of 4 beautiful masks designed by Jorjett. They brighten my day.” –M.  Cohn

 

“Peaches in a Basket”  watercolor by Bill Baily.

 

 

Bill Baily has been painting for 56 years. He has studied under many well-known Northwest artists. He has had 13 one man shows as well as being in many group shows. His work has been included in the annual Northwest Watercolor Society Show in Seattle, the Artists of Oregon Exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies annual show and many of the Watercolor Society of Oregon biannual exhibits.

His work is included in the permanent collections of Sunriver Lodge and Condominiums, Georgia Pacific, Wells Fargo Bank, the Lloyd Corporation, Good Samaritan Hospital, Nabisco, Boise Cascade, Bank of America, Freightliner, Portland Art Museum and the Allison Inn. His subject matter is usually impressions of landscapes, seascapes, fruit and vegetable compositions and abstracts.

 

Watercolor paintings by Bill Baily, whose new collection of original art selected for COLOR AND SHAPE, an exhibition, can be viewed through September at Fairweather House and Gallery. For more information go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/

 

 

 

Grace note received from the artist

“Great blog! The peach image shows great color and shape with the colorful rounded fruit and the square box.” Bill Baily

 

EMERGING artist Hall of Fame display featuring Diane Copenhaver, Ashley Howarth, Rebecca Gore, Whelpsey Whelp, Michael Wing & Gayle H. Seely.

 

 

 

2018 artist Veronica Russell listens as her name added to Fairweather House and Gallery Emerging Artist Hall of Fame.

EMERGING, an exhibition, through August 30

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside

 

 

Q: What are the Hall of Fame emerging artists doing now, you ask?

 Kristin Qian is a Princeton graduate.

Britney Drumheller works as an artist in NYC.

Nick Brakel, after recovering from a traumatic brain injury,  has learned to paint again.

Robert McWhirter was juried into an exhibition curated by the director of the Portland Art Museum.

Michael Wing is doing commissioned photographs of collector cars, most recently a Lamborghini.

Michele Bettger moved to Hawaii and shows art there.

Rebecca Gore  had art selected for a permanent display in a winery.

Gayle H. Seely  has patrons who collect her seed pearl mosaics.

Linda Trexler has most of her art in a private collection.

Diane Copenhaver has had a solo show in Bellevue.

Ashley Howarth graduated from college and works in an insurance office where her art is displayed.

Whelpsy Whelp had the majority of her art selected for a private residence.

Veronica Russell continues to work in lino-cut print art, currently working on  abstract portraits.

Photos by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

Emerging artists are selected through an audition process and receive gallery mentoring. Since 2006 Fairweather House and Gallery has championed  emerging visionaries who take risks, embrace challenges and are rigorous in their approach to creation and production.

For more information about doing good works, please visit www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

 

 

 

Kristin Qian,  2006 Emerging Artist Hall of Fame

Kristin Qian (class of 2018) plans to concentrate in science, having completed Princeton’s rigorous interdisciplinary Integrated Science Curriculum. She pursued certificates in French Language & Culture and Musical Performance.

Kristin has traveled to Europe, South America, North America, and Asia from time to time for study, international music competitions, and solo recitals. Kristin has obtained high proficiency in a number of foreign languages: German, Japanese, and Spanish, including English, French, and Chinese as her native languages. Kristin joins the EU program not only interested in Europe’s economic and political background but also in its cultural diversity, natural sciences, and art. Kristin herself is also a visual artist and has held a number of solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Kristin was an active member of the Princeton University Art Museum Student Advisory Board, staff news writer for The Daily Princetonian, involved in the science journal Innovation, and performs with the Princeton University Orchestra and Princeton Pianists Ensemble. Kristin Qian enters Harvard in the fall of 2018.

August 4, 2018 It seems we are not be able to make it to your Emerging reception due to traffic. Sending you art for Shape and Colors. Best to Fairweather! Zifen, Li and Kristin Qian

 

 


Zifen Qian, self portrait

Zifen Qian, a modern romanticism artist who combines eastern and western cultures in his works. He graduated from Shanghai University and Portland State University with MFA.

He has taught art in both Chinese colleges and US as a professor. His paintings have been selected into the Shanghai Fine Arts Exhibition and Across East China National Oil Painting Exhibition.  He had numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Portland, Paris, London and other cities in the world.

 

SAVE THE DATE!!!

SAVE THE TIME!!!

September 1, 2018

5-7pm

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside

Opening reception for Color and Shape, an exhibition, featuring new contemporary art from regional artists Bill Baily, Diane Copenhaver, Tanya Gardner, Renée Hafeman, Mike Mason, Emily Miller, Zifen Qian and Jorjett Strumme, as well as  introducing new artists Donna Sanson and Candy Swartz. The show covers every aspect of abstract art, textures, materials and finishes, highlighting the quintessentially colorful fall season.

“Color and Shape are key elements in the language of abstract art.  Both of these elements of design offer infinite possibilities to communicate visually. Both have the power to create an energy that is almost palpable.   Whether cool and calming, warm and energizing, light or dark, color can transport us to another place or time.   Shape can create an illusion, a feeling, or sense of something.  In my current art work, I have used both of these elements of design incorporating colors inspired by the beautiful Oregon coast and explored the continuum of abstraction through shape,” Diane Copenhaver.

Fall habitat lecture by naturalist and wildlife photographer Neal Maine at 6: pm.  Live music by Shirley 88.  Light bites and beverages.

For more info, please visit www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

 

 

P.S.S.T!!! You have just one week left to see EMERGING art work before our next opening!

“Seaside Clam diggers”  by Sharon Johnson. Original oil on linen.

 

Sharon Johnson graduated with a BA in English Literature but art was a strong second major for her. She received numerous awards and a PEO scholarship for her representational drawing, painting, and calligraphy.

 

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Art history also holds a strong fascination for Sharon Johnson, particularly purveyors of magical realism like Rosseau, Magritte, Grant Wood, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keefe. Sharon’s intention is to create a happier and more colorful child-like universe.

More about Sharon Johnson, artist:

After a long hiatus to have raise a family and have a career, Sharon returned to her first love, oil painting, and began showing in bookstores, galleries, and libraries.

She has shown at Shearwater Gallery, Beach Books Bookstore, and Seaside Public Library, all in Seaside, Oregon.

EDUCATION
Seaside High School, Seaside OR 1972
Clatsop Community College, Astoria OR 1974
Reed College, Portland OR 1978
Portland State University, Portland OR 1978

 

 

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