Lagoon Agnes Field
Agnes Field

Lagoon by Agnes Field. Mixed Media 36″ x 48″

Close Up Lagoon by Agnes Field.

Agnes Field and Patricia Clark-Finley

PATRICIA CLARK-FINLEY and AGNES FIELD,  before the opening of the ANYTHING GOES exhibition.

“The concentration of Agnes’ work provided a whole picture of her medium and process that was not diluted by distraction, while the whole gallery was still an adventure.”Patricia Clark-Finley.


Curator Agnes Field opens ANYTHING GOES on Aug. 1.   A group invitational art exhibit at Fairweather’s through Aug. 31 curated by the artist.

“Anything goes refers to the use of materials and methods used to make art—anything to stretch the boundaries of understanding and meaning of the work.”–Agnes Field.

SEASIDE — Fairweather House and Gallery opened a new art exhibit, “Anything Goes,” with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The art show and reception featured work by Patricia Clark-Finley, Agnes Field, with music by Kristin Qian, and a lecture by naturalist Neal Maine.

Patricia Clark-Finley works from her studio in Ocean Park, Washington, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She also has spent time at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Carl Jung Institute, and Crown Point Press and has been included in many juried regional and national exhibitions.

The push and pull between abandon and control inform my abstraction,” Patricia Clark Finley about her work. The mediums and technical stuff require control. But the element of chance is the same to me as abandonment. If you allow chance, which is the great ‘aha’ moment in art, you must abandon control. That is because the ego is the controller, but is blind. To introduce chance and soften the boundaries between reality and imagination, the ego must step back.”

Astoria artist Agnes Field uses a matter-of-fact approach to painting and making objects by improvising and reusing found materials along with the paint to amplify the intended meaning.

Painting is a dark romance for me — a sensuous love of paint and materials, but also the expression of unknown meaning that always finds its way to the surface. It is often on edge between making and destroying. You can look at an object for a long time until it is so familiar, and then one day, its entire meaning changes — which changes the object in turn. Painting is one way of looking for the mystery that is always there hiding in plain sight and is the price of one’s time for understanding,” Agnes Field. 

Agnes Field has a master’s degree in fine studio art from New York University. Currently, she is the acting president of the nonprofit Astoria Visual Arts and the visual arts curator at KALA. Her work has been included in many juried exhibits and residencies.

Kristin Qian, the youngest scholarship member of the Princeton University Orchestra (class of 2018), is praised as an “omnibus” prodigy for her multiple talents across a broad spectrum of areas, including music, science, languages, and painting. She will perform music during the reception.

After a 30-year career as an award-winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine became the first executive director of the North Coast Land Conservancy, which he co-founded in 1986. Since he retired from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion for nature photography through PacificLight Images, a partnership with Michael Wing dedicated to raising awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with whom we share the region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands, and forests.

Their photography centers around coastal and Columbia River landscapes, ecology, and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems. Proceeds from photography sales will benefit the North Coast Land Conservancy.  –Coast Weekend.


The after-party at Anything Goes. Pictured: guest performer Kristin Qian, artist Patricia Clark-Finley, curator Agnes Field, Kathy B., Denise F., Joan S., Kay K., (Fairweather Art Walk hostesses), naturalist Neal Maine and Randy Finley (Mount Baker Winery).

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