Image:  “Eelgrass Meadow” watercolor by Emily Miller/ logo calligraphy by Kajira Berry

Ode to the Tides goals are to recognize the aesthetic and ecological significance Oregon’s estuaries, tide pools and intertidal habitats, to spark community and creative interdisciplinary engagement, promote conservation and enhance visitor experience and support of coastal resources and communities.



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For more info about the art, please contact art curator, Sara Vickerman,


Image: “Eelgrass Meadow” watercolor by Emily Miller/ logo calligraphy by Kajira Berry



The Wetlands Conservancy presents Ode to the Tides

Seaside Oregon

To celebrate the aesthetic and ecological significance of Oregon’s estuaries and tide pools, The Wetlands Conservancy has collaborated with the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition, Oregon Sea Grant, and Institute for Natural Resources to host the Ode to Tides art exhibit and sale. The exhibit, first shown at Oregon State University through May, arrives in Seaside through June.

The exhibit opens on June 1 at two locations in Seaside.

Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway Street and The Art-in-Loft Gallery at Beach Books 616 Broadway Street.

The traveling exhibit includes artwork of all kinds, from paintings to fiber, wood, stone, glass and ceramics. With regional and local artists displaying their work, the exhibit and sale bring together a multitude of styles and creativity.

The exhibit will feature juried art for purchase. A portion of the sale of each piece of art will support The Wetlands Conservancy’s program to conserve Oregon’s Coastal estuaries.

The exhibit focuses on the plants, animals, fish, land formations and the magic of estuaries and tide pools, the rich mixing zones where freshwater from the land meets salt water from the sea. This blend creates a unique environment with abundant and diverse life. Estuaries gather nutrients from both land and sea, forming an ecosystem that contains more life per square inch than the richest Midwest farmland.  Oregon’s 22 major estuaries are ecologically essential for many fish and wildlife species, including salmon, herring, flounder, crab, oysters, clams, wading birds, ducks, and otters, providing habitat for reproduction, rearing, resting and foraging.


Ode to the Tides goals are to recognize the aesthetic and ecological significance Oregon’s estuaries, tide pools and intertidal habitats, to spark community and creative interdisciplinary engagement, promote conservation and enhance visitor experience and support of coastal resources and communities.

The exhibit will be on view in Seaside through June 30.

About The Wetlands Conservancy: Founded in 1981, The Wetlands Conservancy is the only organization in Oregon dedicated to working in partnership with communities statewide to permanently protect, conserve and restore Oregon’s greatest wetlands– our most biologically rich and diverse lands. The mission of The Wetlands Conservancy is to conserve, enhance and restore the physical and ecological values of Oregon’s greatest wetlands for current and future generations. For more information, please visit



To view the art selection for  the Ode to the Tides Show and Sale, go to!ApX3G0K1CP6QvUoil55E7MCQvR8Y

For more info about the art, please contact art curator, Sara Vickerman,

Ode to the Tides Art Show and Sale

Fairweather Gallery Exhibition Hours

June 2019

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 10-6

Sun 11-4

(503) 738-8899




Grant funding  for the SEASIDE Ode to the Tides exhibit and program made possible through:

Purpose The Clatsop County Cultural Coalition grants are funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust and awarded to projects that support, maintain, preserve and …


“Polar Snow Shoe” by Neal Maine

“Whale Within” by Neal Maine 



Wildlife photographers Daniel Dietrich and Neal Maine in 2015.


An event hosted in Seaside for the Alaska Wilderness League in 2015 has earned  recent  kudos and a connection to Art Wolfe, internationally known photographer. Neal Maine shared the news at the opening reception of ‘Portraiture’ on May 4, 2019.


Daniel Dietrich traveled to the Arctic with Neal Maine in 2014. Daniel recently entered his polar bear image, a photo one/tenth of a second from Neal Maine, in a competition.

“Thanks to BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition for selecting my polar bear image as a finalist in this year’s competition. The photo will be on display at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco July-October.”  Daniel Dietrich


And, too, Daniel Dietrich is with Art Wolfe on location in 2019.



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‘Arctic Light’ draws attention to global warming Presentation ……/arctic-light…/article_1d181096-2d41-5d56-a37…

Feb 16, 2015 – ‘Arctic Light’ draws attention to global warming Presentation, … Neal Maine and Daniel Dietrich will speak about Alaska Wilderness League at …



Osprey portrait by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.  Proceeds in support of NCLC.


‘Portraiture’ habitat lecture by local naturalist, wildlife photographer Neal Maine was given at Fairweather’s on May 4.


Ospreys return to Seaside

May 17, 2019/  Seaside Signal newspaper article

Oregon coast naturalist Neal Maine still gets a thrill after many years of watching the osprey return to their nests in Seaside. Maine has found nine nests so far and estimates that there are about 20 osprey locally, but he admits that there are likely some he is missing.

“When nature keeps on marching, you get excited. When the osprey return, somethings still right, they flew all the way from South America,” said Maine.

The annual return of the osprey not only marks the coming of summer, it is a sign of the progress being made in conservation. Osprey, along with other raptors, suffered a population decimation from the use of DDT, which caused eggshell thinning. Once the pesticide was banned, the bird of prey made a sharp recovery.

However, they are not out of the woods yet. There is a growing trend of osprey nesting on man-made objects. Osprey typically nest near rivers on the top of dead trees, but as forest composition changed and old growth snags disappeared, they started relying on utility poles and other tall objects to rear their young.

In addition, their choice location is not always convenient. When osprey in Seaside decided to nest on a pole near the Broadway baseball field the raptors did not consider that the power line may one day need replacement. The nest was relocated on a 60-foot high pole installed off Neawanna Creek. Fortunately, the birds were fine with the move and have continued to nest at the new location since 2012. Maine, who oversaw the project, has watched the same birds come back to the same nests since 2009.

Osprey that summer in Oregon typically winter off the islands and coast of Mexico, Central and South America, segregating into male and female territories. Osprey typically live to 25 in the wild and will continue to use the same nest with their monogamous partner, unless something tragic happens. The juveniles also come back to the area where they were reared so the birds on the coast have been here for many, many generations.

While their numbers rebounded significantly in most of the world after the banning of DDT, osprey are still threatened or endangered globally, including in many states nationally. In Oregon, they are not considered legally endangered, although are not as abundant as they once were. Currently, the biggest threat to osprey is aquaculture, which causes habitat loss because of damming. The raptors are often shot while hunting fish at aquaculture facilities in their southern territory.

However, here in Oregon the birds are increasingly overwintering locally rather than migrating and it is not clear as to why. The birds rely on an abundant source of fish, which may be harder for the birds to find as more rivers are dammed for agriculture, flood control, aquaculture and hydropower. It’s also possible that they are finding the Willamette Valley’s maritime climate more amenable than in year’s past and have moved north, like many birds, as a result of climate change. Moreover, it could be a slough of other variables not yet identified. There are not many resources on the coast dedicated to the study of osprey.

We didn’t even know where the nests were, it wasn’t on anyone’s agenda. ODFW was budgeted back to survival level, there’s not even an ODFW office in Clatsop County,” said Maine. Since the ospreys are not a priority species, answering these questions might fall on the shoulders of people like Maine, who engages regularly in citizen science. “More and more are staying every winter in the valley, and last year I found one here in January,” he said.

Nature certainly does find a way and osprey are a testament to that. They are resilient birds and can make themselves at home in the busiest of human environments. “It seems like they watch the baseball games,” Maine said about the birds at the Broadway field.


Check out the osprey cam at or better yet, go find them in person in Seaside.


“The Sacred” by Shelby Silver


On view through May 29

Medium: Mixed media, acrylic impasto and PMD (plastic marine debris)


Gallery display featuring Shelby Silver’s art “The Sacred.”  In addition, green and butter hand blown art glass, handmade journal and boxes by Christine Trexel.  In the back ground is portraits by Leah Kohlenberg.

Shelby Silver artist statement:

To quote Louise Doughty “Muscle has memory: the body knows things the mind will not admit.”

I agree with this concept whole heartedly*. It has only been through the process of painting and allowing myself to be a conduit that I have been able to tap into the message my body has been trying to convey for the past 35 years. I have opened myself to create portraiture from a place of ancestral memory, meaning I am not using a live model, and I am not operating from a photograph. I am recalling a memory, from a past I have not lived in this life, but one I have lived before.


Through blood lines long dusted now presenting themselves to me through meditative visualizations I am sharing this gift. I am sharing ancestral wisdom not only from my long forgotten historical background, but yours as well. You and I are unified, and eat from the same earth that those who’ve gone before us are now growing out of. It is only natural that together we feel connected and protective over our earth and this sacred right. As I open myself more completely to the nature of our familial totemic inheritance I am finding that my spirit is feeling fulfilled. My guardianship values are deepening in an innate yearning to reconnect mankind with the wild and essential beauties surrounding us.

There are untold gifts waiting to be received should we care for this planet in ways that symbiotically and ecologically allow it to care for us.

“Remembering our connection is remembering our responsibility to Earth, Sea, and All Living Beings.”



With “illumined gratitude” Shelby Silver  recently spoke about  “remembering our connection is remembering our responsibility to earth, sea, and all living beings” at Fairweather’s.


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*Q: What is the difference between heartedly and heartily, you ask?
Heartedly definition, having a specified kind of heart (now used only in … hearted. adj. now used only in combinations, meaning “at heart,” since c.1200, first … As adverbs the difference between heartily and heartedly is the heartily is in a hearty manner while heartedly is in a hearted manner.

Love and Mindfulness Advocate, & Steward of Earth and Sea, Shelby Silver, Pacific Northwest born and raised Ecological Artist couple’s self-taught impasto techniques, and her back ground in fiber art with plastic marine debris she collects along the Oregon Coast.

It is through this bold marriage of media she invites you to drop into your heart space and look ever more closely at the world we share as invaluable and sacred. ​Along with her evolving art career Shelby is a Writer, and Illustrator and is currently working on multiple books. One of specific interest may be her Educational Marine Alphabet, drawing awareness towards the declining conditions in which sea animals are living under.

End note:

“Just received the May 2019 edition of Southwest Art magazine.  There is an article about my  art.  Happy to bring extra copies for the opening artist reception to the Fairweather Gallery on May 4!”  


Shelby Silver

Environmental Artist

Love and Mindfulness Advocate

Steward of Earth and Sea


Portraiture opening reception collage; Top: Neal Maine habitat lecture and Carolyn Macpherson artist talk. Bottom:  Shelby Silver artist lecture and Blue Bond artist introduction.

Portraiture collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.


Original portrait by Leah Kohlenberg.


Portrait by Leah Kohlenberg. 

Leah Kohlenberg artist statement:

“I have been painting for 17 years, and am primarily self taught, though I have taken classes at the Gage Academy and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and studied privately with Armenian painters Hakob Hovannisyan, Arthur Sarkissian, and Suren Nersisyan, with Georgian artist Lado Pochkhua, and with Portland Artist Don Bishop.  I work mainly in oil and acrylic, working with urban architecture and modern portraits as my subjects, but also use pastels and watercolor. I have been juried in as a Portland Open Studio artist every year between 2015 and 2018, and currently serve as president of the open studio board. I have had solo shows at the Hadas Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; at the Műveleti Terület Gallery in Budapest, Hungary; and at the American Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia, among others. I won a merit prize in the American Juried Online Art Salon 2010 Spring and Summer Show.  My art is in private collections around the world.”


Portraiture exhibit featuring the art of Leah Kohlenberg.

“I have taught art for 11 years, first by helping start an English language art school called Sziv Studios in Budapest, Hungary with American artist Paula Brett, and since then teaching hundreds of students of all ages.  I founded the Roaming Studio for  teaching art classes in 2010 (renamed Leah Kohlenberg Fine Art Classes in 2016).  I was awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant to publish my first book, The Roaming Studio Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Faces, released in early 2016.  I also offer an Art at Work Program, designed to bring drawing and painting classes to non-professionals in the workplace,”  …from a previous lecture  Leah Kohlenberg.



“Here is a link to the book. I will have copies for Fairweather’s  Portraiture exhibition through May 29.”  Leah

The Roaming Studio’s Step-By-Step Guide to Drawing Faces (The Roaming Studio’s Art Guides) (Volume 1) by Leah Kohlenberg (2015-12-24)

“Childhood On Camano Island” made with flower petals by Mike Mason

Inspired by the idea of translating a series of black and white family photos from the 30’s and 40’s with “botanical color,” I created my floral impression, “Childhood On Camano Island.” 



Artist statement for ‘Portraiture’

“This is a portrait of my Mother “Mitzi,” my aunt Rosemary, and their cousin as children celebrating at the beach.
They all stand together with shoes shaped from Petunia. The glowing skin illuminated by rose and carnation. I fashioned the clothing of roses, using hibiscus for the brightest white. The shy violet forms the shading. Sulfur cosmos were used to style the hair. My Mom’s eyes are the perfect Forget-Me-Not blue, and the rhododendron that I used for Rosemary’s reminds me that: things are always better with you. Using the reverse side of lotus leaves and  hydrangeas lent to an even softer shade, for the bright, but subtle hues needed to create the Sound. Lining up veins on the foliage and adding horizontal hydrangea “swatches,” with white Rose “caps,” suggest movement of the incoming tide. All the while, paying attention to the faint blue coast line of “Whidbey Island,” and the docked ships, working with pale blue Hydrangea reflections under the boats. Using three leaves I created the beach, choosing to present the pieces in a herringbone pattern to naturally suggest the textured sandy shores. Iris “glazing,” with other botanicals complete the land my family is standing on.”  Mike Mason


Q: Where, in the world, is Whidbey Island and Camano Island, you ask?

A: Whidbey Island is a large island located in Island County, WA, in the United States. Whidbey is north of Seattle, and lies between the Olympic Peninsula and the Seattle-Metro corridor of western Washington. The island forms the northern boundary of Puget Sound. It is home to a strategically significant Naval Base: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Residents are known as Whidbey Islanders. An estimated 29,000 of Whidbey Islanders live in rural locations on the Southern end of the island, and about 30,000 live in a urban setting. Residents distinguish themselves as “Northenders” or “Southenders” based on the region of the island where they live.  Camano Island is part of the San Juan Islands in Washington state.


The unique appeal of Camano Island is that it offers visitors a real-life island experience — without the hype.  There are a few restaurants, a handful of country-style grocery stores, bed and breakfast facilities, and intriguing fine art galleries to serve the elite few who have discovered Camano Island.




Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

May exhibition

 “Portraiture” featuring regional artists Leah Kohlenberg, Susan Romersa, Patricia Clark-Finley, Rebecca Gore, Carolynn Wagler, Carolyn Macpherson, Mike Mason and Russell J. Young.

The art selected is a debut exhibition contemplating character in portrait drawings and oil sketches displaying the relationship between artist and sitter as its central subject,” D. Fairweather.

Prize winning Portland Oregon native artist Mike Mason is a print making graduate of SFAI.  Mike is currently using his art to support natural wildlife habitat conservation.

“I create art in a form of flower impressionism. My art is created with nature’s paint brush. Using dried and pressed flower and plant product to create my brushstrokes. Each fragile petal is glued and perfectly placed in collage style.” –Mike Mason

Welcoming new artists Karen Doyle, Lisa Robinson and Shelby Silver.

Introducing new emerging artists Tamara Watanabe and Vanessa K. Stokes.


Mike Mason previously offered a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode with pressed flower petals at Fairweather’s.

“Thank you for having Mike Mason’s first human portrait Floral Impression in your Portraiture Show! We are so excited to announce that the image was streaming as a Washington County Open studio image! Hope everybody will come to see this wonderful work of art!!! We will see each other very soon… Hydrangeas represent remembrance. So sweet.” Mike and Anny


“Determination”  original watercolor by Tamara Watanabe

Emerging portraiture artist statement:

“I am not a professional artist, nor do I have an art degree, however, art is an integral part of my life. As a child, reared on a small farm, in the peace and tranquility of the Puyallup valley, I grew to love the arts. Right next door, my grandmother’s art studio buzzed with activity; a place where my first paintings and drawings sprang to life.

As I pursued my formal education, I could not help but add art classes into my schedule. From drawing, to painting, photography and watercolor, it was always there. I took classes for a while from a local artist, Lou Innocenti, in the 90’s. In 2004, I sold an oil painting and was commissioned to paint a larger version of the work. I moved to Hawaii, where I continued to experiment with oils and attended the University of Hawaii as Tropical Plant and Soil Science Major. Right now, though, I am using my love for art and learning and drawing faces to help promote an organization known as faces4hope.” Tamara Watanabe


“Exuberance” original watercolor by Tamara Watanabe

“The founders of faces4hope, Holly and Jack Stagge, tell a marvelous story of how these beautiful, brown faces on the Maasailand in Tanzania, Africa captured their hearts. Now, they live to educate young girls who would not otherwise have that chance. The portraits are faces of two young Maasai girls in Tanzania, who have been touched by the love and dedication of Holly and Jack. If I can help spread the word of a severely great need and open up the hearts of others, then my artwork has changed someone’s life near and, hopefully far, and served a greater purpose. I hope you enjoy these beautiful faces. May they light a spark in your heart.” Tamara Watanabe



On view through May 29.


Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

The art selected is a debut exhibition contemplating character in portrait drawings and oil sketches displaying the relationship between artist and sitter as its central subject,” D. Fairweather, gallerist.


 “Portraiture” featuring regional artists Leah Kohlenberg, Susan Romersa, Patricia Clark-Finley, Rebecca Gore, Carolynn Wagler, Carolyn Macpherson, Mike Mason and Russell J. Young.

Welcoming artists Karen Doyle, Lisa Sofia Robinson and Shelby Silver.

Introducing emerging artists Tamara Watanabe and Vanessa Stokes.

“Love Tamara Watanbe’s work. She catches the essence of these beautiful young Maasai girls, who, without the work of organizations like Faces4Hope, would be sold into marriage soon. Once married, it would be their responsibility to build the home they would live in and begin having and supporting children. Thank you, Tamara, for these works of love. And thank you, Leah Brooks, for giving yourself over to save these girls.” Boni Webster

Q: How are emerging artists selected by the gallery, you ask?

A: Emerging artists are selected through an audition process and receive gallery mentoring.  Fairweather House and Gallery has championed more than twelve emerging artists. Emerging artists  have taken the risks, embraced the challenges and have continued to be rigorous, disciplined and dedicated in their approach to creation and production.



Read more about the emerging artists featured at the Gallery.…/kristin–qian/ shows a new emerging artist for the entire month of August.…artists/kristin–qian/The art of music with Kristin Qian, violinist


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—————————————————————————————————————————— receiving excellent feedback from the Steel Ribbon series at Faiweather’s, Robert McWhirter, who was introduced as an emerging artist





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