Lagoon Agnes Field

Agnes Field

Lagoon by Agnes Field. Mixed Media 36″ x 48″


Close Up Lagoon by Agnes Field.

Agnes Field and Patricia Clark-Finley


“The concentration of Agnes’ work provided a whole picture of her medium and process that was not diluted by distraction, while the whole gallery was still an adventure.”Patricia Clark-Finley.


Curator Agnes Field  opens ANYTHING GOES on August 1st.   A group invitational art exhibit at Fairweather’s  August 1st through August 31st.

“Anything Goes refers the use of materials and methods used to make art—anything to stretch the boundaries of understanding and meaning of the work.”–Agnes Field.

SEASIDE — Fairweather House and Gallery  opened a new art exhibit, “Anything Goes,” with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The art show and reception  featured work by Patricia Clark-Finley, Agnes Field and Zifen Qian with music by Kristin Qian and a lecture by  naturalist Neal Maine.

Clark-Finley works from her studio in Ocean Park, Washington, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She also has spent time at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Carl Jung Institute, and Crown Point Press and has been included in many juried regional and national exhibitions.

“The push and pull between abandon and control informs my abstraction,” she says of her work. “The medium and technical stuff requires control. But the element of chance is the same to me as abandon. If you allow chance, which is the great ‘aha’ moment in art, you have to abandon control. That is because the ego is the controller, but is blind. To introduce chance, to soften the boundaries between reality and imagination, the ego has to step back.”

Astoria artist Agnes Field uses a matter-of-fact approach to painting and making objects by improvising and reusing found materials along with the paint to amplify the intended meaning. “Painting is a dark romance for me — a sensuous love of paint and materials, but also the expression of unknown meaning that always finds its way to the surface,” Field says. “It is often on the edge between making and destroying. You can look at an object for a long time, until it is so familiar, and then one day its entire meaning changes — which changes the object in turn.”

“Painting is one way of looking for the mystery that is always there hiding in plain sight, and is the price of one’s time for understanding,” she says.

Field has a master’s degree in studio fine art from New York University and is currently the acting president of nonprofit Astoria Visual Arts and the visual arts curator at KALA. Her work has been included in many juried exhibits and residencies.

A graduate of Shanghai Normal University and with a Master of Fine Arts from Portland State University, Zifen Qian paints modern romanticism that combines Eastern and Western culture.

“Painting is a visible art form, which should be understandable by persons other than the artist,” he says. “Creating a painting is not the same as addressing scientific abstract inference on a report. Artistic addressing of social, psychological and cultural issues is based on the artist’s personal judgment from life and always combines his or her cognition of perceptual and rational knowledge with techniques of image making.”

The internationally acclaimed artist has been included in many national and international exhibits and collections.

Kristin Qian, the youngest scholarship member of the Princeton University Orchestra (class of 2018) is praised as an “omnibus” prodigy for her multiple talents across a wide spectrum of areas, including music, science, languages and painting. She will perform music during the reception.

After a 30-year career as an award-winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine became the first executive director of the 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 landscapes, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems. Proceeds from photography sales will benefit the North Coast Land Conservancy.  –Coast Weekend.


The after party at Anything Goes. Pictured: artist Zifen Qian, guest performer Kristin Qian, artist Patricia Clark-Finley, curator Agnes Field, Kathy B., Denise F., Joan S., Kay K., (Fairweather Art Walk hostesses), naturalist Neal Maine and Randy Finley (Mount Baker Winery).

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Self protrait, Zifen Qian

Original oil/ self portrait.


Zifen Qian, artist

Zifen Qian


Zifen Qian is a Modern Romanticism artist who combines eastern and western cultures in his works. He graduated from Shanghai Normal University and Portland State University with MFA a highest terminal degree of visual arts.

He has taught art in both US and Chinese colleges as a professor. His paintings have been selected into official Shanghai Fine Arts Exhibition and Across East China National Oil Painting Exhibition in his early ages.

He had numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Portland, Paris, London and other cities of the world. He has created a great number of paintings to be published through greeting card publishing company with over hundred million copies sold around the world in the past two decades.

Museums, governments, universities, corporations and private collectors have acquired his original paintings. The oil painting “Traveling Companion” has been selected for the cover of an American national history book.

He was exclusively invited as an illustrator of a celebrity’s book titled: “Entertaining with Betsy Bloomingdale”.

His artistic life has been introduced by many important United States and Chinese publications such as: “The Washington Post” and “People’s Daily”. His profile has been listed in “The Dictionary Of Achievements Of The World Chinese Artists”, 6 times in American editions “Who’s Who in America” and 12 times in American editions “Who’s Who in the World”.

His book titled: “The Art of Zifen Qian” is available online and in most major book stores of the United States, Europe and Asia.

The Art of Zifen Qian, hardcover art book.

Artist lecture Fairweather House and Garden, Zifen Qian

Zifen Qian lecturing at Fairweather House and Garden during a Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

Mr. and Mrs. Zifen Qian recently visited to share good news.

Thermo Scientific awards Kristin Qian ’14 top scholarship.
Kristin, who will be a first year student at Princeton this fall, was selected from a pool of graduate and undergraduate students nationwide for this $10,000 scholarship. “This scholarship was created to help provide educational opportunities for the future generation of scientists.”

Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) is pleased to announce 2014 College Scholarship Recipients. The first of which is Kristin Qian From Catlin Gable School in Portland.

Kristin’s earliest musical memories begin with her playing the violin at the age of three. Since then, she has performed at venues across the United States, China, France and Argentina, as a violinist, pianist, and composer. In the fall, she will attend Princeton University. Congratulations to Kristin Qian.

September 2013 Kristin Qian appeared at Fairweather’s. And, too, artist Zifen Qian is working on a new series of art for the gallery.

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Thank you Kirstin for gracing Fairweather House and Garden with your performances. All the best wishes to you as you take flight.

kirstenThe art of music with Kristin Qian, violinist. performing to honor Zifen Qian, her father and resident Fairweather artist. This was a true mid-summer magical moment in the celebration our 70th Art Walk! Kristin performs with the Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society and was the concertmaster of the American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. And, too, this was an encore appearance, as Kristin performed in 2011 at Fairweather’s as an emerging artist.

 Kristin Qian

Kristin Qian

Kristin Qian, musician/ artist will appear in Seaside, Sept. 07, 2013 between 6:30PM to 8:pm at Fairweather House and Garden.

Kristin Qian began her violin studies at age 3, piano and composition at 5. She was the first place winner of the 2008 and 2010 Oregon Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior Strings Competition. She made her solo debut with the Portland Youth Philharmonic Young Strings Ensemble at age 11 and debuted with the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Camerata Chamber Orchestra in 2012. Kristin won the Jewish Community Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition and performed solo with the orchestra in 2008 and was a laureate in the 2011 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition. Kristin is a two-time winner of the MetroArts Young Artists Debut. The Van Buren Concerto Concert Competition (2010, 2012), and has performed Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Maestro Niel Deponte. Kristin was assistant concertmaster and concertmaster of the Portland Youth Philharmonic and its Camerata Chamber Orchestra. At 13, Kristin was invited to and selected as the concertmaster of the 2011 American High School Honors Performance Series Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Since the summer of 2004, Kristin has participated in music festivals and competitions in China, France, Argentina, and the United States. In July 2012, Kristin was the youngest violinist to be invited to take part in the 2nd International Violin Competition Buenos Aires in Argentina, and recently, Kristin was a semifinalist in the 2013 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Violin Competition. Kristin is an artist-in-residence with the Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society.

As a pianist, at age 9, Kristin was the youngest competitor invited to participate in the 2007 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in California. In 2008, she was a semifinalist in the 1st Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists in New York City. Kristin won the 2006 Trula Whelan Concerto Competition. In 2009, she received award in the Oregon MTNA Junior Piano Competition. Kristin was also a finalist of Metro Arts Young Artists Debut. Concerto Competition Piano category and was a finalist of Portland Youth Philharmonic’s 2013 Piano Concerto Competition.

Kristin is also an accomplished visual artist. She has had many solo and group exhibitions including at the Portland French School, George Fox University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Marylhurst University, Fairweather House and Garden, the Westin Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas, Wieden + Kennedy, the Governor Hotel, and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Grand Lobby among other Portland galleries. In 2002, she was featured on the KOIN TV live segment “Painting Prodigy” from Shoen Library at Marylhurst University for her solo painting exhibition. Kristin received the Creativity Award and praise from critics for her oil painting “L’humain et l’espace” at the NASA-sponsored The Next Golden Age 18th International Academy of Astronautics Human in Space Symposium International Youth Art Competition. Kristin’s paintings have been collected by George W. Bush, organizations and individual collectors.

Kristin is a senior at Catlin Gabel School and at the same time, she studies and works with Dr. Cristina Tognon of Oregon Health & Science University in molecular biology research at OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute Druker Lab since April 2013. She is also in the John Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth program and Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth. Kristin has completed college level courses including AP Calculus BC at age 14. She currently is a math and French teaching assistant, as well as a writing tutor at school. Kristin is also the President of Catlin Gabel’s Model United Nations Team and a Committee Chair for the Oregon Model United Nations Conference.

Kristin will play during the GUYS TAKE OVER Art Walk, at Fairweather’s House and Garden, September 7th, in honor of her father, Zifen Qian, who will be exhibiting.

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In addition, Kristin’s up-coming concert sponsored by Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society will be Sept. 21, at 3:00 PM.
Kristin Qian, violinist and Cary Lewis, pianist

Published: Saturday, December 11, 2010



“Scientists have much to say about the brain, but they would surely stand mute before Kristin Qian.

When Kristin was a week old, her mother heard her humming through her baby monitor. That was Li Dai’s first inkling that she and her husband had an unusual child.”

“More inklings followed. At 1 1/2, Kristin learned to read; at 2, she had her first solo painting exhibition, at Portland French School. At 3, possessing perfect pitch, she could sing any theme she heard. At 4, she performed in her first violin concert; at 5, she won a national piano competition. The same year, she had her first composition published in a national magazine.

At 7, she corresponded with President George W. Bush, who now owns one of her paintings. She won her first local piano competition at 8; at 10, she became the youngest finalist at the Tureck International Piano Competition in New York City. Also at 10, her book of poems and illustrations, “The Silly Monkey World,” was published. Available on, it reflects Kristin’s journeys in creative writing, foreign languages, science, literature, music and visual art.”

“Today, as a freshman at 13 — she skipped first grade — Kristin gets straight A’s in honors physics, honors algebra, humanities and upper-level French.”

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Fairweather House and Garden shows a new emerging artist for the entire month of August.  “Kristin Qian is a fine example of what educator Howard Gardener calls multiple intelligences.  Child prodigies- young people who master a demanding skill at an adult level- yet rarely few emerge as an omnibus prodigy winning at everything she tries: the arts(violin, piano, composition), math, science and the humanities (languages, painting and poetry).” (The Oregonian)

KOIN TV news reported about Kristin Qian as a painting prodigy when she started her career at age 2 with a solo exhibition featuring watercolor and gouache work, at age 4, she had a solo exhibition at Marylhurst University, at 7 her work was collected by former President George W. Bush.  Recently, her work received awards from the International Academy of Astronautics International Young Arts Competition.
She is also an accomplished musician.  Kristin has won a two time National Music Teachers Association and the Oregon Yamaha Junior Strings first place winner, as well as the Vancouver Orchestra Symphony, and was a guest soloist with the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Young Strings Ensemble.  Kristin was selected as the concertmaster for the American High School Honors Performance Series Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Kristin is a rising sophomore at Oregon Episcopal School.  She has a high intellectual capability: she is a poet and a published author, she speaks, reads and writes in a number of foreign languages.  She is creatively interested in mathematics and science.  She has competed and won at Rubik’s Cube contests, and at age 10, Kristin recited pi to 500 digits, placing her in the top 70 on the wold pi reciting list.
Howard Gardner, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education says about Kristin”  “we call such individuals ‘omnibus prodigies’ to distinguish them from individuals who are outstanding in one or two areas”. (The Oregonian).
Kristin will be unveiling original art works and be a featured violinist Saturday, August 6th between 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Fairweather House and Garden, located in the historic Gilbert District at 612 Broadway, Seaside.
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