swirls and sea glass
Minty, pink, amber and marine blue  sea glass earrings accented by hammered sterling silver designed by Debra Beard.

Q: What is sea glass, you ask?

A: Sea glass is physically and chemically weathered glass found on beaches along bodies of salt water.  Sea glass takes 20 to 30 years, and sometimes as much as 50 years, to acquire its characteristic texture and shape.  Genuine sea glass, originates as pieces of glass from broken bottles, or even shipwrecks, have tumbled in the ocean for years.

Hues of new goodies in minty, calming green and ocean blues.

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Sea glass is often called “Mermaid Tears.”

The legend of the mermaid tears:
One storm-ravaged night, a schooner fought to find safety in the San Juans. The ship was familiar to the mermaid who swam along its side. As the ship heeled in the violent wind, the captain lost his hold on the wheel, tumbling perilously close to the raging sea. In an instant, the mermaid calmed the wind and tamed the waves, changing the course of nature and saving the life of a man she had grown to love from afar.
For her impetuous act, Neptune banished the sobbing mermaid to the oceans depths, condemning her for eternity never to surface or swim with the ships again. To this day, her gleaming tears wash up on the beaches as sea glass, an eternal reminder of true love.


Ron Nicolaides.

High Sea. Original oil.

About the artist:

Ron Nicolaides, lives and works in Oregon and studied art at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri, but is primarily a self-taught artist. He painted his first oil seascape in his teens and credits visiting museums as a basis for his continuing knowledge of art and the style of the Hudson River School of Painting, a style he pursues.

Artist Eugene Garin has served as his mentor. However, his work is heavily inspired by the European Old Masters with his greatest stylistic influence being the Hudson River School of artists, such as Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Frederic Church and Herman Herzog.

The western landscape and Pacific coast are the predominant subjects of Nicolaides’ paintings.

Evening Surf

Wild Seas.

 Ron Nicolaides, with years of study and experience has become a powerful accomplished artist. He has captured majestic landscapes and has mastered the mesmerizing translucent waves in his depiction of the sea without freezing its energetic rhythms.

“His strength is his capacity to push the limits of oils and multiply glazes to create the masterful works that bring the viewer right into the scene.”

“His accomplishment as an artist can be clearly seen in his use of fine detail, vibrant color and the multiple glazes. The stylistic influences he uses give his compositions a sense of wonderful depth.”


Water and Light

Light and Water

“His accomplishment as an artist can be clearly seen in his use of fine detail, vibrant color and the multiple glazes. The stylistic influences he uses give his compositions a sense of wonderful depth.”

His paintings can be found in many private collections and selected  fine art galleries.  His work is in a permanent exhibition in the North Lincoln County Historical Museum in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Represented by:

Seaside, OR

See more info about our gallery and other exhibits at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ …blog.

In addition, Ron Nicolaides is represented by:

Jackson Hole, WY


Cincinnati, OH

Q: What is the Hudson River School of Painting style, you ask?

A: Hudson River School of Painting,  an American art Movement, was  originally a large group of American landscape painters of several generations who worked between about 1825 and 1870. The name, applied retrospectively, refers to a similarity of intent rather than to a geographic location, though many of the older members of the group drew inspiration from the picturesque Catskill region north of New York City, through which the Hudson River flows.
An outgrowth of the Romantic movement, the Hudson River school was the first native school of painting in the United States; it was strongly nationalistic both in its proud celebration of the natural beauty of the American landscape and in the desire of its artists to become independent of European schools of painting.

Hudson River School paintings reflect three themes of America: discovery, exploration, and settlement. The paintings also depict the American landscape as a pastoral setting, where human beings and nature coexist peacefully. Hudson River School landscapes are characterized by their realistic, detailed, and sometimes idealized portrayal of nature, often juxtaposing peaceful agriculture and the remaining wilderness, which was fast disappearing from the Hudson Valley in the 19th century just as it was coming to be appreciated for its qualities of ruggedness and sublimity.

For more info go to: https://www.britannica.com/art/Hudson-River-schoolan

Varied Thrush by Neal Maine.
Fun Fact: Discovered in Doug Ray’s back yard in March, 2017.

About 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, 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. 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.
In cycles older than time, forces deep within the earth push apart tectonic plates, creating and expanding the oceans whose waters are pushed and pulled by the sun and moon, cooled and heated and calmed and stirred to fury by the skies. Ocean collides with continent, shattering the shore into a thousand facets: bare rock monoliths, vast expanses of sand, saltwater pools that drown, then drain, then drown, then drain. And in that shattering, life asserts itself, creeping and burrowing and swimming and perching in particular niches, particular flora and fauna whose collective presence defines THE COASTAL EDGE.
A limpet creeps up a wave-washed rock, following the rise of the tide. A salmon follows ancient watershed trails to its natal stream. An otter travels along its living trap line for crabs in the estuary to crayfish up side creeks. A vole tunnels into the soft sponge on the forest floor. In the treetops, in the forest, across the land, in the water, and in the air, all become a living slate for NATURE’S TRAILS. This tracery of interwoven trails are unsigned but indelible to generations of travelers.
Humans: We take pictures, walks, deep breaths, memories, rides on waves, water, timber, in habitat that used to belong to other trail makers. We thought we could never catch all the salmon, never cut all the big trees, and never pollute the ocean. In our hubris, we thought we could make our own trails. With renewed humility, we are learning how to share this place, to live together with our partner trail makers. PacificLight Images celebrates this partnership as we use our images to inspire others to honor nature’s trails in OUR OWN BACKYARD.

To view a catalog of images by Neal Maine, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists/ Neal Maine.

Q: What make the Varied Thrush unique, you ask?

A: Does much foraging on the ground, usually under dense cover but sometimes in the open, it can surprise birders in winter; may use its bill to toss leaf-litter aside as it searches for insects.
The haunting songs of the Varied Thrush echo through the lands of the Pacific Northwest. Long minor-key whistles repeated after deliberate pauses, they seem like sounds without a source; only a careful searcher will find the bird itself.

Although it looks superficially like a robin, often nicknamed the Alaskan Robin, the Varied Thrush is very elusive. Could be vulnerable to loss of habitat through cutting of northwestern forests. Currently still common.

For more info go to http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/varied-thrush


Celtic High Cross by Michael Muldoon. Original oil.

Legend says that the first Celtic cross was formed by St Patrick while bringing Christianity to the Druids. The Druids used to worship a large circular stone. St Patrick, on seeing the significance of this stone, drew a large cross through the middle of it in order to bless it. From this act, the two cultures combined to form the Celtic cross. The cross represents Christianity and the circle is the Celtic representation of eternity, no beginning and no end.

Micheal Muldoon paints LIVE.

Michael Muldoon, artist,  offered a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode during the opening of IRISH LANDS, an exhibition, on March 6th.


Trinity Cathedral, location of the Books of Kells, Dublin, Ireland by Richard Newman, photographer.

Q: What is the significance of the Books of Kells, you ask?

A: One of the experts on the manuscript Bernard Meehan writes “In Ireland it symbolizes the power of learning and the spirit of artistic imagination.” The scale and ambition of The Book of Kells is incredible. Written on vellum, practically all of the 680 pages are decorated in some way or another. On some pages every corner is filled with the most detailed and beautiful Celtic designs. The Book is the most famous manuscript in the Library of Trinity College Dublin where it is permanently on display. The Book of Kells is kept in a gallery with only two pages displayed at a time, although they are turned after some period.



And, too, for IRISH LANDS, an Irish  family heirloom from the 1800’s will be displayed throughout the month of March  at Fairweather’s

Irish Lands hostesses: Kathy B., Kay K., Denise F., Joan S., and Shirley Y. posing with the spinning wheel display at Fairweather’s.

Kate Hegarty came to America  from Ireland with a spinning wheel crafted in the 1800’s  during the Great Irish Potato Famine.


After flourishing for more than 600 years, the Weaver’s  (Spinning) Guild collapsed during the famine years (1846-1853). The Great Potato Famine of the mid-19th century is the most defining event in modern Irish history. The Famine or the Great Hunger was a period of mass starvation and emigration in Ireland between 1846 and 1853.  More than more than 5 million adults and children left Ireland to seek refuge, more than 60% did not survive the journey to America and beyond.  


Q: Who was Kate Hegarty, you ask?


A: Kate Hegarty, traveled a 16-year-old from County Limerick, Ireland to America in the mid 1800’s. She was the only member selected from a family lottery to safely leave during the Great Potato Famine in Ireland. She brought with her a family heirloom, a spinning wheel, crafted in the 1800’s and had hopes to earn a living in the textile trade. Instead, the young immigrant found work as a maid in Boston, saved her money to travel to the Washington Territory.  She worked as a mother’s helper and brought her treasured spinning wheel. She married a pioneer, Michael Curtin in 1854.  He had come to America from County Cork, Ireland traveling in a ship “around the Horn”.  He earned  money in the gold mines of San Francisco, and later Curtin settled in the Washington Territory. 


Curtin is the first pioneer family listed in the Clark County Historical Register, Washington Territory. The Curtin land claim is signed by Ulysses S. Grant, who served as quartermaster at Fort Vancouver from 1852 to 1853. 

Tradition gifts the spinning wheel to the eldest daughter of each generation. Denise Fairweather, founder of Fairweather House and Gallery, has  received the treasured family heirloom.

More info go to: http://www.globalgenealogy.com/countries/ireland/resources/


More info: The Famine Ships: Irish Exodus to America, 1846-51 – Edward Laxton, author.


To learn more about the gallery, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseangallery.com and view the about, blog and artists tabs.r




One-of-a kind over the shoulder purse featuring  Angora, Swarovski crystals and conchos by Luan, new Fairweather  Gallery leather artist.


High end classy  leather deliciously trimmed in conchos, antique spots and rich Swarovski crystals.

One-of-a-kind purse by Luan, new Fairweather Gallery leather artist.



One-of-a-kind over the shoulder purse by Luan, new Fairweather Gallery leather artist.

“My favorite design is the confetti pattern with Swarovski crystals and rimset crystals onto the hide. I like the look of all the different sizes and textures.” –Luan


Also available:  Crystal, hide, concho and turquoise gemstone key chains by Luan. Crafted by Luan’s hand. Each one-of-a-kind.


And, too, cuffs, bracelets and more!  Crafted one-of-a-kind leather art by Luan.


Q:  What are chonchos, you ask?

A:  Conchos are decorative additions to leathercraft products. Traditional conchos are flat and silver in color. The original conchos were created by Spanish-influenced Native Americans in the West.


Q:  What are Swarovski crystals, you ask?
A:  Swarovski crystals  are crystals precision glass-cut in a unique technique,  pioneered in 1895 to provide, as founder Daniel Swarovski said, “A diamond for everyone.” This crystal is now synonymous with undeniable quality and luxury in creations the world over. Selections range from a dazzling array of shapes, colors, finishes and sizes of beads.  Swarovski crystals are considered the finest products of their kind.


Indeed. Deliciously trimmed. One-of-a-kind leather art by Luan.

Mar. 1 2017 Reflector

Lifestyles Horse Corral & Horse Expo

Clark County leatherworker sharp as a tack






About Luan LaLonde, leather artist

LaLonde’s loyal clientele stretches to the far reaches of the world, with riders in Australia being some of her biggest tack buyers. Her work has been featured in a number of local and national magazines. 

Although having international reach and countless accolades, LaLonde has kept her craftsmanship sharp and her business approach simple. She describes her tack making, and the business that was born of it, as an “overgrown craft project” and is content keeping it that way. Spurred on by curiosity and a self-admitted inability to “just sit around” during her free time, LaLonde honed her skill through “trial by error” by working on various projects for her daughters, both who showed horses in their youth. 

Along the way, others in the equestrian community began to notice and would complement her daughters — her eldest daughter was Rodeo Queen of Clark County — on their horses’ tack and inquire as to where they got it.

When she retired from over 30 years in the dental field –she still uses some of her trusted teeth cleaning tools, but now for tack making — LaLonde had already made up her mind to start a business and applied for a business license.

Why people love her work LaLonde’s path to success can be described as attention to detail. She treats leather with a conditioner and oil of her own design. She only uses stainless steel because of how well it handles the ever-fluctuating elements of the Pacific Northwest and only uses Austrian, Swarovski Glass Crystals because the high lead content makes them durable and maintains their sparkle. 

LaLonde’s work is featured on purses, bracelets and key rings  at Fairweather’s.  Each one, unique and one-of-a-kind.

For more about the artist, please visit http://www.luansleathers.com

Fun Fact! Luan is the sister-in-law of Denise Fairweawther, and founder of Fairweather House and Gallery.

For more info  about the gallery go to  www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com



The Beaver Tales Art Exhibit showcases the beauty and utility of beavers and the habitats they create and maintain.

Beaver Tales features the work of over 100 artists who have contributed paintings, photographs, and sculptures using an incredible array of materials including wood, glass, clay, pine needles, cedar bark, leather, felt even cross-cut saws.

Join us for a reception on February 9th.

Marking the beginning of a whirlwind events all about Oregon’s beloved beaver.

Oregon State University

The events of the day:

5pm-5:45 several art/science presentations on research and the natural history of the beaver, including:

Scientific posters will also be on display showcasing some of the work conducted by OSU, the USFS, and others. Information tables will be provided by some groups as well.

***5:45-6:30 Frances Backhouse will offer a talk based on her research and writing that appeared in her award-winning book, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver. http://www.backhouse.ca/books/once-they-were-hats-in-search-of-the-mighty-beaver/. Grass Roots books will be on hand to sell her books and assist with signings. Margo Greeve, author and illustrator of the children’s book Oregon’s Special Animals will be on hand to sell her book. Her beaver illustrations are also displayed in the show.

6:30-8:30 Public reception to celebrate the art, the science, and the people who made it possible. 


The art exhibit will be up in the OSU Guistina Gallery, in the LaSells Stewart Center (across from Reser Stadium), Corvallis, Oregon through February 28th.

The BEAVER TALES exhibit at OSU and related events this month are a part of SPARK – OSU’s Year of Arts+Science, http://spark.oregonstate.edu/.


OSU/ BEAVER TALES, a curated exhibition, has selected quite a few Fairweather House and Gallery artists! They are: Agnes Field, Denise Joy McFadden, Mike Brown, Paul Brent, Susan Curington, Neal Maine and Jo Pomeroy Crockett, PhD.  Congratulations!  Fairweather SEVEN!


1.  Agnes Field, artist. Mixed media.
Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/AgnesField for more information about the artist and her work.


2.  Denise Joy Mc Fadden, artist. Watercolor.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/DeniseJoyMcFadden for more information about the artist and her work.


3.  Mike Brown, wood sculpture artist. Inlaid vase.
Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/blog /MikeBrown.


4.  Paul Brent, artist. Oil on linen.
Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/PaulBrent for more information about the artist and his art.


5.  Susan Curington, artist. Acrylic on linen.
Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/SusanCurington for more information about the artist and her art.

6.  Neal Maine, nature photographer.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/NealMaine for more information about the nature photographer/PacificLight Images.

7.  Jo Pomeroy Crockett, mixed media artist

Please visit http://www.fairweaterhouseandgallery.com/artists/Jo Pomeroy Crockett for more information about the artist and her art.

Save the Date and Time!

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

May  6th, 5-7:pm


Fairweather House and Gallery  and other venues located in the historic Gilbert District of downtown Seaside, Oregon.



Please  go to  www.wetlandsconservancy.org for updates on
exhibits and other beaver and wetland activities.

Sales of art and books to benefit:

 The Wetlands Conservancy/ for more info about the beneficiary go to www.wetlandsconservancy.org

 Necanicum Watershed Council/ for more info about the beneficiary go to  www.necanicumwatershed.org

 North Coast Land Conservancy/NCLC/ for more info about the beneficiary go to http://www.nclctrust.org

 Lower Nehalem Watershed Council/for more info about the beneficiary go to www.nwc.nehalem.org


Arlene Schnitzer ■ Village Gallery of Arts ■ Beach Books ■ Grass Roots Books

Broadway Books ■ Neal Maine, Pacific Light Images


Oregon State University–LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis 

Lake Oswego –510 MuseumARTspace

Fairweather House and Gallery –Seaside

Beach Books–Seaside 

Astoria Art Loft–Astoria

Recreation District–Nehalem

Oregon Zoo–Portland 

A related event will take place on Feb 25 when the Greenbelt Land Trust hosts a Beaver Walk from 9am-noon at Bald Hill. More info is available at the reception and here: http://greenbeltlandtrust.org/event/beavers-wetlands-walk/

The Beaver Tales exhibit was curated by Sara Vickerman.



Q: How tall is a beaver, you ask?

A:  The answer in a picture show and tell.

Frances Backhouse, author

***Frances Backhouse is a veteran freelance journalist and the author of six nonfiction books. Her latest, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver, was heralded by The Globe and Mail as one of the “20 books you’ll be reading – and talking about – for the rest of the year” and selected as one of the National Post’s Top 99 Books!



Peggy Evans, Artist
Peggy Evans is a Northeast Portland Artist. She folded her first Origami Crane at age 15 in a Japanese Language class at Grant High School, in Portland. Following graduation from Oregon State University she enjoyed a 25 year career as a retail advertising designer and illustrator – Peggy now enjoys her home studio where she paints and creates Embellished Origami Crane Ornaments and Gifts.

Artist Statement:

“Creating my original crane ornaments gives me the freedom and joy to express my love for color. With the endless combinations of colorful paper and beads – every crane is unique! Each year new designs and ideas are added to my crane collection. All designs are unique, designed and conceived in my home studio this year’s new design is the Crane Dragon! I have been designing and selling embellished cranes for 8 years.” — Peggy Evans

Close up of Peggy Evans’s hand-made paper crane flamingo with feathers and crystals. Much love, whimsy and fun crafted with bendable beaded legs! Now! Smile!

Folding Origami Cranes– Each one a small miracle! Folding cranes can be very soothing and calming – almost meditative in nature. Once the folds are learned a rhythm develops. A rhythm that is easy and comforting. And after going through the folds, a crane emerges.


Each Crane ornament is sold with a box and the story of the meaning of the crane.

Questions and Answers:

Q: What is the meaning of the Origami crane, you ask?

A: An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.

• Hanging in a home crane assures the dwellers good things will happen.
• In recent years origami cranes have been adopted as a symbol of peace.


Q:  What is a group of cranes called, you ask?

A:  A gathering of cranes is called a herd.

For more interesting and fun facts about the names of a gathering of animals, go to https://www.reference.com › Science › Biology

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

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