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Seaside First Saturday Art Walk from The Daily Astorian.

SEASIDE — Celebrating 13 years in 2017, the next Seaside First Saturday Art Walk will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7. Visitors meet artists, see original art, sip wine or snag appetizers by favorite restaurants or personal chefs, view artist demonstrations and, oftentimes, enjoy live music.The fr

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Seaside First Saturday Art Walk. Thank you!

SEASIDE — Celebrating 13 years in 2017, the next Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 2.Visitors meet artists, see original art, sip wine and snag appetizers by favorite restaurants or personal chefs, view artist demonstrations and, oftentimes, enjoy live music perf

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Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

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The art of BEAVER TALES, Seaside sale and exhibition, opening May 6th, 2017. And, too, quite a few of the appointed artists and selected guest speakers arrive, as well.

To celebrate beavers and their contribution to the ecology of the North Coast, The Wetlands Conservancy, Necanicum Watershed Council and North Coast Land Conservancy have partnered with local businesses to host the Beaver Tales Art Exhibit and Sale in Seaside, Oregon.

The exhibit opens on May 6th, as part of the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Beaver-themed art will be available at the Fairweather Gallery (612 Broadway), at the adjacent Pop-Up Gallery (608 Broadway), and at Beach Books (616 Broadway). The exhibit will be on display at all three locations through the end of May.

The traveling exhibit includes artwork of al kinds, from paintings to fiber, wood, stone, glass and ceramics. With regional and local artists displaying their work, this stop in Seaside will bring together a multitude of styles and creativity.

Along with the month-long display, there will be workshops, tours, and other activities around Seaside. The exhibit will feature juried art for purchase, benefitting the three nonprofit sponsoring organizations listed above.

The goal of the exhibition is to recognize the aesthetic and ecological significance our state animal plays in the creation and maintenance of wetland habitats. Beavers, though woefully misunderstood, actually create and sustain wetlands that aid in resuscitating wetland and riparian stream habitats. They play a central role in shaping our future as we prepare for transformations that a warming and changing climate may bring. The sponsoring organizations are working together to learn more about how we can work with beaver to conserve and restore natural systems.

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Additional information and photos are available from Sara Vickerman (

Beaver Tales curator:

Sara Vickerman retired after 37 years from Defenders of Wildlife, where her job was the conservation of wild animals in functioning ecosystems. She holds degrees in art, anthropology, biology, geography and education.

Take note! Beaver Tales Art and Exhibition runs throughout the month of May in the historic district of downtown Seaside.

Two 2017 CEDR winners from Seaside!!!

While businesses spanning all through out Clatsop County were recognized at this year’s Clatsop Economic Development Resources award ceremony, Seaside businesses got extra time in the spotlight. Two businesses awarded are based in Seaside, including Ruth Swenson of the Hillcrest Inn and Kathy Peterson…

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While businesses spanning throughout Clatsop County were recognized at the  year’s Clatsop Economic Development Resources (CEDR) award ceremony, Seaside businesses got extra time in the spotlight. Two businesses awarded are based in Seaside, including… read more at March 31, 2017 …Community Calendar page 8A



So it goes on… four ladies  with ties to the historic Gilbert District in Seaside have been honored by CEDR for Business Service to the Community/ Clatsop County, Oregon representing excellence in small business entrepreneurship, community service, job creation and economic impact.

Karen   Emmerling, Beach Books 

Denise  Fairweather, Fairweather House & Gallery  

Ruth Swensen, Hillcrest Inn 2017 

Kathy   Peterson, KP Graphic Arts



Denise Fairweather, Fairweather House and Gallery, Business Service to the Community Award 2015


Karen Emmerling, Beach Books, Business Service to the Community Award 2014

Congratulations!  Ruth Swenson and Kathy Peterson 2017 CEDR Business Service to the Community Award winners!!!

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk: February 2017

SEASIDE — The Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, celebrating 13 years in 2017, is all about the arts. Visitors meet artists, view artist demonstrations, listen to art lectures or enjoy live performances in music. The next art walk will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 in the historic…read more…

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Discover Seaside’s hidden treasure, the historic Gilbert District, within walking distance of the beach.

SunRose Gallery, Moxie Fair Trade, Fairweather House and Gallery, Beach Books and T. Anjuli Salon and Gallery: featured Gilbert District store fronts during the December 3rd Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.
Photos by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

Please visit

This holiday season come and discover Seaside’s hidden treasure, the historic Gilbert District, located on the corner of Broadway and Holladay, one block west of Pacific Coast Highway 101.

History, heritage, arts, galleries, crafts, great places to eat and drink and lots of independent shops with dedicated parking on the corner on Oceanway and Holloday, just minutes away from the great Pacific Ocean.

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City of Seaside encouraging caution as Thursday storm front moves into area.

Seaside, Ore. – December 8, 2016 – The National Weather Service is predicting the potential for a severe weather event to enter the Seaside and Astoria area in the next 18-24 hours, and the City of Seaside is encouraging all residents and visitors to use caution with any activities they have planned or may be considering.

While it is expected that conditions could be fairly favorable when daylight first breaks tomorrow morning, it’s likely that predicted mid-morning snow could quickly turn to sleet and eventually freezing rain. What makes the possibility for this particular event to be so significant to motorists and anyone traveling is that the storm front could likely last from mid-morning (beginning around 9 a.m.) into the early evening hours (up until 7 or 8 p.m.) before we transition out of freezing precipitation and into regular rain.

East winds that are already starting to take shape late Wednesday afternoon are driving this event, and they are expected to continue well into Thursday afternoon and evening. This will keep temperatures along Oregon’s North Coast very cool and well below normal for our area. Ultimately, this leaves our area vulnerable to freezing rain and sleet for much of the day.

Seaside officials want to stress the importance to its residents to use extreme caution throughout the day as it is expected that the event will not yet have arrived when we first wake up Thursday morning. The Seaside School District has already announced a full closure of all school activities for Thursday, however the City of Seaside will be fully operational and prepared to act accordingly depending on the magnitude of the event.

This is a good reminder to make sure you have typical emergency and cold weather supplies on hand, including a good supply of blankets, water and easy to prepare foods. Officials will offer updates as they become available.


Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

The lights are turned way down low
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

But as long as you love me so
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!


Shirley Smith-Yates, Shirley 88 singing during the December Art Walk.

It’s easy to SEASIDE Oregon. From the 2016 visitor’s guide. All about the Gilbert District.


Hunt For Treasures Around Town, by Karen Vitt



And, too, the back story:

“Hello there, Jon,
We have a Gilbert District WordPress blog and would like to post an article about the Gilbert District that appeared in the 2016 edition. Would you be able to release that article to me to reprint? We, of course, would post a credit and a your permission to post the article in a sideline.”

That would be fine if you’d like to share this on your blog. The easiest way – if it works for you is to link directly to the virtual visitor guide page that the article appeared on. You can access that here:
Let me know if you have any further questions. Hope that works for you. Jon”



Jon Rahl, Director of Tourism Marketing

Save the date. June 4th. Beach Books show titled Ebb and Flow featuring artist Jeffrey Hall.


Jeffrey Hall/ The Green Cab Collective

“Hey there,
I have images for the June 4th showing as the featured artist for The Green Cab at Beach Books. The theme for June is “Ebb and Flow” I would like to do a sand painting demonstration during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk opening down on the beach and then another applying color in front of or inside the store at Beach Books if that works out with Karen. I will bring tarps so as not to mess up the floor.”
Jeffery Hall

Beach Books in the Loft Gallery at 616 Broadway June 4th

Features The Green Cab, (a group of artists inspired by the influential BlueRider artist group (Der Blaue Reiter) of Europe in the early 20th century,) was created with the goal of encouraging and inspiring each other, sharing techniques and information about the business side of art, and sharing their work with the public. The “Cabbies” are a synergistic alliance of artists, working in a variety of mediums.

Participating artists for June are Jeffrey Hall, Amy Brodie-Osborne, Patricia Krishnamurthy, and Bruce Ulrich.

Ebb and Flow is the theme for June.  Artist Jeffrey Hall will do a sand painting demonstration during the Saturday Art Walk opening applying color inside the store. Hall enjoys using re-purposed materials in his art making process.

About Multimedia Artist Jeffrey Hall
I enjoy using re-purposed materials in my art making process. My surface building explores real and imagined space, while leaving room for the viewers own interpretation and experience.

In 1980 I learned how to use sand from the beach as a layer over a canvas substrate and respond to the resulting patterns and texture.
Over the years I have built on the tradition started by artist Fred Kline who taught at Portland State University and from his direct student who was my high school art teacher; artist Judy Vogland Dayton. Judy taught surface building on the Oregon Coast for over 36 years.

I like to think I have expanded from the initial treatment to using other substrates like polystyrene and wood and used sand from around the globe. Sand has its own unique coarseness and texture depending on ocean or river and lake origins.
This current show is my nod to Judy and Fred showing works from 1980-2016. I will be demonstrating on the beach and at Beach Books on the first Saturday Art Walk during the month of June in Seaside, Oregon.

You can find me at: and
Email me at: and Instagram: Jeffrey Hall Art

News from Seaside Jorjett Strumme!


Hi Friends,
I am doing an event, “My Life in Hollywood” at BEACH BOOKS, (616 Broadway; Seaside, OR) Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:00. There will be wine and snacks. Much like the talk with photos that I gave at the Seaside Library, last year: fun photos and reminiscences from my days in Hollywood. I will also share stories about Firooz Zahedi’s new book, MY ELIZABETH – I am included in the book multiple times with both mentions and photos. Proceeds from the book go to The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation. Hope you can come. Thanks, Jorjett

Life for Seaside, Oregon native, Jorjett Strumme, has been an adventure echoing those on the big screen of old Hollywood. Jorjett’s lifelong dream of designing and creating glamorous fashion for the legends of Hollywood was a dream destined to come true. The glamorous, “Golden Age” of Hollywood, is still a source of inspiration for the artist and designer.
“I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time. People ask me so often, how did you get from Seaside, Oregon to Hollywood, California? I had a lot of guts, a lot of determination and a lot of good luck.”

Learn more about Jorjett Strumme at