Claudia Fuenzalida Johns

I paint because of a deeply rooted desire to create something that expresses deep emotion. A retrospection of loving, giving, risking, suffering. Painting allows me to relax, daydream, escape from the demands of family and work. It is my retreat, my sanctuary.

I am from a creative and emotionally charged family. Santiago, Chile is my birthplace. My family is made up of painters, dancers, opera singers. It was the natural thing to do, to dance and paint. I came to the USA in 1972 at the age of 9 when my mother, fearing the inevitable military takeover of the Augusto Pinochet regime, sent my brother, sister, and me to Seattle to live with a distant aunt. We were to be here six months, we never went back. We lived in a mystical, enigmatic household that alluded to a spiritual world not bound by religion. I attended North Carolina School of the Arts and majored in art & dance at the University of Washington. My work is featured in selected fine art galleries in the Pacific Northwest.



Images of birds and wings suggest hope, nurturing, protecting and spirituality. Along with a very bright color pallet, I use the texture of encaustic, a technique  of painting with  wax. I love the unpredictable element it adds to a work of art.”  CFJ



“Falling with the Moon” encaustic by Claudia Fuenzalida Johns
34” x 40” with frame


“ Birds on a Wire” encaustic by Claudia Fuenzalida Johns
11.5” x 25”


“Taking Flight” encaustic by Claudia Fuenzalida Johns
20.5” x 24”



In the midst of living, I paint about  life with its hope and its disappointments. I try to transcend reality by painting the imagined. And what I leave behind is my thoughts on living and our relationships to nature.”  CHJ



Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway


 WILD BEAUTY exhibition

Through Nov. 24th

Featuring NW artists Leopoldine “LEO” Brew,  Agnes Field, Patricia Clark-Finley, Dorota Haber-Leligh, Ron Nicolaides, Neal Maine, Jan Rimerman, and Vanessa K. Stokes.

Welcoming  Claudia Fuenzalida Johns.

The strength of WILD BEAUTY lies in the detailed and multivariate perspectives each artist brings showing us a different viewpoint.

They all use WILD BEAUTY as the theme in their work but they use different techniques and the way they see it is distinctively unique.



Grace note received:

Thank you so much for your hand written card. I hope all is well with the Gallery and that you have a successful  exhibition.With much appreciation,  Claudia


Just in from NW artist Don Nisbett.

“Vermillion” original watercolor by Don Nisbett.

And, too, art masks by Don Nisbett.  Available at Fairweather’s.

And, too, a shout out for Don Nisbett Gallery.  Fellow gallerist and Fairweather friend. › coast-weekend › best-art-ga…
Best art gallery: Don Nisbett Art Gallery. By Beth Bauer/ Mar. 2020
But, wait, there’s more to read…

Former BG artists enjoy success together on coast | › senior_lifestyle

Aug 15, 2012 — FORMER BATTLE GROUND NATIVE Don Nisbett proudly shows off one of … To hear Denise Fairweather explain it, it sounds like a case of extreme serendipity. “We were just four hippie kids who all lived in the same town and went to … 



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Grace note received:

“I can’t thank you enough for accepting my artwork into your gallery. Your warm and welcoming demeanor was such a pleasant experience. I look forward to future interactions. Thank you for representing my encaustics.” Claudia Johns

“Driftwood and Milky Way” nightscape photography by Bob Kroll


Artist’s statement:

“This beautiful piece of driftwood was found during a late-night exploration on the South end of Rockaway Beach.  The photos used to create this image were taken during the early morning of June 23, 2020, around 1:00 a.m.  This image is a blend of multiple frames taken without moving the camera; which combine different focus points, exposure settings, shutter speeds, and “light painting” the driftwood with a flashlight in order to create the final image.” 

For maximum longevity it is framed under UV filtering ArtGlass ™  and is printed at a size of 16″ x 24″ on archival paper with pigments inks using UltraChrome®   

“A Rare Visitor” nightscape photography by Bob Kroll


Artist’s statement:

“In July 2020, Comet Neowise put on a dazzling display and was visible in much of the Northern Hemisphere.  The comet was only discovered on Mar. 20, 2020 by NASA’s Near Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission and is not be seen again for another 6800 years. This signed photograph of the comet over Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon, was taken on July 14th just after 11:00 p.m.”

For maximum longevity it is framed under UV filtering ArtGlass ™  and is printed at a size of 16″ x 24″ on archival paper with pigments inks using UltraChrome®   

“The Lion Sleeps” nightscape photography by Bob Kroll


Artist’s statement:

“The sea stack known as Lion Rock is located at the North end of Arcadia Beach State Recreation area, between Cannon Beach and Arch Cape.  This image had been in my mind for months and required the right combination of clear night skies, low tide, and alignment of The Milky Way.

The photos to create this image were taken on the early morning of July 14, 2020 between 1:00 and 1:30 a.m.  This image is a blend of multiple frames without moving the camera; with a combination of different focus points, exposure settings, shutter speeds, and painting the Lion Rock with a flashlight; in order to create the final image.”

For maximum longevity it is framed under UV filtering ArtGlass ™  and is printed at a size of 16″ x 24″ on archival paper with pigments inks using UltraChrome®   

Q: What is  astrophotography, you ask?
A:  Astrophotography is photography of astronomical bodies and celestial events including stars, the moon, the sun, planets, asteroids, and galaxies. Night photography containing large swaths of sky with stars is considered astrophotography.

Bob Kroll Photographer

“I have been passionate about photography for nearly 30 years, with much of my work focused on travel, landscape, and wildlife.  For me, photography is a means of self-expression and creativity, and it gives me joy in at least 4 different ways.  First, I find joy in being outdoors in nature, envisioning a unique composition, and working to create a photo that will display that vision.  Second, there is joy once the photo is “developed” in seeing that creative vision realized.  Third, it brings me joy to share my images with others and know that the work is appreciated.  And fourth, there is great joy in continuing to learn and improve as an artist. 

Since I retired from veterinary specialty practice (as a board-certified veterinary neurologist), my wife Nancy and I spend a majority of our time on the North Oregon coast in Cannon Beach. Recently, I have begun to explore nightscape imaging – combining landscape features with astrophotography.” 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Through Sept. 25th 

OVER and UP September Art Exhibition featuring Northwest artists Paul Brent, Victoria Brooks, Patricia Clark-Finley, Pam Haunschild, Bob Kroll, Jan Rimerman, Emily McNeil, Neal Maine and Peg Wells.

OVER and UP focuses on contemporary art, showcasing a wide variety of art forms, mediums and expressions.

My nightscape images seem perfectly suited for this exhibit, “OVER and UP,” as the stars and other celestial bodies in our solar system rise Up in the night sky and are visible Over the landscape.  The long exposures needed to create these images allow the camera’s sensor to see very dim light that our eyes could not otherwise detect and allow us to appreciate the vastness and beauty of the universe.  Combining a view of the night sky with details of the foreground landscape seems to bring the images to life.  In order to see the details of the landscape element, I often use a technique called “light painting,” using a light source such as a flashlight to “brush” light onto the object during the exposure.  Some of these nightscape images have been blended from multiple frames to provide the desired exposure or focus through all parts of the photo.” Bob Kroll

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Fairweather Gallery has been the place for cultural art gatherings, art talks, music events, art education, artist socializing; indeed, it is a perfect event space to throw that perfect party. First and foremost,  however, it is an art gallery.

Throughout the years, many people have visited the gallery, locals and people from out of town, to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, art, music, wine tastings, listen to an inspiring artist talk, and, oftentimes, to offer a comforting ear about a good works event. 

And, so, it goes forward, while maintaining balance during a pandemic within the arts community. Fairweather continues to develop a list of best practices following approved guidelines.  Keeping everyone safe and healthy.

What remains is the art, artists, and our cultural sense of community.

Named the “state animal” in 1969, the American beaver builds the dams and wetlands that serve as habitat for Oregon salmon, steelhead, birds, amphibians and insects. Beavers are nature’s hydrologists, “Beaver Tales: A Celebration of Beaver Art” curator Sara Vickerman … click of the following link to read the entire front page article by Eve Marz, reporter for the Seaside Signal …

Source: From near extinction to a place in art

For more info the participating Fairweather  artists, please go to …artists … Paul Brent, Mike Brown, Agnes Field, Jo Pomeroy Crockett and  Neal Maine.

Save the date and time.

BEAVER TALES, a celebration of art.

May 6th, 5-7:pm in the historic Gilbert District Block of downtown Seaside

For more info about the Art Walk, please go to

Listening to the Land: Dam, Beaver! Dam!
Wednesday, April 19
6 to 8 pm
Seaside Public Library

And, too, a lot more info about Beavers and all the good things they do for us:

Dr. Stephen Ramsey, from the OSU Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing (the Center has recently announced the completion of its sequencing of the beaver genome, so this is very well timed –

Frances Backhouse will offer a talk based on her research and writing that appeared in her award-winning book, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver. At Beach Books on May 6th at 1:pm.

The Wetlands Conservancy has posted information on the Beaver Tales art project. The link is below. Feel free to share it with your friends and contacts.

Here’s a link to an excellent short video, with great aerial depiction of the changes that beaver dams bring to meadows . . .

And for more inspiration, a video of beaver swimming on U-Tube. .

CBC News Posted: Apr 02, 2017Great parenting: animals that care for their young in ‘amazing’ ways BEAVERS…

Some parents are a little more dedicated than others, according to wildlife expert Frank Ritcey. Ritcey says beavers take a more paws-on approach to raising their young. They give birth inside their lodges, where kits will stay until they’re old enough to start eating solid food.

“Once they’re old enough to venture forth, they travel about with the parent to learn how to become a beaver. [Kits] follow the adult around and mimic the adults actions,” said Ritcey.

“It’s so cute to watch — but it’s also very important as the young have to learn a whole set of skills like using the right trees to fall and how to build dams and lodges, and in general — how to be as busy as a beaver should be.”


While nothing can compare to the real beaver it is great to see more comprehensive research about the positive impacts of beaver dams.…/osu-cascades-students-scien…/394113930




And, too, from @MightyBeaver
This page features updates on what’s happening in the beaver world and news about the book.…/canada/hamilton/trapped-beaver-1.4086804

A new addition to the beaver’s resumé — cattle wrangler!…/…/sask-ranchers-stunned-beaver-1.4073018

Beavers get a shout-out for their great parenting skills (especially their “paws-on approach to raising their young”) in this CBC News story.…/great-parenting-4-animals-that-care-for…
A successful rescue of a wandering young beaver in London, Ontario.…/salthavens-patient-of-the-week-…
What does it mean to coexist with beavers and how do we do that? This short video offers good answers to both questions.

Lagoon Agnes Field

Agnes Field

Lagoon by Agnes Field. Mixed Media 36″ x 48″


Close Up Lagoon by Agnes Field.

Agnes Field and Patricia Clark-Finley


“The concentration of Agnes’ work provided a whole picture of her medium and process that was not diluted by distraction, while the whole gallery was still an adventure.”Patricia Clark-Finley.


Curator Agnes Field  opens ANYTHING GOES on August 1st.   A group invitational art exhibit at Fairweather’s  August 1st through August 31st.

“Anything Goes refers the use of materials and methods used to make art—anything to stretch the boundaries of understanding and meaning of the work.”–Agnes Field.

SEASIDE — Fairweather House and Gallery  opened a new art exhibit, “Anything Goes,” with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The art show and reception  featured work by Patricia Clark-Finley, Agnes Field and Zifen Qian with music by Kristin Qian and a lecture by  naturalist Neal Maine.

Clark-Finley works from her studio in Ocean Park, Washington, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She also has spent time at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Carl Jung Institute, and Crown Point Press and has been included in many juried regional and national exhibitions.

“The push and pull between abandon and control informs my abstraction,” she says of her work. “The medium and technical stuff requires control. But the element of chance is the same to me as abandon. If you allow chance, which is the great ‘aha’ moment in art, you have to abandon control. That is because the ego is the controller, but is blind. To introduce chance, to soften the boundaries between reality and imagination, the ego has to step back.”

Astoria artist Agnes Field uses a matter-of-fact approach to painting and making objects by improvising and reusing found materials along with the paint to amplify the intended meaning. “Painting is a dark romance for me — a sensuous love of paint and materials, but also the expression of unknown meaning that always finds its way to the surface,” Field says. “It is often on the edge between making and destroying. You can look at an object for a long time, until it is so familiar, and then one day its entire meaning changes — which changes the object in turn.”

“Painting is one way of looking for the mystery that is always there hiding in plain sight, and is the price of one’s time for understanding,” she says.

Field has a master’s degree in studio fine art from New York University and is currently the acting president of nonprofit Astoria Visual Arts and the visual arts curator at KALA. Her work has been included in many juried exhibits and residencies.

A graduate of Shanghai Normal University and with a Master of Fine Arts from Portland State University, Zifen Qian paints modern romanticism that combines Eastern and Western culture.

“Painting is a visible art form, which should be understandable by persons other than the artist,” he says. “Creating a painting is not the same as addressing scientific abstract inference on a report. Artistic addressing of social, psychological and cultural issues is based on the artist’s personal judgment from life and always combines his or her cognition of perceptual and rational knowledge with techniques of image making.”

The internationally acclaimed artist has been included in many national and international exhibits and collections.

Kristin Qian, the youngest scholarship member of the Princeton University Orchestra (class of 2018) is praised as an “omnibus” prodigy for her multiple talents across a wide spectrum of areas, including music, science, languages and painting. She will perform music during the reception.

After a 30-year career as an award-winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine became the first executive director of the North Coast Land Conservancy, which he co-founded in 1986. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion for nature photography through PacificLight Images, a partnership with Michael Wing, dedicated to raising awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with whom we share the region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands and forests.

Their photography centers around coastal and Columbia River landscapes, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems. Proceeds from photography sales will benefit the North Coast Land Conservancy.  –Coast Weekend.


The after party at Anything Goes. Pictured: artist Zifen Qian, guest performer Kristin Qian, artist Patricia Clark-Finley, curator Agnes Field, Kathy B., Denise F., Joan S., Kay K., (Fairweather Art Walk hostesses), naturalist Neal Maine and Randy Finley (Mount Baker Winery).

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