Foghorn Leghorn by Marga.


My art training comes from watching and experimenting and then doing it all over again, exposing a little more of me, Marga, with every attempt.

With each coat of paint, whether it’s watercolors, gouache, acrylics and oil comes depth and motion…it’s exciting and satisfying to see my work evolve from one layer to the next. I love using odd tools to paint with….for instance, the main images on my mini whimsy collection, were painted with a toothpick (I couldn’t find a small enough pallet knife).

I love the movement of things… whether it’s the hair or feather on a bird’s head or the drooping of a flower’s leaf…I want to make my painting live and breathe.

While living in the Caribbean I founded an annual fine arts fair, featuring over 20 very talented and diverse artists.

I draw on a regular basis with an exceptional group of local artists and am one of the founding members of Tempo Gallery, an arts collective, in Astoria.

My art has been shown in Canada, British West Indies, and the US, with collectors in OR, NY, NJ, MO, CA, FL, WA and Canada and Japan.– Hugs, Marga.

Comment received:

“Marga’s art blows me away. Dreamlike but not dreamy. More like a visionary kind of thing. Like the vestibule to an encounter with the inner workings of the being. Loved it. I really like the vision of this artist.” — David R.



SHADOWS, an exhibition throughout October,  focuses on the interplay of light and dark through selected art that expresses time as the fall season progresses. New artwork by Northwest artists Diane Copenhaver, Gregory Bell, Janet Hickox, Penelope Culbertson, Whelsey Whelp, Ashley Howarth, Lisa Wiser, Karen E. Lewis,  Tamara Johnson and Marga Stanley will be featured.






Title: Leaping for the Future I

Neal Maine/ PacificLight images

Male Coho salmon in the  Klaskanine River/ near Astoria, OR 

September, 2017

Proceeds in support of NCLC




Title: Leaping for the Future II

Neal Maine/ PacificLight images

Female Coho salmon in the  Klaskanine River/ near Astoria, OR 

September, 2017

Proceeds in support of NCLC


For more information about the photographer, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ Neal Maine



Q: Where in the world is the Klaskanine River, you ask?

A:  The Klaskanine River is a tributary of the Youngs River in northwest Oregon in the United States. It drains a section of the Coast Range in the extreme northwest corner of the state in the watershed of the nearby Columbia River. It rises in three short forks in the mountains in  Clatsop County, in the Clatsop State Forest north of Saddle Mountain State Natural Area.

A  Native American word, Tlats-kani, refers to a point in the Nehalem Valley but applied  to two rivers in the area, the Klaskanine and the Clatskanie.  



Celebrating 13 years in 2017, the next Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, will be held on October 7, 5-7: pm.

The event is free and is all about seeing and selling art in the sponsoring galleries and boutiques located between Holladay and Broadway in the historic Gilbert District of downtown Seaside. Complimentary parking  is on the corner of Holladay and Oceanway.

Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway

Opening reception for SHADOWS, an exhibition that focuses on the interplay of light and dark through selected art that expresses time as the fall season progresses. New artwork by Northwest artists Diane Copenhaver, Gregory Bell, Janet Hickox, Penelope Culbertson, Whelsey Whelp, Ashley Howarth, Lisa Wiser, Karen E. Lewis, Tamara Johnson and Marga Stanley will be featured.

Naturalist, biologist and scientist  Neal Maine will speak at 6: pm about the autumn ecology of the local habitat.

LIVE music by Shirley 88.

LIVE scribing by calligraphy artist Penelope Culbertson.

Special guest of honor will be Flynn,  “the handsomest Kestrel around and one of the  WCNC Ambassador Birds”  will be on hand celebrating the opening of Fairweather’s new exhibition SHADOWS!

And, too, during the opening reception of  SHADOWS on October 7th there will be a paddle auction  of selected Neal Maine images  to benefit the  WCNC.


Wildlife Center of the North Coast (WCNC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Oregon corporation, that specializes in wildlife rehabilitation of resident and migratory birds, mammals and other wild creatures naturally occurring in Oregon.

WCNC provides primary services to communities along 167 miles of coastline in Oregon and southwest Washington offering humane care and professional medical treatment to sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native wildlife with the goal of releasing healthy wild animals back into their appropriate habitat; offers quality conservation + environmental education programs concerning local wildlife, their ecosystems, and the human impact on these systems and individuals.



Tamara Johnson, Glitter House creator

Creating art makes me happy. I am inspired by my surroundings and experiences and my hands are the vehicle to bring my thoughts to life in a fresh way.

I have a ‘dive in and read directions later’ type of approach which helps me to design without pre-conceived limitations.

This limited collection of ‘glitter houses’ is a unique representation of my favorite holiday, Halloween.

Through the careful use of mixed media assemblage, each  styled house is a unique reflection of my vision and desire to experiment with a variety of techniques and one-of-a-kind materials.

My greatest wish is for you to experience the joy of Halloween as I have in creating this collection for you. –Tamara



Boo Glitter Houses by Tamara Johnson.


All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day, is a Christian festival celebrated in honor of all the saints, known and unknown. In Western Christianity, it is celebrated on 1 November by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church, and other Protestant churches.

Christian celebration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day stems from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven (the “Church triumphant”), and the living (the “Church militant”). In theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a national holiday in many countries. 

It is important to remember that, despite all the imagery, Día De Los Muertos is about celebrating life, not mourning death. It is a joyous holiday, one that winks at death instead of crying over it.


“I love each house I make more than the last and it will be hard to part with them but I am excited to have this experience. I have created  a collection of six individually designed houses which are hand embellished with mixed media such as paper, ribbon, beads, glitter, paint, wood, metal, vintage and re-purposed objects. Each house is 9” wide, 7.5” deep and 12” high and depicts the eclectic styles I created such as Vintage Fun, All Hallow’s Eve, Which Witch, Steampunk & Dia de los Muertos. Each house has a removeable roof that allows one to view the interior decoration.  Not house one will ever be duplicated, I have signed and dated each one, as well.”  –Tamara


Q: Just what is in the mixed media Glitter houses by Tamara Johnson, you ask?


A:  On the tags that read custom made with love and hand embellished, each house has a separate recipe list prepared by the artist;  each mixed media glitter house ha some of the following or, indeed,  all of the following favorite things:

*assorted bling-bling

*beads, buttons and charms

*glass contianer

*glitter glass glitter


*jewelry findings



*paper tissue

*re-purposed or recycled object


*vintage ephemera

*washi tape



*glass tile


*baker’s twine

*wheels and hinges

*Dresden figurine





SHADOWS, an October exhibition,  at the Fairweather House and Gallery.

Featuring glitter house artist Tamara Johnson.

Introducing artist Janet Hickox.

Welcoming artist Lisa Wiser.

 “SHADOWS,  expressed through a variety of works; bold and expressive, muted and gentle, solid and soft edges, and layers of dark and light.” —  Diane Copenhaver

In addition, SHADOWS l featured new artwork by Fairweather resident artists Diane Copenhaver, Gregory Bell, Whelpsy Whelp, Karen E. Lewis, Marga Stanley, Lisa Wiser and  Neal Maine.


“I am  excited to be a part of the Shadows show opening October 7! ” –Janet



About Janet Hickox, artist


Janet Hickox is a professional artist who works from her studio in the scenic Pacific Northwest. She has been perfecting her take on impressionist art to create a one-of-a–kind style that captures the eye and the imagination.


Janet has a deep passion for still life, landscapes and florals, however has never confined herself to just one style of painting. She understands that one of the real thrills of being an artist is to explore different techniques and mediums to find new ways to express herself. 

Janet’s original introduction to art was through her drawing abilities at an early age, but it was oil painting that struck the biggest chord with her. This led her to studies and instruction from many great artists, which helped her further develop her natural talents.



Janet was fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from several established artists during her life, which gave her the firm foundation she needed to explore her own ideas and skills. She has studied with Michele Usibelli, Jennifer Bowman, and Janis Graves to name a few.


Her artistry and skills flourished the most during her time studying under Ilona Rittler, and internationally acclaimed artist who attained her fine arts education and background in Europe. Janet feels blessed to have had the opportunity to study with Ms. Rittler.


Janet finds painting to be a calming way to express herself and is constantly evolving her abilities to create a style that is her own. Those who know her will tell you that Janet’s own sensitive nature is reflected in all her works. Her artwork is imaginative, creative and beautiful every time. Janet’s creative works of impressionist and still life art are just as calming for people to look at as they are for her to paint.


Art work arriving from Janet Hickox for SHADOWS!

Fun fact: Janet Hickox  coordinated all art shows and art displays at a Seattle Starbucks location.


Save the date and time.

October 7th, 5-7pm

Opening reception for SHADOWS, an exhibition, Fairweather House and Gallery.

Introducing artist Janet Hickox.

Welcoming artist Lisa Wiser.

Introducing glitter house artist Tamara Johnson.

 “SHADOWS,  expressed through a variety of works; bold and expressive, muted and gentle, solid and soft edges, and layers of dark and light.” –Diane Copenhaver

In addition, SHADOWS will feature new artwork by Fairweather resident artists Diane Copenhaver, Penelope Culbertson, Gregory Bell, Whelpsy Whelp, Marga Stanley and  Neal Maine.

Artists  in attendance and will offer artist talks about their works of art.



And, too, a very special guest, FLYNN, an American Kestrel, from the Wildlife Center of the North Coast.

Take a note!

SHADOWS,  the opening reception, will be a benefit for the WCNC.

Wildlife Center of the North Coast (WCNC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Oregon corporation, that specializes in wildlife rehabilitation of resident and migratory birds, mammals and other wild creatures.

 WCNC relys on the generosity of individuals and community groups for annual funding through donations, as well as grants from foundations, both local and from around the country.

Please stay tuned for more information.


 On August 2nd FINDINGS, an opening art exhibition introduced past and present emerging artists at the Fairweather House and Gallery.


Top row/ left to right images:  resident jeweler Renee Hafeman, art patrons, Joan, Art Walk hostess with Paul Brent, resident artist.

Middle row/ left to right images: art by Britney Drumheller, celebrity artist Britney Drumheller offers an art lecture, artist Emily Miller, and introducing emerging artist Whelpsy Whelp.

Bottom row/ left to right images: marine debris artist Karynn Kozij, Joan, Art Walk hostess demonstrating Octopus art, Paul Brent with Gail and Ellen, Art Walk hostesses at the Paul Brent Pop-Up Art Studio and Gallery, sponsored by Fairweather House and Gallery and The Gilbert Block Building, Denise, Kemmy Kay, Joan and Saundra FINDING art at the FINDINGS opening reception.

Q: What is an emerging artist, you ask?

A:  An emerging artist is considered an artist without commercial representation who has a dedicated art practice but has had limited opportunities to show at a gallery or non-profit spaces.


For more info please  go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com.  Celebrating 11 years of sponsoring  NW regional acclaimed and emerging artists in 2017.

Lava vases by Emily Miller, Pelican and Buoy original art by Whelpsey Whelp, Sea Turtle original water-color by Rosemary Klein, hand-made journals and boxes by Christine Trexel, hammered copper and gold earrings by Steven Schankin and Natura shell series of original oil paintings by Paul Brent.


On the grass cloth wall: coral original oil by Paul Brent, coral wood cut series by Gregory Graham, Puffin on the Rock (facing left)original by Nick Brakel, Puffin fine art photograph (facing right) by Donna Geissler, and on the twig wall sculpture, Oregon myrtlewood earrings by Fred Lukens.

On the table scape: Puffin Portrait original pen and ink (facing right) by Britney Drumheller, Sea Star original pen and ink by Britney Drumheller, and  hand hemmed tie dyed silk scarves by Beth Collins.


Eel and pipe fish original pen and ink collage by emerging artist Whelpsey Welp (easel display), The Snorkler by Marga Stanley (on the circle table) rare CoCo Chanel vintage jewelry by Renee Hafeman,  spoons by Mike Morris,  Moulton Sky original oil seascape  by Michael Muldoon and Oregon lighthouse watercolor series by Emily Miller.

Sea Within original shell art by Jan Shield, original water colors by Carolyn Macpherson, tclam style  carry all bags by textile artist Linda Ballard  and…ta! da! …grand piano found by a friendly neighbor for the Fairweather Gallery!!!

Displays by Denise Fairweather,  Allied Member, A.S.I.D., American Society of Interior Designers.


For more about  the accredited interior design work at the gallery , please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …about/ Denise Faiweather page

And, too,  questions to the audience at FINDINGS, the opening reception for the August exhibition, at Fairweather House and Gallery.

What is new?

What is bigger than a bread box?

What took one and 1/2 hours to install?

What took 5 men to move?

What has the number 88 to do with this piece?


And, the art patron who answered the question…is it the grand  piano?  The lovely lady in black.  She graciously called for a round of applause, after listening to the piano stories  (past, current and future musical lives).


For more info please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

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?

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