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CAM Celebrates 25 Years of Maritime Art
Published: 05/24/2018  Updated: 06/28/2018
Along the Path, acquired in 2017 through Oregon Art Commission Acquisition Program
Along the Path, acquired in 2017 through Oregon Art Commission Acquisition Program
Painting by Jeffrey Hull

Coos Art Museum opens its 25th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit on Saturday, July 14.

Coos Art Museum (CAM) in Coos Bay, Oregon opens its 25th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition on July 14, 2018. The juried exhibition in the Maggie Karl Gallery displays maritime-themed artwork by major artists from across the United States and Canada. Works by the nations leading maritime artists are featured in a variety of media including, oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel and sculpture. Sanctioned by American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), co-sponsored by the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay and funded by a grant from the Coquille Tribal Fund, the exhibition runs through September 29, 2018.

Coinciding with the opening on Saturday is the Plein Air Paint-out and the museum's annual maritime fundraising dinner. Maritime painters will have the opportunity to enjoy a day of painting outdoors on the Coos Bay; docks, shipyards, boat basins, sandy beaches, rocky coves, rugged shorelines, dramatic cliffs, lush rain forests and cultured gardens that are all within 10 miles of the Coos Art Museum.

Beginning at 5pm the museum will host its annual maritime fundraising dinner. This popular event features art auctions, libations and enjoyable camaraderie. The Coach House Restaurant of Coos Bay will cater food offerings. The recently completed plein air maritime paintings will be sold at a special auction during the evening. Tickets for the dinner and auction are $45 for museum members and $50 for non-members. Tickets are available by phone (541) 267-3901 or in person at Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay.

The annual maritime exhibition at CAM is the western regional competition for the American Society of Marine Artists and is the oldest continuous maritime art competition on the West Coast. The ASMA jurors include: Austin Dwyer of Mukilteo, Washington, Louis Stephen Gadal of Los Angeles, California, and Harold W. Johnson of SeaTac, Washington.

Featured Artist: Pacific Northwest artist Jeffrey Hull was born in Portland and has been a resident of Cannon Beach, Oregon since 1972. He has earned his living from art since 1987 when he opened the Jeffrey Hull Gallery in Cannon Beach. Known for his ability to capture the beauty and moods of the places where water joins land, Hull controls the difficult medium of watercolor, often in very large paintings. He has been featured at the Kirsten Gallery in Seattle and various coastal galleries. In 2008 he was profiled on Oregon Art Beat. Hull is a Signature Member of the ASMA and is one of the best-known participating artists at CAM, exhibiting in the annual maritime show since 2000. He has won numerous awards at these group exhibitions including most recently, People's Choice awards in 2017 and 2015, Port Award in 2017 and Honorable Mention also in 2017. In 2017 Coos Art Museum acquired a Hull painting "Along the Path" through the Oregon Art Commission Art Acquisition program. Hull's artwork will be shown in the adjacent Perkins Gallery during the exhibition.

Juror: Austin Dwyer is a Fellow and past president of the Puget Sound Group of North West Painters. He is also a Signature Member of the ASMA and member of the Board of Directors. Born in County Tipperary, Ireland, Dwyer became an American Citizen in 1961. He recently founded, with his co-founder C.R. Bryant, the Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Art. Dwyer has received many awards in past Annual Maritime Art Exhibitions including "Best of Show" in 2009 and 2014.

Juror: Louis Stephen Gadal has been a regular participant in the Museum's Annual Maritime Art Exhibition since its beginning in 1994. He is a celebrated watercolor artist and a member of the American Watercolor Society, ASMA Signature Member, International Society of Marine Painters and National Watercolor Society. Gadal has taught art at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia and the Otis-Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles.

Juror: Harold W. Johnson is a regular awards winner in Coos Art Museum's Annual Maritime Art Exhibitions and was featured artist in 2012. Johnson has exhibited with Arts for the Parks – National Parks at the Smithsonian, the National Wilderness Show and the Pacific Rim Wildlife Show. Though largely self-taught, he has been painting full- time since the late sixties. He is a lifetime member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters, a member of the International Society of Marine Painters and Signature Member of the ASMA.

Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon's scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies an historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10am-4pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1-4pm on Saturday. General admission is $5 and $2 for students. Admission is free for museum members and to active duty military through the Blue Star Museum Program.

Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay (503) 267-3901

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