Fairweather House and Gallery

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.

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

Seaside art Walk logo

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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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


Upcoming Sip and Paint Class by artist Susan Curington.

Susan III

Friday, March 26, 7-9, $45

Create the feeling of grass dancing in the sea breeze. Learn how to bring grasses to life with highlights and shadows, warm & cool colors.


You’ll be surprised at how much FUN this is!

Using Acrylic paint, various mediums and a few secret techniques, you’ll be guided step by step.
No experience necessary.

Non-painters and Painters welcome.

All Art materials provided (canvas, paint, mediums, brushes, etc.)

You bring the wine!

Register directly with Fairweather House & Gallery. Telephone 503-738-8899 or at fairweatherhouseandgarden@gmail.com

For more information or questions about the class contact Susan Curington

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