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“Buoy Composition” by Paul Brent, oil on canvas, 24 x 36/ with frame 29 x 41

Seaside, Oregon with Tillamook Head in the background


Q: What are buoys, you ask?

A:  Generally associated with fishing and boating activities (recreational or commercial), a buoy floats at the surface and is moored to the bottom. Brightly colored buoys are used for the marking of crab pot locations so the person fishing for crabs can find their traps. Crab pot buoys come in various sizes, shapes, and colors.

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Oregon has over 360 miles of coastline — that’s a big sandbox for crabbing… Crabbing is available at the 12th Street Bridge in downtown Seaside.  

Flip through a digital version of the Seaside visitor guide or order your own free hard copy now, and start planning your crabbing adventure in Seaside, Oregon!




Seaside Art Walk is gallery-coordinated online exhibit through June 25th.
As we continue to follow the State’s order to limit public gatherings, the galleries feature shows via email and social media platforms.


Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Fairweather offers a dose of Americana in SUMMER SERVED, on exhibit through June 25.

Featuring art by Paul Brent, Melissa Jander, and Sharon Kathleen Johnson, as well as, wood serving bowls by woodturner Tom Willing.


“Part curatorial, part installation Fairweather House and Gallery brings together artists’ works from a wide variety of genres and grouping them in seasonal spectrums.

Please read more about our gallery and our commitment to NW artists and products made by NW hands.


For more info contact fairweatherkd@gmail.com


Paul Brent 

Paul Brent is an artist whose work has become internationally known to represent the coastal lifestyle.

He especially enjoys painting local scenes and beachscapes near his home studios in Panama City, Florida and Seaside, Oregon



Read more news about Paul Brent at:

Paul Brent | Fairweather Art Gallery | Featured Artists

fairweatherhouseandgallery.com › Artist › Paul › paul




Paul Brent grace note…

February 15, 2020

“Please accept our sincere thanks for the excellent support provided by you in organizing the Paul Brent art exhibit at the library.  Your efforts contributed substantially to the quality of  the overall exhibit.  As curator of Paul’s exhibit, I would like to personally add that is was such a pleasure to work with you. 


The success of Paul’s art exhibit was due, in no small part, to the expertise provided by you.  Thank you for your professionalism and continued support of the Seaside Library and Art Committee.” Tess Ratty/ The Seaside Library Art Committee



Looking back.


Paul Brent celebrated a ten year anniversary exhibiting at Fairweather’s, as well as,  artist Victoria Brooks and photographer Neal Maine.



Looking forward.


“Just checking in. How are the gallery plans coming for this summer? We have booked a flight to Oregon in June. At any rate we will see you shortly thereafter.”  Paul and LJ.

Paul Brent painting at Fairweather’s

“Hopefully things will be open for the usual July Art Walk.”  Paul and LJ. 
Save the date and time!!!
July 4th, 2020
First Saturday Art Walk
Fairweather House and Gallery 
612 Broadway
Seaside, Oregon
Hoping….for a safe entry into Phase Two re-opening plan…
Following the State’s reopening plans…
Gatherings of up to 25 people allowed for recreational, social, cultural, and civic events – with physical distancing requirements.

“Look No Further Than The Eyes” oil by Blue Bond.

Remember, wearing a cloth face covering is an act of compassion. We cover our faces to protect others.


Please read through the below information as it will help you understand how best to visit us, and what your experience will be like during Phase One of Re-opening.

Effective immediately, we will utilize the following ways to ensure social distancing and to reduce the possibility of infection for you, our staff and our community.

  • Gallery areas will be covered with 6′ social distancing stickers, which will help guide safe distances between guests.
  • A glass shield and distance area will be created at our front desk.
  • Face coverings should be worn for anyone entering the gallery.
  • A hand sanitizing station will be available for your convenience.
  • We will sanitize all common touch points throughout the day.
  • The gallery door will remain open throughout the day to prevent the need of having to use the door handle.
  • The number of guests in the gallery will be limited to 6 at one time.
  • A pair of complimentary disposable gloves will be available for your convenience.

Throughout  March and April, we have written articles about the gallery updates related to the effects of COVID-19.
Moving forward.
Fairweather House and Gallery thanks you for your continued support, patience, and assistance as we navigate the ever-changing mandates and requirements.
While this is an exciting first step, we urge you to continue practicing caution and care in your activities.
The more we work together, the faster our community can begin to recover from this crisis.
These are temporary practices aimed at keeping our community healthy.
Hopefully, Phase Two Reopening plans will allow us to expand our hours and  gallery standards.

Opening Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, and Sun 12-3:pm

Closed Tue and Wed

Moving forward our hours will remain limited until there is a convincing containment of the coronavirus.

Staying safe.

Please read more about our gallery and our commitment to NW artists and products made by NW hands.


“We very much look forward to returning to our usual activities and after hour events as it is safe and healthy to do so.”


No barriers to art this month – Seaside First Saturday Art Walk will be 100% online May 2-25!

May Art Walk is a concept of gallery-coordinated virtual exhibits.


As we continue following the State’s stay at home order,  Seaside galleries remain closed until further notice.

Galleries have gone on-line and are committed to assist you with during  COVID-19 via e-mail and through social media platforms.



Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

On-line until further notice

A curatorial virtual NW exhibiton titled ‘In Full Bloom’

Fairweather House and Gallery brings together artists’ works in a variety of genres and interpretations, grouping them into an on-line spectrum of theme and color.

Featuring art by Jo Pomeroy Crockett, Christine Downs, Bev Drew Kindley, Dorota Haber-Leligh, Greta Lindwood, Melissa Jander, Carmela Newstead, and Zifen Qian.

“I love flowers. If I could, I would have flowers for dessert and live in a greenhouse surrounded by them. I actually crave flowers for their lovely colors, textures, fragrance, and beauty,   D. Fairweather, galleriest

Featured floral art work includes botanical, realism, abstraction, and surrealism.

Research has found that being around flowers increases the level of compassion that they feel for others and are more willing to extend a helping hand to those in need.

Art can be purchased and picked-up by curbside appointment or delivered free locally.

Contact gallery curator @fairweatherkd@gmail.com or message on FB @fairweatherhouseandgallery

We will see you, hopefully, on the other side of the pandemic crisis.



Just viewing floral art causes joy in the same way as walking in nature and losing oneself in music.

“For if you think art is not necessary try to spend time without music, books, poems, movies and… art.”

Sharing a video recently posted by North Coast Land Conservancy.



Thank you for reading about the arts in Seaside.



 “First”  watercolor by Lieta Gratteri

Due to the  novel coronavirus the gallery shut its doors on March 15, 2020

Closed temporarily  until it is safe to reopen

Hopefully … late spring 2020

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway, Seaside Oregon

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our community.
We are in this together.

In the meantime, we are offering a video about the arts and artists at Fairweather’s during the opening reception of Fresh Start, an exhibition.

Enjoy the virtual tour created today by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

Indeed, she is at home working and following the Oregon Stay Home/ Save Lives order.

Although,  we are dismayed over the worldwide pandemic crisis, about our gallery being shut, and about not being able to serve our community in person at this time, we hope that you will find comfort in the season of spring in this time of darkness.

We hope to see you on the other side of this…possibly in late spring 2020.

Hope quote by Penelope Culbertson

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway, Seaside Oregon

Closed until it is safe to reopen

Please stay in touch with the us.

We are still here for you, however, in a different way.

Contact us on messenger on FB, or email fairweatherhouseandgarden@gmail.com


visit us at:  http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com


“Salmonberries and Hummingbird” framed, watercolor and color pencils by Dorota Haber-Lehigh


“Manzanita and Painted Lady Butterfly” framed, watercolor and color pencils by Dorota Haber-Lehigh


Dorota Haber-Lehigh


Dorota Haber-Lehigh is an artist, educator and a naturalist with a passion for native plants of the Pacific Northwest. Born in Poland, Dorota loves foraging for berries, mushroom hunting, field sketching and collecting specimens. She is inspired by her grandparents, who were avid mushroom hunters and gardeners, her father’s travels, and her mother’s fabric art and ikebana arrangements.


“I have painted for the Fresh Start exhibition a new wild rose (Nootka rose) colored pencil study.” 



Dorota has two degrees in Art and International Studies with a focus on indigenous cultures, and a master’s degree in teaching. She also holds a graduate bilingual certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. She has earned a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from Society of Botanical Artists in London in May 2019. She is a member of Oregon Botanical Artists, Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists and American Society of Botanical Artists. Dorota exhibits original art at Fairweather House and Gallery and teaches drawing regionally.



Dorota Haber Lehigh … – Seaside High School: Teachersshs.seaside.k12.or.us › …

Ms. Haber-Lehigh has 18 years of teaching experience at middle school, high school and community college levels. Currently she teaches English Language …


Dorota Haber-Lehigh ’98 Art to be Featured at Health Center …www.pacificu.edu › about › media › dorota-haber-lehigh-98-art-be-fe…

– Dorota Haber-Lehigh, ’98, has created artwork that will be featured at a new medical group clinic.



Dorota Haber-Lehigh – Pacific Northwest Botanical Artistswww.pnba-artists.org › dorota-haber-lehigh

Dorota Haber-Lehigh is an artist, educator, and forager with a passion for Pacific Northwest native plants. Dorota loves discovering plants that are medicinal …




2018 opening spring reception art hostesses: Kay, Kathy, Sara, Joan and Denise.


Each new event is hosted by fabulous Art Walk hostesses. 

A new beginning, truly, a fresh start, surely, acts as an agent of change, serving as a language that accommodates experience and expands our view.  Through March 25, this spring, an exhibition titled a FRESH START at Fairweather House and Gallery opening March 7, embodies this definition of a new season.  A Fresh Start combines modern and traditional forms in order to create something wholly new.


Gallerist Denise Fairweather draws upon her earlier life in staging and high-design, principally as a senior level interior designer, allied member 1987-present/ American Society of Interior Designers.  She thinks still in terms of show house staging when designing many of her exhibits.  ‘I do see staging art as a kind of a set.  When an exhibit opens, complete with the proper lighting, signing and art on display, so to speak, I want there to be a perfect scene, for the artists, of course, but also for the art patrons.  The assembled accessories  placed to complement the art created with a specifically appointed theme … let us say …are an ensemble cast …all working together to make a perfect exhibition.”  

Watch time lapse video showing efforts in creating space for a spring exhibition in 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhKYvSZM3bg


2017 spring art walk hostesses Joan, Kathy, Denise, Kay, Kathy and Shirley posing just minutes before the opening reception..

In its fourteenth year, Fairweather House and Gallery, located at 612 Broadway in downtown Seaside, Oregon, has established itself as the nexus of the north coast’s art climate with a new exhibition each month.


In late 2019, the gallery gave artists the opportunity to select a themed month to exhibit. Regional artists looked over the various themes for 2020 and while, surely, all the themes were of interest, the March artists, truly, believed in the theme for Fresh Start exhibition.  Each artist stepped forward with the willingness to experiment, to try new materials.  For the upcoming exhibition “A Fresh Start” more than one hundred original works of art will be displayed throughout the gallery.


The Seaside First Saturday Art Walk on March 7 between the hours of 5-7: pm is all about the arts. Visitors may visit with artists, view an artist demonstration, listen to an art lecture or enjoy live performances in music. The downtown event, celebrating 16 years in 2020, is walk about in the historic district located between Holladay and Broadway. Free and open to the public.

Fairweather House and Gallery

March 7, 5-7:pm

612 Broadway St.

Seaside, Oregon

Opening reception for “A Fresh Start” featuring Northwest artists Toni Avery, Bill Baily, Karen Doyle, Christine Downs, Bob Heath, Dorota Haber-Lehigh, Gayle H. Seely and Bill Shumway.

“This exhibit’s expectation lies in its possibility to present fresh, new perspectives, inspiration, experiences, reflection and even the possibility for transcendence in some way. Indeed, the meaning of “fresh start” is: the beginning of a new period or step.  We, truly, expect the North Coast land to be in full springtime bloom for FRESH START, Fairweather’s March exhibition.”

Fresh Start slate includes:

An inspiring opening introduction with Denise Faiweather, gallerist

Greetings and meetings with featured artists

Flexible program tailored by the attending regional artists

Artist lectures at 5:30 pm

Local farm-to-table snacks

Time to connect and celebrate with friends and colleagues

Spring habitat talk and **raffle drawing for a signed photograph by naturalist Neal Maine at 6:00 pm

**Proceeds to support Alaska Wilderness League

LIVE music by Shirley 88

Read more at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

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http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Photos and video by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall

Canyon Creek Convergence by W. E. Shumway 16×16 acrylic

Lakeside View by W. E. Shumway 15×14 acrylic

River Reflections by W. E. Shumway 10.75×14.75 acrylic


William E. Shumway, artist

I was born in Amherst, MA. I grew up in a household full of music. I still seek a harmonic resonance between pictorial elements so that they resonate with the whole.

During my time earning an MA in painting at the University of Massachusetts, I apprenticed with master print maker, Jack Coughlin. I operated galleries and frame studios in Amherst, Northampton and Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

My artwork evolved rapidly towards abstract expressionism after studying with Hui Ming Wang, Leonard Baskin, Walter Kamys and Chuck Close. My graduate thesis works were based entirely on a single dream experience in which each art object was on display in a dream gallery. I measured and inspected how they were constructed and made notes. On waking, I transferred those notes to my drawing pad and made 20 painted canvas sculptures.

When I arrived in Corvallis, I was moved by the wildness of Oregon’s landscapes. I decided to open up to new ways of seeing and painting while incorporating the elements of abstraction that I had previously embraced. It was very humbling to be in a community where no one knew me as an artist and where I had no body of work, no studio, no tools or any supplies or connections. I shifted towards painting more directly and in the moment. At the same time, I experimented with all manner of processes and materials, like heated copy toners and teas, mixed media, such as carpenters’ crayons, acrylic and spray paints. Later, I discovered mica based interference pigments and still use them today to enhance luminosity and color shifting effects.

I operated Pegasus Gallery for 35 years until my retirement in August 2014. The gallery, which is now owned by my daughter Paige, served regional and international artists over the years and generated collaborative events with other galleries.




Fairweather House and Gallery

Through March 25

612 Broadway St.

Seaside, Oregon

 “A Fresh Start” featuring artists Toni Avery, Bill Baily, Karen Doyle, Christine Downs, Bob Heath, Dorota Haber-Lehigh, Gayle H. Seely and Bill Shumway.

“This exhibit’s expectation lies in its possibility to present fresh, new perspectives, inspiration, experiences, reflection and even the possibility for transcendence in some way.”

“I helped start and facilitate the Vistas & Vineyards en plein air program and co-chaired the art procurement for the Corvallis Arts Center. I introduced many downtown business owners to the concept of hosting art work in their establishments so that new artists could get a start in less competitive venues. Happily, local patrons now expect to mix art with their shopping and dining experiences,”  writes Bill Shumway.

Read more at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

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