‘Mystery’ original pen and ink by Vanessa K. Stokes



“Complete Me” by Vanessa K. Stokes.

Portraiture art work with mirror.

Vanessa Kalani Stokes  creates traditional and original anime (pronounced AH-nee-may) work. The word anime is often defined as “animation from Japan.” When you see “anime,” images of large doe-like eyes, funny and colorful hair, and peculiar fashion come to mind. Outside Japan, anime refers specifically to animation from Japan or as a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes. One of the most distinctive characteristics of anime resides in the characters’ faces. While anime characters may possess bodies with relatively proportional body parts, the heads, hair, and facial expressions are usually exaggerated and brightly colored.



Vanessa K. Stokes and her art.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

May 2018

“Portraiture” featuring regional artists Leah Kohlenberg, Susan Romersa, Patricia Clark-Finley, Rebecca Gore, Carolynn Wagler, Carolyn Macpherson, Mike Mason and Russell J. Young.

Welcoming new artists Karen Doyle, Lisa Robinson and Shelby Silver.

Introducing new emerging artists Tamara Watanabe and Vanessa K. Stokes.


Emerging artist Vanessa K. Stokes speaks about her art at Fairweather’s.


The art selected is a debut exhibition contemplating character in portrait drawings and oil sketches displaying the relationship between artist and sitter as its central subject. Vanessa K. Stokes is a young self-taught Northwest artist who works with pen and ink to create modern pop culture inspired art with Japanese Manga influences. D. Fairweather, gallerist.


Q: What are some of the Fairweather’s emerging artists doing now, you ask?

A: Kristin Qian is a Princeton graduate, and currently attending Harvard;  Britney Drumheller works as an artist based in Bend for producing designs for Macy’s in NYC.; Nick Brakel, after recovering from a traumatic brain injury, has learned to paint again, and has had art selected for an upcoming exhibit at OSU;  Robert McWhirter was juried into an exhibition curated by the director of the Portland Art Museum; Michael Wing is doing commissioned photographs of collector cars, most recently a Lamborghini; Rebecca Gore  had art selected for a permanent display in a NW winery;  Gayle H. Seely has patrons who continue collect her seed pearl mosaics; Diane Copenhaver has had a solo show in Bellevue as well as having art selected for an upcoming exhibit at OSU; Veronica Russell continues to work in lino-cut print art, as well as having art selected for the 2019 Ode to the Tides exhibit at OSU; and Brenda Gordon continues to show art on display at Fairweather’s.

“Ocean Ears”

Nike Beach Dog named Stevie

7×5” original oil on panel by Karen Doyle


“Making Friends”

Nike Beach Dog named Daphne

8×8” original oil on panel by Karen Doyle


Karen Doyle paints to express the intense feelings she gets from looking at ordinary beauty – the trees in all the seasons, hillsides, coastlines, and vineyards.  As a dog lover, she is drawn to paint those adorable creatures.

Her oil paintings are filled with juicy color and texture.  Karen’s art is influenced by the light of the California Bay Area where she grew up, and the Pacific Northwest which has been her home for over 25 years.   Karen enjoys sharing her paintings with the local community as much as she can.  

About the artist:

Karen Doyle is an award-winning professional fine artist who creates modern impressionistic paintings en Plein Air (out of doors) and in her studio.  An artist since childhood, Karen began formal art instruction in oils and pastels at age 13.  She studied art during high school and college, and obtained a Certificate in Fine Art at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1998.

Associations and Memberships

  • Alla Prima Portland
  • American Impressionist Society
  • Arts Council of Lake Oswego
  • Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
  • NIKE Artists Network
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society

Teaching and Demonstrations

  • Alla Prima with Oils, LEAD Conference, Nike, Oregon – October 2018
  • Outdoor Painting for Beginners, LEAD Conference, Nike, Oregon – October 2018

Live Art Fundraising

  • The World is Your Canvas, Live painting for French American International School Annual Gala, Portland Oregon – April 2017



Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

 “Portraiture” featuring regional artists Leah Kohlenberg, Susan Romersa, Patricia Clark-Finley, Rebecca Gore, Carolynn Wagler, Carolyn Macpherson, Mike Mason and Russell J. Young.

Welcoming new artists Karen Doyle, Lisa Sofia Robinson and Shelby Silver.

“Nike Beach Dogs” is a new series of portraits by Karen Doyle.  Inspired by a photograph of a co-worker’s dog at the beach, Karen solicited doggy beach photos from Nike employees, inspiring these paintings depicting dogs enjoying the fantastic Oregon Coast.

Introducing new emerging artists Tamara Watanabe and Vanessa K. Stokes.

The art selected is a debut exhibition contemplating character in portrait drawings and oil sketches displaying the relationship between artist and sitter as its central subject,” D. Fairweather, gallerist.




Q: What are some interesting facts about the artist, you ask?

A: Karen Doyle has participated in multiple Plein Air paint outs, competitions and workshops, attends the annual Plein Air Convention, and paints in her home studio.  She balances her artistic career with the work of raising two children along with her supportive husband, and working as a Software Engineering Manager at Nike Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon.


Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk photographer.

Fairweather’s opening reception of “Portraiture”

Exhibition view through May 29

Top: Kathy B., Art Walk hostess with emerging artist  Vanessa K. Stokes; artist Deirdra Doan with an artist friend.

Bottom: Katie, Art Walk hostess with artist Karen Doyle talking about her pet portraiture art with her fur-friend; and artist Leah Kohlenberg discussing  her “Portraiture” Exhibition art and Katie.


Note received:

“If the doggies sell well, and people like them, I’d be interested in continuing to paint them for the gallery.  Let’s see how May goes!”  —Karen Doyle

To see more about the doggie paintings by Karen, go to:


Update: Two Nike dog portraits SOLD at Faiweather’s.


Scratch Pad

A healer and harp builder

Duane Bolster found musical success through medicine

Q:  To Coast Weekend Arts and Entertainment/ The Daily Astorian: “Your article on March 6, 2019 about Duane Bolster, the Celtic harp builder. Lovely timing for the article came out right before St. Patrick’s Day. May I reprint your article and share it?”

A:  “Please do. Thanks.”  Erick Bengel, Coast Weekend


For decades, Duane Bolster, a harp builder from Portland, tried to learn one instrument after another — piano, clarinet, coronet, accordion — but reading music remained mysteriously difficult for him. He couldn’t comprehend how musicians sight-read so fluidly.

Then, about seven years ago, an ophthalmologist discovered growths on the focal points of Bolster’s retinas. His center of vision is gone in both eyes. He couldn’t notice the disorder; his brain fills in the missing visual information automatically. For example, a word with six letters might, to him, appear to have four. He can read text in his peripheral vision, but tracking sheet music, it turns out, is nearly impossible for him to do.

He told me this story in the presence of a Celtic harp he built, now displayed in the window of Fairweather’s House & Gallery, during the year’s first Seaside Art Walk, held earlier this month. The instrument, fashioned out of ribbon mahogany, stands near his wife Carol’s handmade baskets, for which Bolster created the wooden bases.

Bolster, 70, hails from a family of engineers and inventors, and can figure out the physics of a thing just by looking at it. He has been making harps for about 15 years. The harp at Fairweather’s took him about 60 hours to complete.

The harp that took longest to make — an elaborate, circular work of Bubinga, a hard, heavy African wood — was made for the Children’s Cancer Association in Portland and required 200 to 250 hours. He crafted it so that the inside opens outward to project the sound — a design that led appraisers to remark, “You don’t build harps like that,” he recalled.

“I could never stand doing something like somebody else did,” Bolster said. “You don’t get progress unless you improvise.”

Bolster could probably have foregone the final 50 hours of detailing — the sanding, polishing and perfecting of the roundness — without really changing the look. But it was only his second harp, and everything had to be just right.

Bolster spent his career working as a registered nurse at Pacific Northwest hospitals, doing dialysis and aphaeresis, specializing in children and newborns — kids who were critically ill and those suffering from chronic conditions.

He remembers harpists who would visit the children and play for them, a ritual that at times eased the distress in the room better than pain meds and physical therapy. “The children just loved it,” he said. “And that was one of the things that inspired me to make a lot of harps.”

When he retired from the medical field seven years ago, he did so knowing his harps would be used in medical ministry, to sooth sick children and other patients in hospitals and care centers.

“They just do magic stuff,” he said. “Kids in pain … you’d just see them relax,” he said. “It was amazing. I watched that for many years.”

He hasn’t taken up harp lessons; he’s been so busy making them and can’t stop. But he can tune them by ear. If he were to start all over with music, “I’d learn how to play by ear, and that would have solved it all,” he laughed.


Basket crafted by Carol Bolster with wood bottom by Duane Bolster.


The most distinctive process in making Bolster baskets is the use of wooden molds. The molds ensure accuracy in size and shape. In addition, some of the Bolster baskets are adorned with some form of decoration, whether it be a finely woven flower or seashell. The baskets are both useful and collectible. A finely crafted basket will also increase its value with age. A Bolster basket is considered to be a family heirloom that should be passed on to each generation. Each basket is unique. Signed in wood by the artist, Carol Bolster.

 ‘Shannon’ crystal candle sticks.

Ireland is home to some of the world’s most impressive crystal designs, among them ‘Shannon’  crystal. The craft of Irish crystal making is an art form that has been developed and modified over hundreds of years, going back as far as the Celts, who brought the first glass to Ireland in for jewelry making.

Table design featuring ‘Shannon’ crystal, mixed-media beach stone and lichen art by Peggy Stein, ‘Great Blue Heron’ oil painting by Paul Brent, miniature abstract by  Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, semi-precious gemstone necklaces by Mary Bottita.  Tables by D. Fairweather, gallerist and  allied member A.S.I.D., American Society of Interior Designers. Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.



Green art glass: no other medium captures the dance of light and color so perfectly, mouth blown gracefully into a free-form shape. Approximately 20’ diameter at rim.

Kemy Kay, art hostess in dressed in the wearing of green, Carol Johansen, frequent gallery visitor. She is a cousin to Fairweather resident artist Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, did you know?

Pastels on table by Leah Kohlenberg,  raw edged coffee table by Ray Noregaard, birch wood framed acrylics on grass cloth  by Barbara Bacon Folawn, abstract 12×12 by Diane Copenhaver, pen and ink framed and matted art by emerging artist Brenda Gordon, paper cloth beaded origami by Peggy Evans and table display featuring the liquid beauty of a hand blown fluted glass bowl. Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall


One-of-a-kind hand-crafted art jewelry at the Fairweather Gallery. Distinctive  NW artist-made necklaces and earrings.


Concert grand piano display for ‘March’ featuring watch necklaces by Brigitte Willse, sea glass jewelry by Barbara Walker, calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson and earrings by Mary Boitta, Mary Hurst, Karen Johnson and Tanya Gardner.




Leather key ring cross by Luan and silver cuff by Alan Stockam and Heather Rieder.




To read about the history of the Celtic cross, please visit https://www.gaelicmatters.com/celtic-cross-meaning.html


To read more about past Irish and March articles about  Fairweather’s go to:


Mar 12, 2017 – A round of applause for after party images from IRISH LANDS, an exhibition opening at Fairweather’s.

Feb 14, 2017 – Posted by Fairweather House and Gallery under Q&A | Tags: Art Galleries, … Kate Hegarty came to America from Ireland with a spinning wheel …
Mar 2, 2016 – The Wildlife Center of the North Coast will bring a live American kestrel to FairweatherHouse and Gallery during …


Making the Dollar: Fairweather House & Gallery. Published: March 26, 2009. During 25 years of interior design experience she …

Top left: Rain painting by Jeni Lee, mixed media 12 x 12 painting by Jan Rimerman, mini words in wisdom by Diane Copenhaver, ceramics, lava vases and pottery by Emily Miller, mouth blown glass platters by Sandy and Bob Lercari, pastel “Pond Reflection” by Dan Mackerman, as well as calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson.

Top center: “Great Blue Heron” oil painting by Paul Brent.

Top right:  pair of whimsical art by Marga Stanley.

Bottom left: Seaside Visitors Bureau/ Tourism booklet 2019 open to a page about the Fairweather Gallery.  Nature photography by Neal Maine.

Bottom center:  Watercolors on yupo by Carolyn Macpherson and wood boxes by Ray Noregaard.

Bottom right: IIumne  candle collection on piano,  Fine Art lamps,  mirror by Currey and Co., indoor/outdoor garden stool by Art Interiors and limited edition rabbit lithographs.

2019 March postcard by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.


Carolyn Marcpherson with a work in progress, watercolor on Yupo, Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode at Fairweather’s.


“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.”  — Carolyn Macpherson

Q: What is  YUPO®  paper, you ask?

A: Yupo is a compelling and unique alternative to traditional art papers.  Watercolor professionals have found Yupo to be receptive to a variety of aqueous techniques.  Yupo is pH-neutral, flawlessly smooth, and recyclable. Painting on  Yupo is different from regular watercolor or drawing paper; it is a very exciting substrate for more advanced and experimental artists.  It is a space age machine-made material made from birch paper bark.


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.  She was also active in the Washington State Arts Commission and directed the SW Washington Arts Festival.


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 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.




Carolyn Macpherson painted LIVE during the March 2 Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Faiwweather’s.


Indeed, Carolyn Macpherson painted several works of art during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Fairweather’s on March 2.


Carolyn Macpherson  offered an artist talk about painting with yupo (birch bark paper) during the opening reception of ‘March’, an exhibition on display at Fairweather’s through March 28.


Save the date and time.

NEXT Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode by Carolyn Macpherson, watercolor on yupo paper demonstration is April 6, 5-7:pm at Fairweather’s. 

Celebrating 15 years in 2019, Seaside First Saturday Art Walk is free and open to the public.

Art Walk is  about seeing art in the galleries and businesses located between Holladay Drive and Broadway Street in the historic district of downtown Seaside.

Visitors meet artists, snag appetizers by favorite restaurants or personal chefs, view painting demonstrations, listen to artists talks and enjoy live performances in music.

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Oregon

For more info about the Art Walk events, please visit www.facebook.com/SeasideFirstSaturdayArtWalk


Q: What is a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode, you ask?

A: Fariweather House and Gallery has had the privilege to offer painting demonstrations, titled Painting Seaside LIVE ™ during most of the Seaside First Saturday Art Walks. Resident artists have been very generous, as it is a compliment to be asked, and they always immediately respond with an enthusiastic, “yes” when asked to perform a painting episode.


“Painting is a passion. The Painting Seaside LIVE ™ process gives the artists the chance to share this passion with the onlookers. Artists enjoy the opportunity being authentic in what they are experiencing. Surely, the LIVE episodes, sponsored by Fairweather House and Gallery, are, truly, one of the ways that artists “live the process” and help patrons grow to appreciate art, as well.” D. Fairweather, gallerist.


To read more about the gallery and view the artist’s work , please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com


Grace note from the artist, as told by a friend..

“After she picked herself up off the floor in wonder, Carolyn said she is honored and so appreciative of the blog article!  Loved it!  Carolyn is excited about the Art Walk Saturday.”  Kathy Rohrer


Great Blue Heron by Neal Maine/PacificLight Images.

“After many years of trying to capture a heron in the snow, it finally happened along the Neawanna River in Seaside.” Neal Maine


For more images from Neal Maine, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com /  …artists tab/  …Neal Maine and Michael Wing



“Would it be possible to share the link that has Katie’s thank you as an end of year story on the Fairweather blog?”


“Of course! We would love that. We’re so glad you were touched by the letter and appreciate you wanting to share it with others.”

Lorraine Ortiz
Development Director


December 2018

Dear Friend of North Coast Land Conservancy,

When I look back on this wonderful year at North Coast Land Conservancy, there is one day that stands out as nothing less than magical. As someone who has joined an On the Land outing or pulled weeds with us, who regularly donates to us or who simply follows us through our newsletters or e-news, you know that among our many projects, the big one we’re working on is conservation of what we call the Rainforest Reserve—3,500 acres of forestland adjacent to Oswald West State Park. I’ve made more than two dozen trips up there this year alone, with old and new friends. But this one day was unique.


We heard that Oregon’s poet laureate, Kim Stafford, was visiting the coast to do a reading, and we invited him to visit the Rainforest Reserve with us. The morning we set out, the coast was socked in with dense fog—classic pea-soup conditions. Yet barely a couple hundred feet up into the forest, the clouds gave way to blue skies and sunshine. The higher we climbed, the warmer the day became. As we climbed the ridge, the summit of Onion Peak gradually came into view: Onion Peak, the highest point in the proposed Rainforest Reserve.

High on the ridge, at the headwaters of streams that plunge down steep chasms to meet the ocean, at the tree line where meadows flourish on rocky balds, I felt like I was perched on an island of wilderness, a secret floating mountain in the sky. We couldn’t see the towns or highway that we’d left behind just minutes earlier. It was strikingly quiet. Quiet, but not silent. I closed my eyes to better hear the sounds of the rainforest: the buzzing, the singing, the whispering, and the whooshing of wings. I felt transported.


I often feel that way when I get off the beaten path just a little bit; do you? When I notice that I don’t hear the road anymore. When I realize my breathing has slowed and I can feel my heart beat. When instead of reaching for my phone, I look to the trees, trying to locate with my eyes the bird that my ears can hear so clearly. Happy memories wash over me, and I feel a sense of kinship with all of creation, past and present. It’s at times like these that I tend to get some of my best ideas.

As Kim put it that day, “This place offers not only clarity of water but clarity of thought. Maybe that’s the business we’re really in: conserving places where all species can be their best selves. Your gifts are the only way we can make that happen. In our land conservation work, I often bump up against folks who say, “I’m not an environmentalist,” or say “I like open space, but I’m no tree-hugger.”  I’ll admit that I have been known to actually hug trees now and then, mostly to feel for myself the scale of some of the big trees we still have on the Oregon Coast. But to the extent that tree-hugger means by-any-means-necessary, I realize that’s not me. And that’s not the organization I work for. By working with willing landowners, by keeping in mind the people part of our people-plants-and-wildlife formula for coastal conservation, we keep open the lines of communication with everyone.


Because I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who hasn’t experienced one way or another, a moment of magic in the natural world. Who hasn’t felt transported, or felt a deepening of connection with all of creation by being in a wild place, away from the houses, roads, and towns where we spend most of our lives.

The way Kim Stafford spoke about the land that day was so grounding, and so humble and human. It reminded me that we are all just people, doing the best we can to take care of our place, and for so very many reasons:

We save this land because it brings life, water and breath.

We save this land because we love the critters that live here, the wildflowers, and the forests.

We save this land because, in the end, we know it will save us.

Or as Kim said that day, on the shoulder of Onion Peak, one of the pieces of ground we are working so hard to conserve, “It occurs to me, while standing here, that this project will offer what we will long for more and more: clear water, quiet, and starlight.”

Thank you for sharing your time and your treasure and allowing us to do just that, here on our coast: offering clear water, quiet, and starlight, for all creatures, forever.

If simply being in nature is already such a powerful experience for me, what was it about being in one of my favorite wild places with a poet such as Kim Stafford that made the experience even more profound?

Part of it was the day itself: standing on a peak floating upon fog, in the gold and blue of a fall day that felt stolen from summer. But I think Kim was somehow able to read my heart and put words to what I was feeling better than I could myself. Each of us, every human being, has a need for nature, is part of nature. Each of us feels that connection, deep in our hearts and souls, even if we can’t put that awe and that sense of wonder into words the way he could.

The next day Kim emailed us to thank us for the day we shared. What a gift it is to work with such amazing people—people such as yourself—who care so deeply about our coast and for our coast.


Thank you for helping to conserve Oregon’s coastal lands, forever.

All my best,

Katie Voelke

Executive Director

North Coast Land Conservancy

Preserving the Oregon Coast Forever

PO Box 67, Seaside, OR 97138





Hosted by the Seaside Library Art Committee

“Maybe no other local wildlife creature represents the natural history of the North Coast land ocean interface better than the great blue heron.”  Neal Maine

19 images of the Great Blue Heron, a natural history art show, by Neal Maine at the Seaside Library, on public display combined with a printed image guide  detailing the natural history of the great blue heron.



“The goal of this photography display is to celebrate this unique bird and bring life to how the features of the great blue heron fir the abundance and freshwater systems of the North Coast.  Natural history photography places high value on the quality of the image but even more important, is the desire, skill and patience to capture and illuminate the beauty of the coast landscape and its unique wildlife.”   Neal Maine

“This is the perfect time to share NCLC’s gratitude for FAIRWEATHER’S support of our conservation work on the coast.  We are delighted to share about the new social media outreach program NCLC has launched for our business partners as a thank you for your support. Four times a year NCLC will be posting a thank you to FAIRWEATHER on our FB page, with a photo.”

Here is the schedule for FAIRWEATHER’S posts:

Last week of February 2019

Last week of May 2019

Last week of September 2019

Last week of November 2019

Thank you for valuing the beauty and magnificence of the Oregon Coast. Thank you from all of us at NCLC to all of you at FAIRWEATHER.

Lorraine Ortiz

Development Director

North Coast Land Conservancy

Preserving the Oregon Coast Forever





December 2018

Celtic mahogany harp by master builder Duane Bolster

Q: What is a Celtic harp, you ask?

A:  The Celtic harp is a triangular harp traditional to Ireland and Scotland. It was a wire-strung instrument requiring great skill and long practice to play, and was associated with the Gaelic ruling class. It is said the music heard in heaven is the golden sound of harps. Today the Celtic harp has an aura of mystery because the average person has never seen a harp except at the symphony and has never heard of an Irish harp.


“I build ’em, don’t play ’em. Please give it a try.  Play it. Pet it. ” Duane Bolster


In 2006 Duane Bolster received the  Hero award from CCA “For Creating a Magnificent Harp for the Music Rx Program” and in 2010 received The John Barry Award from Northwest Kidney Kids Inc. “For Providing Exceptional Care to Children with Kidney Disease”


I don’t play, not even a little. A note on my not playing the harp; I have studied a few instruments over the years; accordion, clarinet, piano, and harp to name a few, but mastered none. I frequently have people express surprise when they find out that I build harps, but don’t play the harp. They get a chuckle when I mention with a laugh that I know some people who even though they play the harp, they don’t know how to build one!!”—Duane


Fairweather House and Gallery, located at 612 Broadway, in downtown Seaside will host a “Harp Instrument Petting Zoo” throughout December.

This free event is open to the public for adults and children in their first attempts to engage the harp instrument.

Each participant will have the opportunity to play featuring the instrument crafted by Duane Bolster, master harp builder.