Michael Wing


Artist Bill Baily.


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



White Egret by Michael Wing/ PacificLight Images.

Proceeds in support of NCLC/ North Coast Land Conservancy.



Eagle Speak by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

Proceeds in support of NCLC/ North Coast Land Conservancy.



A Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon offers profiles of twenty-one conservationists (including Seaside/ Gearhart’s Neal Maine) and activists who have made enduring contributions to the preservation of Oregon’s wild and natural places and high quality of life. These stories speak to their courage, foresight, and actions—at times against great odds— to enact legislation and motivate others to cherish and protect the places that make Oregon unique.

Taken from personal interviews conducted by the author over a decade, these stories will help readers understand the histories of Oregon’s exceptional places, innovative planning efforts, and laws. They provide insight into the principles and values that motivated individuals to preserve the beauty and natural resources of Oregon, craft legislation to further protect them, and educate others about their value. Marcy Houle features locations as diverse as the Columbia River Gorge Natural Scenic Area, the wild and scenic Sandy River, and Tryon Creek State Park, along with background on critical laws and organizations such as the Beach Bill, Diack Act, Senate Bill 100, SOLVE, and the High Desert Partnership.

These stories do more than educate. They will inspire readers and demonstrate that individually we can make a difference. A Generous Nature is a crucial reminder of our responsibility to stand for and defend the places, ideals, and laws that make Oregon a progressive model for the rest of the nation.

A Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon by Marcy Houle

OSU Press/256 pages. ISBN 978-0-87071-979-0.

Available November 2019

The book is being launched at the Oregon Historical Society, in a lovely event sponsored by Oregon Community Foundation.   The Oregon Community Foundation is giving a gracious grant to donate a copy of the book, A Generous Nature, to every public library in Oregon!


Neal Maine’s circle of patrons listened to a lecture during A FINE LINE opening reception on Oct. 5, 2019.
Naturalist Neal Maine lectures  about the local habitat every First Saturday at Fairweather’s at 6:pm.


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 emerging artists Ray Althaus and W. T.  Brown.

Neal Maine  is being featured in a new book.

“I am growing increasingly excited about the release of the book that Neal Maine is profiled in:  A Generous Nature.   His story is inspirational!”

Marcy Cottrell Houle, author

Read more about the work of Neal Maine and Michael Wing




R.J. Marx performed LIVE on May 4.  Art by Lisa Sofia Robinson and Barbara Rosbe Felisky; calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson and Brenda Gordon.


Art walk hostesses staged a photo for the opening reception of Portraiture, Fairweather’s May exhibition.

Carolyn Macpherson painted LIVE during a gallery event. Segmented wood vases and shells by Mike Brown; pottery by Suzy Holland; painting by James Waterman and wood boxes by Ray Noregaard.


Blue Bond painted en plein air  outside on Broadway at Fairweather’s.


Neal Maine lectured during Fairweather’s ‘Portraiture’ opening reception.  Photographs by Neal Maine and Michael Wing; glass are by Bob and Rox Heath.


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Photos and collages by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall for the opening reception of Portraiture.


Photographer Scott Saulsbury stepped up to the plate to fill-in for Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, Faiweather’s after hours event photographer.

Fun Fact: Linda selected Scott and they both had Neal Maine as a teacher at Seaside High.


Guy and Karen Rainsberger poured for Parrett Mountain Cellars at Fairweather’s Wine Walk.  Art by Britney Drumheller, Diane Copenhaver and Emily Miller.


Shirley 88 played  LIVE during the SDDA Spring Wine Walk at Fairweather’s.  Fused glass by Mike Fox.


More than 800 tid-bits were consumed during four hours of the SDDA Spring Wine Walk at Fairweather’s.  In addition, back up “In the Mist” books by Russell J. Young and stored Odes to the Tides flyers, Fairweather’s JUNE exhibition.


Seaside First Saturday Art Walk hostesses served as SDDA Spring Wine Walk hostesses on May 18 at Fairweather’s.   And, yes, the ladies  dressed to complement each other.

Hundreds of  guests came to the SDDA Spring Wine Walk at Fairweather’s. Art by Paul Brent;  Chanel jewelry by Reneé Hafeman and photographs on bamboo by Don Frank.


Late in the month of May, Blue Bond made the announcement that he sold his painting  of “Willie Nelson” to the country music legend Willie Nelson!!!


For more about the gallery, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com


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

Gayle H. Seely, emerging artist


https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/…/she-beautifully-reshapes-living-…Gayle’s artwork is not passive: it directly challenges the façade of … living things and elements…

Robert McWhirter , emerging artist

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

http://www.pacificelementsnw.com/events.html… 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 


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


Rebecca Gore, emerging artist


http://www.seasideor.com/event/seasides-first-saturday-art-walk – Fairweather’s introduces new artist Rebecca Gore  to …


Michele Bettger, emerging artist
 “We had a wonderful time in Seaside Oregon! What a Beautiful place!”
https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/tag/fairweather-house-and… 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.

https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/tag/nick-brakel/Guys Take Over Art Walk

 Neal and Michael

Michael Wing/ PacificLight Images emerging artist


https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/category/…/Michael Wing/PacificLight Images. Proceeds to support NCLC. For ANYTHING GOES, the Fairweather Seaside First Saturday Art Walk event …
www. fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/Artist/Maine/Wing.html…Together Neal Maine and Michael Wing established PacificLight Images, dedicated to raising public awareness about our region’s natural …
Diane Copenhaver, emerging artist


‘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



Oil on canvas. 24″ x 36″ by Lee Munsell. Sea Lion Rocks. Ecola State Park, Oregon.

About the artist:

Lee Munsell is a West Coast resident, and studied art at the Otis Art Institute. His work graces the walls of corporations, churches and private residences throughout the United States. His life is a balance of church, family, art, surfing…in that order.

Munsell is a Luminist, as he explores a range of naturalistic subject matter with a sensitive eye for varying degrees of luminosity. He takes on the more difficult subjects of water, its weight, and its under tow in the tidal current.

The art critic William Havlicek wrote: “Munsell uses nuances of light to create transcendent evocations. At a time when excess is a great temptation for an artist, it is refreshing to find an individual like Munsell who embraces time-honored tradition then attempts the difficult. He may approach a silent mountain terrain where clouds and light are as much the subjects of the work as are the peaks, rivers and strong pines. Munsell explores the profundity of water and light, presenting a shimmering work on rocks, or a glow of luminosity in back lit waves. Taking effects of light is his way of expressing a belief in a supernatural orgin for the natural universe. He seeks to convey the timeless and lasting effects of creation.”

Lee Moments

Lee Munsell’s art on display.

“One gets the feeling that Munsell wants to communicate more about his subject than paint alone can suggest. Munsell’s works have a staying power which gains the more the works are experienced.” –Denise Fairweather, gallerist

His art has been selected for the Laguna Festival of the Arts, a sought after juried show. His work is exhibited in selected galleries throughout the United States including a one man how at the World Art Gallery in Orange County. He has traveled throughout the world to gather insights, takes photographs and does pencil sketches that allow him to take the inspiration for new work later in his studio along the Pacific Coast.

Lee Munsell

Lee Munsell in his studio.

The inspiration for the art:

“I have often had a retrospective vision where everything in my past life seems to fall with significance into logical sequence. Intuition, suspicion, or confidence in new ventures; there is a strange strain within me when advantage is not taken of some situation, the immediacy of recognition of the rightness or wrongness of a mood, a response, a decision – they are so often valid that I am increasingly convinced that we have yet to grasp the reality of existence.” –Ansel Adams

About the location: ECOLA STATE PARK.The first recorded journey by an American to what is now Ecola State Park was made by William Clark, one of the leaders of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 1806, Capt. William Clark and twelve members of the Corps of Discovery climbed over the rocky headlands south of Seaside Oregon (today called Tillamook Head) through thick trees to get to the whale in what is now Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Clark applied the name “Ekoli” to what is now Ecola Creek. Ehkoli is a Chinook word for “whale”.

Today there is more to the park than rich history. Surfers ride the waves at Indian Beach. Spot migrating gray whales during winter and spring.
For more information please read:
Whale Watching – Oregon State Parks and Recreation http://www.whalespoken.org/
Watching Whales in Oregon and the Whale Watching Spoken Here® program. Whales in Oregon! People come from all over the world to learn about the gray …



Image: It’s a fluke. Michael Wing/PacificLight Images.

Location Seaside Cove.

Proceeds to support NCLC.

For more information about the photographer and to view more images please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/ Michael Wing and Neal Maine.

The exodus of gray whales heading south along the Oregon Coast is beginning. Each year, from mid-December to mid-January, around 20,000 whales swim from the cold Alaskan seas to the warm lagoons of Baja Mexico. The mass migration creates the potential for one of nature’s most dramatic views.

To read more about the Oregon great whale migration please go to: http://www.dailyastorian.com/
Ecola State Park is a good place to watch…Zach Urness reporter

Top 10 places to spot whales from Oregon Parks and Recreation:
1. Cape Foulweather
2. Cape Ferrelo
3. Cape Lookout
4. Cape Meares
5. Don Davis
6. Ecola State Park
7. Face Rock
8. Neahkahnie Mountain
9. Spanish Head
10. Shore Acres


Image: It’s a fluke. Michael Wing/PacificLight Images. Proceeds to support NCLC.

For ANYTHING GOES, the Fairweather Seaside First Saturday Art Walk event August 1st, Neal Maine of PacificLight Images, shares a collection of natural history photos discovered “along the coastal edge” during the months of June and July, 2015.


Image: Blue Heron as a Road Runner. Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images. Proceeds to support NCLC.

Fun Facts:
What was seen by Neal Maine, Seaside/Gearhart naturalist, within days, within steps of downtown Seaside: a trio of white egrets; a snowy plover (a bird not seen in Seaside for decades); a humpback whale and grey whales resting in the Seaside Cove, flocks of Caspian Terns (several with banded legs, looking like mix-matched stockings, juvenile herons frolicking on the beach and thousands (yes, thousands) of pelicans!

Neal Maine

The notebook, a photo journal, is offered to raise awareness about the natural history landscape, the photos, although not for framing, are shared by an acclaimed naturalist for Art Walk patrons.

Neal Maine provides a wealth of useful and inspiring information ecological photography through high value images, images that are far more than a pretty picture, moments found in the coastal habitats “right outside in our own back yards.”


Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ artist’s tab/ Neal Maine and Michael Wing for more information.


Full immersion in the arts. Vianne and Robin, North Coast Land Conservancy members, arrived to greet fine art photographer and co-founder of NCLC, Neal Maine, at the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk during the opening for Coastal Kindred, an exhibit.

Fun Fact:
Neal Maine speaks during each Art Walk at Fairweather’s.

So, too, a Neal Maine quote to share:

“We take pictures, walks, deep breaths, memories, ride on waves, timber, in habitat that used to belong to others. We thought we could never catch all the salmon, never cut all the big trees, and never pollute the ocean. With renewed humility, we are learning how to share this place and to live together”.

For more information go to:
http://www.fairweatherhouseandgarden.com/ artists tab/ Neal Maine and Michael Wing

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