Gyotaku workshop at Maritime Museum


On Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., master fish print artist and former commercial fisher Merchant Marines master Heather Fortner will head up a gyotaku workshop at the Pacific Maritime Museum in Newport.

Fortner has been practicing the art of gyotaku since 1976 and has taught it to hundreds of people. All proceeds from the workshop will benefit the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.

Fortner's Sea Fern Studio, Newport fishermen and Sara Skamser, of Foulweather Trawl Company, are collaborating on this hands-on fish print class. As an added bonus, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Maritime Museum will be offered by director Steve Wyatt.

In this six-hour workshop, participants will learn how to prepare fish for printing and how to mix colorful, oil-based inks. They will then be introduced to the technique of inking the fish and pulling off the fish print on beautiful Asian rice paper. Participants will also learn how to paint eyes and embellish their prints. Attendees of this limited enrollment class will walk away with at least three prints suitable for framing, as well as their practice pieces.

The cost of the workshop $150, which includes all materials, a box lunch, and the behind-the-scenes museum tour. It is limited to 20 people — reserve a space by stopping by the museum or calling 541-265-7509.

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