The high season for art has begun in Seaside.
“I like to say we’re back in ‘adult land,’” joked Denise Fairweather, proprietor of Fairweather House and Garden Gallery, director of the Historic Gilbert District, neighborhood champion of Shop Small Saturday, and chairwoman of Seaside First Saturday Art Walk. “The children are back in school, which means we can focus on grown up things, like Art Walk and Wine Walk.”
Art Walk is a unique cultural event that takes place between 5 and 7 p.m., the first Saturday of most months (no events are scheduled for January or February) affording visitors and locals alike the opportunity to meet and talk to artists, snag some great appetizers, view artist demonstrations, and, on occasion, enjoy live musical performances. Events take place in galleries located in the vicinity of Broadway and Holladay, also known as the Historic Gilbert District, which was originally established in 1914. The area, awarded in 2004 the Oregon Main Street Downtown Gateway Award, is home to shops, restaurants, galleries, and boutiques.
All events are free and open to the public.
Mosaic artist Cathy Tippin and musician Roy Coffey launched Art Walk 15 years ago. Together they operate Seaside’s oldest art venue, the SunRose Gallery. Featured Art Walk artists are regional, national, and occasionally international talents who share a connection to the Seaside community.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, there will be an opening reception at Fairweather House and Gallery for the themed event, “A Fine Line.”
“Featured artist Dorota Haber-Lehigh is an artist, educator, and naturalist with a passion for native plants of the Pacific Northwest,” Fairweather said.
Born in Poland, Dorota loves foraging for berries, mushroom hunting, field sketching, and collecting specimens.She’s inspired by her grandparents, avid gardeners and mushroom hunters; her father’s travel; and her mother’s fabric art and ikebana arrangements.
Haber-Lehigh has two degrees, in art and international studies and earned a diploma in botanical illustration from the Society of Botanical Artists in London. She is a member of Oregon Botanical Artists, Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists and the American Society of Botanical Artists. She exhibits and teaches drawing regionally.
Fairweather has 14 artists booked for her gallery’s October Art Walk.
“Because of the themes, some of them sign up a year in advance,” she said. Each time I try to introduce two emerging artists.”
In October one of the emerging artists who will be exhibiting is Rebecca Herren, an abstract artist whose work is inspired by her natural surroundings and formed by color, texture, and movement.
Angi D. Wildt’s gallery by the same name will be featuring the work of one of the artist’s in her stable, Michelle Lindblom, a Bend-based painter and print-maker whose vivid colors and visual storytelling especially resonates with women.
“The art walk provides a time after the normal workday to come out and stroll the beautiful historic downtown area of Seaside that is rich with history,” Wildt said. “Many businesses stay open late to share in this experience and have given artists a place on the walls to showcase their work. It’s a great place to discover emerging artists as well as established, museum quality work from local talent to nationally represented artists.”
The painter Blue Bond who has his own gallery a few blocks away on Holladay Drive will be on hand exhibiting some his work at the Gilbert District Gallery for October Art Walk.
“Later this year we’ll be taking over the gallery from Dave Bartholet and we’re really excited about that,” said Karen Bond. “The plan is we’ll be keeping our original place, too, for Blue to offer his art classes. Lots of exciting work ahead.”
November Art Walk’s theme is “Made,” featuring artists and artisans who are making things. “At their best, these gatherings evolve into a form of live theatre,” Fairweather said. “And it’s truly a walk about affair.”
The walk features Mike Brown, Fairweather said. Brown makes bowls from Oregon myrtle wood. “He uses windfall timber and it takes him a year to make a bowl,” she said. “If he can’t find the tool he needs, he’ll make one.”