SEEK opening remarks:


“As a company, we experienced first hand the destruction and loss during the Great Coastal Gale of Dec. 2, 2007.  Yet amid the crisis, friends and neighbors reached out seeking to help.  SEEK, as an exhibition, 10 years later, casts light on the beauty of art and artist stories that inspire. 

Yes, indeed, sometimes the world can feel dark with reports of loss, but it is also filled  with the pursuit of light, love and friendship. ” D. Fairweather  December 2, 2017


And, too, sharing the 10th anniversary articles that appeared in the local media in 2017.

The great coastal gale of 2007 brought neighbors together. For some people it was an adventure. For others it was horrific.. Date: 2017-12-09   Seaside Signal story/


How Seaside’s leaders faced the storm. Voices from the Great Coastal Gale of 2007.

Date: 2017-12-08 Seaside Signal story/


Column: Recalling parallels between the Great Coastal Gale and Hurricane Katrina. A tale of two storms

Date: 2017-12-01   Seaside Signal/




The first Fairweather House  business was located on Park Drive/ Highway 101. Building destroyed on Dec. 2, 2007 during the Great Coastal Gale.

Left to right: Sesame & Lillies, Romancing the Home, Fairweather House, Judith M Interiors, Gearhart Gallery, Northwest Natural Foods, Dr. Theodosia Woods Wellness Center and Coast Business.  The businesses  were destroyed in the building when the roof blew off.

One in five Clatsop County residents reported damage from the Great Coastal Gale. –State Farm Insurance/ 2007

Reprinting a thank you placed in the Daily Astorian. December   07, 2007

Thank you to the entire Gearhart Volunteer Fire Department, George Daggat and staff at Gearhart Fine Furniture, Walter Daggat at Walter Daggat Antiques, to the entire John and Tina Cook family of John Cook Glass Studio, Ned and Geri Malcolm, Cathie and Jack Cates and staff at the Natural Nook Flower Shop, Sheila Coleman, Jim and Terry Morrisey, Monica,  Hunter, Vickie Lawson, Joan and Sue of the Gearhart Angel Network, Cindy and Misty Fitzsimmons, Les Lyson, Marie and Allen Hofmann, Philomenia Lloyd, CC Carrow, Karen Wilson, Heidi Futon, Robert and Dianne Widdop, Bernie and Carol Komm, Louise Whitehead, Cherry Harris and many more neighbors and friends that weathered the storm to assist Fairweather House.–D. Fairweather



And, too, reprinting an article from 2008

The Power of Story

South Coast Coach

As coaches we are always attuned to the power and the meaning of story. Aside from being careful that our own story doesn’t dominate a conversation with one of our clients, we, by are nature pay close attention to the stories that unfold around us.

I recently had one such incident and with her permission I am going to share it. The small town of Gearhart was besieged with a tremendous damaging windstorm in early December of 2007. Denise Fairweather, being fairly new to the community, had not had her gallery open long when the storm hit. It tore her business apart and left her in the hospital with a serious knock on the noggin that she was lucky to survive with. The beautiful things she had marketed in her shop and even large parts of the shop were scattered all over the area.

While she lay recuperating, her new neighbors combed through the wreckage, scoured the area, and retrieved what they could of her inventory. They did what they could to clean up the area enough for Denise’s insurance company and for FEMA to assess the level of damage to her shop, her person, and her life in general. As she recuperated, her new neighbors carefully stored her things in their houses, garages, cars, anywhere they could find. Denise slowly made a recovery from what could have been life long disabling brain damage as the process of insurance and assistance rolled on.

Her insurance company decided her business was a total loss, and FEMA decided that Denise qualified for a small business loan with their assistance. She now had what was left of her former inventory to deal with. All the community brought forth what had survived and they had a large sale in the Seaside Community Center. What was not sold for pennies on the dollar was donated to anyone in the community. The result was that Denise was in her new location with new stock in time for what Seaside refers to as the Spring rush. She had been made whole by that strange blend of the kindness of fellow community members, her insurance company, the skill of her physicians, and her own will to survive. Each year they celebrate her survival and the strength of the community on the with a  sale called the Foulweather event.

Denise had been worried that she was losing her short-term memory as a result of her injury. Her doctor told her that the best thing she could do was to tell the story and gradually the pain and the victory would return to her. Jane and I were honored to hear this story as part of that process and to spend time with this wonderful woman in her amazing business known as Fairweather House & Gallery. It is located in the historic Gilbert district of Seaside Oregon. If you want to re-connect with why so many of us love what we do as coaches, stop by if you are in the area. Denise will remind you with every word she says. She only promotes local artists to the area, and the shop and Denise are an example of goal, focus, and overcoming the adversity that we are sometimes handed.

To read more about the 10th anniversary of the Great Coastal Gale, go to:


Q: How to you handle a severe high wind weather warning today? –Renee

A: “Whenever a wind storm arrives that sounds like a freight train overhead, I gather a cozy sleeping bag, a down comforter, a lot of feather pillows and spend the night sleeping in the Jacuzzi…using it as a personal safe haven.” –Denise

For more about the gallery and its history, please visit


Coastal Elk Encaustic (beeswax) on wood panel by Gregory Bell.


Q: What is encaustic (beeswax) painting, you ask?


A:  Encaustic painting involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added.  The beeswax is applied to a surface –usually prepared wood though canvas and other materials are often used.  Metals tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools.  Encaustic  painting was developed by the ancient Greek shipbuilders, who used not wax to seal their ships.



Loner.  Coyote encaustic by Gregory Bell


Gregory Bell is an Oregon native, born and raised here in the Pacific Northwest.

He was a student of the Oregon College of Art and Craft where he pursued studies in ceramics.

He has expressed himself visually through ceramic, glass, encaustic (wax) sculpture, encaustic painting and is an avid photographer.

He is a problem-solver and enjoys the challenge of relating his point of view through complex materials.

His work is shown locally and he has enjoyed success in juried shows.

He practices historical film photography, specifically wet-plate collodion (tintype) and platinum/palladium printing methods.

He works from his studio in Cannon Beach, Oregon.



Crow encaustic by Gregory Bell.  Two’s a Company encaustic by Gregory Bell.


Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway

SHADOWS, an exhibition through October,  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, Whelsey Whelp, Lisa Wiser, Karen E. Lewis, Tamara Johnson and Marga Stanley will be featured.







Q:  Where, else, in the world has Christine’s art been, you ask?

A: As an adult she began her journey in creating her own books, which led to boxes, and then to making paper while living in Oregon. She has been fortunate to have taken a wide variety of classes at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, as well as, with international known artists in book binding and papermaking.

Christine lived in Panama for years where she learned to harvest and process plants from her garden to make paper for the books and boxes she creates. The wealth of vegetation forested experimentations and a great love of learning.

Building the Universe by Christine Trexel

Christine spent an inspiring week in late June at the Biennial Focus on Book Arts Conference as a member of the planning committee. The conference attracts participants from around the country with a wide variety of workshops taught by well-known book artists. It was an opportunity for learning new techniques and networking with some truly amazing artists. Christine was proud to have her piece “Building the Universe: The Platonic Solids” selected for a juried book arts show recently. The art piece was purchased by the Bainbridge Island Art Museum.


Fairweather House and Gallery

The summer season ends with a most perfect exhibition titled: COLOR IT FALL 

New original art compositions revolve around the complementary clash of the deliberately heightened blues, dazzling oranges and brilliant yellows. 

Color is the dominant element in new fall art by Fairweather Gallery resident artists:

Handmade paper works by Christine Trexel 


Mixed media works by Jo Pomeroy Crockett

Oils by Michael Muldoon

Water colors by Carolyn Macpherson

Bead art by Gayle H. Seely

Origami paper works by Peggy Evans

Abstracts by Renee Rowe 



Introducing prize winning artist Mike Mason, who uses carefully dried, pressed and placed botanicals to create art to support natural habitats conservation. 

In addition, Fairweather’s welcomes new artists Lisa Wiser and Catherine Mahardy to the gallery. 


To read more about Christine, please go to …artists/ …Christine Trexel



Take note: This fall/winter Christine Trexel will be teaching classes  in Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach Art Gallery and in Astoria.



 On August 2nd FINDINGS, an opening art exhibition introduced past and present emerging artists at the Fairweather House and Gallery.


Top row/ left to right images:  resident jeweler Renee Hafeman, art patrons, Joan, Art Walk hostess with Paul Brent, resident artist.

Middle row/ left to right images: art by Britney Drumheller, celebrity artist Britney Drumheller offers an art lecture, artist Emily Miller, and introducing emerging artist Whelpsy Whelp.

Bottom row/ left to right images: marine debris artist Karynn Kozij, Joan, Art Walk hostess demonstrating Octopus art, Paul Brent with Gail and Ellen, Art Walk hostesses at the Paul Brent Pop-Up Art Studio and Gallery, sponsored by Fairweather House and Gallery and The Gilbert Block Building, Denise, Kemmy Kay, Joan and Saundra FINDING art at the FINDINGS opening reception.

Q: What is an emerging artist, you ask?

A:  An emerging artist is considered an artist without commercial representation who has a dedicated art practice but has had limited opportunities to show at a gallery or non-profit spaces.


For more info please  go to  Celebrating 11 years of sponsoring  NW regional acclaimed and emerging artists in 2017.

Renee Hafeman, vintage jewelry artist

FINDINGS in my work is a collection of tools and other articles used by an artisan to make jewelry.


Q:  What is the difference Between “Art Nouveau” and “Art Deco”, you ask?

A: Art Nouveau: means “new art,” reigned from roughly 1880 until just before World War I. It features naturalistic but stylized forms, often combined with more geometric shapes, particularly arcs, parabolas, and semicircles (think of the Eiffel Tower). The movement brought in natural forms that had often been overlooked like insects, weeds, even mythical faeries, as evidenced by Lalique jewelry or Tiffany lamps.

Art Deco emerged after World War I. In fact, the deprivations of the Great War years gave way to a whole new opulence and extravagance that defined the Jazz Age and the Art Deco aesthetic. The movement, prevalent from the 1920s until roughly the start of World War II, took its name from the 1925 Exposition Internationales des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in France and is characterized by streamlined and geometric shapes. It also utilized modern materials like chrome, stainless steel, and inlaid wood. If Art Deco dabbled with natural materials, they tended to be graphic or textural, like jagged fern leaves. As a result, Deco featured bold shapes like sunbursts and zigzags and broad curves.

Renee Hafeman offered an artist’s lecture during the opening reception of FINDINGS, an exhibition through August at Fairweather’s.

Note the difference?

Found for FINDINGS  before the artist created…



and after= Frazzled Model Mom by Karynn Kozij, marine debris artist.

Former model Fritzy’s hands are FULL: children in arms, cooking, cleaning, picking after everyone.  She looks and feels fabulous and feisty, is a friend and an inspiration for everyone.  She wears the BEST smile.  Dreamily recalls your young, carefree model days, she wears her sapphire glow so well on her every digit.  Litter Patron is highest on her volunteer list.  She is exceedingly proud of her twins.  It’s a juggling job being that of a mon; she handles it with grace!  –Karynn




Q: Who is Karynn Kozij, you ask?
A: Growing up on a farm in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada, Karynn Kozij loved perusing her Dad’s stash of materials in his shop, shed, garage and outbuildings. He had everything to create anything from a bird house or a toolbox, to a trailer or a potato planter.

She can’t pass up anything that at first seems to be trash but could possibly be turned into something else. She’s the one you see stopping on the sidewalk to pick up a squashed flat metal bottle cap or pull tab from a beer can, or a scrap of wire that is lying near a utility pole. She takes apart dried up writing pens before they go into the trash can to salvage the metal spring inside it. She is picking up trash, going through trash and making something out of nothing.

March 2016 spring storms spilled a treasure chest of marine debris onto our Northwest coast. It was sad and depressing to find so much trash on our shores. Karynn drove down onto the beach daily and hauled carloads of trash off the beach. The sadness and depression turned into fascination and obsession. With that awakening, she was unable to throw away so much perfectly good rope and became inspired.

Karynn saw possibility in those hundreds of feet of rope with an elaborate entry into the Marine Debris Art contest in Cannon Beach where she won the People’s Choice Award and third place in the judged contest with her entry, Octopus Family Reunion at the Beach.

Karynn works in many media. Something first destined as trash really grabs her eye; it’s a win win! Look closely in her art to see some part of it that was something else in a former life.

She was FOUND while picking up mail.



Foreign exchange student Kim visiting the Gearhart beach with Tillamook Head  of Seaside in the distance. Indeed, every piece found had foreign letters and numbers, hence, the name! 

Kim’s back story: Kim spent a school year here as an exchange student a few years ago and comes back every year to visit his Pacific Northwest host family.  He plans his study trips around the Spring tides for beach combing opportunities.  He is fascinated by the wind and ocean currents. He documents every single thing he finds from other countries.  Kim majors in world climatology and  is on a scholarship from the National Oceanic Administration.  –Karynn



But, wait,  there’s more…


Fortune teller, Pearl


Pearl’s back story:  Trust the Zodiac and its signs, reads Tarot cards and white horoscopes.  Gathers beach debris daily.  washes and sorts items according to a color chart.  Make art in communal workspaces and sells worldwide. Monitors marine debris worldwide; gets overwhelmed by it, but does her part locally in taching classes about recycling. –Karynn


Great Great Grandfather Kraken…


fondly watching over his offspring at the Gearhart beach.

Great Great Grandfather Kraken’s back story:  “Oh my arms don’t work like they used to.  Stories and novels have been written that I used to pull down ships with east but now I am weak and very, very old.  The little  guys snicker at my bowtie but I have always  liked  being a dapper dresser. I do love the lore of sea monsters.  –Karynn



Appreciation to Don Frank Photography.

Shoutout clues:

Karynn  Kozij lives in ____________, is the postmistress at the US Post Office in _____________, and will be at the Fairweather Gallery FINDINGS opening reception, Aug 5th with her marine debris art.  Octopus family reunion  at the ______________beach. The artist and her story of finding things was found while picking up mail in __________________.  Don Frank shows selected  art photos in the ____________Gallery in Seaside, as well.


Read what Eve Marx wrote about Karynn’s art:

View from the Porch: Art from the ‘Octopus’s Garden’

Artist transforms marine debris

Date: 2017-08-18 Seaside Signal

Story The Daily Astorian | Signal News

The Daily Astorian | Signal News

Title: “Winged Wonder” by Neal Maine, PacificLight Images.

Cardinal Meadowhawk dragonfly. Location: Neacoxie Creek. Seaside/Gearhart.

Signed, matted and framed.

“Unless otherwise noted, images are presented as they were photographed. Slight adjustment by cropping, lightening or darkening may have been used, but the photo subject is presented as recorded in the Oregon coastal landscapes.”

A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with each copyrighted and signed image.

Available exclusively at Fairweather’s.

Proceeds to support North Coast Land Conservancy/NCLC.




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.Neal Maine

To read more about the photographer, please go to …artists/ …Neal Maine


Save the date and time. 
Neal Maine, scientist and wildlife photographer to present a lecture on the ecology of the North Coast habitats.

August 5th, 6:pm
Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway, Seaside, OR
Opening reception for FINDINGS

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk 


To read more about the Art Walk, please go to Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

Q: Where can the Cardinal Meadowhawk dragonfly be found, you ask?

A:  Habitat: Small ponds and slow streams. It perches on the tips of twigs, grasses and other vegetation.

Fun Creature Facts:

Distribution: Western U.S., West Indies and Central America south to Chile and Argentina.

Cardinal Meadowhawk dragonfly wings sit flat when perched and have a strong sustained flight; flitting about on gossamer wings and quiet as a whisper.

Cardinal Meadowhawk dragonflies are swift fliers, reminiscent of tiny airplanes.

Their eyes are huge, often meeting at the top of the head.

The Cardinal Meadowhawk dragonfly, will eat almost any soft-bodied flying insect including mosquitoes, flies, small moths, mayflies, and flying ants or termites.

The Cardinal Meadowhawk dragonfly are aptly named as they mimic hawks, relentlessly pursuing their prey.

The Latin name for this genus, Sympetrum, means “with rock” and refers to their habit of basking on rocks to absorb heat early in the day.

This species is one of the first dragonflies to emerge each year.


In addition, read more about North Coast dragonflys:

Wild Side: Dragonfly – Coastal Life – Coast Weekend

Aug 31, 2017 – Read Wild SideDragonfly from Coast Weekend. … By Lynette Rae McAdams. For Coast … Even while eating, a dragonfly can remain in flight.