Seaside First Saturday Art Walk


Cape Arago Lighthouse by Emily Miller

Late summer sun illuminates the turquoise waters and rocky, forested shoreline of the southern Oregon coast near Coos Bay. Cape Arago Lighthouse is visible in the distance.

Cape Arago Lighthouse was built on Chief’s Island in 1866 to guide merchant ships into Coos Bay, just 13 years after white settlers first arrived in the area. Chief’s Island is just offshore, but proved dangerous to access with multiple washed-out bridges and boat disasters over the years. The current lighthouse is the third to be built at Cape Arago. It was deactivated in 2006 after 140 years of service.

In 2013, the last bridge to the island was removed and the land transferred to the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. The Confederate Tribes hope to establish an interpretive center on the mainland near the lighthouse.

Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse by Emily Miller

Late summer fog hangs over the horizon at Cape Perpetua, near Yachats on the central Oregon coast. The beacon from Cleft of the Rock Light can be seen 16 miles offshore, and might be welcomed at sea on these frequent foggy days.

The lighthouse and attached dwelling were built as a labor of love in 1976 by James Gibbs, a former Tillamook Rock Light attendant and lighthouse historian. He lived here until his death in 2010.

 


Yaquina Head Lighthouse from Cobble Beach by Emily Miller

Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Oregon, with a 93 ft. tower and a light that can be seen 19 miles out to sea. It was built in 1873 and continues to operate today. It is located on a high, exposed cliff near Newport, on Oregon’s central coast.

The lighthouse is part of the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, a federal reserve that is home to an incredible array of wildlife and beautiful coastline. The site has been popular with visitors since the 1930s, when nearly 12,000 visitors made it the 4th most visited lighthouse in the United States. Today it receives over 400,000 visitors per year.

A vein of magnetized iron runs through the bedrock of Yaquina Head, causing ships’ compasses to malfunction if they venture too near.

 

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse from Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock reflects in the shallow waters of an outgoing tide at Cannon Beach, on Oregon’s northern coast. A mile offshore, the Tillamook Rock lighthouse is visible in the distance. The lighthouse is located on a barren, exposed rock, situated to guide merchant ships to the mouth of the Columbia River.

Construction on the Tillamook Rock lighthouse began in 1879 and was not finished until 1881 due to powerful storms that made construction and transport of materials nearly impossible. The lighthouse became known as “Terrible Tilly”. Waves broke over the rock strong enough to drench the entire lighthouse, collapsing roofs, flooding the interior, clogging the mechanisms with debris, breaking loose boulders and sending them flying through the air. The lighthouse keepers were totally isolated and tasked with constant repairs.

In 1957 the lighthouse was deactivated after 77 years of service. After changing hands several times, it was most recently used as a columbarium where the ashes of around 30 people are stored.

“Lighthouses have a mythical quality. A lighthouse stands for untold stories of stormy nights, beautiful sunrises, and the hardship and magic of life at the edge of the sea. A lighthouse symbolizes the journey between wild ocean and safe harbor. This transition zone is one of my favorite places to explore.” –Emily Miller, artist


Emily Miller, artist

Last fall I took a road trip to visit and paint at all eleven lighthouses on the Oregon coast. Lighthouses have a mythical quality to me. They symbolize the journey between wild ocean and safe harbor. I love the ocean and have always lived near it. To me, the coast is a border between the known and unknown. This transition zone is one of my favorite places to explore.

I choose to paint the landscape view rather than close-ups or lighthouse interiors because my artwork is centered on the way we interact with our environments. I am most interested in how we alter the landscape to suit our needs, and how the landscape, in return, alters our structures over time.

The paintings were completed on location (en plein air) or in the studio from my many reference photos. The series is about half-finished.

I enjoy series projects like this because they provide a framework for exploring and understanding an area. I spend more time at beautiful places while I’m painting and photographing. The project gives me a reason to dig deeper into the history of a place, and discover new spots that I might have missed otherwise.
Each lighthouse has its own story. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is just south of Seaside on a barren rock one mile offshore. It was pounded by incredible storms where waves broke boulders off the cliff side and crashed them into the lighthouse. You can see its silhouette from Ecola State Park and Cannon Beach. Cape Meares Lighthouse in Tillamook and Yaquina Head Light in Newport are both still active and you can go inside the tower and climb up the spiral stairs.

 

 

Emily Miller with her art:  anemone and sea urchin bowls and the Oregon light house series.

 

 

Grace Note received:

“Thanks again for a great Art Walk event FINDINGS, Fairweather opening reception. It was wonderful to see the new gallery layout and chat with the other artists. Someone asked me if I was making a book from the lighthouse painting series. I may do that once it has finished, and then you will not have to hunt down maps in the magazines anymore!–Emily Miller

 

 

 

“Quick update if you want to share with your clients. Now thru the end of 2017, I am donating 10% of my proceeds to local ocean conservancy and art organizations. Thank you for your part in making my art ventures a success!!”

 

And, too,  an encore request for the image of the Sea Urchin bowl with spines by Emily Miller.

Renee Hafeman, vintage jewelry artist

FINDINGS in my work is a collection of tools and other articles used by an artisan to make jewelry.

 

Q:  What is the difference Between “Art Nouveau” and “Art Deco”, you ask?

A: Art Nouveau: means “new art,” reigned from roughly 1880 until just before World War I. It features naturalistic but stylized forms, often combined with more geometric shapes, particularly arcs, parabolas, and semicircles (think of the Eiffel Tower). The movement brought in natural forms that had often been overlooked like insects, weeds, even mythical faeries, as evidenced by Lalique jewelry or Tiffany lamps.

Art Deco emerged after World War I. In fact, the deprivations of the Great War years gave way to a whole new opulence and extravagance that defined the Jazz Age and the Art Deco aesthetic. The movement, prevalent from the 1920s until roughly the start of World War II, took its name from the 1925 Exposition Internationales des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in France and is characterized by streamlined and geometric shapes. It also utilized modern materials like chrome, stainless steel, and inlaid wood. If Art Deco dabbled with natural materials, they tended to be graphic or textural, like jagged fern leaves. As a result, Deco featured bold shapes like sunbursts and zigzags and broad curves.

Renee Hafeman offered an artist’s lecture during the opening reception of FINDINGS, an exhibition through August at Fairweather’s.

Note the difference?

Celebrity artist Britney Drumheller

Save the date and time. 

August 5th, 5-7pm
Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway, Seaside, OR
Opening reception for FINDINGS

Britney Drumheller arrives with new art for 2017.

 

Opening reception for the exhibit “Findings,” which juxtaposes an array of art by Emily Miller, Mariana Mace, JoAnn Pari-Mueller and Chris Boyer about the pleasures of beach combing.

“Findings,” will be the 11th annual emerging artist exhibition in the  Fairweather Gallery and will include former emerging artists Britney Drumheller, Nick Brakel, Linda Trexler, Ashley Howarth, Diane Copenhaver,  Gayle H. Seely, Kristin Qian and Rebecca Gore.

Each of the artists in attendance will discuss the development of their work and the ideas that drive their creativity.

Seaside nature photographer, ecologist and biologist Neal Maine will speak at 6 p.m. Summertime beverages and light bites.

 

Britney Drumheller has a degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, but moved back to her hometown of Cannon Beach – she could not leave the beauty and inspiration of the beach behind. Her work functions as symbolic expressions relating to the value people attach to the North coastal tidelands and its marine life.

 

 

Artist statement:

Art has always been a part of me; in all of its forms, it enriches my life. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, my career in fashion design focused on fashion illustration – until my Dad suggested I try to sell some beach-inspired art. I went to the beach, studied all of the creatures in the tide pools, and tried to put onto paper my discoveries.

 

My good friends suggested I bring my sketches to Fairweather House & Gallery in Seaside, and I was so pleased to be able to put my art in such a beautiful gallery.

My favorite media is to work with markers and colored pencils. The markers I use can give the allure of looking like watercolors, but can also give you crisp, clean lines. I enjoy working within the contrast of the freedom of watercolor and the preciseness of markers. Always sketching when I have a chance, I can get lost in a sketch for hours.

“Through my art, I hope to beautifully translate the sea life that I do so dearly love and honor.” the North coastal tidelands and its marine life.”

FUN FACT:

Fairweather’s launched Britney Drumheller in an emerging artist exhibition several years ago.

Q: Where in the world is Britney’s art today, you ask?

A:  Here, there and everywhere.

OREGON

Fairweather Gallery, Seaside OR

Found, Cannon Beach OR

Inn at Cannon Beach Cannon Beach OR

Purple Moon Boutique, Cannon Beach OR

The Ocean Spa, Cannon Beach, OR

Insomnia Coffee, Cannon Beach, OR

Re/max Reality, Cannon Beach & Manzanita OR

TerHars, Seaside & Cannon Beach OR

Ocean Lodge, Cannon Beach, OR

Cousins, Dalles OR

Cousins, Pasco OR

Red Hills Market, Dundee OR

Village Gifts, Yachats OR

Unique Store Grand Market Place, Portland OR

Marvels by the Sea, Florence OR

Bella, Baker City

Bella, La Grande

 

WASHINGTON

Alki Surf Shop, Seattle WA

Wild Seafood Market, Seattle WA

City Center Drug, Aberdeen WA

For the Love of Spice, Gig Harbor WA

Cotton & Cashmere, Bainbridge Island WA

Manitou Lodge Bed & Breakfast, Forks WA

 

HAWAII

Sandpeople, Moana Surfrider – Honolulu HI

Sandpeople, Sheraton Waikiki – Honolulu HI

Sandpeople, Ala Moana Mall – Honolulu HI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My studio has great light and views of our inspirational garden out each window. It is filled with quirky art and unique and stimulating objects. My two Papillion’s, Daphne and Minerva (collectively known as the “goddesses”), like to hang out with me there.”

“I have a huge file of ideas. I am often inspired by the flower or bird or bug “du jour” in the garden. I always take a small journal and paints with me when I travel, too.”

I have many acquaintances that write stories, poetry, music, or create paintings, weavings, sewing, or knitting and realized that I lacked the ability to do any of those things. I had always loved decorating and collecting art, but had never before felt the urge to create. I especially credit my mother and her best friend (both painter/printmakers) with inspiring me to start. I took many classes and tried to work on my art almost daily. I literally started from ground zero, never having touched paper to pencil in an artistic way before.
Finding that hidden creative niche of the brain may take a while, but once you open that door – watch out!”

“I often combine watercolors with calligraphy and like the looks of the colors and curves of nature juxtaposed with black and white and the straight lines of grids.”

Image titled: Lucky 13. Female Wood Duck pictured with 13 offspring, “…all that could fit in one image… she had 19 young swimming  behind her… ” –Neal Maine, nature photographer. Location, Gearhart Westlake.

 

 

Fun Facts:

Wood Ducks live in wooded swamps, where they nest in holes in trees or in nest boxes put up near or over water. They are equipped with strong claws that can grip bark and perch on branches. These cavities are typically places where a branch has broken off and the tree’s heartwood has subsequently rotted. Wood Ducks cannot make their own cavities. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wood_Duck/lifehistory

Beavers are responsible for creating the wetlands that the wood ducks call home. Beavers and wood ducks go hand in hand. Woodies are fond of waters with plenty of wooded cover — hence the name — and a new-built beaver pond offers habitat that attracts and keeps wood ducks in the vicinity.

Beaver Art Exhibit in Seaside, was created by the Wetlands Conservancy to celebrate all things BEAVER. Signature beaver art will be on display at Fairweather House & Gallery through September. In addition, the Seaside Library featured stories and crafts (with beaver sticks provided by Neal Maine and Joyce Hunt/ Necanicum Watershed Council), hands-on stewardship at Beaver Creek with the NCLC. “Neal Maine gave a brilliant talk on the ecology of beavers.” –Necanicum Watershed Council BIENNIAL REPORT.

wetlandsconservancy.org/stewardship/beaver-tales

http://www.dailyastorian.com/SS/news/20170412/from-near-extinction-to-a-place-in-art

https://thegilbertdistrict.wordpress.com/…/the-art-of-beaver-tales-seaside-exhibition-o

Read more about beavers and the wetlands they create, go to http://www.necanicumwatershed.org/ … and http://www.nclc.org

 

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SAVE THE DATE AND TIME.  

Nature lecture by Neal Maine at 6:pm on July 1st

Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway

 

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk opening reception for “Waves,” an exhibition featuring resident artists Victoria Brooks, Linda Fenton-Mendenhall and Ron Nicolaides, and introducing Jim Young and Karen Lewis.

Brooks paints in oils to capture landscapes and emotional moments of people in natural settings. Fenton-Mendenhall, a lifelong resident of Clatsop County, offers fresh perspectives of the fleeting moments of waves and the whisper of the sea.  Nicolaides has mastered the mesmerizing translucent waves in his depiction of luminous seascapes.

Young, a fishery biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service, and later a research scientist for a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, uses photography as documentation, illustrating articles written for a website and publications. “My aim as a photographic artist is to capture images expressed in nature that would be forgotten if not recorded permanently after the events have passed,” he said.

Lewis has a lifelong relationship with water. She grew up kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling. She tries to capture the many moods of water, and her sweeping brush strokes express fluidity and color in motion.

Naturalist and biologist Neal Maine will speak at 6 p.m. about the ecology of the local habitat.  Shirley 88 will play live music.

To read more about the upcoming Art Walk, please visit http://www.facebook.com/Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

 

 


Neal Maine, biologist, ecologist and nature photographer.

 

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. Photographs center around coastal and Columbia River landscape, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems.

Neal focuses his imagery on exploring wildlife in the context of its habitat. PacificLight Images is dedicated to working with coastal communities to protect wildlife habitat and its connectivity. A percentage of all photography sales are donated to North Coast Land Conservancy to help further this goal.

To view the catalog of all the images avialalbe from Neal Maine, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ …Neal Maine
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Waves by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

“I feel very new to the world of photography, starting just five years ago. It’s been an awesome experience as photographer for the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, along with my love of capturing our beautiful, North Oregon Coast landscapes.”  –Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

 

Yes, indeedie, Linda Fenton-Mendenhall is the official Seaside First Saturday Art Walk photographer!

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/Seaside First Saturday Art Walk for her beautiful moments shared about the events.

Yes, sir-re-bob, Linda is seen, oftentimes, running between the galleries, businesses and boutiques, during an art event, in all sorts of weather!

 Linda is a featured artist for the opening reception of WAVES at Fairweather House and Gallery on July 1st.

PSST: We won’t  ever tell what Linda wears as a head-gear!  Gad hopping about for the arts.

 

 

“I’m drawn to the vibrant colors of our sunsets and forests to the contrasts of coastal storms.”

“The ever-changing weather and lighting are a constant inspiration.”

 

Linda Fenton-Mendenhall

“As a lifelong resident of Clatsop County, I still discover new views and perspectives that I love to share through my images.”

“I’m driven to seek out those moments that may be fleeting, so that they can be enjoyed by others.”

 

The biggest reward is hearing how one of my images sparked a memory or gave the viewer a true sense of “being there”.

 

 

 

About the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk:

Residents and visitors alike enjoy an evening of community and culture as various art venues within walking distance of each other host art exhibits and refreshments, between 5-7 p.m. with the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk. The art walk, celebrating 13 years in 2017, is in the historic Gilbert District. The Gilbert District, established in 1914, celebrated 100 years of rich history and timeless tradition in 2014. Awarded the 2004 Oregon Main Street Downtown Gateway Award, the area is now home to shops, restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Dedicated parking is located one block West off the Pacific Coast Highway 101, on the corner of Holladay and Broadway.

Held the first Sat. of every month inside shops, dining establishments and galleries in and around the historic Gilbert District of Seaside Oregon.
The following 2017 dates:

Aug 5th
Sep 2nd
Oct 7th
Nov 4th
Dec 2nd

ICONIC!  Oregon Coast Sunsets port hole view from Brownie’s Workshop.

Mike Brown. Master Wood Artist.

“Apparently glass is infused in Mike’s soul. He has introduced it back in his woodworking.”

 

Mike Brown’s  newest ICONIC creation is a vase called “Oregon Coast Sunsets” which incorporates four glass portholes and photographs taken on while on vacations!

Each porthole shows a beautiful sunset along the northern, central, and southern Oregon Coast and includes sand and shells to highlight the view through the porthole!

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Mike Brown is a native of the Pacific Northwest. He has had a creative mind and an intense work ethic and likes to express himself building works of art with different mediums using glass and exotic hard woods.

During his school days he took all different types of shop classes including various crafts, leatherwork, and metal but didn’t start working with wood until he started working at a glass shop at the age of 15 ½.  His first boss, Doyle Clapper, was his mentor and shared with Mike his love of woodworking along with giving Mike a broad knowledge of all aspects of construction.  After 35 years, Mike retired from the glass business and finally could pursue his passion for woodworking fulltime.
Mike started creating exotic wood intarsia pictures, learning the art of Intarsia by Judy Gale Robert. He won multiple Best of Awards at the Annual Artistry in Wood Juried show. He also enjoys turning bowls and vases on his lathe and has given many of them away as gifts to family and friends.
He started experimenting creating filigree pictures and ornaments using the scroll saw along with striped-ring exotic wood bowls. The internet is a wonderful thing and he happened upon Steve Garrison’s Ebook on creating wooden sea shells. This became his new passion and once again he won Best of Class and Best of Division awards at the Juried Woodworking show for his wood nautilus shells. These shells range from 35 to 170 wedges of wood and each one takes up to 40 hours to cut, glue, sand, and finish.

He uses exotic woods such as Padauk, Purple Heart, Myrtlewood, and Birdseye Maple, and completes them with a hand-rubbed lacquer finish. Each one is an exquisite piece of art and just like a seashell, no two are alike.

 


Mike has now expanded into turning segmented bowls and vases on his lathe along with creating his own patterns. He is also experimenting with liquid inlay and has created a stunning piece he calls “Purple Heart of Gold” using Purpleheart, Yellowheart,  and Maple woods with gold liquid inlay.

 

 

 

First Shout Out for What’s up Next!

SAVE THE DATE AND TIME!
June 3rd 5-7:pm

Opening reception for ICONIC!!!

Definition of iconic:

1: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an icon

2: widely recognized and well-established •an iconic brand name

3: widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence •an iconic image  •an iconic vacation

Fairweather House and Gallery

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Featuring Fairweather artists: Mike Brown, Penelope Culbertson, Melissa Jander, Carmela Newstead  and introducing fine art photographer Dale Veith!

Artist Carolyn McPherson will offer a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode!

Shirley 88 will perform LIVE!

Naturalist, ecologist Neal Maine will speak at 6:pm (sharp) about the local habitat!

 

For more information about the artists, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/  artists tab

 

For more information about the Art Walk, please visit http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

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