Stunning spring 2020 magnolia study by Dorota Haber-Lehigh
Ethnobotany and native plant Oregon Coast artist
Watercolor palette for magnolia artwork. Dorota Haber-Lehigh
“Drawing magnolia branch! What a beautiful tree. Trying to find some beauty amidst the chaos of life.” DHL
Seaside artist Dorota Haber-Lehigh depicts Pacific Northwest native plants, portraying their sculptural beauty and brings attention to importance of ecological diversity of nature to emphasize natures and human fragility.
She is interested in portraying individual plants with their sculptural and ephemeral beauty. Her passion is to bring attention to importance of ecological diversity of nature and emphasize nature’s and human fragility. She is interested in the healing power of plants and nature and enjoys drawing plants that have medicinal properties. She has authored two ethnobotanical coloring books: “ABC of Native Plants of the Coastal PNW” and “Native Berries of the Coastal PNW.”
April 19, 2020
“Oregon Grape beginning of a composition. I will keep adding elements throughout the year. Love the resilience of the plant.” DHL
Indeed, reminds ourselves of our own resilience. This will be a lovely study…
A story on resilience:
To become more resilient, fill your mind with thoughts of stories of resilience. Read stories or biographies of tough people who have overcome hardships. Watch movies that have a theme of courage. Associate with courageous and disciplined people. Ask your courageous friends to share some interesting stories. Humor eases tension and anxiety; pay attention to the things that make you laugh and smile. Keep in mind that your objective is to become a more resilient person – not to escape reality. Shared by Susan Peterson, fellow Seasider and cultural arts supporter. (Boost of Positivity for Professionals).
“The beach, creeks, rivers, parks and waysides are closed from the north end of Seaside to the south end, in support of the governor’s Stay Home Save Lives order. Our local communities near each area — many of them small– need our support and understanding.” –Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
The closure halts all beach activities, including clamming, surfing, swimming and other activities. “Where the beaches and parks are closed, they are indeed closed for all uses. Closed means closed. Full stop.” Seaside Chief Dave Ham stated that officers are being asked repeatedly if the beach is open or if the closure applies to “locals.” He made it clear, with capital letters, “THE SEASIDE BEACH IS CLOSED!”
We are all looking at a new normal and are following Seaside’s guidelines.
Without our daily dose of being able to be outisde with nature, about living near a lot of parks and not being able to visit the parks, about living at the beach and not being able to walk on the sands, all the while honoring the state’s order to being safe and saving lives during the pandemic crisis— art can help us all cope and offers us hope.
April 25, 2020
“Playing with watercolor landscape. From my own photo reference -Seaside Tillamook Head Oregon.” DHL
Dorota has two degrees in Art and International Studies with a focus on indigenous cultures, and a master’s degree in teaching. She also holds a graduate bilingual certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. She has earned a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from Society of Botanical Artists in London in May 2019. She is a member of Oregon Botanical Artists, Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists and American Society of Botanical Artists. Dorota exhibits and teaches drawing regionally.
No barriers to art this month – Seaside First Saturday Art Walk will be 100% online May 2-25!
May Art Walk is a concept of gallery-coordinated virtual exhibits.
As we continue following the State’s stay at home order, Seaside galleries remain closed until further notice.
Galleries have gone on-line and are committed to assist you with during COVID-19 via e-mail and through social media platforms.
Thank you for supporting the arts in Seaside.
Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway St.
Online until further notice
A curatorial virtual NW exhibition titled ‘In Full Bloom’
Fairweather House and Gallery brings together artists’ works in a variety of genres and interpretations, grouping them into an online spectrum of theme and color.
Featuring art by Jo Pomeroy Crockett, Christine Downs, Bev Drew Kindley, Dorota Haber-Leligh, Greta Lindwood, Melissa Jander, and Carmela Newstead.
“Through Dorota’s realistic paintings, no matter how far apart we are, her art brings us closer together, with appreciation for the flowering spring season of 2020,” D. Fairweather, gallerist.
Featured artwork includes botanical, **realism, abstraction, and surrealism.
Art can be purchased and picked-up by curbside appointment or delivered free locally.
Contact gallery curator @email@example.com or message on FB @fairweatherhouseandgallery
We will see you, hopefully, on the other side of the pandemic crisis.
Until then, we will continue sharing and connecting in the arts with the artists and you…
Enjoy a flash back photo of Dorota Haber-Leligh offering an artist lecture at Fairweather’s.
Q: What is realism in the arts, you ask?
A: Realism, sometimes callednaturalism, in the arts is the attempt to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality and avoiding artistic conventions, or implausible, exotic, and supernatural elements. This is the type of art Dorota Haber-Leligh creates.