Seaside naturalist Neal Maine lectured about the local driftwood on the first Saturday in September at Fairweather’s.

Maine speaks about the local habitat every first Saturday at 6:pm.

Photo collage by Linda  Fenton-Mendenhall from the opening reception of CONTRASTS, a Fairweather exhibit, on view through September 25.



The Art of Seeing: Driftwood

Naturalist and educator Neal Maine helped found NCLC in 1986, becoming its first executive director. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion for making deeper connections with the coastal ecosystem through his nature photography and by developing and encouraging what he calls the Art of Seeing.


“I was on the beach one day last winter after a storm had tossed all kinds of things onto the beach. What caught my eye that morning was the driftwood. I started looking at the pieces of driftwood, their shapes and forms, and then I started looking closer. Some people look at clouds, mountain profiles, or driftwood and try to find recognizable shapes, like a cat or a house or Grandma Moses smoking a pipe. I was just interested in the artistry inherent in the wood itself, and in the story that created that artistry. Those patterns were once the living tissues of a tree generated one cell at a time, over decades.


I noticed this particular piece of driftwood at the Cove in Seaside last summer, high-watered onto the rocks, nearly in the parking lot. It’s 6 or 7 feet long and has this beautiful honeycomb color. It looks like some kind of hardwood. We don’t know what its adventure might have been. It could be from anywhere: Alaska, maybe, or South America. The beach is full of driftwood from all over the planet. There’s enough of it to last all of us the rest of our lives, inspecting it for its unique characteristics. Once I started looking closely at it, I got going on it and I couldn’t give it up. It’s become kind of a career. I love it when the ocean delivers these big gifts.”


Year-round Neal’s photography is on display at Fairweather House and Gallery in Seaside. Sales benefit North Coast Land Conservancy.

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North Coast Land Conservancy has been working since 1986 to conserve and connect the landscape of the Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to northern …


Mike Brown’s segmented wood vase, “Oregon Coast Tidepools and Sunset,” includes beach sunsets visible through portholes.

Porthole of the ODE to the TIDES Oregon sunset vase by Mike Brown.



Segmented Sunrise/Sunset Oregon coast vase by Mike Brown to benefit The Wetlands Conservancy.

Lori Tobias from Oregon Arts Watch recently wrote  an article about Mike Brown’s art for Ode to the Tides at the Visual Arts Center. › 40-years-and-363-miles-along-the-oregon-c…


 show at the Newport Visual Arts Center celebrates the rambling stretch … It’s part of the Ode to the Tides exhibit, celebrating coastal estuaries …


¾  of the collection will be in  Newport through September 26 at three locations:

                Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive

                Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 S Marine Science Drive

                Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd

Ode to Tides Art Exhibit & Sale through Sept. 26 – Oregon … › events › event › ode_to_tides_art_exhibit_sale_august_1-_…
Ode to Tides Art Exhibit & Sale   through Sept. 26. This art exhibit celebrates the aesthetic and ecological significance of Oregon’s estuaries and tide pools. … A portion of the sale of each piece of art will support The Wetlands Conservancy’s program to conserve Oregon’s Coastal estuaries.
Aug 1 – Sep 26 Hatfield Marine Science Center

Ode to the Tides exhibit and sale – Newport News Times › article › ode-to-the-tides-exhibit-and-sale
Ode to the Tides exhibit and sale … Council for the Art and the Lincoln County Historical Society  hosts the Ode to Tides art exhibit and sale through September.



In addition, ¼ of the Ode to the Tides collection is at the  Hood River at the Columbia Center for the Arts at 215 Cascade Avenue, through September 28.

“The exhibit in the main gallery is all black and white – so I chose lots of black and white for the lobby,” Sara Vickerman, volunteer curator.

In November and December it will be in Beaverton at City Hall and the Library (Nov 4 – Jan 2)

Read more about the traveling exhibit:

Ode to Tides Art Exhibit | The Wetlands Conservancy › stewardship › ode-to-tides-art-exhibit
Ode to Tides Art Exhibit. The Wetlands Conservancy and partners are sponsoring Ode to the Tides, a traveling art exhibit and sale in 2019 to highlight the beauty, ecological, and economic value of near-shore coastal habitats.


Ode to the Tides end note. | https://www › fairweatherhouseandgallery › 2019/06/29 › ode-to-the-tides…


Jun 29, 2019 – The art exhibit called Ode to the Tides Art Show and Sale finished its run … to Seaside on display at Fairweather House and Gallery in Seaside, …

“Oregon Grape” on wood block, colored pencil with walnut ink and wax by Dorota Haber-Lehigh, artist, educator and naturalist with a passion for native plants of the Pacific Northwest.

“Oregon Grape” on wood block, colored pencil with walnut ink and wax by Dorota Haber-Lehigh.


Dorota enjoys staining the paper with walnut ink to create unique surface, and uses artist quality colored pencils such as Faber Castell Polychromos or Caran d’Ache, 100% cotton hot press 140 lbs acid free paper. For art mounted on woodblock she uses multiple layers of Dorland wax as protective cover.


“Lobster Mushroom” on wood block, colored pencil with walnut ink and wax by Dorota Haber-Lehigh.


Dorota loves foraging for berries, mushroom hunting, field sketching and collecting specimens.

“Rose Hips”  on wood block, colored pencil with walnut ink and wax by Dorota Haber-Lehigh.

Dorota is inspired by her grandparents, who were avid mushroom hunters and gardeners, her father’s travels, and her mother’s fabric art and ikebana arrangements.



“Pumpkin”  on wood block, colored pencil with walnut ink and wax by Dorota Haber-Lehigh.

Dorota has two degrees in Art and International Studies with a focus on indigenous cultures, and a master’s degree in teaching. She also holds a graduate bilingual certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. She has earned a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from Society of Botanical Artists in London in May 2019. She is a member of Oregon Botanical Artists, Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists and American Society of Botanical Artists. Dorota exhibits and teaches drawing regionally.



October 5th, 5-7:PM

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Opening reception for “A FINE LINE” of representational and non-representational works of art. Featuring regional artists: Sharon Abbott-Furze, Bill Baily, Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, Karen Doyle, Bob Kroll, Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, Carolyn Lindberg, Emily Miller, Christine Trexel, and Russell J. Young.

Welcoming coastal artists Rebecca Herren and Dorota Haber-Lehigh.

Keeping in mind the coastal landscape, Rebecca’s work is abstract lines of color, texture and movement.

Dorota depicts Pacific Northwest native plants, portraying their sculptural beauty and brings attention to importance of ecological diversity of nature to emphasize natures and human fragility.

Dorota enjoys depicting flora of the Pacific Northwest, often native plants. She is interested in portraying individual plants with their sculptural and ephemeral beauty. Her passion is to bring attention to importance of ecological diversity of nature and emphasize nature’s and human fragility. Dorota is interested in the healing power of plants and nature and enjoys drawing plants that have medicinal properties. She has e authored two ethnobotanical coloring books: “ABC of Native Plants of the Coastal PNW” and “Native Berries of the Coastal PNW.”

Introducing emerging artists Ray Althaus and W. T.  Brown.

Artist talks at 5:30pm.

Naturalist Neal Maine habitat lecture at 6: pm.

Painting demonstration by Paul Brent.

LIVE music by Shirley 88.

Learn more about the gallery at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery. com

“Salt Marsh” Acrylic on board, varnished and float framed by Pam Haunschild

“Accompanied by some sea stars, sand dollars and possibly a whiff of ocean breeze.”


About Pam Haunschild:

Being outside in nature is everything to me!  So it’s no surprise that nature is my subject.  In my paintings, I attempt to capture the essence of nature without copying it exactly.  I want to get past the obvious — to get to the essence of why many of us find being outside in nature soothing to our souls.  Whether this is conveying the power behind a falcon’s gaze, the wonder of the vast number and variety of creatures that live in a tidepool, or the majesty of a salmon swimming upstream to spawn, I hope to capture something that will inspire viewers to connect more deeply with the natural world.

I find artistic inspiration from living on a wooded high-elevation property near Ashland, Oregon, as well as from having held several National Park Artist-in-Residence positions (Lassen, Glacier, and Lake Clark (Alaska)).  I work with both watercolors and acrylics — often together in the same painting.  Much as nature is created through the addition and washing away of materials over time, my artistic process involves creating layers in my art.  I build textures in the paint, often using natural objects like leaves, stones, and shells.  Although later removed, they leave their impressions in the paint.  I often use paint in a way that mimics natural processes, e.g., washes of very wet color produce rivulets and wave-like patterns like those found in the ocean.  Stones texture paint in patterns that mimic wind-blown surfaces and geological layers.  The resulting paintings are colorful, highly textured, and semi-abstract, but the natural forms can still be identified.



“Estuarine” Acrylic on board, varnished and float framed by Pam Haunschild


As John Muir says, I hope “Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees” when you view my work.


More about Pam Haunschild
  • Former Jack Crosby Regents Chair of Business Administration at  The University of Texas at Austin
  • Former Associate Professor at  Standford University
  • Studied Organizational Behavior at  Carnegie Mellon University


Pam Haunschild  attended the June opening reception for “Ode to the Tides” exhibit at Fairweather Gallery in Seaside. 

“Just wanted to let you know that I have been SO inspired by the “Tides” exhibit  that I have been creating more and different wetland art!” Pam

Read more about the Ode to the Tides: › stewardship › ode-to-tides-art-exhibit › ode-to-the-tides

Copyright © 2019    Pam Haunschild / Fairweather House and Gallery

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Fused glass by Rosalyn Andronescu


“I take pride in everything I create. I focus on color, design and detail to create individual fused glass pieces.” 


Luminaries by Rosalyn Andronescu, fused glass artist

“Luminaries are a wonderful addition to any home!  A variety of glass is fused and then draped so that a large candle will fit inside.”  



Mezuzots by Rosalyn Andronescu, fused glass artist


“I create fused glass Mezuzots, which are my specialty product, with a unique design feature that incorporates Roman Glass, tiles and beads. Customers may include a copy of a love letter, poem or prayer inside the glass pocket.”


“As an educator, I participated in the We Belong in History project.”

Introduced by Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen, the book We Belong in History: Writing with William Stafford highlighted a collection of Oregon’s middle and high school students’ poetry that was inspired by Stafford’s work. The book also included a selection of Stafford’s poems as well as lesson plans written by teachers.…

“I thought that the project was a good one — although, at first, I thought it was a bit “high-ended” for my eighth grade students. Many of the topics to consider would be difficult for an eighth grader to relate to on the same level as an adult. Still, I was glad that I was able to use the project as a jumping point to inspire my students — many of whom are wonderful writers in their own right,” Rosalyn Andronescu


“Thank you for selecting my fused glass work.  It made me smile to think about your farm in Vancouver and the eye you have for local artists. I enjoyed visiting your gallery and to see the quality of work that you display.  You are truly inspiring! Thank you for your warmth and enthusiasm for the arts.” Rosalyn


Read more  at




“Elegant Heron” signed photograph by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

Great Blue Heron in the wetlands of Young’s Bay.

Astoria, Oregon.

August 2019


Grey mat, framed and signed.

Sizes available:
23″ x 17″ $295.
30″ x 22″ $395.
All proceeds in support of NCLC/ North Coast Land Conservancy.


The Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in North America, with a slate-gray body, chestnut and black accents, and long legs and neck. In flight, it looks enormous, with a six-foot wingspan. When foraging, the Great Blue Heron stands silently along riverbanks or in wetlands meadows, waiting for prey.

Great blue herons nest communally in “rookeries” or “heronries” containing up to 50 pairs. Herons typically use the same rookery every year until eventually the …


“Heron Courtship” by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

February 2017

Great Blue Herons photographed above the Neawanna River in Seaside, Oregon.  The river flows into the  greater Necanicum Estuary.  Fun Fact: this image was selected  recently for a NCLC fund raiser.

About the photographer Neal Maine


After a thirty-year career as an award winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine became the first executive director of 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 landscape, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems.

Neal focuses his imagery on exploring wildlife in the context of its habitat, while Michael’s specialty is capturing action images that illustrates the dynamic nature of coastal wildlife. PacificLight Images is dedicated to working with coastal communities to protect wildlife habitat and its connectivity. A percentage of all photography sales are donated to North Coast Land Conservancy to help further this goal.

“Unless otherwise noted, images are presented as they were photographed. Slight adjustment by cropping, lightening or darkening may have been used, but the photo subject is presented as recorded in the Oregon coastal landscapes.” A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with each copyrighted and signed image. Available exclusively at Fairweather’s.

Sizes available:
23″ x 17″ $295.
30″ x 22″ $395.
All proceeds in support of NCLC/ North Coast Land Conservancy.



To view more images please  go to  artists tab Neal Maine


“Camping Out”  original oil by Blue Bond.


About the artist: Blue Bond has an Art Studio and Gallery located in the Historic Gilbert District.  In addition, he shows themed art at Fairweather House and Gallery, selecting a work of art that complements the ever-changing month-long exhibitions.

About Blue Bond Art Studio and Gallery:


Amazing paintings by artist Blue Bond done in oil on canvas.  Animals, people, still life, and wonderful scenery pictures delight guests.  Blue  Bond is also a teacher, and enjoys passing on his vast knowledge to novices and experienced painters alike.


Private classes in oil or acrylic are available, reasonably priced.   Stop by the Blue Bond Art Studio  and Gallery at 417 S Holladay Drive in beautiful Seaside, Oregon for a marvelous experience.

And, do not fret…although there is a “for sale” sign in front of the gallery, Blue Bond  is staying in the area…just needing for more room for classes and a fenced yard new pets.


Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

Since 2006 Fairweather House and Gallery has worked jointly with fellow artists to provide a unique exhibition each and every month.


Images by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall and Scott Saulsbury, fellow photographers and friends,  who work together for the good of the Historic Gilbert District’s special events.





Linda and Scott each attended Seaside High School and had Neal Maine as a teacher.


Neal Maine lecture.  Photo by Scott Saulsbury.

“Mr. Maine… still teaching, just not to high school students anymore,  Fairweather’s Art Walk in Seaside.” Scott


Linda Fenton-Mendenhall grew up in a family that had a major nursery. Linda has an antique business and does estate sales in the county.

And, too, Scott grew up in a family who had a nursery that was a friendly competitor (Scott’s family had the RainTree Nursery in Seaside).  Scott is the founder of Gardenware Nursery Labeling.