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 […]
SEASIDE — The Seaside First Saturday Art Walk will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 3 on Holladay Drive and Broadway Street in downtown’s historic Gilbert District. During the free event, visitors get to see art and meet artists in galleries and boutiques, sip wine and snag appetizer
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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.
Additional information and photos are available from Sara Vickerman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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: http://www.journalgraphicsdigitalpublications.com/epubs/MEDIAMERICA/OVGSeaside2016/#?page=40
Let me know if you have any further questions. Hope that works for you. Jon”
Jon Rahl, Director of Tourism Marketing
A picture tells a story. Satisfaction and gratitude.
Great event last night 🎨🍷
Pictures show and tell from Fairweather’s premier Vino Van Gogh event in the historic Gilbert Block on the evening of Nov. 6th.
Thank you to Katherine Taylor, Cheryl King and Cindy Duvall for the night to remember.
Thank you to Will Perkins and Avery Loschen, landlords for the Historic Gilbert Block Building, for the room.
Thank you to Coast Weekend, Seaside Signal and the Daily Astorian for getting the word out about this first ever Seaside event.
Thank you to Linda Fenton-Mendenhall for the photographs.
I took my very first painting class tonight. Mine is the one on the right. Kidding!! I know,….stick with photography smile emoticon. It was a blast at the Vino Van Gogh paint and sip experience, held at the Fairweather House & Gallery. — Linda Fenton-Mendenhall
SEASIDE — Fairweather House & Gallery will host Vino Van Gogh, a paint and sip experience, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.At this fun event, Fairweather will provide all the supplies and instruction needed to create an 8-by-10-inch oil painting. Observe a still life set up, and the
“Parochialvelella” original photo mounted on bamboo by photographer Don Frank.
In recent weeks, about a billion jellyfish-like “purple sailors” have washed up on West coast beaches. The animals—known as “by-the-wind sailors” or Velella velella—founder on the shore and pile up like a carpet of deflated blue and purple balloons.
The jellies started washing up on Oregon and Washington State beaches four to six weeks ago, says Kevin Raskoff, a marine biologist at Monterey Peninsula College in central California.
The animals usually float on the surface in the open ocean, riding wind and water currents in search of food using a hardened, triangular “sail.” But in years when the wind changes direction, they are pushed toward shore—and almost certain death. The mass strandings aren’t unusual, Raskoff says. They happen about every three to six years.
Since these animals are related to jellyfish, they can also sting. Velella are predators and hunt microscopic plankton on the ocean’s surface.
About Don Frank.
Don Frank is a professional photographer who lives and works on the Oregon Coast. The unusual has always held a special place in Don’s artistic vision.
The combination of his professional commercial experience coupled with a sardonic worldview has helped him create imagery that has found homes in galleries and collections across the country, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado.
Don’s work is creative and colorful, showcasing the eye he has crafted over his many years pointing his camera at something, at anything. His personal shooting style was described once by a client in simple terms: “Don is very discreet except when he is up in your face.”
Many photographers simply observe, Don likes to participate.
Ocean Staged, Fairweather House and Gallery June 2014 exhibition:
This edition of photographs creates significance
of an object, no matter the size, longevity,
or constitution, against the backdrop
of the mighty Pacific.
The intrigue of such compositions are beautiful,
but in the end, truly represent
the insignificance of such
The ocean always wins.
–Don Frank, photographer
Original photographs mounted on eco-friendly Northwest grown bamboo by photographer Don Frank.
Q: What is eco-friendly bamboo?
A: The reason why bamboo is known for its environmental sustainability is that it is considered a grass and not a tree. This means that it is harvested when it is quite young. The comparison is that it takes an oak tree 60 to 120 years to grow to maturity whereas it takes only about five years for a bamboo plant to mature to the point when it can be harvested. It also self-generates in a self-contained pot relatively quickly.
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Our 2015 CEDR/CCC SBDC awards event was one for the ages …all the winners were an inspiration to everyone in attendance!
CEDR Small Business
Congratulations to the CEDR award winner!
2015 Business Service to the Community
“I am thankful for good things, good friends and good work. Thank you to CEDR for the honor. “Those the live for the arts, support the arts.”–Denise Fairweather
So, too, located in the heart of the Gilbert Block, the 2014 CEDR award was given to Karen Emmerling of Beach Books.
“So thrilled to accept Beach Books award – 2014 Business Service to the Community (Small Business) – presented by the Clatsop Economic Development Resources. The presentation was last night at the Liberty Theater. What a wonderful evening”. Karen Emmerling
Three West coast naturalists who traveled to the high Arctic last year, a trip sponsored by the Campion Foundation, have created a photographic journey featuring one-to-one spectacular moments found in nature.
On Saturday, Feb. 21st at 7: PM in the historic Gilbert Block Building, located on the corner of Holladay and Broadway, Neal Maine and Daniel Dietrich, acclaimed nature photographers, will open a conversation in support of the Alaska Wilderness League.
Alaska Wilderness League’s mission is to lead the effort to preserve Alaska’s wild lands and waters by engaging citizens and decision makers with a courageous, constant, victorious voice for Alaska.
“I feel that the story behind any image is more important than the final image itself. The maximum impact from any image comes from watching, learning and understanding an animal’s behavior long before clicking the shutter,” Daniel Dietrich.
Doug Ray, an environmental consultant working with North Coast Land Conservancy, NCLC, who traveled to Kaktovia, Alaska with Maine and Dietrich, will be Master of Ceremonies, welcoming guests and introducing the program.
Neal Maine, after a thirty-year career as an award winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, became the first executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, which he co-founded in 1986. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion for nature photography through PacificLight Images.
With each purchase of an Arctic Light art work by Neal Maine and Daniel Dietrich, the book (valued at $40) “The Last Polar Bear” will be offered.
Through Steven Kazlowski’s unparalleled imagery, the most critical environmental issue of our time is brought to life. “The Last Polar Bear” places the reality of climate change in our hands.
“The continued survival of these magnificent white bears in their warming, and melting, Arctic world is uncertain, yet their fate is also a wake-up call compelling us to act now to stem global warming.” –Steven Kazlowsi.
The Arctic Light presentation goes beyond incredible photographs, for the adventure began and ended in the Pacific Ocean, the largest ocean on earth, offering a take-home awareness through the lens of one times three. The event will help remind us that being aware of an incredible moment can change a thought with ripples that may affect many.
It is hoped that wilderness literacy at the individual level is an important building block for intelligent decision-making awareness. Free and open to the public.
The presentation is co-sponsored by Denise Fairweather of Fairweather House and Garden and Karen Malmsten-Emmerling of Beach Books. Through the generosity of Avery Loschen, the Gilbert Block Building, a satellite pop-up community room was made possible.
Special thanks to: Seaside Chamber of Commerce, Seaside Civic and Convention Center, The Historic Gilbert District and McMenanim’s Gearhart Hotel.