We’re Talkin’ Gyotaku!

Gyotaku artist, Bruce Koike, at work in his studio.

A new exhibit at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center brings to life the vibrant art of Gyotaku, a Japanese word that roughly translates as “Fish Printing.”

On Sunday, March 29th, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, guest curator Bruce Koike will be sharing history of the art form, techniques, and materials. Koike will also lead a tour through the exhibit, and demonstrate his Gyotaku skills.

Having grown up in San Diego, fish and fishing have always been part of Bruce’s life. His passion for the ocean brought him to the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center in the mid 1980s to earn a Masters degree in Fisheries Science. During this time, Bruce first attempted and developed in the art of Gyotaku. After his graduation, Bruce worked at the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans.

Bruce obtains specimens from his public aquarium colleagues, research scientists, Asian fish markets, commercial fishers, recreational anglers and has, on occasion, been successful at catching a specimen or two. He has printed over 150 different species of aquatic animals including fish, seaweed, crab, clam, octopus, and squid.

The Gyotaku exhibit runs through September 6th, 2015, and features the collective works of Bruce Koike, Leighton Blackwell, John Buchanan, Heather J Fortner, and Marion Moir. Many of the pieces are available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Maritime Center.

Admission to this event is free for members, and $5 for non-members. Kids 12 and under get in free. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (541) 265-7509.

There’s More Than One Way To Capture A Fish

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Quillback with otoliths Gyotaku print by Bruce Koike

A new exhibit featuring the work of five local Gyotaku artists is now open at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center.

Housed in the Maritime Center’s “Galley Gallery,” the collective works of Bruce Koike, Leighton Blackwell, John Buchanan, Heather J Fortner, and Marion Moir represent a diversity of Gyotaku styles and techniques.

Gyotaku is a Japanese word that roughly translates as “Fish Printing.” To make a fish print, the actual fish is directly coated with ink then pressed onto paper, making it possible for the artist to obtain a detailed reverse image.

Guest curator, Bruce Koike, explained how Gyotaku reflects the design and beauty of fish: Gyotaku is the perfect medium to reflect the dynamics of aquatic life. Gyotaku can highlight the individual fish, illustrate interactions of multiple fish, or illustrate the specific habitat where the animal lives.

Many of the 21 pieces on exhibit are available for purchase with the proceeds benefiting the Maritime Center.

An opening reception for the artists and exhibit will be held at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center on Friday, February 27th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

The reception is being sponsored by Local Ocean Seafoods, and will include seafood hors d’oeuvres and a no host wine bar. Admission to this special event is free for members, and $5 for non-members.

The exhibit runs through September 6th, 2015.

Thank You Crab Krack Supporters!

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The Lincoln County Historical Society sincerely thanks all the 2015 Crab Krack attendees and contributors. About $10,000 was raised for renovations to the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center.

These donors made the dinner and auction possible:
Agate Beach Golf Course; Agate Beach Inn Best Western; Amundson, Jean, Animal Medical Care of Newport; Arago Surf Gallery; Bassingthwaite, James & Victoria; Bank of the West; Barrelhead Supply; Bay 839; Bayscapes Gallery & Coffeehouse; Bigfoot Beverages; Brodie, Toni; Bronson, Jerry; Café Mundo; Café Stephanie; Canyon Way Bookstore & Restaurant; Carpet One; Chase, Mark – F/V Norma M; Chinook Winds Resort Casino; Chowder Bowl at Nye Beach; Cohen & Park; Cole, Gary – F/V Kristen Gail; Columbia Bank; 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; Fishtales Café; Gallery Michael Gibbons; Gilliland, Mary; Grove Veterinary Clinic; Hallmark Resort; Harmsen, Mary; Hastings Coastal Woodworks; Hilton, Nancy; Hunt, Doug; Illingworth’s; Jovi; Koike, Bruce; Lapham, Georgon & Raysha – F/V Michele Ann; Lazerquick; Local Ocean Seafoods; Made In Oregon; Marine Discovery Tours; Marion Moir Watercolors; Martin, Marie; McAdams, JoAn; McAvoy, Nathan – F/V Two Saints; Mollies Food Follies; Morrison, Doug & Christina – F/V Tempo; Mo’s Enterprises, Inc.; Nana’s Irish Pub; Newell, Mark & Lisa – F/V Silver Quest ;Newport Candy’s Ice Cream Parlour; Newport Processing Plants; Ocean Bleu @ Gino’s; Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission; Pacific Shrimp; Panini Bakery; Past Forward; Pavitt Land Use Consulting, LLC; Pettis, Mike & Karen – F/V Challenge; Pig Feathers BBQ/Twisted Snout Brewery; Pig ‘N Pancake; Port of Toledo; Quilters Cottage; Quilters Cove; Retherford, Mike & Kelly – F/V Excalibur, F/V Winona J; Richardson, Mark & Shyla – F/V Norska; Roby’s Furniture; Rogue Ales & Spirits; Ryan, Terry & Dawn Pavitt-Ryan; Saffron Salmon; Sandcastle Toys; Stangeland, Paul & Anne; Chalet Restaurant and Bakery; Sheldon, E. Douglas; Sorenson, Mike & Vella; Sunwest Motors/Mike Schulz; Sylvia Beach Hotel; The Whaler Motel; Toby Murry Motors; Toledo Clayworks; Toujours Boutique; Turner, Bill; tu-tu-tu; Umpqua Bank; Wheeler-Smith, Hilary; Yager, Justin & Sarah – F/V Eddie & Rod

Dance In The Solstice

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Past Forward

Sunday, December 21st, the Winter Solstice, is the shortest day and longest night of the year, and the official start of winter. Solstice feasts and festivals are held on that day the world over to celebrate nature’s cycle, and to welcome lighter and longer days ahead.

On this part of the planet, the Lincoln County Historical Society will be hosting a rollicking Winter Solstice Dance with live music featuring Past Forward on Sunday, December 21st, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Past Forward is a fun local jazz group, performing tunes from the 1920s through the 1960s, with a diverse repertoire that features standards, show tunes, bossa novas and popular hits. In addition to dancing in the Maritime Center’s “Great Room,” Solstice Revelers will enjoy refreshments and access to the museum’s exhibits and gift shop.

Admission tickets for the Winter Solstice Dance are $8 for members, and $10 for non-members. Proceeds from the event will benefit Maritime Center lower floor renovations. The lower floor will feature a 140-seat multi-purpose event venue, the Doerfler Family Theatre, conference and exhibit space, and a public elevator. Tickets can be purchased at the Burrows House Museum, Pacific Maritime Center, or by calling 541-265-7509. The Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center is located at 333 SE Bay Blvd on Newport’s Historic Bayfront.