Plein Art Painting Opportunity, Aug. 12, 2023

What: Plein Air Painting Opportunity
Where: Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd, Newport
When: Saturday August 12, 2023
Contact Persons: Catherine Hingson, 503-545-9339 or Susan Tissot, 541- 265-7509 PLEIN AIR PAINTERS GATHER AT PACIFIC MARITIME HERITAGE MUSEUM
A call to artists to paint Newport’s Historic Bayfront
Newport, Oregon, Sat Aug 12, 2023, Lincoln County artist Catherine Hingson is collaborating with the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center to invite artists to paint outside on the balcony at the museum which has a spectacular view of Newport’s Commercial Fishing Fleet at Port Dock 5, the Yaquina Bay Bridge, boardwalk, and a portion of the bayfront shopping area. Painters will bring their own supplies and easels for outdoor painting; folding chairs will be available. Participating painters will receive free admission to the PMHC on August 12 in exchange for conversing with museum guests about the painting process and taking photos. Set up begins at 10:30 with start time at 11 am and work continues util 4 PM which parallels the hours the museum is open to the public.
Painters will be encouraged to submit their paintings of the bayfront created Aug 2023 – Oct 2023 for possible inclusion in a later exhibit at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center depicting the bayfront “Now and Then”. The planned exhibit will include historic images from the Lincoln County Historical Society archives juxtaposed with the current paintings of the bayfront.
For more information about the August 12 event, painters (any medium) may contact Catherine Hingson, 503-545-9339 or For more information about the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center contact Susan Tissot, 541-265-7509 or

About the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center
The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, located at 333 SE Bay Blvd in Newport’s Bayfront, is one of two historic properties operated by the nonprofit Lincoln County Historical Society. The 30,000 sq ft flagship site, features panoramic views of Yaquina Bay, two changing exhibit galleries, three permanent galleries, the 121seat Doerfler Family Theater and a Museum Store. The theater includes an 18 ft screen and a self-serve menu of 17 short historic films for the museum visitor to select from. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 4 PM. Onsite parking is available. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children 13 – 17, kids under 12 get in free. Admission is free to LCHS Members, Active-Duty military, and children 12 & under. Family and group rates available.
Serving the public since 1948, the LCHS preserves the collective memory of Lincoln County and includes the Log Cabin Research Library Archive and 1895 Burrows House located at 545 SW 9th St., Newport. A sampling of historic images from the LCHS collection can be seen at: For more information visit: or call 541-265-7509. Follow us on Facebook/Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, Instagram/ @lincolnco.historicalsociety or Twitter/ @maritime_center.
About Catherine Hingson
Catherine Hingson, an artist from Depoe Bay, first moved to Lincoln County in 1992 and began teaching art locally the following year. She has worked with all ages from children to seniors and feels that her background in the teaching field has helped her become a good art teacher. Hingson displays her artwork in 7 Oregon galleries, participates in several local shows/ festivals, leads a plein air group, and teaches watercolor at 5 art studios. Her work can also be seen at:

The Man from Agate Beach: The Legacy of Ernest Bloch

The Lincoln County Historical Society in collaboration with the Ernest Bloch Legacy Project announces an upcoming program at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center on the life and times of Ernest Bloch. This creative spirit was a musician, composer, conductor, philosopher, and photographer. He was also known for his mushroom hunting forays and his penchant for finding and polishing agates.

The public is invited to learn more about the composer, his life in music, his impact on Newport and his photography. This free program series is scheduled for Friday, July 21 from 4 – 7 PM and Saturday, July 22 from 1 to 4 PM.

The public is encouraged to arrive early to view the exhibition, Composition of Senses: Ernest Bloch in Agate Beach featured in the PMHC Galley Gallery July 20 – November 12. For the one hour proceeding each of the July 21 & 22 programs, Eric Johnson, noted Bloch expert, photographer and Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Art & Design at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, will be in the gallery to talk one on one with interested parties. The exhibition includes Ernest Bloch’s photography, The Renaissance Christ that hung in the Bloch home, and video footage created by Eric Johnson pairing Bloch’s music to his photography.

The two-day program series will be held in the Doerfler Family Theater inside the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center at 333 SE Bay Boulevard in Newport, OR. No reservations are necessary. Museum admission fees are being waived; donations are appreciated. Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 will feature two separate lectures by British Bloch expert, Dr. Alexander Knapp. Knapp’s Friday lecture is entitled, Musical Style in Bloch’s ‘Agate Beach’ Works. Saturday’s lecture is entitled, The Piano Music of Ernest Bloch. The program will also unveil the next in a long series of videos produced by the LCHS Ebb & Flow Series – The Ernest Bloch Legacy. Also featured will be a video created by our own Lincoln County Commissioner, Casey Miller, featuring the voice of David Ogden Stiers. Following the two-day event will be a “no host” Ernest Bloch Dinner at the Best Western Plus Agate Beach from 5 to 8 on Sunday, July 23. To reserve a place at the dinner please call 541-961-1482 or 719-310-6500.

More information on Ernest and Marguerite Bloch Ernest and Marguerite Bloch lived in Agate Beach from 1941 to 1963. Ernest died in 1959, Marguerite in 1963. In 1976 the Governor of Oregon accompanied by Bloch’s three children dedicated the Ernest Bloch Memorial in a wayside in Agate Beach near the home in which the Bloch’s lived. Later, in 2009, fifty years after Bloch’s passing, the Newport City Council dedicated Ernest Bloch Place at 49th Street. In 2017 the State of Oregon named the wayside near the Bloch home the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside. In July 2018 Ernest Bloch Place was expanded and dedicated along with the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside. Ernest Bloch Place now features an Ernest Bloch Monument, five benches, an Interpretive Sign, and a marker.

Much has been written about composer Ernest Bloch over the past century, beginning with his move to the United States in 1916 from his home in Geneva, Switzerland. Fast forward to the summer of 1941 when he found himself stranded on Highway 101 as he was returning from teaching music theory at UC Berkeley. Finding himself in Agate Beach he wandered the area and came upon a house for sale on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

In the gap between 1916 and 1942 Bloch had taken a path from New York’s Mannes School of Music, London Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a sabbatical in his native land, UC Berkeley, and Agate Beach. His was a storied history filled with organizations (Library of Congress, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard School of Music and numerous others) world centers (New York, London, Tel Aviv, Chicago, Philadelphia) and giants of the 20th century, including Albert Einstein, Rafael Kubelik, Leonard Bernstein, Claude Debussy, Jascha Heifetz, Diego Rivera, Georges Szell, Serge Koussevitzky, Frida Kahlo, Griller Quartet, Zara Nelsova, Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Igor Stravinsky, Sir Adrian Boult, and Ansel Adams.

About our Program Speakers

Alexander Knapp is a freelance musicologist, ethnomusicologist, lecturer, consultant, teacher, composer, and pianist. From the late 1960s to the present day, Alex has researched, published, and lectured extensively in the UK, USA, many parts of Western and Eastern Europe, Israel, Western Russia, Eastern Siberia, and China, about Jewish music, and especially on the life and works of composer Ernest Bloch. He contributed substantially to a volume entitled Ernest Bloch Studies (2016) that he co- edited for Cambridge University Press. Among numerous other articles, he has written entries on aspects of Jewish art music for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Second Edition). He organized and directed the First International Ernest Bloch Conference in Cambridge in 2007 and lectured at the First Beijing International Ernest Bloch Conference in 2010.

Eric Johnson, in 1972 wrote “Ernest Bloch: A Composer’s Vision” for Aperture Magazine on his discovery, printing and research of Ernest Bloch’s photography. The story of photographer Ernest Bloch includes W. Eugene Smith, who listened to Bloch’s music and said “somebody needs to find out about his photographs;” Alfred Stieglitz, who in 1922 was very pleased that Bloch saw music in his photographs of clouds; and Bloch’s children, Suzanne, Ivan and Lucienne Bloch-Dimitroff, and Ansel Adams who made it possible for the Ernest Bloch photo collection to be archived at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Joining Dr. Knapp and Eric Johnson for a Q&A discussion will be Dr. Frank Geltner, of the Ernest Bloch Legacy Project; Greg Steinke, founder of the 1990 – 2005 Ernest Bloch Music Festival; Eric Johnson, author of “Ernest Bloch: A Composer’s Vision;” and Suzanne Bloch Boyer, Ernest Bloch’s Great Granddaughter.

About the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center

The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is located on Newport’s Historic Bayfront, directly across the street from Newport’s Commercial Fishing Fleet at Port Dock 5. The PMHC is one of two historic sites operated by the Lincoln County Historical Society. Museum hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 11 – 4 PM. Admission rates apply. For more information call 541-265-7509 or visit

Kelp Pouch Making Class, Sunday August 13, 10:00am-2:30pm

Local artist Cheri Aldrich will share her skills for making a decorative kelp pouch using materials found on Newport’s  beaches. Participants will learn where, when and how to collect, clean, store and prepare seaweeds for making an artful wall pocket. You will learn the process from start to finish including making a variety of embellishments. You will leave with a one of a kind pouch and all the knowledge to continue creating on your own. The tools and materials (except scissors) will be provided for this class and is included in the class price. For more information or to register: call 541-265-7509 or stop by the museum.

Class Details:

Location: Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd. Newport, OR

Date: Sunday August 13 from 10 am – 2:30 PM.

Cost: $125/per person (LCHS Members $120).

Class size: 12 students.

Pre-registration and prepayment are required. Because this class is limited to 12 lucky students, tickets are non-refundable but transferable.

Wear clothes that can get wet, bring a full sized craft scissors (not your sewing scissors), and please pack a bag lunch and water bottle!

About the Class Instructor:

Cheri Aldrich has been a full time artist in Newport for the last 49 years. She calls herself an interdisciplinary artist since she works with many different mediums such as jewelry, book arts, paper arts, collage, botanical printing, stitching and nature art, including her kelp, basketry and mixed media vessels. Many of her pieces combine several of her mediums in a single piece. She’s mostly retired and enjoying lots of creative time in her Newport, Oregon studio.

Art & Algae Workshop, Saturday June 3, 2:30PM

Love the ocean? Wanna make some art? San Francisco artist and author Josie Iselin will be here in person for our June 2-4 Seaweed Weekend Events. 12 lucky people will have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with Josie via her Saturday June 3 11 am – 2:30 PM Art & Algae Workshop.

Workshop Details: Josie teaches an Art & Algae workshop whereby she introduces students of all ages to cyanotype (blue) printing (an alternative photography technique) using her vast collection of dried seaweed specimens as image-making material. This is an excellent way to introduce some basics of seaweed biology and ecology as well as being a basic photography class yet requiring only sunlight and water. The rewards are huge, and it has been successfully run with an array of ages, with artists and scientists, teachers, and students. The workshop is 3.0 hours long and has been run in all weather, sun, fog, and even rain! The only requirements are part sun, part shade and access to water. The end results are joyous and revelatory; while making art, participants have learned about an ocean ecology they haven’t thought much about before.

  • -Number of participants: 12; pre-registration required; non-refundable but transferable
  • -Josie makes all the photosensitive paper beforehand on fine art watercolor paper in varying sizes so everyone can go home with four or five prints of their own.
  • -All materials are included.
  • -Cost: $90/person; LCHS Members $85
  • -Participants should bring a brown bag lunch
  • -Class Location & Time: PMHC, 11 am – 2:30 PM

Testimonial from our Executive Director: This is a fun class that people of all skill levels can do. You do not have to be artistically inclined. I have personally taken this class and I do not consider myself an artist. I can’t even draw stick people! I enjoyed playing around with the different dried seaweeds and the sunlight exposure which resulted in some very cool paper art!

The Curious World of Seaweed

What: The Curious World of Seaweed exhibit opens May 25

What Else: June 2 – 4, 2023 Seaweed Weekend at the Maritime

Location: Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd., Newport, OR 97365

Museum Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Sunday 11 – 4

Exhibit Opening Reception: May 25 4-7 PM Free and Open to the Public

“The Curious World of Seaweed”
Provides a Stunning Look at Marine Flora

The Lincoln County Historical Society is pleased to present “The Curious World of Seaweed,” an extraordinary exhibition featuring captivating color “portraits” of seaweed. The temporary exhibition merges history, art & science by featuring surprising stories highlighting Indigenous peoples’ and women’s connections to seaweed and examines its vital role as the base of the food chain. “The Curious World of Seaweed” opens on May 25 and will be on view through October 1 at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center located on the Newport, Oregon Bayfront. The exhibit is sponsored by Englund Marine & Industrial Supply. Additional support is provided by Discover Newport, BW Agate Beach and Local Ocean.

Seaweeds have three requirements for survival: something to hold onto, sunlight to provide energy, and nutrients to fuel growth. They find these three elements in a thin section of the ocean, which accounts for less than two percent of the entire sea floor. Yet seaweeds are the supreme eco-engineers, oxygenating the waters and creating habitats for countess organisms. This exhibition examines how these surprisingly sophisticated marine plants keep our planet opulently rich in life.

“The Curious World of Seaweed” highlights the works and research of San Francisco based photographer and author, Josie Iselin. “The Curious World of Seaweed” publication was released by Heyday Books in August 2019. Copies of the book are available for sale at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. Iselin’s writing and art focusing on seaweed, kelp and sea otters puts her on the forefront of interdisciplinary education about the ocean, while presenting and working with scientists and environmental groups working to preserve the kelp forests of the Pacific Coast.

A free opening reception will take place on May 25 from 4-7 PM at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. Appetizers will be provided by Local Ocean.

Additional related programming includes a June 2-4 Seaweed Weekend where Josie Iselin and others will be at the PMHC to participate in a panel discussion, lecture, meet & greet book signings, two classes, a performative tattoo art demonstration and an Oregon Seaweed Booth. More details are below.

For those wanting to make their own seaweed art, Iselin will be teaching a, Art & Algae: Cyanotype Printing Workshop where she introduces students to cyanotype printing (an alternative photography technique) using her vast collection of dried seaweed specimens as image-making material. This is an excellent way to introduce some basics of seaweed biology and ecology while making art. Iselin makes all the photosensitive paper beforehand on fine art watercolor paper in varying sizes so everyone can go home with four or five prints of their own. The class is at the PMHC on June 3, 11 am – 2:30 PM; all materials are included. Class fee is $90 per person; LCHS members receive a $5 discount. Students should bring a brown bag lunch. Pre-registration and fee are required; the class is limited to 12 participants. Contact the PMHC to register, call 541-265-7509.

For those wanting an opportunity to learn to ID seaweeds and seaweed foraging, a Seaweed Identification Workshop with Alanna Kiefer, Shifting Tides NW, is offered on Sunday June 4, 7-9 am; $40 per person, limited to 25 participants. Alanna will discuss Oregon’s intertidal ecology, knowing the tides and conditions of the ocean as well as a heavy focus on the array of seaweeds along our shores. This day will be one of the lowest tides of the year and a great morning for exposure to seaweeds. Registration for this class is available online through

Exhibition Support

The Curious World of Seaweed is a traveling exhibition from author and artist Josie Iselin in partnership with Exhibit Envoy. The exhibit is based on the book of the same name by Iselin (Heyday Books).

About Exhibit Envoy

Exhibit Envoy provides traveling exhibitions and professional services to museums throughout California. For more information, visit

About Josie Iselin

Josie Iselin is a photographer, author, and designer of many books. Her newest book, The Curious World of Seaweed, presents visually rich narratives of our iconic West Coast seaweeds and kelps. It was released by Heyday Books in August 2019 and has been shortlisted for the Northern California Book Award and the Alice Award, recognizing illustrated books. She holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University. She currently teaches in the School of Design at SFSU.

More Detail on the June 2-4 Seaweed Weekend Itinerary at the PMHC

Friday June 2, 2023 

Above/Below: Bridging Kelp Forest Communities (Free and Open to the Public)

4PM Panel Discussion in the Doerfler Family Theater at the PMHC.

Moderator: Karina Nielsen, Director, Oregon Sea Grant


  • Josie Iselin to discuss bringing art & science together to tell stories.
  • Tom Calvanese, OSU Extension to discuss their kelp project/ORKA Oregon Kelp Alliance
  • Peter Hatch, CTSI to discuss the cultural history and contemporary investment in kelp/seaweed.
  • Alanna Kieffer, Shifting Tides and Oregon Seaweed
  • Sara Hamilton, Oregon Kelp Alliance

Saturday June 3, 2023

Art & Algae: Cyanotype Printing Workshop SOLD OUT
(Pre-registration required; limited to 12) (Fee: $90 per person; $85 for LCHS Members)

11 am – 2:30 Hands-on workshop with San Francisco Artist Josie Iselin. Josie will be teaching an Art & Algae workshop where students will learn about cyanotype (blue) printing using her vast collection of dried seaweed specimens as image-making material. This is an excellent way to introduce some basics of seaweed biology and ecology as well as being a basic photography class requiring only photosensitive fine art watercolor paper, sunlight, and water. The workshop is 3.0 hours long resulting in take home art! Pre-registration is required. The workshop is limited to 12 participants. Cost is: $90 per person; $85 for LCHS Members. All materials are included. Participants advised to bring a brown bag lunch. Call the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center to register, 541-265-7509.

Art & Algae: An Artist’s Journey into the Science of Seaweed

(Free; Museum Admission Fee Waived)

4 PM Josie Iselin Lecture in the Doerfler Family Theater at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center followed by a Book Signing, Ocean Garden and The Curious World of Seaweed

Sunday June 4, 2023 

Seaweed Identification Workshop SOLD OUT

(Pre-registration required through; $40 per person)

7 – 9 am; limited to 25 participants

We’re taking advantage of incredibly low tides during this special weekend and offering a chance to explore to rocky shores and learn how to identify and sustainably harvest wild seaweeds. This workshop will go over general oceanography, intertidal ecology, with a focus on identification of wild seaweeds and sustainable harvest methods. The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most biodiverse intertidal systems, and more kelp species than anywhere else on earth. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore with Alanna Kieffer (Shifting Tides and Oregon Seaweed) on one of the lowest tides of the year.

Performative Tattoo Art Demonstration

(Free with Paid Museum Admission Fee)

10 am – 5 PM Noted Tattoo Artist Luka Weinberger, @Lowbarart or, will create a one-of-a-kind Josie Iselin design bull kelp wrap tattoo design for one lucky person’s forearm. This Performative Tattoo Art Demonstration will be happening in real time over a 7-hour period while museum visitors observe. For an $1,800 tattoo fee one lucky person will be the recipient of this one-of-a-kind body art; proceeds to benefit the Above/Below Indigenous Kelp project. Above/Below is initiating a tribal liaison position to help coordinate art & algae workshops with youth groups, artist’s and writer’s commissions and research of tribal uses of bull kelp. Inquiries for tattoo:

Meet & Greet with Josie Iselin & Book Signing Opportunity

(Free with Paid Museum Admission Fee)

11 am – 4PM Meet & Greet at the PMHC with San Francisco author, Josie Iselin & a book signing opportunity for Iselin’s: An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed and Curious World of Seaweed.

Oregon Seaweed Booth with Alanna Kieffer

(Free with Paid Museum Admission Fee)

11 am – 4 PM Alanna Kieffer, Farm & Sales Manager, Oregon Seaweed and Shifting Tides, to informally discuss seaweed farming with a tasting option and recipes.


Available at the PMHC Museum Store

Josie Iselin’s books, notecards and a selection of her USA made designer scarves are available for purchase in the PMHC museum store.

Oregon Seaweed dried seaweed products: Whole-leaf Dried Dulse and Pacific Dulse Flakes.

Billow Cloud Soaps: Seaweed, sea salt and saltwater soap; Intertidal Face Balm Oil.