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!

Annual Membership Meeting, 2023

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. to Attend the May 13 Annual Meeting of the Lincoln County Historical Society

Date & Time: Saturday May 13, 2:00 PM

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

Contact Person: Susan Tissot, 541-265-7509 or

Cost: Museum admission rates apply.  Free admission to members of the Lincoln County Historical Society, Children aged 12 and under, Active-Duty Military.

The Lincoln County Historical Society is hosting its Annual Membership Meeting in the Doerfler Family Theater at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, Saturday May 13 at 2 PM. The business meeting is from 2 – 2:30 PM followed by a special living history performance entitled, The Great Dissenter: Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. This is a unique opportunity to experience Oregon attorney William A. Barton bring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. to life in a living history performance that explores personal aspects of his life missed by some biographers and readers. The Justice also plans to talk about how the 1923 Supreme Court differs from the Supreme Court of today.

The Lincoln County Historical Society held their first annual membership meeting in 1948. This program is a part of what would have been the 75th annual membership meeting for the Lincoln County Historical Society; due to the pandemic the LCHS did not hold in person meetings in 2020 & 2021. The performance is open to the public. Museum admission rates apply; current members of the Lincoln County Historical Society, children aged 12 and under and active-duty military get in free. Not a member? Membership lapsed? No worries, arrive early and the museum staff will help you update your membership status when you enter the building. 

More about the program:

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935) served on the United States Supreme Court from 1902-1932.  He is known as “The Great Dissenter.”  Before being appointed to the U. S. Supreme Court, he served on the Massachusetts Supreme Court for 20 years and is the author of The Common Law (1881).

The justice is buried in Arlington and will be appearing pursuant to subpoena issued by attorney William Barton.  Holmes is one of America’s most celebrated jurists.  He was featured on the cover of Time magazine, received the Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor, and addressed the nation by radio on his 90th birthday.

In 1950 a movie, The Magnificent Yankee, chronicled his life.  It was nominated for two academy awards.  It was based on a 1946 Broadway play in which the justice was portrayed by Louis Calhern.  In 1965, the Hallmark Hall of Fame series presented The Magnificent Yankee, a movie made for television which received three Emmy’s.  In 1968 the U.S. Postal Service commemorated Holmes on a stamp.

As a courtesy to the justice, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, which was performed at his funeral, will be played prior to his appearance.

About Oregon Attorney William A. Barton:

William A. Barton has performed as Justice Holmes around the country and before the U. S. Supreme Court.  He has practiced law for 51 years as a plaintiffs’ personal injury lawyer solving around 500 cases, including litigation for sexual exploitation of youth in the Archdiocese of Portland and the Boy Scouts. Barton resides in Newport, Oregon with his wife JoAnn.

The Lincoln County Historical Society operates two historic properties that include 5 buildings: the 1895 Burrows House/ Carriage House/Garages & Log Cabin Research Library located at 545 SW 9th St., Newport, Oregon, AND the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center located at 333 SE Bay Blvd., Newport, Oregon. The PMHC is open to the public Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 4 PM. The 1895 Burrows House is currently closed for repairs but is scheduled to reopen Summer 2023. The Log Cabin Research Library is open by appointment. For more information call: 541-265-7509, email or visit You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.