Zifen Qian

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.

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

Self protrait, Zifen Qian

Self Portrait. Oil on Canvas. Zifen Qian.

Parrot tulips

Zifen has selected a series of watercolor florals for OPEN WINDOWS, an exhibit opening May 2nd at Fairweather’s. The artist, an Adjunct Professor, will offer a lecture on painting.

For more information, go to:
http://www.fairweatherhouseandgarden.com/ Artist/ Zifen Qian
http://www.fairweatherhouseandgarden.com/ Blog/ Kirsten Qian
http://www.fairweatherhouseandgarden.com/ Blog/ Zifen Qian

“My main approaches are two: A/ modern romanticism oil and watercolor and B/ abstract expressionistic modern ink painting.” –Zifen Qian

For more information about the artist, go to: http://www.zifenqian.com / tab “Youth Symbol” or “Pink Seduction” for aesthetic water colors from the romantic section or tab “Culture Merge” or “Red Again in the East”, which is a painting currently has been selected by China Minsheng Art Museum exhibition of 300 works of art. The painting has been selected a champion in the national China exhibition, receiving more than 40,000 votes as today and is the in top 30 list. On addition, the artist shows abstract pen and brush art works at Fairweather’s.


Self protrait, Zifen Qian

Original oil/ self portrait.


Zifen Qian, artist

Zifen Qian


Zifen Qian is a Modern Romanticism artist who combines eastern and western cultures in his works. He graduated from Shanghai Normal University and Portland State University with MFA a highest terminal degree of visual arts.

He has taught art in both US and Chinese colleges as a professor. His paintings have been selected into official Shanghai Fine Arts Exhibition and Across East China National Oil Painting Exhibition in his early ages.

He had numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Portland, Paris, London and other cities of the world. He has created a great number of paintings to be published through greeting card publishing company with over hundred million copies sold around the world in the past two decades.

Museums, governments, universities, corporations and private collectors have acquired his original paintings. The oil painting “Traveling Companion” has been selected for the cover of an American national history book.

He was exclusively invited as an illustrator of a celebrity’s book titled: “Entertaining with Betsy Bloomingdale”.

His artistic life has been introduced by many important United States and Chinese publications such as: “The Washington Post” and “People’s Daily”. His profile has been listed in “The Dictionary Of Achievements Of The World Chinese Artists”, 6 times in American editions “Who’s Who in America” and 12 times in American editions “Who’s Who in the World”.

His book titled: “The Art of Zifen Qian” is available online and in most major book stores of the United States, Europe and Asia.

The Art of Zifen Qian, hardcover art book.

Artist lecture Fairweather House and Garden, Zifen Qian

Zifen Qian lecturing at Fairweather House and Garden during a Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

Mr. and Mrs. Zifen Qian recently visited to share good news.

Thermo Scientific awards Kristin Qian ’14 top scholarship.
Kristin, who will be a first year student at Princeton this fall, was selected from a pool of graduate and undergraduate students nationwide for this $10,000 scholarship. “This scholarship was created to help provide educational opportunities for the future generation of scientists.”

Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) is pleased to announce 2014 College Scholarship Recipients. The first of which is Kristin Qian From Catlin Gable School in Portland.

Kristin’s earliest musical memories begin with her playing the violin at the age of three. Since then, she has performed at venues across the United States, China, France and Argentina, as a violinist, pianist, and composer. In the fall, she will attend Princeton University. Congratulations to Kristin Qian.

September 2013 Kristin Qian appeared at Fairweather’s. And, too, artist Zifen Qian is working on a new series of art for the gallery.

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Thank you Kirstin for gracing Fairweather House and Garden with your performances. All the best wishes to you as you take flight.

kirstenThe art of music with Kristin Qian, violinist. performing to honor Zifen Qian, her father and resident Fairweather artist. This was a true mid-summer magical moment in the celebration our 70th Art Walk! Kristin performs with the Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society and was the concertmaster of the American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. And, too, this was an encore appearance, as Kristin performed in 2011 at Fairweather’s as an emerging artist.

Seven Guys

September 7, 2013

7th Anniversary Year


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Mark Ward, Sea Turtles Forever

Marc Ward, Seaside resident and founder of Sea Turtles Forever, writes: STF, is an Oregon based non-profit working to protect endangered sea turtles from extinction as well as our marine environment from marine plastic contamination. Marine-micro plastic debris is accumulating on our ocean beaches and carries toxic contaminants. These contaminants leach into the marine environment when left on the beach threatening the health of wildlife and people.” read more: www.seaturtlesforever.com

Free falling into the upcoming season, the GUYS TAKE OVER Art Walk on Sept. 7, 2013 is very different from anything Fairweather’s has done before. The exhibition, all by NW men artists, most certainly, will be arranged for optimal display, yet, too, a spotting scope provided by NW naturalist, Neal Maine, will allow the visitors to be completely captivated viewing through a camera lens a powerful razor-sharp magnification of a Great Horned Owl, a specimen from the “Fish and Wildlife guys”. It’s a really big “thumbs up” event.

Other notable guys appearing: Paul Brent, Painting Seaside LIVE ™, Jan Shield, Tom Hausken, Nick Brakel and Zifen Qian. The show, a benefit for Sea Turtles, Forever, scores another first, as Marc Ward, founder/ activist, will speak to the art patrons.

Denise Fairweather states: “We’ve surely re-doubled our usual intense dedication to creating an affair, for and about, well, the NW men artists of art. Truly, it will be an event where patrons and enthusiasts can mingle and be informed in real time guy-speak. The men have just gone ahead and done exactly what they wanted to show, yet, too— it’s a look-book into the fall season.”

Playbook is in!

Set 1 Paul Brent


Paul Brent is an internationally recognized artist who is best known for his watercolors of coastal scenes and nature. His work is a reflection and reinterpretation of the environment found along the edge of the ocean to estuary wonders.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, he is a member of the National Watercolor Society and currently resides with his family during the summer months in Seaside, Oregon.

Paul appears throughout the summertime Seaside Chamber of Commerce First Saturday Art Walk events at Fairweather House and Garden, oftentimes painting while meeting and greeting art patrons.


Set Two: Neal Maine & Michael Wing

Neal Maine & Michael Wing

Neal Maine & Michael Wing

Having been a part of the North coast community his entire life, Neal Maine, is sharing life lessons with Michael Wing, his grandson. They show us all how important it is to be involved. Whether it’s walking the North Coast Land conservancy lands, lending photographic skills and or proudly joining forces supporting the natural lands and it’s wildlife, two talented souls are working together to strengthen our community.

Michael is holding his photograph of a pair of reclusive rivers otters found along the Gearhart estuary.

Art patrons continue to be delighted with the kinds of conversations and images that are an everyday part of life for the two men.

A blue heron bending down

A blue heron bending down “zippering” it’s feathers. The series: Birds as Art, Fall 2013 Neal Maine, naturalist/ photographer.

Set Three: Zifen Qian


Zifen Qian graduated from Shanghai Teachers University and Portland State with a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Qian has been teaching at Pacific Northwest College of Art and Portland State University. In addition, he serves as the senior artist for Carol Wilson Fine Arts, an internationally known licensee.

He is listed in the American edition of Who’s Who in the Art World and resides in Oregon wit his family. His art has shown in Shanghai Fine Arts, as well as, in numerous and solo group exhibitions in the Northwest, New York, Chicago, Paris and London. He has been 12 times listed in American edition of Who’s Who in the World and 3 times Who’s Who in American. He resides in Oregon with his family. His art has shown in Shanghai Fine Arts and China’s national exhibition in his early age, as well as, he had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the Northwest, New York, Chicago, Paris and London.

He currently is invited by Art & Design College at Shanghai Technology University as visiting Professor.

For the GUYS TAKE OVER Art Walk, September 7, 2013 at Fairweather’s, Zifen has applied a keen eye for brilliant, monochromatic original art works, work created in pen, ink and water on Xuan paper.

Set Four: Jan Shield

Jan Shield grew up in a family of artists and has been painting and sculpting all of his life. He is a Professor of Art at Pacific University, Forest Grove where he has been teaching since 1971. Mr. Shield’s works are included in corporate, public, and private collections across the country including New York. He has exhibited widely throughout the Pacific Northwest in one and two person shows, invitational’s, and juried group shows. Galleries where his works have been represented include: Lawrence Gallery, River Sea Gallery, Astoria; White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach; and Rental Sales Gallery PAM, Portland.

Through his paintings, prints, murals, and sculpture, Jan shares his deep regard for the most western regions of the United States, particularly Oregon, Hawaii, Japan, China, Australia, and the Pacific Rim. His paintings especially are a comment on Naturalism and symbolism. Other paintings and three-dimensional forms let the viewer feel the power, richness, and substance he discovers in nature through a more abstract style of expression.

Mr. Shield’s studio is located here at Dancing Trees Sanctuary For The Arts. Jan is available by appointment to discuss the sale or commission of his work as well as corporate art consultation and permanent collections placement.

Artist Jan Shield working on in his studio.

Artist Jan Shield working on in his studio.

Set Six: Nick Brakel

Nick Brakel holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin Superior, and recently completed a Northwest’s Emerging Print Makers Residency. In a series of collagraphs, the artist is exploring concerned about water birds and sea mammals that may be affected by climate change. Finding himself often wondering what will happen to the birds and sea creatures as the climate changes. To the artist, the wildlife seem almost like spirit creatures, watching their fate reveal itself, in the future, in the present, and in the present simultaneously.</

What you ask is a collagraph?

It means collage intaglio. Taking mat board and adding gesso, covering it with carborundum or sand, then adding wood burn lines into the work. It is then sealed in with different viscosities, inked and run through a printing press. As with most printmaking there is quite alot of work before you open a bottle of ink.

In Nick’s words:

“For the GUYS TAKE OVER Art Walk I was thinking it might be cool if I brought some printing plates and preliminary drawings to the opening, so I could show people some of the process.”
Copyright © Nick Brakel


Kristin Qian

 Kristin Qian

Kristin Qian

Kristin Qian, musician/ artist will appear in Seaside, Sept. 07, 2013 between 6:30PM to 8:pm at Fairweather House and Garden.

Kristin Qian began her violin studies at age 3, piano and composition at 5. She was the first place winner of the 2008 and 2010 Oregon Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior Strings Competition. She made her solo debut with the Portland Youth Philharmonic Young Strings Ensemble at age 11 and debuted with the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Camerata Chamber Orchestra in 2012. Kristin won the Jewish Community Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition and performed solo with the orchestra in 2008 and was a laureate in the 2011 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition. Kristin is a two-time winner of the MetroArts Young Artists Debut. The Van Buren Concerto Concert Competition (2010, 2012), and has performed Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Maestro Niel Deponte. Kristin was assistant concertmaster and concertmaster of the Portland Youth Philharmonic and its Camerata Chamber Orchestra. At 13, Kristin was invited to and selected as the concertmaster of the 2011 American High School Honors Performance Series Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Since the summer of 2004, Kristin has participated in music festivals and competitions in China, France, Argentina, and the United States. In July 2012, Kristin was the youngest violinist to be invited to take part in the 2nd International Violin Competition Buenos Aires in Argentina, and recently, Kristin was a semifinalist in the 2013 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Violin Competition. Kristin is an artist-in-residence with the Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society.

As a pianist, at age 9, Kristin was the youngest competitor invited to participate in the 2007 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in California. In 2008, she was a semifinalist in the 1st Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists in New York City. Kristin won the 2006 Trula Whelan Concerto Competition. In 2009, she received award in the Oregon MTNA Junior Piano Competition. Kristin was also a finalist of Metro Arts Young Artists Debut. Concerto Competition Piano category and was a finalist of Portland Youth Philharmonic’s 2013 Piano Concerto Competition.

Kristin is also an accomplished visual artist. She has had many solo and group exhibitions including at the Portland French School, George Fox University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Marylhurst University, Fairweather House and Garden, the Westin Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas, Wieden + Kennedy, the Governor Hotel, and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Grand Lobby among other Portland galleries. In 2002, she was featured on the KOIN TV live segment “Painting Prodigy” from Shoen Library at Marylhurst University for her solo painting exhibition. Kristin received the Creativity Award and praise from critics for her oil painting “L’humain et l’espace” at the NASA-sponsored The Next Golden Age 18th International Academy of Astronautics Human in Space Symposium International Youth Art Competition. Kristin’s paintings have been collected by George W. Bush, organizations and individual collectors.

Kristin is a senior at Catlin Gabel School and at the same time, she studies and works with Dr. Cristina Tognon of Oregon Health & Science University in molecular biology research at OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute Druker Lab since April 2013. She is also in the John Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth program and Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth. Kristin has completed college level courses including AP Calculus BC at age 14. She currently is a math and French teaching assistant, as well as a writing tutor at school. Kristin is also the President of Catlin Gabel’s Model United Nations Team and a Committee Chair for the Oregon Model United Nations Conference.

Kristin will play during the GUYS TAKE OVER Art Walk, at Fairweather’s House and Garden, September 7th, in honor of her father, Zifen Qian, who will be exhibiting.

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