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Above: #366 Mid~Century Abstract Mystic Topaz, Peridot, Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace

Above: # 368 Mid~Century Textured Abstract Amethyst Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace

Above: #369 Mid~Century Square Grid Amethyst Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace



Q:  What is Mid-century Modern jewelry, you ask?

A: The simple shapes of Mid-century Modernism  are enjoying a renaissance in home décor, furniture and jewelry . The design period known as the Mid-Century ranged from about 1950-1965. The 1950’s and 1960’s was a very creative time for jewelry design, artists such as Picasso, Braque, and Dali designed precious jewelry. Jewelry designers began creating stunning confections of glistening diamonds, or bold, modern looks with gemstones. https://www.nationaljeweler.com

Above: #378 Mid~Century Starfish Mother of Pearl Inlay Sterling Silver Necklace



Must haves!

Don’t you agree?


“Ostrea” by Emily Miller.

A  large-scale sculpture inspired by the gnarled shells of oysters, the fluted ruffles of nudibranchs, and other beautiful and mysterious sea creatures. Sculpted with outdoor architectural stoneware ceramics. Weather-safe and water-tight. Recommended to protect from freezing. Signed by the artist.



But wait, there’s more.  See, there’s three! 

Ostrea I, Ostrea II and Ostrea III.

20″ to 30″ wide, each



Lookie here,  Emily Miller’s “Ostreas” have ocean inspired bottoms, as well.


Q: What is the meaning of the word “Ostrea”, you ask?

A: “Ostrea” is the Latin name / classification for oysters and the title of a set of large-scale sculptures I created, inspired by the gnarled shells of oysters, the fluted ruffles of nudibranchs, and other beautiful and mysterious sea creatures. The tactile contrast of smooth and rough surfaces is an ongoing theme in my artwork. I use these contrasts to explore ideas of inner and outer spaces, playful discovery, and delight in the unknown. Fun fact about the Ostrea: I like the rough, hidden underside as much as the top glazed surface! -Emily  Miller



Order from Chaos by Emily Miller

In addition, the 2018 rope basket project with a new palette of Pacific Ocean rope collected from Oregon, wilder and more eroded, weathered by months or years at sea. Cleaned, unraveled, and restitched, the colorful rope became a collection of unique baskets accented with local stones and other beach treasures.

Reclaimed fishing rope, 2018/ Mint Green basket

4.5″ high x 6″ diameter

Green and white fishing rope gathered from the Oregon coast and accented with a local beach stone.

“It begins with days spent hauling rope from the tide line in all weathers, connecting and collecting from other beach clean-up crews. A quick soak in water to loosen the sand, mud, and surface grime, then the long, meditative process of untangling knotted nests into their separate lengths. Each length slowly unwound by hand into its three segments, a second longer soak and scrub in hot soapy water, and a final rinse where the water runs clean. “Emily Miller


Fun fact:  Karynn Kozij, introduced as the 2017 Fairweather emerging artist with her Octopus ocean debris art, gifted Emily her recent beach debris.


Read what Eve Marx wrote about Karynn’s art: View from the Porch: Art from the ‘Octopus’s Garden’

Artist transforms marine debris/Date: 2017-08-18 Seaside Signal

Story The Daily Astorian | Signal News

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Photo credit: Katie Frankowicz/ The Daily Astorian

Unlike plastic bottles or larger items, microplastics can be difficult to recycle and plague Clatsop County beachesAnd, so,  too, Neal Maine, Seaside naturalist, “re-gifted”  ocean debris to Emily Miller, artist. 





Your journey has uncovered the trouble the oceans are in, and drawn something beautiful from that trouble. It is a model for all of us, who each face our own perplexing tangle of strands and nets that we call “life.”   –M. Miller



“I have spent my life on the coast, and all my artwork has its roots in my love of the sea. I see the coast as a border between the known and unknown, amid constant cycles of change. My work explores these transition environments as a marker of our place within the larger network of natural systems. I believe that joyful exploration of the unknown creates a positive, active environment that enriches our relationships with ourselves, each other, and our world.  I am a lifelong artist with a passion for materials.”  —Emily Miller

c. Emily Miller

Oriental pear wood and “Melba’s” plum wood bowl by Daniel Harris.

Dated and signed. 10% off to veterans.” —Daniel Harris


Big leaf maple and cherry wood bowl with a decorative finial.

“So beautiful to create. You will just die when you.” –Daniel Harris, wood worker.

Reversible top has a battery operated LED candle. 


“Fellow wood worker and friend shared the idea to make the finial top with a dual purpose. Includes an extra battery”  —Daniel Harris




“Tulip” original watercolor by JoAnn Pari-Mueller



“Canna and Butterfly” by JoAnn Pari-Mueller
Pacific NW artist specializing in watercolor, pastels, and calligraphy


Artist Statement & Bio

“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’m 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.”






“Lily” silk painting by Patti Isaacs. 6×6

About Patti Isaacs:

Patti’s art training began at an early age. She received extensive training in high school and went on to study at Indiana University Bloomington.

Although her inner voice has always identified with the art world, life required that other events take the forefront. As a single parent she raised a son, who is currently in Japan serving in the US Navy. Through the years she has held on to her inner artist.

Patti has spent the past ten years developing her style and medium of expression. Her heart, mind and soul soar as she delves deeper into the world of her passion. Patti is currently working with silk. She is painting and hand dying silk fabric using the French Serti technique. She also is exploring the world of paper art.

“Spring Darlings” silk painting by Patti Isaacs. 6×6.

Patti has exhibited in such venues as “The Paper Garden Show” and “Texture: The Art of Paper & Fiber” at the Portland Japanese Gardens, Beaverton Arts Commission, the Village Gallery of Arts and the North Bank Arts Gallery, Vancouver, Wa. She was juried into the 2011 Portland Open Studios Tour.


“Poppies and Peony” silk painting by Patti Isaacs. 16×20.

Grace note from the artist:


I am very pleased and excited to invite you to my first Art Show of 2018. I have been invited to participate in Seaside, Oregon’s First Saturday Art Walk! The event will host a reception from 5-7pm Saturday April 7th. My work will be shown at the Fairweather House and Gallery at 612 Broadway. I would love to have you stop in and enjoy the beautiful gallery and art in this themed show “Observing Botany”. –Patti Isaacs


Fun fact: Patti served as the 2008 Vice President of the Village Gallery of Arts in Portland Oregon.


Patti Isaacs speaks to art walk patrons about the process of painting on silk.









Artist: Diane Copenhaver

Artwork Title: Beauty; a Flower Study

11 X 14 (framed 18 X 22), Acrylic on Paper, Painted Paper Collage


” I painted using several different techniques; included one with the ‘misty’ look; actually painted bits of one piece using a twig (to get closer to the idea of nature); brush, palette knife, as well as my hand. ”  —Diane Copenhaver



Artist:    Diane Copenhaver

          Artwork Title:    Mist on the Hills

          30 X 40, Acrylic on Canvas

       Poetry Inspiration:

                I wandered lonely as a cloud

                That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

                When all at once I saw a crowd

                A host of golden daffodils;

                Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

                Fluttering and dancing in the breeze

                Continuous as the stars that shine

                And twinkle on the milky way,

                They stretched in never-ending line

                Along the margin of a bay

                Ten Thousand saw I at a glance,

                Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

                                William Wordsworth, “I Wondered Lonely as a Cloud”, 1804


“I painted using several different techniques; included one with the ‘misty’ look; actually painted bits of one piece using a twig (to get closer to the idea of nature); brush, palette knife, as well as my hand.” — Diane Copenhaver


Artist:    Diane Copenhaver

Artwork Title:    Flowers at Sunrise

  18 X 24, Acrylic on Canvas

Poetry Inspiration:

Give me odorous at sunrise

         a garden of beautiful flowers

                   where I can walk undisturbed.”

 –Walt Whitman




Artist:    Diane Copenhaver

Artwork Title:    Flower’s Breath

     24 X 30, Acrylic on Canvas

Poetry Inspiration:

                ‘Tis my faith that every flower

                                           Enjoys the air it breathes!”                                

William Wordsworth, “Lines Written in Early Spring”/ Lyrical Ballads, 1798

“I have painted four new pieces inspired by the Fairweather Gallery April exhibition, ‘Observing Botany’.  I used poetry related to botany as my inspiration for each piece. I considered the words and feelings of the poem/phrase as I painted.”  —Diane Copenhaver

Diane Copenhaver, artist, spoke during the opening reception for Observing Botany at the Fairweather House and Gallery for the April Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

Raw edge myrtle wood bowl by Mike Brown.




In addition, just in from Mike Brown:  2 cribbage boards and a collection of fabulous  bowls from rare Oregon myrtle wood.

Q: What is Oregon myrtle wood, you ask?

A:  Oregon myrtle wood grows, under various topographic and soil conditions if moisture conditions are adequate, only along the Pacific Coast in southern Oregon.  It is found  in a small area in Douglas County, Oregon.

Mike Brown, wood artist, crafted bowls from harvested wind-blown myrtle wood on private land.


Q: Is it hard to find raw Oregon myrtle wood, you ask?

A:  Oregon myrtle wood is a rare, slow-growing tree whose wood can be turned into a variety of useful and decorative pieces.  It is found only in a small area along the Pacific Coast. Myrtle wood trees have been known to reach heights of 150 feet.


And, too, here are the pictures of the work in progress using the myrtle wood that was found.



Oregon myrtle wood is a fine-grained, relatively heavy wood.

Oregon myrtle wood  provide a small, but significant source of income for fine wood crafters. 

Each one-of-a-kind bowl by Mike Brown is signed and dated 2018.

Available exclusively at Fairweather House and Gallery.


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