Just in. Image titled: We Have Lift Off by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images. Location: Sunset Beach, Oregon. Date: April 2017. Proceeds in support of NCLC.
Please visit NCLCtrust.org to read more about North Coast Land Conservancy.

See more info about Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images and other exhibits at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com /…artists /…Neal Maine …/blog.

Q: Where is Sunset Beach, you ask?

A: Sunset Beach is a state park in Clatsop County, Oregon. The park comprises 120 acres along the Pacific Ocean on the Clatsop Plains and is located between Gearhart and Warrenton, Oregon.

For more info please go to:
Sunset Beach State Recreation Site – Oregon State Parks and …
Sunset Beach State Recreation Site comes with a very famous past. The park marks the west trailhead of the historic Fort-to-Sea Trail

The osprey is a very unique raptor, standing out not only for its beauty but also for its choice of prey.
7 fun facts about ospreys:

1. The osprey is the only hawk species in North America that eats almost exclusively live fish.

2. The raptor can dive as deep as three feet into the water for fish, but prefers to hunt in shallower areas.

3. This species is also known as the river hawk, fish hawk or sea hawk. But don’t confuse it with the Seahawk, the mascot of the Seattle-based football team. First, there is no such thing as a “seahawk” (one word). Second, the team actually uses an augur hawk as its mascot, a species native to Africa. The osprey may be known as a sea hawk, but it has no connection to football.

4. The osprey is the second most widely distributed raptor species, after the peregrine falcon, and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

5. All of the ospreys around the world are part of a single species, with the exception of the eastern osprey which is native to Australia.

6. The osprey species is at least 11 million years old and is so well adapted to fishing that it has evolved unique characteristics that set it apart from other raptor species. These include nostrils that can be closed during dives, and an outer toe that can be angled backwards to better grasp fish. The species is so unique, it is listed in its own genus (Pandion) and family (Pandionidae).

7. Ospreys can live to be 15-20 years old. The oldest known osprey was just over 25 years old. During that long lifetime, the migratory birds can rack up over 160,000 miles of travel. In fact, in 2008 an osprey being tracked by researchers flew an amazing 2,700 miles in just 13 days, traveling from Massachusetts to French Guiana, South America!

For more info about ospreys go to:
Osprey, Life History, All About Birds – Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Oregon Senate chooses osprey over western … – Statesman Journal
Apr 7, 2017


Seaside Osprey Cam youtube.com


Seaside Osprey Nest located in Broadway Park in Seaside, Oregon




The Seaside Osprey nest cam is up and running, in exceptional HD quality! HUGE thanks to Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District for hosting the camera, and installing fiber optic cable so the cam can be so clear!


Necanicum Watershed Council


Featuring  art by regional artists:  floral and grasses  by Susan Curington,  landscapes by Jan Shield,  pastels by Joanne Donaca, wood cut birds and blooms by Gregory Graham, mouth blown glass by Cindy DuVall, watercolor butterflies by Denise Joy McFadden, textiles by Linda Ballard  and rice paper florals by Zifen Qian.  

For more info please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com … artists.

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BLOOM, an exhibition at Fairweather’s through April. “It’s like living inside a garden, the gallery is layered  with colorful accessories, beautiful artworks, and gorgeous garden books.”

So lovely.  So perfect.  So right.  

Photo layout  by Fairweather artist and Seaside Art Walk photographer, Linda Fenton-Mendenhall featuring  the April  2017 salon-style display of art.

Selected BLOOM artists in salon style gallery display, left to right:   floral oil on linen art by Michael Muldoon,  still life oil on linen by Melissa Jander,  landscape pastels by Gretha Lindwood, encaustic (painting in beeswax) by emerging artist Rebecca Gore, abstract floral pastels by Gretha Lindwood, emerging artist mermaids in sea florals by emerging artist Ashley Howarth, and “Garden Party” tulips and hyacinths  original oil by Melissa Jander.

A round of applause for BLOOM, an exhibition at Fairweather’s throughout the month of April! You  introduced an imaginative way of displaying many diverse  NW artists.  The artwork brings together design drama in extraordinary intimacy and charm that creates a feeling of a springtime garden stroll. Thank you!” — Bonnie W.

Q: What is salon style display in the context of a gallery exhibition, you ask?

A:  Hanging art salon-style can be a dramatic and brave  way to decorate a wall, placing a range of art with unusual dimensions to create an interesting effect.   Neutral walls are considered a perfect way to cleanse the palette for the eye in  salon-style display.


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

Varied Thrush by Neal Maine.
Fun Fact: Discovered in Doug Ray’s back yard in March, 2017.

About Neal Maine:

After a thirty-year career as an award-winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine became the first executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, which he co-founded in 1986. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion for nature photography through PacificLight Images, dedicated to raising awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with whom we share the region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands and forests. Their photography centers around coastal and Columbia River landscape, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems. PacificLight Images is dedicated to working with coastal communities to protect wildlife habitat and its connectivity. A percentage of all photography sales are donated to North Coast Land Conservancy to help further this goal.
In cycles older than time, forces deep within the earth push apart tectonic plates, creating and expanding the oceans whose waters are pushed and pulled by the sun and moon, cooled and heated and calmed and stirred to fury by the skies. Ocean collides with continent, shattering the shore into a thousand facets: bare rock monoliths, vast expanses of sand, saltwater pools that drown, then drain, then drown, then drain. And in that shattering, life asserts itself, creeping and burrowing and swimming and perching in particular niches, particular flora and fauna whose collective presence defines THE COASTAL EDGE.
A limpet creeps up a wave-washed rock, following the rise of the tide. A salmon follows ancient watershed trails to its natal stream. An otter travels along its living trap line for crabs in the estuary to crayfish up side creeks. A vole tunnels into the soft sponge on the forest floor. In the treetops, in the forest, across the land, in the water, and in the air, all become a living slate for NATURE’S TRAILS. This tracery of interwoven trails are unsigned but indelible to generations of travelers.
Humans: We take pictures, walks, deep breaths, memories, rides on waves, water, timber, in habitat that used to belong to other trail makers. We thought we could never catch all the salmon, never cut all the big trees, and never pollute the ocean. In our hubris, we thought we could make our own trails. With renewed humility, we are learning how to share this place, to live together with our partner trail makers. PacificLight Images celebrates this partnership as we use our images to inspire others to honor nature’s trails in OUR OWN BACKYARD.

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

Q: What make the Varied Thrush unique, you ask?

A: Does much foraging on the ground, usually under dense cover but sometimes in the open, it can surprise birders in winter; may use its bill to toss leaf-litter aside as it searches for insects.
The haunting songs of the Varied Thrush echo through the lands of the Pacific Northwest. Long minor-key whistles repeated after deliberate pauses, they seem like sounds without a source; only a careful searcher will find the bird itself.

Although it looks superficially like a robin, often nicknamed the Alaskan Robin, the Varied Thrush is very elusive. Could be vulnerable to loss of habitat through cutting of northwestern forests. Currently still common.

For more info go to http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/varied-thrush


Image titled: Flight Master.

Northern Harrier, photographed on Del Ray Beach, Gearhart, Oregon by Neal Maine/PacificLight Nature Images. March 2017.

Proceeds in support of NCLC, North Coast Land Conservancy.
For more than 30 years, North Coast Land Conservancy has been preserving Oregon’s vital coastal landscapes.
Please visit http://www.nclctrust.org for more information.

Flight Master, latest Neal Maine image, of a Northern Harrier, truly, has a story connection to Ireland.

Neal Moments

On March 4th at Fairweather’s, photographer/ biologist/ naturalist Neal Maine spoke about the local ecology and specifically about his latest image, found within steps from our own back yards, along the coastal edge.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseangallery.com/ tab artists/ Neal Maine to view the catalog of images available from PacificLight Nature Images.

To some extent, experiencing Ireland and the Irish, is being part philosopher.

Irish people “seem to dance to the tune of their muse, and in doing so have preserved for us traditional prose, skills, and art that beach back to the beginning of time and are a tribute to humankind’s unfailing ingenuity.” –Muriel Gahane



About Northern Harriers.

North America has only one variety, the Northern Harrier, a raptor. Harriers are very distinctive hawks, long-winged and long-tailed, usually seen quartering low over the ground in open country. At close range, the face of our Northern Harrier looks rather like that of an owl; like an owl (and unlike most other hawks) it may rely on its keen hearing to help it locate prey as it courses low over the fields.

Often nests in loose colonies; one male may have two or more mates. In courtship, male flies up and then dives, repeatedly, in a roller-coaster pattern. Nest site is on ground in dense field or salt march or wetlands, sometimes low over shallow water. Nest built mostly by female, with male supplying some material. Nest may be shallow depression lined with grass, or platform of sticks, grass, weeds.

The Northern Harrier is distinctive from a long distance away: a slim, long-tailed hawk gliding low over a marsh or grassland, holding its wings in a V-shape and sporting a white patch at the base of its tail. Up close it has an owlish face that helps it hear mice and voles beneath the vegetation. Each gray-and-white male may mate with several females, which are larger and brown. These unusual raptors have a broad distribution across North America, Ireland and Eurasia.

The hen harrier or northern harrier is a bird of prey. The genus name Circus is derived from Ancient Greek kirkos, meaning “circle”, referring to a bird of prey named for its circling flight.  For more info please visit www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/northern-harrier


Q: Are there harriers in Ireland, as well,  you ask?

A: Yes, in Ireland, Northern Harriers, previously called Hen-Harriers, were persecuted almost to extinction in the nineteenth century, but spread due to the planting of forestry plantations which offered suitable habitat and safety while the trees were still young. Overgrazing of uplands and the loss of semi-natural habitats are threats to the harrier across its range. In Ireland, while there is less anxiety about persecution, the condition of the harriers’ upland breeding grounds is the main concern.

Hen harriers in Ireland are specially protected under the Wildlife (NI) Order 1985
There are designated SPAs for Hen Harriers in Northern Ireland
Forest Service, in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group and RSPB, are developing procedures designed to prevent disturbance and destruction of nests in forests under their control


Fun Facts:

The Northern Harrier is also called Hen Harrier and Marsh Hawk.
The silvery grey male Northern Harrier has been nicknamed the Grey Ghost.
Northern Harriers are the only hawk-like bird known to practice polygyny – one male mates with several females.
The Northern Harrier is capable of considerable, sustained, horizontal speed in pursuit of prey. Speeds of 38 mph have been reported
The common name, Harrier, is from the Old English word “herigan” which means to harass or plunder.
Unusual among hawks, Northern Harriers use their sense of hearing to help locate prey. They have an owl-like facial disk to help with directional hearing and soft feathers for a quieter flight.
A group of harriers is called a “swarm” and a “harassment” of harriers.


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We are committed to be a strong and vibrant arts voice in our area.


Triskel, or Triquetra, symbolizing the ancient concept of eternal renewal, adopted by Christianity as a way to explain the Trinity. Pearls, sterling and crystal by Mary Hurst Ryan, Celtic jewelry designer.

“I enjoy the blog and see how busy and involved you are in the art world. I know your Irish event will be a great success. Thank you for all the years you’ve carried my work, I appreciate you so much.” Cheers, Mary




Gold plated Celtic swirl with emerald crystals by Mary Hurst Ryan, jewelry designer.

The spiral is one of the most common symbols of the Celtic culture. This symbol stood for the radiation of ethereal energy. There are however many different meanings of the single spiral. Some of the most prominent ones are growth, or expansion of the consciousness, its perseverance and knowledge.




“I’ve sent you Celtic Torcs, an original design inspired by Celtic jewelry I saw in The National Museum in Ireland.” –Mary

Mary Hurst

Mary Hurst

Q: What is a Torc design, in Celtic art, you ask?

A: As ancient Celtic jewelry goes, the Torc is the most unusual. It’s completely different to anything worn today, and it has a long and varied history. It’s not just limited to Ireland either – torcs have been found from Celtic societies but also from the Bronze Age of the Vikings, too.
The word, torc, comes from the Latin ‘torquis’, meaning ‘to twist’, is large ring made out of precious metal, most often made of gold or bronze, but torcs of silver, copper and other metals have been found too

For the ancient Celts, jewelry was a highly important symbol of a person’s status in society. It was the clearest possible sign of wealth and high rank. The torc was reserved for the nobility of Celtic societies during various rituals.
Torcs highlight several ancient Irish stories. Morann the Arbiter allegedly had a magical torc that tightened around his neck any time he made a false judgement. One King of Tara, Dermot MacCerrbheoil, dreamt that angels took his torc from his neck and gave it to a stranger, who turned out to be St. Brendan of Clonfert. When they bumped into each other sometime later and the King recognized him as the man who was gifted the torc, he relinquished his kingdom to him.

Real ancient torcs can be found in almost every historical museum in Ireland and the UK, and throughout mainland Europe. The best examples are right here in Ireland – and we’re not just saying that. The National Museum of Ireland in Dublin has a sparkling collection along with various other magnificent Celtic jewelry pieces. It includes the Broighter Hoard and other famous artefacts such as the Ardagh Chalice, Tara Brooch and Derrynaflan Hoard.

For more info about the artifacts in the National Museum of Ireland please visit www. http://www.museum.ie


Q:  Want to learn more about the Celtic artist, Mary Ryan Hurst, you ask?

A:  Mary Ryan Hurst was born and raised in County Tipperary, Ireland. Although she has lived in the United States for years, Mary returns to Ireland every year to visit her family and to get inspiration for her jewelry designs.

Mary studied dress design and incorporates her love of fashion into each piece of jewelry she creates. Her collection consists of one-of-a-kind and limited editions.

Mary’s Celtic Jewelry harks back to ancient traditions but is designed for today. Since each necklace is original, each one takes on a distinct personality and the naming process is almost mystical. According to the artist, “The names I choose for my jewelry becomes an integral part of each piece and the spirit of the name becomes a part of the wearing experience. I send a piece of my culture, my heart and my soul out with each piece of jewelry.”

Fun facts:

Mary lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a bossy cat!

Mary was born and raise in County Tipperary, Ireland.

Necklaces, bracelets and earrings created from antique components, each one-of-a-kind and often engraved with the initials.

Ancient Celtic designs are combined with gemstones and pearls with contemporary flair.

Celtic and Couture jewelry in limited editions or one-of-a-kind designs.

The designer is available for trunk shows and special events.



Please visit https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/…May 16, 2014  under Mary Hurst tags: … the creative creations within the walls of…


Grace note received:

“Thank you for your lovely note, it meant a great deal to me.  I love your spirit and am honored to be in your lovely gallery.  Of all the owners I deal with, you are the best!” Sincerely Mary Hurst


Celtic High Cross by Michael Muldoon. Original oil.

Legend says that the first Celtic cross was formed by St Patrick while bringing Christianity to the Druids. The Druids used to worship a large circular stone. St Patrick, on seeing the significance of this stone, drew a large cross through the middle of it in order to bless it. From this act, the two cultures combined to form the Celtic cross. The cross represents Christianity and the circle is the Celtic representation of eternity, no beginning and no end.

Micheal Muldoon paints LIVE.

Michael Muldoon, artist,  offered a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode during the opening of IRISH LANDS, an exhibition, on March 6th.


Trinity Cathedral, location of the Books of Kells, Dublin, Ireland by Richard Newman, photographer.

Q: What is the significance of the Books of Kells, you ask?

A: One of the experts on the manuscript Bernard Meehan writes “In Ireland it symbolizes the power of learning and the spirit of artistic imagination.” The scale and ambition of The Book of Kells is incredible. Written on vellum, practically all of the 680 pages are decorated in some way or another. On some pages every corner is filled with the most detailed and beautiful Celtic designs. The Book is the most famous manuscript in the Library of Trinity College Dublin where it is permanently on display. The Book of Kells is kept in a gallery with only two pages displayed at a time, although they are turned after some period.



And, too, for IRISH LANDS, an Irish  family heirloom from the 1800’s will be displayed throughout the month of March  at Fairweather’s

Irish Lands hostesses: Kathy B., Kay K., Denise F., Joan S., and Shirley Y. posing with the spinning wheel display at Fairweather’s.

Kate Hegarty came to America  from Ireland with a spinning wheel crafted in the 1800’s  during the Great Irish Potato Famine.


After flourishing for more than 600 years, the Weaver’s  (Spinning) Guild collapsed during the famine years (1846-1853). The Great Potato Famine of the mid-19th century is the most defining event in modern Irish history. The Famine or the Great Hunger was a period of mass starvation and emigration in Ireland between 1846 and 1853.  More than more than 5 million adults and children left Ireland to seek refuge, more than 60% did not survive the journey to America and beyond.  


Q: Who was Kate Hegarty, you ask?


A: Kate Hegarty, traveled a 16-year-old from County Limerick, Ireland to America in the mid 1800’s. She was the only member selected from a family lottery to safely leave during the Great Potato Famine in Ireland. She brought with her a family heirloom, a spinning wheel, crafted in the 1800’s and had hopes to earn a living in the textile trade. Instead, the young immigrant found work as a maid in Boston, saved her money to travel to the Washington Territory.  She worked as a mother’s helper and brought her treasured spinning wheel. She married a pioneer, Michael Curtin in 1854.  He had come to America from County Cork, Ireland traveling in a ship “around the Horn”.  He earned  money in the gold mines of San Francisco, and later Curtin settled in the Washington Territory. 


Curtin is the first pioneer family listed in the Clark County Historical Register, Washington Territory. The Curtin land claim is signed by Ulysses S. Grant, who served as quartermaster at Fort Vancouver from 1852 to 1853. 

Tradition gifts the spinning wheel to the eldest daughter of each generation. Denise Fairweather, founder of Fairweather House and Gallery, has  received the treasured family heirloom.

More info go to: http://www.globalgenealogy.com/countries/ireland/resources/


More info: The Famine Ships: Irish Exodus to America, 1846-51 – Edward Laxton, author.


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Peggy Evans, Artist
Peggy Evans is a Northeast Portland Artist. She folded her first Origami Crane at age 15 in a Japanese Language class at Grant High School, in Portland. Following graduation from Oregon State University she enjoyed a 25 year career as a retail advertising designer and illustrator – Peggy now enjoys her home studio where she paints and creates Embellished Origami Crane Ornaments and Gifts.

Artist Statement:

“Creating my original crane ornaments gives me the freedom and joy to express my love for color. With the endless combinations of colorful paper and beads – every crane is unique! Each year new designs and ideas are added to my crane collection. All designs are unique, designed and conceived in my home studio this year’s new design is the Crane Dragon! I have been designing and selling embellished cranes for 8 years.” — Peggy Evans

Close up of Peggy Evans’s hand-made paper crane flamingo with feathers and crystals. Much love, whimsy and fun crafted with bendable beaded legs! Now! Smile!

Folding Origami Cranes– Each one a small miracle! Folding cranes can be very soothing and calming – almost meditative in nature. Once the folds are learned a rhythm develops. A rhythm that is easy and comforting. And after going through the folds, a crane emerges.


Each Crane ornament is sold with a box and the story of the meaning of the crane.

Questions and Answers:

Q: What is the meaning of the Origami crane, you ask?

A: An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.

• Hanging in a home crane assures the dwellers good things will happen.
• In recent years origami cranes have been adopted as a symbol of peace.


Q:  What is a group of cranes called, you ask?

A:  A gathering of cranes is called a herd.

For more interesting and fun facts about the names of a gathering of animals, go to https://www.reference.com › Science › Biology

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