Image title:  “Stranger in town.”

Baltimore Oriole

Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images

 Photographed in Seaside, Oregon (very rare to see a Baltimore Oriole west of the Rocky Mountains)!

Proceeds in support of NCLC/ North Coast Land Conservancy

To view a catalog of  images, please go to …artists/ …Neal Maine


Q: Why is it a rare sighting to find a Baltimore Oriole in Seaside, Oregon, you ask?

A:  Most commonly sighted in central North America—including Kansas, Nebraska, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.  On a rare occasion, a straggler crosses the Rocky Mountains to survive the winter in the upper coastal area of the United States!   


Baltimore Orioles usually  winter  in Central America, where they occupy open woodlands, gardens, and shade-grown coffee and cacao plantations.  On their breeding grounds in eastern and east-central North America, you’ll most often find Baltimore Orioles high in leafy deciduous trees, but not in deep forests; they prefer open woodland, forest edge, river banks, and small groves of trees. They also forage for insects and fruits in brush and shrubbery. Baltimore Orioles have adapted well to human settlement and often feed and nest in parks, orchards, and backyards. They frequently visit flowering trees and vines in search of fruit and nectar.  –


Baltimore Oriole map (first sighting reports 2018).




“Butterfly Bush”  by Lori Bedard

Most people admire glass and see its intrinsic qualities and then others, like Lori Bedard, work to bring about a beauty only imagined. By seeking to bring imagination melded with a combination of techniques, she often wanders into areas not focused on by the mainstream. Offering a unique study or a twisted perspective of art glass creations.


“Hidden Garden” by Lori Bedard

About the artist:

Born and raised in Oregon, nature and the environment have always been at the forefront for this Portlander. Moving and living in Hawaii for five years brought a love for the sea and ocean life, and traveling, as a military wife for sixteen years, throughout the U.S. and abroad instilled a love and respect for life and the earth. Lori earned an undergraduate degree in business, an associates in accounting and minored in art. This unusual left and right brain function combined with life experiences has emerged as art based in cold and hot glass disciplines with functionality and solid engineering.


Back in Oregon for the last 25 years with her husband of 37 years, glass has been a primary focus. Lori  Bedard owned, operated, and taught art glass in her Canby glass store for over 13 years. During this time, custom residential commissions were a high percentage of the work. Offering custom design and quality construction to clients throughout the west. In 07’, the business was closed and moved to a home studio (or rather, barn). For the past ten years, Lori has been free to experiment and create the unconventional in addition to servicing her business and residential clients. Her work has been viewed in a dozen galleries and shops throughout the state as well as fine art shows. Most recent, a co-op gallery on the coast in which she also curated about 3000sf and 30+ artists.


With thousands of square feet of glass, a few hundred pounds of frit, numerous supplies, and the potential for creativity is boundless.  Factor in skill, experience, and knowledge and you have a diverse, beautiful, and bountiful body of work offered through Lori Bedard.






“Nature is beauty sublime. To use the botanical as a subject for art, invokes memories of that beauty and how it inspires each of us. As an artist, if we incite that reaction with each view; we were successful.”  –-Lori Bedard


Q: How does the artist create, you ask?

A:  In creating Dragonfly Marsh:


The center piece is a fuse glass base. The dragonfly and leaves are casted separately with fine frit and then fired onto the glass base. The swirled rods are slumped into a wave shape and then fired on the base at the same time as the frit castings. The border is made of Murano glass rods above and below, the sides are leaded glass nuggets (flat on the back). The outer border is beveled glass with 14g tinned copper wire accents. This open work style I refer to as cut work glass and I believe is unique to me as an artist. –-Lori Bedard


A: In creating Dragonfly Meadow:

After obtaining some odd shaped beveled glass pieces, I developed this design. The dragonfly is stained glass with a lead cast body painted with an alcohol based metal paint. The rocks are polished agate and sardonyx slices. The branches are copper tubing with a mix of 12 and 14g tinned copper. The leaves are made from adventurine green Bullseye glass with glass nuggets for the seed pods. The entire piece hangs from a heavy gauge brass spinner, allowing it to turn for east viewing.  —Lori Bedard


Lori Bedard spoke during the opening reception for Observing Botany at the Fairweather House and Gallery for the  April Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, as well as demonstrated the art of fused glass.  Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

“Sunflowers with Blue”  by Nick Brakel.


“Sunflowers II” by Nick Brakel.

Close up detail of  gouache, crayon and watercolor. 


Q: What is gouache painting, you ask?

A: Gouache, a painting technique in which an opaque white pigment is added to watercolors to produce opacity. In gouache painting the color lies on the surface of the paper, forming a continuous layer. A gouache is characterized by a directly reflecting brilliance. A painting technique of great antiquity, gouache was used by the Egyptians.  It possesses unique material qualities that make it unlike any other type of paint. One of the easiest mediums to work with, it is also considered by many painters to be the most complicated to master. Contemporary painters use gouache alone or in combination with watercolor and other mediums. –Encyclopedia Britannica



Nick Brakel Artist Statement


Early on in my painting career, I was immersed in landscape painting.  I was learning all I could about Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and other expressionist painters, while traversing up and down the shores of Lake Superior with paints and canvases.  I spent as much time as I could out in nature painting. 

I have been fortunate to show work at Fairweather House and Gallery for 5 years now.  Much of that work delved into my work as a printmaker.  After finishing my BFA from the University of Wisconsin Superior, I was in the PAN Emerging Printmakers Residency and an intern at Atelier Meridian Printmaking Studio in Portland for several years. 


I learned a lot, and primarily focused on collagraphs, linocuts and monotypes while there.  The subject matter was often still nature based, but more focused on the creatures inhabiting the natural world with collagraphs of birds, swirling linocuts of ocean creatures, often with an emphasis on climate change’s possible effect on these creatures.




Artist Statement 2018


“My life had a big change recently.  I received a serious concussion while working in June 2016.  This created many visual difficulties for me, and I had to undergo extensive vision therapy to train my eyes how to draw again. 

When faced with a challenge of this magnitude, I returned to my painting roots, and once again began landscape painting.  First drawing gesture drawings, and improving and improving until I was eventually painting mixed media watercolor paintings of the land around me.  I would utilize watercolor crayons, watercolor, gouache and pencil in forming these landscape paintings and floral still life.  This has proven to be a great release and is something that I intend to continue for the near future.” —Nick Brakel



“Nick Brakel enthusiastically re-imagined his art practice recently, initiating art work using a combination of gouache, crayon and watercolor. Fairweather House and Gallery has been honored to represent Nick Brakel throughout his art journey . ” D. Fairweather, gallerist






Q: Where in the world is Mt. Hood, you ask?

A:   Mount Hood is the highest peak (11,239 feet) in Oregon and the fourth highest peak in the Cascade Range, 45 miles east-southeast of Portland. For more info. go to


Q:  Where in the world is Sauvie Island, you ask?

A:  It is the largest island in the Columbia River and one of the largest islands in the U.S. Located at the junction of the Columbia River to the east, Willamette River to the south and Multnomah Channel to the west, the island’s northern half is a wildlife refuge and the southern half is predominantly rural
farmland with…  For more info. go to:
Q: Where in the world is Mt. St. Helens,  you ask?
A:  Mount St. Helens, located in southwestern Washington about 50 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon, is one of several lofty volcanic peaks that dominate the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest. Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. The volcano, located in southwestern Washington, used to be a beautiful symmetrical cone about 9,600 feet  above sea level. The eruption, which removed the upper 1,300 feet of the summit, left a horseshoe-shaped crater and a …  For more info. go to:






To read more about the artist, please visit:

Nick Brakel |
The GUYS TAKE OVER Art Walk. September 7, 2013. The lineup: guys who matter. the guys take over. Marc Ward, activist/scientist; Michael Wing, emerging artist; Nick Brakel, artist/print maker; Jan Shield, art professor; Paul Brent, nationally recognized artist, with Neal Maine, NW naturalist/photographer…

Seaside’s First Saturday Art Walk – Seaside Oregon
Aug 5, 2017 – FINDINGS, will be the 11th annual emerging artist exhibition in the gallery and will include former emerging artists Britney Drumheller, Nick Brakel, Linda Trexler, Ashley Howarth, Diane Copenhaver, Ashley Howarth, Gayle H. Seely, Kristin Qian and Rebecca Gore. Seaside nature photographer, ecologist …


“A Pelican Insists There Still is a Heart” by Nick Brakel.

Seaside Art Walk celebrates history as well as creativity – Seaside ……/seaside-art-walk-celebrates-history-as-well-as-creativity
Sep 5, 2014 – A pelican that insists there still is a heart, created by Nick Brakel will be on display at Fairweather House  during the First Saturday Art Walk in Seaside Sept. 6. The Seaside First Saturday Art Walk Sept. 6 completes its 10th anniversary and continues its celebration of the 100th anniversary of the …



Artists Jan Shield, Nick Brakel, Bev Drew Kindley, Paul Brent and Rosemary Klein. 2014

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



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 …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.


“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.