Emerging Artists

Shortie I for A FINE LINE.

Mixed media art by Bill Baily, woven bamboo basket by Charles Schweigert, black and white gull art by Leah Brown, encaustic art by Peg Wells, pen and ink drawings by Waka Takahashi Brown, photo by Susan Romersa, pottery by Suzy Holland and photographs by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

Shortie II for A FINE LINE.

Pen and ink shell studies, oak leaf watercolor and grape painting by Paul Brent.

Shortie III for A FINE LINE.

Art by Jan Shield, platter by Teresa Weisman-Knight,  semi-precious bracelets by Mary Bottita and watercolor by Carolynn Wagler.



Shortie IV for A FINE LINE.

Pen, ink and wax art by Dorota Haber-Lehigh.


Shortie V for A FINE LINE.

Handmade books by Christine Trexel and calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson.


Shortie VI for A FINE LINE.

Fused glass by Mike Fox, watercolors by Carolyn Macpherson and handmade glass by Bob Heath and Christine Downs.

Shortie VII for A FINE LINE.

Hand painted sea urchin rocks, signed and dated, by Kandy Schwartz.


Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway


On view 

October 5-31


A FINE LINE”  an exhibition of representational and non-representational works of art. Working with different media the selected artists experiment with linear mark making in its widest sense. Each artist produced works inspired by places and spaces in the natural environment.

For more info please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Images by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.


Artist Bill Baily.


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A FINE LINE slideshow.  Images by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.



“Jellyfish” by W. T. Brown pen and ink artist.


Waka Takahashi Brown, an Oregonian, hails from a family of artists; her grandfather Syunichi Miyoshi was a renowned Japanese oil painter. Waka’s parents emigrated from Japan to the United States where Waka was born and raised. While her mother pursued her own art degree, she encouraged Waka’s artistic development from an early age with weekly classes from Ault’s Academy of Art in Topeka, KS. When she was 18, Waka left Kansas to attend Stanford University where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Upon graduation, Waka lived and worked in Japan for two years after which she returned to the United States. It was at that time Waka decided to return to her artistic pursuits. She studied watercolor with Ferenc Besze, as well as pastel at the Palo Alto Art Center. Waka experimented with acrylics, printmaking, and Chinese brush painting as well.

She moved to Oregon to raise three children, gave up art for over a decade and has recently returned to creating art, however, albeit in different mediums.




Waka Takahashi Brown’s art on display at Fairweather’s.

“Owl” original by Ray Althaus pen and ink artist

“In high school, I transferred into an art class to avoid my only failing grade in another class (typing).   As my education proceeded, I focused on math and science with an eye on engineering. After a stint in civil engineering and architecture, I transferred into art and received a Master of Fine Arts in Professional Design. I  traveled with a group and spent time in Florence, Italy, studying Renaissance Art and History. I spent my career in the commercial and governmental building trades, providing design, construction coordination and contract administration.”



Kay, twin sister of artist Ray Althaus, spoke about  his pen and ink drawings during the opening reception of A FINE LINE.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway


On View 

October 5-31

“A FINE LINE”  an exhibition of representational and non-representational works of art. Working with different media the selected artists experiment with linear mark making in its widest sense. Each artist produced works inspired by places and spaces in the natural environment.

Featuring regional artists: Sharon Abbott-Furze, Bill Baily, Jo Pomeroy-Crockett,Karen Doyle, Bob Kroll, Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, Carolyn Lindberg, Emily Miller, Christine Trexel, and Russell J. Young.

Welcoming coastal artists Rebecca Herren and Dorota Haber-Lehigh.

Introducing artists Ray Althaus and W. T.  Brown.

“After retirement, with time on my hands I pulled out my watercolors, drawing materials and my pens.  Although not prolific, I found time to take up art once again. It was an opportunity to relieve tension. I took an art class and ended up with a tour back to Italy. I am amazed at the unending supply of subject matter.  I have found an increased interest in pen and ink.  Art gives me a chance to “see” the detail in objects. As a new participant in this profession, I hope you enjoy what I see in the detail of nature, as renewal takes place.” Ray Althaus


“I draw quickly and with materials that require little set-up and clean up. Life has become extraordinarily busy since having children, but I have found small pockets of time and try to work in locations that allow me to pursue my art. I choose to work in mediums that allow me to finish quickly, or that tolerate constant interruptions. When I travel, I’ve found that I have more time.  I take my art supplies with me. Although suitcase space is limited, I have found that a black brush pen, sketchpad, three pens, a pencil, and eraser, take up very little space and are enough for me to create my art. Occasionally, I set a 30-minute time limit of focused creation to see what I am able to come up with in that time. Sometimes, that helps free up my imagination and allows me not to focus on my mistakes.” W.T. Brown



How Creating Art Relieves Stress. Activities like painting, sculpting, drawing, and photography are relaxing and rewarding hobbies that can lower your stress level and leave you feeling mentally clear and calm. Creating art provides a distraction, giving your brain a break from your usual thoughts. https://bebrainfit.com › benefits-art

Ray Althaus creates art to relieve stress.

Ray Althaus was referred to Fairweather’s by a family member who lives in Seaside.



Ray Althaus, artist pictured with his art and Kay Foetisch-Robb (Ray’s twin sister who will share a bit of family history during the Oct. 5 opening reception at Fairweather’s).

And too, Ray Althaus has community ties to Fairweather’s family in Washington.






Waka Brown was a Curriculum Specialist for the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE).

She  served as the Coordinator and Instructor of the Reischauer Scholars Program.

She has presented teacher seminars nationally for the National Council for the Social Studies in Seattle; the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia in both Denver and Los Angeles; the National Council for the Social Studies, Phoenix; Symposium on Asia in the Curriculum, Lexington; Japan Information Center, Embassy of Japan, Washington. D.C., and the Hawaii International Conference on the Humanities.She has also presented teacher seminars internationally for the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools in Tokyo, Japan, and for the European Council of International Schools in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

W. T.  Brown was introduced to the Gallery by Fairweather’s artist Peg Wells and her daughter Hilary.





‘Mystery’ original pen and ink by Vanessa K. Stokes



“Complete Me” by Vanessa K. Stokes.

Portraiture art work with mirror.

Vanessa Kalani Stokes  creates traditional and original anime (pronounced AH-nee-may) work. The word anime is often defined as “animation from Japan.” When you see “anime,” images of large doe-like eyes, funny and colorful hair, and peculiar fashion come to mind. Outside Japan, anime refers specifically to animation from Japan or as a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes. One of the most distinctive characteristics of anime resides in the characters’ faces. While anime characters may possess bodies with relatively proportional body parts, the heads, hair, and facial expressions are usually exaggerated and brightly colored.



Vanessa K. Stokes and her art.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

May 2018

“Portraiture” featuring regional artists Leah Kohlenberg, Susan Romersa, Patricia Clark-Finley, Rebecca Gore, Carolynn Wagler, Carolyn Macpherson, Mike Mason and Russell J. Young.

Introducing new emerging artists Tamara Watanabe and Vanessa K. Stokes.


Emerging artist Vanessa K. Stokes speaks about her art at Fairweather’s.


The art selected is a debut exhibition contemplating character in portrait drawings and oil sketches displaying the relationship between artist and sitter as its central subject. Vanessa K. Stokes is a young self-taught Northwest artist who works with pen and ink to create modern pop culture inspired art with Japanese Manga influences. D. Fairweather, gallerist.


Q: What are some of the Fairweather’s emerging artists doing now, you ask?

A: Kristin Qian is a Princeton graduate, and currently attending Harvard;  Britney Drumheller works as an artist based in Bend for producing designs for Macy’s in NYC.; Nick Brakel, after recovering from a traumatic brain injury, has learned to paint again, and has had art selected for an upcoming exhibit at OSU;  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; Rebecca Gore  had art selected for a permanent display in a NW winery;  Gayle H. Seely has patrons who continue collect her seed pearl mosaics; Diane Copenhaver has had a solo show in Bellevue as well as having art selected for an upcoming exhibit at OSU; Veronica Russell continues to work in lino-cut print art, as well as having art selected for the 2019 Ode to the Tides exhibit at OSU; and Brenda Gordon continues to show art on display at Fairweather’s.

“Determination”  original watercolor by Tamara Watanabe

Emerging portraiture artist statement:

“I am not a professional artist, nor do I have an art degree, however, art is an integral part of my life. As a child, reared on a small farm, in the peace and tranquility of the Puyallup valley, I grew to love the arts. Right next door, my grandmother’s art studio buzzed with activity; a place where my first paintings and drawings sprang to life.

As I pursued my formal education, I could not help but add art classes into my schedule. From drawing, to painting, photography and watercolor, it was always there. I took classes for a while from a local artist, Lou Innocenti, in the 90’s. In 2004, I sold an oil painting and was commissioned to paint a larger version of the work. I moved to Hawaii, where I continued to experiment with oils and attended the University of Hawaii as Tropical Plant and Soil Science Major. Right now, though, I am using my love for art and learning and drawing faces to help promote an organization known as faces4hope.” Tamara Watanabe


“Exuberance” original watercolor by Tamara Watanabe

“The founders of faces4hope, Holly and Jack Stagge, tell a marvelous story of how these beautiful, brown faces on the Maasailand in Tanzania, Africa captured their hearts. Now, they live to educate young girls who would not otherwise have that chance. The portraits are faces of two young Maasai girls in Tanzania, who have been touched by the love and dedication of Holly and Jack. If I can help spread the word of a severely great need and open up the hearts of others, then my artwork has changed someone’s life near and, hopefully far, and served a greater purpose. I hope you enjoy these beautiful faces. May they light a spark in your heart.” Tamara Watanabe



On view through May 29.


Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

The art selected is a debut exhibition contemplating character in portrait drawings and oil sketches displaying the relationship between artist and sitter as its central subject,” D. Fairweather, gallerist.


 “Portraiture” featuring regional artists Leah Kohlenberg, Susan Romersa, Patricia Clark-Finley, Rebecca Gore, Carolynn Wagler, Carolyn Macpherson, Mike Mason and Russell J. Young.

Introducing emerging artists Tamara Watanabe and Vanessa Stokes.

“Love Tamara Watanbe’s work. She catches the essence of these beautiful young Maasai girls, who, without the work of organizations like Faces4Hope, would be sold into marriage soon. Once married, it would be their responsibility to build the home they would live in and begin having and supporting children. Thank you, Tamara, for these works of love. And thank you, Leah Brooks, for giving yourself over to save these girls.” Boni Webster

Q: How are emerging artists selected by the gallery, you ask?

A: Emerging artists are selected through an audition process and receive gallery mentoring.  Fairweather House and Gallery has championed more than twelve emerging artists. Emerging artists  have taken the risks, embraced the challenges and have continued to be rigorous, disciplined and dedicated in their approach to creation and production.



Read more about the emerging artists featured at the Gallery.

https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/category/emerging…/kristin–qian/ shows a new emerging artist for the entire month of August.

https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/category/…artists/kristin–qian/The art of music with Kristin Qian, violinist



www. fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/Artist/Britney/Drumheller works with markers and colored pencils to create beach-inspired art symbolic expressions the value the North coastal tidelands and its …





https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/tag/emerging-artists/After receiving excellent feedback from the Steel Ribbon series at Faiweather’s, Robert McWhirter, who was introduced as an emerging artist











https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/…/for-emerging- Veronica Russell



To read more about the gallery and Doing Good Works, please visit www.fairweatherhouseangallery.com

“Green Flash Terrible Tilly Backsplash”

8 x 10 black ink linoleum block print, over a watercolor painting with hand-deckled edging by Veronica Russell. 1 of 1.

Veronica Russell is a mixed media and block print artist whose works on paper typically center around block printing, over a hand-painted or assembled background. Russell’s current series Life at the Edge depicts classic snapshots one wishes to capture while exploring the intersection of land and sea. Russell hopes to capture a sense of natural wonder we feel when—finally—we see the perfect sunset, or that one elusive coastal creature.


Veronica Russell


“I’ve been working on more single pieces and focusing more on the block print, a little less on the backgrounds.”

“This way, I thought I might introduce a new block print, having it framed for the show on my favorite background, but may also have it available on one or two different, more simple backgrounds. I want to keep it fresh and new for people browsing in your gallery.”  Veronica Russell


2019 Spring Whale Watching Week on Oregon’s Adventure Coast


Watch For Whales! 2019 Spring Whale Watching Week Is Coming. In late March 2019, up to 20,000 migrating gray whales will start their northbound voyage back to Alaska. Visitors and locals will have a special opportunity to spot them as they pass the Oregon Coast.

Hundreds of Whale Watching Spoken Here® volunteers will be available from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 26 whale-watching locations along on the coast the week of March 23rd – 31st, 2019.






Veronica Russell was introduced at Fairweathers’s as an emerging artist in 2018…

2018 – Fairweather House and Gallery Emerging Artist Hall of Fame Kristin Qian … Trexler Diane Copenhaver Veronica Russell 12th Annual Emerging …

About the artist:

Veronica Russell is a mixed media & block print artist living on the Oregon Coast. Trained in fine arts at Pacific University (Forest Grove), and Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Russell grew up with artistic parents, so she has essentially been creating most of her life.

Her work draws from her deep infatuation with the natural world, particularly the flora and fauna that inhabit the 363-mile stretch of our Oregon coastline.

“I’m also working on a  Seastar piece and a moon jellyfish triptych piece for the show.”


“The seastar and the jellies are on smaller blocks, so their finished size will be 7″ x 7″ with the same deckle edges. They will be one-offs, also.”



 “I can’t thank you enough for coaxing me out of my safe little shell of “playing in art,” onto this path of allowing my creativity into the light and truly creating finished art, ready to share with the world. This is happening in parallel with my personal journey as a 50-something women in this #TimesUp world, and it is incredible. Your mentorship as I learn the “business of being an artist” is invaluable to me and I am so loving this journey. I am forever indebted to you, my friend.”  Veronica


Hand drawn art mandala.

Ink pen.

Black and white background.

Brenda Gordon emerging artist.



Accompanying quote by emerging artist Brenda Gordon.



Completed work with mat and frame by emerging  Brenda Gordon.

“Live with Intention” Maryann Radmacher

About the artist:

Brenda Gordon has lived in the Northwest her entire life, However, growing up in Portland gave her many opportunities to spend time on the Oregon Coast… it is there, on retreat and rejuvenation, that she has visited to gather inspiration for her art.  Back in her studio, that energy, potential, beauty and possibility have continued and intentionally impacted her creative work no matter the medium.

Create.  Potential. Intention.

“All three of those words have informed my life of creativity.  From the time I was a child with less resources to now, paper, pen or pencil were a grounding force. Always drawing something, doodling, making paper, sewing with paper– seeing and exploring potential in various mediums with paper…and now, after years of doodling and drawing with pen and paper in many books, I bring you quotes  to reflect upon, perhaps, embrace along with drawings of said pen on paper.”   Brenda Gordon.



When I was at your gallery recently, you asked if I would send you some of my pen and ink drawings for the gallery.   This is my first experience selling through a gallery.   Thank you so much for your help.  I am looking forward to working with you and sharing my mandala  art work with quotes. Peace~  Brenda Gordon 





Q: What is a mandala, you ask?

A: A mandala is a complex abstract design that is usually circular in form. In fact, “mandala” is a Sanskrit word that means “circle”. Mandalas generally have one identifiable center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes and forms.



“Shell Twins. “

Pen and Ink pen.

Black and white background by Britney Drumheller.


“Sand Dollar.” (Sold)

Colored ink pen on paper by Britney Drumheller.



Read more about the artist:

Britney Drumheller | Professional Artist

Britney Drumheller works with markers and colored pencils to create beach-inspired art symbolic expressions the value the North coastal tidelands and its …

Q: What are pen and ink drawings, you ask?

A:  Pen and ink drawing describes the process of using pens to apply ink to a surface. Drawing with pen and ink allows the artist to create strong areas of contrast. Most ink drawings are completed using black inks on white surfaces which leads to heavy contrast in value.

Calligraphy quote.

Colored ink and pen by master calligrapher Penelope Culbertson.

Read more about the artist:

Penelope Culbertson – Portland Society for Calligraphy

Penelope Culbertson.  … The Fairweather Gallery in Seaside, Oregon features my calligraphy. I show at the Oregon Society of …

Penelope Culbertson |  Master Calligraphy Artist

Q: What is calligraphy, you ask?

A: It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument pen, ink brush, or other writing instruments. Calligraphy pens are a special class of fountain pen. The broader, flat edge t creates marks varying in thickness. Calligraphy pens are primarily used for stylized penmanship. The pen is usually held at a constant angle, different scripts requiring different angles. Thick and thin strokes are created by varying the direction of the stroke.


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