An exhibit of the works of artist Jo Pomeroy-Crockett will begin May 3 in a show titled “Gratitude” at Fairweather House and Garden.

The show coincides with the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

In response to the dawn of summer, the artwork celebrates new life, freshness, hope, appreciation and the world’s goodness. Pomeroy-Crockett works in watercolor, mixed media and collage. She was intrigued by the theme, she said, since thankfulness for her artistic gifts and for her sense of direction in life have been with her since childhood.

“Art celebrates life — all the joy, the pathos, the ridiculous, the cruel, the sad, the whimsical and the playful,” she said.

She believes that the artist creates art because a relentless inner force compels action. She has exhibited in numerous juried art competitions in the Southwest and the Pacific Northwest. Her work is in private collections in various parts of the United States, England, Canada and Switzerland. In combination with her art, she works as a freelance writer and educator.

Fairweather’s also introduces Northwest artist Susan Gellner, whose encaustic paintings contain the number 3, which stands for gratitude, hope and love and can be found in the bottom right corner of each piece.

Encaustic dates back to the ancient Greeks, as far back as the fifth century BC. Ancient shipbuilders used beeswax and resin to seal the joints and waterproof the hulls of their vessels. The fusing of the wax between layers by burning is what allows the artist to create depth and texture in a painting. Encaustic paintings have many layers of wax; depending on the piece; it is not uncommon to have anywhere from 25 to 50 layers.

Gellner’s work has been featured in galleries throughout Colorado, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Ten percent of her earnings are donated to the work of hospice.

Neal Maine, Seaside native and nature photographer, will talk about being fortunate to live, work and enjoy the North Oregon Coast. He will reveal new images found in local wildlife habitats. Proceeds benefit the North Coast Land Conservancy.

The generosity of artists demonstrates to the community that the arts matter, said Denise Fairweather, owner of Fairweather House and Garden.

“Artists and other creative minds often mention a sense of gratitude, that interaction that connects with nature,” said Denise Fairweather. “Being grateful is a complex quality.”

Musician Shirley Yates will perform and wine will be provided by J. Rae’s Wines between 5 and 7 p.m. at Fairweather House and Garden, 612 Broadway.

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