Fairweather House and Gallery

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Source: Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

A peek at the July 19, 2017 Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode at the Paul Brent Pop-Up Studio.

Paul Brent Seaside Buoy painting in progress. 11:am July 19th

Paul Brent Seaside Buoy painting 3:pm July 19th

Paul Brent Pop-Up Open Studio located at 608 Broadway, downtown Seaside in the historic Gilbert District, sponsored by the Gilbert Block Building and Fairweather Gallery.

For more about the artist, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ …artists/ …Paul Brent.

Beavers Tales Art Exhibit and Sale travels to Astoria and…



Selected pieces at Fairweather Gallery, located at 612 Broadway,  through July, in a designated display of beaver art.

 Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com for more info.

And, so, too, the Beaver Tales Art Exhibit and Sale in the Pop-Up Gallery, located at 608 Broadway, in Seaside closed at the end of May. Between the Fairweather Gallery and the Pop-Up Beaver Tales Gallery  for May the Beaver Tales traveling exhibit wrapped up the most successful showing to date, selling  25 pieces of beaver art, more than any other venue in 2017 so far!  


The beaver  art was distributed between the Fairweather Gallery and  in an adjacent pop-up gallery, courtesy of The Gilbert Block Building  owners.  In addition, outstanding contributions were made the beaver enthusiasts, patrons and artists, many had quite a drive to get to Seaside, yet arrived to donate gallery time in the pop-up space.  Beaver artists did art demonstrations. Indeed, sales usually picked up when there were interesting things happening.




“The success of the Seaside show is likely attributable to the support of the three conservation organizational sponsors, consistent and effective promotion by Denise Fairweather, extensive local media coverage, and, of course, special appearances of Beaver  artists.” –Sara Vickerman,  Beaver Tales curator.




A: 25 pieces of beaver art go to the Astoria Art Loft for display through June and July. The exhibit opens on June 10 for a pre-Art Walk event from 2-5. Seaside/ Gearhart  naturalist, scientist and biologist  Neal Maine speaks at 3. 


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In August, most of the remaining pieces go to Nehalem for the month.

In September, a limited number go to the Zoo.

“Thank you again for being a part of this unique and exciting project. Incredibly, its only half over! Have a great summer.”

Sara  Vickerman, curator Beaver Tales Art Sale and Exhibition



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And, now more new new info about beavers and the work they do for the wetlands…


The Mighty Beaver

An amazing, rather surreal underwater beaver photo and a great story about how the photographer got it.

A great illustration of the benefits of working with beavers to restore wetlands and support wetland-dependent species. https://www.langleytimes.com/…/green-beat-leave-it-to-beav…/



The Wetlands Conservancy

There has been a lot of beaver activity this spring, here is a great video from a neighbor at our Nyberg Preserve! He seems unfazed by the sounds of traffic!





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 (svickerman@comcast.net)

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.

From near extinction to a place in art

Thank you Eve Marx, reporter for Seaside Signal/ The Daily Astorian!!!


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 …


Source: From near extinction to a place in art

And, for more info about the good things BEAVERS do, go to:

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.



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

Here’s a link to an excellent short video, with great aerial depiction of the changes that beaver dams bring to meadows . . .

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

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

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…

Source: Two CEDR winners from Seaside


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  seasidesignal.com 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!!!

Beaver Tales arriving to the historic Gilbert District ! Save the date! May 6th.

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May 6, 2017 5:00-7:00 pm

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, Seaside, OR


Beaver Tales 

Beaver, our beloved state animal, is woefully misunderstood and blamed for dam building, flooding and munching on plants.

In fact, Oregon beaver, nearly exterminated by trappers by 1900, creates wetlands, spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead, habitat for insects, birds and amphibians and create pools that keep water clean and moderate fluctuations in water flow.

They are nature’s hydrologists.

There is a slow but growing appreciation and recognition of the positive benefits that beaver play in Oregon.

It is time for more Oregonians to know about and celebrate our state mammal.

Art exhibits are a great way to raise the profile of beaver, wetlands and Oregon artists.

Limited art depicting beaver and their wetland and stream habitats.

Our beaver art exhibit is a fun way to celebrate beaver, wetlands and Oregon artists.

Artwork of all kinds; photographs, paintings, prints, cards, quilts, etc. depict the beaver and wetland habitat.

They are in any style – realistic, abstract, whimsical, collage, etc.

Three-dimensional pieces are of ceramic, wood, fiber art, or other media.

A percentage of the sale of the artwork will support various wetland conservation  partners who are working on beaver and wetland conservation, restoration and education in Oregon.



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Author Frances Backhouse

May 6, 2017

First Saturday


Beach Books, Beaver Tales Partner
616 Broadway St., Seaside Or


Author Reading: ONCE THEY WERE HATS: In Search of the Mighty Beaver

 The book was heralded by The Globe and Mail as one of the “20 books you’ll be reading–and talking about–for the rest of the year.”

The sale of  books  will benefit the Wetlands Conservancy, Necanicum Watershed Council, and NCLC, North Coast Land Conservancy.


May 6, 2017

First Saturday Art Walk


Fairweather House and Gallery, Beaver Tales Partner

612 Broadway St., Seaside Or



Curington beaver closeup

Selected Beaver partner Susan Curington,  featured artist at  Fairweather’s

Maine- What do I do with this big fat tail

Beaver  partner Neal Maine, selected  nature photographer at Fairweather’s

Artists from Fairweather House and Gallery have created art representing the good works that the Beaver do in Oregon. For more about the artists, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/ artists tab … Paul Brent … Mike Brown … Jo Pomeroy-Crockett … Susan Curington … Agnes Field … Neal Maine.

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To support the arts, regional artists, authors and lectures!

Beaver Tales Partners


■The Wetlands Conservancy ■ Necanicum Watershed Council

■North Coast Land Conservancy ■ Lower Nehalem Watershed Council


■Arlene Schnitzer ■ Village Gallery of Arts ■ Beach Books ■ Grass

Roots Books ■ Broadway Books ■ Neal Maine, PacificLight Images

Event venues:

■ Fairweather House and Gallery–Seaside http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

■ Beach Books- Seaside  www.beachbooks37.com

■Gilbert Block Building- Seaside

To learn more about the beneficiaries, please visit:




The Wetlands Conservancy has added a page to their web site with more information about beavers. This one has links to several beaver videos and has a few photos of beaver dams. Go to http://wetlandsconservancy.org/stewardship/beaver-tales/beaver-inspiration/


—————————————————————————————————————————————–And, too, selected  locations, in the Gilbert Block Building,  including a pop-up gallery space devoted exclusively to beaver-themed art, courtesy of Avery Loschen and Will Perkins.  The historic Gilbert District will feature BEAVER TALES art, lectures and receptions for cultural arts patrons, artists and guests throughout the afternoon and evening of May 6th.  Save the date. Free and open to the public!!!



Gilbert District

The Gilbert Block Building, Seaside, Or. Located on the corner of Broadway Street and Holladay Drive.  Dedicated parking for the historic Gilbert District is on the corner of Holladay and Oceanway.

About the BEAVER TALES curator:  Sara Vickerman is retired from Defenders of Wildlife, where she worked for 37 years to conserve wild animals in functioning ecosystems. She has degrees in art, anthropology, biology, geography and education.


In addition, local conservation groups will host educational workshops throughout May.

Please watch this post for more information.

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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…

Source: Seaside First Saturday Art Walk: February 2017

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 https://www.facebook.com/lindafentonmendenhallphotography

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.

Sharing about an Art Walk experience (with permission).

Linda Fenton-Mendenhall

Linda Fenton-Mendenhall

Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, Seaside resident, Fairweather House and Gallery fine art photographer and Seaside First Saturday Art Walk photographer.

“I attended last month’s Art Walk at your gallery and I wanted to share just how special of an experience it was for me. My cousin Linda (one of the presenters that night) invited me to attend as I had just arrived to Seaside the day before.

I had just gotten off the road from a 6-week long road trip spanning the entire Oregon and California coastline. I’d been camping alone in the forests and on the solitary beaches since August, absorbing the beauty and wisdom of the earth. Soul searching. Seeking. At 43, a very harsh year of setbacks drove me out of my hometown of San Diego, California, and deep into the loving embrace of Mother Nature.

I had no intention of coming in out of the woods until I found a good reason to live and a deeper meaning for my own existence. Seaside Oregon was merely a short respite from what I thought would be a much longer journey up into the Alaskan wilderness. But sometimes we get messages from the universe that change our course. Of all of the messages I received from the quiet forests and beaches along my journey in the previous six weeks I wasn’t expecting to receive such a profound message inside a beautiful art gallery in Seaside, Oregon on that Saturday night.

All of the presenters were fabulous, and I’m of course so proud of my cousin and her beautiful work. But the words of photographer Neal Maine are what ultimately struck a deep chord within my soul.

While he was sharing his wisdom, I couldn’t help but to think that the universe puts us in the right place at the right time. I needed to be there that night. I needed to hear his message.

As Neal spoke of the human spirit and of our opportunity to experience the magnificence of this world I could feel my own pain slowly melting away. Suddenly it was crystal clear to me. I hadn’t been running away from myself or my problems. I was running toward myself and Nature was my pathway. This personal epiphany is difficult for me to explain but let’s just say it has opened up my heart in profound ways that I never could have imagined. I’ve been reminded how to love.

I was only supposed to be in Seaside for a few days but I’ve been here a whole month, doing more soul-searching and working on my creative projects from the comfort and warmth of this wonderful community. My journey will never end but I know for certain that this month, after six life changing weeks on the road, I was meant to end up in your Gallery on that Saturday night to receive this message from Neal.

It changed the course of my life, and I am eternally grateful. I hope you can share my experience with Neal and let him know that, like my cousin Linda, I’m not only photographing nature in a different way because of him, I’m seeing the world through a slightly clearer lens. And it’s really beautiful. In gratitude and shared love for our beloved earth.” –Joseph Antonio Cervantes

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” ~John Muir


Fun Facts:

Joseph’s cousin, Linda Fenton Mendenhall, was appointed to be the official photographer for the Seaside Art Walk experiences in 2013.

The Fairweather Gallery  has been fortunate to be able to sponsor photographers for the Historic Gilbert District events  and the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk  for  nearly ten years.


“Those that live for the arts, support the arts.”




During many Seaside First Saturday Art Walk evenings  at the Fairweather Gallery, at 6:pm Neal Maine, ecologist, biologist, education and nature photographer, speaks  about the local habitats found within steps of downtown …”in our own back yards. We live in paradise.”

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artists/Neal Maine for more about the photographer and to view  his catalog of images.

Proceeds in support of NCLC.