Title: Leaping for the Future I

Neal Maine/ PacificLight images

Male Coho salmon in the  Klaskanine River/ near Astoria, OR 

September, 2017

Proceeds in support of NCLC




Title: Leaping for the Future II

Neal Maine/ PacificLight images

Female Coho salmon in the  Klaskanine River/ near Astoria, OR 

September, 2017

Proceeds in support of NCLC


For more information about the photographer, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ Neal Maine



Q: Where in the world is the Klaskanine River, you ask?

A:  The Klaskanine River is a tributary of the Youngs River in northwest Oregon in the United States. It drains a section of the Coast Range in the extreme northwest corner of the state in the watershed of the nearby Columbia River. It rises in three short forks in the mountains in  Clatsop County, in the Clatsop State Forest north of Saddle Mountain State Natural Area.

A  Native American word, Tlats-kani, refers to a point in the Nehalem Valley but applied  to two rivers in the area, the Klaskanine and the Clatskanie.  



Celebrating 13 years in 2017, the next Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, will be held on October 7, 5-7: pm.

The event is free and is all about seeing and selling art in the sponsoring galleries and boutiques located between Holladay and Broadway in the historic Gilbert District of downtown Seaside. Complimentary parking  is on the corner of Holladay and Oceanway.

Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway

Opening reception for SHADOWS, an exhibition that 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, Penelope Culbertson,  Lisa Wiser, Karen E. Lewis, Tamara Johnson and Marga Stanley will be featured.

Naturalist, biologist and scientist  Neal Maine will speak at 6: pm about the autumn ecology of the local habitat.

LIVE music by Shirley 88.

LIVE scribing by calligraphy artist Penelope Culbertson.

Special guest of honor will be Flynn,  “the handsomest Kestrel around and one of the  WCNC Ambassador Birds”  will be on hand celebrating the opening of Fairweather’s new exhibition SHADOWS!

And, too, during the opening reception of  SHADOWS on October 7th there will be a paddle auction  of selected Neal Maine images  to benefit the  WCNC.


Wildlife Center of the North Coast (WCNC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Oregon corporation, that specializes in wildlife rehabilitation of resident and migratory birds, mammals and other wild creatures naturally occurring in Oregon.

WCNC provides primary services to communities along 167 miles of coastline in Oregon and southwest Washington offering humane care and professional medical treatment to sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native wildlife with the goal of releasing healthy wild animals back into their appropriate habitat; offers quality conservation + environmental education programs concerning local wildlife, their ecosystems, and the human impact on these systems and individuals.

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 http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …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 http://www.facebook.com/SeasideFirstSaturdayArtWalk


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 – http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/35185225-75/oregon-state-university-researchers-find-benny-the-beaver-fills-big-genes.html.csp)

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. http://www.backhouse.ca/books/once-they-were-hats-in-search-of-the-mighty-beaver/.

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. .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cwu_Wu5ONI

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.





And, too, from @MightyBeaver
This page features updates on what’s happening in the beaver world and news about the book.


A new addition to the beaver’s resumé — cattle wrangler!

Beavers get a shout-out for their great parenting skills (especially their “paws-on approach to raising their young”) in this CBC News story. http://www.cbc.ca/…/great-parenting-4-animals-that-care-for…
A successful rescue of a wandering young beaver in London, Ontario.
What does it mean to coexist with beavers and how do we do that? This short video offers good answers to both questions. https://vimeo.com/96040603

Pair of Sand Hill Cranes by Carolyn Macpherson

About the artist:

Inspired by a ninth grade teacher, Carolyn  Macpherson has been painting in various media ever since. As a self-taught oil painter, she readily sold her art, but wished for the training that would give her more confidence. Upon graduation from Lewis & Clark, she was hired by the local community college to teach evening art classes and calligraphy. She was also active in the Washington State Arts Commission and directed the SW Washington Arts Festival.
Later, she began to win awards at major art competitions in California, where she resided with her husband and their four children at the time. She established an art gallery in the Gold Rush town of Murphys.

Thanks to an accident created by her cat spilling pre-mixed watercolors on her paper, she adopted a highly concentrated style of painting where the rich dark backgrounds of still life and florals popped off the paper. Workshops featuring this dynamic technique became a regular part of her teaching schedule. Numerous awards and accolades followed, including showing at Sacramento art galleries, the Crocker Art Museum, wine label design awards, publications in the American Artist magazine and the book, “How Did You Paint That?”

Carolyn served as an interpretive host at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon, setting up her easel and using art to explain the region’s geology. She was commissioned to illustrate all of the interpretative displays at the Visitor’s Center, as well as the signage for the park’s hiking trails and botanical gardens. Loss of her husband has left a distinct impression on her current work, which is now softer, more atmospheric and introspective. Carolyn’s work is a reflection of her commitment to plein air painting, and often features birds in flight or the natural environment.

Currently her work can be seen at Fairweather Gallery in Seaside, Town Hall Arts in Copperpolis, CA, and Bradley’s Fine Art in Fort Meyer, FL.

For more information about our gallery please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com



Sandhill Cranes in Flight by Carolyn Macpherson. 

About Sandhill Cranes in Oregon.

Whether stepping singly across a wet meadow or filling the sky by the hundreds and thousands, Sandhill Cranes have an elegance that draws attention. These tall, gray-bodied, crimson-capped birds breed in open wetlands and fields in the Pacific Northwest from February to early April. They group together in numbers, filling the air with distinctive rolling cries. Sandhill Cranes are known for their dancing skills. Courting cranes stretch their wings, pump their heads, bow, and leap into the air in a graceful and energetic dance. They mate for life—which can mean two decades or more—and stay with their mates year-round. Sandhill Crane chicks can leave the nest within 8 hours of hatching, and are even capable of swimming.

The elegance of cranes has inspired people in cultures all over the world—including the great scientist, conservationist, and nature writer Aldo Leopold, who wrote of their “nobility, won in the march of aeons.”  For more information go to: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/sandhill_crane



Carolyn Macpherson

Save the date and time! 

“YEARN” opening reception at Fairweather’s

Carolyn Macpherson will offer a Painting Seaside LIVE event

February 4th, 2017. 5-7: pm during the

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk!!!

At 6:m Seaside naturalist, fine art photographer Neal Maine will speak about the local wildlife ecology

To view the images from Neal Maine/PacificLight Images,  please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery/artists/Neal Maine

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

In the historic Gilbert District.In the historic Gilbert District.


Artist’s Statement:

“I have worked my way through many trends, painting styles, and media because I am a restless person. Never satisfied with status quo, I love experimentation and teaching, which I find keeps my mind open to different ways of viewing the world. I discover from my students an entirely different way of reacting to the landscape. How in the world did Paul see that tree as if it were weeping? How did Mary see all that purple in a bush I saw as mainly green? Priceless input!

I work on a series with a rather mundane subject—eggs—until I had exhausted every single way I could see and paint them. I’ve used unusual material like powdered dye in the backgrounds because I get excited about the serendipitous result like when brown blooms out with the red, blues and yellows that comprise a neutral color’s makeup. This unifies my subject to their background. Thus, I have become an expert at controlling happy accidents or using them to lead me toward another interpretation of my subject. This has led me to put on workshops that teach aspiring artists how to loosen up and experiment with watercolors, because they are, indeed, so correctable in spite of their reputation.

My time as an interpretative camp host at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon taught me the necessary discipline for the plein air paintings.

The recent loss of my husband, best friend and critic has led me to an understanding of how grief can humble one, yet also teach you to be more expressive and introspective. My paintings are now softer, more atmospheric, as if viewed though a veil of tears. Watercolors allows for the fluid interpretation of scenes that I strive for and makes the statement I choose to make about how fragile our environment is; how important it is to respect the incredible diversity of the plants and animals we have been blessed with on this earth to paint and enjoy.” —Carolyn Macpherson




Carolyn Macpherson teaching a watercolor class.

For more information go to: http://www.motherlodeartassociation.org/programs.html

And, too, Carolyn Macpherson will offer an artist’s lecture at Fairweather’s on Feb. 4th!

“Yearn” opening reception. 5-7:pm.

612 Broadway, Seaside, OR

And, too, Carolyn Macpherson will offer a Painting Seaside LIVE episode during the Feb. 4th Art Walk @ Fairweather’s.

“During my demo, I shall try to create some of that illusive, misty, beach atmosphere Seaside is so well known for as I paint a lonely estuary scene in water color. No other medium, in my opinion, expresses that wet-on-wet look so well! I will spritz water onto the paper, drop in pre-mixed watercolor paint and pour heavy washes of rich paint to express reflections in the water, trees and rocks. A bird may fly by or a raccoon may stop to take a sip of water. Or, perhaps the scene will be strong enough to stand on its own. Haven’t decided that yet!”–Carolyn

by hand one at a time

  1. Mike Morris handmade spoons and spatulas from oak wine barrels.

“As a family we farmed 1,250 acres of crop land  in the beautiful Willamette Valley. I am now retired and have left behind as a thank you to the land, 70 acres of wetlands for wildlife and native plant habitat, now managed by the US Dept.of Fish and Wildlife.  My hobbies include traveling, hunting, fishing, both lakes and ocean, and camping, with a recent hobby of carving.  The carving started around the camp fires with some crude looking spoons.  I still carve around camp fires but products are finished in my shop and include multiple species of wood.  Living in “Wine Country” I started experimenting with cycled out wine barrels and the results is what you see today.”–Mike Morris


2.  And, too, from Daniel Harris by hand.


“Turning wood that has been recently cut down requires special care in order for the wood to end up in its intended state. For bowls, the fresh-cut wood (green wood), is rough turned to an approximate shape. The rough turned bowl is then coated with a wax emulsion and left to dry before final turning is done. Daniel’s latest skill is turning hollow form bowls and vases.” –Daniel Harris

Daniel’s plans for a hobby during retirement was to do wood carving, both large and small-scale, but he lost vision in the left eye due to a macular hole.  A neighbor who was a very accomplished wood-turner suggested that Daniel try wood-turning.  Daniel devised a technique to also embellish the turnings with colored textures. He has completed commissioned work such as turning table legs to restore a 1920’s desk and decorative replica finials for a 1930’s 4 post bed with missing finials.


Mrytle wood by Mike Brown


3.  Fondly from Brownie’s workshop by hand.

Mike Brown is a native of the Pacific Northwest. He likes to express himself building works of art with different mediums using glass and exotic hard woods.

During his school days he took all different types of shop classes including various crafts, leather work, and metal but didn’t start working with wood until he started working at a glass shop at the age of 15 ½. His first boss, Doyle Clapper, was his mentor and shared with Mike his love of woodworking along with giving Mike a broad knowledge of all aspects of construction.

Mike retired and finally could pursue his passion for woodworking fulltime. He started creating exotic wood intarsia pictures, taking classes from Judy Gale Roberts, a premier intarsia artist. He won multiple Best of Show awards at the annual Artistry in Wood juried shows.


Take away: Fairweather House and Gallery wood workers are selected for their philosophy that the only thing better than repurposed, reclaimed or reinvented is to make something that is one-of-a-kind, pieces that never need to be recycled but enjoyed as being handmade.


Learn to Dance

Original calligraphy  by artist Penelope Culbertson.


Opening reception for the exhibit Rain or Shine, juxtaposed an array of art, images and voices in a way that resonated with the spring season at the beach.

Two artists offered a Seaside Painting LIVE ™ episode,  starting with a blank canvas then completing a quick finish during the April Seaside First Saturday evening at Fairweather’s. The free event offered art patrons a marvelous opportunity to watch masters create, in addition,  visitors enjoyed LIVE music by Shirley 88, artists lectures, guest speakers, wine tasting and more.

To view the art action and performance  go to the links provided by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall Photography.  All rights reserved.








And, so, too, a patron’s grace note received:

“Thank you for a delightful evening of artworks, artist presentations, gifts, music and hors d’oeuvres. We enjoyed the entire event from start to finish. Your gallery is delightful and therapeutic. We will visit again on our next trip. Thank you for wrapping the artworks safely for our travels. With much appreciation” –A. R. Joseph, Ed. D, educational consultant.


Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ artists/ Gretha Lindwood, Penelope Culbertson and Neal Maine for more information.

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/SeasideFirstSaturdayArtWalk for more information about the historic Gilbert District monthly Art Walks.



Art Walk hostesses posing on Broadway Bridge in downtown Seaside, OR.  In the back ground is the Gilbert Block building that houses several boutiques and galleries who sponsor Seaside First Saturday Art Walk events.

Local Lore:

The  Broadway Bridge spans the Necanicum River which is nearly 84 miles long.  The Necanicum one of the most healthy rivers in Oregon for it has never had a dam built over it.

East on Broadway, over the bridge, towards Highway 101 (the Pacific Coast Highway), is the historic Gilbert District, an area that oftentimes  is called “adult land” with boutiques, restaurants, fine art galleries and the famous Seaside antique mall.

West on Broadway, over the bridge, towards the ocean (the other side),  is an area sometimes called “fun land” for it houses an arcade, a carousel, paddle boats to rent, salt water taffy and ice cream shops, bumper cars and more, an amazing boardwalk and, for course, the fabulous Seaside beach!

The  Broadway Bridge,  spanning the Necancium River, is nearly 84 miles long.  The Necanicum one of the most healthy rivers in Oregon for it has never had a dam built over it.

Seaside was the first ocean resort town in Oregon.

Please visit https://wordpress.com/stats/insights/thegilbertdistrict.wordpress.com for more information about the historic Gilbert District or go to http://www.facebook.com/ the historic gilbert district for more images.

For more information about the Necanicum River and good things happening in the environment go to http://www.necanicumwatershed.org.




Tom Dideum, Treasure the Beach Cleanup, is greeted during the Rain or Shine opening exhibition at Fairweather’s Seaside First Saturday Art Walk on April 2nd.

And, too, Gini Dideum spoke during the Art Walk program, which she has graciously done each April at the gallery, to highlight  Beach Cleanup efforts and to kick off area-wide Earth Day programs.

“The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, one of many gyres that collect debris in vast patches in our oceans, is the largest gyre, about twice the size of Texas. The plastic and other debris measures 90 feet deep in some places; 80% originates on land. Plastic debris alone has killed millions of sea birds, sea turtles, marine mammals, and fish. In the last 2 years, our monthly beach cleanups including July 4th and 5th have removed 40 tons of trash off Seaside’s beach.” –Gini Dideum

Be Joyful quote

Original art created for Earth Day titled “Be Joyful” quote by calligrapher Penelope Culbertson.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/ Penelope Culbertson for more information. 

Treasure the Beach Cleanup Facts:

If every visitor spent 10 minutes cleaning up after themselves and depositing their trash in an appropriate receptacle, the value to Seaside and the state of Oregon would be over $1.5 million if they were paid minimum wage and they did this once during their entire visit.

The value of a clean beach is priceless.

Did you know that on the first Saturday of each month there is “Treasure the Beach Cleanup” campaign, an event that takes place in Seaside?

Bags are provided.

Volunteers meet at 9 a.m., along the Seaside Beach at Seashore Inn on the Beach, 60 N. Promenade.

Open to all ages.

Cost to participate.  Free.

This cleanup has been done for years by volunteers that want to contribute back to the community.

Pack it in.  Pack it out.

Keep the good. Keep the beach clean.  Be green.

Save the date. First Saturday come rain or shine.  Beach cleanup.

True story: 

Out of state family members were visiting. Walking on the Gearhart beach very early one morning, they gathered trash discovered from the nighttime high tide.  They collected  until their arms were full. Trash included a soaked beach blanket, plastic water bottles, assorted caps and straws, orange peelings, one old sneaker and a sandy tennis ball.

It came to be that they stored the trash near a drift wood log, with the thought to pick up the trash after completing their walk.  Later, however,  when returning to the hidden cache spot, it was not where they left it for they  found someone had picked up the gathered debris!

The family remembered that they had seen a car go by filled with happy people (anytime on the beach is happy time in vacation land).  The happy people waved  back at them.  They recalled that the car passed by about the time when they were storing the trash.  Did you know that some of Oregon’s beaches are a secondary highway?  Other beaches are closed to driving to protect seabirds nesting and sea critters under the sands.

Surely,  the driver in the car understood that they were continuing on their morning walk. Perhaps, that is why they picked it up for them. And, yes, indeed,  the family did another walk about and gathered more debris before leaving the beach on that  very early spring morning!

For more information about keeping the beaches clean please visit  solveoregon.org .

Non-profit organization with programs and projects to enhance the livability of Oregon.

Meadow Delight

Image titled: Meadow Delight by Neal Maine, PacificLight Images.

Coastal Roosevelt elk. Framed, matted and signed with a certificate of authenticity. Most images are within walking distance of downtown Seaside!!!

Proceeds in support of NCLC, North Coast Land Conservancy.

Save the date and time. Neal Maine offer his latest natural history journal of images at the upcoming Seaside First Saturday Art Walk on May 7th at Faiwreather’s, an opening exhibit for IN FULL FLOWER, as well as offering a habitat lecture at 6:pm.

neal engaging

Neal Maine engaging with art patrons at Fairweather’s during the recent Seaside First Saturday Art Walk for  the opening exhibit of Rain or Shine on April 2nd.

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.

For more information, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ artists tab/ Neal Maine and Micheal Wing.