Joyce Gaffin Gallery Talk

Remains of the Day, watercolor painting by Joyce Gaffin

Award-winning local artist and arts educator Joyce Gaffin featured at an Informal Gallery Talk at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, Friday, August 19. 

Oregon Coast watercolor artist Joyce Gaffin will lead an interactive stroll through “Joyce Gaffin: A Maritime Retrospective,” an exhibit of her work currently on exhibit at the Maritime Center’s Galley Gallery, 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, August 19. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members. People will be encouraged to ask questions and make comments as they tour through the gallery discussing the inception and creation of the exhibited paintings.

The decades-spanning retrospective of maritime watercolor paintings includes private collection pieces loaned by individuals and businesses, as well as artwork loaned by the City of Newport, brought together for the first time for this exhibit, which closes in less than a month, September 4th. A painting of the gillnetter, F/V Cindy Marie, never publicly exhibited before, will be on view for this evening event only.

Drawn by the lore, strength, and bravery of the commercial fishing industry, and the individuality of the wooden and steel boats and their equipment, Joyce Gaffin settled in Newport, Oregon, in 1973. She then began a career as a professional watercolorist on the docks painting commissioned works of commercial fishing boats in Newport and up and down the Pacific Coast.

After a sojourn in Eastern Oregon where she worked on her emerging style of painting and began exhibiting in galleries and juried competitions, Gaffin returned to Newport. Her work has earned numerous awards including first place at the All Oregon Art Annual, the Sunriver Juried Arts Competition, the Pendleton Arts Festival, the Newport Visual Arts Center, and for several exhibitions of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. In 1991, Joyce Gaffin became the first woman in the Northwest to receive an internationally awarded grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation of New York City. She has also been awarded grants from the American Association of University Women, the Gottlieb Foundation, and the Artist’s Fellowship of New York City.

Gaffin taught watercolor workshops sponsored by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts in Newport until 1995, and private pleine aire classes for the following ten years. She also taught classes for children and adults through the Hatfield Marine Science Center. As a substitute teacher for the Lincoln County School District, Gaffin taught painting, drawing, design, and perspective in the local schools for twenty years.

Gaffin was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and studied design and pleine aire watercolor painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art while in high school. She studied Graphic Arts at the University of Cincinnati, and received a Bachelor of Science in Visual Design from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Her early training launched a successful professional career in graphic design and as an art director in both Chicago and Detroit.

Collins Foundation Grant Match Challenge



A check for $45,000 will be issued by The Collins Foundation to the Maritime Center when $45,000 has been raised in matching donations from individuals and businesses. Once the matching funds have been raised, a total of $90,000 will go towards completion of the lower floor of the Maritime Center. The Collins Foundation deadline for raising the funds is December 1, 2016.

phaseII_theatre2The Collins Foundation grant is for Phase II lower floor renovations of the Maritime Center. Central to the project is the Doerfler Family Theater, a multi-use venue complete with a projection system and a stage and seating for over 100 people.

This project is over halfway funded. Grants from the Meyer Memorial Trust, City of Newport, Lincoln County, the Oregon Community Foundation, Murdock Charitable Trust, Doerfler Family Trust, and countless locals have funded construction of an ADA-compliant elevator reaching all three floors of the building and numerous other significant building upgrades. Maritime Center renovations have never incurred any debt.

collins-grant-image3The Lincoln County Historical Society seeks your help for the essential donations to complete Phase II and open the lower floor in short order and making the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center a world-class museum and event center. Any amount (to be doubled by The Collins Foundation) will be gratefully accepted and is tax-deductible. The Historical Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

If you have any questions on this project or would like a behind-the-scenes tour of the work in progress, do not hesitate to contact Executive Director Steve Wyatt at the Lincoln County Historical Society, (541) 265-7509.

Joyce Gaffin: A Maritime Retrospective

Watercolor painting by Joyce Gaffin


The Lincoln County Historical Society is hosting a retrospective of Joyce Gaffin’s original maritime work at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center from March 3rd to September 4th, 2016. Many of the thirty works in this exhibit were lent to the Historical Society by private parties and collectors and have never been publicly exhibited.

An opening reception will be held at the Maritime Center on Newport’s historic bayfront, Friday, March 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Admission to this special event is free for Historical Society members and $5 for non-members. The artist will be present and refreshments will be served.

Joyce Gaffin settled in Newport, Oregon in 1973, and began her career as a professional watercolorist on the docks where she painted commissioned works of commercial fishing boats at the Port of Newport and up and down the Pacific Coast. Gaffin continued to paint and exhibit her work throughout the Northwest during the 80s, 90s and 2000s up to the present. She taught watercolor workshops sponsored by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts in Newport until 1995 and private plein aire classes for the following 10 years. She has taught art classes for children and adults through the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and classes for educators through the Lincoln County School District. Before coming to Newport she studied watercolor at the Cleveland Institute of Art and graphic arts at the University of Cincinnati, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Design from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

For more information about the exhibit or reception, call the Lincoln County Historical Society at (541) 265-7509. To see more of Joyce Gaffin’s work, visit

Tom McCall Symposium



Oregon’s most colorful, quirky, and accomplished governor, Tom McCall (1913-1983), will be the subject of a two-day symposium in March. The many larger than life facts and fabrications surrounding McCall will be explored by both scholars and acquaintances of Oregon’s most beloved and, at times, controversial governor. McCall, a television journalist and political commentator, served as Oregon’s Governor during the socially and politically turbulent years of 1967-1975.

All sessions are independent of each other and will take place Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th, at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center on Newport’s Bayfront. Parking is available at the top of the hill adjacent to the Maritime Center.

The symposium kicks off Friday evening, March 4th at 6:00 p.m. with a screening of McCall’s landmark 1962 KGW-TV documentary, “Pollution in Paradise” plus an introduction and post-screening Q&A led by William G. Robbins, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History, Oregon State University.

KGW-TV aired McCall’s famous documentary, “Pollution in Paradise,” a sharply critical report of the condition of the Willamette River. “Pollution in Paradise” was a tour de force, pressing home the powerful idea that there was no contradiction between jobs and quality of life in Oregon.

Day two of the symposium will open at noon Saturday. “Frenemies: Tom McCall and Bob Straub” will be the topic for Charles K. Johnson, biographer of former Governor Bob Straub. Although McCall and Straub faced each other for the governorship twice, they often worked together to advance environmental causes. Johnson’s book is “Standing at Water’s Edge: Bob Straub’s Battle for the Soul of Oregon.”

One of Oregon’s most prominent broadcast journalists from the 1970s and 1980s will also be presenting on Saturday. Paul Hanson, who has been a news director of several radio stations and was KATU’s political reporter in the early 1980s, will screen his documentary, “A Nice Place to Visit: The Legacy of Tom McCall.”

Also on the program: Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall, author of the alternate history novel about McCall, “McCallandia,” the product of extensive research and numerous interviews. Hall was a volunteer in McCall’s 1978 comeback campaign and met the former governor several times.

This symposium to be presented on March 4th & 5th is co-sponsored by the Lincoln County Historical Society and the Tom McCall Legacy Project, a non-profit educational group. The Legacy Project organization sponsored the McCall Day bill designating March 22nd as Tom McCall Day, and encourages all Oregonians to learn about McCall’s legacy.

Admission to the symposium is five dollars, and free for Lincoln County Historical Society members.

For more information about the Tom McCall Symposium, call 541-265-7509. For more information about the Tom McCall Legacy Project, visit:



bill-robbinsBill Robbins joined the faculty at Oregon State University in 1971, where he has taught courses in the History of the American West and Environmental History. He has authored and edited several books, including Oregon: This Storied Land (2006); Landscapes of Conflict: The Oregon Story, 1940-2000 (2004). His most recent book, A Man for All Seasons: Monroe Sweetland and the Liberal Paradox, was published in 2015 by Oregon State University Press.


charles-johnsonCharles K. Johnson is a Portland writer, fundraiser, and activist. A native Oregonian, he has been active min environmental politics since childhood. After a decade in national politics, working with Physicians for Social Responsibility and as Executive Director of Nuclear Free America, Johnson returned to Oregon, where he was instrumental in making a home for the Robert W. Straub Archives at Western Oregon University’s Hamersly Library. He is the author of Standing At The Water’s Edge: Bob Straub’s Battle for the Soul of Oregon, published in 2012 by Oregon State University Press.


paul-hansonPaul Hanson has been a broadcast journalist in radio and television for many decades. During most of Paul’s radio career he worked as a news director including his position as the first News Director of KYXI Radio, Portland’s first (and last) 24 hour All-News operation. Paul became the KATU -Television Political Reporter in 1978 and covered the 1979 through 1983 legislative sessions in Salem. In early 1982 Paul and photographer Bill Weaver were assigned to prepare a documentary focusing on the life and achievements of former Governor Tom McCall. While Paul was the Political Reporter at KATU, McCall was the station’s News Analyst and Commentator. The assignment was based on McCall’s health. He was battling cancer. Paul and Bill finalized production and “A Nice Place To Visit…The Legacy of Tom McCall” aired on Thursday, September 9th 1982. Paul Hanson is currently News Director at KFLS Radio in Klamath Falls.


bill-hallLincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall is the author of McCallandia, which is based on 40 years of admiration for Tom McCall and was the product of extensive research and numerous interviews. An Oregon native, Hall spent many years in journalism before making the transition to elective office. He was a volunteer in McCall’s 1978 comeback campaign and met the former governor several times.


Many Thanks Crab Krack Supporters!


The Lincoln County Historical Society sincerely thanks all the 2016 Crab Krack attendees and contributors. About $10,000 was raised for renovations to the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.

These donors and volunteers made the dinner and auction possible:
Agate Beach Inn Best Western; Amundson, Jean, Animal Medical Care of Newport; Baker, John & Carol; Bank of the West; Barrelhead Supply; Bassingthwaite, James & Victoria;  Bayscapes Gallery & Coffeehouse; Bigfoot Beverages; Brodie, Toni; Café Mundo; Café Stephanie; Carpet One/America’s Mattress; Chalet Restaurant & Bakery; Chinook Winds Casino Resort; Chowder Bowl at Nye Beach; Chuck Forinash Gallery; Clark, Lindsay; Cline, Jim & Amy; Cohen & Park; Conway, Thomas Kenneth; David Miller/The Oregon Coast Broadcast Center; Dillon, Brian – F/V Azalea; Eder, Bob & Michele – F/V Timmy Boy; Elizabeth Street Inn; Englund Marine Supply; Fishpeople Seafood; Gertula, Chuck; Grove Veterinary Clinic; Hallmark Resort; Hanshumaker, Bill & Teresa; Harmsen, Mary; Hilton, Nancy; Jovi; Lazerquick; LCHS Board of Directors; Local Ocean Seafoods; Made In Oregon; Marine Discovery Tours; Marion Moir Watercolors; McAdams, JoAn; McAvoy, Miller, Becky;  Nathan – F/V Two Saints; Morrison, Doug & Christina – F/V Tempo; Mo’s Enterprises, Inc.; Nana’s Irish Pub; Newport Candy’s Ice Cream Parlour; Newport Processing Plants; Old River Coffee Roaster Company; Pacific Shrimp; Past Forward; Pavitt Land Use Consulting, LLC; Pettis, Mike & Karen – F/V Patriot; Pettis, Tony & Maria – F/V Heidi Sue; Pig Feathers BBQ/Twisted Snout Brewery; Port of Toledo; Quilters Cottage; Retherford, Mike & Kelly – F/V Excalibur, F/V Winona J; Richardson, Mark & Shyla – F/V Norska; Roby’s Furniture; Rogue Ales & Spirits; Terry & Dawn Pavitt-Ryan; Saffron Salmon; Stangeland, Paul & Anne; Sheldon, E. Douglas; Sunwest Motors/Mike Schulz; Sylvia Beach Hotel; The Whaler Motel; Toledo Clayworks; Toujours Boutique; Turner, Bill; tu-tu-tu; Umpqua Bank; Webster, Janet; Willamette Valley Vineyards; Yager, Justin & Sarah – F/V Eddie & Rod