Named the “state animal” in 1969, the American beaver builds the dams and wetlands that serve as habitat for Oregon salmon, steelhead, birds, amphibians and insects. Beavers are nature’s hydrologists, “Beaver Tales: A Celebration of Beaver Art” curator Sara Vickerman … click of the following link to read the entire front page article by Eve Marz, reporter for the Seaside Signal …

Source: From near extinction to a place in art

For more info the participating Fairweather  artists, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists … Paul Brent, Mike Brown, Susan Curington, Agnes Field, Jo Pomeroy Crockett, Neal Maine and Denise Joy McFadden.

Save the date and time.

BEAVER TALES, a celebration of art.

May 6th, 5-7:pm in the historic Gilbert District Block of downtown Seaside

For more info about the Art Walk, please go to http://www.facebook.com/SeasideFirstSaturdayArtWalk

SAVE THE DATE AND TIME!

http://www.NCLCtrust.org
Listening to the Land: Dam, Beaver! Dam!
Wednesday, April 19
6 to 8 pm
Seaside Public Library

And, too, a lot more info about Beavers and all the good things they do for us:

Dr. Stephen Ramsey, from the OSU Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing (the Center has recently announced the completion of its sequencing of the beaver genome, so this is very well timed – http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/35185225-75/oregon-state-university-researchers-find-benny-the-beaver-fills-big-genes.html.csp)

Frances Backhouse will offer a talk based on her research and writing that appeared in her award-winning book, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver. At Beach Books on May 6th at 1:pm. http://www.backhouse.ca/books/once-they-were-hats-in-search-of-the-mighty-beaver/.

The Wetlands Conservancy has posted information on the Beaver Tales art project. The link is below. Feel free to share it with your friends and contacts.
http://wetlandsconservancy.org/stewardship/beaver-tales

http://wetlandsconservancy.org/stewardship/beaver-tales/beaver-inspiration

https://northernwoodlands.org/discoveries/pathways-to-ponds

Here’s a link to an excellent short video, with great aerial depiction of the changes that beaver dams bring to meadows . . .
http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/other/videos/fooled-by-nature-beaver-dams

And for more inspiration, a video of beaver swimming on U-Tube. .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cwu_Wu5ONI

CBC News Posted: Apr 02, 2017Great parenting: animals that care for their young in ‘amazing’ ways BEAVERS…

Some parents are a little more dedicated than others, according to wildlife expert Frank Ritcey. Ritcey says beavers take a more paws-on approach to raising their young. They give birth inside their lodges, where kits will stay until they’re old enough to start eating solid food.

“Once they’re old enough to venture forth, they travel about with the parent to learn how to become a beaver. [Kits] follow the adult around and mimic the adults actions,” said Ritcey.

“It’s so cute to watch — but it’s also very important as the young have to learn a whole set of skills like using the right trees to fall and how to build dams and lodges, and in general — how to be as busy as a beaver should be.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_23vuRU2Ews

 

While nothing can compare to the real beaver it is great to see more comprehensive research about the positive impacts of beaver dams.

http://www.ktvz.com/…/osu-cascades-students-scien…/394113930

 

 

 

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

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

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

So lovely.  So perfect.  So right.  

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Roseway by Gretha Lindwood,  pastel

“Thus in art, does nature work through the will of a man filled with the beauty of her first works,” wrote the 19th-century poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. And so it does. Emerson’s simple musing captures the spirit of  painters, who sing nature’s praises with their brushes and palette knives.

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Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists… Gretha Lindwood for more about the artist.

 

“The use of vibrant color and strong design are hallmarks of my work which I developed during my career as an illustrator and graphic designer. As a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, I cherish our unique landscapes honed by water and time and delight in capturing their beauty in the lush colors of pastels or oils to share with the viewer.” —Gretha Lindwood, featured artist for BLOOM, an exhibition at Fairweather’s throughout April, 2017.

 

 

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Cyclamen by Bev Drew Kindley.  Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists …Bev Drew Kindley for more info

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And, too, on April 1st, Bev Drew Kindley offered a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ event at the opening of BLOOM, an exhibition throughout April at Fairweather’s.

In addition, the artist, Bev Drew Kindley, with dual degrees in art and philosophy, offered a lecture of being in the moment while painting nature  during the opening reception of BLOOM at Fairweather’s on April 1st.

  “Thanks, Denise, I am proud to be part of your artistically designed BLOOM show and enjoy seeing how you fit all our paintings in among the other unique treasures.      BLOOM to me is about the time after this year’s dark  season when plants reawaken and we feel like celebrating each hopeful victory–the first faint coloring of new leaves and branches, (like my painting “Awakening Wetlands “), the first crocus, daffodils, tulips and wildflowers for  “The Joy of Spring “.        Sometimes we need a bouquet of flowers to keep our spirits up–or a pot of bright cyclamen –or photos of flowers to remind us there is more to come. Soon the steady rhythm of blooming begins, each flower in its own time, and then on to fields of lavender, crimson clover and more!  Flowers do make us happy!”

 

 

Quote in original calligraphy by artist Penelope Culbertson.  Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists …Penelope Culbertson for more info

Bouquet by Gretha Lindwood

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists …Gretha Lindwood for more info

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Artist Gretha Lindwood lectured about the art of flowers during the opening reception of BLOOM, at  Fairweather’s on April 1st.  In the background on display are original pastels by the artist.  And, too, note the wardrobe selection chosen by the artist to complement her art!

 

In addition, large encaustic (painting with beeswax)  portrait by artist Rebecca Gore. Please visit https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wordpress.com/…/a-decade-of-emerging-artist-bac… Jan 7, 2017 – For more information about each of Fairweather’s emerging artists please the links following their individual … Rebecca Gore, emerging artist.

In the background and in the far left is an original oil, “Garden Party” by artist Melissa Jander.  For more info go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com  …artists… Melissa Jander .

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Artist Susan Curington offered a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode during the opening reception of BLOOM at Fairweather’s on April 1st, in addition to lecturing about the love of nature and speaking kindly.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists …Susan Curington for more info

The language of flowers…

A team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a study of participants’ behavioral and emotional responses to seeing flowers, either in a bouquet or in nature. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

“What’s most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way,” said Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and lead researcher on the study.

Growing flowers, handling flowers, seeing flowers in art have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed smiles upon being near flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. The language of flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods.
Flowers and nature make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers and nature make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well-being.”

 

And, too, a favorite quote in art by Penelope Culbertson, calligrapher for BLOOM, an exhibition at Fairweather’s through April.

BLOOM grace note received:

“Thank you for inviting me to participate in this fun event in your beautiful gallery. I had a wonderful time visiting with the gallery visitors as I created my pastel painting in a live painting demonstration.” Best regards, Gretha Lindwood, artist

“I’m working on new pieces for June. Thanks for the sweet and supportive card you sent.
It was the nicest card I’ve ever gotten from a gallery!”
Penelope Culbertson

Source: Beaver Tales arriving to the historic Gilbert District for an Art Walk! May 6th.

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“I love those who yearn for the impossible.” J. Wolfgang von Goethe

Dreaming.  Envisioning.  Longing.  Moving Forward.  

Expressing. Creating. Releasing. Flying.

“To yearn is to envision the possible in the midst of the impossible. Every work of art, be it a watercolor, oil, carving, photograph, textile, jewelry and even the music (Shirley88), speaks to those who yearn to express what lies within. They do not allow the tentacles of the mundane to keep them from reaching for flight in freedom of creative expression.”— Shirley

Shirley Smith-Yates

Shirley Smith-Yates/ Shirley 88

For more about the Art Walk, please visit http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk Motto:

“THOSE THAT LIVE FOR THE ARTS, SUPPORT THE ARTS.”

Watercolor artist Carolyn Macpherson arrived to paint LIVE ™ on Feb. 4th  during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Fairweather’s.

In addition, she offered an artist’s talk about her unique pouring technique, thanks to an accident created by her cat spilling premixed watercolors on her paper.

Since then, Carolyn has adopted a highly concentrated style of painting where the rich dark backgrounds of still life pop off the paper.

 

“It’s hard to imagine that you think about something you’d like to happen, an artist painting LIVE for visitors, and it happens beautifully. We are so very fortunate and grateful to  Carolyn Macpherson, who  shared her talent for guests, friends and art patrons.”–Denise Fairweather.

 

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

Celebrating 11 years in 2017 of  hosting acclaimed regional and emerging artists.

A Fairweather event, truly, is  a personalized, very local, one-on-one interaction that brings art to everyone.

The Art Walk evenings are free, open to the public, visitors and residents, alike.

And, too,  it’s all about building a great experience, which leads to building a place that we love all more, which leads to building a better, and more beloved  community.

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Pair of Sand Hill Cranes by Carolyn Macpherson

About the artist:

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 and calligraphy. She was also active in the Washington State Arts Commission and directed the SW Washington Arts Festival.
Later, she began to win awards at major art competitions in California, where she resided with her husband and their four children at the time. She established an art gallery in the Gold Rush town of Murphys.

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 showing at Sacramento art galleries, the Crocker Art Museum, wine label design awards, 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. Loss of her husband has left a distinct impression on her current work, which is now softer, more atmospheric and introspective. Carolyn’s work is a reflection of her commitment to plein air painting, and often features birds in flight or the natural environment.

Currently her work can be seen at Fairweather Gallery in Seaside, Town Hall Arts in Copperpolis, CA, and Bradley’s Fine Art in Fort Meyer, FL.

For more information about our gallery please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

 

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Sandhill Cranes in Flight by Carolyn Macpherson. 

About Sandhill Cranes in Oregon.

Whether stepping singly across a wet meadow or filling the sky by the hundreds and thousands, Sandhill Cranes have an elegance that draws attention. These tall, gray-bodied, crimson-capped birds breed in open wetlands and fields in the Pacific Northwest from February to early April. They group together in numbers, filling the air with distinctive rolling cries. Sandhill Cranes are known for their dancing skills. Courting cranes stretch their wings, pump their heads, bow, and leap into the air in a graceful and energetic dance. They mate for life—which can mean two decades or more—and stay with their mates year-round. Sandhill Crane chicks can leave the nest within 8 hours of hatching, and are even capable of swimming.

The elegance of cranes has inspired people in cultures all over the world—including the great scientist, conservationist, and nature writer Aldo Leopold, who wrote of their “nobility, won in the march of aeons.”  For more information go to: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/sandhill_crane

 

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Carolyn Macpherson

Save the date and time! 

“YEARN” opening reception at Fairweather’s

Introducing Emerging Artist Ashley Howarth

Carolyn Macpherson will offer a Painting Seaside LIVE event

February 4th, 2017. 5-7: pm during the

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk!!!

At 6:m Seaside naturalist, fine art photographer Neal Maine will speak about the local wildlife ecology

To view the images from Neal Maine/PacificLight Images,  please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery/artists/Neal Maine

For more information about the Art Walk, please visit http://www.facebook.com/Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

In the historic Gilbert District.

In the historic Gilbert District.

 

Artist’s Statement:

“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. I discover from my students an entirely different way of reacting to the landscape. How in the world did Paul see that tree as if it were weeping? How did Mary see all that purple in a bush I saw as mainly green? Priceless input!

I work on a series with a rather mundane subject—eggs—until I had exhausted every single way I could see and paint them. I’ve used unusual material like powdered dye in the backgrounds because I get excited about the serendipitous result like when brown blooms out with the red, blues and yellows that comprise a neutral color’s makeup. This unifies my subject to their background. Thus, I have become an expert at controlling happy accidents or using them to lead me toward another interpretation of my subject. This has led me to put on workshops that teach aspiring artists how to loosen up and experiment with watercolors, because they are, indeed, so correctable in spite of their reputation.

My time as an interpretative camp host at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon taught me the necessary discipline for the plein air paintings.

The recent loss of my husband, best friend and critic has led me to an understanding of how grief can humble one, yet also teach you to be more expressive and introspective. My paintings are now softer, more atmospheric, as if viewed though a veil of tears. Watercolors allows for the fluid interpretation of scenes that I strive for and makes the statement I choose to make about how fragile our environment is; how important it is to respect the incredible diversity of the plants and animals we have been blessed with on this earth to paint and enjoy.” —Carolyn Macpherson

 

 

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Carolyn Macpherson teaching a watercolor class.

For more information go to: http://www.motherlodeartassociation.org/programs.html

And, too, Carolyn Macpherson will offer an artist’s lecture at Fairweather’s on Feb. 4th!

Yearn Opening reception. 5-7:pm.

612 Broadway, Seaside, OR

And, too, Carolyn Macpherson will offer a Painting Seaside LIVE episode during the Feb. 4th Art Walk @ Fairweather’s.

“During my demo, I shall try to create some of that illusive, misty, beach atmosphere Seaside is so well known for as I paint a lonely estuary scene in water color. No other medium, in my opinion, expresses that wet-on-wet look so well! I will spritz water onto the paper, drop in pre-mixed watercolor paint and pour heavy washes of rich paint to express reflections in the water, trees and rocks. A bird may fly by or a raccoon may stop to take a sip of water. Or, perhaps the scene will be strong enough to stand on its own. Haven’t decided that yet!”–Carolyn