“Subtle Treasure” mixed-media stone and water collection by Jan Rimerman

“Stories from the Past” mixed media stone and water collection  by Jan Rimerman

“The powdered charcoal under painting plus the 22 layers of transparent fluid acrylics provide a sense of visual textural mystery. By altering one’s viewing perspective you may observe symbols and stones as the waves gently flow over them.”   Jan Rimerman



“Waves” by Leah Kohlenberg  pastel and acrylic framed 16×20



“Light and Waves” by Karen E. Lewis oil on canvas.


Read more about the artist Karen E. Lewis and the exhibition MAKING WAVES at:

Thank you Coast Weekend and reporter Katherine Lacaze for supporting the arts.




July 6- July 31

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway




Fairweather’s July exhibition explores the deep, multifaceted relationship with the ocean.

Art for the exhibition, largely significant pieces include new original work, created entirely by North coast artists.


Artist Jan Rimerman offered an artist talk about her MAKING WAVES art.



Artist Leah Kohlenberg spoke about her MAKING WAVES art/


Featuring selected Fairweather artists: Blue Bond, Victoria Brooks, Paul Brent, Nick Brakel, Karen Doyle, Leah Kohlenberg, Karen E. Lewis, Emily Miller, Lee Munsell, Richard Newman, Ron Nicolaides, Jan Rimerman, Lisa Sofia Robinson, Peg Wells, Russell J. Young and Dale Veith. 


In addition, artist Leah Kohlenberg assisted naturalist Neal Maine for his habitat lecture during the opening reception of MAKING WAVES.


Introducing artists Sharon Abbott-Furze, Phil Juttelstad, Mary Burgess and Helen Brown.

The range in the show reveals the extraordinary impact of the sea and waves.



A trio of fun facts:

Jan Rimerman, Lean Kohlenberg and Karen E. Lewis were  juried into the Ode to the Tides Art Show and Sale, a traveling exhibition in support of the Wetlands Conservancy.

Karen E. Lewis is a rough water river guide.

Leah Kohlenberg’s art for Making Waves was delivered to the gallery from fellow Fairweather artist Russell J. Young.
“Those that live for the arts, support the arts.”





Just arrived. “I AM the Wind” 24 X 36  Acrylic impasto, ghost net and hand-sewn PMD, plastic marine debris,  by Shelby Silver

I AM the Wind

I am every breath ever taken,


I AM the Wind

 My lips carry the stories of my heart and the hearts of those you’ve never met

Yet, in the stillness of the morning, you do.

I AM the Wind

I call out from a time before you

Where my weathered bare feet tamped down the path you now set your own feet upon.

I AM the Wind

The earth holds my memory

And you eat of my body and remember me. 

I AM the Wind

The confines of my mind find freedom upon the breeze caressing your skin

My thoughts, a bountiful inheritance I gift to you again and again.

I AM the wind

I am by your side all the seasons of your life and all of the seasons of your death.

WE Are the Winds

Copyright © 2019 Shelby Silver

“I  have finished this most lovely and heartfelt piece. It has been evolving and growing for several weeks and is now ready to greet the world.  Remembering our connection is remembering our responsibility to earth, sea, and all living beings.”

Blessings abundant, Shelby




Just in, as well.

“Hollow Log” 12 x 16 Acrylic Impasto, & Handsewn Plastic Marine Debris by Shelby Silver


“Gaia’s Breast” 16 x 12 Acrylic Impasto, & Handsewn Plastic Marine Debris by Shelby Silver



“These two shall have a proper debut.  They have been waiting in the wings for the perfect moment. I have carefully selected them to accompany “I AM the Wind” on the journey to Fairweather House and Gallery for June, 2019.”  Shelby Silver





Q: Who is Gaia, you ask?

A: Gaia. … In Greek mythology, Gaia (/ˈɡeɪ.ə/ or /ˈɡaɪ.ə/; from Ancient Greek Γαῖα, a poetical form of Γῆ Gē, “land” or “earth”), also spelled Gaea (/ˈdʒiːə/), is the personification of the Earth and one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life: the primal Mother Earth goddess.


Gaia first appears as a character of divine being in the Homeric poems, in the Iliad,  black sheep were sacrificed to her, and people were declaring oaths to invoke her. Gaia was described as the giver of dreams and the nourisher of plants and young children.  In modern times, Earth scientists use the term Gaia to describe the earth as a complex living organism.



In 1970, chemist James Lovelock and his research partner Lynn Margulis (the wife of Carl Sagan at the time) proposed that the earth is a living being, self-regulating the elements to sustain life on it. This revolutionary hypothesis was seen as heretical, but has since been accepted as fact; a theory, no longer a hypothesis.


Their work suggested that in the earth chemicals all “talk” to one another to protect life on the planet; the salt in the ocean is never too salinated, the oxygen in the atmosphere never too noxious, and the temperature of the earth never grows too hostile for life to thrive. All elements work in perfect harmony to ensure life on earth is sustained.


And, too, images featuring the artist  from the Ode to the Tides Art Show and Sale at the Fairweather Gallery.


Shelby Silver finding her  orca  mixed media art, “Infinite Balance”  on display.

The staging with the spot lights was not planned. The photographer Scott Saulsbury caught the artist in a pose  just about perfect, don’t you agree?

Shelby Silver visiting with a fellow artist during a reception at Fairweather’s.

Title: Leaping for the Future I

Neal Maine/ PacificLight images

Male Coho salmon in the  Klaskanine River/ near Astoria, OR 

September, 2017

Proceeds in support of NCLC




Title: Leaping for the Future II

Neal Maine/ PacificLight images

Female Coho salmon in the  Klaskanine River/ near Astoria, OR 

September, 2017

Proceeds in support of NCLC


For more information about the photographer, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ Neal Maine



Q: Where in the world is the Klaskanine River, you ask?

A:  The Klaskanine River is a tributary of the Youngs River in northwest Oregon in the United States. It drains a section of the Coast Range in the extreme northwest corner of the state in the watershed of the nearby Columbia River. It rises in three short forks in the mountains in  Clatsop County, in the Clatsop State Forest north of Saddle Mountain State Natural Area.

A  Native American word, Tlats-kani, refers to a point in the Nehalem Valley but applied  to two rivers in the area, the Klaskanine and the Clatskanie.  



Celebrating 13 years in 2017, the next Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, will be held on October 7, 5-7: pm.

The event is free and is all about seeing and selling art in the sponsoring galleries and boutiques located between Holladay and Broadway in the historic Gilbert District of downtown Seaside. Complimentary parking  is on the corner of Holladay and Oceanway.

Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway

Opening reception for SHADOWS, an exhibition that focuses on the interplay of light and dark through selected art that expresses time as the fall season progresses. New artwork by Northwest artists Diane Copenhaver, Gregory Bell, Penelope Culbertson,  Lisa Wiser, Karen E. Lewis, Tamara Johnson and Marga Stanley will be featured.

Naturalist, biologist and scientist  Neal Maine will speak at 6: pm about the autumn ecology of the local habitat.

LIVE music by Shirley 88.

LIVE scribing by calligraphy artist Penelope Culbertson.

Special guest of honor will be Flynn,  “the handsomest Kestrel around and one of the  WCNC Ambassador Birds”  will be on hand celebrating the opening of Fairweather’s new exhibition SHADOWS!

And, too, during the opening reception of  SHADOWS on October 7th there will be a paddle auction  of selected Neal Maine images  to benefit the  WCNC.


Wildlife Center of the North Coast (WCNC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Oregon corporation, that specializes in wildlife rehabilitation of resident and migratory birds, mammals and other wild creatures naturally occurring in Oregon.

WCNC provides primary services to communities along 167 miles of coastline in Oregon and southwest Washington offering humane care and professional medical treatment to sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native wildlife with the goal of releasing healthy wild animals back into their appropriate habitat; offers quality conservation + environmental education programs concerning local wildlife, their ecosystems, and the human impact on these systems and individuals.

Lava vases by Emily Miller, pelican and buoy original art by Whelpsey Whelp, sea turtle original water-color by Rosemary Klein, hand-made journals and boxes by Christine Trexel, hammered copper and gold earrings by Steven Schankin and Natura shell series of original oil paintings by Paul Brent.


On the grass cloth wall: coral original oil by Paul Brent, coral wood cut series by Gregory Graham, Puffin on the Rock (facing left) original by Nick Brakel, Puffin fine art photograph (facing right) by Donna Geissler, and on the twig wall sculpture, Oregon myrtlewood earrings by Fred Lukens.

On the table scape: Puffin Portrait original pen and ink (facing right) by Britney Drumheller, Sea Star original pen and ink by Britney Drumheller, and  hand hemmed tie dyed silk scarves by Beth Collins.


Eel and pipe fish original pen and ink collage by emerging artist Whelpsey Welp (easel display), The Snorkler by Marga Stanley (on the circle table) rare CoCo Chanel vintage jewelry by Renee Hafeman,  spoons by Mike Morris and Oregon lighthouse watercolor series by Emily Miller.

Sea Within original shell art by Jan Shield, original water colors by Carolyn Macpherson, tclam style  carry all bags by textile artist Linda Ballard  and…ta! da! …grand piano found by a friendly neighbor for the Fairweather Gallery!!!

Displays by Denise Fairweather,  Allied Member, A.S.I.D., American Society of Interior Designers.


For more about  the accredited interior design work at the gallery , please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …about/ Denise Faiweather page

And, too,  questions to the audience at FINDINGS, the opening reception for the August exhibition, at Fairweather House and Gallery.

What is new?

What is bigger than a bread box?

What took one and 1/2 hours to install?

What took 5 men to move?

What has the number 88 to do with this piece?


And, the art patron who answered the question…is it the grand  piano?  The lovely lady in black.  She graciously called for a round of applause, after listening to the piano stories  (past, current and future musical lives).


For more info please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Agnes Field II

Here is the work on paper and other pieces for the exhibit opening May 6. I have one slightly larger on panel…similar image and color. –Agnes Field

Artist Statement:

“This work is assembled from my surrounding using ephemeral and commonly accessible materials, such as styrofoam, plastic, cardboard, wood and fabric. Tied to the contemporary legacy of Arte Povera, the work attempts to create intrinsic objects that minimize the boundary between everyday experience and the commercialization of formal practice.” –AgF

For more about the artist please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ …Agnes Field

Q: What is the art movement called, Arte Povera, you ask?
A: Arte Povera means literally ‘poor art’ but the word poor here refers to the movement’s signature exploration of a wide range of materials beyond the traditional ones of oil paint on canvas, bronze, or carved marble. Materials used by the artists included soil, rags and twigs. In using such throwaway materials they aimed to challenge and disrupt the values of the commercialised contemporary gallery system.

For more info about Arte Povera go to:


Fairweather House and Gallery
Seaside First Saturday Art Walk
May 6th, 5-7: pm

Opening reception for HELLO…BEAVER TALES!

New original work by Fairweather resident artists Paul Brent, Mike Brown, Agnes Field, Mike Brown, Jo Pomeroy Crockett, PhD., and Neal Maine, as well as selected NW artists.

Beaver, our beloved state animal, is woefully misunderstood and blamed for dam building, flooding and munching on plants. In fact, Oregon beaver creates wetlands, habitat for salmon and create pools that keep water clean and moderate fluctuations in water flow.

They are nature’s hydrologists. There is a slow but growing appreciation and recognition of the positive benefits that beaver play in Oregon. It is time for more Oregonians to know about and celebrate our state mammal. Art exhibits are a great way to raise the profile of beaver, wetlands and Oregon artists.
The goal of the exhibition is to recognize the aesthetic and ecological significance our state animal plays in the creation and maintenance of wetland habitats.

Speaker guest speaker at Fairweather’s BEAVER TALES will be Katie Voelke, executive director of the North Coast Land Conservancy.

NCLC is a nonprofit based in Seaside, working toward a Oregon Coast where healthy communities of people, plants and wildlife all thrive.

Please go to http://www.NCLC.org for more information about the land trust.

Katie Voelke grew up in Sacramento and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She worked as a field biologist for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife before joining NCLC as its first stewardship director in 2005; three years later, she became its second executive director.

She and her husband, Scott Kirby, are the parents of three boys. They live in Nehalem.

Seaside/ Gearhart nature photographer Neal Maine, co-founder of NCLC, North Coast Land Conservancy, will be available to meet and greet visiting artists, guests and art patrons.

Please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/… Neal Maine to view a catalog of images available. Proceeds in support of NCLC.

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk hostesses will assist with photo ops, lite bites, and beverages.

Q: What is an  Art Walk, you ask?
A: Residents and visitors alike enjoy an evening of community and culture as various art venues within walking distance of each other host art exhibits, between 5-7 p.m. with the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk. The Art Walk, celebrating 13 years in 2017, is in the historic Gilbert Block Building. It is free and open to the public. Motto: “Those that live for the arts, support the arts.”

The Gilbert District, established in 1914, celebrated 100 years of rich history and timeless tradition in 2014. The historic district was awarded the 2004 Oregon Main Street Downtown Gateway Award.

The area is now home to shops, restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Dedicated parking for the district is located one block West off the Pacific Coast Highway 101, on the corner of Holladay and Broadway. Next Art Walk is May 6th, 2017.

For more about the Art Walk, please go to http://www.facebook.com/SeasideFirstSaturdayArtWalk.




One-of-a kind over the shoulder purse featuring  Angora, Swarovski crystals and conchos by Luan, new Fairweather  Gallery leather artist.


High end classy  leather deliciously trimmed in conchos, antique spots and rich Swarovski crystals.

One-of-a-kind purse by Luan, new Fairweather Gallery leather artist.



One-of-a-kind over the shoulder purse by Luan, new Fairweather Gallery leather artist.

“My favorite design is the confetti pattern with Swarovski crystals and rimset crystals onto the hide. I like the look of all the different sizes and textures.” –Luan


Also available:  Crystal, hide, concho and turquoise gemstone key chains by Luan. Crafted by Luan’s hand. Each one-of-a-kind.


And, too, cuffs, bracelets and more!  Crafted one-of-a-kind leather art by Luan.


Q:  What are chonchos, you ask?

A:  Conchos are decorative additions to leathercraft products. Traditional conchos are flat and silver in color. The original conchos were created by Spanish-influenced Native Americans in the West.


Q:  What are Swarovski crystals, you ask?
A:  Swarovski crystals  are crystals precision glass-cut in a unique technique,  pioneered in 1895 to provide, as founder Daniel Swarovski said, “A diamond for everyone.” This crystal is now synonymous with undeniable quality and luxury in creations the world over. Selections range from a dazzling array of shapes, colors, finishes and sizes of beads.  Swarovski crystals are considered the finest products of their kind.


Indeed. Deliciously trimmed. One-of-a-kind leather art by Luan.

Mar. 1 2017 Reflector

Lifestyles Horse Corral & Horse Expo

Clark County leatherworker sharp as a tack






About Luan LaLonde, leather artist

LaLonde’s loyal clientele stretches to the far reaches of the world, with riders in Australia being some of her biggest tack buyers. Her work has been featured in a number of local and national magazines. 

Although having international reach and countless accolades, LaLonde has kept her craftsmanship sharp and her business approach simple. She describes her tack making, and the business that was born of it, as an “overgrown craft project” and is content keeping it that way. Spurred on by curiosity and a self-admitted inability to “just sit around” during her free time, LaLonde honed her skill through “trial by error” by working on various projects for her daughters, both who showed horses in their youth. 

Along the way, others in the equestrian community began to notice and would complement her daughters — her eldest daughter was Rodeo Queen of Clark County — on their horses’ tack and inquire as to where they got it.

When she retired from over 30 years in the dental field –she still uses some of her trusted teeth cleaning tools, but now for tack making — LaLonde had already made up her mind to start a business and applied for a business license.

Why people love her work LaLonde’s path to success can be described as attention to detail. She treats leather with a conditioner and oil of her own design. She only uses stainless steel because of how well it handles the ever-fluctuating elements of the Pacific Northwest and only uses Austrian, Swarovski Glass Crystals because the high lead content makes them durable and maintains their sparkle. 

LaLonde’s work is featured on purses, bracelets and key rings  at Fairweather’s.  Each one, unique and one-of-a-kind.

For more about the artist, please visit http://www.luansleathers.com

Fun Fact! Luan is the sister-in-law of Denise Fairweawther, and founder of Fairweather House and Gallery.

For more info  about the gallery go to  www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com