Oregon Coast Fishing History on Display in Newport
(Newport, Oregon) - "The Newport Fishing Project," a multi-media exhibit, will open Saturday, June 5 at the site of the proposed Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd. Hours are at 2 to 6 p.m. The exhibit also will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 6; Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13. The exhibit features photographs and audio and video works, and brings together commercial fishing experiences, both past and present.
University of Oregon folklore student Al Bersch, photographer Leslie Grant, and sound artist Nina Pessin-Whedbee are coordinating the project in partnership with the Lincoln County Historical Society and area fishers.
As part of the exhibit, an audio installation overlooking Yaquina Bay will include oral histories from the Lincoln County Maritime Heritage Project mixed with stories from Newport fishers recorded in 2009 and 2010. Several concurrent slide shows will feature snapshots from fishers’ personal collections, a series of photographs of boat cabins from the Newport fleet, and selections from the Historical Society archives, including Jim Heron’s portraits of Newport fishers and boats.
“We want to focus not only on fishing but also on the creative work fishermen do and have done to tell their stories,” Pessin-Whedbee, said. “And the idea is to create a collage of these stories so people can connect the pieces in their own way.”
The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Historical Society at 541-265-7509.
The Lincoln County Historical Society, which includes the Burrows House and Log Cabin museums, is located at 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport. The museums are free and open to the public. The Burrows House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Log Cabin Museum is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Lincoln County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Lincoln County and the central Oregon coast.
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