Kristin Qian

EMERGING artist Hall of Fame display featuring Diane Copenhaver, 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




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.

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.

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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.




September 1, 2018


Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway


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.

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

In the past ten years Fairweather House and Gallery has supported the artistic launching of the following talents: Kristin Qian, Britney Drumheller, Gayle H. Seely, Robert Mc Whirter, Linda Trexel,  Rebecca Gore, Michele Bettger, Michael Wing and Diane Copenhaver.

And, too, historically, quite a few of the emerging artists at Fairweather’s have achieved recognition in publications, exhibitions, and/or awards!

For more information about each of Fairweather’s emerging artists please the links following their individual images.


Kristin Qian, emerging artist…/kristinqian/  shows a new emerging artist for the entire month of August.…artists/kristinqian/The 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 …


Britney Drumheller, emerging artist

Several years ago, Fairweather House and Gallery introduced Britney Drumheller as an emerging artist. Indeed, she has been discovered by many, many others …

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

Gayle H. Seely, emerging artist…/she-beautifully-reshapes-living-…Gayle’s artwork is not passive: it directly challenges the façade of … living things and elements…

Robert McWhirter , emerging artist receiving excellent feedback from the Steel Ribbon series at Faiweather’s, Robert McWhirter, who was introduced as an emerging artist… After receiving excellent feedback from the Steel Ribbon series at Faiweather’s, Robert McWhirter, who was introduced as an emerging artist …

Linda Trexler, emerging artist…artists/linda-trexler/

Jun 2, 2016 –  … needs quick varnish.” XOXO Linda Trexler, artist and Art Walk hostess.


Rebecca Gore, emerging artist…artists/rebecca-gore/ – Fairweather’s introduces new artist Rebecca Gore  to …


Michele Bettger, emerging artist
 “We had a wonderful time in Seaside Oregon! What a Beautiful place!”… Delighted to introduce whimsical artist Michele Bettger!!

“I am moving to Molokai Hawaii . Many new adventures to come. We had a wonderful time in Seaside Oregon! What a Beautiful place!” ” –Michele


Nick Brakel, emerging artist. Take Over Art Walk

 Neal and Michael

Michael Wing/ PacificLight Images emerging artist…/michael-wing/……/Michael Wing/PacificLight Images. Proceeds to support NCLC. For ANYTHING GOES, the Fairweather Seaside First Saturday Art Walk event …
www.…Together Neal Maine and Michael Wing established PacificLight Images, dedicated to raising public awareness about our region’s natural …
Diane Copenhaver, emerging artist…/introducing-artist-diane-copenha…

‘Quiet the Voices’ by Diane Copenhaver. Diane Copenhaver is a resident of the northwest residing in Bellevue Washington with frequent visits …

Emerging artists have taken risks and embraced challenges.  

Indeed, emerging artists  are rigorous in their approach to creation and production.

Emerging Northwest artists  have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment.  

Emerging artists introduced  at Fairweather’s are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, and galleries.

And, so, it goes forward!

2017 Emerging Artist Exhibition

Fairweather House and Gallery

Save the date and time! 

Save the date and time! 

February 4th, 2017. 5-7: pm

In the historic Gilbert District of downtown Seaside



Q:  What is an emerging artist, you ask?

A:   “The term emerging refers to artistic development, professional accomplishment, and recognition. Emerging artists take risks and embrace challenges; are rigorous in their approach to creation and production; have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, and galleries. Fairweather House and Gallery has sought to support emerging regional artists who show significant potential.” –Denise Fairweather, gallerist.


In the past ten years Fairweather House and Gallery has supported  the artistic launching of the following Northwest talents: Kristin Qian, Britney Drumheller,  Robert Mc Whirter, Nick Brakel, Rebecca Gore, Linda Trexler, Michael Wing and Gayle H. Seely, among others.


Please visit for more information about the artists, gallery and “doing good works” program.



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.

Art for the ears.

Art for the ears.

The season's finale,  Kirsten Qian, violinist, playing dramatic and sweeping music.

The season’s finale, Kristin Qian, violinist, playing dramatic and sweeping music.

Extraordinary music, a gift to the art patrons, for an extraordinary season.

Extraordinary music, a gift to the art patrons, for an extraordinary season.

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:

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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