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W A V E S

VOL 2.3


The Rugged southern oregon coast

see more on page 45

PHOTOS BY: JEREMY BURKE


OC

W A V E S

Publisher

Jeremy Burke

Editor

Steve Card

Advertising Sales

Teresa Barnes

Kathy Wyatt

Jenna Bartlett

Jeanna Petersen

Misty Berg

Suzanne Tarbet

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Oregon Coast Gift Guide

P.18

Recipe's -From Glazed

Donuts to Rabbit Stew

P.22

Dream Home of the Month

Contributing Writers

News-Times Staff

Leslie O'Donnell

Susan Schuytema

Photographers

Jeremy Burke

About the Cover Shot

Long exposure of the commericial fishing

fleet at Port Dock 5. Located in Newport's

Historic Bayfront. photo by Jeremy Burke

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Nikki Price and her quest

for the arts

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Washed Ashore

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Veterans Learn to Surf

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Clay Exhibit at the VAC

Blue Heart Exhibit

Judy Deam's

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LOCAL

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ALL PHOTOS BY

JEREMY BURKE

FREED GALLERY.

Photo by Jeremy Burke


ARCHWAY MARKET

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GRUMBLEFISH MUSIC

FREED GALLERY

JOVI

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FREED GALLERY STYX, STONES N’ BONES SJ CUSTOM JEWELERS

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WIND DRIFT GALLERY

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CHILDISH TENDENCIES

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FREED GALLERY

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CHARISMA GIFTS

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(541) 265-4657

ARCHWAY MARKET

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SJ CUSTOM JEWELERS

Photo by Jeremy Burke


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CELESTE’S KITCHEN PNW

Glazed Doughnuts

BY CELESTE MCENTEE AND GUESTS

Homemade doughnuts are a bit of a

project, but they’re less work than you

might think, and the result is a truly

great, hot, crisp doughnut. Once you’ve

mastered this basic recipe for a fluffy,

yeasted doughnut, you can do pretty

much anything you like in terms of glazes,

toppings and fillings.

For the doughnuts

• 1 ¼ cups milk

• 2 ¼ teaspoons (one package) active dry

yeast

• 2 eggs

• 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted

and cooled

• ¼ cup granulated sugar

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 4 ¼ cups all-purpose unbleached flour,

plus more for rolling out the dough

• 2 quarts canola oil, for frying.

For the glaze

• 2 cups powdered sugar

• ¼ cup milk.

• 1 teaspoon vanilla

• Dash of salt

Preparation

1. Heat the milk until it is warm but not

hot, about 90 degrees. In a large bowl,

combine it with the yeast. Stir lightly, and

let sit until the mixture is foamy, about 5

minutes.

2. Using an electric mixer or a stand

mixer fitted with a dough hook, beat the

eggs, butter, sugar and salt into the yeast

mixture. Add half of the flour (2 cups, plus

2 tablespoons), and mix until combined,

then mix in the rest of the flour until the

dough pulls away from the sides of the

bowl. Add more flour, about 2 tablespoons

at a time, if the dough is too wet. If you’re

using an electric mixer, the dough will

probably become too thick to beat; when

it does, transfer it to a floured surface,

and gently knead it until smooth. Grease

a large bowl with a little oil. Transfer the

dough to the bowl, and cover. Let rise at

room temperature until it doubles in size,

about 1 hour.

3. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured

surface, and roll it to 1/2-inch thickness.

Cut out the doughnuts with a doughnut

cutter, concentric cookie cutters or a

drinking glass and a shot glass (the larger

one should be about 3 inches in diameter),

flouring the cutters as you go. Reserve the

doughnut holes. If you’re making filled

doughnuts, don’t cut out the middle.

Knead any scraps together, being careful

not to overwork, and let rest for a few

minutes before repeating the process.

The doughnuts

1. Put the doughnuts on two floured

baking sheets so that there is plenty of

room between each one. Cover with a

kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm

place until they are slightly puffed up and

delicate, about 45 minutes. If your kitchen

isn’t warm, heat the oven to 200 at the

beginning of this step, then turn off the

heat, put the baking sheets in the oven

and leave the door ajar.

2. About 15 minutes before the doughnuts

are done rising, put the oil in a heavybottomed

pot or Dutch oven over medium

heat, and heat it to 375. Meanwhile, line

cooling racks, baking sheets or plates with

paper towels.

3. Carefully add the doughnuts to the oil,

a few at a time. If they’re too delicate to

pick up with your fingers (they may be this

way only if you rose them in the oven), use

a metal spatula to pick them up and slide

them into the oil. It’s OK if they deflate a

bit; they’ll puff back up as they fry. When

the bottoms are deep golden, after 45

seconds to a minute, use a slotted spoon

to flip; cook until they’re deep golden all

over. Doughnut holes cook faster. Transfer

the doughnuts to the prepared plates

or racks, and repeat with the rest of the

dough, adjusting the heat as needed to

keep the oil at 375. Glaze or fill as follows,

and serve as soon as possible.

Icing

1. Whisk together 2 cups powdered sugar,

1/4 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla and

a dash of salt until smooth. When the

doughnuts are cool enough to handle,

dip into the glaze; if you like, flip them so

they’re completely covered. Put on racks to

let the glaze harden.

My number one suggestion is to eat these

doughnuts while they are still warm —

each bite is such a treat. I love making

this recipe! Give it a try and don’t be

intimidated. I’m always happy to share

recipes and give tips if needed. Reach me

on Instagram @celesteskitchen-pnw and at

celeste@moschowder.com

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THE KITCHEN WILD

BY KATIE WILEY

Tempura Coral Mushroom

Udon Noodle Soup

your dish with its umami flavor.

I may not be able to tell you where these

beautiful coral mushrooms were harvested,

but I can show you! The Kitchen Wild is now

on YouTube thanks to the News-Times Media

Group, so keep an eye out for this mushroom

recipe on my YouTube channel, “The

Kitchen Wild,” and watch all the fun we had

harvesting them. You might even recognize

this picturesque central Oregon coast location.

Wild Rice Soup

As many of you may know, The Kitchen Wild

was first launched on Instagram, and over the

past couple of years, I’ve received so many

amazing messages from people all over the

world about my wild food recipes. But nothing

gains as much attention as mushrooms, and

that includes pleas to never, ever disclose

mushroom foraging locations.

Mushrooms are serious business, and those of

us who love to hunt them here on the central

Oregon coast have our favorite spots that we

return to time and time again in hopes that

another mushroom forager hasn’t gotten to

them first. So although I can’t tell you the exact

location where I harvest these beautiful fungi —

because people on the internet get really upset

about that kind of thing — I can tell you that

we live in such a unique climate that some of

the most incredible and delicious mushrooms

flourish here all over these incredibly abundant

Oregon coast forests. Therefore, you’re never

far from a fantastic fungi that’s ready to infuse

Ingredients:

6-12 coral mushroom bunches

1 can Rogue Newport Daze beer

Krusteaz Tempura Batter mix

1 quart chicken stock (or vegetable stock to

keep this recipe vegetarian)

1 tablespoon dark mushroom soy sauce

4 cups udon noodles

2-3 whole scallions, sliced

Oil for frying

Directions:

• Preheat oil to 375 degrees

• Mix your tempura batter mix with Rogue

Newport Daze beer until it’s a very thin

pancake batter consistency.

• In a separate bowl, use an additional cup

of dry tempura batter mix for dusting coral

mushrooms before dipping them in the wet

batter.

• Carefully deep fry battered mushrooms until

golden brown on both sides. Approximately 1

minute per side. Set aside on cooling rack or

paper towels to drain excess oil.

• In a small stockpot, add chicken stock (or

vegetable stock to keep this recipe vegetarian),

dark mushroom soy sauce and scallions. Bring

to a simmer then add udon noodles.

• Simmer 5-10 minutes. Serve with tempura

fried coral mushrooms on top, and enjoy!

The rain has started to fall here on the Oregon

coast, which means all of those beautiful

mushrooms are starting to pop up like crazy!

Every season here on the coast has something

thrilling, adventurous and seriously delicious

to look forward to, but mushroom foraging

has to be at the tip top of my adventure

list. Not only do mushrooms add the most

incredible umami flavor to foods, but hunting

for these beautiful golden fungi in the lush,

green, moss-covered forest is truly a treasure

hunt that you must experience.

This guilt-free soup is loaded with meaty

lobster mushrooms foraged by my little ones

and me, just minutes from our house in

Waldport, combined with homemade chicken

stock, Waldport Farmers Market zucchini and

shredded chicken. It’s slow simmered with a

naturally nutty wild rice then served with a

warm baguette.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon butter

4 cups lobster mushrooms, sliced

1 large shallot

2 quarts chicken stock


4 cups cooked chicken, shredded

2 cups zucchini, chopped

1/2 cup wild rice

3 teaspoons fresh thyme

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

Salt and pepper

Directions:

In a stockpot, melt butter and sauté shallot and

lobster mushrooms until shallot is soft.

Add chicken stock, shredded chicken, thyme,

basil, salt, pepper and wild rice.

Reduce the heat and slowly simmer for 20

minutes.

Add zucchini and continue to simmer for 10

more minutes.

Serve with a warm baguette.

Traeger-Grilled Black

There are a few things I know about black bass:

they’re easy to cook, a blast to catch, and when

they’re paired with J.O. Spice seasoning, a

Maryland seafood staple I was first introduced

to by my mother-in-law, Barbara Wiley, who

was born and raised in Maryland, they are

incredibly delicious!

J.O. Spice Company was established in 1945

in Baltimore City, Md. by J.O. (James Ozzle)

Strigle as a way to market the blends handed

down to him when he was growing up on a

small island in the middle of the Chesapeake

Bay, where everyone’s livelihood depended on

seafood.

Back in 1945, J.O. Spice Company started

with J.O. No.1. It came in a little can that was

taken to nearby wholesale fish and seafood

markets to sell to the market’s customers and

watermen to enhance the flavor of all those

blue crab they were catching, which were so

abundant they were just considered the spiders

of the sea at that time. J.O. wanted a way to

showcase how delicious those blue crab were,

and his incredible spice mix was the perfect

way to do it. Over the years they’ve expanded

their flavor profile, now offering J.O. No.2

(my personal favorite), J.O. Garlic Crab Spice,

Homestyle Shrimp, Crawfish & Seafood Boil,

Blackened Steak Seasoning, Maryland Style

Crab Soup Mix, and so much more.

Sadly, J.O. passed away in 1974, but J.O. Spice

Company still remains family owned and

operated after 76 years in business and has

always made their customers their number

one priority. J.O. used to say, “If we don’t look

out for our customers, someone else will,” and

although the majority of J.O. Spice Company’s

customers may be on the East Coast, their

mission statement of “give the customer what

they want, when they want it” still holds true

to us here on the West Coast as well. And their

seafood blends might have originally been

formulated for those blue crab, but they are

perfectly delicious on our Dungeness crab as

well as on all of the abundant seafood we have

available here on the Oregon coast.

J.O. Spice Company has always put the quality

of their products, their customers and their

hard working employees before their profit

margin, so this seasoning isn’t available in

stores here on the West Coast. But it can

be easily ordered at www.jospices.com or by

calling 410-247-5205 or 1-800-537-5714.

Ingredients:

1 whole black bass/ 2 filets

1 stick salted butter

1.5 tablespoons J.O. Crab Seasoning #2

Directions:

Preheat Traeger to 325°

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium

heat, cooking the butter until it begins to foam

and brown specks float up through the foam.

Remove from heat and add J.O. Seasoning.

Brush Brown J.O. Butter over top and bottom

of fish.

Place nonstick paper or foil on Traeger to

prevent fish from sticking to the grill.

Grill fish for approximately 7 minutes or until

internal temp reaches around 130 degrees.

Remove from the grill and enjoy!

Rabbit Stew

Oregon Coastal Cutters will also have a

limited supply of holiday meats, ranging from

rib roasts that have been dry aged for 45 days

to whole smoked turkeys just in time for

Thanksgiving. Ordering will be available for

these holiday favorites starting Nov. 1.

With such a large variety of superior quality

meats, including some unique cuts that you

certainly won’t find anywhere else here on

the central Oregon coast, it’s no surprise that

Oregon Coastal Cutters has won Butcher of

the Year for the past two years in a row.

Oregon Coastal Cutters is located at 4627 S

Coast Highway, suite F, in South Beach, and

can be reached at 541-867-6328.

Ingredients:

1 whole rabbit, quartered

3 carrots

1 large onion

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

Salt

Black pepper

Garlic powder

Fresh thyme

1 McCormick beef stew packet

3 cups water

Directions:

Season rabbit with salt, pepper and garlic

powder (I didn’t measure, just eyeball

ingredients to your liking).

For Instant Pot: On sauté setting, heat olive oil

then brown rabbit on all sides. Remove from

instant pot, set aside. Add butter, onions and

carrots and sauté until onions have started to

brown.

Add rabbit back into the Instant Pot with a few

sprigs of fresh thyme, 3 cups water and stew

seasoning. Set Instant Pot for 35-40 minutes.

At this point, I transferred most of my liquid

to a saucepan and simmered it on the stove,

reducing it by half until it was a deep, rich

brown color. Serve with mashed red potatoes.

For stovetop: In a stockpot or Dutch oven, heat

olive oil on medium-high then brown rabbit

on all sides. Remove rabbit, set aside. Reduce

heat to medium, add butter, onions and

carrots and sauté until onions have started to

brown.

Add rabbit back into the stockpot or Dutch

oven with a few springs of fresh thyme, 3 cups

water and stew seasoning. Cover, simmer

for at least two hours. Remove lid, simmer

for the last 30 minutes uncovered to reduce

stock. Serve over mashed red potatoes.

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The metal sculpture of the Warrenton Warrior mascot was

“built by students of Mr. Ernest Moon’s metal fabrication

class at Warrenton High School in the 1968-69 school

year,” according to the Oregon Coast Visitors Association.


A BEACH WALK WITH A MISSION

Niki Price, of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, is hiking the

coast to raise money for the center and awareness of public art

Life threw a few challenges her way, but Niki Price finally got

her Oregon coast trek underway. The first leg was every inch

as amazing as she expected.

“It was grand,” Price, executive director of the Lincoln City

Cultural Center, said of the 21-mile stretch from the north

trailhead at Fort Stevens State Park to Seaside, with a side trip

to Warrenton. “It was truly grand. I had a wonderful time.”

Price did the trip over two days and plans to hike the entire

425 miles of the Oregon Coast Trail for a journey she is calling

“On the Path of Public Art.” The idea is to help spread word

both of the Oregon Coast Public Art Trail, which features

more than 800 pieces of public art, and of fundraising efforts

to create the cultural plaza at the cultural center.

“This is a personal goal of mine,” said Price, who was recently

named chair of the Oregon Cultural Trust‘s board of directors.

“But at the same time, I am really interested in public art and

bringing public art to the cultural plaza. My goal is to get the

name of the plaza out there, get people to associate the plaza

with our public art dreams and to know that the plaza is still

very much happening and very much in need of their support.”

Price originally planned to set out in March, but bad weather,

an injury, and family matters kept her grounded. While

disappointing at the time, Price thinks now it might have been

lucky.

“Really, the September date was the first I could do anything

serious,” she said. “It was glorious. The best weather. It was

like Bali. I got to explore a different part of the coast than I’ve

explored before. It was everything I hoped it would be.”

She was surprised to find cars and trucks on the beach of the

north coast. Lincoln City has some spots where the beach is

auto-accessible, but this was the first time Price saw the beach

used as an actual highway.

“I saw people driving to find picnic spots, four-wheeling. I also

saw people learning to paraglide off the beach. I saw a lot of

kites and a paragliding class.”

Sadly, she saw a lot of trash, too, which she tried to carry out

until her pack became too heavy.

Price’s BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) was inspired by tales

from the Pacific Crest Trail, but she questioned if she had the

stamina and backcountry skills to hike that. She also would

have had to take significant time off from her job.

“So, I tried to think about a similar goal that was more

accessible to me, and the Oregon Coast Trail really fit the bill.

I walk on a bit of it nearly every day in my neighborhood beach

in Lincoln City. Walking this Oregon Coast Trail also makes

my mother and husband happy. They always worry about me

when I’m off on a wander.”

Price is accepting donations, hoping to raise $5,000 to buy

a pedestal for the cultural plaza. There are two kinds of

donations, Morale Boosters, which are one-time donations,

and pledges per mile, which can be any amount and are due at

the end of the trek.

This story is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon

Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and

heritage, and the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition.

Above Left: Niki Price, executive director of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, plans to hike the entire 425 miles of the Oregon Coast Trail. Above Right:

Niki Price’s public art walk along the Oregon Coast Trail began with a bit of history at Fort Stevens State Park, where the wreck of the Peter Iredale has

been slowing disintegrating since it ran aground in 1906. (Photos courtesy of Niki Price)

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‘BOMB

CYCLONE’

HITS COAST

An offshore storm with the barometric pressure of a Category 4 hurricane — referred to as a “bomb

cyclone” — produced gale-force winds on the coast in late October, and surf as high as 35 feet

crashed into shores, when this photograph was taken near Cape Foulweather.

(Photo by Jeremy Burke)


RECYCLED ART TO SAVE THE OCEAN

After spending 11 years creating art from washed-up trash

and touring the country with it to raise awareness of ocean

pollution, Angela Pozzi ended her decade-plus journey Saturday

by introducing the Washed Ashore sculpture exhibit for the

final time at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

Through the help of volunteers and partnerships with

organizations like the Smithsonian, Disney, SOLVE and more,

Pozzi has crafted dozens of sculptures reminiscent of various

sea life from nearly every discarded manmade item one might

find washed ashore. The goal of the project is to inspire people

to think more on where their discarded items might end up

and encourage them to think carefully about their choices as a

consumer.

From a giant penguin made of spent shotgun shell casings and

strips of rubber to a marlin made of shredded water bottles,

cans and fishnets, the vibrant sculptures are meant to first catch

the eye and then draw passersby in for a closer look, a goal

accomplished easily Saturday as dozens of people pulled off of

Highway 101 to inspect the sculptures.

“Everyone loves giant animals, and it’s the kind of thing

everyone would love to get their picture taken with,” Pozzi said.

“Part of the idea is to sort of ‘lure’ people from a distance with

the vibrant sculpture and then when they see what they’re made

of, that’s when you can then teach them what it’s all about.”

To date, Washed Ashore has spent over 14,000 volunteer hours

collecting more than 60,000 pounds of garbage from Oregon

beaches, 95 percent of which it has fashioned into sculptures

for the project’s touring art exhibit. Pozzi said she has crafted

at least 85 works of art since, not counting smaller, individual

pieces of larger art displays. Each piece of artwork includes an

information plaque, detailing what the sculpture is made of.

Pozzi began Washed Ashore 12 years ago when she moved to the

Oregon coast after losing her husband in 2007. As she walked

the beaches near Bandon, she more often than not caught

herself walking over different pieces of garbage and eventually

decided to do something about it.

“I moved to Bandon in 2007 after my husband died of a brain

tumor,” she said. “I was very bereaved and came to the ocean

from the Portland area to try and heal really. I walked the ocean

beaches every day trying to find a purpose for my life. I had been

an art teacher for 30 years, but I was such a mess that I couldn’t

teach anymore.”

“I kept stepping over garbage and just didn’t want to see it,” Pozzi

continued. “I wanted to find beauty and happiness, and instead

I was just seeing so much garbage. Then one day I saw so much

garbage that I decided it was too much. Suddenly, it hit me really

hard and I thought, ‘It’s the ocean that needs healing, not just

me.’ I thought that maybe if I could help save the ocean, then

STORY AND PHOTOS BY MATHEW BROCK

ABove: Flash the Marlin, one of Washed Ashore’s many sculptures, is made primarily from plastic water bottles, fishing nets, fishing poles and other

miscellaneous pieces of recycled plastic. A penguin sculpture made from plastic and rubber is one of Washed Ashore’s largest sculptures.


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that would be something new worth

living for.”

Pozzi decided to address the issue in

multiple ways, one by vowing not to

purchase art supplies that may one day

end up in the ocean, and two by recycling

the junk salvaged from the beach. Today,

Pozzi even wears jewelry crafted from

ocean plastic.

Hundreds of volunteers have helped

Pozzi by sewing portions of Washed

Ashore’s sculptures onto wire panels

and eventually combining them into

the huge, one-piece sculptures of various

sea life, which have toured the U.S. as a

traveling exhibit for the last 11 years. One

sculpture has even remained on display

at the Smithsonian Institute since 2016

Washed Ashore’s first big show was at

the Newport Visual Arts center in 2010,

with Pozzi’s involvement coming full

circle last weekend when she gave her last

presentation as the head of the project

last Saturday in Lincoln City.

“This is my grand finale, and there’s

really this nice sort of symmetry to

coming back to the Oregon coast,” Pozzi

said. “It’s going to keep going though.

I’ve got a great crew, and really the goal

of a good nonprofit is to reach a point

where you can just give it away and it will

just keep going.”

The project will continue on with Pozzi

as a consultant, but she will be moving

on to other endeavors, which include

starting a business with her daughter

to help promote environmental-friendly

clothing.

Washed Ashore will remain display at

the Lincoln City Cultural Center at

540 NE Highway 101 for the next six

months. Visitors are welcome to visit the

center and view the outside sculptures

anytime, while the indoor sculptures can

be viewed during operating hours from

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through

Sunday.

To learn more about Washed Ashore, go

to www.washedashore.org.

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U.S. military veterans and surfers from Lincoln County and

beyond hit the water at Agate Beach last Friday, Oct. 15, with

the return of the annual Ossies Surf Shop veteran’s surfing

workshop.

The workshop had been on hiatus since 2019 due to the

outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it resumed this

year now that COVID restrictions have loosened somewhat,

bringing around a dozen veterans to Agate Beach to enjoy a

sunny day on the water.

During this event, Ossies helps match up experienced surfers

with military veterans who have little to no experience

with the sport, providing an opportunity for them to learn

something new and possibly discover a lifelong hobby in the

process.

“We partnered with the Wounded Warriors here to help

expose veterans to the lifetime sport of surfing,” Ossies owner

Dan Hasselschwert said.

Hasselschwert said he grew up playing football, but “I got

to 22 years old and they told me I couldn’t play football

anymore.” He said one of his favorite things about surfing is

“surfing really is a lifetime sport. Surfing you can do forever

and there are so many health benefits, mentally, physically

and spiritually.”

Ossies donated half the price of the rentals for the event,

while Mike Shilo, an outreach specialist with the Wounded

Warriors program, donated the rest, making the workshop

free for the participating veterans and instructors, 18 people

total.

Jaime Lusk, a marine veteran and reintegration councilor for

the Salem Vet Center, is one of the event’s main organizers

and an annual participant in the event. A surfer herself, Lusk

said the sport has served as a good way to both challenge and

relax her body, while helping others she knows cope with

post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other lingering

issues from their time serving.

“I’m a vet and I work at the Salem Vet Center. I’m a

reintegration councilor, and we really push to get veterans

into the outdoors and do stuff together,” Lusk said. “We

find that a lot of our healing comes from being part of the

community and being able to interact with people in a way

that lets us let our guard down.”

Lusk said surfing was a good match for many veterans because

it provides both a challenging and relaxing activity that can

be learned at one’s own pace.

“It gives us a way to get into our bodies, use our intuition

and trust that the ocean’s got us to help find our limits in a

way that feels like a gradation, rather than black and white,”

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Two U.S. military veterans learning to surf receive instructions from an experienced surfer teaching at Friday’s workshop. (Photo by Casey Felton)

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Lusk said. “It’s still a formidable enemy

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Attendees of a veteran’s surfing workshop held by Ossies Surf Shop on Friday, Oct. 15, pose in front of

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Exhibition celebrates local talent

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the

exhibition, “Lincoln County Clay,” from Nov. 6 to Dec.

23 in the Runyan Gallery and the Upstairs Gallery at the

Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibition will include 13

of Lincoln County’s leading ceramic artists in a facility-wide

celebration of ceramics in conjunction with the redesign and

reopening of the VAC’s clay studio. An opening reception

will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6, from noon to 4 p.m., with

available artists speaking at 2 p.m.

“Lincoln County Clay should prove to be a significant and

contemporary survey of the many talented clay artists working

in Lincoln County,” OCCA VAC Director Tom Webb said.

“The show will include numerous masters in the field as well

artists who have come to ceramics somewhat later in life.”

Participating artists include Jacob Accurso, Frank Boyden,

Chasse Davidson, Steve Dennis, Taunette Dixon, Liz Fox,

Julie Fiedler, Erica Leach, Alice Martin, Liisa Rahkonen,

Christy Steenkolk, Martha Wallace and Pam Young.

“Lincoln County is so rich with ceramic activity, I am

honored to be a part of bringing together a collection of that

talent to be showcased under one roof. It has been a personal

goal to help expand the local clay community in this area,”

said Chasse Davidson, a senior curator for Lincoln County

Clay and a member of the VAC’s clay advisory group. “As a

ceramic artist I love to create, but I’ve always thought that

we are better together. I think this collection of artists will

display the vast array of possibilities within clay creation.”

Other VAC clay advisory group members include Liz Fox,

Kristy Lombard and Sara Siggelkow.

OCCA’s focus on ceramics this fall comes as the VAC is set to

reopen its clay studio in late November. The clay studio will

feature all new equipment, furnishings and supplies and will

be managed to serve youth and adult learners in an intimate

setting. The Clay Studio Project has received support from the

Oregon Community Foundation, the City of Newport, the

Coastal Arts Guild and individual patrons. Trial classes will run

in December, with more formal offerings beginning in January.

Artist bios

Jacob Accurso found pottery while serving as a novice monk at

the Mount Angel Abbey. Today, he stays connected to his roots

by producing pieces like those in the monastery — attractive to

the eye, comfortable in the hands, and practical for everyday

use. Working in his woodland studio, he lives by the labor of

his hands.

Frank Boyden has worked with clay for 53 years. He is trained

as a painter, printmaker, art historian and anthropologist. The

wondrous properties of clay and the ability to draw in the round

seduced him in 1968. Having no training in the field, he worked


with native clays in raku and terra sigillata applications until

1982. Since 1993, he has worked only in porcelain. Boyden says

his greatest pleasure is drawing and incising — figuring out how

to unite three-dimensional objects by lineal means. His work

is included in more than 100 museums, and he has received a

major NEA grant, the Janet Mansfield Fellowship award and the

NCECA Outstanding Achievement award with his wife, Jane,

for founding Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in 1970.

Chasse Davidson received her Bachelor of Science in Studio

Art in from Western Oregon University in 2005. From 2015

to 2020, she owned and managed Toledo Clay Works, and

from 2014 to 1016, she served as president of the Toledo Arts

Guild. She currently sells dishware and raku at Oceanic Arts in

Newport and at Land and Sea in Florence. She is collaborating

with Ram Papish on a series incorporating his wildlife imagery

on her thrown forms.

Steve Dennis has been a full time studio artist for the past 45

years and is the owner and curator of Earthworks Gallery in

Yachats. He is a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship

recipient and spent two years at the Archie Bray Foundation

in Helena, Mont. He received his MFA from the University of

Minnesota and his BA from Eastern Washington University.

Taunette Dixon is fairly new to ceramics. After catching the

pottery bug, she dove in head first, taking every class and private

lesson available. Falling in love with every aspect of ceramics,

she has had her hand in clay most days over the last five years.

She has her own private studio and is selling her work at Wind

Drift Gallery and Newport Bay Candle Company.

Liz Fox has lived on the Oregon coast for most of her life and

has had a myriad of careers since graduating with a soil science

degree from Oregon State University in 1980. Retiring as a

high school librarian in 2020, she has been a full-time potter

ever since, pursuing an interest she dabbled in for over 40

years. She first took ceramics classes in the 1970s and went

on to take dozens of community workshops.

After showing an affinity for drawing, Julie Fiedler enrolled

in Lee Chucci’s School of Art in Kent, Wash., at age 10, and

began oil painting at age 11. In college at the University of Puget

Sound, she was required to take a 3-D art course to complete

her art history degree, and she worked in clay for eight weeks.

That ignited an interest in hand-building clay sculptures. She

exhibited her sculptures in galleries and art shows, and spent

many Friday afternoons at the home of Joy Huttar, a long-time

china painter, learning the craft. A project reviving a neglected

1904 home led to china painting on tile for the kitchen.

That blossomed into a custom tile-painting business that she

continues to operate to this day.

Erica Leach is the woman behind Erica Rose Pottery, an

online ceramic outlet. While she always had a passion

for drawing and painting, she wasn’t satisfied to just hang

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Christy Steenkolk is a lifelong Oregon

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An exhibit of works featuring the traditional Japanese folk

art style of gyotaku, or fish rubbing, is now on display in

the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building at Oregon State

University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.

“Blue Heart: Beauty and Change Along America’s Western

Shoreline,” by artists Dwight Hwang and Duncan Berry, will

be on display through October 2022. The exhibit, sponsored

by OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative and Hatfield Marine

Science Center, is free and open to the public.

Gyotaku is a method of applying ink to the surface of the

subject and placing lightweight paper on top and rubbing

until the contours of the subject are transferred to the paper.

Hwang creates classical gyotaku art using traditional materials,

and Berry uses modern ink and application methods.

The 25-piece exhibit features pieces by each artist as well as

works on which they collaborated. The collection reflects the

power and beauty of the Pacific Ocean as well as the deep and

lasting climate-driven changes occurring along the western

shoreline.

In an artists’ statement, Hwang and Berry said: “For us,

making these impressions directly from the bodies of creatures

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‘active form of reverence’ like a giant living Braille. ... And

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ways to lessen the impacts of climate change.”

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public spaces.

In addition to the “Blue Heart” exhibit, the new building

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water and environmental phenomena along the Oregon coast.

“This is Water” is an installation of 19 circular vitrines, or

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no charge. State and university policies related to COVID-19,

including requirements for masks in indoor public spaces, are

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SEEING THE NATURAL WORLD UNNATURALLY

Judy Deam’s sculptures and reverse paintings on glass come

from what she calls “ideas waiting inside me, waiting to

get out.” Those ideas, which take shape as clay sculptures

enhanced with found objects, or brightly colored acrylic

reverse paintings on glass, have an otherworldly style to them

and pull in the viewer to look further.

Deam has been making art most of her life. She grew up

in Gunnison, Colo., and in grade school won a camera for

her artwork. “I was always cutting up egg cartons to make

ornaments, and as a kid, I was always drawing,” she said.

“Then I married an artist.”

She said an uncle who was an artist would send her drawings

he had made. “I remember sitting on his lap when I was about

5 and watching him as he sketched. In junior high and high

school I realized I was really good at art — and not too good at

everything else,” she said with a laugh.

She and her husband, Dick Deam, who is also an artist, have

been married 46 years. And while Judy’s art and inspiration

come from within, her husband paints what he sees. “Dick’s

oil paintings are so realistic that people sometimes mistake

them for photographs,” she said. “And he always encourages

me.”

She noted, “I work intuitively, without a final conception of

what the piece will be. In my sculptures, I keep adding objects

and only stop when I feel the piece is finished.”

She describes her approach as “seeing the natural world

unnaturally,” and many of her sculptures are part animal, part

human.

They may include broken glass, bones, bird beaks, light bulbs

and different kinds of metal. “I’m inspired by things I find

discarded,” she said.

In 1990, Deam said she became serious about her art and

decided it was time to apply herself to the goal of having

gallery shows. She had her first gallery exhibit the following

year in Sandpoint, Idaho.

At the time she was sculpting with clay — little sculptures in

shadow boxes that told a story, or masks to hang on the wall.

A handful of additional exhibits followed near her home in

the Sandpoint area. When the Deams moved to Boise, she

showed her work in several galleries there, and was juried into

shows in Seattle, Boise and elsewhere in the Northwest.

The Deams moved from Boise eight years ago — first to Lincoln

City and then to Baja in Mexico before settling in Waldport,

where she has a studio at her home.

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Deam is self taught, although she said

that over the course of 30 years, she

has taken workshops in sculpture,

watercolor, clay, and pastel — the latter

medium something she chose not to

pursue.

She started painting in watercolor about

20 years ago, but turns to that medium

infrequently now. In 2008, she began

reverse painting on glass, mostly animals

that tend to be realistic in appearance,

although not in color — pink dogs, for

example.

“I wanted a challenge,” she said of her

move to reverse painting. “And painting

upside down and backwards seems to

suit me.”

She said that unlike in regular painting,

everything is done in reverse. “You

put the foreground on the glass first,

then paint the layers backwards,” she

explained. “I even have to sign my

name backwards. Reverse painting is

not a new technique but it’s a challenge

to think and paint backwards, and I

wanted to do something different.

“I really enjoy it because a lot of it is

abstract, coming right out of my brain,”

she said. “And as you layer on the paint,

you cover up the layers below, so you

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don’t know what it will look like until

you flip over the glass when it’s done.

“I think we’re going to stay here,” she

said of the couple’s move to Waldport.

“I love the coast. The patterns and bird

tracks on the sand look like abstract

art. I’m inspired by the ocean and the

beaches in a lot of my reverse paintings,

and many of those paintings look like

sea creatures. They’re very rich in color.

We did a lot of snorkeling in Mexico,

and I was inspired by what I saw there

as well.”

But Deam has never given up her passion

for creating clay sculptures. Some of her

most unusual pieces incorporate objects

ranging from pieces of old oil lamps to

glass eggs, windshield glass and plenty

of wire and bronze.

Her sculptures range from about 11

inches to 40 inches in height. They often

are images of strength and protection,

Deam said, with some featuring bird’s

nests of wire, sheltering a glass egg.

For example, her sculpture “Bell Boy”

features legs from an antique bird’s

claw foot stool, a head and beak of

clay, a brass napkin ring for a cap, and

“feathers” of thin brass sheets used at

one time in a print shop. A butterfly

in resin sits on his chest, and he carries

bells.

“The Protector” has horseshoe nails

coming out of the clay head, copper

feathers, a glass egg wrapped in wire,

and a base of crushed glass and an old

oil lamp frame.

One of her sculptures, which she calls

“Mind Spring,” portrays a woman’s

head and upper body, with a highly

realistic face. “I don’t know where her

face came from,” Deam said. “I wasn’t

looking at anything — I just let my hand

form the face. It feels like I was just

following my hands.”

Deam said enthusiastically that she loves

doing art, and “I will do it as long as I’m

able. I’ve been very passionate about it

for 30 years, and who knows what I’ll

be doing next year, but it will definitely

be art. I’ve been a watercolorist, a sign

painter, an assemblage maker … and

that’s just for my adult life. When I’m

80, I hope to still be doing art.”

Deam can be reached at 1-541-272-7245

or 1-541-563-6325. Her watercolor note

cards can be found at Pirate’s Coffee

in Depoe Bay and at Seagals in South

Beach.


Tom Hasting — the art of woodcraft

Ask Tom Hasting how he got started working with wood, and

he’s likely to tell you he was born into it.

His father had a cabinet shop in Grants Pass, and Hasting has

worked with wood for as long as he can remember. Although

ostensibly retired, he operates Hasting Coastal Woodworks in

South Beach and keeps busy teaching woodturning classes and

operating a gallery of creations fashioned from wood.

While he took some time off from working in wood, spending

eight years in the Navy and working for IBM for 30 years, he

always had a shop and built furniture.

“When I retired in 2004, I still had to have a shop,” he said,

noting he was living in Portland but had a condo at the coast. He

taught part time for Woodcraft of Portland, but ended up selling

his home and moving full time to the Newport condo in 2008.

He found a building in South Beach that he remodeled into the

workshop and gallery that he operates today. The gallery is in the

front of his shop and includes work by other local woodturners

along with his own creations, ranging from pens to Christmas

ornaments, walking sticks to bowls.

Hasting no longer builds furniture but instead focuses on

woodturning on the lathe. “I got hooked on the lathe and pretty

well gave up everything else,” he said, noting he now creates

platters, bowls, plates and other similar objects. “I sell what I

make, along with woodturning kits and tools.

Hasting uses whatever hardwood he can get, but prefers using

local wood, as most of his customers are tourists who are not

from the coast and are looking for local products. “Once in a

while I get a piece of exotic wood,” he said.

Wood also “just shows up” for him to use. People know he works

in wood, he said, and will come to him when their neighbor cuts

down an apple tree or a maple tree falls in a storm. “They would

rather I make something from it than having to burn it,” he said.

Much of Hasting’s time in his shop is devoted to teaching classes.

“I have a class that starts people out who have never turned, and I

teach them the basics,” he said. “I also rent time, which includes

use of my tools and the lathe, for people to come back and work

on something. Once they come back two or three times, they

usually decide whether to buy their own equipment, or they’re

done.”

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Advanced woodturners who may never have made a pepper mill,

for example, also come back for his classes.

“I’m definitely available to people who have never done any

woodwork at all,” he said. “About 70 percent of the training I do

is for people who have never done this before.”

His initial class lasts about four hours and costs $75. Other

classes focus on making a pepper mill, a pen, a bowl, a natural

edge bowl, and bottle stoppers. Classes run from three to six

hours, depending on the topic.

He also occasionally offers classes to home-schooled children,

trading them time so they can help him out if they have learned

the basics.

Hasting said he did not offer classes or rent time last year during

the height of the COVID pandemic, but now classes are picking

up again. “You can’t stay six feet apart in these classes, so people

have to be vaccinated,” he said. Minimum age for classes is 9 or

10, he added.

“I’m a one-man shop,” he explained. “I have a calendar on the

wall, and we schedule classes when someone calls or comes in.”

Classes are usually one-on-one.

Hasting said Oregon has seven or eight woodturning clubs. “I

know most of those guys and a lot of times they send people to

me if they have people who want to learn woodturning,” he said.

He’s a member of Oregon Coast Woodturners, which meets

at his shop the third Saturday of the month, although these

days it meets on Zoom. The club has about 40 members from

Tillamook to Florence.

He is also a member of the Coastal Carvers and always has a booth

at the group’s annual carving show at Chinook Winds Casino

Resort in Lincoln City. The COVID pandemic has canceled the

show for several years because of attendance limitations, and it is

now scheduled for 2023.

Hasting is quick to acknowledge that working with wood has

been a big part of his life, and now his son and grandson know

how to do woodturning as well. He noted that his grandson will

often ask to come to the shop to make presents at Christmas.

“It’s being carried on,” he said proudly of his craft.

“I plan to continue doing what I’m doing until I can’t move,” he

concluded with a laugh. “Come visit and see what it’s all about.”

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in South Beach. Hasting can be reached at 541-867-2992, or

hcoast33@gmail.com. Hours are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Classes are by

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