Vanessa K. Stokes


“Slightly Twisted” vase by Mike Brown 

Individual sections of yellow heart, red heart, black walnut, big leaf maple, and cherry wood turned into a spectacular vase. Signed 2022.

New fall inventory of segmented nautilus sculptures: Black walnut, shell shells with maple and Sapele wood, maple, and aromatic red cedar shell by Mike Brown.

Each shell has more than 140 slices of segmented wood.

Each shell takes more than 40 hours to create. For 2022, Mike Brown introduced custom-made stands for his shells. Signed and numbered.

Mike Brown won multiple Best of Show awards at the National Artistry in Wood juried shows. And, too, h has won Best of Class and Best of Division awards at the National Juried Woodworking show for his nautilus shells.

 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Through October 25

 TURNING, an exhibition, featuring N.W. master wood-turners Mike Brown, Martin Conley, Stuart Dittbrenner, Daniel Harris, Robert McWhirter, and Tom Willing. Introducing live edge furniture by Richard Guadagni.

New autumn-themed art by oil painter Colette Fallon, impasto painter Karen E. Lewis, photographer Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, and Aimee art by Vanessa K. Stokes.

Welcoming meandering gems and silver wire jewelry by Kory Delannoy.

 

 

 

Resident artist Mike Brown suggested the Fairweather October exhibition theme, TURNING, highlighting the diverse, exceptional talents of N.W. woodturners.

Connecting art seekers and makers through thoughtfully curated exhibitions, juried shows, collaborative projects, and installations. Our commitment to local artists and frequent rotation of new exhibits offers visitors a fresh and dynamic art experience.”

 

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Melissa Jander, Fairweather’s featured September artist, painted a Plein air oil sketch on the Seaside beach during her stay for the BALANCING ACT show.

Last Call.

Special Exhibition through September 25

BALANCING ACT

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. 

Opening reception images for BALANCING ACT, Fairweather’s exhibition. Collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, Seaside First Saturday Art Walk photographer. Art by Michael Muldoon on the left and the upper right is artist Toni Avery pictured with her art, and on the lower right are patrons during the September Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

Connecting art seekers and makers through thoughtfully curated exhibitions, juried shows, collaborative projects, and installations. Our commitment to local artists and frequent rotation of new exhibits offers visitors a fresh and dynamic art experience.”

October 01, 2022

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

October Art Walk 5-7 p.m.

Opening reception for TURNING, an exhibition featuring N.W. master wood-turners Mike Brown, Martin Conley, Stuart Dittbrenner, Daniel Harris, Robert McWhirter, and Tom Willing. Introducing live edge furniture by Richard Guadagni. Seaside Painting LIVE (™) episode by Paul Brent. Live music by Chelsea LaFey and Richard Thomasian.


Shout out for the new season

Through October 25

The TURNING exhibition will show new autumn-themed art by oil painter Colette Fallon, impasto painter Karen E. Lewis, photographer Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, and Aimee art by Vanessa K. Stokes.

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Where there is life, there is hope. Anything is possible. Believe in the good. Persistence and determination beat the odds. The public, for its part, appears to recognize that a swift return to life as it was before the pandemic is unlikely.  As the third year of the coronavirus outbreak approaches, Americans increasingly appear willing to accept pandemic life as the new reality.”

“Seaside Turnaround ” oil by artist Michael Muldoon for FEARLESS.

And so, as the Seaside Art Walk evolves into a new normal, with returning “snowbird” hostess and a gallerist stepping forward to speak about the process of creating contemporary art for the upcoming high season at the beach.”

“Joan de Arc” pen, ink, and watercolor by Vanessa K. Stokes. Featured artist lecture by Fairweather gallerist with gallery hostess during the opening reception of Fearless, a May exhibition.  In the background is sunflower art by Jan Rimerman, dragonfly art by Lieta Gratteri, and oil paintings by Emily Schultz-McNeil.

With the delta and omicron variants fresh in mind, the public also seems to accept the possibility that regular booster shots may be necessary. Despite these and other fearless steps toward nomalcy uncertainty abounds in many other aspects of living a changing life. Indeed, visiting restful places, such as Seaside, surely are a step forward.”

“The Sun Will Shine on Their Faces, Once Again” fine art photography presented by artist Bob Kroll with gallery hostess for the Fairweather May 2022 FEARLESS exhibition.

I equate fearless with brave, though they are not truly the same, because people behaving bravely can be filled with fear.”  Bob Kroll

Naturalist Neal Maine lectures during the opening reception of the FEARLESS exhibition at Fairweather’s. Water striders are fearless bugs adapted for life on top of the water, using surface tension to their advantage to “walk on water.”

Maine naturalist notes:

 The water strider has three pairs of legs. The front legs are much shorter, and allow the strider to quickly grab prey on the surface. The middle legs act as paddles. The back legs are the longest and provide additional power, and also enable the strider to steer and “brake.”

The buoyancy and paddling legs allows striders to be fast. Very, very fast. The National Geographic article reports striders are capable of “speeds of a hundred body lengths per second. To match them, a 6-foot-tall person would have to swim at over 400 miles an hour.

Water acts different at the surface. Water molecules are attracted to each other and like to stay together, especially on the surface where there is only air above. The attraction between water molecules creates tension and a very delicate membrane. Water striders walk on this membrane.

Water striders have legs that repel water and capture air. By repelling water, the tiny water striders stand on the water’s surface and the captured airs allows them to float and move easily.”  

Persistence and determination beat the odds.

Rich Strike WOW! 80-1 odds win the Kentucky Derby on May 7, 2022
 

“Thou shalt fly without wings.”

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St

Through May 25

FEARLESS

For FEARLESS, sculptures by Chas Martin also pictured art by Peg Wells, Marga Stanley, and Jan Shield.

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

 

 

Artists have life-earned experience, connection to patrons, community ties with the past, and follow the road ahead to an unknowable future.

For May 2022, FEARLESS an exhibition featuring N.W. artists Vanessa K. Stokes, Bob Kroll, Sharon Kathleen Johnson, Chas Martin,  Michael Muldoon, Lee Munsell, and Peg Wells.

The artists selected for FEARLESS, for example, aren’t afraid to dive into uncharted waters and never give up.”   FH&G

 

 

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‘De Arc’ by Vanessa K. Stokes
14″ x 17″ Watercolor, Pen, and Colored Pencil
 
 
For Fearless, the Fairweather May exhibition, my first ideas were the Medical Workers, who have shown resilience in the face of the COVID pandemic.  True strength is when one perseveres through their fear for whatever ideal they are chasing. To tie in this realization with my own style of work, I researched great tales of fearlessness and bravery. I decided to paint about Joan De Arc who won the Hundred Years War, showing bravery in the face of uncertain times. 
 
I combined medical imagery and medival images into my ‘De Arc’ original work.”  Vanessa K. Stokes
 
 
 
‘Emerald Wrath’ by Vanessa K. Stokes
17″ x 14″ Mixed media Watercolor, Pen, Ink, and Color Pencil
 
Beyond Fearless. Medusa as an inspiration, on the other hand, was cast out of her temple wrongfully. Some say she was cursed and others say blessed depending on who you ask. Regardless of how her tale is told, today she represents bravery, strength, and fearlessness for many women.”  VKS
 

 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

May 7-25

Throughout May, FEARLESS is an exhibition that features N.W. artists Vanessa K. Stokes, Bob Kroll, Sharon Kathleen Johnson, Michael Muldoon, Lee Munsell, and Peg Wells, among others.

“The artists have life-earned experience, connection to patrons, community ties with the past, and follow the road ahead to an unknowable future. The artists selected for FEARLESS, for example, aren’t afraid to dive into uncharted waters and never give up.”

 

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Vanessa K. Stokes is a self-taught Oregon artist. Since childhood, she has always had her nose in a book and her hands creating art.

Vanessa started displaying her art at the young age of 15 and loves exploring any artist tool she can get her hands on and uses a blend of watercolor, pencils, pens, and ink to create her art.

“Get hopelessly lost in the art you make. Go down for days and come out on the other side with scrapes, bruises, and a masterpiece.” – Ariel Bloomer.

Just for FEARLESS are a series of signed art cards by the artist.

A GOOD FIT display #1: Pressed Hellebores botanical by Mike Mason, mixed media art by Pam Haunschild, fused glass by Christine Downs, handmade pottery by Suzy Holland, mouth blown red swirl stemware, handmade notebooks by Kris Zorko, red vintage mercury glass, hand made glass ornaments with ploymer clay accents, vintage glass ornaments, and handmade candy stripe dripless tapers.

A GOOD FIT display #2: Handmade bamboo serving bowl, pottery bowl Marilyn Cohn, hand dyed silk runner by Cicely Gilman, wool cloches by Linda Olson, hand painted cupcake glass ornaments, vintage pearl beaded ornaments, handmade ribbon ornamanets, handmade glass beaded holiday earrings by Mary Truhler,  antique carved pink Flanders glass collection from Paul Brent, and handmade seeded pearl ornaments.

A GOOD FIT display #3, all Made by NW Hands:  Fused art glass vessel on stand from Paul Brent’s private collection, art glass sconce on mrytlewood stand, mouth blown and handpainted stemware by Gretha Lindwood,  mixed media watercolor by Lieta Gratteri, fluted glass by Bob Heath, and handpainted charcoal and white monochrome console table on forged iron stand.  

A GOOD FIT display #4: Pottery mugs by Marcia Hudson,  pottery bowls by Marilyn Cohn, hand accented seed pearl ornament, hand glittered pomegranate ornaments, fushed glass tray by D’arcy Martin, and vingate glass ornaments accented with hand applied polymer clay. 

A GOOD FIT display #5:  Watercolors by Bill Baily, pottery by Marilyn Cohn, petrified silver plated dirftwood on stand available from a private NW collector, mouth blown art glass from a collection of Paul Brent’s, handmade bamboo runner, frosted seed pearls handmade silk stems,  hand forged bronze branch nickel plated on mrytlwood base, art by Vanessa K. Stokes, and handmade silvered mirror display tree.

Staging for A GOOD FIT by KD Fairweather, Allied member, A.S.I.D., American Society of Interior Designers.
A GOOD FIT photos by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

In the Historic GIlbert District

Seaside

A GOOD FIT, an exhibition highlighting Northwest makers and crafters, through Dec. 23.

A premier source for stylish, chic, one of a kind livable furnishings, unexpected art, and the most extraordinary accessories. Glass, paintings, photography, wood, stone, bronze, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry made by NW hands.

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Complimentary jewelry gift wrapping.

Special thanks to Avery and Will for the assortment of gift boxes.

THE SEA ENDURES display I: Pair of pen, ink,and watercolor originals “Lunar” “Seaglass” by Vanessa K. Stokes, abstract canvas “The Sea” by Diane Copenhaver, art glass bowl by Bob Lecari, fused glass fluted work by D’arcy Martin, fused glass plate by Carolyn Lindberg, seeded glass stemware, mouth blown espresso lidded vessels, handblown charcoal glass, down filled velvet pillows in marine and stone washed driftwood tones,  linen runner with edge detailing in sailor stitch, handwrapped seed pearl flower stem, and stainless silver console table.

THE SEA ENDURES display II: Encaustic beeswax painting on board oceanscape “The Cove” by Peg Wells, pair of finely detailed  sea turtle oil paintings by Vicky Combs-Snider, platitum edged mouth blown stemware, handmade marble candlesticks,  and silver leaf table with beveled edge glass top.

THE SEA ENDURES display III:  Seascape oil paintings “Abide” and “Spindrift” by Karen Doyle,  handmade wire baskets,  wheel thrown pottery, artisan crafted vessel,  mouth blown glass candlesticks, and  substantially sourced wood etagere.

THE SEA ENDURES display IV: Seascape oil paintings “King Tide”  “Winter Sea” by Ron Nicolaides, seaglass earrings by Barb Walker, beach stone necklaces by Christine Johnson, bracelet and earring pairings in semi-precious gemstones by Mary Truhler, handmade sea-themed mugs by Marcia Hudson, organic bowls by Marilyn Cohn, handstiched silk runner by Cicely Gilman, fish platter by Sandy Visse, marbled, stacked hand made paper box by Christine Trexel, blister pearl necklaces by Mary Botitta, handpainted stemware by Gretha Lindwood, and hand printed ocean scape throw by Lee Munsell.

THE SEA ENDURES display V: Abstract oil painting “Cliff” by Karen Doyle, encaustic seascape “Winter Storm” by Emily Miller, crushed seaglass fused glass platter by D’arcy Martin, ocean art “What is Below” by Toni Avery, ocean waves beeswax art ” Water” by Peg Wells, aquarmine jewelry by Mary Truhler, hardwood bound  sea-themed coffee table books, hand distressed nickel plated candle sticks, recycled glass stemware, hand made beaded earrings by Michelle Shigemasa. and coral glass by Monet Rubin.

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Staging by KD Fairweather, Allied Member A.S.I.D., American Society of Interior Designers.

Photographs by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

THE SEA ENDURES featuring artists Toni Avery, Bill Baily, Martha Denham, Karen Doyle, Colette Fallon, Linda Fenton-Mendenhall, Phil Juttelstad, JoAnn Pari-Mueller, Neal Maine, Lee Munsell, Ron Nicolaides, and Vanessa K. Stokes, among others through November 25.

Grace note received

This exhibit, which runs through November 25, is filled with artwork that depicts where the Oregon land meets the Pacific Ocean.

We appreciate Fairweather’s dedication to exhibiting the beautiful work of Pacific Northwest artists and their support of coastal conservation. NCLC

North Coast Land Conservancy http://NCLCtrust.org/

“Mysteries” abstract on canvas by Diane Copenhaver

Welcome fall!  Our surroundings are changing.  The brilliant greens and blues of summer are giving way to the vibrant oranges, reds, and even greys of fall.  –DC

“Connection I and II” abstracts on board by Diane Copenhaver

 

The change of seasons is a time that heightens our sense of interconnectedness and the cycles of life. The feeling of connection between what was and what is to come is a message expressed in my pieces entitled ‘Connection’.   –DC

“Autumn” abstract on canvas by Diane Copenhaver

The exhibition ‘Surroundings’ informed my work in the use of color and texture.”   –DC

On Exhibition through October 25

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Seaside, Oregon

“Surroundings”  features NW artists Diane Copenhaver, Colette Fallon, Dorota Haber-Lehigh, Pam Haunschild, Carolyn Myers Lindberg, Jan Rimmerman, Jan Shield,  Marga Stanley, and Vanessa K. Stokes.

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Semi-precious jewelry by Mary Truhler, maple chest by Ray Noregaard, NW nature inspired pottery by Dan Peccia, wood turned bowl by Daniel Harris, and LIVE indoor easy-care plants. Thel growing plants are, truly, a natural air freshener (each 4″ pot cleans 100′ of household air).
Oceanscape art by Lee Munsell, glass bowl by Bob Lecari, fused glass tray by Christine Downs, “In the Mist” NW book by Russell J. Young, hammered bracelets by Nikki Hatt, wood sculpture by Martin Conley, signed vintage mouth blown sphere, tricolor wood containers from Janice Lukens, costume masks by Robin Montero, pen and ink art by Vanessa K. Stokes, water media art by Pam Haunschild, triptych, and Seaside Prom quilt collage by textile artist Tess Tappert.
Watercolor art by Lieta Gratteri, oil oceanscapes by Ron Nicoliades, seed pearl mosaic boses by Gayle H. Seely, fused glass art by Carolyn Lindberg, hand painted cards by Kris Zorko, and wood jewelry boxes by Ray Noregaard.
What’s trending in the summer of 2021
NW artist cards by Lieta Gratteri, Dorota Haber-Lehigh, and Don Nisbett!
Oregon quilted beach carry-all by Betty and over-the-shoulder quilted purse by Betty. Huffman.

PLACE-BASED Exhibition 

NW art show and sale

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Oregon

An exhibition that involves a focus on the importance and uniqueness of place. 

While selecting the artworks to local context will appeal to the summertime tourists and visitors, behind the exhibit is an understanding that fosters regional artists and their connection within the community. The exhibit doubles down on a link with the history of both place and keeping close tabs on how artists are based in visual story telling.

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New advancement for Vanessa K. Stokes from emerging artist to Fairweather resident artist status in 2021.

 

I am absolutely ecstatic about your announcement with news of my receiving resident artist status at Fairweather House and Gallery.  Yes, I have been making strides to not only improve my art and craftsmanship, as well.  Having a job after graduation has opened up many new avenues. 

 

My art for your stunning gallery now has a dust cover on the back and includes a personalized wax seal and preserved flowers from the Northwest.  The flowers have been sealed with a UV-resistant spray to protect my trademark signature as long as my art. As, always, I will happily accept any advice you offer going forward.  Thank you, so much, for mentoring my art during my emerging artist status.  Please stay safe and well during these crazy times.”  Vanessa K. Stokes, artist 

Vanessa K. Stokes was introduced at the gallery at aged fifteen as an emerging artist. At the time she was in the early stage of her career and caught the eye of an art critic.

Vanessa K. Stokes is a self-taught Oregon artist. Since childhood, she has always had her nose in a book and hands in creating art. She finds Oregon’s rain especially calming and inspiring.

 

NATURE’S GRACE

Artist lecture grace notes

Vanessa K. Stokes

Graceful is one of the many words that come to mind when thinking about Mother Nature.  Nature is ever-expanding and no matter how articulate one may be, there will never be a proper way to faithfully describe how wonderfully stunning our planet earth is.

 

In every moment, whether we see it or not, nature is striving to find a way to survive. Growing, thriving, and yet, staying the same all in one moment  It is wildly free and chaotic while also being thoughtful and diligent.

From the air we breathe to the wind that blows to the land we step on to the grass we mow to the places where the flowers grow to the rainy mornings and the golden hour glow, Nature’s grace truly shows us how fortunate we are to be able to experience life’s abundance with its delicately strong strength.

 

 

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