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

 

From his watercolors to his recent oil paintings he captures nature in its best and most idyllic form. While being best known for his beach subjects, he has painted landscapes that are equally indicative of his talent to recreate all aspects of nature. He especially enjoys painting local scenes and beachscapes that he views near his two home studios in Panama City, Florida and Seaside, Oregon.

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

 

Paul Brent exhibits his work in Seaside at Fairweather House and Gallery on Broadway.

 

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.

© 2006-2017 All images copyright Paul Brent

 

 

 Throughout July! Pop-Up Open Studio located at 608 Broadway. You are invited to come in, look at the artwork and watch Paul Brent paint  on his latest painting. Paintings may be purchased through Fairweather’s Gallery.

July Hours and Events for the Paul Brent Studio:

Wed. July 5: Open studio 11 am to 3pm

Thursday July 6: Open studio 11am to 3 pm

Tuesday July 11: Open studio 11am t0 3pm

 

Tuesday July 18: Open studio 11 am to 3pm

 

And, too, Paul Brent will offer watercolor  and mixed watercolor and oil Painting Seaside LIVE ™ classes! 

 

Sign up for Paul Brent painting classes sponsored by the Fairweather Gallery and the Gilbert Block Building.  

Please call 503-738-8899 or email fairweatherhosueandgarden@gmail to register.  

Classes will be kept to a maximum of 12 participants and no prior experience with painting is necessary. 

A minimum of 5 participants is necessary for the class to make. 

All materials will be provided. 

For each class a fee of $45 will be charged. 

Hours and classes may vary based on participation.

 

July Hours and Painting Classes at the Paul Brent Studio:

Wed. July 12: Create a Painting in Watercolor Class 10am-12pm

Wed. July 19: Create a Painting in Watercolor Class 10am-12pm

 

 

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/  …artists/ …Paul Brent for more info/

 

 

Beloved artist Victoria Brooks arrives to paint LIVE on July 1st for the opening reception of WAVES at Fairweather’s during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

 

 

Sea Power by Victoria Brooks, reprinted from the Steppin’ Out magazine summer 2017 edition.

Of course, like any other job, being an artist has its challenges. You need the discipline to master many different craft tools and techniques. You must develop keen analytical and problem-solving skills. You need the dedication to refine your sensibilities into a unique artistic voice. Moreover, you must learn how to run the business of Yourself, Inc. 

None of this happens overnight. Nevertheless, the work also offers deeply satisfying rewards—from the thrill of discovery to the satisfaction of bringing something beautiful into the world, from the validation of your work by experts at art shows and competitions to the joy of seeing how your creations affect the lives of others. For me, this last—how my work connects with my clients—is the most rewarding.

These connections can be both profound and simple. Sometimes a painting resonates with a client emotionally, and she takes my painting home to savor the feelings it evokes again and again. Sometimes a painting reminds a client of something in her own life, and she presents the painting to a friend or relative to rekindle memories of shared moments, they cherish. In addition, sometimes clients just like a painting’s technical execution or want to add a little beauty to their lives and “know it when they see it.”

It is with these connections in mind that I select my subjects and my style. Although I do lots of studio work, I love the outdoors and favor the direct approach of working en plein air (in the open air). When I work outside, I use oils and all my senses to capture landscapes, portraits, and emotional moments of people in natural settings. Working outside means, I have to chase the ephemeral effects of sunlight, moving water, wind, and weather (while dealing with the occasional animal, insect, or onlooker). As a result, my paintings have a strong sense of spontaneity and freshness.

A graceful woman strolls along a beach alone, the wind teasing her hair. Sun-washed children discover treasures translucent, breaking waves have tossed ashore. A monumental rock formation, bathed in a kaleidoscope of hues by the setting sun, stands guard where sea meets land and day meets night. You get the picture.
Because I am serious about my work, I am always looking for ways to grow artistically, spiritually, and professionally. To that end, for the past dozen years or so, I have had the pleasure of hosting en plein air workshops and classes around the world. My students have represented a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and skill levels.
My goal has been to help all of them reach the next level in their journeys as artists. For some, painting is now a fulfilling pastime. Others have become accomplished, award-winning pros in their own right. As for me, my students’ enthusiasm, sharing, and comradery have been inspirational in many ways. In addition, they continue to affirm in me the one great Truth about art: We are all chasing the light together. I feel blessed to have a career in fine art.

 

For more info about the Stepin Out magazine, please visit http://www.traveltowinecountry.com/

 

 

Through numerous gallery exhibitions and shows, art lovers around the world have come to admire and enjoy the art works of Victoria Brooks. She captures the essence of sun-drenched images typical of  a vibrant, impressionistic style.

Victoria’s paintings are characterized by intimate moments set in romantic, richly conceived landscapes and seascapes. The result is a hauntingly personal connection with the viewer that resonates at the deepest emotional level. Her special talents are particularly evident in her expressive portraits where she reflects the mood and inner nature of her subjects.

After a successful career and many national awards as an art director in television and motion pictures, she pursued her love of painting, which she has been doing for 20 years.

For more about the artist, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ …Victoria Brooks.

Timely quote by master calligrapher Penelope Culbertson.

For ICONIC, an art exhibition, through June, 2017.

 Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway, Seaside

Definition of iconic:

1: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an icon

2: widely recognized and well-established •an iconic brand name

3: widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence •an iconic image •an iconic vacation

 

Penelope Culbertson offered a scribing LIVE episode during the opening reception of Iconic on June 3rd.

 

 

 

For Iconic, an exhibition, Penelope Culbertson created new water-color works combined with calligraphy.  In addition, in the photo are seascapes  by Lee Munsell.  Throughout the years, water-color artist and master calligrapher Penelope Culbertson  has appeared during events at Fairweather’s to offer art lectures, calligraphy history lessons, and scribing LIVE events.

For more about the artists, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseangallery.com/ artists/ … Penelope Culbertson. …Lee Munsell

Original work by Penelope Culbertson.

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 teaches weekly classes in calligraphy and watercolors for the disabled. She experiments in watercolors, oil pastels, collage, tapestry weaving and calligraphy. She is a member of the Portland Society of Calligraphy.

 

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Q: What is calligraphy, you ask?

A: Calligraphy is the art of forming beautiful symbols by hand and arranging them well. It’s a set of skills and techniques for positioning and inscribing words so they show integrity, harmony, some sort of ancestry and rhythm.

Symbol is a mark which has a specific agreed-upon meaning in a language, like a letter of the alphabet, a numeral or a word. Integrity of a letter means admirable proportions and form. Harmony describes a pleasing relationship between different visual elements in a piece of calligraphy: parts of a letter, letters, words, the whole text and surrounding space. Ancestry refers to the heritage of letter-shapes, materials and techniques which calligraphers use. Rhythm means the calligrapher’s deliberate repetition and variation of marks and spaces to create feelings of pattern and emphasis.

But wait, there’s more about calligraphy…

The Oxford English Dictionary defines calligraphy as:

1. Beautiful handwriting; elegant penmanship. (Early seventeenth century.)
2. Style of handwriting, penmanship generally. (Mid-seventeenth century.)
3. In painting etc.: beauty of line; (elegant) brushwork. (Early twentieth century.)

(The word comes from kallos, Greek, meaning ‘beauty’ and -graphy, ‘a style of method or writing, drawing, etc’ which in turn comes from graphe, Greek, meaning ‘drawing, writing’.)

… calligraphy is a script that exhibits exceptional and often self-conscious artistry and aesthetic quality in design and execution. (M. P. Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms (London: The British Library, 1994)

Calligraphy is a skill. This skill involves touch, pressure, hand movement, unity, and that elusive quality we term “beauty.” (V. Studley, Calligraphy (NY: Dover, 1991)

http://www.calligraphy-skills.com/what-is-calligraphy.html

Roseway by Gretha Lindwood,  pastel

“Thus in art, does nature work through the will of a man filled with the beauty of her first works,” wrote the 19th-century poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. And so it does. Emerson’s simple musing captures the spirit of  painters, who sing nature’s praises with their brushes and palette knives.

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Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists… Gretha Lindwood for more about the artist.

 

“The use of vibrant color and strong design are hallmarks of my work which I developed during my career as an illustrator and graphic designer. As a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, I cherish our unique landscapes honed by water and time and delight in capturing their beauty in the lush colors of pastels or oils to share with the viewer.” —Gretha Lindwood, featured artist for BLOOM, an exhibition at Fairweather’s throughout April, 2017.

 

 

Bev Drew Kindley “Cyclamen

Cyclamen by Bev Drew Kindley.  Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists …Bev Drew Kindley for more info

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And, too, on April 1st, Bev Drew Kindley offered a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ event at the opening of BLOOM, an exhibition throughout April at Fairweather’s.

In addition, the artist, Bev Drew Kindley, with dual degrees in art and philosophy, offered a lecture of being in the moment while painting nature  during the opening reception of BLOOM at Fairweather’s on April 1st.

  “Thanks, Denise, I am proud to be part of your artistically designed BLOOM show and enjoy seeing how you fit all our paintings in among the other unique treasures.      BLOOM to me is about the time after this year’s dark  season when plants reawaken and we feel like celebrating each hopeful victory–the first faint coloring of new leaves and branches, (like my painting “Awakening Wetlands “), the first crocus, daffodils, tulips and wildflowers for  “The Joy of Spring “.        Sometimes we need a bouquet of flowers to keep our spirits up–or a pot of bright cyclamen –or photos of flowers to remind us there is more to come. Soon the steady rhythm of blooming begins, each flower in its own time, and then on to fields of lavender, crimson clover and more!  Flowers do make us happy!”

 

 

Quote in original calligraphy by artist Penelope Culbertson.  Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists …Penelope Culbertson for more info

Bouquet by Gretha Lindwood

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists …Gretha Lindwood for more info

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Artist Gretha Lindwood lectured about the art of flowers during the opening reception of BLOOM, at  Fairweather’s on April 1st.  In the background on display are original pastels by the artist.  And, too, note the wardrobe selection chosen by the artist to complement her art!

 

In addition, large encaustic (painting with beeswax)  portrait by artist Rebecca Gore. Please visit https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/…/a-decade-of-emerging-artist-bac… Jan 7, 2017 – For more information about each of Fairweather’s emerging artists please the links following their individual … Rebecca Gore, emerging artist.

In the background and in the far left is an original oil, “Garden Party” by artist Melissa Jander.  For more info go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com  …artists… Melissa Jander .

 

 

 

The language of flowers…

A team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a study of participants’ behavioral and emotional responses to seeing flowers, either in a bouquet or in nature. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

“What’s most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way,” said Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and lead researcher on the study.

Growing flowers, handling flowers, seeing flowers in art have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed smiles upon being near flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. The language of flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods.
Flowers and nature make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers and nature make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well-being.”

 

And, too, a favorite quote in art by Penelope Culbertson, calligrapher for BLOOM, an exhibition at Fairweather’s through April.

BLOOM grace note received:

“Thank you for inviting me to participate in this fun event in your beautiful gallery. I had a wonderful time visiting with the gallery visitors as I created my pastel painting in a live painting demonstration.” Best regards, Gretha Lindwood, artist

“I’m working on new pieces for June. Thanks for the sweet and supportive card you sent.
It was the nicest card I’ve ever gotten from a gallery!”
Penelope Culbertson

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“I love those who yearn for the impossible.” J. Wolfgang von Goethe

Dreaming.  Envisioning.  Longing.  Moving Forward.  

Expressing. Creating. Releasing. Flying.

“To yearn is to envision the possible in the midst of the impossible. Every work of art, be it a watercolor, oil, carving, photograph, textile, jewelry and even the music (Shirley88), speaks to those who yearn to express what lies within. They do not allow the tentacles of the mundane to keep them from reaching for flight in freedom of creative expression.”— Shirley

Shirley Smith-Yates

Shirley Smith-Yates/ Shirley 88

For more about the Art Walk, please visit http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk Motto:

“THOSE THAT LIVE FOR THE ARTS, SUPPORT THE ARTS.”

Watercolor artist Carolyn Macpherson arrived to paint LIVE ™ on Feb. 4th  during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Fairweather’s.

In addition, she offered an artist’s talk about her unique pouring technique, thanks to an accident created by her cat spilling premixed watercolors on her paper.

Since then, Carolyn has adopted a highly concentrated style of painting where the rich dark backgrounds of still life pop off the paper.

 

“It’s hard to imagine that you think about something you’d like to happen, an artist painting LIVE for visitors, and it happens beautifully. We are so very fortunate and grateful to  Carolyn Macpherson, who  shared her talent for guests, friends and art patrons.”–Denise Fairweather.

 

For more about the gallery, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Celebrating 11 years in 2017 of  hosting acclaimed regional and emerging artists.

A Fairweather event, truly, is  a personalized, very local, one-on-one interaction that brings art to everyone.

The Art Walk evenings are free, open to the public, visitors and residents, alike.

And, too,  it’s all about building a great experience, which leads to building a place that we love all more, which leads to building a better, and more beloved  community.

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Pair of Sand Hill Cranes by Carolyn Macpherson

About the artist:

Inspired by a ninth grade teacher, Carolyn  Macpherson has been painting in various media ever since. As a self-taught oil painter, she readily sold her art, but wished for the training that would give her more confidence. Upon graduation from Lewis & Clark, she was hired by the local community college to teach evening art classes and calligraphy. She was also active in the Washington State Arts Commission and directed the SW Washington Arts Festival.
Later, she began to win awards at major art competitions in California, where she resided with her husband and their four children at the time. She established an art gallery in the Gold Rush town of Murphys.

Thanks to an accident created by her cat spilling pre-mixed watercolors on her paper, she adopted a highly concentrated style of painting where the rich dark backgrounds of still life and florals popped off the paper. Workshops featuring this dynamic technique became a regular part of her teaching schedule. Numerous awards and accolades followed, including showing at Sacramento art galleries, the Crocker Art Museum, wine label design awards, publications in the American Artist magazine and the book, “How Did You Paint That?”

Carolyn served as an interpretive host at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon, setting up her easel and using art to explain the region’s geology. She was commissioned to illustrate all of the interpretative displays at the Visitor’s Center, as well as the signage for the park’s hiking trails and botanical gardens. Loss of her husband has left a distinct impression on her current work, which is now softer, more atmospheric and introspective. Carolyn’s work is a reflection of her commitment to plein air painting, and often features birds in flight or the natural environment.

Currently her work can be seen at Fairweather Gallery in Seaside, Town Hall Arts in Copperpolis, CA, and Bradley’s Fine Art in Fort Meyer, FL.

For more information about our gallery please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

 

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Sandhill Cranes in Flight by Carolyn Macpherson. 

About Sandhill Cranes in Oregon.

Whether stepping singly across a wet meadow or filling the sky by the hundreds and thousands, Sandhill Cranes have an elegance that draws attention. These tall, gray-bodied, crimson-capped birds breed in open wetlands and fields in the Pacific Northwest from February to early April. They group together in numbers, filling the air with distinctive rolling cries. Sandhill Cranes are known for their dancing skills. Courting cranes stretch their wings, pump their heads, bow, and leap into the air in a graceful and energetic dance. They mate for life—which can mean two decades or more—and stay with their mates year-round. Sandhill Crane chicks can leave the nest within 8 hours of hatching, and are even capable of swimming.

The elegance of cranes has inspired people in cultures all over the world—including the great scientist, conservationist, and nature writer Aldo Leopold, who wrote of their “nobility, won in the march of aeons.”  For more information go to: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/sandhill_crane

 

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Carolyn Macpherson

Save the date and time! 

“YEARN” opening reception at Fairweather’s

Introducing Emerging Artist Ashley Howarth

Carolyn Macpherson will offer a Painting Seaside LIVE event

February 4th, 2017. 5-7: pm during the

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk!!!

At 6:m Seaside naturalist, fine art photographer Neal Maine will speak about the local wildlife ecology

To view the images from Neal Maine/PacificLight Images,  please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery/artists/Neal Maine

For more information about the Art Walk, please visit http://www.facebook.com/Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

In the historic Gilbert District.

In the historic Gilbert District.

 

Artist’s Statement:

“I have worked my way through many trends, painting styles, and media because I am a restless person. Never satisfied with status quo, I love experimentation and teaching, which I find keeps my mind open to different ways of viewing the world. I discover from my students an entirely different way of reacting to the landscape. How in the world did Paul see that tree as if it were weeping? How did Mary see all that purple in a bush I saw as mainly green? Priceless input!

I work on a series with a rather mundane subject—eggs—until I had exhausted every single way I could see and paint them. I’ve used unusual material like powdered dye in the backgrounds because I get excited about the serendipitous result like when brown blooms out with the red, blues and yellows that comprise a neutral color’s makeup. This unifies my subject to their background. Thus, I have become an expert at controlling happy accidents or using them to lead me toward another interpretation of my subject. This has led me to put on workshops that teach aspiring artists how to loosen up and experiment with watercolors, because they are, indeed, so correctable in spite of their reputation.

My time as an interpretative camp host at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon taught me the necessary discipline for the plein air paintings.

The recent loss of my husband, best friend and critic has led me to an understanding of how grief can humble one, yet also teach you to be more expressive and introspective. My paintings are now softer, more atmospheric, as if viewed though a veil of tears. Watercolors allows for the fluid interpretation of scenes that I strive for and makes the statement I choose to make about how fragile our environment is; how important it is to respect the incredible diversity of the plants and animals we have been blessed with on this earth to paint and enjoy.” —Carolyn Macpherson

 

 

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Carolyn Macpherson teaching a watercolor class.

For more information go to: http://www.motherlodeartassociation.org/programs.html

And, too, Carolyn Macpherson will offer an artist’s lecture at Fairweather’s on Feb. 4th!

Yearn Opening reception. 5-7:pm.

612 Broadway, Seaside, OR

And, too, Carolyn Macpherson will offer a Painting Seaside LIVE episode during the Feb. 4th Art Walk @ Fairweather’s.

“During my demo, I shall try to create some of that illusive, misty, beach atmosphere Seaside is so well known for as I paint a lonely estuary scene in water color. No other medium, in my opinion, expresses that wet-on-wet look so well! I will spritz water onto the paper, drop in pre-mixed watercolor paint and pour heavy washes of rich paint to express reflections in the water, trees and rocks. A bird may fly by or a raccoon may stop to take a sip of water. Or, perhaps the scene will be strong enough to stand on its own. Haven’t decided that yet!”–Carolyn

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Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway
Nov. 5th. 5-7:pm
Opening reception for the exhibition titled A SIMPLE APPROACH.

The essence of every sanctuary one creates in the approaching season can be distilled down to the principles of classic neutrals, materials that endure and soothing sight lines in art pulled from a serene environment.

Arriving to meet and greet art patrons are regional artists Lori Wallace-Lloyd and Kathryn Delany.

Lori Wallace-Lloyd will be offer a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ demonstration!

“After doing a lot of bird drawings this summer, I’m back to oil painting this fall and I am doing another shell where I have experimented and lightened up the background. The shell that I have sent you is a drawing in pastel pencil, that inspired doing one in oils.”–Lori

 

Lori Wallace-Lloyd joined the Navy at 17, becoming the first female helicopter aircrew member in 1977. Later, after becoming an officer, she became fascinated by Italian painting, having been stationed for 3 years in Sicily. Though she had a family and career she began the long road of classical art training, eventually studying in the Bay area with several renowned portraitists including Virgil Elliott.

The rigorous atelier training built the skills needed to produce the realist figurative work, for which she has won many awards, including Grand prize at the Portland Rose Festival and Best of Show with the St. Louis Artist’s Guild.

Please visit http://www.LoriWallaceLloyd.com  for more information.

 

 

Kathryn Delany introduces art that features “a little bit of the feeling of isolation of the birds, the vastness of their universe and the landscape underneath them.”

 

Kathryn Delany, a creative fine artist based in Portland, specializes in customized art work to fit a lifestyle. She offers commissioned art, fine art prints, digital painting, photo-painting and art on tile, glass, and aluminum. Her style can range from impressionist to trompe l’oeile, abstract to whimsical.

 

 

“One of my strengths is the ability to match my style of art to the requests and dreams of clients. I developed a style in decorative finishes that was unique and reflects a love of layered finishes. I love to use a lot of metallics in my work too. The metallics reflect light and creates a sense of luxury.” —

For more information about Kathryn Delany please visit http://www.colorsplashes.com.

 

At 6: pm, Neal Maine, ecologist, premier wildlife photographer, and co-founder of the North Coast Land Conservancy, will offer a lecture on the local habitat.

Refreshments, LIVE music by Shirley 88 and patron gifts.

For more information please visit http://www.facebook.com/SeasideFirstSaturdayArtWalk