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.

There’s More Than One Way To Capture A Fish

Gyotaku Print

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.

Kids Get In Free at the Maritime Center

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

For the remainder of the month of December, children age 12 and under will be admitted for free to the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center with a paid adult admission or a adult member
free pass.

The Maritime Center offers a children’s discovery area where young ones can get up close and personal with our “hands on history” interactive exhibit. They can even make their own exhibit, explore photos and maps, and try on vintage clothing. Touching is very much encouraged in the hands on area.

Normally, children’s admission is $3.00. Adults and children alike can also take in the new “Making Waves” surfing exhibit and “Yaquina,” a retrospective exhibit of Michael Gibbons paintings of the Yaquina Bay estuary.

The Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center is open Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, and is located at 333 SE Bay Blvd on Newport’s Historic Bayfront. Closed Christmas Day. For more information, call 541-265-7509.

COWABUNGA!

Cowabunga!

Cowabunga Longboard Classic, Otter Rock, 1983. Photo by Scott Blackman

Making Waves
Pioneer Surfers of the Oregon Coast

An engaging and nostalgic exhibit on Oregon Coast surfing, surfer culture, and the pioneers who made it happen opens at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center on Thursday, October 23rd.

For centuries, surfing was central to ancient Polynesian culture. It was “discovered” by European explorers in the late 1700s. The first written account of surfing in Hawaii appears in the journals of Captain James Cook. Cook describes with envy the pleasure experienced by these early surfer dudes, December 1777.

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Yaquina Art Exhibit Opening at Maritime Center

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“ARNOLD CREEK ESTUARY” oil painting of the Yaquina watershed by Michael Gibbons

A travelling exhibit of 35 oil paintings by Michael Gibbons, Toledo, will be on display at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center beginning Thursday, October 9th. The artist will be present throughout the day from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and invites everyone to stop by and see his unique views of the Yaquina watershed.

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