Neal Maine

Seaside naturalist Neal Maine lectured about the local driftwood on the first Saturday in September at Fairweather’s.

Maine speaks about the local habitat every first Saturday at 6:pm.

Photo collage by Linda  Fenton-Mendenhall from the opening reception of CONTRASTS, a Fairweather exhibit, on view through September 25.



The Art of Seeing: Driftwood

Naturalist and educator Neal Maine helped found NCLC in 1986, becoming its first executive director. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion for making deeper connections with the coastal ecosystem through his nature photography and by developing and encouraging what he calls the Art of Seeing.


“I was on the beach one day last winter after a storm had tossed all kinds of things onto the beach. What caught my eye that morning was the driftwood. I started looking at the pieces of driftwood, their shapes and forms, and then I started looking closer. Some people look at clouds, mountain profiles, or driftwood and try to find recognizable shapes, like a cat or a house or Grandma Moses smoking a pipe. I was just interested in the artistry inherent in the wood itself, and in the story that created that artistry. Those patterns were once the living tissues of a tree generated one cell at a time, over decades.


I noticed this particular piece of driftwood at the Cove in Seaside last summer, high-watered onto the rocks, nearly in the parking lot. It’s 6 or 7 feet long and has this beautiful honeycomb color. It looks like some kind of hardwood. We don’t know what its adventure might have been. It could be from anywhere: Alaska, maybe, or South America. The beach is full of driftwood from all over the planet. There’s enough of it to last all of us the rest of our lives, inspecting it for its unique characteristics. Once I started looking closely at it, I got going on it and I couldn’t give it up. It’s become kind of a career. I love it when the ocean delivers these big gifts.”


Year-round Neal’s photography is on display at Fairweather House and Gallery in Seaside. Sales benefit North Coast Land Conservancy.

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“Elegant Heron” signed photograph by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

Great Blue Heron in the wetlands of Young’s Bay.

Astoria, Oregon.

August 2019


Grey mat, framed and signed.

Sizes available:
23″ x 17″ $295.
30″ x 22″ $395.
All proceeds in support of NCLC/ North Coast Land Conservancy.


The Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in North America, with a slate-gray body, chestnut and black accents, and long legs and neck. In flight, it looks enormous, with a six-foot wingspan. When foraging, the Great Blue Heron stands silently along riverbanks or in wetlands meadows, waiting for prey.

Great blue herons nest communally in “rookeries” or “heronries” containing up to 50 pairs. Herons typically use the same rookery every year until eventually the …


“Heron Courtship” by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

February 2017

Great Blue Herons photographed above the Neawanna River in Seaside, Oregon.  The river flows into the  greater Necanicum Estuary.  Fun Fact: this image was selected  recently for a NCLC fund raiser.

About the photographer Neal Maine


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, a partnership with Michael Wing, dedicated to raising awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with whom we share the region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands and forests. Their photography centers 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, while Michael’s specialty is capturing action images that illustrates the dynamic nature of coastal wildlife. 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.

“Unless otherwise noted, images are presented as they were photographed. Slight adjustment by cropping, lightening or darkening may have been used, but the photo subject is presented as recorded in the Oregon coastal landscapes.” A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with each copyrighted and signed image. Available exclusively at Fairweather’s.

Sizes available:
23″ x 17″ $295.
30″ x 22″ $395.
All proceeds in support of NCLC/ North Coast Land Conservancy.



To view more images please  go to  artists tab Neal Maine


“A Pile of Pelicans” by Neal Maine/ PaicificLight Images. Proceeds in support of NCLC.

White pelicans photographed in Youngs Bay, Oregon, rarely spotted in the Pacific Northwest. White Pelicans forage by swimming on surface, dipping bill into water and scooping up fish in pouch.



Q: Where in the world is Youngs Bay, you ask?

A: Youngs Bay, or Youngs River Bay, is located in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Oregon. The Youngs River meets the Columbia River at this point, which is situated between Astoria and Warrenton.


White pelican normal migration:  Northern breeding populations migrate to southern California, the Gulf States, Mexico, and Central America. Yet, too, white pelicans were spotted along the North coast, recently! In fact, have been banded in the Columbia River.




Neal Maine lectured during the opening reception of OUTSIDE INTERESTS.


Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

located in the Historic Gilbert Block Building

August 3-25 Exhibition

OUTSIDE INTERESTS featuring local painters and artisans hugely impressed with the wide-open, majestic vistas of the Pacific Northwest. Selected art, new original work, conveys nature’s shifting moods, with no human presence visible. Artists include Paul Brent, Melissa Jander, Sharon Kathleen Johnson, Bev Drew Kindley, Martha Lee, Gretha Lindwood, Ron Nicolaides, Susan Romersa and Dale J. Veith.

Welcoming new artists:  oil painter Vicky Combs-Snider, glass artist Christine Downs and encaustic artist Elina Zebergs to the gallery.

“Pelican Point” photographed on Youngs Bay by Neal Maine.  Proceeds in support of NCLC.


Look closely. In the top tier of the white pelicans, one band sighted. Neal Maine will explain the backstory about the photograph.

“White pelicans forage cooperatively, lining up as a flock before feeding.”







Art Walk hostesses open MAKING WAVES with a group wave. Kathy, Kate, Saundra, Denise, Joan and Kay.


Artists Paul Brent, Leah Kohlenberg and Sharon Abbott-Furze meet and greet each other during the MAKING WAVES opening reception.



Artist Jan Rimerman meets artist Phil Juttelstad.

Artist Victoria Brooks greets an art patron during the MAKING WAVES Meet and Greet event on July 6th.


Wildlife photographer Neal Maine answers a habitat question during the July  6th Meet and Greet event at Fairweather’s.


Question: What is a Meet and Greet event, you ask?

Answer: This event is an opportunity for featured artists to meet interested patrons, other artists, network, and engage with the community. Each Seaside First Saturday Art Walk  event at Fairweather’s  includes a short talk  with information on a variety of topics suggested by artists.

Who doesn’t dream of meeting their favorite artist? You may think that it’s impossible to do so, but in Seaside, it’s easier than you think.

Next MEET and GREET will be August 3, 5-7pm. Free and open to the public.





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Apr 19, 2019 – Seaside is well-known for its scenic coastline, color-drenched sunsets and abundant natural beauty, but this coastal town has an artsy side, too.

“Lily Leap” by Neal Maine wood duck chick on West Lake lily pad.  Just in for MAKING WAVES. July exhibition.

Proceeds in support of NCLC.



“Seaside Sand Dollars” by Richard Newman fine art photo printed on glass.



Neal Maine received an anniversary cake for ten years of exhibiting at Fairweather’s during the opening reception of Making WAVES.


Artists Paul Brent and Victoria Brooks celebrated a ten year milestone with Neal Maine during the  Seaside First Saturday Art Walk on July 6.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadyway


July 6-July 30

Fairweather’s July exhibition explores the deep, multifaceted relationship with the ocean.

Art for the exhibition, largely significant pieces include new original work, created entirely by North coast artists.

Featuring selected Fairweather artists: Blue Bond, Victoria Brooks, Paul Brent, Nick Brakel, Karen Doyle, Leah Kohlenberg, Karen Lewis, Emily Miller, Lee Munsell, Richard Newman, Ron Nicolaides, Jan Rimerman, Lisa Sofia Robinson, Peg Wells, Russell J. Young and Dale Veith.

Introducing artists Sharon Abbott-Furze and Phil Juttelstad.

The range in the show reveals the extraordinary impact of the sea and waves.


For more info go to /  artists tab/ Neal Maine

Jan and Jay Barber, Sara and Jeff Gage with Neal Maine


“On Thursday, June 13th, the Friends of the Seaside Library welcome award-winning biology instructor and naturalist, Neal Maine, sponsored by the Fairweather House and Gallery. Joann Pari-Mueller, Leah Kohlenberg, and Paul Brent will talk about their creations for the Ode to the Tides exhibit at Fairweather Gallery and Beach Books. 


Neal will speak on estuaries and how they gather nutrients from land and sea, forming an ecosystem that contains more life per square inch than the richest Midwest farmland.  He will detail how Oregon’s major estuaries are ecologically essential for fish and wildlife which includes salmon, herring, flounder, crab, oysters, clams, wading birds, ducks, and otters, providing habitat for reproduction, rearing, resting and foraging.


After a thirty-year career as a teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine has pursued his passion for nature photography through Pacific Light Images. “Dedicated to raising awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with whom we share the region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands and forests.”


The program will be presented in the Seaside Public Library, 1131 Broadway Street, in the Community Room at 6:00 p.m. A selected grouping of the Ode to the Tides art will be displayed and the gallery will provide refreshments.


If you haven’t visited Fairweather Gallery and Beach Books to see the exhibit, you have until the end of June. It features 90 artists and 200 pieces that focus on coastal estuaries and tide pools, and benefits the Wetlands Conservancy.”   Sara Vickerman-Gage, Ode to the Tides art curator


For more about the nature photography by Neal Maine, please visit the artist’s tab Neal Maine and Michael Wing  at






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!!!


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