Follow up to the first edition from past five May exhibitions 2019-2014

Telling picture stories from past five May exhibitions @ Fairweather’s … › 2020/05/04


“Lost in the…” watercolor by Penelope Culbertson


MAY 2013

MAY 2012


MAY 2011


MAY 2010


MAY 2009

These days, when we are isolated from each other due to COVID 19, it seemed just as good a time as any to revisit some of the artistic events Fairweather House and Gallery has had over the past years.  So by request, we are revisiting severa; past May exhibitions, from the painting LIVE events to memorable performances by classical violinist  Kirstin Qian to former bright, bubbly visitors and hosteses.


Truly,  looking back marries itself to looking forward, in our world.

Fairweather House and Gallery shut its doors mid-March following the Governor’s order that nonessential retailers and services must be closed.

Fairweather’s  is currently operating by virtual and phone appointment.

Call us anytime at 503-738-4003, contact us through our website, and through social media.

Read more blog articles on the Fairweather Gallery website.

Enjoy a performance from a former Fairweather guest of honor.

Kirstin Qian has  performed at Fairweather’s several times.


“At a moment when our physical location is closed due to the health crisis, online viewing is offered as a primary means to present Northwest art and to connect with art enthusiasts,”  galleriest D. Fairweather.

We are stronger together.

Surely this challenge we are facing will come to an end.

Hopefully when it does Fairweather House and Gallery will still be here for you!

We promise you we will try our utmost see you on the other side of the pandemic.

Since 2007 we have had the privilege representing remarkable NW artists.

We are looking forward to reopening safely following official guidelines in protecting the health of our community.

Please read more about our gallery and our commitment to NW artists and products made by NW hands.

Stunning spring 2020 magnolia study by Dorota Haber-Lehigh

Ethnobotany and native plant Oregon Coast artist

Watercolor palette for magnolia artwork. Dorota Haber-Lehigh

“Drawing magnolia branch! What a beautiful tree. Trying to find some beauty amidst the chaos of life.”  DHL


Seaside artist Dorota Haber-Lehigh depicts Pacific Northwest native plants, portraying their sculptural beauty and brings attention to importance of ecological diversity of nature to emphasize natures and human fragility.

She is interested in portraying individual plants with their sculptural and ephemeral beauty. Her passion is to bring attention to importance of ecological diversity of nature and emphasize nature’s and human fragility. She is interested in the healing power of plants and nature and enjoys drawing plants that have medicinal properties. She has authored two ethnobotanical coloring books: “ABC of Native Plants of the Coastal PNW” and “Native Berries of the Coastal PNW.”


Dorota Haber-Lehigh

April 19,  2020

“Oregon Grape beginning of a composition. I will keep adding elements throughout the year. Love the resilience of the plant.” DHL

Indeed, reminds ourselves of our own resilience.  This will be a lovely study…

A story on resilience:

To become more resilient, fill your mind with thoughts of stories of resilience. Read stories or biographies of tough people who have overcome hardships. Watch movies that have a theme of courage. Associate with courageous and disciplined people. Ask your courageous friends to share some interesting stories. Humor eases tension and anxiety; pay attention to the things that make you laugh and smile. Keep in mind that your objective is to become a more resilient person – not to escape reality.  Shared by  Susan Peterson, fellow Seasider and cultural arts supporter.  (Boost of Positivity for Professionals).


“The beach, creeks, rivers, parks and waysides are closed from the north end of Seaside to the south end, in support of the governor’s Stay Home Save Lives order.  Our local communities near each area — many of them small– need our support and understanding.” –Oregon Parks and Recreation Department


The closure halts all beach activities, including clamming, surfing, swimming and other activities. “Where the beaches and parks are closed, they are indeed closed for all uses. Closed means closed. Full stop.” Seaside Chief Dave Ham stated that officers are being asked repeatedly if the beach is open or if the closure applies to “locals.” He made it clear, with capital letters, “THE SEASIDE BEACH IS CLOSED!”

We are all looking at a new normal and are following Seaside’s guidelines.

Without our daily dose of being able to be outisde with nature, about living near a lot of parks and not being able to visit the parks, about living at the beach and not being able to walk on the sands, all the while honoring the state’s order to being safe and saving lives during the pandemic crisis— art can help us all cope and offers us hope.


Dorota Haber-Lehigh

April 25, 2020

“Playing with watercolor landscape. From my own photo reference -Seaside Tillamook Head Oregon.”  DHL


Dorota has two degrees in Art and International Studies with a focus on indigenous cultures, and a master’s degree in teaching. She also holds a graduate bilingual certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. She has earned a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from Society of Botanical Artists in London in May 2019. She is a member of Oregon Botanical Artists, Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists and American Society of Botanical Artists. Dorota exhibits and teaches drawing regionally.


No barriers to art this month – Seaside First Saturday Art Walk will be 100% online May 2-25!

May Art Walk is a concept of gallery-coordinated virtual exhibits.

As we continue following the State’s stay at home order,  Seaside galleries remain closed until further notice.

Galleries have gone on-line and are committed to assist you with during  COVID-19 via e-mail and through social media platforms.

Thank you for supporting the arts in Seaside.


Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

On-line until further notice

A curatorial virtual NW exhibiton titled ‘In Full Bloom’

Fairweather House and Gallery brings together artists’ works in a variety of genres and interpretations, grouping them into an on-line spectrum of theme and color.

Featuring art by Jo Pomeroy Crockett, Christine Downs, Bev Drew Kindley, Dorota Haber-Leligh, Greta Lindwood, Melissa Jander, Carmela Newstead, and Zifen Qian.

“Through Dorota’s realistic paintings, no matter how far apart we are, her art brings us closer together, with appreciation for the flowering spring season of 2020,” D. Fairweather, gallerist.

Featured art work includes botanical, **realism, abstraction, and surrealism.

Art can be purchased and picked-up by curbside appointment or delivered free locally.

Contact gallery curator or message on FB @fairweatherhouseandgallery

We will see you, hopefully, on the other side of the pandemic crisis.

Until then,  we will continue sharing and connecting in the arts with the artists and you…

Enjoy a flash back photo of  Dorota Haber-Leligh offering an artist lecture at Fairweather’s.


Q: What is realism in the arts, you ask?

A: Realism, sometimes callednaturalism, in the arts is the attempt to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality and avoiding artistic conventions, or implausible, exotic, and supernatural elements.  This is the type of art Dorota Haber-Leligh creates.

Each flower has 12 staves with 3 accent veneers in between each stave.

Creating a Bouquet of Flowers


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Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway, Seaside Oregon

As we continue following the Oregon state’s stay at home order, the gallery doors will remain shut until further notice. Our staff remains committed to assisting you with your needs during this time via e-mail and through our social media platform.
Here is how we can help…


… with a “doing good works” promise.

A wood tulip selected by April 22 (Earth Day 2020) will have a tree planted by May 1, 2020. 



“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”
– John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938), page 438.

Q; Who was John Muir, you ask?

A: John Muir was an influential Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist, and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States of America. John Muir was perhaps this country’s most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist. He taught the people of his time and ours the importance of experiencing and protecting our natural heritage.

John Muir was  founder of The Sierra Club and is called the father of the National Parks in the United States.

Read more at:


Read more about a connection with Earth Day, John Muir and Fairweather’s…

Seaside Signal April 27, 2011
by Rosemary Dellinger, editor

Seaside Conversation for Earth Day with Denise Fairweather › Inspirations › seasideearth
Denise Fairweather considers herself a steward of the land and is passionate … “the land and being of Irish decent, I would have liked to have known John Muir.”

“Loss of Common Ground” acrylic on canvas 20 x 24 by W.E Shumway

“I separated the two primary colors into similar sized areas just to see what sort of impact that might have on the viewer. The color saturation was intense and intimidating. My eyes moved from one color mass to the other, unable to focus on both simultaneously.I added the third primary color on the artist’s color wheel: yellow. True common ground is the kind where unexpected colors reveal themselves. Secondary and tertiary colors are formed and bring their symbolism to the gathering. This reminds me of what happens when people decide to talk about issues upon which they do not agree.”

“Boxed In” acrylic on canvas 11 x 14 by W.E. Shumway

“Without the addition of white pigment, I moved some of the red into the blue and vice versa. Both of those areas blended to dark purple. When I blended all of both colors, the entire painting turned to dark purple. The original colors were replaced with a new color, a condition not unlike a two- party system being replaced.”


“Crack Lets the Light In” aryclic on canvas 12 x 12 by by W.E. Shumway

“I added white pigment, to introduce light to the reds, the blues and the purples. It allowed for a much greater range of color and tonal values. The common ground areas were much more sensitively rendered, interspersed with lighter colors: pinks, lavenders, ice blues, etc. They each carried their own symbolic meanings within their primary derivatives. Light added another dimensional meaning to the imagery. Light helps delineate form and special relationships, as truth helps define what is and what isn’t.”

Q: What’s going on in your studio?

A: “It is certainly a time when we need to share and collaborate on-line with other artists and a community that has become global overnight. We can look back to other catastrophic moments, like 9/11 and the Great Depression, when large communities coalesced and found workable solutions. Those experiences serve to remind us that we can find ways to get to a healthier situation and find common ground creatively.”

Polarization and too little negotiated action  allowed the virus to remain unchecked for too long. This pandemic, however, offers us an opportunity to culture the common ground we find ourselves in now. Even though there is some divisiveness amongst politicians, economists and healthcare organizations, many in each group are earnestly looking to work together to divert potential disasters. With enough critical thinking, education and planning, humankind has an opportunity to evolve into a much wiser and planet friendly species. To this end we’ll need to legislate and fund the healthy practices that we discovered while we’ve been globally challenged.

As a species we have not, thus far, shown much ability to sustain healthy behavior beyond a few generations. Our capacity to forget the past and bend to greed, addiction and abuse of power is built deeply into our genes. However, if ever there was a time for reevaluation and evolutionary change, it is now.”

W E Shumway, 3/30/2020


Read more about the artist at:

For Fairweather’s “Fresh Start”. Artist Bill Shumway. On exhibit … › 2020/02/18 › for-fairwe…
Canyon Creek Convergence by W. E. Shumway 16×16 acrylic Lakeside View by W. E. … Posted by Fairweather House and Gallery … William E. Shumway, artist

Due to the  novel coronavirus the gallery shut its doors on March 15, 2020

Closed temporarily  until it is safe to reopen

We will see you on the other side

Hopefully … late spring 2020

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway, Seaside Oregon

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our community
We are in this together

Please stay in touch with the us

We are still here for you, however, in a different way

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“During this time of social distancing,  would you be willing to send images of the art being created in your studio during this crisis? ” 


“Wonderful idea. I have a few new pieces that I photographed just this evening.I hope this finds you well. Prospering would be nice, too, but that seems a bit out of reach for us these days.”

“You would think that I would be getting more done with all of this time on my hands… Well, I actually am, but it is all priority stuff queued up by circumstances beyond anyone’s control at the moment. That said, here are a couple of images for you to use. These are all pieces that are basically available, which is to say, at this writing, they are not on display in galleries or shows anywhere. The jewelry box been displayed recently, but it was made in January, so it is recent. The free form is still on the lathe, It will be done in a few days. For the time being I plan to leave the bark, moss, etc. on the piece.” Tom Willing

Sculptural free form work by Tom Willing.


Tom Willing designs that combine the aesthetic and functional with works that are sensitive to the interplay between light, form, and material.



Tom Willing’s work is elegantly finished on the lathe with walnut oil and beeswax, then buffed to bring out the natural luster of the wood.

“I seek to find the visual magic within the form of each piece of timber that is waiting to be revealed.”


Tom Willing holds his BA degree from the University of Oregon, an MA from Ohio State University, and an MAT from Lewis and Clark University. He taught middle school in Newberg, Oregon, until retiring in 2013.

Past President and Certified Member of the Pacific Northwest Woodturning Guild, he teaches woodturning techniques and is an active member of Northwest Woodturners and the American Association of Woodturners. He currently serves as President of Frogwood, A 501(c)(3) Arts Education Organization.



“Omnium-Gatherum”  by Barbara Martin  36×48 mixed media

“Created during the depths of winter, this painting is a loving incantation of everything floral — the first thrilling hints of springtime, the heady scent of roses, the glamour and mystery of a moonlit garden. With its many layers, the piece displays alluring depth and richness of color in an imaginative and impressionist style. Exciting color combinations and gestural movement bring high energy and a bold freshness to this beautiful painting. Mixed media: acrylic, charcoal, watercolor pencil, watercolor crayon on generously deep, gallery wrapped canvas.”


Barbara Martin is a contemporary painter known for high energy, gestural mark making and intuitive abstract works as well as for her “Super Ply” series of surreal creatures painted in black and white. Her award winning work has been exhibited nationally. Recent achievements include residencies awarded by Jentel Foundation for the Arts, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods and significant grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts and Culture Commission.


“I have enclosed a couple of photos of a piece I am currently working on.  The photos of this in process piece are taken from a couple of angles showing my work space. Stay safe and healthy.”  Diane Copenhaver
Diane Copenhaver attempts to immortalize the power of art. With that art has the power to transform, heal, progress and enrich.

She recently embarked on a journey of discovery to unleash her creative talents after a career in business with a major northwest aerospace company.

Diane is painting primarily abstract using acrylics on varied surfaces. She also produces collage and mixed media works, is studying calligraphic arts and has begun to explore encaustic painting.

Color and texture are often the focus of Diane’s paintings. She uses layers of paint, as well as a variety of mediums to create texture. Color is selected to express a message, demonstrate beauty, or create energy. Brushes, palette knives, and scrapers are used and she often applies paint then wipes it away. Diane’s work is spontaneous and she is encouraged to let go of the precious and just let the paint flow.


Art Saves exhibit at Fairweather House and Gallery.

“Artists have a unique sensitivity in the ability to pivot and meet with needs that enlighten, inform, and insprie.”  D. Fairweather, galleriest.


To read more about the artists, please visit

 March 15, 2020:

In order to protect the health and safety our guests, our community, and our staff the Gallery is closing its doors and will re-open only when it is safe to do so.




Artist Mike Mason in his studio.

In order to protect the health and safety our guests, our community, and our staff (who are over the age of 65 and are deemed to be a high health risk), the Gallery is closing its doors to visitors through April.

“This decision comes after careful review of guidance from public health authorities and projections for the spread of COVID-19, and reflects our desire to ensure it is not contributing to transmission of the disease which could overwhelm our health care system. This is a difficult decision, but we are confident is the right choice.”

Please re-visit our previously published blog post articles throughout this time.

Questions or concerns, please email

Thank you for your understanding.


March 14, 2019 Question to the Fairweather artists.

Q: “Here is an idea. Please send images of the art being created in your studio during this crisis. We will publish  a blog post and keep it updated as you share with us what you are creating. Are you interested? Let me know your thoughts.”




“I am painting in my art studio.” Toni Avery


“Social distancing doesn’t require you to become a shut-in. I go outside to paint,”  en plein arist Emily Miller.


“In addition, I’m finishing up a few smaller baskets for a large collaborative display of reclaimed fishing rope ( ghost net collected by Cape Lookeout rangers).basket sculptures called Undersea Garden.”  Emily Miller


“I like this idea! You can use this one and will try to send a few more. Thanks for the up date about the gallery,” artist/ Professor Emeritus of Art Pacific University Jan Shield.



“It is my plan to create tomorrow, I would love to send some pictures while I am creating! I have been wondering how things will go with all of this virus worry.  If there is anything I can do to be of help, please don’t hesitate to ask.”  Rene’e Hafeman, jewelry designer.


“Here is an image of a book I just published in early 2020 on a series Weekend Projects  I tried to provide day-by-day instructions different projects which use one common element: stringers. Thanks for the proposal. I think it’s very useful to have a venue that helps especially during the crisis. I’m working now on a couple of new big works and will share photos as soon as I have them completed,”  fused glass artist Fyodor Zubanov.


“I have scheduled kids art on-line classes (ages 8-18) all week in three different time zones: Central Europe / US East Coast / and US West Coast time. We are learning how to draw puffins!”   Leah Kohlenberg



“Hope everyone is staying healthy! I’m staying home painting.” Pam Haunschild

“This strange virus has affected everyone.  We are 3 weeks behind the Italians infections so things are going to get way more interesting.  I appreciate the information and understand if other schedules need to be altered.  Thank you for keeping me updated. Stay safe!” Jan Rimerman, Artist/Art Administrator.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has  issued guidelines for “community mitigation strategies” to limit the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, which include recommendations for “social distancing”—a term that epidemiologists are using to refer to a conscious effort to reduce close contact between people and hopefully stymie community transmission of the virus.



  • Be in nature. Breathe fresh air. Notice things about the world around you that you didn’t see before.
  • Start birdwatching. Coronavirus hasn’t bothered the birds. Find out what species nest near you, dust off your binoculars if you’ve got ’em and download a birdwatching map.
  • Make art. Whether it’s a page out of a coloring book or paint-by-numbers masterpiece, a knitted scarf or a piece of pottery, creating will ease your mind and keep your fingers nimble.



“Thank you with the list of things to do.  It’s one of the most uplifting ones I’ve received,” artist Sandy Visse


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Original watercolor by Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, handmade spring column candles, mouthblown glass, hand turned wood candle sticks, pottery by Suzy Holland, mouth blown stemware by Rox Heath, vintage bird feeder and bird house, silk and chenille throw pillows.

Pastel by Gretha Lindwood, pair of whimsical artworks by Marga Stanley, mouth blown art glass, hand made potter vase, hand wired silk iris stem, hand beeded flowers, contemporary floral by Jo Pomeroy-Crockett and art cards by Leah Kohlenberg, glassware by Robin and Rox Heath.

Art by Toni Avery, handmade tea pot by Kate Carlye, hand-forged candle sticks, fused glass by Carolyn Lindberg and mouth blown art vase

Pottery by Suzy Holland and oil painting by Carmela Newstead.

Art by Leah Kohlenberg, textile art by Linda Olson..

Handmade birdie pillow by Cherry Jones Harris, feather motif handmade journal by Christine Trexel, mouth blown art glass, pottery and platters hand made by Maria Hudson.

Handmade glass by Bob Heath.

Handmade glass by Sandy and Bob Lercari.



Handmade glass by Christine Downs, fused glass by Sandy and Bob Lercari, urchin rocks by Kandy Schwartz, and ocean oil by Sandy and Bob Lercari.

Outdoor garden **folly filled with  cattail dyed green spheres and handmade moss decorative moss spheres.


**Q:  What is a garden folly, you ask?

A: A garden folly is usually considered a building or structure that is designed for decoration with no other purpose than to add a touch of whimsy or extravagance to the surrounding landscape. The term began as “a name for any costly structure considered to have shown folly in the builder” and was often named after the individual who commissioned or designed the project. The connotations of silliness or madness in this definition are in accord with the general meaning of the French word “folie”; however, another older meaning of this word is “delight.”

Photos by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.


“This exhibit’s expectation lies in its possibility to present fresh, new perspectives, inspiration, experiences, reflection and even the possibility for transcendence in some way. Indeed, the meaning of “fresh start” is the beginning of a new period or step.  The North Coast land, truly, is in full springtime bloom for FRESH START, Fairweather’s March exhibition.”

“Air Born” juvenile eagle by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

**Proceeds to support NCLC.


According to the National Eagle Center, juvenile bald eagles can appear larger than their parents can in the first year because of longer flight feathers that help the birds as they learn to fly. After the first molt, the wing feathers will be the same size as an adult eagle.

Juveniles have a brown body with brown and white mottled wings. The tail is also mottled with a dark band at the very tip, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

“The Eagle has Landed” juvenile eagle by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

**Proceeds to support NCLC.


Sometimes also called a sub-adult, a juvenile is typically an eagle in its first year that does not yet have full adult plumage.
Within a few years, juvenile eagles grow closer to the classic adult plumage. Most birds have the white head and tail feathers between their fourth and fifth year.



Photo by Neal Maine / PacificLight Images
Bald eagles on Clatsop Beach.

“Eagle Speak” pair of American Bald Eagles eagle by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images. A pair of eagles schooled a juvenile eagle who dared to arrive on the beach.  The takeaway… “we told you to do your own fly way, and no, we will not send you money.”

**Proceeds to support NCLC.

Bald Eagles were common in North America at the time of European colonization and were considered sacred by the Native Americans. They remained common up through the 18th and early 19th centuries, but due to habitat destruction and direct persecution their population was considerably reduced by the start of the 20th century. The boom in chemical pesticide use, particular DDT, during the mid- 20th century lead to a rapid crash in the Bald Eagle population. DDT in the fish that the eagles were eating was making their eggshells thinner causing them to break during incubation. DDT was banned in the 1970s and the Bald Eagle was placed under the protection of the new Endangered Species Act. The population recovered quickly and today the Bald Eagle is abundant across North America.

Neal Maine recent eagle back story:  The wildlife photographer grew up in Seaside, went to college and returned to Seaside as an educator.  It was not until his 20th year of teaching that he saw and  photographed an eagle at the coast.


Jan and Jay Barber, Mayor of Seaside, introduced the wildlife photographer Neal Maine during the opening reception of Fresh Start at Fairweather’s.

Fairweather House and Gallery

Through March 25

Fresh Start Exhibition

612 Broadway St.

Seaside, Oregon

“A Fresh Start” featuring artists Toni Avery, Bill Baily, Karen Doyle, Christine Downs, Bob HeathDorota Haber-Lehigh, Neal Maine, Gayle H. Seely and Bill Shumway.

“This exhibit’s expectation lies in its possibility to present fresh, new perspectives, inspiration, experiences, reflection and even the possibility for transcendence in some way,” D. Fairweather, gallerist.


Neal Maine lectured at 6:pm at Fairweather’s during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.


Read more about Neal Maine on the artist tab at


**Q: What is NCLC, you ask?

A: North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC)  has been working since 1986 to conserve and connect the landscape of the Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to northern Lincoln County by acquiring or otherwise managing lands for their habitat value. With a portfolio of more than 50 fee-title properties in addition to more than a dozen conservation easements, NCLC has completed more fee acquisitions in Oregon than any other local land trust, ranking it alongside The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Lands for statewide conservation impact. The nationally accredited private, non-profit land trust works to ensure that this extraordinary region is a place where healthy communities of people, plants and wildlife can all thrive.



Jay Barber, Mayor of Seaside, prepares to select at random a winner from eggs containing the 14 names of patrons who purchased the “Last Polar Bear” book…


Nancy Holmes won the raffle for a signed ArcticLight image by Neal Maine during a drawing at Fairweather’s on March 7.

Nancy Holmes selected the polar bear portrait, signed by Neal Maine, and later shared the display in her home with the “Last Polar Bear” book shown on the mantle.


The raffle, a fundraiser  for the Alaska Wilderness League, generated $420 in book sales at the gallery.  The Alaska Wilderness League is a nonprofit organization that works to protect Alaska’s most significant wild lands from oil and gas drilling and from other industrial threats.

Read more about doing good works at Alaska Wilderness



Arctic Light Photographers Daniel Dietrich and Neal Maine

Read more about ArcticLight images at:

‘Arctic Light’ draws attention to global warming Presentation … › coast-weekend › arts › article_1d181096-…
Feb 16, 2015 – Arctic Light‘ draws attention to global warming Presentation, photographic journey aim for wildlife. Neal Maine and Daniel Dietrich will speak …

“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.



Read more about the artist:


The art of Gayle H. Seely | News | › 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 one of the co-founders 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.



Grace note received:

“Thank you very much for all your hard work and support. You have gathered such a wonderful group of artists with a wide variety of skills and ideas.     I am proud to show my work at Fairweather’s.”  Gayle H. Seely


“Cliff” 30×36 oil on canvas by Karen Doyle


“Cotton Candy” 8×8 oil on panel with gold under-painting by Karen Doyle


“Respite” 11×14 oil on panel with cold wax by Karen Doyle


“I wanted to start fresh with new coastal paintings in 2020.   The three new painting have gone through multiple revisions to arrive at their final state. I have been creating abstract impressionist coastal landscapes inspired by my photos and my imagination.  My paintings start out tonal and sometimes turn to dramatic scenes.  My primary medium is oils and this time I’ve added cold wax layers, or under-paintings of silver and gold.  This new body of work evokes a strong sense of place along an imagined or real coastline; my hope is that you immerse yourself in these scenes and get lost in this coastal world.

Oil on canvas, en Plein Air (outdoors) and in my home studio, I paint luminous, impressionist landscapes of Oregon and places I visit.  I paint with palette knife and brush, often beginning with a few pencil lines to mark my chosen composition, then blocking in large areas of color with a brush.  As the composition unfolds, I build up buttery, thick impasto layers with a palette knife, often scraping up multiple puddles of paint in one stroke and smearing them across the canvas.  My impressionist landscapes are border on abstraction, and always reflect the intense feelings I get from observing ordinary beauty.”  Karen Doyle

Associations and Memberships:

Alla Prima Portland

American Impressionist Society

American Women Artists

Arts Council of Lake Oswego

Nike Artists Community

Phi Beta Kappa Society

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Society for Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts

Art by Karen Doyle on display with art glass, linen shawls, **faux bois picture frames and vintage wood turned candlesticks.


Q: What is faux bois, you ask?

A: Faux bois (from the French for false wood) refers to the artistic imitation of wood or wood grains in various media.


For fun posts from  the artist, go to Karen Doyle FB and karen_paints(Instagram).


Karen Doyle, artist, lectured during the opening reception of Fresh Start at Fairweather’s on March 7.

Through March 25

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

 “A Fresh Start” featuring artists Toni Avery, Bill Baily, Karen Doyle, Christine Downs, Bob Heath, Dorota Haber-Lehigh, Gayle H. Seely and Bill Shumway.

Karen Doyle is an award-winning Pacific Northwest impressionist oil painter. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC San Diego with minors in Visual Arts and Philosophy.  She earned a Certificate in Fine Art from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and has continued to study with local artists and participate in Plein Air events.   


“The exhibit’s expectation lies in its possibility to present fresh, new perspectives, inspiration, experiences, reflection and even the possibility for transcendence in some way.”


Fun Fact: Karen Doyle is a Software Engineering Manager at Nike.