Chas Martin

Made Mostly by Hand. “Mermaid on Shell” by Sandy Visse was created for Fairweather’s September exhibition, BALANCING ACT.

Look. Mermaid turned. Perfectly balanced.

For BALANCING ACT, a Fairweather exhibition, summer and fall oil paintings by Michael Muldoon, a collection of hardcover cookbooks on display with retro and mid-century wood picture frames, and autumn art glass by Christine Downs.

For BALANCING ACT,  fluted fused glass by D’arcy Martin, sculptures by Chas Martin, art glass by Bob Heath, handpainted textiles by Janis Childs,  art glass plates and platters by Christine Downs.

From the opening reception of BALANCING ACT, Fairweather’s September exhibition, a collage created by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall,  Seaside First Saturday Art Walk photographer. Top left: Melissa Jander, en Plein air artist, showing her painting of a dancer. Middle left: Art Walk hostesses. Bottom left: Art Walk patrons. Right top photo: guests and visitors. Right bottom: artist Marga Stanley, speaking about her art created for the show.

BALANCING ACT is just beautiful!!!
Walking into your gallery is a delight, and how you have artfully displayed all the work is fantastic. Hugs.

P.S.: You are a treasure!!!!!!!

Aw, gee whiz. Thanks. M.

Taking all this new work and putting it together in such an artistic manner, planning out each display with thoughtfulness, mindful of the theme you created, and having it all come together with such a stunning visual experience is just amazing.
Thank you for all your hard work!


For BALANCING ACT, artist Toni Avery is pictured with her impressive 4×6 painting, encaustic art by Peg Wells, and art glass by Christine Downs.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Through September 25

 BALANCING ACT is an exhibition highlighting the symmetry found in contemporary and traditional art.

Features watercolorist Paul Brent,  ceramic artist Sandy Visse, mural artist Toni Avery, en Plein air and studio artist Melissa Jander, whimsical artist Marga Stanley, contemporary artist Diane Copenhaver, mixed media artist Jan Rimerman, fine jewelry maker Jim Hayes, and craft maker Pat Tulip. 

BALANCING ACT staging by KD Fairweather, Allied member, A.S.I.D., American Society of Interior Designers.

Images by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall for Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

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At the opening reception for the Fairweather exhibition THIS PLACE, en plein air artist Barbara Bacon Folawn is pictured with her art. In the background are musicians Chelsea LaFey and Richard Thomasian and artist Paul Brent Painting Seaside LIVE ™ during the July 2 Seaside First Saturday Art Walk. Also, in the image are artworks by Melissa Jander, Lieta Gratteri, Tedd Chilless, and Peg Wells.


I find it satisfying to visit the quiet rural areas of the Willamette Valley or the Oregon coast with pencil and paintbrush to capture the light and colors of our natural environment.  When I paint on location, I lose myself in the moment and use all my senses to learn about and interpret what I see in front of me.  I treasure the process and results of en plein air painting, which often inspires larger works in the studio.  As I look back, I remember very clearly the feeling of the day, the light, the fragrances, the sounds, and the colors of each scene that I captured.”  Barbara Bacon Folawn

Impressionistic oil painter Victoria Brooks happily engaged with Seaside First Saturday Art Walk patrons at the opening reception of THIS PLACE on July 2, 2022, at Fairweather Gallery. Victoria Brooks recently celebrated her 12th anniversary of offering Seaside Painting LIVE ™ events at Fairweather’s. In the background are more artworks by Victoria Brooks and Bev Drew Kindley.


 It is all about the light and how it illuminates the landscape, figure, or portrait. I am always chasing the light and trying to capture that effect in oils. Most people don’t realize how much of painting is done in the mind first. I love the vibrant energy and painterly quality of impressionism.  I love oil painting because of the texture and richness it has.”  Victoria Brooks

Painter Paul Brent explored the language of Seaside Painting LIVE ™ in a landscape of the Seaside shore and Tillamook Head. He started with a blank canvas and completed a quick finish painting during the opening reception of THIS PLACE at Fairweather’s on July 2, 2022.  In the background are sculptures by Chas Martin, glass by Fedor Zubanov, and a significant buoy oil painting by Brent.


 If the meaning of art is to impart emotion visually then I think the message of all of my art is to create the emotions of relaxation. This is the appeal of my artwork as it often takes one away to a fond memory of a beach or the simple pleasure of a summertime moment.. Most of the time, I have a mental image of the piece before I begin to work. I am continually comparing the painting to the image I have in my head as I go along. I often comment that the painting I like best is the one I just finished.”  Paul Brent

Bev Drew Kindley builds her impressionistic paintings from memories of idyllic places. The painter entertained Seaside First Saturday Art Walk patrons with her gentle insights on the philosophy of art.

Observing and painting is a meditation, an active appreciation, a way to connect intuitively with nature.  When I turn to the peace of beaches, the inner strength found in the shadows of the mind, and the spirited persistence of flickering light on water, I feel refreshed exhilarated, enriched.  I absorb a scene, focus on the mood, simplify the important features and begin to visualize a way to suggest
feelings, ideas,and create a sense of time in a place.”  Bev Drew Kindley

Textile painter Cicely Gilman is wearing her art and showing her framed art. The pattern was inspired by personal guardian angels found within the mind and heart for THIS PLACE, an exhibition, on display through July 25 at Fairweather’s. In the background are artworks by Bev Drew Kindley and Victoria Brooks, art glass by Christine Downs, and pottery by Marilyn Cohn.

Cicely Gilman fills lively painterly silk with a mix of colorful interactions, literally building her images from photo collages, painted silk, and found materials. Often sewn together by hand and machine, leaving delicate ridges and tracks, the construction is repeated until the eye can swing from edge to edge in a blur of color.  Her work evokes the energy of the inner workings of the mind, zigzaging back and forth from histories past, present, and possibly in the future.”    Artist review/ FH&G 

Neal Maine, pictured with his most recent photograph, “The Old becomes the New,” offered a unique habitat lecture at Fairweather’s on July 2, 2022, during the opening reception of THIS PLACE. He spoke about the importance of the nurse logs, fallen wind-blown trees that naturally shelter new forest seedlings. Also shown is art by JoAnn Pari-Mueller and furniture by Stuaru Dittbrenner.

Neal Maine was a biology teacher for 30 years with the Seaside School District. After retiring from teaching, he served on the founding board for the North Coast Land Conservancy and as its director for 12 years. Maine currently spends most of his time prowling the coastal edge as a wildlife photographer and helping others appreciate “living in paradise” on the North Coast through presentations and exhibits.


A nurse log is a fallen, decaying tree upon which other trees are growing. The saplings growing on a nurse log take nutrients from it, feeding upon it long before it has had time to rot and turn to soil. Nurse logs also provide a safe haven from soil fungi that can harm seedlings.

Decaying logs retain moisture and nutrients that benefit new plant growth and support soil organisms. A nurse log serves as a ground cover, reducing soil erosion and preventing animals from over-browsing seedlings.”     The Old Becomes the New takeaway.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Oregon

Art on display and for sale through July 25

Painters, artists, and photographers explore the language of landscape

 THIS PLACE, a special exhibition with selected original works by regional artists Paul Brent, Victoria Brooks, Nick Brakel, Barbara Bacon Folawn, Cicely Gilman, Bev Drew Kindley, JoAnn Pari-Mueller, Jan Rimerman, and more.

Please read more about our Seaside gallery, our commitment to N.W. artists, and our products made by N.W. artists.

THIS PLACE photos by P. Brent, K. Bowman, and R. Brooks for Linda Fenton-Mendenhall/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

In gratitude. FH&G

Kindred Spirits 

Chas Martin
Sculpture- Mixed Media
18 x 9 x 6 in

I use gestures to amplify primal qualities, emotions, and shared experiences. My abstracted figures are multicolored, genderless, politically and religiously neutral archetypal personalities. These simple, dynamic forms are nuanced storytellers.”   Chas Martin

Man Turning Into Sky

Chas Martin
Sculpture-Mixed Media
11x 15.5 x 11 in

Transformation on many levels- form to etheral, human bird figure to bird, real to imaginary. This piece was a challenge. Balance is the core of the form. I started with the rock and worked my way through the body to the clouds. It didn’t balance until I completed the legs. As with many of my pieces, transformation is an elemental theme. We are not static beings. As you cannot step into the same river twice, you cannot be the same person tomorrow.” –CM

My work has always been concept-driven. I’m currently exploring archetypal characters in symbolic situations, and I explore them through sketches, clay, photos, watercolor, acrylic, collage, and sculpture. Interaction on so many levels transforms my visualization into realization.”  –CM

Walks Lightly

Chas Martin
Mixed Media
22 x 8 x 8

Dozens of sketches precede each sculpture. As a voice emerges, I move to 3D. Then, as a director guides an actor, I shape and reshape the armature until it expresses the character’s unique role. 

Each scene ends with an unanswered question in theater or film, creating suspense that engages viewers and advances the story. I use negative space to create questions. As viewers move around the form, a relationship evolves. The interaction of inquiry and discovery reveals the archetype to the observer.   

Viewing my work is a layered experience. The first reaction is often whimsical or humorous, and the second level reveals a more engaging question. The third level reflects the viewer’s journey, and everyone sees something different.  –CM

Chas Martin is a full-time sculptor and painter. Educated as a visual communicator, he worked for several decades as a creative director for ad agencies in Boston and San Francisco. His experiences in film, exhibit design, and experience design all influence his current sculptural work. He serves as president of Pacific Northwest Sculptors, an educational nonprofit.


Chas Martin

Sculpture-Mixed Media

16 x 6 x 7 in

Mind Meld

Chas Martin

Sculpture- Mixed Media

18.5.x 7x 5.5 in


Chas Martin

Sculpture-Mixed Media

29.5 x 14 x 6 in


Chas Martin’s career spans 45 years of visual communication. After his studies at Pratt Institute in New York and 10 years as an art director/creative for Boston and San Francisco ad agencies, he now pursues painting and sculpture full time in the Pacific Northwest.

Chas has served as an instructor at Boston Art Institute, San Francisco Academy of Art College, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Northwest Academy, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. He is an avid backpacker, reader, and foodie. Chas Martin lives in Oregon; however, his imagination is not geographically anchored.

Chas Martin offered a sculpture demo recently for the Oregon Society of Artists.

Where do his ideas come from? Here’s one answer:…/creativity-is…/2022

In Tubac, AZ, “Leap” won the Award of Excellence!

The show is a collaboration between Tubac Center of the Arts and Bruce Baughman Studio & Gallery.

“Leap” is mixed media, a translucent body – 16.75 x 8.5 x 7 in.

The act of springing free from the past, from the comfortable, as if from the tangible into the unknown.

It’s the act of passing from one state to another. Leaping into a new reality. It is a constant act of courage to create anything new. That is the risk creative people take every day.

I just finished a commission for masks for Dell’Arte International, a theater company. This is an award that has been given annually since 1989. One mask goes to Zimbabwe, one to an affiliate company in Denmark, and the third will remain in California. I’ll keep the 4th in my own collection. This has been a fun project and an honor to have been selected to create the award this year. Chas

“Missing Person” has been juried into Around Oregon Annual 2022. Reception is Thursday July 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 at 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis, OR.

It was a pleasure to meet and talk with you today.

Let me know if I can provide anything else.

I look forward to hearing reactions from your clients.

Chas Martin

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This week, I’ve had 3 sculptures and 2 masks juried into the “Negative Space,” a virtual show at Manifold Global Gallery, Lehigh, PA.

I also had 3 sculptures juried into “Proud to be Seen,” a live and virtual show at Bruce Baughman Gallery, Tubac, AZ. –Chas