Just in! “Hidden Surfaces” by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

Location:  Circle Creek wetlands blanketed in mist and spiderwebs. Seaside, Oregon.

100% profits in support of North Coast Land Conservancy, NCLC.

 

Exploring New Surfaces, an exhibition curated by Agnes Field, Astoria based artist with a Master’s Degree in Studio Fine Art from New York University.

Artist, curator Agnes Field

“The works included in this exhibit use either new materials or methods and techniques to amplify the meaning in the content of their art. Adding or embedding new materials to the surface creates surprise, and occasionally, deeper interpretation and understanding of the subject.” –Agnes Field

 

 

 

Neal Maine visits with art patrons at Fairweather’s during the October 6 Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

 

For more about Neal Maine, go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ … artists tab/ …Neal Maine

 

 

 

 

 

“Beach Fresco” by Martha Lee. Oil impasto on canvas, framed in basswood.

Q: What is impasto painting, you ask?

A: Impasto is an art term used to describe thickly textured paint that is almost three-dimensional in appearance. Using an impasto technique often leaves visible brush strokes in the finished painting. Impasto is a type of sculpture—but for painters it is on a canvas.

 

Q: What is basswood, you ask?

A: A premier hardwood, basswood is a preferred species among high-end shutter manufacturers and framers. Basswood can be creamy white in color or pale to reddish-brown.

 

Martha Lee’s paintings are inspired by her passion for the natural world. She set up her first studio in Seattle in 1982 and has been creating in oil, pastel and mixed-media ever since.

 

Her work consists of textured surfaces, and her goal is the let the mysteries emerge, infusing each work with a sense of timelessness, universality and infinity.

 

She continually attempts to capture the changing light effects of dawn, dusk and twilight and the mysteries of nature.

 

Lee has studied in Seattle with several Northwest masters at the Factory of Visual Art. She has traveled to Italy several times, and much of her fresco work is influenced by those trips.

 

 

 

MARTHA LEE ARTIST STATEMENT

Ancient secret gardens, places and frescos, these are things of
antiquity that have inspired my paintings.

Organic forms, patterns, textures, changing light effects and rich,
luminous color of sea and bay are the subjects of my work.

Currently I am working on the “Bay Vistas”, surrounded by wild
beauty and spectacular sunrises that gild all with glowing gold.

 

Martha Lee grace note

“Thank you for agreeing to show my work in your lovely gallery. I’m excited to have my paintings exhibited on your walls.” — Martha Lee

 

Fairweather Gallery display featuring the golden  sunset kissed art of Martha Lee.

In the background, art by Agnes Field, Carmela Newstead, Diane Copenhaver and Barbara Martin.


Pastel by Kathy Moberg

 

 

What a journey it has been! I have painted for fifty years now and each painting is still a new adventure…a mystery to be solved. My work evolves in layers of texture and color. Sometimes I paint from life or from a series of sketches or photos letting my imagination take hold from there.

A specific style is not something I worked to develop but came quite naturally. I have a light touch and rather loose stroke. My mantra is, ‘Every stroke affects every other stroke, every line affects every other line, every color affects every other color’. I approach painting from a more abstract, broader perspective, and work the entire canvas at once rather than small areas at a time. The first layer is usually painted in watercolor using the compliment in the following layers of pastel, often letting the watercolor show through to build continuity throughout the work.

 

One of my favorite quotes by Marc Chagall is “If I create from the heart everything works: if from the head, almost nothing works.”

Since the mid 80’s I have been painting with a community of women artists. Some women have left our group, and others have continued through the years, opening their arms and hearts to newcomers. In turn, they instill new and fresh ideas. We share our lives, our hopes, our aspirations…and our art. Painting connects us. These women sustain my art. My inspiration is enhanced by their physical presence…coming together to paint. Their mentoring spirit, their tenacity and perseverance gives me the boost I need to press on. This spiritual presence carries me through the slumps and the moments of self-doubt.

These women create a momentum for me. They offer themselves to the nurturing of art, and in so doing enrich my life.   Kathy Moberg

 

 

Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway Street
Seaside, Oregon

 

Exploring New Surfaces, an exhibition curated by Agnes Field, Astoria based artist with a Master’s Degree in Studio Fine Art from New York University, through October 31st.

Artist, curator Agnes Field

 

“The works included in this exhibit use either new materials or methods and techniques to amplify the meaning in the content of their art. Adding or embedding new materials to the surface creates surprise, and occasionally, deeper interpretation and understanding of the subject.” –Agnes Field

 

 

October  exhibit includes Leah Kohlenberg, Kathy Moberg and Carmela Newstead.

 

 

Agnes Field discusses the art of Linda Moberg during the opening reception of “Exploring New Surfaces” at Faiweather’s.

For more about the curator, please go to artists tab Agnes Field  http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Display of Kathy Moberg’s art.

Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

 

 

Close up detail of the oil pastel art by Kathy Moberg.

 

 

Back story:

First chapter: Recently, a man walked into the gallery and asked to see a painted rock depicting a sand dollar that was on display in the front window.  And, too, he asked if there was a magnifying glass to use.  Our answer: yes to both requests.

 

 

 

 

 

Emerging artist Kandy Schwartz. Painted rocks on display.

 

Second chapter: The man inspected the painted rock sand dollar closely for a few moments and then said “I will take this.”

 

Why, you ask,, this one?

 

“Rich and highly detailed. This painted rock reflects the artist’s individual experience with a single sea star. The artist depicts the species out of the water with a wonderful sense of scale. I am a marine biologist. This artist shows everything that a real sand dollar has. Quite nice!”

 

Q:  What is a marine biologist, you ask?

A:  Simply put, a marine biologist  studies the  life in the oceans and other saltwater environments such as estuaries and wetlands. All plant and animal life forms are included from the microscopic picoplankton all the way to the majestic blue whale, the largest creature in the sea—and for that matter in the world.

Fun Facts:

Sand dollars crawl along the ocean floor with their mouths toward the ground, eating microscopic particles of food. Most sand dollars live 8-10 years. The age of any particular sand dollar can be determined by counting the growth rings on the plates of its hard skeleton.

 

Sand dollars get their name, not from their value, but from their appearance. When the skeletons (called tests) of dead sand dollars wash ashore, they are usually bright white from being bleached by the Sun. Long ago, people who found these dead sand dollars thought they looked like old Spanish or American dollar coins, so they called them sand dollars.

 

Chapter three: Kandy Schwartz, Fairweather’s emerging artist,  was delighted with the  endorsement of her art and the sale.  She went back to her studio and painted more rocks.

And, too, more new painted rocks  by Kandy Schwartz!

 

Read more about sand dollars:

NPR posted an episode of Deep Look • PBS.

From KQED Science: The skeletons of sand dollars are prized by beachcombers, but these creatures look way different in their lives beneath the waves. Covered in thousands of purple spines, they have a bizarre diet that helps them exploit the turbulent waters of the sandy sea floor. https://bit.ly/2RMq55F

 

In the Oregon woods Mike Brown finds the perfect burl thanks to a friend who has an abundance of Myrtlewood on his private property. Mike was able to harvest the wood, dry the wood, and turn it from start to finish.

 

Mike Brown is a native of the Pacific Northwest.  He has always had a creative mind and an intense work ethic and likes to express himself building works of art with  hard woods. He spends hours of designing in his work shop.

He completes each wood piece with a hand-rubbed lacquer finish.  Each one is an exquisite piece of art and no two are alike.

 

Mike Brown has won Best of Class and Best of Division awards at the Juried Woodworking show for his wood nautilus shells.  These shells range from 35 to 170 wedges of wood and each one takes up to 40 hours to cut, glue, sand, and finish.

 

 

Mike has found the beauty of Myrtlewood and has created  natural-edged bowls.

 

 

Mike has expanded into turning segmented vases on his lathe along with creating his own patterns. He uses exotic woods such as Padauk, Purple Heart, Myrtlewood, and Birdseye Maple, and completes them with a hand-rubbed lacquer finish.  Each one is an exquisite piece of art and just like a seashell, no two are alike.

 

With the leftover pieces of wood he creates wonderful spindle ornaments. With the leftover pieces of wood he creates wonderful spindle ornaments.

Mike has a love for the outdoors and finds time to hunt, fish, and camp with his wife and two dogs. He has climbed three of the northwest cascade-range mountains (Hood, St. Helen’s, and Adams). Being outdoors, planning new adventures, and exploring out-of-the-way places in the Northwest and beyond provides him with the inspiration for his next projects.

For more about the artist, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ artists/ Mike Brown

Gallery end note

 

With his skillful use of segmenting wood, artist Mike Brown creates masterful vases, ornaments, decorative shells and bowls that as just beautiful. One-on-a-kind treasures that will be loved for many generations. Each one signed and dated by the artist.

 

 

Painted Rocks by Kandy Schwartz

 

 

“For the most part, my inspiration comes from the rocks themselves. I am constantly on the lookout for a shape that speaks to me saying I am not just a rock. I am a three-dimensional sea creature. Just add some color to me and I will come to life.”– Kandy Schwartz

 

 

 

 Artist Peggy Stein, while delivering new  Fairweather fall art, meets emerging artist Kandy Schwartz, whose art will be introduced during the upcoming Art Walk.

 

 

“Untitled” mixed media art by Peggy Stein

 

“I love details. On my walks in the woods I pick up twigs and pretty moss on the path. On the beach its sea glass, pebbles, dried kelp, and shells. My pebble art was inspired by a trip to the UK where I found marvelous small, smooth pebbles along the coast of the North Sea. I love combining all of these into three-dimensional art pieces. You might look at my work and say anybody can do that. The true challenge is taking a pile of rocks and a box of sticks and moss and combining them in a way that speaks to someone. I find inspiration in ordinary things, and I love to stage them in extraordinary circumstances.” — Peggy Stein

 

Kandy Schwartz rock art

 

 

 

2018 Pacific Coast ghost baskets by Emily Miller

The baskets begin as ghost nets: fishing rope washed ashore on the beaches of  Oregon.  Cleaned, unraveled, and restitched, the colorful rope becomes a collection of unique baskets accented with local stones and other treasures.

The color and condition of each unique piece of rope serves as an artist’s palette – from freshly cut potwarp lines at local fisheries, to wild and eroded flotsam weathered by months or years at sea.

 

Encaustic beeswax and pigment art series by Emily Miller

 

River to Sea follows the water through brackish estuaries, out to the open ocean, and back again over tidal shallows up to a sandy coastline. River to Sea is the first in a planned series of “progression” pieces, exploring transition environments and natural cycles of change.

 

 

“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.”  Emily Miller

 

 

100 Turtles Project at Fairweather Gallery by Emily Miller

Conservation

“The ocean is what I love most in the world. As I started weaving Rope Baskets with reclaimed fishing rope, and sculpting these 100 turtles, I struggled with the associated research that felt overwhelmingly negative. I found a positive voice in SeaLegacy, a conservation group creating a movement towards healthy oceans through visual storytelling. SeaLegacy’s expeditions bring the spotlight to critical regions and share success stories of people working in harmony with the sea. Their stance on storytelling rings especially true to me, as an artist whose work remains centered around beauty and joy despite the depressing statistics.”  Emily Miller

 

 

 

“The ghost basket project and 100 sea turtle project got me thinking about my work with multiples, a fascination that has developed in my sculpture practice. I recalled the story of Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes, and how she turned to repetition, creation, and beauty in the face of despair. Repetition as meditation is a common practice around the world, engaging your body and freeing your mind to step back and take a different look at things. It is a way of making peace with things we cannot seem to fix, and centering ourselves in the knowledge of what we are capable of doing, so we have the energy to go out and try again to accomplish what seems out of reach.”   Emily Miller

Copyright © Emily Miller/ Fairweather House and Gallery

 

 

 

“I am a lifelong artist with a passion for materials. My work in different media ranges from watercolor painting to glass and metal sculpture, functional porcelain ware, digital and darkroom photo processes, and interactive installation work. So far I haven’t met a medium I didn’t like. I am bringing 10-15 rope baskets and some abstract encaustic paintings for Shape & Color. See you soon!”  Emily Miller

Shape and Color Fairweather presentation of the art by Emily Miller.

 

Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, photographer.