Coastal Confluence

COASTAL CONFLUENCE 
Virginia Leonnig & Carol Pulvermacher

A New Exhibit at the Maritime Museum

We each live in our own world, seeing the same things differently, yet more often than not manage to find common ground with others. Proof of this truism comes to light (and color) in the work of collaborating artists, Virginia Leonnig and Carol Pulvermacher.

An opening reception for this new exhibit at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center (Museum) will be held Friday, June 8th, 6:00-8:00 PM. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

This collaborative exhibit is a canvas expression of the two artists’ appreciation of Pacific Northwest wildlife. Their styles are vastly different yet somehow, by choosing identical subject matter and working independently, they evoke a surprising confluence of color and self-expression.

Carol Pulvermacher is best known as a self-taught pyrographer (wood burning) wildlife artist. She has since developed a newly found passion for abstract expressionist painting influenced by Northwestern Native imagery. She uses bold lines, colors and drip painting to express calm meeting chaos. Working mainly from a studio space in her West Linn home, Pulvermacher works outside when the weather allows — a practice she describes as “like coming home.”

She enjoyed her first group show at The Lincoln City Cultural Center’s Chessman Gallery in 2013, and a solo show in Estacada in August 2013. In the summer of 2015 she discovered the abstract world of drip painting. On a whim, she added her wood burned wildlife, with a NW native style, to the paintings.

In 2017 this combination lead to a solo show at the Spiral Gallery and acceptance into two juried shows, “Color” in Fort Collins, CO, and “All Things Salmon” show at the Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR. Also in 2017, Carol and Virginia Leonnig shared a show “Colorful Confluence” at the Chessman Gallery in Lincoln City. Carol was recently in a three person show at the Spiral Gallery.

Virginia Leonnig has had a life-long interest in painting and the natural world around her. She was born into an artistic family who recognized and encouraged her talent and interests at an early age.

At the age of 12 her grandmother provided her with her first work space. By the time she reached age 13 she was enrolled in Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

Marrying shortly after graduating from high school she soon had 3 children. While raising her small children she took several courses of study at The Maryland Institute of Art and from professional artists.

Virginia relocated to Oregon in 1984 where she met her second husband. In 1994, they embarked on a two-year sailing adventure with paints well packed. In the tropics Virginia’s work was influenced by the vibrant colors, changing weather, movement of water and the constant motion of the boat. These influences continue to dominate in her work.

On return to Oregon Virginia made the decision to not go back to her job as a pediatric medical assistant and to instead pursue her art full time. She currently resides in Waldport, Oregon with her husband.

Admission to this special event is free for Historical Society members, and $5 for non-members. For more information, call (541) 265-7509.

Going Low at the Maritime Center

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low-tide-titleLOW TIDE LANDSCAPES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT OPENING AT MARITIME CENTER GALLERY

The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center will host a new exhibit, “Low Tide Landscapes.” This group exhibit by the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild explores the hidden landscape between land and sea exposed during minus tides, and will be on view at the Heritage Center from September 22, 2016, to April 2, 2017.

The exhibit features the work of nine members of the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild who make regular visits to the beaches of the Central Oregon Coast during low tides, especially the minus tides that occur in the spring and early summer. The photographers work in a variety of photographic media, including pinhole, iPhone, infrared and platinum, as well as straight and manipulated digital photography.

“Like most photographers, we’re always looking for new things to see in the world around us and new ways to see them,” said Corvallis photographer Rich Bergeman. “One place that never disappoints is the coast at very low tides. It’s a combination of seascape and landscape, and a photographer’s dreamland.”

Joining Bergeman in the exhibit are Corvallis photographers Bill Laing, Jack Larson, John Ritchie, Dave McIntire, Craig Hanson and Kat Sloma, along with Kurt Norlin of Albany and Phil Coleman of Philomath.

The opening artists’ reception will take place Friday, September 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Maritime Center. Meet the artists, view their work, and enjoy light refreshments. Admission to the opening reception is free for Historical Society members, and $5 for non-members.

For more information about the exhibit or reception, call the Lincoln County Historical Society at (541) 265-7509. To learn more about the PhotoArts Guild visit photoartsguild.org

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.

Joyce Gaffin: A Maritime Retrospective

Watercolor painting by Joyce Gaffin

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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 www.joycegaffin.com

GOOSENECK BARNACLES, NUDIBRANCHS, AND TUNICATES AT THE MARITIME CENTER!

Tide Pool Plants, Bob’s Creek, Oregon by Joanna Carrabbio

The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center will host the Oregon chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators’ exhibit, “Tidal Waters: The Art of Scientific Illustration.” This group exhibit, in the Center’s Galley Gallery, opens on Thursday, September 10th, and will run through Sunday, February 21, 2016. The exhibit includes selected works submitted by members of the organization.

Science illustrators are artists in the service of science, and often accuracy takes precedence over aesthetics. However, those who view this exhibit will likely find it nothing short of artful. This compilation of artwork follows in the long tradition of scientific illustration where attention to detail was paramount. Often times the Scientific Illustrator makes visible what cannot be otherwise seen. The subject matter included in this exhibit focuses on species associated with the tidal waters of Oregon. Subjects include anemones, crabs, sea stars, mussels, nudibranchs, chitons, tunicates, gooseneck barnacles and octopuses, among many others.

Artists include Catherine Alexander, Marly Beyer, Kristine Blodget, Rebecca Brown-Thompson, Joanna Carrabbio, Paula Fong, Alice Hill, Kristine Kirkeby, Cynthia Kranich, Terri Nelson and Nora Sherwood. All are Oregon residents, and each created pieces based on inspirations gained by visiting tide pools and the nearby environs. Media includes watercolor, acrylics, carbon dust, pen & ink and colored pencil. Most of the pieces are available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.

Hairy Hermit Crab (Pagurus hirsutiusculus), by Catherine Alexander

Hairy Hermit Crab, by Catherine Alexander

The opening artists’ reception will take place Friday, September 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Maritime Center. Admission to the opening reception is free for Historical Society members, and $5 for non-members.

Following the reception on Friday, the organization’s members will be conducting a weekend field trip in the area. This trip will be focused on the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the birds of Lincoln City. The group will be sketching and photographing subjects and environments while canoeing in the estuary and viewing birds on nearby trails.

For more information about the exhibit or reception, call the Lincoln County Historical Society at (541) 265-7509. For more information about the Oregon chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, visit www.gnsi-oregon.org.