“Awaken Sea” 48 x 48 atmospheric rain abstract painting by Jeni Lee.

“Water plays an integral part in my painting process. I layer light through gestures of paint, color washes and transparent glazes that I manipulate with water and brushes, evoking a sense of lush atmosphere. As my relationship with water and paint evolved, I began to take paintings outside and into the rain, inviting the unknown, creating patterns of color and light through layers of raindrops and color.”  —
Jeni Lee




  “Crow Crusade” 10 x 10  atmospheric rain abstract painting by Jeni Lee.

“This process of using falling rain, as well as collected recycled rainwater, inspired a deeper mindfulness for natural resources in my art practice, while advocating sustainability through art.Jeni Lee


“Pacific Passage” 10 x 10  atmospheric rain abstract painting by Jeni Lee.

The result of my current work is an engaging representation of the beauty, chaos and transformation found in our relationship to nature and to each other.”  —Jeni Lee



“My art reflects the abstraction of a moment in a place – the shape of ripples in a tide pool, the design of fallen leaves, the shadows cast by mountains. My experience of place not only speaks to the content of my work, but also supports my evolving process and approach to painting.”  Jeni Lee 


“My artistic style is a playful montage of mediums and techniques. I love working with a variety of materials including paints and pastels, papers and natural elements, and Ia m always on the lookout for new mediums that speak to my experiences and style.”  —Jeni Lee




Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway Street

Expanding Horizons, an exhibition, featuring artists turning to nature seeking to express its evocative power on personal level.

Painters and photographers included in this exhibit are Linda Fenton-Mendenhall,  Lee Munsell, Ron Nicolaides, Judy Horning Shaw,  Jim Young and Russell Young.

Introducing Michael Fox, Jeni Lee and Barbara Folawn.



 Celebrating 14 years in 2018, the next Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, will be held on November 3, 5-7: pm.

The event is free and is all about seeing and selling art in sponsoring businesses between Holladay Drive  and Broadway Street in the historic area of downtown Seaside.


Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway Street


Grace note received from the artist.

“Thank you for a lovely festive evening during the recent Seaside First Saturday Art Walk! it was great  to see so many people engage with the artists and conversations. Your gallery is a gem for sure.”  —Jeni Lee




 “Awaken Sea” 48 x 48 atmospheric rain abstract painting by Jeni Lee.

“Sunset Spell”  40 x 40 original by Jeni Lee

“Rarely does such a young artist exhibit such strong painting skills.” Brian Marki, gallerist.


And, too, another note received from the artist:


“Hey, there! Do you mind sending me a few pics featuring big blue on display? I’d love to share them on FB and Instagram.Tthanks for all you do- the gallery looks AMAZING! All the best.” Jeni











“Sea-urchin”  watercolor on hand-marbled paper

#1 of an original triptych by JoAnn Pari-Mueller


“Sea life has always been mysterious to me.” JoAnn Pari-Mueller


“Sea-horse” watercolor on hand-marbled paper

#2 of an original triptych by JoAnn Pari-Mueller

“I use my watercolors, calligraphy, pastels, and collage to capture their beautiful colors, shapes, and textures.” JoAnn Pari-Mueller


“I sea one” watercolor on hand-marbled paper

#3 of an original triptych by JoAnn Pari-Mueller

“The absolute immensity in variety of sea creatures is awe-inspiring.” JoAnn Pari-Mueller



Artist Statement:

I have always lived in the countryside and always been a collector. I was raised in farmland Wisconsin and moved to farmland Oregon in my mid-twenties, continuously amassing interesting objects of nature and hand-made textiles and crafts from around the world.

I use watercolors, pastels, marbling, collage, and/or calligraphy to put down on paper the observations I make about the colors, lines, shapes, and patterns of these natural and handcrafted items. It is my goal to have others take away some of the awe I feel when studying their intricacies.


Often fine details catch my eye; other times I am interested in the relationship between objects – the “collector mentality.”  I like the starkness of a subject against a white background, but may also intersperse geometric lines or shapes with the mostly curvilinear subjects. Often I use richly colored or detailed borders or backgrounds – influences of the many patterns and colors in my collections. I always use 100% rag paper and high-quality pigments, so care should always be taken to protect these materials from light with archival framing.


After 15 years as an art museum tour guide, in 2009 I began immersing myself in art classes at area art schools and colleges. I am an active member of the Oregon Society of Artists, the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and the Portland Society for Calligraphy and have participated in numerous exhibits throughout the state and my county’s October Open Art Studio.   JoAnn Pari-Mueller/ Pacific NW artist specializing in watercolor, pastels, and calligraphy.


“I followed many of Jacque Cousteau’s adventures as a child. and am thrilled to live near the Pacific Ocean as an adult.”  JoAnn Pari-Mueller


For more about the gallery, please go to  www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

PEARS by Lynda Campbell.

A “pear” antly by Lynda Campbell, pastel artist.

“More often than not I’m noticing as I age, that the days are fleeting. Many are consumed with extraneous piddly stuff! They seem to evaporate. Is that what I want? Is that what pleases me? Those are 2 questions I ask myself. At this point, having some escape time is becoming more important. This happens when I pick up my pastels to paint. It is therapeutic and relaxing whether or not a successful painting evolves.

My interests vary as often as the seasons. I’ve found over the years I am attracted to organic shapes and contortions. In winter lab time I often look at gourds and especially PEARS. The oval, earthy shapes are appealing and sensual.

I’ve worked in soft pastels about 14 years. They allow a wonderful, immediate, vibrant palette of colors. I tend to be bold. I lean more towards impressionism.

There is such a great feeling when escaping into a piece. Time disappears. Very few efforts result in a masterpiece but I’ve occasionally had a satisfying conclusion.

With that mention, you notice I’ve accumulated a few observations of PEAR motifs. Some share a bit of humor, all share a pleasurable painting experience for me.”   Lynda Campbell

PEARS by Lynda Campbell.

Lynda Campbell, pastel artist, has worked in the medium for about 14 years. She has a BS degree in Art Education from the University of Oregon. She has lived with her husband and children in Seaside for almost 50 years. She spent the majority of her 24 teaching career years as an Art Education teacher primarily in Broadway Middle School in Seaside Oregon. She was fortunate to start a formal Art Education program in Briggs Junior High in Springfield, Oregon and Seaside High School.

Over the years she has taken classes and workshops from various known artists. Eric Weigardt, Shirley Dahlsten, Tom Benenati, Royal Nebeker, Marla Bagetta, Susan Ogilivie and has appreciated having Kathy Moberg as a mentor.

Her work has been represented in several local galleries over the last 12 years from Astoria to Cannon Beach and collected by various private patrons. She has had awards and recognitions for her soft pastels.


Q: What are  pastels, you ask?

A: A  pastel consists of pure powdered pigment and binder in a stick. It’s basically the same pigment that  is used in all art mediums. In appearance, it’s sort of a cross between a stick of chalk and a crayon. They are held in the same way that you would hold a pencil, crayon or paint brush.

Renaissance masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1510) and Michelangelo (1475-1564), used chalks for drawing, and it was from this that pastel developed.


Today there are now many different hues and shades available and many have an almost limitless shelf-life.

For more info go to https://www.britannica.com/art/pastel-art



Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Oregon

Through May 31

Perfect Pear, Pair,  Pare Exhibition

Regional artists were selected due to their art related to scale and perspective, and the way things correlate and interact.

Featuring artists Lisa Wiser, Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, Blue Bond, Marga Stanley, Bill Baily, and Lynda Campbell.


For more info about the gallery, please visit  www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com






Artist Mike Mason is holding “Allium onion. “
 The Allium or “onion blossom,” grows from a single bulb. Representing: unity, humility, and patience it kindly rules over these ancient ferns. Ferns are fascinators with magical powers of invisibility. They are said to assist in seeing into the future as well as facilitating eternal youthfulness.
“Love In The Mist” by Mike Mason.
Do not be tricked by her sharp presentation. Nigella Damascena or “Love In The Mist,” is a soft plant that says “Kiss me!” Historically evoking images of “The Bride,” with her hair down as a sign of purity. A concept reinforced in this image by the foundation of purity and love associated with the white rose petals on which they are placed. Printed on metal.
“Iris” by Mike Mason.
A family of friendly tiny purple Japanese Iris share their message of Purity. With Respect, Wisdom and Valor these flowers faithfully transport you to the glowing beyond. A place filled with the Joy, Optimism, and Friendship promised by the yellow Rose.
“Calla Lilies” by Mike Mason.
This world created by Peony petals offer an environment teaming with romance. It sings about prosperity and good fortune and is such an honorable place for a grouping of faithful, elegant and mysterious black Calla Lilies to dance.

Mike Mason, artist, spoke about his pressed flower art and demonstrated his art during the opening reception for Observing Botany at the Fairweather House and Gallery for April Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.


“My art is created with “nature’s paint brush.” Using dried and pressed flower and plant product to create my “brushstrokes.” Each fragile petal is glued and perfectly placed in collage style. I have the original art photographed to capture the color that only occurs in Nature.”









Celtic Cross.

Art from flower petals.

Lambs ears, Irish shamrock, Bells of Ireland, Peace Lily foliage and pressed daisies.

Original by Mike Mason.



Mike Mason appeared for the Fairweather Gallery Fresh Greens opening reception. He brought in a piece that he was almost finished with and finalized it  on site your art patrons. guest.  I was looking at your fabulous blog and know you do have several other artist presenting.! Thank you for your wonderment and the joy you bring to so many.



My name is Mike Mason. I create art in a  form of flower impressionism. My art is created with “nature’s paint brush.”



Heleborus #4 pressed flower collage by Mike Mason.

“Using dried and pressed flower and plant product to create my “brushstrokes.” Each fragile petal is glued and perfectly placed in collage style.” –Mike Mason




Mike Mason and Anny Sears


And, too, a grace note:

“Love your fabulous blog. Thank you for your wonderment and the joy you bring to so many.” –Anny

Fun Fact:

Anny’s birthday was in March.  Not hard to forgot the date.  It’s the only birthday that is a verb: “March Forth”.

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