May Day artist talk 2021

ON YOUR MARKS

by Gayle H. Seely

  Every December Fairweather House and Gallery sends out the next year’s Art Walk themes. There is always one that jumps in front of the rest. This past year I switched from working with beads and stones to drawing on boxes with oil markers.

So “On your marks” was the perfect theme to create around.

 

I am exploring this new medium, having fun “marking” with color, wrapping layers around the sides to create full, vividly colorful pieces. My square boxes include tiny vases, a way to customize each piece and “make your mark” by adding your choice of feather.

Some of the feathers here are from birds I have harvested with my “marksmanship“. 

My larger companion piece is a way to share a story or awaken a memory in the viewer. Like a poem or a song in a visual, colorful language.”Gayle H. Seely

 

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.

Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then do that.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman, Educator and Theologian

 

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s First Woman President

Collage images by Linde Fenton-Mendenhall for Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Upper left:  Gayle H. Seely smiling joyfully about her new work for 2021 while following COVID social distancing and Oregon mask mandates. 

Upper middle: Gallery display featuring the new work for 2021 at the Fairweather Gallery for Gayle H. Seely and  in the background is new pastel work by Susan Mitchell.

Upper right:  Gleeful artist Gayle H. Seely with a fine feathered family friend.  Pictured in the background is art by Beverly Drew Kindley, NW impressionistic artist and Fairweather resident artist.

Lower left: Gayle H. Seely lecturing about her new boxes during the opening reception of the ON YOUR MARKS exhibition at the Fairweather House and Gallery.

Lower right:  Gayle H. Seely wearing a personally designed feather fascinator.  And, too, pictured with the artist is another art patron wearing a fascinator hat. 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Art Show and Sale

May 1-25

ON YOUR MARKS, an exhibition, featuring NW artists Gayle H. Seely, Diane Copenhaver, Mary Burges, and Lee Munsell. Debuting the pastel art of Susan Mitchell. 

“On your marks”  a command given to runners at the beginning of a race in order to get them into the correct position to start. In the words of the Fairweather exhibition, it “ means to begin something, indicating the arts season is opening for the summertime”. 

“For by the coastal summer season, is that nothing is enjoyed without community, without creative collaboration, without pure joy, and resolute faith in living safely and sharing generously with friends, family, and visitors.”  FH&G

The show offers a fresh and dynamic experience with new art specially created for the upcoming summer season. 

Please read more about our gallery, our commitment to NW artists, and our products made by NW hands.

https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

“An 8 x10 box points a new direction, with dreamlike images that wrap around and create a story or awaken a memory.” Gayle H. Seely, artist
“Reverse side of 8×10″ box Drawn with oil markers, this box is covered on all sides with vivid, lively colors.” Gayle H. Seely

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Art Show and Sale

May 1-25

ON YOUR MARKS, an exhibition, featuring NW artists Gayle H. Seely, Diane Copenhaver, Mary Burges, and Lee Munsell. Debuting the pastel art of Susan Mitchell. 

“On your marks”  a command given to runners at the beginning of a race in order to get them into the correct position to start. In the words of the Fairweather exhibition, it “ means to begin something, indicating the arts season is opening for the summertime”. 

The show offers a fresh and dynamic experience with new art specially created for the upcoming summer season.   

“For by the coastal summer season, is that nothing is enjoyed without community, without creative collaboration, without pure joy, and resolute faith in living safely and sharing generously with friends, family, and visitors.”  FH&G

Seely has been represented by the Fairweather Gallery since 2015.

Seely and her husband live in Seaside where she also has a studio. When she isn’t working, she enjoys walking and spending time with her beautiful dog.

“I love seeing people become so involved in my boxes,” Gayle H. Seely. The artist’s unique creations will be on display at Fairweather House and Gallery’s Art Walk kick off at the ON YOUR MARKS opening reception on Saturday, May 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. Her painting methods combined with fresh, modern energy and emotions create intricate colorful boxes, bound to delight.

Seely, an Oregon native, moved to the North Coast from Trinidad in 1984. She became familiar with the area after her parents, Carol and Al Vernon, moved to Gearhart in 1980.

After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in fine art, she moved to San Francisco to take a job in an architectural design firm.

To offset the artistic constrictions of her day job, she enrolled at Humboldt State College as a post baccalaureate unclassified, which meant she could take any art class she liked.

“There was a senior year seminar where I was thrown in with the messy artists, and I realized I wanted to feel that,” Seely said.

She decided to pay off her school loan and her and car loan and eventually quit her job in San Francisco to move to Trinidad to make art. To support herself, she took a job waiting tables. 

“When I wasn’t working, I drew. I was drawn to seascapes,” Seely said. “I’ve always loved the beach.”

Not long after, Seely had an epiphany she wanted to focus exclusively on boxes, a direction she’s taken for several years.

“The boxes are surprisingly durable,” Seely said. All the same, she said people collect them and regard them as talismans.

Excerpts from Seaside Signal newspaper

 

END NOTE:

“My dog is a trained pheasant hunter,” Seely says.

It’s easy to imagine one day, perhaps, in May, during the artist talk at the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk… Gayle will describe how feathers found their way into her enchanting and imaginative work…  

Please read more about our gallery, our commitment to NW artists, and our products made by NW hands.

https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.com