Heron by Ashley Howarth

2017 Fairweather Gallery emerging artist Ashley Howarth, an OSU graduate with a BA in Fine Arts, has had life experiences that  gives her a deep appreciation for the areas near the North Coast of the Pacific Ocean. “As an artist, I  push the boundaries of the mediums with art that draws in the viewer, as well as art that imagines a fantasy world where myths and legends come to life.”–Ashely

 

Lighted shadow box by Ashley Howarth for SHADOWS!

 

Hand carried into the gallery!  Just in time for the opening of the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Fairweather’s!

“Hey just wanted to give you a heads up that I am heading to the beach and  should arrive soon  to drop of the shadow box! Traffic is absolutely horrible! Wait for me!  Cars are at a complete stop.” –Ashley

 

 

 

 

Crab, Shell and Gull by Whelpsy Whelp

A versatile artist with experience in media ranging from digital art to leatherwork, Whelpsy Whelp takes her inspiration from psychology, the natural world and the delicate beauty of life and death. She is a firm believer in originality. “People seem to think there are no original ideas left. I do not think that could possibly be true; given there are so many wonderful combinations of concept and subject. I strive to find new and unique ways to surprise the viewer with every piece.” –Whelpsy

 

Barnacles by Whelpsy Whelp.Themes of recycling and rebirth of ideas can be frequently found throughout her art.

With art, that pushes the boundaries of emotion and expression, Whelpsy is guided by her philosophy that there is no greater joy than bringing these ideas to life.

 

 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

October exhibition through the 31st

SHADOWS, an exhibition,   focuses on the interplay of light and dark through selected art that expresses time as the fall season progresses.

 

New artwork by Northwest artists Diane Copenhaver, Gregory Bell, Janet Hickox, Penelope Culbertson, Whelsey Whelp, Ashley Howarth, Lisa Wiser, Karen E. Lewis,  Tamara Johnson and Marga Stanley will be featured.

 

 

Fairweather’s emerging artists are selected through an audition process and receive gallery mentoring throughout one year.

Since 2006 Fairweather’s has selected emerging artists who take risks, embrace challenges and are rigorous in their approach to creation and production, indeed, all have yearned to further their professional achievement through the gallery’s exhibitions.

Fairweather’s emerging artists:   Britney Drumheller, Nick Brakel, Linda Trexler, Ashley Howarth, Diane Copenhaver, Ashley Howarth, Gayle H. Seely, Kristin Qian, Whelpsy Whelp and Rebecca Gore.

 

Whelpsy Whelp, Fairweather’s 2017 summertime emerging artist

Whelpsy is known for her detailed pen and ink drawings over watercolor collage backgrounds.

A Curious Discovery. Original art. Pen and ink, watercolor, mixed media.

A versatile artist with experience in media ranging from digital art to leatherwork, Whelpsy takes her inspiration from psychology, the natural world and the delicate beauty of life and death.

 

Her work often features a whimsical mix of animals and fantasy. Themes of recycling and rebirth of ideas can be frequently found throughout her art.

She is a firm believer in originality; “People seem to think there are no original ideas left. I do not think that could possibly be true; given there are so many wonderful combinations of concept and subject. I strive to find new and unique ways to surprise the viewer with every piece.”

 

With art, that pushes the boundaries of emotion and expression, Whelpsy is guided by her philosophy that there is no greater joy than bringing these ideas to life.

 

 

 

Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway

Launched emerging artist Whelpsy Whelp, selected through a regional audition process and who received intense gallery mentoring throughout the year, at the opening reception of  FINDINGS.  An exhibition through August 2017

 

 FINDINGS was the 11th (!) annual emerging artist exhibition in the gallery introducing current emerging artist Whelpsy Whelp.   Fairweather has launched NW emerging artists Britney Drumheller, Nick Brakel, Linda Trexler, Ashley Howarth, Diane Copenhaver, Ashley Howarth, Gayle H. Seely, Kristin Qian and Rebecca Gore throughout the years. Several of the talented artists were in attendance to discuss the development of their work and the ideas that drive their creativity.

 

In addition, at the opening reception for the exhibit FINDINGS,  featured the juxtaposing an array of art from artists found at the recent BEAVER TALES ART SHOW and EXHIBITION in Seaside. New art by Emily Miller, Mariana Mace,  JoAnn Pari-Mueller and  Chris Boyer was revealed, work created to depicting the pleasure of beach combing.

Renee Hafeman, vintage jewelry designer,  showed her summertime collection of master pieces from Louis Vuiton, Chanel and Dolce Gabbana.

 

 

 

For more about the Art Walk, please visit http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

 

 

 

Steel Ribbon and Driftwood by Robert McWhirter

Invasive Species, steel ribbon and driftwood sculpture  by Robert McWhirter

Origin of “Invasive Species”, steel and driftwood sculpture

“Invasive Species” was an idea of combining natural building materials with completely unnatural materials to produce something fluid and unique. After receiving excellent feedback from the Steel Ribbon series at Faiweather’s, Robert McWhirter, who was introduced as an emerging artist (read more about Robert on our blog posts dated Sept. 04, 2014 and Sept. 15, 2014), entered a piece into the Winter All Juried Art exhibition by Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum. Over 300 works of art were submitted with less than 40 making the finals, Mc Whirter’s steel ribbon was one of works of art that were selected.

In the artist’s words:
“On the night of the artist’s reception, a window opened to approach Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson and press some questions. Two words were taken away from the conversation, go bigger.

The beach was the next stop. There is no better place to appreciate the feeling of the coast, alone, surrounded by wind, waves and wildlife. Nearing a full load of driftwood, preparing to call it a day then two bald eagles flew in from nowhere, circled overhead before gliding. The lightbulb went off.

The intent was (with no pun intended) to simply wing it. Let the shapes and lines of the wood create the body of the sculpture, let the steel create the flow. Fabrication was a slow and at times extremely tedious effort, however without a proper name to complete the vision and motivation, it was not complete.

As said earlier, there’s almost nothing better than being alone on a beach with wind, waves and wildlife. The impact of human presence is abundant; fishing gear, wrappers, bottles and cans strewn about the beach. All brought in locally and from overseas by the tides; a dramatic reminder that majority of the human population contributes to the trashing of the environment.

Scientists have estimated 90 percent of all shorebirds have plastic in their stomachs. Oceanic pollution is at an all-time high with no relief anywhere in sight. Human products enveloping and overtaking nature, steel overtaking wood. What are the real Invasive Species? We are.” –Robert McWhirter

And, too, Robert McWhirter returned in a special encore appearance during Fairweather’s COLLECTIVE ENERGY opening reception on September 05, 2015 to lecture about his incredible artistic journey.

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Q: How do we find the artists that show at Fairweather’s, you ask?

A: Here is a word-for word narrative: “My wife and I have been in your gallery and I would love to have some of my work presented, if you are looking for new local artist. I am a welder by trade (you may remember speaking with my wife and I almost a year ago). After talking with you, I have created some work using unique wood found in the northwest and combining it with handmade steel work. We would love to show you the pieces, if you are interested. I look forward to hearing back from you.” Robert McWhirter –August 2014.

“The best building materials are all around us, they just need to be found” – Robert McWhirter.

And, so it goes forward:

Congratulations, Robert McWhirter! You are no longer an emerging artist…you have become are a renowned artist!!!

Deep Blue

SOLD!

“Deep Blue”, 36″w x 18″h, original oil by Gayle Seely.

Through Gayle’s art there is “such liveliness in bright colors, offered, perhaps, as a true stimulant to the imagination. Through her art and story, she has the power to directly influence the soul.” — Denise Faiweather.

Artist statement:

“I create art for the love of seeing and feeling colors and shapes coming through my emotions. In expressing my internal dialogue in a concrete way, I create fresh perspectives otherwise hidden. As a native Oregonian, my eyes are open to the natural beauty and ever-changing light surrounding me. My style developed over years of simple but profound outdoor and interior moments, expressed in an honest, straightforward, flowing way.” –Gayle H. Seely.

“Gayle’s artwork is not passive: it directly challenges the façade of pretense and completely eradicates narratives bound in familiar human patterns. She beautifully reshapes living things and elements, interweaving them with our individual stories and understandings in order to create a delightfully fresh arrival to a place once unknown.” –Tina Miller Anders, art enthusiast

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“Colorful Nest”, original oil by Gayle Seely.

And, too, celebrating its 9th year in 2015, Fairweather House and Garden, located at 612 Broadway, in the heart of downtown Seaside, becomes Fairweather House and Gallery!

We are thankful and grateful for many artists, patrons, visitors and residents. So, then, the jostled and converged name re-invention is due to tremendous support for the arts!

As a gallery, Fairweather’s will continue to reflect the eclectic collection of significant and emerging Northwest artists.
As a gallery Fairweather’s will continue to serve the historic Gilbert District as vortices of creativity, inspiration and commerce.
As a gallery, Fairweather’s will continue to offer a wide array of painting, sculpture, photography and other media from classic realism to cutting edge contemporary and conceptual art.

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Lily

Fiber artist Linda Olsen:

“I have been involved with fiber arts since I was about 12 yrs. old. A very dear Aunt was patient enough to teach me the basics of knitting, sewing and crocheting.
When my granddaughters were small, my passion to create for them expanded my knowledge and honed my skills.
Im inspired by the warm colors of fall and winter and the feel of an abundance supply of wool and acrylic available today. I live in Utah, where winter hats are a must. My hats are available at several resort locations in Utah and Oregon.”

Ashley

McWhirter

A Look Inside Steel Ribbon.

Robert McWhirter /artist statement:

Creating art from found and salvaged materials can be a tedious task however the end result can prove to be extremely rewarding.

“Here is some background on what goes into the Steel Ribbon series.

The wood is 100% collected drift wood off the north Oregon Coast.  More specifically Fort Stevens State Park on the north side of the jetty.  The wood found here is unique in that not only does it drift in from the ocean on high tide, it also drifts in from upriver during outgoing tides, providing a wide range of woods in various stages of water travel.

The metal used in the sculptures is a hot rolled, mild steel flat bar used primarily by fabrication shops.  Most of the steel I use is salvaged scrap from local welding businesses, usually left over from railing or commercial sign projects.  The term hot rolled steel comes from the process of forming the molten steel into its final shape while it is glowing hot which is around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.  This process is done exclusively by the steel manufacturing facility.  Mild steel refers to the elemental contents of the metal. While there are countless variations of elements used to produce steel (carbon, chromium, nickel, etc..) mild steel is the most common and widely used around the world.

These materials come together to form the Steel Ribbon series.  Some natural, some man made, all Northwest.”

 

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Artist Paul Brent and Lana Jane Brent meet emerging artist Linda Garland.

“Life is made entirely of moments multiplied.” –author unknown

Of Note: Linda first introduced the concept for a permanent NW art collection to be offered in the River Inn at Seaside. Paul Brent’s art is featured in the hotel. Linda works at Inn at Seaside, a sister hotel, went to the same college as Paul and will be Fairweather’s emerging artist in August.

So, then, save the date August 2nd, Fairweather’s will host TWO Art Walk’s.
One: BELONGING at RIVER INN at SEASIDE with the artists that were appointed to offer art work for Seaside’s newest hotel with artists Paul Brent, Neal Maine, Victoria Brooks, and Penelope Culbertson. Guest speaker: Melyssa Graeber, Necanicum Watershed Council Executive Director.

TWO: EMERGING at Fairweather’s. Emerging artists and emerging new work by resident artists.

It’s truly a connected world at the beach.