Mixed Media artist


House on the Sand

  • This weaving is a lidded pine needle coil basket. The intricate stitching resembles the waves which constantly wash the sand. On the lid is a small mixed media (wood, fiber, shell, and  bead) sculpture.

“Traditionally houses aren’t built on the sand due to a weak foundation. However, there are times in our lives where due to hardship, we need extreme flexibility. We make plans and like sea waves washing the beach every day,  things change. We survive by having multiple plans. This speaks about  how reasoning is part of resilience. The ability to reason allows us to think of contingencies giving us flexibility  by which we survive another day.”  Martha Denham, fine craft artist

Life on the Rocks

This is a 12-inch diameter by 6-inch height lidded basket. The base is wooden painted on the inside and outside. The interior features a seastar adhered to its home, the rocks. The outside is a painting of standing on the bottom of the water looking up. Pine needle coil weaving completes the base. The hand-cast lid features a hand-painted seastar. The seastar is attached to a brass ring wrapped and suspended in a netting influenced Tenerife weaving. Pine needle coil weaving completes the lid, further adorned with the mesh and colorful wrapped coil. All the materials for the weaving were hand-dyed.

  • I am amazed by the resilience of seastars. They live in an environment of battering by waves, changes in temperature, overcrowding by other sea creatures, and constant attack by predators. They endure while they cling to their rocks. It’s a rough environment yet they thrive. That is what  resilience is about.” Martha Denham, fine craft artist.

Moonlight Sea Garden

“This 7-inch tall pine needle coil vase has a glass insert for holding water for flowers. Sewn onto the woven vase are sea flowers made with Mother-of-Pearl and pearl beads. This was a very time-consuming and difficult piece to make. Two different types of needles were  simultaneously required to sew the beads on. One needle was a fine needle used for pearls.  The bead was strung then the needle changed to a large stainless-steel needle tough  enough to sew through the hard pine needle coils.” Martha

Martha H. Denham, fine craft artist:
I am a person whose spirit thrives amongst organic shapes. My sense of balance, function, and durability comes from the civil engineer that resides in my brain. Always asking “what if” I have looked for new ways to achieve to the next challenge.

The passion I found with pine needle coil basketry came from my roots growing up in pine forests and in a culture where everyone stitched. After developing expertise in pine needle basketry my attributes demanded I evolve the traditional genre into my own expression.

You will see stitched into the weaving a designed collection of thread, beads, shells, and stones.

Recent work has become mixed media incorporating the weaving with metal, wood and hand-cast sculpted/painted medium and pine needles.

With coil construction being inherently uniform, how would I take it outside its apparent boundaries? Intertwining branches, vines, leaves, and shells marry the chaos of nature into the uniformity of the vessel’s function.

Breaking free of traditional expectations and methods allows me to enjoy the craft of stitching coils and the beauty of the stitching.

It is no longer the entire expression but an integral part of a diverse expression. My art is only limited by my imagination that knows no boundaries.

Nov, 6, 5-7 p.m.

Seasdie First Saturday Art Walk

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Seaside

Opening reception for The Sea Endures, an exhibition of NW artists’ new artwork depicting where the Oregon land meets the Pacific Ocean. Featuring Toni Avery, Bill Baily, Martha Denham, Karen Doyle, Colette Fallon, Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, Phil Juttelstad, JoAnn Pari-Mueller, Lee Munsell, and Ron Nicolaides.

Neal Maine, naturalist, biologist, and photographer, will lecture about the coastal habitat at 6 p.m.

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Driftwood, burl, and plank wood settee,  hand-wrapped bittersweet garland, hand-painted silk and down filled accent pillow, pair of 20×20  flanged velvet pillows with hand-dyed gathered pleated silk pillows, and one-of-a-kind autumn block quilt by NW textile artist Betty Huffman.

Autumn landscape oil by Karen E. Lewis, en plein air landscapes by Karen Doyle, wood turned bowls Tom Willing, Art Deco wood vessels by Martin Conley, Illumne column candles, and stainless steel/ hand-turned ice cream scoop.

Mouth blown, one-of-kind glass pumpkins, hand-made velvet pumpkins, hand-made twig table top runner, tissue paper autumn leaves, mercury glass mirror, hand-forged bronze dessert stand, fused glass dish by Carolyn Myers Lindberg, and espresso glass vessel with filled with natural lichens.

“Boo” paper folded book by Mary Bottita, mixed media by Gary Pearlman, hand-painted silk throw pillow accented with hand-made beads, natural cattails and birch branches, marble pumpkins, mercury glass mouth-blown pumpkin, silk ribbon pumpkin, amber glass stand, and hand- stitched linen runner.

Oil still life by Emily Schultz-McNeil, abstract leaf art by Diane Copenhaver, mixed media leaf art by Pam Haunschild, hand-made journals by Kris Zorko, clock and raw edge maple burl table by Stuart Dittbrenner.

Staging by KD Fairweather, Allied Member A.S.I.D., American Society of Interior Designers.

Photographs by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

SURROUNDINGS

ART Exhibit and Sale Through October 25

Meticulous displays, like none other, with disciplined attention to design perspectives. Find harmony in exquisite materials, combined with the spirit of many artists who know how to apply the mark of being in the Northwest.

 

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ON SECOND GLANCE, vignette #1:  Handmade display cabinet, coastal pen and ink landscapes by NW artist Dorota Haber-Lehigh, pottery by Marilyn Cohn, mahogany turned wood pedestal, handmade urchin bowl by Emily Miller; inlaid wood, embossed wood, and leather frames, shell shadow box, with linen and down-filled pillows.

ON SECOND GLANCE vignette #2: Faux marbled wall texturing by Seaside painter Brian Anderson, En Plein Aire original oils by Melissa Jander, vintage Frtiz and Floyd pottery, mouth blown glass vegetables, hand made lamp work bead ladle, recycled glass platter, hand forged plate stand, and finished edge plank table with forged iron base.

ON SECOND GLANCE vignette #3: Handmade barn doors, Seaside oil paintings by Paul Brent,  glasswork by Bob and Rox Heath, framed glass tiles by Christine Downs, bamboo and linen runners, upcycled trestle table, handthrown glazed pottery, turned ebony wood candlesticks, and Made by NW Hands ™ reversible masks.

ON SECOND GLANCE vignette #4: Gallery wall featuring vintage 1950s house siding, encaustic art by Peg Wells, mixed media panels by Jan Rimerman, seed pearl table top boxes by Gayle H. Seely, fresco art by Agnes Field, watercolor by Lieta Gratteri, En Plein Aire painting by Karen Doyle, impasto paintings by Leah Kolenberg, fused glass platter by Carolyn Myers Lindberg, water media forest critter abstracts by Pan Huanschild, handpainted silk with salted accents by Cicely Gilman, glass art by Fedor Zubanov, semi-precious jewelry by Mary Truhler, recycled burn pile wood art by Nikole Rae Peacock, amber art glass bowl by Bob Heath, bamboo twig basket by Charles Schweigert, and woven textile by Bonnie Garlington.

ON SECOND GLANCE vignette #5: Pastel landscape and stemware by Gretha Lindwood, handmade books by Kris Zorko, pottery by Marilyn Cohn,  handmade boxes by Christine Trexel,  En Plein Aire paintings by Lisa Wiser, abstract oil by Carmela Newstead, water media by Pam Haunschild, fused glass by Darcy Martin, fluted bowl by Suzy Holland, and art glass by Bob Lecari.

ON SECOND GLANCE

Through September 25

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Oregon

An exhibition that depicts a second look into art concepts, looking past the first glimpse to discover deeper, more specific, and significant elements in the artist’s conception of the work.

Staging by KD Fairweather, Allied member American Society of Interior Designers.

Photographs by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

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Front entry BE OUTSIDE exhibition display

 

Sunflower watercolor mixed media with gold dust by artist Lieta Gratteri, encaustic art by Peg Wells, fused glass trivets by Darcy Martin, pottery by Suzy Holland, whimsical bird by Sandy Visse, hand forged three tiered bronze display stand, hand woven natural reed table runner, recycled glass goblets, mercury copper glass candle holders, hammered by hand copper and silver earrings, hand dyed silk scarf by Cicely Gilman, Thai silk quilted accent pillows filled with down, recycled glass serving bowl, and made by hand sunflower glass bowls. In the background is an ocean-space by Lee Munsell, original watercolors by Paul Brent, and copper, silver and gold earrings by Cher Flick.

Front window BE OUTSIDE display

 

Handmade indoor/ outdoor birdhouses by Marcia Hudson, bird’s nest fused glass art by Carolyn Myers Lindberg, had quilted pouf pillow by Cherry Harris, pottery bowls by Marilyn Cohn, seed pearl mosaics by Gayle H. Seely, Oregon mrytlewood mushroom sculpture by Mike Brown, bronze wire compote, hand speckled and dyed robin eggs, and gull watercolor by Lieta Gratteri.

Closeup detail of the interior window detail, twig pottery, and leaf roof composition on the birdhouse made by Marcia Hudson.

Close up detail of a maker’s mark signature for Marilyn Cohn, NW potter. Indeed, the artist carves a different face on each piece.

West wall BE OUTSIDE displays

Rendezvous mixed media fresco art Agnes Field with native flowers and NW herbs, wildlife art cards by Leah Kolenberg, twig basket by Charles Schweigert, art glass platter by Bob Heath, walnut bowl by Mike Brown, raw edge jewelry boxes by Ray Noregaard, shagreen frame, leather picture frame, and hand-forged bronze candlesticks.

Close up detail of the Rendezvous art featuring cedar pots filled with LIVE herbs and glass vases filled with LIVE native cut flowers.

South wall display for BE OUTSIDE

Art and cards by Barbara Bacon Folawn, pottery by Suzy Holland, artistic card packages by Phill Juttlestad, segmented wood vessels by Martin Conley, wood turned bowls by Tom Willing, en plein air art series by Karen Doyle, and mouth blown art glass.

 

North display for BE OUTSIDE:

Sunflower framed painting on board by Emily Schultz-McNeil, encaustic mixed media by Emily Miller,  en plein air oil paintings by Lisa Wiser, art glass by Bob Heath, and raw edge maple and forged iron table by Stuart Dittbrenner.

Close up detail of Emily Schutlz-McNeil’s sunflower oil painting.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside

BE OUTSIDE exhibition

On view through August 25

A group show showcasing the work of regional artists incorporating painting, photography, sculpture, fiber art, and more. 

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