PACIFIC MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER SEEKS WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS BY JOYCE GAFFIN
•Did you commercial fish out of Newport or other Northwest ports in the 70s and commission a painting of your boat?
•Do you own a watercolor painting of a boat painted by Joyce Gaffin?
•Do you know family members or others who own a boat painting signed by
If you answered yes to any of the above, Joyce Gaffin and the Lincoln County Historical Society would like to hear from you!
The Historical Society is hosting a retrospective of Gaffin’s original maritime work at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center from March 3rd to September 4, 2016, and seeks the loan of Gaffin’s original boat paintings, or images of same.
Joyce Gaffin 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.
She 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.
Most of the local boat paintings were done at Port Docks 5 or 7, or up Yaquina Bay Road. Some were done at Westport, WA, Astoria, Charleston, and California ports south to Morro Bay. The boat paintings from the 70s have become scattered. Most were not photographed before they were sold.
If you own, or have information about a painting, please contact Sachiko Otsuki by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (541) 265-7509.
The Lincoln County Historical Society, a nonprofit organization, preserves and shares Lincoln County’s history. Visit the Burrows House Museum, 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport, and the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd. in Newport. Burrows House admission is by donation. Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is $5 for adults, children 12 and under admitted free. Both museums are open 11 am to 4 pm Thursday through Sunday.