Autumn Social at the Maritime Museum

Autumn Social at the Maritime Museum Friday, November 1

The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center and staff will host an Autumn Social on Friday, November 1st in the Maritime Museum’s Doerfler Family Theater. This relaxed annual social event is a fun way to spend an autumn evening and learn a bit about local seafaring history from storyteller extraordinaire, retired Coast Guardsman Tom McAdams. A local, McAdams is known nationally for his storied and highly decorated life-saving Coast Guard career. Aside from McAdams’ presentation there will be time to enjoy Maritime Museum exhibits, chat with staff, and mingle with friends, old and new.

Admission is free – donations gratefully accepted.

6:00 PM:
A brief Annual Meeting. All society members are encouraged to attend and vote on a slate of board officers.

6:30 PM: Tom Talk. Tom McAdams, legendary retired Coast Guardsman, will share stories of his adventures at sea.

A cookie buffet, cider, and coffee will be served.

The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is located at 333 SE Bay Blvd on Newport’s Historic Bayfront. Parking is available at the top of the hill adjacent to the museum. (541) 265-7509

Autumn Social at the Burrows Museum

Open House & Autumn Social at the Burrows Museum Friday, October 19

The Burrows Museum and staff will host an Open House and annual Autumn Social Friday, October 19th. This casual event marks the 40th Anniversary of the Burrows House as a museum.

Burrows Museum
In 1895 John and Susan Burrows built their Victorian home on a popular footpath that connected Newport’s Bayfront with Nye Beach. The Burrows House was briefly their home, later a rooming house, then spent decades as a funeral parlor. It was moved to its current location, on 9th Street, in 1976 and has been a museum since 1978, longer than any other use of the structure.

5:30 PM: A brief Annual Meeting in the Carriage House. All society members are encouraged to attend and vote on a slate of board officers. A presentation on the history of the Burrows House by LCHS Director Steve Wyatt will follow.
6:15 PM: 40th Anniversary Burrows House Museum Open House. A cookie buffet, cider, coffee, and a special one-day-only book sale with over 100 titles from the gift shop. 60% discount for members; 50% for non-members.
7:00 PM: Log Cabin Tour. Get a rare behind the scenes look at the Historical Society’s vast archives and research library led by LCHS Curator Krissy Sonniksen.

This relaxed event is a fun way to spend an autumn evening and learn about local history. Enjoy Burrows Museum exhibits, chat with staff, and mingle with friends, old and new.
Admission is free – donations gratefully accepted.

The Burrows Museum is located at 545 SW 9th Street in Newport, behind the Newport Armory.

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



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

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.