“Portal” side one by seed mosaic for spring 2020 by Gayle H. Seely

“Portal” side two by Gayle H. Seely

Q:  What is the definition of portal, you ask?

A:  A portal is a gate or doorway. Portal can be used to describe other types of doorways, both literal and metaphorical.  If you enjoy reading science fiction or fantasy, you may be familiar with the use of the word portal to mean “a doorway to another world.” The wardrobe in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe functions as a portal to the land of Narnia.

“Running Water” seed pearl mosaic box by Gayle H. Seely.

“I like to combine a theme of an exhibit  with the subject “water” to create distinctive pieces that are tactile as well as visual,” Gayle H. Seely.

“I love seeing people become so involved in my boxes, Gayle H. Seely.

 

“I layer tiny beads and stones in painterly combinations onto small wooden boxes,” Gayle H. Seely.

Fairweather House and Gallery art display of Gayle H. Seely.

 

In 2019 Gayle H. Seely was selected as a Fairweather Gallery resident artist, having previously served as an emerging artist to watch.  2020 marks her sixth year in the gallery.

 

“The portal piece for FRESH START began with two earrings made of abalone. A circle from my Mom balanced on a tall triangle that was mine. It immediately reminded me of a keyhole and drew me to the idea of peeking through a portal to see what comes next. The black edges bring to mind a path through the liminal space between the two bigger sides shining colorfully and shimmering with the changing light source.” Gayle H. Seely

“Gayle H. Seely’s ancient methods of mosaic and beading combined with fresh, modern energy and emotions create intricate colorful boxes, bound to delight,”  wrote  Eve Marx, reporter for The Astorian.

Spring habitat talk  and raffle drawing for a signed photograph by naturalist Neal Maine at 6:00 pm.

LIVE music by Shirley 88.

Read more at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Or go to http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

 

Read more about the artist:

 

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Feb 16, 2018 – By EVE MARX. “I love seeing people become so involved in my boxes,” Gayle H. Seely said. The artist’s unique creations will be on display at …

 

Fun facts:

Gayle’s father was co-founder of NCLC with Neal Maine.

Al Vernon, retired banker and father to the artist, posed for a photo during a recent Gayle H. Seely reception.

D. Fairweather’s uncle  “Dr. Ed” delivered the Vernon children.

2018 opening spring reception art hostesses: Kay, Kathy, Sara, Joan and Denise.

 

Each new event is hosted by fabulous Art Walk hostesses. 

A new beginning, truly, a fresh start, surely, acts as an agent of change, serving as a language that accommodates experience and expands our view.  Through March 25, this spring, an exhibition titled a FRESH START at Fairweather House and Gallery opening March 7, embodies this definition of a new season.  A Fresh Start combines modern and traditional forms in order to create something wholly new.

 

Gallerist Denise Fairweather draws upon her earlier life in staging and high-design, principally as a senior level interior designer, allied member 1987-present/ American Society of Interior Designers.  She thinks still in terms of show house staging when designing many of her exhibits.  ‘I do see staging art as a kind of a set.  When an exhibit opens, complete with the proper lighting, signing and art on display, so to speak, I want there to be a perfect scene, for the artists, of course, but also for the art patrons.  The assembled accessories  placed to complement the art created with a specifically appointed theme … let us say …are an ensemble cast …all working together to make a perfect exhibition.”  

Watch time lapse video showing efforts in creating space for a spring exhibition in 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhKYvSZM3bg

 

2017 spring art walk hostesses Joan, Kathy, Denise, Kay, Kathy and Shirley posing just minutes before the opening reception..

In its fourteenth year, Fairweather House and Gallery, located at 612 Broadway in downtown Seaside, Oregon, has established itself as the nexus of the north coast’s art climate with a new exhibition each month.

 

In late 2019, the gallery gave artists the opportunity to select a themed month to exhibit. Regional artists looked over the various themes for 2020 and while, surely, all the themes were of interest, the March artists, truly, believed in the theme for Fresh Start exhibition.  Each artist stepped forward with the willingness to experiment, to try new materials.  For the upcoming exhibition “A Fresh Start” more than one hundred original works of art will be displayed throughout the gallery.

 

The Seaside First Saturday Art Walk on March 7 between the hours of 5-7: pm is all about the arts. Visitors may visit with artists, view an artist demonstration, listen to an art lecture or enjoy live performances in music. The downtown event, celebrating 16 years in 2020, is walk about in the historic district located between Holladay and Broadway. Free and open to the public.

Fairweather House and Gallery

March 7, 5-7:pm

612 Broadway St.

Seaside, Oregon

Opening reception for “A Fresh Start” featuring Northwest artists Toni Avery, Bill Baily, Karen Doyle, Christine Downs, Bob Heath, Dorota Haber-Lehigh, Gayle H. Seely and Bill Shumway.

“This exhibit’s expectation lies in its possibility to present fresh, new perspectives, inspiration, experiences, reflection and even the possibility for transcendence in some way. Indeed, the meaning of “fresh start” is: the beginning of a new period or step.  We, truly, expect the North Coast land to be in full springtime bloom for FRESH START, Fairweather’s March exhibition.”

Fresh Start slate includes:

An inspiring opening introduction with Denise Faiweather, gallerist

Greetings and meetings with featured artists

Flexible program tailored by the attending regional artists

Artist lectures at 5:30 pm

Local farm-to-table snacks

Time to connect and celebrate with friends and colleagues

Spring habitat talk and **raffle drawing for a signed photograph by naturalist Neal Maine at 6:00 pm

**Proceeds to support Alaska Wilderness League

LIVE music by Shirley 88

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Photos and video by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall

Canyon Creek Convergence by W. E. Shumway 16×16 acrylic

Lakeside View by W. E. Shumway 15×14 acrylic

River Reflections by W. E. Shumway 10.75×14.75 acrylic

 

William E. Shumway, artist

I was born in Amherst, MA. I grew up in a household full of music. I still seek a harmonic resonance between pictorial elements so that they resonate with the whole.

During my time earning an MA in painting at the University of Massachusetts, I apprenticed with master print maker, Jack Coughlin. I operated galleries and frame studios in Amherst, Northampton and Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

My art work evolved rapidly towards abstract expressionism after studying with Hui Ming Wang, Leonard Baskin, Walter Kamys and Chuck Close. My graduate thesis works were based entirely on a single dream experience in which each art object was on display in a dream gallery. I measured and inspected how they were constructed and made notes. On waking, I transferred those notes to my drawing pad and made 20 painted canvas sculptures.

When I arrived in Corvallis, I was moved by the wildness of Oregon’s landscapes. I decided to open up to new ways of seeing and painting while incorporating the elements of abstraction that I had previously embraced. It was very humbling to be in a community where no one knew me as an artist and where I had no body of work, no studio, no tools or supplies or connections. I shifted towards painting more directly and in the moment. At the same time, I experimented with all manner of processes and materials, like heated copy toners and teas, mixed media, such as carpenters’ crayons, acrylic and spray paints. Later, I discovered mica based interference pigments and still use them today to enhance luminosity and color shifting effects.

I operated Pegasus Gallery for 35 years until my retirement in August 2014. The gallery, which is now owned by my daughter Paige, served regional and international artists over the years and generated collaborative events with other galleries.

 

 

The Seaside First Saturday Art Walk on March 7 between the hours of 5-7: pm is all about the arts. Visitors may visit with artists, view an artist demonstration, listen to an art lecture or enjoy live performances in music. The downtown event, celebrating 16 years in 2020, is walk about in the historic district located between Holladay and Broadway. Free and open to the public.

Fairweather House and Gallery

March 7, 5-7:pm

612 Broadway St.

Seaside, Oregon

Opening reception for “A Fresh Start” featuring artists Toni Avery, Bill Baily, Karen Doyle, Christine Downs, Bob Heath, Dorota Haber-Lehigh, Gayle H. Seely and Bill Shumway.

“This exhibit’s expectation lies in its possibility to present fresh, new perspectives, inspiration, experiences, reflection and even the possibility for transcendence in some way.”

Artist lectures at 5:30 pm.

“I helped start and facilitate the Vistas & Vineyards en plein air program and co-chaired the art procurement for the Corvallis Arts Center. I introduced many downtown business owners to the concept of hosting art work in their establishments so that new artists could get a start in less competitive venues. Happily, local patrons now expect to mix art with their shopping and dining experiences,”  writes Bill Shumway.

Spring habitat talk  and raffle drawing for a signed photograph by naturalist Neal Maine at 6:00 pm.

LIVE music by Shirley 88.

Read more at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Or go to http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

Standing Water triptych  (ea. pc. 24×36)  by Toni Avery.

“Painter of the commonplace.”

 

Downpour 36×36 by Toni Avery.

“Painter of the commonplace.”

 

Reed Grass (Diptych ea. pc. 24×24)  by Toni Avery. 

“Painter of the commonplace.”

Toni Avery Statement:

“My paintings begin where memory and emotion merge and this is where my creativity is born. As a child growing up in the small Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, I was exposed to a world of art, music, and surprisingly back then, nature.

I spent countless hours outside, climbing trees, bike riding or going on endless walks over the many staircases that wind throughout the hills of Echo Park and Elysian park.  During those long summer days I became connected “to” and also a part “of” the outdoors. I would study the way the light played off of the leaves or how the rolling hills turned a deep gold; the way the wind would create waves in the tall grass and how the shadows faded to blue and purple in the late afternoon sun.

Something inside me wants to recapture those times  and I believe that is why I am fascinated by the contrast and color there may be in a shadow, or the defining opposition of a streak of light cutting through the cool darkness of the shade; the world at its most basic level.  I find the greatest joy through color, texture, shadow and light. Not perfection, but rather imperfections, limitations and nuances that bring meaning.

I’ve come to appreciate that recognizing an object and knowing it are quite different. Trying to capture the essence of ones connection to a thing, a place or a person allows it to transform into more… something unique to the artist.

My work is not seeking perfection, but rather glimpsing the beauty of the commonplace. My paintings are a reflection of times past, and of things that never change.  This is a sample of my work, my experiences, my translation of life.”

The Seaside First Saturday Art Walk on March 7 between the hours of 5-7: pm is all about the arts. Visitors may visit with artists, view an artist demonstration, listen to an art lecture or enjoy live performances in music. The downtown event, celebrating 16 years in 2020, is walk about in the historic Gilbert District located between Holladay and Broadway. Free and open to the public.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Seaside, Oregon

Opening reception for “A Fresh Start” featuring artists Toni Avery, Bill Baily, Karen Doyle, Christine Downs, Bob Heath, Dorota Haber-Lehigh, Gayle H. Seely and Bill Shumway. Toni Avery experiences life and records her place in those experiences. This knowledge is both individual and distinctive.

“This exhibit’s expectation lies in its possibility to present fresh, new perspectives, inspiration, experiences, reflection and even the possibility for transcendence in some way.”

Artist lectures at 5:30 pm.

Spring habitat talk  and raffle drawing for a signed photograph by naturalist Neal Maine at 6:00 pm.

LIVE music by Shirley 88.

Read more at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Or go to http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

Grace note received:

“It was a pleasure meeting you and seeing the gallery … so interesting and the artwork is wonderful.  Rich and I were both saying how much we enjoyed hearing the stories behind the work too. Fascinating. Thanks again for including me in your beautiful gallery/store collection. I do appreciate it.” Toni

Artwork carefully chosen in a geometric motif and displayed to complement the asymmetrical placement of the window in architecture of the space.

To foster in the creation of a music room, formerly a dining room, a natural palette selected.

 

 

Beveled mirror screen echoes the architecture of the trayed ceiling.

 

With a warm black, white and cream palette, taken from the concert grand piano, accessories were chosen to strike a subdued tone.

 

Accessories are a fluid extension of the natural world outside.

An inert hornets nest adds a layer of texture and depth on a table scape.

 

Keeping the palette clean, table scapes focus on the homeowner’s  nested collections.

Authentic details feature cherry pits, lichen moss and organic materials.

 

 

 

Nature becomes the palette, relaxing the eye.

The homeowner, an interior designer and a gallery owner, chose a palette mix of organic and non-organic art with accessories.

“The black on silver theme combined with gray-scale tones strike a subdued and pleasing note.”

Photographs by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

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Copyright © 2020 D. Fairweather

 

Side note:

Before removing, altering, or interfering with any bird nest in any way, determine whether or not the disturbance is legal according to local, regional, and national wildlife laws. Most birds are protected species. Nests of invasive birds, such as house sparrows or European starlings, however, are not protected at any time.   If the nest has been abandoned or no eggs have yet been laid, it can be removed or destroyed as needed.

Through the years we have sought out the finest artisans in the Northwest.

Why bother, you ask, to keep such crafts alive in an age when so little is made by hand today?

Because they are better. 

The work is a gift to your environment. 

We are committed to ecological responsibility.

The majority of the work is created from natural materials.

MADE BY NORTHWEST HANDS.

Always has been. 

Always will be.

 

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Artist Lieta Gratteri

 

I have been painting for eight years and love bringing living items into my art, such as  birds. I love making them come alive, trying to capture a lot of texture on my paper. Watercolor has its own mind sometimes; it’s fun trying to control it to what I’m looking for.

“Chickadee Bundle” watercolor by Lieta Gratteri

My main medium is watercolor with some oil painting on the side.

 

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I love pushing color which is terrific with birds.

 

“I Spy” watercolor with gold leaf by Lieta Gratteri

As you can see, I love to work with color. Making things glow is a passion for me. Layering colors gets a real nice effect.

Table display of Lieta Gratteri’s art.

On exhibit through February 2020.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Oregon

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