“Ostrea” by Emily Miller.

A  large-scale sculpture inspired by the gnarled shells of oysters, the fluted ruffles of nudibranchs, and other beautiful and mysterious sea creatures. Sculpted with outdoor architectural stoneware ceramics. Weather-safe and water-tight. Recommended to protect from freezing. Signed by the artist.

 

 

But wait, there’s more.  See, there’s three! 

Ostrea I, Ostrea II and Ostrea III.

20″ to 30″ wide, each

 

 

Lookie here,  Emily Miller’s “Ostreas” have ocean inspired bottoms, as well.

 

Q: What is the meaning of the word “Ostrea”, you ask?

A: “Ostrea” is the Latin name / classification for oysters and the title of a set of large-scale sculptures I created, inspired by the gnarled shells of oysters, the fluted ruffles of nudibranchs, and other beautiful and mysterious sea creatures. The tactile contrast of smooth and rough surfaces is an ongoing theme in my artwork. I use these contrasts to explore ideas of inner and outer spaces, playful discovery, and delight in the unknown. Fun fact about the Ostrea: I like the rough, hidden underside as much as the top glazed surface! -Emily  Miller

 

 

Order from Chaos by Emily Miller

In addition, the 2018 rope basket project with a new palette of Pacific Ocean rope collected from Oregon, wilder and more eroded, weathered by months or years at sea. Cleaned, unraveled, and restitched, the colorful rope became a collection of unique baskets accented with local stones and other beach treasures.

Reclaimed fishing rope, 2018/ Mint Green basket

4.5″ high x 6″ diameter

Green and white fishing rope gathered from the Oregon coast and accented with a local beach stone.

“It begins with days spent hauling rope from the tide line in all weathers, connecting and collecting from other beach clean-up crews. A quick soak in water to loosen the sand, mud, and surface grime, then the long, meditative process of untangling knotted nests into their separate lengths. Each length slowly unwound by hand into its three segments, a second longer soak and scrub in hot soapy water, and a final rinse where the water runs clean. “Emily Miller

 

Fun fact:  Karynn Kozij, introduced as the 2017 Fairweather emerging artist with her Octopus ocean debris art, gifted Emily her recent beach debris.

 

Read what Eve Marx wrote about Karynn’s art: View from the Porch: Art from the ‘Octopus’s Garden’

Artist transforms marine debris/Date: 2017-08-18 Seaside Signal

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Unlike plastic bottles or larger items, microplastics can be difficult to recycle and plague Clatsop County beachesAnd, so,  too, Neal Maine, Seaside naturalist, “re-gifted”  ocean debris to Emily Miller, artist. 

 

 

 

 

Your journey has uncovered the trouble the oceans are in, and drawn something beautiful from that trouble. It is a model for all of us, who each face our own perplexing tangle of strands and nets that we call “life.”   –M. 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 unknown, amid constant cycles of change. My work explores these transition environments as a marker of our place within the larger network of natural systems. I believe that joyful exploration of the unknown creates a positive, active environment that enriches our relationships with ourselves, each other, and our world.  I am a lifelong artist with a passion for materials.”  —Emily Miller

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Oriental pear wood and “Melba’s” plum wood bowl by Daniel Harris.

Dated and signed. 10% off to veterans.” —Daniel Harris

 

Big leaf maple and cherry wood bowl with a decorative finial.

“So beautiful to create. You will just die when you.” –Daniel Harris, wood worker.

Reversible top has a battery operated LED candle. 

 

“Fellow wood worker and friend shared the idea to make the finial top with a dual purpose. Includes an extra battery”  —Daniel Harris

 

 

 

 

 

 
Artist Mike Mason is holding “Allium onion. “
 The Allium or “onion blossom,” grows from a single bulb. Representing: unity, humility, and patience it kindly rules over these ancient ferns. Ferns are fascinators with magical powers of invisibility. They are said to assist in seeing into the future as well as facilitating eternal youthfulness.
“Love In The Mist” by Mike Mason.
Do not be tricked by her sharp presentation. Nigella Damascena or “Love In The Mist,” is a soft plant that says “Kiss me!” Historically evoking images of “The Bride,” with her hair down as a sign of purity. A concept reinforced in this image by the foundation of purity and love associated with the white rose petals on which they are placed. Printed on metal.
“Iris” by Mike Mason.
A family of friendly tiny purple Japanese Iris share their message of Purity. With Respect, Wisdom and Valor these flowers faithfully transport you to the glowing beyond. A place filled with the Joy, Optimism, and Friendship promised by the yellow Rose.
 
“Calla Lilies” by Mike Mason.
This world created by Peony petals offer an environment teaming with romance. It sings about prosperity and good fortune and is such an honorable place for a grouping of faithful, elegant and mysterious black Calla Lilies to dance.


Mike Mason, artist, spoke about his pressed flower art and demonstrated his art during the opening reception for Observing Botany at the Fairweather House and Gallery for April Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

 

“My art is created with “nature’s paint brush.” Using dried and pressed flower and plant product to create my “brushstrokes.” Each fragile petal is glued and perfectly placed in collage style. I have the original art photographed to capture the color that only occurs in Nature.”

 

Image title:  “Stranger in town.”

Baltimore Oriole

Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images

 Photographed in Seaside, Oregon (very rare to see a Baltimore Oriole west of the Rocky Mountains)!

Proceeds in support of NCLC/ North Coast Land Conservancy

To view a catalog of  images, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ …Neal Maine

 

Q: Why is it a rare sighting to find a Baltimore Oriole in Seaside, Oregon, you ask?

A:  Most commonly sighted in central North America—including Kansas, Nebraska, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.  On a rare occasion, a straggler crosses the Rocky Mountains to survive the winter in the upper coastal area of the United States!   

 

Baltimore Orioles usually  winter  in Central America, where they occupy open woodlands, gardens, and shade-grown coffee and cacao plantations.  On their breeding grounds in eastern and east-central North America, you’ll most often find Baltimore Orioles high in leafy deciduous trees, but not in deep forests; they prefer open woodland, forest edge, river banks, and small groves of trees. They also forage for insects and fruits in brush and shrubbery. Baltimore Orioles have adapted well to human settlement and often feed and nest in parks, orchards, and backyards. They frequently visit flowering trees and vines in search of fruit and nectar.  –www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/baltimore-oriole

 

Baltimore Oriole map (first sighting reports 2018).

 

 

 

“Butterfly Bush”  by Lori Bedard

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.

 

“Hidden Garden” by Lori Bedard

About the artist:

Born and raised in Oregon, nature and the environment have always been at the forefront for this Portlander. 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 associates 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  Bedard owned, operated, and taught art glass in her Canby glass store for over 13 years. During this time, custom residential commissions were a high percentage of the work. Offering custom design and quality construction to clients throughout the west. In 07’, the business was closed and 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 and shops throughout the state as well as fine art shows. Most recent, a co-op gallery on the coast in which she also curated about 3000sf and 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.

 

 

 

 

 

“Nature is beauty sublime. To use the botanical as a subject for art, invokes memories of that beauty and how it inspires each of us. As an artist, if we incite that reaction with each view; we were successful.”  –-Lori Bedard

 

Q: How does the artist create, you ask?

A:  In creating Dragonfly Marsh:

 

The center piece is a fuse glass base. The dragonfly and leaves are casted separately with fine frit and then fired onto the glass base. The swirled rods are slumped into a wave shape and then fired on the base at the same time as the frit castings. The border is made of Murano glass rods above and below, the sides are leaded glass nuggets (flat on the back). The outer border is beveled glass with 14g tinned copper wire accents. This open work style I refer to as cut work glass and I believe is unique to me as an artist. –-Lori Bedard

 

A: In creating Dragonfly Meadow:

After obtaining some odd shaped beveled glass pieces, I developed this design. The dragonfly is stained glass with a lead cast body painted with an alcohol based metal paint. The rocks are polished agate and sardonyx slices. The branches are copper tubing with a mix of 12 and 14g tinned copper. The leaves are made from adventurine green Bullseye glass with glass nuggets for the seed pods. The entire piece hangs from a heavy gauge brass spinner, allowing it to turn for east viewing.  —Lori Bedard

 

Lori Bedard spoke during the opening reception for Observing Botany at the Fairweather House and Gallery for the  April Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, as well as demonstrated the art of fused glass.  Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

“Sunflowers with Blue”  by Nick Brakel.

 

“Sunflowers II” by Nick Brakel.

Close up detail of  gouache, crayon and watercolor. 

 

Q: What is gouache painting, you ask?

A: Gouache, a painting technique in which an opaque white pigment is added to watercolors to produce opacity. In gouache painting the color lies on the surface of the paper, forming a continuous layer. A gouache is characterized by a directly reflecting brilliance. A painting technique of great antiquity, gouache was used by the Egyptians.  It possesses unique material qualities that make it unlike any other type of paint. One of the easiest mediums to work with, it is also considered by many painters to be the most complicated to master. Contemporary painters use gouache alone or in combination with watercolor and other mediums. –Encyclopedia Britannica

 

 

Nick Brakel Artist Statement

 

Early on in my painting career, I was immersed in landscape painting.  I was learning all I could about Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and other expressionist painters, while traversing up and down the shores of Lake Superior with paints and canvases.  I spent as much time as I could out in nature painting. 

I have been fortunate to show work at Fairweather House and Gallery for 5 years now.  Much of that work delved into my work as a printmaker.  After finishing my BFA from the University of Wisconsin Superior, I was in the PAN Emerging Printmakers Residency and an intern at Atelier Meridian Printmaking Studio in Portland for several years. 

 

I learned a lot, and primarily focused on collagraphs, linocuts and monotypes while there.  The subject matter was often still nature based, but more focused on the creatures inhabiting the natural world with collagraphs of birds, swirling linocuts of ocean creatures, often with an emphasis on climate change’s possible effect on these creatures.

 

 

 

Artist Statement 2018

 

“My life had a big change recently.  I received a serious concussion while working in June 2016.  This created many visual difficulties for me, and I had to undergo extensive vision therapy to train my eyes how to draw again. 

When faced with a challenge of this magnitude, I returned to my painting roots, and once again began landscape painting.  First drawing gesture drawings, and improving and improving until I was eventually painting mixed media watercolor paintings of the land around me.  I would utilize watercolor crayons, watercolor, gouache and pencil in forming these landscape paintings and floral still life.  This has proven to be a great release and is something that I intend to continue for the near future.” —Nick Brakel

 

 

“Nick Brakel enthusiastically re-imagined his art practice recently, initiating art work using a combination of gouache, crayon and watercolor. Fairweather House and Gallery has been honored to represent Nick Brakel throughout his art journey . ” D. Fairweather, gallerist

 

 

 

 

 

Q: Where in the world is Mt. Hood, you ask?

A:   Mount Hood is the highest peak (11,239 feet) in Oregon and the fourth highest peak in the Cascade Range, 45 miles east-southeast of Portland. For more info. go to  http://www.britannica.com/place/Mount-Hood

 

Q:  Where in the world is Sauvie Island, you ask?

A:  It is the largest island in the Columbia River and one of the largest islands in the U.S. Located at the junction of the Columbia River to the east, Willamette River to the south and Multnomah Channel to the west, the island’s northern half is a wildlife refuge and the southern half is predominantly rural
farmland with…  For more info. go to:   sauvieisland.org/
Q: Where in the world is Mt. St. Helens,  you ask?
A:  Mount St. Helens, located in southwestern Washington about 50 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon, is one of several lofty volcanic peaks that dominate the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest. Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. The volcano, located in southwestern Washington, used to be a beautiful symmetrical cone about 9,600 feet  above sea level. The eruption, which removed the upper 1,300 feet of the summit, left a horseshoe-shaped crater and a …  For more info. go to: www.mountsthelens.com/history

 

 

 

 

 

To read more about the artist, please visit:

Nick Brakel | https://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com
https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/tag/nick-brakel/
The GUYS TAKE OVER Art Walk. September 7, 2013. The lineup: guys who matter. the guys take over. Marc Ward, activist/scientist; Michael Wing, emerging artist; Nick Brakel, artist/print maker; Jan Shield, art professor; Paul Brent, nationally recognized artist, with Neal Maine, NW naturalist/photographer…

Seaside’s First Saturday Art Walk – Seaside Oregon
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Aug 5, 2017 – FINDINGS, will be the 11th annual emerging artist exhibition in the gallery and will include former emerging artists Britney Drumheller, Nick Brakel, Linda Trexler, Ashley Howarth, Diane Copenhaver, Ashley Howarth, Gayle H. Seely, Kristin Qian and Rebecca Gore. Seaside nature photographer, ecologist …

 

“A Pelican Insists There Still is a Heart” by Nick Brakel.

Seaside Art Walk celebrates history as well as creativity – Seaside …
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Sep 5, 2014 – A pelican that insists there still is a heart, created by Nick Brakel will be on display at Fairweather House  during the First Saturday Art Walk in Seaside Sept. 6. The Seaside First Saturday Art Walk Sept. 6 completes its 10th anniversary and continues its celebration of the 100th anniversary of the …

 

 

Artists Jan Shield, Nick Brakel, Bev Drew Kindley, Paul Brent and Rosemary Klein. 2014

Nick Brakel, artist, spoke during the opening reception for Observing Botany at the Fairweather House and Gallery for the April Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

 

 

Recent commissioned work by Penelope Culbertson, artist and calligrapher

Penelope Culbertson began her art studies at the Portland Art Museum as a child, in the art department at Cleveland High School, at Reed College with calligraphy master Lloyd Reynolds, at Willamette University in Salem, at the San Francisco Art Institute, and the Institute de Bellas Artes in San Miguel, Mexico.

Penelope was the co-founder of the Art Academy of Kona and the West Hawaii Arts Guild where she served on the Executive Board. Penelope worked in the Hawaii State Artist-in-School program and showed as the Artist-in-Residence at the Hyatt Regency. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Royal Waikoloan Hotel.

Since her return to Portland, Penelope has had seventeen solo exhibits of her watercolors. She showed year round at the Hawthorne Arts Gallery and annually at the Buckman Art Show where she was the founding chairman of the Children’s Art Sale. She taught children’s art classes at the Buckman Arts Magnet Elementary and for the Portland Parks Dept. in their after-school program. In 1999 she helped produce a book of children’s watercolors about the Portland Water System. She was co-founder of The Hawthorne Arts Guild and showed in all their monthly group shows.

Penelope Culbertson teaches weekly classes in calligraphy and watercolors for the disabled. She experiments in watercolors, oil pastels, collage, tapestry weaving and calligraphy.

 

 

 

Fun fact:

Featured Observing Botany artists, Penelope Culbertson and JoAnn Pari-Mueller, are members of the Portland Calligraphy Society and the Oregon Society of Artists.   And, too, both artists are featured in the upcoming PSC  show in the display windows at the Portland Justice Center from April 15 – June 3.

 

For more information, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ …Penelope Culbertson

 

Grace note received for the Observing Botany opening reception.  April 7, 5-7pm at Fairweather’s.

 

“I was thinking perhaps I could demonstrate some illuminated letters….a capital, an initial with some foliage or vines, gold or silver accents.  I could talk a little about illuminated letters.  That way it would still be about calligraphy but incorporating your botany theme.  Thanks for always challenging me in new directions!”  –-Penelope Culbertson

Penelope Culbertson, master calligrapher and artist, spoke during the opening reception for Observing Botany at the Fairweather House and Gallery for April Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, as well as demonstrated the art of illumination.