Fairweather House and Gallery

Grace notes received the 2017 BEAVER TALES exhibit.

Now that the Beaver Tales Project is officially over, I want to thank you all for helping to make it such a success. Not only did the artists help thousands of people learn to appreciate beavers and the work they do for people and the environment, they contributed a fine collection of original art to the world that will be treasured for many years.

And many thanks also to the sponsors, galleries, and volunteers who tirelessly promoted the exhibits and related events, and to the volunteers who helped pack, unpack, transport, store and hang the beaver art.

The Wetlands Conservancy, North Coast Land Conservancy, Necanicum and Lower Nehalem Watershed Councils were incredible partners, and took full advantage of the opportunity to promote the conservation of beavers and their habitat.

We sold 73 pieces for just under $22,000. I am thinking about what next, and am open to suggestions about projects that include elements of both art and nature. We learned a lot from this one, and would appreciate any feedback you have about how it could have been even better. I’m also happy to help out with other projects that could use some assistance.
–Sara Vickerman



Beaver Tales Art Sales  $21,769

  1. Oregon State University – LaSells-Stewart Gallery – February, 2017 $5308
  2. Lake Oswego – 510 Art and Museum Space – April, 2017 $3512
  3. Seaside – Fairweather Gallery/ historic Gilbert District Pop-up Gallery – May 2017  $7849
  4. Nehalem – North County Recreation District Gallery – August, 2017 $265
  5. Oregon Zoo – September- October, 2017 $825
  6. Beaverton City Hall – November- December, 2017 $4010


Great job! Wow! You must really feel great about this final result. Congratulations! I certainly benefited personally and am happy that Joe and I were able to contribute as a result of the TEAA sale of both paintings plus notes. Outstanding leadership! — Jane McGeehan

I’ve never seen anything run more smoothly from start to finish – it was an amazing undertaking and the scope and quality of artists’ works was truly incredible. And to think we could have so much fun, make a little money, and help beavers all at the same time! Fondly, JoAnn

Ditto, great job! A big THANKS to ALL who put in time & energy for these exhibits! So unique and lovely! We were honored to show & sell, and be involved with nature-conserving people and organizations. And we loved learning more about — and helping — beavers! 🙂 Boni Deal

This has been a really fun show to be involved with. I appreciate the efforts and skills of everyone who helped. You are a rock star!!! –Mary Burgess

I, too, was honored to be part of this show. You and The Wetlands Conservancy crew did an outstanding job of promoting and teaching. Thank you all for your hard work. Jean

Lucky to be included in this show! Many thanks for your hard work & for raising awareness.
Theresa Andreas-O’Leary

I am so happy to pile on my thanks – this was a truly amazing experience, a coupling of arts & science that really spanned our great state in meaningful ways. On behalf of everyone involved at OSU, it was our honor to be included in this, and a true pleasure for me personally to help shape and support it.
Charles Robinson
College of Liberal Arts | University Outreach & Engagement | Oregon State University

I feel a ditto coming on! This Beaver Tales show was amazing, in every way. Bringing together artists and nature lovers, the show’s success clearly is a product of brilliant planning coupled with tireless organization. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in making this happen.
I’m so glad you’re looking to future show ideas! Aquatic could make a good theme… I’m entertaining designs for fish collages 🙂 marbling paper today. Maybe jurying the show next time? With the momentum of this one I can imagine an even greater answer to the call. But hard to improve on perfection! – René Eisenbart

Thank you for your tireless organization and hard work you and your team put in. What an honor to be a part of the show! I’m excited for the next one. 🙂 —Anji Grainger

It was an honor to be in this show. I found entire process interesting and managed so well all along the way. I loved all the information I learned about beavers and their habitat at the Oregon State University opening show. All along the way with all the show moves, everything was so well organized and we were so well informed. Thanks you so much for an exemplary job! –Dee Rommel

I am in awe of what you achieved with this “event” (the word seems inadequate to describe such a multi-faceted undertaking) and how superbly you managed all the logistics. It was an honor and a pleasure to be part of it. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to the success of the Beaver Tales Project. Best wishes from the other Land of the Beaver (aka Canada).–Frances Backhouse, author Once They Were Hats

Your vision and perseverance have been a voice for the beaver with whom we share this world, so glad we spoke up for them and I bet we’ve gained them much more respect with all the work this past year. Thank you! — Mary Moffat



That’s a wrap! Hold the memories close. Start planning for the next exhibit! –Sara


Paul Brent Seaside Open Studio hours. Paul Brent Seaside watercolor class schedule. — https://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com









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 […]

via Paul Brent Seaside Open Studio hours. Paul Brent Seaside watercolor class schedule. — https://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk!

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

Source: Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

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.

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: 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


Viva Vino Van Gogh!!!



The reveal...in 2 hours a completed painting

The reveal…in 2 hours a completed  oil painting.  Viva Vino Van Gogh!!!

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

Sign up for Vino Van Gogh painting experience at Fairweather House & Gallery – Visual – Coast Weekend

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

Source: Sign up for Vino Van Gogh painting experience at Fairweather House & Gallery – Visual – Coast Weekend

From photographer Don Frank, images and a back story about the ocean.






“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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Indeed, good things are happening. CEDR 2014 and 2015 winners both from the Historic Gilbert Block!


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
Denise Fairweather



“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.

Gilbert Block Building, 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


Feb. 21st. Arctic Light. Presentation.


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.