“Portal” side one by seed mosaic for spring 2020 by Gayle H. Seely

“Portal” side two by Gayle H. Seely

Q:  What is the definition of portal, you ask?

A:  A portal is a gate or doorway. Portal can be used to describe other types of doorways, both literal and metaphorical.  If you enjoy reading science fiction or fantasy, you may be familiar with the use of the word portal to mean “a doorway to another world.” The wardrobe in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe functions as a portal to the land of Narnia.

“Running Water” seed pearl mosaic box by Gayle H. Seely.

“I like to combine a theme of an exhibit  with the subject “water” to create distinctive pieces that are tactile as well as visual,” Gayle H. Seely.

“I love seeing people become so involved in my boxes, Gayle H. Seely.


“I layer tiny beads and stones in painterly combinations onto small wooden boxes,” Gayle H. Seely.

Fairweather House and Gallery art display of Gayle H. Seely.


In 2019 Gayle H. Seely was selected as a Fairweather Gallery resident artist, having previously served as an emerging artist to watch.  2020 marks her sixth year in the gallery.


“The portal piece for FRESH START began with two earrings made of abalone. A circle from my Mom balanced on a tall triangle that was mine. It immediately reminded me of a keyhole and drew me to the idea of peeking through a portal to see what comes next. The black edges bring to mind a path through the liminal space between the two bigger sides shining colorfully and shimmering with the changing light source.” Gayle H. Seely

“Gayle H. Seely’s ancient methods of mosaic and beading combined with fresh, modern energy and emotions create intricate colorful boxes, bound to delight,”  wrote  Eve Marx, reporter for The Astorian.

Spring habitat talk  and raffle drawing for a signed photograph by naturalist Neal Maine at 6:00 pm.

LIVE music by Shirley 88.

Read more at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Or go to http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.


Read more about the artist:


The art of Gayle H. Seely | News | dailyastorian.comwww.dailyastorian.com › archives › signal › the-art-of-gayle-h-seely

Feb 16, 2018 – By EVE MARX. “I love seeing people become so involved in my boxes,” Gayle H. Seely said. The artist’s unique creations will be on display at …


Fun facts:

Gayle’s father was co-founder of NCLC with Neal Maine.

Al Vernon, retired banker and father to the artist, posed for a photo during a recent Gayle H. Seely reception.

D. Fairweather’s uncle  “Dr. Ed” delivered the Vernon children.

Paul Brent is an artist whose work has become internationally known to represent the coastal lifestyle. From his watercolors to his recent oil paintings he captures nature in its best and most idyllic form.

While being best known for his beach subjects, he has painted landscapes that are equally indicative of his talent to recreate all aspects of nature. He especially enjoys painting local scenes and beachscapes that he views near his two home studios in Panama City, Florida and Seaside, Oregon.

Paul Brent was born in Oklahoma City and lived in rural Southwest Oklahoma with his family until he was thirteen. His parents, who were educators, moved their family to Long Beach, California, and Paul attended high school and California State College in Long Beach. He majored in art but in his junior year of college he transferred to the University of California at Berkeley to study architecture. He completed his Bachelors of Architecture and joined the Air Force where he was stationed in Panama City, Florida. There he met his wife, Lana Jane and after they were married he left the service and they returned to California where he completed his Masters degree in Architecture at Cal Berkeley.

From June to October they live in Seaside, Oregon, where they have had a home and an artist’s studio. For the past 10 years Paul Brent has exhibited his work in Seaside at Fairweather Home and Gallery on Broadway.

Brent has been profiled in many publications including the Wall Street Journal, Coastal Living, Florida Monthly and many more. He is a signature member of the National and Florida Watercolor Societies and a member of the Society of Illustrators. He had authored a book on watercolor instruction titled Wonderful Watercolors and illustrated the children’s book J. Rooker, Manatee. He has been active in arts and planning organizations both locally and in the state of Florida.

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Photographs by K. Bowman for Paul Brent.

With appreciation to Jon Burke, Seaside Publish Library, and Tess Ratty, Seaside Library Art Committee.

Since 2010, Fairweather House and Gallery has represented the original art of Paul Brent.

To see more art by Paul Brent, visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/  artists tab/ Paul Brent.


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End note:

“The fire inspector’s report showed that an undetermined electrical issue caused the fire that left the gallery and offices in charred rubble and ashes in November 2019..  Our business building of nearly 30 years and my architectural design were destroyed. We are now diligently looking for space in the downtown area– another challenge as many building were damaged and need repair or renovation from Hurricane Micheal (2018). We plan to spend the summer months in Oregon in 2020.  We are well and busy on projects.”  Paul



Modernist, mid-century precious pendant with sterling silver necklace by jewelry designer Reneé Hafeman.




Authentic designer pendant, hallmarked “CC Chanel”  with vintage French crystal, ornate toggle closure and decorative oval and circular chain.

One-of-a-kind necklace by jewelry designer Reneé Hafeman.


  “Growing up, my grandmother would pull out her jewelry box, take each piece out one-by-one and explain in detail what it was, where it came from and why it was so special to her.  This developed my love of  jewelry.  I started to think of how many treasured pieces are sitting in drawers and jewelry boxes, many handed down, some outdated, some broken and others, just put away because they didn’t match anything you wore.  I decided enough of that,”   —Reneé Hafeman.



Q: Who was Coco Chanel, you ask?

A: Fashion designer Coco Chanel, born in 1883, in France, is famous for her timeless designs, trademark suits and little black dresses. Chanel was raised in an orphanage and taught to sew. She had a brief career as a singer before opening her first clothes shop in 1910.

Coco Chanel is actually named Gabrielle Chanel, though the rest of the world knows her by her childhood nickname Coco. However when she was born, her birth certificate actually had a massive spelling mistake and it read Gabrielle Bonheur Chasnel.

Spring Awakening by Jackie Leloff.

Fun Fact:  Jackie, a new artist in the gallery, was referred by fellow Fairweather artist,  Jo Pomeroy-Crockett.


Handmade ceramic beads, mouth blown glass and semi-precious gemstone necklaces and earrings by jewelry artist Mary Truhler.



Spring Day  Approaching encaustic art by Peg Wells.


Q: What do the three Fairweather artists have in common, you ask?

A: The artists Jackie Leloff,  Mary Truhler and Mary Truhler have a nursing background.  Some of the fundamental values that drive art — compassion, humanity, empathy, creativity and expression — are the very same values that influence nursing. The creation of art is a wonderful vehicle for nurses, whether the goal is to unwind, replenish the soul or share the nursing experience with the world. Proof that nursing and creative mindsets can live harmoniously.


Case studies of the scientific  mind engaging in art and vice versa are often presented as being unusual. However, psychologists recently conducted a comprehensive review of the extent to which Nobel Prize winners in the sciences, members of the Royal Society and US National Academy of Sciences, and members of the US public reported engaging in arts and crafts-based pursuits. They found that members of the Royal Society and National Academy of Sciences were almost twice as likely to report engaging in arts and crafts pursuits as the general public. Eminent Nobel laureate scientists were almost three times more likely to report such activities.  http://www.discovermagazine.com › mind › does-evidence-support-the-artis..


As Einstein, himself noted: “The greatest scientists are artists as well”.


And, too, artist Jackie Leloff was introduced during a reception at the Bloom Gallery located at 289 North Nehalem in Clatskanie recently.







Through the years we have sought out the finest artisans in the Northwest.

Why bother, you ask, to keep such crafts alive in an age when so little is made by hand today?

Because they are better. 

The work is a gift to your environment. 

We are committed to ecological responsibility.

The majority of the work is created from natural materials.


Always has been. 

Always will be.





A fresh palette. A revitalized spirit. A soft, rosy hue blooming with potential.  Color of the Year 2020.

“First Light” 2102-70 by Benjamin Moore is the backdrop for a new decade.




One-of-a-kind designer pillows. Antique rosy/ pink velvet brocade.

Down filled pillows with hand stitched flowers in soft pinks and greys.

Questions and Answers:

Q: How to you create a signature style for each season, you ask?

A: I thoughtfully edit the collections and forecast an upcoming season after reading interior designer trade magazines and re-visit favorite design books. I take a lot of time in the winter to consider and select a trending idea and a designer look. My approach has one important quality: to provide an artful vision.

The products selected are to be made by hand and made in America.  Indeed, the gallery has a sign in the front window that says this.  My signature style, oftentimes tweaked and refined, is created to offer the unique and beautiful  Fairweather House & Gallery “look”.

In truth, a few are not just, let’s say…favorites, but rather have become signature pieces…as in the sublimely beautiful hand made glass design pieces that are the “Fairweather” calling cards. My signature style is a set mind, applying a vision of what ifs, must-sees and to-dos.


Visitors have often said: “This place is amazing.”

And, then, too, I often share. I’m a minimalist in my mind, constantly editing the displays, walls and tables to insure that the gallery isn’t too-perfect…but, rather, a showcase of sophisticated one-of-a-kind art pieces that highlight each individual season.  D. Fairweather, gallerist and Allied Member A.S.I.D.

FAV winter read re-visited  for 2020:

The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details by Christiane Lemieux


Read more at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

P.S.S.T. Four weeks to Valentine’s Day.

Exclusive to Seaside.  Fran’s fine chocolates.


P.S.S.T. Six weeks to spring.

“Neighborhood Party” oil  by Melissa Jander.


Copyright © 2020 D. Fairweather


“Sand Dollar on Ecola” signed photograph.

Steven A. Bash works in photos and photocollages.


“Hug Point at Arch Cape signed photograph by Steven A. Bash.



“Algae at Hug Point” signed photograph by Steven A. Bash.


Where in the world is Ecola, Arch Cape and Hug Point,  you ask?

Hug Point is located south of Seaside along HWY 101 and is necessary stop on any travel along the Oregon coast. Hug Point got its name from the original travelers to this beautiful area. Without the modern day highways we know today, visitors to this rugged coastline had to travel by stagecoach along the beach. The adventurous travelers had to “Hug” the sides of the sandstone cliffs during low tide to make their way up and down the coast. Thus the name Hug Point was born.


Arch Cape is named for the natural arch in the coastal rocks and the headland (cape) that extends into the Pacific Ocean, it is located along the Pacific coast, approximately ten miles south of Seaside, between Hug Point State Recreation Site to the north and Oswald West State Park to the south.

Ecola State Park stretches along nine miles of Oregon coastline and is located just a short drive south of popular Seaside,   The 1,023-acre park is probably best known for its rugged beauty and scenic vistas—some of which have been featured in movies such as The Goonies, Point Break and Twilight.  Most people who visit Ecola are either stopping by for a quick photo, a short hike or a day on the beach. Some are thru-hikers tackling the Oregon Coast Trail.


Photos by Steven A. Bash reflect the essence of the north Oregon coast.

Fun Facts:

  • Carpenter at Steven A. Bash Carpentry
  • Studied Zoology (B.Sci.) and Studio Art
    Graduated from University of California, Riverside
  • Lives in Seaside, Oregon
  • First new Fairweather artist in 2020
  • Follows Dan Rather

New Year’s quote by Dan Rather