“Shadows” pen and ink strike off art by Vanessa K. Stokes.

In a public conversation at the exhibition’s opening the emerging artist revealed…


“At the start of 2020, we all hoped this new year would go right. As we do every New Years Eve, we make resolutions to ourselves and others. Plans which we hope to stick by and goals we wish to achieve. But this year we have been faced with insurmountable difficulties and change. Like many, I had a plan in mind for what I wanted to show during the Lights and Shadows theme for the Fairweather Gallery.


But as one month stretched into many, my journey got skewed. Plan A turned into plan B. Then B into C. But In these times of uncertainty, what’s most important is not a plan, but the people around you who matter most.

The figurative, and literal, Lights and Shadows of our lives.” Vanessa K. Stokes



“The gallery looked absolutely stunning for the LIGHT and SHADOWS show and I couldn’t be more honored to be showing in Fairweather. Thank you so much.” VKS


“Powerline” pen and ink close up by Vanessa K. Stokes

Attractively lit, Vanessa’s art takes on different looks as the natural light of the day progresses into night.



On exhibit through Oct. 31st

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

LIGHT and SHADOWS Fairweather’s October Art Sale and Show featuring artists Paul Brent, Diane Copenhaver, Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, Neal Maine, Emily Miller, Diana Nadal, and Vanessa K. Stokes.

Bringing together works by very different artists – in terms of age, geography, and medium – this exhibition draws the viewer’s attention to the beauty of the understated, giving the viewer a chance to focus on texture.





And, too, Vanessa K. Stokes selected additional new art to be presented in the upcoming November Fairweather exhibition titled WILD BEAUTY.  Save the date and time.  Opening artist’s reception. Nov. 7th, 5-7 p.m.



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The art of Diana Nadal on display.

Oct. 3rd-  Oct. 31st

 I just wanted to say “thank you” for a really nice evening at the Artist Reception on Saturday!  The gallery looked fabulous and the atmosphere that you project is very indicative of your kindness and professional abilities towards your artists, volunteers, and visitors.  It was fun getting to know the other artists and I was very surprised and pleased with the way my art was so prominently displayed.” DN



Photo collage for Diana Nadal at Fairweather’s by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.



In gratitude for the art patrons and guests who continue to follow COVID-19  health and safety mandates.  Photo showing masks in place while browsing the window displays at Fairweather’s.



Save the date and time.  Nov. 7th, 5-7 p.m. Diana Nadal reveals new art for the Fairweather exhibition  WILD BEAUTY. 





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Summer Breeze by Helen Brown

Watercolor on rice paper mounted on canvas
12″ x 12″

“I love the texture and look of watercolor on rice paper.  In my paintings, I use a batik process where I apply a resist to the paper (molten wax) over previously applied colors that I really like. That preserves that color from any further glazing. The result is a luminous, transparent painting.” HB


Helen Brown is a former French language instructor turned artist. She teaches watercolor painting and is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Helen has been the recipient of many awards for her watercolor landscape paintings, and many other subjects.


“Jubilee” by Mary Burgess


Watercolor 10″ x 10″, framed 20″ x 20″


Mary Burgess is a watercolor artist living and working in Oregon. After teaching High School Art classes she began her second career as a professional watercolor artist and painting instructor.




“My paintings are about joyful experiences. As a long time bird watcher, hiker and nature enthusiast, I love the challenge of capturing the essence of each little creature and enjoy painting each as a ‘portrait’. A bee and a butterfly are often the subject on my easel, and are captured through the spontaneity of the dynamic medium of watercolor.”  —Mary Burgess



 “Rose City Blossoms” by Mary Burgess

Watercolor on cradled panel

12″ x 12″ x 1.5″



“Mary Burgess is especially interested in the effect of light and shadow in her work.  Each painting is begun with a colorful wash which acts to provide unity in the paintings and masterful color shifts reflect the subtleties found in nature. The paint is glazed, one layer over another to achieve a rich and complex color palette.”


Mary Burgess  and Helen Brown, both well-known Oregon artists, are sisters.

Mary Burgess is married to woodturner Tom Willing, another Fairweather artist.

Mary Burgess and Tom Willing have a flock of four chickens.



Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Oregn

Open Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, and Sun 12-3:pm

Closed Tue and Wed

Moving forward our hours will remain limited until there is a convincing containment of the coronavirus.

The more we work together, the faster our community can begin to recover from this crisis.
Strategies that the gallery is implementing to adapt to changes and well being.
These are temporary practices aimed at keeping our community healthy.

Staying safe.

Read more about our gallery and our commitment to NW artists and products made by NW hands.

“Part curatorial, part installation Fairweather House and Gallery brings together artists’ works from a wide variety of genres and grouping them in seasonal spectrums.”



For more info contact fairweatherkd@gmail.com


Follow up to the first edition from past five May exhibitions 2019-2014

Telling picture stories from past five May exhibitions @ Fairweather’s …

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“Lost in the…” watercolor by Penelope Culbertson


MAY 2013

MAY 2012


MAY 2011


MAY 2010


MAY 2009

These days, when we are isolated from each other due to COVID 19, it seemed just as good a time as any to revisit some of the artistic events Fairweather House and Gallery has had over the past years.  So by request, we are revisiting severa; past May exhibitions, from the painting LIVE events to memorable performances by classical violinist  Kirstin Qian to former bright, bubbly visitors and hosteses.


Truly,  looking back marries itself to looking forward, in our world.

Fairweather House and Gallery shut its doors mid-March following the Governor’s order that nonessential retailers and services must be closed.

Fairweather’s  is currently operating by virtual and phone appointment.

Call us anytime at 503-738-4003, contact us through our website, and through social media.

Read more blog articles on the Fairweather Gallery website.

Enjoy a performance from a former Fairweather guest of honor.

Kirstin Qian has  performed at Fairweather’s several times.


“At a moment when our physical location is closed due to the health crisis, online viewing is offered as a primary means to present Northwest art and to connect with art enthusiasts,”  galleriest D. Fairweather.

We are stronger together.

Surely this challenge we are facing will come to an end.

Hopefully when it does Fairweather House and Gallery will still be here for you!

We promise you we will try our utmost see you on the other side of the pandemic.

Since 2007 we have had the privilege representing remarkable NW artists.

We are looking forward to reopening safely following official guidelines in protecting the health of our community.

Please read more about our gallery and our commitment to NW artists and products made by NW hands.


Yes, Fairweather House and Gallery shut its doors mid-March following the Governor’s order that nonessential retailers and services must be closed. All Seaside galleries must remain closed until further notice.

Fairweather House and Gallery attends to the well-being of family, community and business through an uncompromising commitment to honesty, fairness, integrity and excellence. Mission Statement.

A Fairweather promise

“At a moment when our physical location is closed temporarily due to the health crisis, online viewing is offered as a primary means to present art and to connect with art enthusiasts,”  galleriest D. Fairweather.


Check out the stories about Fairweather artists and their art at https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.com


“If you see anything you like, want more information, would like place a hold on an item, or would like to purchase,  just call 503-738-8899 and leave a message on voice mail. We will call you back.”


Fairweather House and Gallery is a premier source for stylish, chic, one-of-a-kind furnishings, unexpected original fine art, and the most extraordinary accessories. Offering original works by noteworthy regional artists from traditional to transitional, contemporary to realism, impressionism to emerging art and products made by Northwest hands.

Yes, we are in “pause” mode until the State of Oregon allows nonessential retailers and services to reopen.

Oregon, together with Colorado, Nevada, Washington, and California are using health outcomes and science as a guide to recover from this pandemic. It is called the Western States Pact – a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home and fighting COVID-19.


Fairweather House and Gallery,

612 Broadway St.

On-line until further notice

A curatorial virtual NW exhibiton titled ‘In Full Bloom’

Viewing available May 2-25

Fairweather House and Gallery brings together artists’ works in a variety of genres and interpretations, grouping them into an on-line spectrum of theme and color.

Featuring original art by Jo Pomeroy Crockett, Christine Downs, Bev Drew Kindley, Dorota Haber-Leligh, Greta Lindwood, Melissa Jander, Carmela Newstead, and Zifen Qian.

“In response to the beauty of nature, art celebrating  hope, appreciation and the goodness of the world around.”

NW art that includes botanical, realism, abstraction, and surrealism.

Art can be purchased and picked-up by curbside appointment or delivered free locally.

Contact gallery curator @fairweatherkd@gmail.com


Although some would think that art is not essential, however, in our world,  indeed, art saves.

“For if you think art is not essential try to spend any shelter-at- home time without music, books, poems, movies and time to create.”

We respect the Governor’s guidelines for business restrictions in the wake of  COVID-19.

We are continuing in a course of action despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

We hope to see you on the other side of the pandemic.

We are persevering.

“We promise you that we are taking time to stay in touch with the art community that surrounds the gallery, including staff, artists, fellow curators and collectors. Enduring relationships have always been integral to operating the gallery. We hope to weather the storm.” D. Fairweather.

We are committed to carefully reopening our doors when the government begins to lift business restrictions.

“I will be more than thrilled to be opening when it is safe to do so. Our gallery cannot exist in an online-only world. The gallery is a personal social space where every visitor is greeted personally by myself or my staff. We are always happy to answer questions and talk about the art we represent. That is what we live for.”  D. Fairweather

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Artwork carefully chosen in a geometric motif and displayed to complement the asymmetrical placement of the window in architecture of the space.

To foster in the creation of a music room, formerly a dining room, a natural palette selected.



Beveled mirror screen echoes the architecture of the trayed ceiling.


With a warm black, white and cream palette, taken from the concert grand piano, accessories were chosen to strike a subdued tone.


Accessories are a fluid extension of the natural world outside.

An inert hornets nest adds a layer of texture and depth on a table scape.


Keeping the palette clean, table scapes focus on the homeowner’s  nested collections.

Authentic details feature cherry pits, lichen moss and organic materials.




Nature becomes the palette, relaxing the eye.

The homeowner, an interior designer and a gallery owner, chose a palette mix of organic and non-organic art with accessories.

“The black on silver theme combined with gray-scale tones strike a subdued and pleasing note.”

Photographs by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.


Copyright © 2020 D. Fairweather


Side note:

Before removing, altering, or interfering with any bird nest in any way, determine whether or not the disturbance is legal according to local, regional, and national wildlife laws. Most birds are protected species. Nests of invasive birds, such as house sparrows or European starlings, however, are not protected at any time.   If the nest has been abandoned or no eggs have yet been laid, it can be removed or destroyed as needed.


One-of-a-kind shawl with silk embroidery, cotton textile on silk fusion by Mary Schlunegger.


“You can see in my work a very close connection with the ocean,” Mary says.



“This navy blue is a vibrant ocean blue and, combined with lovely pearl buttons, has resulted in a smooth harmony. The silk fusion was stitched to a background of silk and backed with cut silk flowers, using free motion machine stitching, hand embroidery, and beading to accentuate portions of the silk fusion and then hand-couched with  some rich hand spun yarn to the surface,”  Mary Schlunegger.






“The silk fibers in this silk fusion were hand dyed using kool-aid,”  Mary Schlunegger.


About the artist:

“Having spent most of my life growing up surfing the shores of California and Hawaii I have been able to find great inspiration from those memories. I love to experiment with color and texture in fiber art, mixing techniques with different materials using skills learned in college and numerous workshops. Having retired after decades of running a successful Interior Design business, I now have the time to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a full time textile artist drawing my inspiration from the Oregon Coast, the place I now call home.”  Mary Schlunegger



“Necanicum River” Botanical Impression made by Mike Mason.

  Carefully dried, pressed and placed botanicals to create art to support natural habitats conservation.

Made with:
1 variegated Hydrangea blossom
1 Hydrangea leaf
1 black Petunia bloom
1 stem of Lunaria
20 Lunaria coins
2 Iris flowers
1 hunk of Moss
2 Alder leaves
1 Tuft of Paper Tree bark
1 decomposed Magnolia leaf
1 piece of Lungwort lichen
School Glue
Magnifying Glass

Anny Sears, floral artist, presents the recipe for “Necanicum River.”  She often speaks about the understanding of florography and how it magnifies energy of Mike Mason’s art.

“A snapshot of the Necanicum River was inspiration for another attempt to capture water with earth’s elements.
Ideas of depth, motion, flow and light came into a deeper focus as I made this riverscape.” MM


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

A: The Necanicum River is a river on the Pacific coast of northwest Oregon in the United States, approximately 21 miles long. It forms the first estuary south of the mouth of the Columbia River along the Oregon Coast, reaching the Pacific Ocean at Seaside in Clatsop County. The river enters the Pacific Ocean at Seaside. Its final approach to the ocean is nearly parallel to the coast running south to north through the downtown of Seaside. Necanicum  is one of several Indian names in northwest Oregon beginning with ne, meaning place.


Mike Mason has been using the flora and organic palette for over twelve years with a body of work of over one hundred and fifty pieces.

“Natural color and form used as brushstrokes is the next step in the journey of understanding. Timeless tales of truth resound in each petal, leaf and root. The impressions of ideas expressed in botanical source material magnify when shared with each other.”–- Mike Mason



Grace note received.

“You are the light for artists. Thank you for all that you do for the arts. I have made a baby orchid bouquet to complement the Momma orchid plant that you received  as a thank you from Vicky Combs-Snide, fellow artist.” –Anny

“Parkdale Pears”  woven pine needle art by Martha Denham. 

“They are the same size as an actual pear and no two are alike (as an actual pear). The bases are made from a sculpting medium.”  MHD


“I paint the bases then finish the upper portion with pine needle coil weaving. Inside is a  dinner bell.”  MHD



“A Mouse’s Hole is Her Castle” woven pine needle art by Martha H. Denham. 


“This is a wall hanging that is 8″ w by 6″  h by 4″ d . This is a cast and painted mouse sitting in her nest which is part pine needle coil basketry and repurposed materials. Repurposed  fabric is textured and painted. I call this fabric mache’. The vine and leaves are wire and pine needle coil formed and filled with woven raffia.”  MDH



Martha H. Denham, Artist
I am a person whose spirit thrives amongst the fragrances, organic shapes, and color of my garden. My sense of balance, function, and durability comes from the civil engineer that resides in my brain. Always asking “what if” I have looked for new ways to achieve to the next challenge.
The passion I found with pine needle coil basketry came from my roots growing up in pine forests and in a culture where everyone “stitched”. After developing an expertise in pine needle basketry my attributes demanded I evolve the traditional genre into my own expression.

You will see stitched into the weaving brightly colored thread, beads, wood/sticks, shells, and stones that create a flower in bloom or a ripe pear.

Recent work has become mixed media incorporating the weaving with metal, wood and sculpted/painted medium. Using wire and raffia, I make 3-dimensional fruits that define the character of the piece.

The engineer in me challenged my perception of what form a vessel should take. With coil construction being inherently uniform, how would I take it outside its apparent boundaries? Intertwining branches, vines, leaves, and fruit marry the chaos of nature into the uniformity of the vessel’s function.
Using wood, wire mesh, wire, fiber, and sculpting medium the round uniform shape becomes a flat wall upon which a single stem flower grows. Twisting roots and vines wrapped around the nest of a field mouse gives us a peek into the underground world of this little creature.

Breaking free of traditional expectations and methods allows me to enjoy the craft of stitching coils and the beauty of the stitching.

It is no longer the entire expression but an integral part of a diverse expression. My art is only limited by my imagination that knows no boundaries.



November 2-24


Art Show and Sale

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway


“Made” an exhibition for the one-of-a-kind and the unexpected works made by Northwest artisans with just the right dose of imperfection to suggest a human element in the creative process.


“This is the time of year, before the gift-giving season, the gallery digs a bit deeper into the subject of the handmade, with a reverence for artisans who are producing exclusive objects, artisans who are making craft cool and luxurious,”  D. Fairweather, gallerist.


Featuring harp maker Duane Bolster, basket maker Carol Bolster, calligrapher Penelope Culbertson, glass maker Christine Downs, paper crane crafter Peggy Evans, quilt maker Cherry Jones Harris, pottery maker Suzy Holland and mixed media maker JoAnn Pari-Mueller.

Welcoming woven pine needle maker Martha H. Denham and wood turner Tom Willing.

Introducing metal smith Nikki Hall and potter Marcia Hudson.

Maker talks at 5:30pm.

Naturalist Neal Maine habitat lecture at 6: pm.

LIVE music by Shirley 88.


For more info please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

“Passage” by James Waterman

12 x 12 Mixed media on cradled wood panel

“A new group of paintings at Fairweather House and Gallery is a direction that I have been contemplating for some 40 years.  I have spent considerable time between in northwest Washington, as well as along the Oregon coast. On a misty Northwest fall morning—the sky is turning luminescent yellow…”

“Shoreline” by James Waterman

12 x 16 Mixed media on cradled wood panel

“This mysterious, diffused light is what motivates and inspires me to capture it in my own way.”



“Dusk” by James Waterman

16 x 20 Mixed media on wood panel

“There is a magical, mysterious quality of light that is filtered through fog and clouds against the sea. The sea, fractured by a light of luminosity, has a meditative, serene and mystical feel against a most muted color palette.”



About the artist:

James Waterman prefers to work on standard hardboard instead of canvas because it allows him the flexibility to experiment with his background techniques—using solvents, sand paper, and even bubble wrap to create the distressed, corrosive look that is classic Waterman.


Waterman chooses his subject matter from what he believes others might “overlook as ordinary.” Once he has chosen his subject, he draws the image on a board. He covers the sketch with a masking fluid, similar to rubber cement, to protect the design. Then he plays with layers of paint and other techniques to create the desired background effect. He then rubs the masking off to expose the original design, which he paints in elaborate detail.


Waterman began to show his art while still in college and his big break when he was encouraged to approach the Foster White Gallery in Seattle. The FWG has represented him since the 1980’s. He is also represented by Fairweather House and Gallery in Seaside, Oregon.






As a kid who used the Puget Sound campus as his playground—sometimes sneaking in through the second story windows of the field house to catch a good concert—Waterman never considered attending college anywhere else. “I don’t know what I would have done if the university hadn’t accepted me,” he says.


Waterman  wanted to study with legendary ceramist F. Carlton Ball, but was discouraged by the number of people interested in the field. “There were so many people in my first class, I figured the world didn’t need another potter,” he says. So he switched to fine art instead.


Waterman’s garden was featured in a summer issue of South Sound Home and Garden.


Read more about the artist at:


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“Pansy in Bronze Vase” Original art on wood panel James Waterman James Waterman is drawn to ancient, deteriorated and rusted surfaces.

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