Susan Curington


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

SAVE THE DATE AND TIME!

http://www.NCLCtrust.org
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.
http://wetlandsconservancy.org/stewardship/beaver-tales

http://wetlandsconservancy.org/stewardship/beaver-tales/beaver-inspiration

https://northernwoodlands.org/discoveries/pathways-to-ponds

Here’s a link to an excellent short video, with great aerial depiction of the changes that beaver dams bring to meadows . . .
http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/other/videos/fooled-by-nature-beaver-dams

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.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_23vuRU2Ews

 

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

http://www.ktvz.com/…/osu-cascades-students-scien…/394113930

 

 

 

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

Roseway by Gretha Lindwood,  pastel

“Thus in art, does nature work through the will of a man filled with the beauty of her first works,” wrote the 19th-century poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. And so it does. Emerson’s simple musing captures the spirit of  painters, who sing nature’s praises with their brushes and palette knives.

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Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists… Gretha Lindwood for more about the artist.

 

“The use of vibrant color and strong design are hallmarks of my work which I developed during my career as an illustrator and graphic designer. As a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, I cherish our unique landscapes honed by water and time and delight in capturing their beauty in the lush colors of pastels or oils to share with the viewer.” —Gretha Lindwood, featured artist for BLOOM, an exhibition at Fairweather’s throughout April, 2017.

 

 

Bev Drew Kindley “Cyclamen

Cyclamen by Bev Drew Kindley.  Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists …Bev Drew Kindley for more info

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And, too, on April 1st, Bev Drew Kindley offered a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ event at the opening of BLOOM, an exhibition throughout April at Fairweather’s.

In addition, the artist, Bev Drew Kindley, with dual degrees in art and philosophy, offered a lecture of being in the moment while painting nature  during the opening reception of BLOOM at Fairweather’s on April 1st.

  “Thanks, Denise, I am proud to be part of your artistically designed BLOOM show and enjoy seeing how you fit all our paintings in among the other unique treasures.      BLOOM to me is about the time after this year’s dark  season when plants reawaken and we feel like celebrating each hopeful victory–the first faint coloring of new leaves and branches, (like my painting “Awakening Wetlands “), the first crocus, daffodils, tulips and wildflowers for  “The Joy of Spring “.        Sometimes we need a bouquet of flowers to keep our spirits up–or a pot of bright cyclamen –or photos of flowers to remind us there is more to come. Soon the steady rhythm of blooming begins, each flower in its own time, and then on to fields of lavender, crimson clover and more!  Flowers do make us happy!”

 

 

Quote in original calligraphy by artist Penelope Culbertson.  Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists …Penelope Culbertson for more info

Bouquet by Gretha Lindwood

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists …Gretha Lindwood for more info

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Artist Gretha Lindwood lectured about the art of flowers during the opening reception of BLOOM, at  Fairweather’s on April 1st.  In the background on display are original pastels by the artist.  And, too, note the wardrobe selection chosen by the artist to complement her art!

 

In addition, large encaustic (painting with beeswax)  portrait by artist Rebecca Gore. Please visit https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/…/a-decade-of-emerging-artist-bac… Jan 7, 2017 – For more information about each of Fairweather’s emerging artists please the links following their individual … Rebecca Gore, emerging artist.

In the background and in the far left is an original oil, “Garden Party” by artist Melissa Jander.  For more info go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com  …artists… Melissa Jander .

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Artist Susan Curington offered a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode during the opening reception of BLOOM at Fairweather’s on April 1st, in addition to lecturing about the love of nature and speaking kindly.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists …Susan Curington for more info

The language of flowers…

A team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a study of participants’ behavioral and emotional responses to seeing flowers, either in a bouquet or in nature. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

“What’s most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way,” said Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and lead researcher on the study.

Growing flowers, handling flowers, seeing flowers in art have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed smiles upon being near flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. The language of flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods.
Flowers and nature make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers and nature make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well-being.”

 

And, too, a favorite quote in art by Penelope Culbertson, calligrapher for BLOOM, an exhibition at Fairweather’s through April.

BLOOM grace note received:

“Thank you for inviting me to participate in this fun event in your beautiful gallery. I had a wonderful time visiting with the gallery visitors as I created my pastel painting in a live painting demonstration.” Best regards, Gretha Lindwood, artist

“I’m working on new pieces for June. Thanks for the sweet and supportive card you sent.
It was the nicest card I’ve ever gotten from a gallery!”
Penelope Culbertson

Save the date. April 1st.  5-7:pm.

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Opening reception for BLOOM, featuring artists Bev Drew Kindley, Gretha Lindwood , Susan Curington  with special guest appearance by Diana Moulder and  ecology  lecture  by naturalist Neal Maine.  

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Or.

 

 

Calligraphy quote for BLOOM by Penelope Culbertson. Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists… Penelope Culbertson for more info

For BLOOM, original art by Bev Drew Kindley

“We celebrate spring even more after a particularly dark season, when signs of renewal have appeared much later than usual.  Sometimes we need a bouquet of flowers  to keep our spirits up, to remind us of the joy.”  –artist Bev Drew Kindley

 

Bev Drew Kindley, a native Oregonian, with dual degrees in art and philosophy,  paints to understand  the inspiration of unique moments of light with impressionistic works of art that are to viewed as visual celebrations. “It’s my way of communicating with the world. My hope is to encourage appreciate and protection of our heritage and world.”

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com  …artists… Bev Drew Kindley for more about the artist.

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Gretha Lindwood uses vibrant color and strong design, hallmarks of art work, developed during a career as an illustrator and graphic designer. Another lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, the artist cherishes landscapes honed by water and time and delight in capturing their beauty in the lush colors of pastels or oils to share with the viewer.

 

For BLOOM, original pastel by Gretha Lindwood

Recent honors:
Superintendent’s Award and Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
“Into the Light: Plein Air Invitational Exhibition” Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA
Northwest Pastel Society International Exhibit, Tacoma, WA
Los Gatos Plein Air 2015, Los Gatos, CA
Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel-by-the-sea, CA

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com … artists… Gretha Lindwood for more info

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For BLOOM, original acrylic on linen by Susan Curington

Susan Curington, is thrilled to paint light dancing through a flower petal. Color and luminosity moves the artist in the way music moves others. “I love the surprises inherent in creating art, both in looking closely and carefully, and in applying paint to canvas.”

 

 

“I am third generation on my rural, wooded land; I have known particular trees since childhood. Living in the thick of nature daily and seeing the stars at night—I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything. Through my paintings I hope to express the profound gratitude I feel for the power and beauty of Nature.” –artist Susan Curington

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists … Susan Curington for more information about the artist.

Relevant work and life experience:

North Woods LLC, Manager & Marketing Director. Providing Pacific North West Hardwoods (Reclaimed or sustainably harvested) for wood artisans and wood turners.

Teacher for Tibetan Nun’s Project, under the auspices of HH the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, India.

Subsequent fundraising for Tibetan Nun’s Project, USA, 501C3

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Special BLOOM program by Diana Moulder, owner/designer at Dirt Flirt, celebrated locally as the go to window box and “pot lady”, is an artist gardener, whose containers are renowned for their surprise elements.   For nearly 20 years, through Diana’s eye, her company, Beach Blossoms, has featured plants capes that “paint with flowers”

 

  And, too, Diana for the opening reception has offered a lovely door prize featuring her unique designed seasonal color container, selected fresh from her hands for BLOOM!

 Trademark installations  have included the Post Office, the sidewalk planter containers and the Gearhart City Hall, in addition to many, many clients throughout the coastal communities–all epitomize her stunning style and use of unforgettable combinations.   

Please “like” http://www.facebook.com … Diana Moulder for more about the garden artist or call the garden artist (503) 739-0898

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Baltimore Oriole by Neal Maine/PacificLight Images.

After a thirty-year career as an award-winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine became the first executive director of 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,  “dedicated to raising awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with whom we share the region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands and forests.” Photography centers around coastal and Columbia River landscape, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems. Proceeds in support of North Coast Land Conservancy, NCLC. Please visit http://www.nclc.org for more about the land trust.

 

For BLOOM, naturalist Neal Maine will speak about the ecology of the local habitats at 6: pm  on April 1st at Fairweather’s.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com … artists… Neal Maine for more information.

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And, too,  three Painting Seaside LIVE episodes, painting demonstrations at Fairweather’s , will be offered  by Bev Drew Kindley,  Gretha Lindwood and Susan Curington on April 1st, from 5-7:pm.  Free and open to the public.

No foolin’  April 1st!  NW artists, art program, guest lectures, art demonstrations, adult beverages, light refreshments and flowers for everyone! 

BLOOM,  Fairweather House and Gallery opening reception.  April 1st. See and be seen.

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk for more information.

Source: Beaver Tales arriving to the historic Gilbert District for an Art Walk! May 6th.

“For BLOOM, Fairweather’s April exhibition, most of my art will be about the joy of spring, all Oregon inspired. I’m including one I especially like: “Awakening Wetlands” , 8×10 acrylic on canvas, $365, begun outdoors on a chilly but misty bright day and finished in my studio later.” …Bev Drew Kindley, NW artist

Save the date and time.
April 1st. 5-7:pm.

Bev Drew Kindley will offer a Seaside Painting LIVE episode during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Fairweather’s!!!

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk for more about the 5-7:pm Art Walks.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseangaller.com artists tab/ Bev Drew Kindley for more info about the artist.

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“Come see me in person on April 1st for the Seaside Art Walk event 5-7 pm. Come see several of us paint “live”, and give a short talks about the inner workings of Art. Saturday April 1st, 5-7 pm at Fairweather House and Gallery 612 Broadway St, Seaside, OR.” … Susan Curington, NW artist

And, too, Susan Curington will offer a Seaside Painting LIVE episode during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Fairweather’s !!!

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk for more about the 5-7:pm Art Walks.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseangaller.com artists tab/ Susan Curington for more info about the artist.

“Crisp and refreshing are words that have been used to describe my paintings. I delight in capturing flowers in the lush colors of pastels.”  …Gretha Lindwood, NW artist

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk for more about the 5-7:pm Art Walks.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseangaller.com …artists tab …Gretha Lindwood for more info about the artist.

No  foolin’   on April 1st three acclaimed NW artists will  offer three Seaside Painting LIVE episodes during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Fairweather’s !!!

Bev Drew Kindley, Susan Curington and Gretha Lindwood.  

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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. 

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL AGES.

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/.

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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!

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

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2.  Denise Joy Mc Fadden, artist. Watercolor.

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

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

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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

HELLO!  BEAVER TALES!!!

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

 

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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

Supporters:

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

Broadway Books ■ Neal Maine, Pacific Light Images

Venues:

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.

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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!

 

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