“Involution/Evolution” by Jim Unwin

 

The piece depicts the movement of spirit as it becomes manifested in form. The negative space reveals the shape that becomes the form as matter solidifies around the primordial energy.   The sculpture was carved with hand tools from a block of Northwestern Yellow Cedar, scavenged from the leftovers of a saw mill and is mounted on Black Walnut. The wood is unstained, so the yellow color you see is the natural tone. A thin-film of polyethylene finish was hand rubbed into the raw wood to protect it.

 

“Raven and the Winter Solstice”

22 x 24 x 2 Wall Hanging

Shop scraps and yard debris

 

 

Jim Unwin artist statement: 

My work is about the journey of spirit through time and form: involution, transformation and liberation. I work mostly with discarded wood (driftwood, pallets, left-overs from logging and construction, etc.) and strive to elevate each piece to its highest and best use, through telling a story, conveying a meaning, or making a statement. My greatest sense of satisfaction comes when someone says I’ve changed how they look at wood.

Subjects explored in my work:

  • The birth and evolution of consciousness.
  • Ancient legends and their modern correlations.
  • The connectedness of all life, and how we destroy one aspect or another at our own peril.

Processes:

I mix archetypal images, metaphors and allegories, preferably cross-culturally, to give expression to themes that are universal and timeless. Once the appropriate material has been selected, I mostly use hand tools for carving and shaping. Atypical piece will take eighty to one hundred hours of work, spread out over a one-to-three month period.

 

 

Inspired by the beach and nature, Peg Wells has prepared a gallery exhibit composed of  hot wax encaustic  and cold wax collage. The work is decorative, but with a purpose that is secure in the strength of using natural elements. Her provocative style proves that a quiet approach can have a very powerful effect.  Summer time resident and artist Peg Wells, who exhibits in the winter-season at the Saddle Brooke Resort/ Primary Studio in Arizona, presents new work in an ocean theme for Fairweather’s.  WELCOME BACK TO SEASIDE!

 

 

“Wonder of the Sea” by Peg Wells.  Cold Wax Painting.

“From the Depths” by Peg Wells.  Cold Wax Painting.

 

Q: What is Cold Wax Painting, you ask?

 

A: Cold Wax Painting is not defined by subject matter nor the degree of realism or abstraction, Cold Wax Painting is unified by artists’ shared interest in experimentation, texture and the physicality of paint layers. In its own way, Cold Wax Painting blurs the line between oil painting and encaustic painting.

 

Cold Wax is a mixture of natural beeswax, solvent and a small amount of  resin. The term “cold” in beeswax painting refers to the fact that heat is not required for working with this wax medium – as it dries by solvent evaporation, rather than the cooling of the wax, as in encaustic painting. As the solvent evaporates out of the medium, the soft wax hardens to the density of a beeswax candle.

Cold Wax is creating a variety of textures within a painting. It gives a clean break off the brush or knife, retaining the sharp peaks of impasto. These working properties allow for expressive brush marks and the ability to carve into paint layers with palette knives. Cold Wax also gives oil colors a beautiful translucent quality, similar to the seductive surfaces of encaustic paintings.

 

Q: What is encaustic painting, you ask?

A: Pronunciation: en-caws-tick, is a paint consisting of pigment mixed with beeswax and fixed with heat after its application. –n. The Greek word is enkaustikos –to burn in.

 

Encaustic dates back to the ancient Greeks, as far back as the 5th century BC. Ancient ship builders used beeswax, resin to seal, and waterproof their vessels. Ultimately, they began adding pigment to the wax-giving rise to the decoration of spectacular ships. To paint with encaustic, a combination of beeswax, resin and pigment is combined and then melted to a liquid state. Encaustic paintings have many layers of wax. Depending on the piece, it is not uncommon to have anywhere from 25-50 layers.

 

 

“Surf” Encaustic by Peg Wells

 

It’s not always obvious whether an abstract work of art should be hung vertically or horizontally.  Oftentimes on a contemporary piece, the artist signs that work on the back, which  allows the  gallerist and interested clients to determine how the art could be oriented for display.

 

 

 

Artist grace note

 

“I am grateful that my art found a gallery presence for my seventh summer season with you! I do appreciate your support of my art and me as an artist. I hope that my art will find new homes and that it will bring as much pleasure to people as it has given me create. Thank you.”Peg Wells

 

WELCOME BACK TO SEASIDE!

 

For more information about the gallery, please go to  www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Photo by Neal Maine / PacificLight Images
Bald eagles on Clatsop Beach.

Image title:  Eagle Speak

 

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 dedicated to raising awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with whom we share the region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands and forests. His photography centers around coastal and Columbia River landscape, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems.

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.

Eagle Sunrise by Neal Maine

 

On June 20th, 1782 the American Bald eagle was chosen as the symbol of the United States of American because of its long life, strength, majestic look and its representation of the freedoms enshrined in out constitution.

 

 

Image title:  Shaped by Wind.  Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images

 

Eagle conservation lecture  notes by naturalist Neal Maine:

Neal Maine graduated from Seaside High, returned as an educator in the Seaside School District.

It was not until 20 years after collage that he viewed an eagle on the North coast for the first time!

In 1961, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) counted  only 471 pairs of Amercian Bald Eagles.

 

 

Neal Maine lectures during a Fairweather Gallery event.

 

 

July 7- July 31

Fairweather House and Gallery

100 Turtles project by Emily Miller

 

“I have spent my life on the coast, and all my artwork has its roots in my love of the sea. I see the coast as a border between the known and the unknown, and a place where our connection to larger natural systems becomes clear. My artwork focuses on the delight of exploring this mysterious and beautiful environment. I found a positive voice in SeaLegacy, a conservation group creating a movement towards healthy oceans through visual storytelling. 25% of July sale proceeds in support of SeaLegacy,”  Emily Miller.

Launching of the 100 Turtles project by artist Emily Miller, who has spent the early summer sculpting tiny ceramic sea turtles: curling and shaping two hundred front flippers and carving details into two hundred eyes.

 

 

 

 I found a positive voice in SeaLegacy, a conservation group creating a movement towards healthy oceans through visual storytelling. 25% of July sale proceeds in support of SeaLegacy,”  Emily Miller.

 

 

For more info go to

 

http://ejmillerfineart.com/news/2018/06/14/100-turtles-project/

 

 

Read more:

The Story of Silent Spring. How a courageous woman took on the chemical industry and raised important questions about humankind’s impact …

http://www.rachelcarson.org/

Perhaps the finest nature writer of the Twentieth Century, Rachel Carson (1907-1964) is remembered more today as the woman who challenged the notion that …

 

To view more Neal Maine images, please visit  www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

“The Snorkeler”  by Marga Stanley.  Acrylic on wood panel.

 

 

 

“My art training comes from watching and experimenting and then doing it all over again, exposing a little more of me, Marga, with every attempt. With each coat of paint, whether it’s watercolors, gouache, acrylics and oil comes depth and motion…it’s exciting and satisfying to see my work evolve from one layer to the next. I love using odd tools to paint with….for instance, the main images on my mini whimsy collection, were painted with a toothpick (I couldn’t find a small enough pallet knife). I love the movement of things… whether it’s the hair or feather on a bird’s head or the drooping of a flower’s leaf…I want to make my painting live and breathe.”

 

 

Close up of “The Snorkeler”

 

Marga Stanley in her home studio, at times, she paints with toothpick.

“Here’s what I have for you for your OCEAN FOLK show in July.” 

 

“Pool Party” by  Marga Stanley. Acrylic on wood panel. 12 x 12.

 

 

“We are going to need a bigger boat! ” Marga Stanley.  Acrylic on wood panel.  11×14

 

Close of  detail “We are going to need a bigger boat!”

Yes, indeedie,  on some her whimsy collection, the artist paints with a toothpick!!!  “I couldn’t find a small enough pallet knife.”  Marga Stanley

 

 

 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

July 7- July 31

 OCEAN FOLK

Marga Stanley has lectured at the Fairweather House and Gallery for many years, with many delightful words and beaming many good wishes to art patrons.

 

 

Artist grace note:

“Thank you so much for making my day!!! I was having a little bit of a stressful day and voila…you came to my rescue! I am so glad I am selling work!!!  Thanks to you, my dear.”   Hugs. Marga

 

“Foghorn Leghorn in the Chicken of Sea boat” SOLD! Art by Marga.

 

Again, Smile. Beam. Repeat.  For more about the artist, please visit www.fairweatherhouseandgalllery.com

Paul Brent is an artist whose work has become internationally known to represent the coastal lifestyle.

 

Aqueous Seahorse 12×12 Paul Brent original watercolor

Before the Storm Sailing 16×20 Paul Brent original oil

From his watercolors to his recent oil paintings, Paul Brent captures nature in its best and most idyllic form. He especially enjoys painting local scenes, seascapes and beachscapes that he views near his two home studios in Panama City, Florida and Seaside, Oregon.

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While being best known for his beach subjects, Paul Brent paints seascapes that are equally indicative of his talent to recreate all aspects of nature.

Artist grace note:

“Many of the new works I will be bringing in for the summer of 2018 are sailboat oriented.  That will be the theme for my new work.” Paul Brent

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside

July 7 -July 31

 OCEAN FOLK, an exhibition, featuring  Paul Brent and other regional artists.

 

 Two Oyster Shells on Deck 11×14 Paul Brent original watercolor

Paul Brent was born in Oklahoma City and lived in rural Southwest Oklahoma with his family until he was thirteen. His parents, who were educators, moved their family to Long Beach, California, and Paul attended high school and California State College in Long Beach. He majored in art but in his junior year of college, he transferred to the University of California at Berkeley to study architecture. He completed his Bachelors of Architecture and joined the Air Force where he was stationed in Panama City, Florida. There he met his wife, Lana Jane and after they were married, he left the service and they returned to California where he completed his Master’s degree in Architecture at Cal Berkeley. He and Lana Jane have an art gallery in Panama City, Florida, where they live part of the year.

Paul Brent has been profiled in many publications including the Wall Street Journal, Coastal Living, Florida Monthly and many more. He is a signature member of the National and Florida Watercolor Societies and a member of the Society of Illustrators. He had authored a book on watercolor instruction titled Wonderful Watercolors and illustrated the children’s book J. Rooker, Manatee. He has been active in arts and planning organizations both locally and in the state of Florida. © 2006-2018 All images copyright Paul Brent

From June to October they live in Seaside, Oregon, where they have had a home and an artist’s studio for more than 10 years.

Paul Brent has exhibited his work in Seaside at Fairweather House and Gallery on Broadway for more than seven years.

Seascape on Marble Oil 16×20 Paul Brent original

To view more art by the artist, please go to www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com / …artists/ …Paul Brent

© 2006-2018 All images copyright Paul Brent

 

 

 

“Waves and Rocks”  10″ x 18” by NW glass artist Lori Bedard

 

 

“Pearl the Puffin”    4″ x 11”  by NW glass artist Lori Bedard

 

 

 “Trigger for Short”  4″ x 11”  by NW glass artist Lori Bedard

“The Pod is Here” diptych in glass  36″x 24″ (x2)  by NW glass artist Lori Bedard

 

 

“Through all our years of study, the oceans are still a place of wonder and mystery.  Our characterizations of its creatures through art provide a path for a more simple understanding and bond. They become our ocean folk.” –Lori Bedard.

 

NW glass artist Lori Bedard

About the artist:

Most people admire glass and see its intrinsic qualities and then others, like Lori Bedard, work to bring about a beauty only imagined. By seeking to bring imagination melded with a combination of techniques, she often wanders into areas not focused on by the mainstream. Offering a unique study or a twisted perspective of art glass creations.

Born and raised in Oregon, nature and the environment have always been at the forefront for this artist. Moving and living in Hawaii for five years brought a love for the sea and ocean life, and traveling, as a military wife for sixteen years, throughout the U.S. and abroad instilled a love and respect for life and the earth. Lori earned an undergraduate degree in business, an associate in accounting and minored in art. This unusual left and right brain function combined with life experiences has emerged as art based in cold and hot glass disciplines with functionality and solid engineering.

 

Back in Oregon for the last 25 years with her husband of 37 years, glass has been a primary focus. Lori owned, operated, and taught art glass in her  glass store for over 13 years and  offered custom design and quality construction to clients throughout the west. In 07’, the business was moved to a home studio (or rather, barn). For the past ten years, Lori has been free to experiment and create the unconventional in addition to servicing her business and residential clients. Her work has been viewed in a dozen galleries throughout the NW . Most recent, a 3000sf co-op gallery in which she also curated art for more than 30 artists.

With thousands of square feet of glass, a few hundred pounds of frit, numerous supplies, and the potential for creativity is boundless.  Factor in skill, experience, and knowledge and you have a diverse, beautiful, and bountiful body of work offered through Lori Bedard.

 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside

July 7 – July 31

 OCEAN FOLK, an exhibition,  featuring fused glass artist Lori Bedard and other regional artists.

 

 

Artist grace note

“Hey, just finished a piece with the technique I told you I was going to use for my demo.”  Lori Bedard

 

www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

“Sea-urchin”  watercolor on hand-marbled paper

#1 of an original triptych by JoAnn Pari-Mueller

 

“Sea life has always been mysterious to me.” JoAnn Pari-Mueller

 

“Sea-horse” watercolor on hand-marbled paper

#2 of an original triptych by JoAnn Pari-Mueller

“I use my watercolors, calligraphy, pastels, and collage to capture their beautiful colors, shapes, and textures.” JoAnn Pari-Mueller

 

“I sea one” watercolor on hand-marbled paper

#3 of an original triptych by JoAnn Pari-Mueller

“The absolute immensity in variety of sea creatures is awe-inspiring.” JoAnn Pari-Mueller

 

 

Artist Statement:

I have always lived in the countryside and always been a collector. I was raised in farmland Wisconsin and moved to farmland Oregon in my mid-twenties, continuously amassing interesting objects of nature and hand-made textiles and crafts from around the world.

I use watercolors, pastels, marbling, collage, and/or calligraphy to put down on paper the observations I make about the colors, lines, shapes, and patterns of these natural and handcrafted items. It is my goal to have others take away some of the awe I feel when studying their intricacies.

 

Often fine details catch my eye; other times I am interested in the relationship between objects – the “collector mentality.”  I like the starkness of a subject against a white background, but may also intersperse geometric lines or shapes with the mostly curvilinear subjects. Often I use richly colored or detailed borders or backgrounds – influences of the many patterns and colors in my collections. I always use 100% rag paper and high-quality pigments, so care should always be taken to protect these materials from light with archival framing.

 

After 15 years as an art museum tour guide, in 2009 I began immersing myself in art classes at area art schools and colleges. I am an active member of the Oregon Society of Artists, the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and the Portland Society for Calligraphy and have participated in numerous exhibits throughout the state and my county’s October Open Art Studio.   JoAnn Pari-Mueller/ Pacific NW artist specializing in watercolor, pastels, and calligraphy.

 

“I followed many of Jacque Cousteau’s adventures as a child. and am thrilled to live near the Pacific Ocean as an adult.”  JoAnn Pari-Mueller

 

For more about the gallery, please go to  www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com