For “A FINE LINE” Michael Wing and Neal Maine. On view Oct. 5-31 @ Fairweather’s.

White Egret by Michael Wing/ PacificLight Images.

Proceeds in support of NCLC/ North Coast Land Conservancy.



Eagle Speak by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

Proceeds in support of NCLC/ North Coast Land Conservancy.



A Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon offers profiles of twenty-one conservationists (including Seaside/ Gearhart’s Neal Maine) and activists who have made enduring contributions to the preservation of Oregon’s wild and natural places and high quality of life. These stories speak to their courage, foresight, and actions—at times against great odds— to enact legislation and motivate others to cherish and protect the places that make Oregon unique.

Taken from personal interviews conducted by the author over a decade, these stories will help readers understand the histories of Oregon’s exceptional places, innovative planning efforts, and laws. They provide insight into the principles and values that motivated individuals to preserve the beauty and natural resources of Oregon, craft legislation to further protect them, and educate others about their value. Marcy Houle features locations as diverse as the Columbia River Gorge Natural Scenic Area, the wild and scenic Sandy River, and Tryon Creek State Park, along with background on critical laws and organizations such as the Beach Bill, Diack Act, Senate Bill 100, SOLVE, and the High Desert Partnership.

These stories do more than educate. They will inspire readers and demonstrate that individually we can make a difference. A Generous Nature is a crucial reminder of our responsibility to stand for and defend the places, ideals, and laws that make Oregon a progressive model for the rest of the nation.

A Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon by Marcy Houle

OSU Press/256 pages. ISBN 978-0-87071-979-0.

Available November 2019

The book is being launched at the Oregon Historical Society, in a lovely event sponsored by Oregon Community Foundation.   The Oregon Community Foundation is giving a gracious grant to donate a copy of the book, A Generous Nature, to every public library in Oregon!


Neal Maine’s circle of patrons listened to a lecture during A FINE LINE opening reception on Oct. 5, 2019.
Naturalist Neal Maine lectures  about the local habitat every First Saturday at Fairweather’s at 6:pm.


Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

On view 

October 5-31

“A FINE LINE”  an exhibition of representational and non-representational works of art. Working with different media the selected artists experiment with linear mark making in its widest sense. Each artist produced works inspired by places and spaces in the natural environment.

Featuring regional artists: Sharon Abbott-Furze, Bill Baily, Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, Karen Doyle, Bob Kroll, Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, Carolyn Lindberg, Emily Miller, Christine Trexel, and Russell J. Young.

Welcoming coastal artists Rebecca Herren and Dorota Haber-Lehigh.

Introducing emerging artists Ray Althaus and W. T.  Brown.

Neal Maine  is being featured in a new book.

“I am growing increasingly excited about the release of the book that Neal Maine is profiled in:  A Generous Nature.   His story is inspirational!”

Marcy Cottrell Houle, author

Read more about the work of Neal Maine and Michael Wing




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