Above: #366 Mid~Century Abstract Mystic Topaz, Peridot, Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace

Above: # 368 Mid~Century Textured Abstract Amethyst Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace

Above: #369 Mid~Century Square Grid Amethyst Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace



Q:  What is Mid-century Modern jewelry, you ask?

A: The simple shapes of Mid-century Modernism  are enjoying a renaissance in home décor, furniture and jewelry . The design period known as the Mid-Century ranged from about 1950-1965. The 1950’s and 1960’s was a very creative time for jewelry design, artists such as Picasso, Braque, and Dali designed precious jewelry. Jewelry designers began creating stunning confections of glistening diamonds, or bold, modern looks with gemstones. https://www.nationaljeweler.com

Above: #378 Mid~Century Starfish Mother of Pearl Inlay Sterling Silver Necklace



Must haves!

Don’t you agree?


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
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
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 …
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.

Raw edge myrtle wood bowl by Mike Brown.




In addition, just in from Mike Brown:  2 cribbage boards and a collection of fabulous  bowls from rare Oregon myrtle wood.

Q: What is Oregon myrtle wood, you ask?

A:  Oregon myrtle wood grows, under various topographic and soil conditions if moisture conditions are adequate, only along the Pacific Coast in southern Oregon.  It is found  in a small area in Douglas County, Oregon.

Mike Brown, wood artist, crafted bowls from harvested wind-blown myrtle wood on private land.


Q: Is it hard to find raw Oregon myrtle wood, you ask?

A:  Oregon myrtle wood is a rare, slow-growing tree whose wood can be turned into a variety of useful and decorative pieces.  It is found only in a small area along the Pacific Coast. Myrtle wood trees have been known to reach heights of 150 feet.


And, too, here are the pictures of the work in progress using the myrtle wood that was found.



Oregon myrtle wood is a fine-grained, relatively heavy wood.

Oregon myrtle wood  provide a small, but significant source of income for fine wood crafters. 

Each one-of-a-kind bowl by Mike Brown is signed and dated 2018.

Available exclusively at Fairweather House and Gallery.



100% cotton ribbon yarn crocheted into an infinity cowl, intended to coordinate with the wool/silk top.

The crochet stitch is called moss stitch, or linen stitch.

The feel of the yarn fabric is soft.

Indeed, so superbly soft and versatile.

Hand made by Karen Johnson, textile and jewelry artist.



100% acrylic bulky yarn cowl in shades of lime green, beige, cream, gray-blue and dark gray.

It’s a transitional-weather item.

Yarn is Isaac Mizrahi roving, in color “Sutton”.




Merino wool and silk DK weight knit popover top.

The color is lime alternating with cool gray.

It is  mostly stockinette stitch, with a lattice yoke and seed stitch armhole edges.

“I  like the crinkly look of the yarn (it’s that way because I had to “frog” most of the front, to re-apportion the yarn).”  –Karen Johnson




Q: How, you might ask, did the weather quote “in like a lion, out like a lamb” quote about come to be?
A: Since March is such a changeable month in which we can see warm, spring-like days, or late season blizzards, you can understand …

If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb. … Weather folklore sayings are as colorful as our imagination. … So, if a month came in bad (roaring like a lion), it should go out good and calm (docile, like a lamb).



 “The March wind roars
Like a lion in the sky,
And makes us shiver
As he passes by. 
When winds are soft,
And the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb,
Then spring is here.”
–  Author Unknown

Fun Facts:

Karen Johnson was Fairweather’s first  jewelry artist.

Karen has designed more than 900 unique necklaces, bracelets and earrings for the gallery.

Recently, Karen was approached to repair a vintage brooch for a customer.

Karen researched, found the matching lapis gemstone, completed the repair  and had the brooch hand couriered to the gallery for delivery.


Karen is a dear Fairweather  friend, artist, and neighbor.

Indeed, Karen resides right across the street!










Mouth blown sea star from Lori Bedard.


Q: Is a sea star or a starfish?

A:  Marine scientists have undertaken the difficult task of replacing the beloved starfish’s common name with sea star because, well, the starfish is not a fish. It’s an echinoderm, closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars. — https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/group/starfish/



And, too, welcome to Fairweather’s!  Andrew Nelson, glass display case artist.

Working with natural wood and LED lights, Andrew Nelson creates table top display stands, perfect for illuminating art glass and art objects.

“Investing is art is rewarding, both spiritually and emotionally.”–A. Nelson



Mount blown glass sphere from Lori Bedard.

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




Mouth blown sea stars from Lori Bedard.

Signed by the artist.



And, too, some good news about the health of sea stars: