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“Seaside Dreams” 16×12, original oil by Melissa Jander


“Lavender in Window” 12×16, original oil by Melissa Jander


“Sweet Peas in Window” 12×12, original oil by Melissa Jander




Melissa Jander, a “home-grown” Pacific Northwestern painter, brings “A Sense of Place” to her latest works by combining objects, settings and a glimpse of the environment. Using carefully chosen colors and expressive brushwork she hopes to invite the art viewer to participate by evoking a mood, memory or emotion.



Grace note received:

“Looking forward to a fabulous show and another fun visit to Seaside. In addition, on three paintings I have updated my framing, adding linen liners and new frame molding. I was selected as the 2018 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival poster artist! Here is the NW News article. See you soon!” 🙂 Melissa



Home/News & Features/News/2018 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival poster art created by Woodinville artist

Each year a committee of community volunteers selects a local artist to create the official poster, which is unique to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Local artists submit their applications and the winner is free to choose their medium and style in a way that will interpret their vision of the festival and the tulips of Skagit Valley. In a testament to the quality of the art, several previous posters received the Gold Pinnacle award from the International Festival & Events Association. The new poster is unveiled in November each year, and this year’s artist is one of our own.

Woodinvile artist Melissa Jander was chosen to create the 2018 official poster. She created her Tulip Festival poster painting with oils on a smooth, acrylic-primed masonite board. Said Melissa, “I will leave the style of the painting up to the viewer to decide, but the styles of art I’m most interested in are impressionist and post-impressionist… My favorite artists are Pierre Bonnard, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Cezanne…their work really resonates with me because of their use of color, representation of light and expressiveness of brushstrokes.”

Melissa used inspiration from years of visiting the tulip fields to create her painting. She said, “It’s a wonderful experience every visit. I do quick sketches and paintings out in the fields; and take photos as well in all kinds of weather. The sunny days are great for the contrasts in light and shadow, but overcast days can’t be beat for seeing the powerful, rich color of those blooms. Then at home I combine my resource material into an idea for a painting. It starts with several sketches and composition ideas, then after deciding on a favorite I do a larger sketch and move it onto a larger canvas or panel.”

After earning a bachelor of arts in foreign language and literature from Washington State University, a Graphic Design certificate from the Art Institute of Seattle, and a Web Design certificate from Bellevue College, Melissa started her career as a graphic designer and marketing professional before seriously pursuing her art in 2001. Current art associations include Women Artists of the West, American Impressionist Society, Northwest Artists in Action and Woodinville Arts Alliance. She is currently represented by Fairweather Gallery in Seaside, OR, and Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes, WA.

When asked how she felt about being chosen to paint the poster for the 35th anniversary she replied, “Gosh, I was so thrilled to be invited to paint the 35th anniversary poster! I have hoped to contribute to the SVTF poster in some way for many years… but it took a long time of learning skills, practice, and life experience before the time was right to pursue it further. I appreciated the opportunity to meet and work with the Tulip Festival committee and the tulip farm owners because many of us around here have been the beneficiaries of all of their hard work over the years. The tulip farms and Tulip Festival are a real treasure for us here.”

Melissa Jander artist with her 2018 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival poster art.

Published by Woodinville Weekly/ April 2018



To learn more about the artist, please visit


…artists/ …Melissa Jander

Amy Osborne, artist


Amy majored in Art and Spanish at PSU. Amy studied graphic design and marketing courses to compliment her career in marketing administration. Her style and subject matter ranges from large, complex abstracts evocative of feelings; to simple, natural tones in serene landscapes. Amy has received awards in juried shows while exhibiting her paintings in Oregon galleries. Many of her paintings are in private collections across the country.

• Member Watercolor Society of Oregon
• Member Green Cab Artist Collective, Washington County, OR
• Artist-in-Residence at Catherine Bede Gallery, Hillsboro, OR
• Watercolor and Acrylic Art Instructor, Hillsboro, OR
• Art Gallery Curator – RoseSprings Gallery, Hillsboro, OR

“Earth’s Ebb” by Amy Osborne

12″ x 16″ Watercolor


“My art reflects my roots in the Pacific Northwest. I believe art is healing; it should make you feel something; perhaps a transition from one emotion completing or changing to another emotion altogether. I feel that a painting morphs and tells me what it will become; each piece has a sequential process and simply comes alive. It takes me on a journey or recollection, a dream or memory. Often while allowing the piece to determine its completion point, direction or feel, the piece may not be what I envisioned and I’m okay with that if it makes us figure things out.” —Amy Osborne


“Las Olas” by Amy Osborne

12″ x 18″ Watercolor



“I love bold conspicuous lines, but often challenge myself to blend and soften them seamlessly from one color to the next. I frequently use a very fine brush focusing on small details and many paintings are touched with ink for added shadows, highlights, and contrast. I am drawn to nature’s detail and mood and I receive inspiration from the outdoors, from God, the people in my life, and music.
I don’t ask people what they see in my paintings, I ask them what they feel.” — Amy Osborne



And, too, the artist wore a bracelet that complemented her art and outfit for the opening reception of “Sense of Place” !


For more info go to www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Grace note received:


“It was a pleasure and an honor to have my paintings in your “Sense of Place” exhibit.  It was especially nice to work with you and meet other artists.  I do believe it is all ab out connecting with each other.” Amy

Lynda Campbell, artist, spoke at the opening reception of “Perfect Pear, Perfect Pair, Perfect Pare” on May 5 at Fairweather’s.



And, too, a grace note:

“Thank you for your interest and support of my work. Your gallery is highly regarded among artists so it is special to be included in one of your showings. The “pear, pair, pare” theme was fun and it was interesting to see everyone’s interpretations. I appreciate all your did (and all you do) to share artists accomplishments. It is a lot of work for you each month. My best.”  —Lynda Campbell



Read more about the artist lecture at:

Fairweather House and Gallery | https://www


A “pear”antly by Lynda Campbell for Perfect Pear…


“Those that live for the arts, support the arts.” Art patrons capture the artist lecture presented by Lynda Campbell.


Read more about the opening reception at:

https://www.seasideor.com/event/first-saturday-art-walk-3/ …Blue Bond, Marga Stanley, Bill Baily, and Lynda Campbell


Pastel Pears by Lynda Campbell

Read more about the artist at:

https://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com | extraordinary home …


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 …






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, Patti Isaacs, Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, Blue Bond, Marga Stanley, Bill Baily, and Lynda Campbell.


Take a note

Upcoming Fairweather Exhibition

June 2, 5-7pm

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Artist Reception

“Sense of Place”


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






Recent commissioned work by Penelope Culbertson, artist and calligrapher

Penelope Culbertson began her art studies at the Portland Art Museum as a child, in the art department at Cleveland High School, at Reed College with calligraphy master Lloyd Reynolds, at Willamette University in Salem, at the San Francisco Art Institute, and the Institute de Bellas Artes in San Miguel, Mexico.

Penelope was the co-founder of the Art Academy of Kona and the West Hawaii Arts Guild where she served on the Executive Board. Penelope worked in the Hawaii State Artist-in-School program and showed as the Artist-in-Residence at the Hyatt Regency. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Royal Waikoloan Hotel.

Since her return to Portland, Penelope has had seventeen solo exhibits of her watercolors. She showed year round at the Hawthorne Arts Gallery and annually at the Buckman Art Show where she was the founding chairman of the Children’s Art Sale. She taught children’s art classes at the Buckman Arts Magnet Elementary and for the Portland Parks Dept. in their after-school program. In 1999 she helped produce a book of children’s watercolors about the Portland Water System. She was co-founder of The Hawthorne Arts Guild and showed in all their monthly group shows.

Penelope Culbertson teaches weekly classes in calligraphy and watercolors for the disabled. She experiments in watercolors, oil pastels, collage, tapestry weaving and calligraphy.




Fun fact:

Featured Observing Botany artists, Penelope Culbertson and JoAnn Pari-Mueller, are members of the Portland Calligraphy Society and the Oregon Society of Artists.   And, too, both artists are featured in the upcoming PSC  show in the display windows at the Portland Justice Center from April 15 – June 3.


For more information, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ …Penelope Culbertson


Grace note received for the Observing Botany opening reception.  April 7, 5-7pm at Fairweather’s.


“I was thinking perhaps I could demonstrate some illuminated letters….a capital, an initial with some foliage or vines, gold or silver accents.  I could talk a little about illuminated letters.  That way it would still be about calligraphy but incorporating your botany theme.  Thanks for always challenging me in new directions!”  –-Penelope Culbertson

Penelope Culbertson, master calligrapher and artist, spoke during the opening reception for Observing Botany at the Fairweather House and Gallery for April Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, as well as demonstrated the art of illumination.





“Windswept.” 16×20. Oil on Canvas

 Judy Horning Shaw


“When I began my art career it was an act for which I was punished—drawing and coloring on my bedroom walls. That did not stop me, though I did move on to art that uses more traditional materials—currently oil paints with some acrylics, watercolors or drawing materials thrown in for spice.  At that young age, I was making drawings and botanical notes about the plants of my surroundings along the coast.  Later I began drawing or painting people, places, and things. My focus is still largely representational—painting the things I experience and feel that have an inherent beauty either of appearance or of being. I also enjoy an occasional foray into abstraction.



“Far Reaching.” 18×24. Oil on canvas

 Judy Horning Shaw

The purpose of my art-making continues to be much the same as when I was six and making those wall drawings—I am curious about what I am actually experiencing—beyond the obvious, beyond just appearances. I paint as a way to understand. When painting people, I am trying to understand who they are; how does their accumulated life experience show in their appearance, posture or surroundings? If more than one, how do they relate? The same could be true of trees, mountains or the ocean.

“Sentinels.”  12x 24. Oil on canvas

Judy Horning Shaw

A landscape is a living thing trying to fulfill its nature, but often constrained by forces outside its control. What does that look or feel like? How do I come to understand it? First, I paint from direct observation as much as possible as this enables me to see and feel the subject first hand. My painting technique is to marry various thicknesses of paint and types of marks to express the appearance and nature of the subject. I also aim to use colors in a naturalistic way to fine-tune the light that expresses time of day, season and/or emotion. It is my hope you will explore with me in my journey to seek an understanding of the nature of things, and take away from it a deeper appreciation for connecting to the world.


March 2018 Exhibition

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Oregon

Fresh Greens 

Featuring resident artists: Karen E. Lewis, Fred Lukens, Carolyn Macpherson, Richard Newman, Mike Mason and Gayle H. Seely.

Welcoming artist Judy Horning Shaw.



Grace note received:

“I am very happy to see the Statement woven in with the thumbnails;  it is just lovely, and I am very appreciative of the time and effort you have put in to promoting my work.” –-Judy Horning Shaw


Judy Horning Shaw offered an artist lecture during the FRESH GREENS opening reception.

Close up of over the shoulder, one-of-a-kind crafted leather purse designed by Luan. 


“Handcrafting products that have the perfect blend of fashion and function.”




Just in! Leather cosmetic cases, crafted and designed by Luan!

Cases are pictured on Luan’s  work bench with a pair of leather mallets. 

In the background are bins, bins and more bins of bling bling.


“Using only the best raw materials available, with the belief that by only using quality materials will make quality products. Anything from a basic functional leather set to a sparkling fashion statement that will no doubt turn heads.” 

And, too, a close up from the work room’s bulletin board, a favorite quote.




The artist showed her leather art at The National Finals Rodeo (NFR), known popularly as the “Super Bowl of rodeo,” (a championship event held annually by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/ PRCA).

Luans Leathers display at the National Finals Rodeo. December, 2017.


Fun Fact: The leather designers are relatives.  Luan, a sister-in-law, and  her daughter,  Annie, a niece, are family farm relatives of D. Fairweather, gallerist. In addition, the leather work is crafted on the family farm that was established in 1904!



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