Just in! Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

The Eyes Have It.  Saw-whet owl.

And, too, it’s a nearly, dearly life-size image (abt. 6″h)!

Proceeds in support of NCLC.

 

 

Found in a coastal scrub nest box placed  for local wood ducks, a saw-whet owl, flew out to land on  a branch, where it watched the birders doing the nest box housekeeping, then flew back into the box, with a nod and a  howdy do hoot. Saw-whets winter in dense forests along the coast range.

About the Northern Saw-whet Owl:

 

Birders who prowl through conifer groves in winter sometimes find this round-headed little gnome perched there, sitting still as if to avoid notice. Avoiding notice is a task at which this owl often succeeds; it is overlooked in many places where it occurs. Late at night, males give a rhythmic tooting song that may go on for hours with scarcely a break. The bird was named for this song, which reminded settlers of the sound of a whetstone sharpening a saw.

Nesting

Early in breeding season, male sings incessantly at night to defend territory and attract a mate. Nest site is in cavity in tree, usually 15-60′ above ground. Mostly use abandoned woodpeckers holes. Will also use artificial nest boxes. Apparently will not use same site two years in a row.

Length 7.1–8.3 in
Wingspan 16.5–18.9 in

Weight 2.3–5.3 oz

 www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/northern-saw-whet-owl

 

 

 

Just in, another new image from  Neal Maine:  “Bachelor Herd” of elk.

Photo within walking distance of downtown Seaside.

 

For more images, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ …Neal Maine.

Save dates and times.

Neal Maine, naturalist, biologist, and nature photographer, will lecture about  the ecology of the local habitat during the 2018 Seaside First Saturday Art Walks at  Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway, Seaside, Oregon.

Save the dates.  Save the times. Neal Maine lectures at 6:pm

  • March 3rd
  • April 7th
  • May 5th
  • June 2nd
  • July 7th
  • August 4th
  • September 1st
  • October 6th
  • November 3rd
  • December 1st

 

 

Image titled: It says walk.

Coastal elk crossing Highway 101.

Neal Maine, PacificLight Images.

Special order.

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.

 

 

Q: What else is  new from Neal Maine, you ask?

A:  Image titled: Blue Heron Wave. 

Del Rey Beach, in the surf, a Great Blue Heron is spotted catching mole crabs. 

Neal Maine/ PacificLight Imges.

December 2017.

 

THE NEXT FRONTIER, OUR OWN BACKYARD

Humans: We take pictures, walks, deep breaths, memories, rides on waves, water, timber, in habitat that used to belong to other trail makers. We thought we could never catch all the salmon, never cut all the big trees, and never pollute the ocean. In our hubris, we thought we could make our own trails. With renewed humility, we are learning how to share this place, to live together with our partner trail makers. PacificLight Images celebrates this partnership as we use our images to inspire others to honor nature’s trails in OUR OWN BACKYARD.

“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 at Fairweather’s.

 

For more images from Neal Maine, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/  …artists/  …Neal Maine.

 

# 1 Image 2017: Beaver Tales  habitat lecture at Fairweather’s by biologist, naturalist, wildlife photographer Neal Maine. 

 

 

#2 Image from 2017: Kimberly Kent, artist and art broker  meets her art on display at Fairweather’s.

 

 

#3 Image from 2017: Most viewed  Linda Fenton-Mendenhall photo collage from a  Fairweather Art Walk.

Pictured top row/ left to right:  Reneé Hafeman; a round of applause from art patrons; Paul Brent artist talk. 

Middle row/ left to right: table top display;  Britney Drumheller  artist talk;  artist Emily Miller;  emerging artist Whelpsy Whelp. 

Bottom row/ left to right: marine debris artist Karynn Kozij;  Art Walk hostess Joan modeling art;  Fairweather sponsored Pop-Up Gallery and Studio with artist Paul Brent, Gail and Ellen, hostesses; Denise,  Kemy Kay, Joan and Saundra having fun.

 

 

 

#4 image from 2017:  Artist Carolyn Macpherson  offering a Seaside Painting LIVE ™ episode at Fairweather’s.  

 

#5 image from 2017: Michael Gilbert, wood artist, meets Mike Brown, wood artist at Fairweather’s.

 

 

 

#6 image from 2017:  Master calligrapher Penelope Culbertson offers a Seaside Scribing LIVE(tm) event at Faiweather’s.

 

 

 

 

#7 image from 2017:  Shirley 88 performs LIVE on the Fairweather grand.

 

#8 image from 2017:  Flynn, the most handsome American  Kestrel, assists Wildlife Center of the North Coast Executive Director Joshua Saranpaa, during a LIVE Doing Good Works ™ auction at Fairweather’s.

 

 

#9 image from 2017:  Artist Michael Muldoon offers a Seaside Painting LIVE  ™ episode at Fairweather’s.

 

#10 2017 image:  Irish Lands opening reception at Fairweather’s featured a family heirloom brought to America in the 1850’s.

 

 

Artists represent the heartbeat of the Fairweather Gallery.  What we strive to put out in the arts community is  the artist’s conversations.  We have been fortunate to experience the sharing and giving of many, many creative minds  for over 11 years.

 

So, for us,  in 2018, the opportunity to continue to present an arts platform forward  is all about shining a bright light on the reminder that we are all connected… artists, patrons and community.

 

SEEK opening remarks:

 

“As a company, we experienced first hand the destruction and loss during the Great Coastal Gale of Dec. 2, 2007.  Yet amid the crisis, friends and neighbors reached out seeking to help.  SEEK, as an exhibition, 10 years later, casts light on the beauty of art and artist stories that inspire. 

Yes, indeed, sometimes the world can feel dark with reports of loss, but it is also filled  with the pursuit of light, love and friendship. ” D. Fairweather  December 2, 2017

 

And, too, sharing the 10th anniversary articles that appeared in the local media in 2017.

The great coastal gale of 2007 brought neighbors together. For some people it was an adventure. For others it was horrific.. Date: 2017-12-09   Seaside Signal story/ http://www.dailyastorian.com/signal

 

How Seaside’s leaders faced the storm. Voices from the Great Coastal Gale of 2007.

Date: 2017-12-08 Seaside Signal story/ http://www.dailyastorian.com/signal

 

Column: Recalling parallels between the Great Coastal Gale and Hurricane Katrina. A tale of two storms

Date: 2017-12-01   Seaside Signal/ http://www.dailyastorian.com/signal

 

 

 

The first Fairweather House  business was located on Park Drive/ Highway 101. Building destroyed on Dec. 2, 2007 during the Great Coastal Gale.

Left to right: Sesame & Lillies, Romancing the Home, Fairweather House, Judith M Interiors, Gearhart Gallery, Northwest Natural Foods, Dr. Theodosia Woods Wellness Center and Coast Business.  The businesses  were destroyed in the building when the roof blew off.

One in five Clatsop County residents reported damage from the Great Coastal Gale. –State Farm Insurance/ 2007

Reprinting a thank you placed in the Daily Astorian. December   07, 2007

Thank you to the entire Gearhart Volunteer Fire Department, George Daggat and staff at Gearhart Fine Furniture, Walter Daggat at Walter Daggat Antiques, to the entire John and Tina Cook family of John Cook Glass Studio, Ned and Geri Malcolm, Cathie and Jack Cates and staff at the Natural Nook Flower Shop, Sheila Coleman, Jim and Terry Morrisey, Monica,  Hunter, Vickie Lawson, Joan and Sue of the Gearhart Angel Network, Cindy and Misty Fitzsimmons, Les Lyson, Marie and Allen Hofmann, Philomenia Lloyd, CC Carrow, Karen Wilson, Heidi Futon, Robert and Dianne Widdop, Bernie and Carol Komm, Louise Whitehead, Cherry Harris and many more neighbors and friends that weathered the storm to assist Fairweather House.–D. Fairweather

 

 

And, too, reprinting an article from 2008

The Power of Story

Vance
South Coast Coach

As coaches we are always attuned to the power and the meaning of story. Aside from being careful that our own story doesn’t dominate a conversation with one of our clients, we, by are nature pay close attention to the stories that unfold around us.

I recently had one such incident and with her permission I am going to share it. The small town of Gearhart was besieged with a tremendous damaging windstorm in early December of 2007. Denise Fairweather, being fairly new to the community, had not had her gallery open long when the storm hit. It tore her business apart and left her in the hospital with a serious knock on the noggin that she was lucky to survive with. The beautiful things she had marketed in her shop and even large parts of the shop were scattered all over the area.

While she lay recuperating, her new neighbors combed through the wreckage, scoured the area, and retrieved what they could of her inventory. They did what they could to clean up the area enough for Denise’s insurance company and for FEMA to assess the level of damage to her shop, her person, and her life in general. As she recuperated, her new neighbors carefully stored her things in their houses, garages, cars, anywhere they could find. Denise slowly made a recovery from what could have been life long disabling brain damage as the process of insurance and assistance rolled on.

Her insurance company decided her business was a total loss, and FEMA decided that Denise qualified for a small business loan with their assistance. She now had what was left of her former inventory to deal with. All the community brought forth what had survived and they had a large sale in the Seaside Community Center. What was not sold for pennies on the dollar was donated to anyone in the community. The result was that Denise was in her new location with new stock in time for what Seaside refers to as the Spring rush. She had been made whole by that strange blend of the kindness of fellow community members, her insurance company, the skill of her physicians, and her own will to survive. Each year they celebrate her survival and the strength of the community on the with a  sale called the Foulweather event.

Denise had been worried that she was losing her short-term memory as a result of her injury. Her doctor told her that the best thing she could do was to tell the story and gradually the pain and the victory would return to her. Jane and I were honored to hear this story as part of that process and to spend time with this wonderful woman in her amazing business known as Fairweather House & Gallery. It is located in the historic Gilbert district of Seaside Oregon. If you want to re-connect with why so many of us love what we do as coaches, stop by if you are in the area. Denise will remind you with every word she says. She only promotes local artists to the area, and the shop and Denise are an example of goal, focus, and overcoming the adversity that we are sometimes handed.

To read more about the 10th anniversary of the Great Coastal Gale, go to:

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf//11/oregons_storm_king_considers.html

 

Q: How to you handle a severe high wind weather warning today? –Renee

A: “Whenever a wind storm arrives that sounds like a freight train overhead, I gather a cozy sleeping bag, a down comforter, a lot of feather pillows and spend the night sleeping in the Jacuzzi…using it as a personal safe haven.” –Denise

For more about the gallery and its history, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

 

 

 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

SEEK, an art exhibition, through December

Opening reception images

“As the hectic holiday season approaches, we seek beauty, in its solitude and silence, as well as seek time with family and friends.”

 

SEEK, Fairweather’s opening reception December art exhibition featured Duane Bolster, master harp builder and his harp petting zoo. For nearly 50 years, he worked in operating rooms and Intensive Care Units. He witnessed the wonderful healing and soothing effects that harp music had on the children he cared for, and on their parents. He won The Hero award from CCA “For Creating a Magnificent Harp for the Music Program”.

 

Featured December artist Renee Rowe offered an artist’s talk during the opening reception of SEEK. The artist, an Oregonian, spoke about being inspired by the beauty of nature.  She produces abstract art by following her heart. For the artist, celebrating art and life are inseparable.

 

An art patron appreciates the artist stories that are posted with the art on display.

  Fairweather’s represents 200 regional artists, showing original works of art through rotating exhibitions throughout the year. 

 

And, too, Fairweather’s welcomed new historic Gilbert District business owners of The Whet Spot during the opening reception of SEEK at Fairweather’s.

 

NW artist, Carolyn Macpherson offered a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ demonstration during  the opening reception of SEEK at Fairweather’s.

 


Vintage jewelry artist, Brigitte Willse, was introduced during the opening reception of SEEK at Fairweather’s.

 

And, too, Neal Maine, naturalist, biologist and wildlife photographer, lectured about the ecology of the local habitat at the Fairweather Gallery during the opening reception of SEEK.

Forever honored to show Neal Maine’s PacificLight Images in the Gallery in support of NCLC, North Coast Land Conservancy.

 

 

Seek, inquire, search for, pursue, long for, wish for, desire, look for, expect from…

 

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com for more info about the gallery and the artists.

 

Photos by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, photographer/ artist with Fairweather House and Gallery, as well as the photographer for Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

 

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk for more info about the event.

Image titled: Power of Flight

Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images

Snow Geese

Lower Columbia River

Nov. 2017

About Snow Geese:

In the winter and during migration and winter in coastal marshes, estuaries, freshwater marshes, agricultural country. Forages mostly by walking in shallow water or on land. In summer on Arctic tundra usually within 5 miles of coast, near lakes or rivers. Usually feeds in flocks, sometimes mixed with other kinds of geese.  Please go to http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/snow geese for more info

 

Neal Maine habitat lecture

Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway
Seaside, Oregon

Fun Fact:

Nearly every month Neal Maine, naturalist, biologist and wildlife photographer,  lectures about the ecology of the local habitat at the Fairweather Gallery.

Forever honored to show his PacificLight Images  in the Gallery.

Forever humbled to have Neal Maine lecture in the Gallery.

Proceeds to support NCLC.

And, too,  Neal Maine  has introduced plans for a new open edition of a coffee table book of selected images from  PacificLight Images.

The book will be available on  special order.

The book is to support North Coast Land Conservancy, NCLC.

 

Neal Maine was a biology teacher for 30 years with the Seaside School District. After retiring from teaching, he served on the founding board for the North Coast Land Conservancy and served as its director for 12 years. Maine currently spends most of his time prowling the coastal edge as a wildlife photographer and helping others appreciate “living in paradise” on the North Coast through presentations and exhibits.

 

 

Image titled: Pray Prey 

Peregrine Falcon

Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images

Location: Del Rey Beach

Gearhart Oregon

November 2017

About Peregrine Falcons;
Habitat Open country: cliffs (mountains to coast). Often near water, especially along coast, and migrants may fly far out to sea.
One of the world’s fastest birds; in power-diving from great heights to strike prey, the Peregrine may possibly reach 200 miles per hour. Regarded by biologists alike as one of the noblest and most spectacular of all birds of prey.  Please go to http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/ peregrine falcon for more info

 

Image title: Flying the North Coast

Purplish Copper

 Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images 

November 2017

 

The Purplish Copper is a hardy butterfly, visible when most other species are absent. Adults visit  Heliotrope, Aster and many other flowers. They often show up in late and early winter in places where the species has not otherwise been seen all year.  The larval hosts in moist areas where Knotweed (Polygonum) and Dock (Rumex) grow.

 

Neal Maine has re-introduced the image titled: Whale Within, a photograph  from a wildlife trip to the high Arctic for the Alaska Wilderness League. 

Available at Fairweather’s through December, 2017

Proceeds in support of North Coast Land Conservancy, NCLC.

 

To view images by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images, please go to wwww.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ …Neal Maine

 

“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. –PacificLight Images, Neal Maine

 

Annual Harp Petting Zoo by master harp builder Duane Bolster.

 

 

 

 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

SEEK, an art exhibition.

December 2017 

As the hectic holiday season approaches, we seek beauty in nature, in its solitude and silence, as well as seek   time with family and friends.

Seek, inquire, search for, pursue, long for, wish for, desire, look for, expect from.

Featuring Duane Bolster, master harp builder and his harp petting zoo. For nearly 50 years, he worked in operating rooms and Intensive Care Units. He witnessed the wonderful healing and soothing effects that harp music had on the children he cared for, and on their parents. He won The Hero award from CCA “For Creating a Magnificent Harp for the Music Program”.

 

In addition, Oregon artist Renee Rowe, inspired by the beauty of nature, produces abstract art by following her heart. For the artist, celebrating art and life are inseparable.

 

 

Art by Renee Rowe

For more about the artist, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ …Renee Rowe