“Wishing Stones” original watercolor, pen, and ink by JoAnn Pari-Mueller
12 x 22 framed
Serpentinized peridotite (serpentinite ocean stone) of the Mona Formation, Archean about 2.6 billion years old.
“Simple Pleasures” watercolor by JoAnn Pari-Mueller
12 x 16 framed
Collecting ocean stones refers to the prime elements in ancient foundations and are used in the scriptures as metaphors signifying strength, steadiness, and durability.
I have always lived in the countryside and always been a collector. I was raised in farmland Wisconsin and moved to farmland Oregon in my mid-twenties, continuously amassing interesting objects of nature and hand-made textiles and crafts from around the world.
I use watercolors, pastels, marbling, collage, and/or calligraphy to put down on paper the observations I make about the colors, lines, shapes, and patterns of these natural and handcrafted items. It is my goal to have others take away some of the awe I feel when studying their intricacies.
Fine details catch my eye. I am interested in the relationship between objects – the “collector mentality.” I like the starkness of a subject against a white background, but may also intersperse geometric lines or shapes with the mostly curvilinear subjects.” JoAnn Pari-Mueller
After 15 years as an art museum tour guide, in 2009, I began immersing myself in art classes at area art schools and colleges. I am an active member of the Oregon Society of Artists, the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and the Portland Society for Calligraphy and have participated in numerous exhibits throughout Oregon.
Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway Street
Seaside has inspired artists to create new art themes, sensations, and wonders. Being so near the ocean and art are two allies within the artistic world, bound by mutual thought, and emotion.
Sea Symphony through June 25
The exhibition features the newest original work from regional artists Sandy Viisse, Dorota Haber-Lehigh, Emily Miller, Gretha Lindwood, Jo Ann Pari- Mueller, and Jan Rimmerman.