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Spot on ocra art from Jan Rimerman, artist.

“Ocra Frolic” 24 x 24″ mixed media by Jan Rimerman

“Orca Friends”  24 x 24″ mixed media by Jan Rimerman

Q: What is the inspiration for The Orca Whale Collection?

A: The Orca Whale Collection is inspired by the love of these graceful animals.  Having a studio on Orcas Island for many years brought me up close and personal to these animals.  Watching them in the wild as they danced through the San Juan currents off the state of Washington is truly an experience. 

Observing the beautiful playfulness with each other as they breach, communicate and then disappear into the deep ocean is unforgettable.  There is an important Whale Museum on San Juan Island which gives a comprehensive explanation of the history of the orca pods and scientific information on how they operate as a species. It also brings to the surface the environmental issues that are harming the orca whale’s health and well being.

The Orca Whale painting series has five 24” x 24” paintings that all work together.  They would be impressive exhibited down a large stairway or in an office complex.  The collection reminds me how fabulous yet fragile these mammals are.  Note that the whales in the paintings are not whole.  Little by little these wonderful beings are disappearing.  Their food source of salmon is shrinking, pollution and plastics are invading their environment and whale watching is disrupting their daily lives.  My intent is to bring forth the magic of these creatures while reminding us that we can all do a small part to help protect our fellow beings. JR

Jan Rimerman

Artist/Art Administrator

Visual Art Coordinator & Curator Lakewood Center Gallery

Director/Curator Rain Spark Gallery

Director Rock…Paper…Turtle…Art for Wetlands

Resident artist Fairweather House and Gallery

Photo Courtesy of Seaside Aquarium


Orca Sightings Through the Roof on Oregon Coast by Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff


Recent reports indicate a little Orca spy hopping, which is always spectacular.

The Transient Killer Whale Research Project actually identified the three Orcas in the various footage and photos spotted along the Oregon coast.  According to their lead scientist, Josh McInnes, they were the cataloged whales known as T049A2, T073, and T073D. They are known to be travel in coastal inland waters of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and southeast Alaska.

On May 18, 2021, orcas were reported at the Cove in Seaside, which is a rare sight.

Among the finds:

And, too, just this weekend, those in Gearhart got to watch grays and Orcas. First, a series of spouts from a couple of gray whales, and then there was an Orca surfacing behind them a way back. 

Even spotting gray whales – which are still migrating up the coast – is a patience game, so finding an Orca will be similar. It’s important to note gray whales have no dorsal fin (top fin), but killer whales do.

Q: What do Orcas symbolize?

A: The Orca symbolizes family, romance, longevity, harmony, travel, community and protection. Orcas travel in large family groups, working together to protect all members of their pod.


Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Oregon


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Through June 24


Discover just how fond are artists of a particular color is demonstrated at the exhibition of INTO THE BLUE, with fifteen selected NW artists, 100 new original artworks, art glass, and semi-precious aquamarine gemstones in jewelry.

Acrylic artist Toni Avery

Printmaker Nick Brakel

Abstract painter Diane Copenhaver

En plein air painter Karen Doyle

Watermedia artist Pam Haunschild

Glass artist Bob Heath

Fine art photographer Bob Kroll

Water colorist Lieta Gratteri

Pastel artist Gretha Lindwood

Calligraphy artist JoAnn Pari-Mueller

Mixed media artist Jan Rimerman

Oil painter Lisa Wiser

Semi precious gemstone jeweler Mary Truhler

Introducing poured alcohol painter Gail Pennebaker

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