Coos Bay – From April 14 to July 1, 2017 several exhibitions combine to celebrate Coos Bay’s Festival of Sail. Coos Art Museum has been hosting its Annual Maritime Art Exhibition for more than two decades and in that time has be able acquire a significant collection of maritime themed art. A selection of these works will be on display in its Uno E. Richter Atrium Gallery including works by several local artists such as Charles Edmunds (Charles of Charleston), and Dutch Mostert.


Also in the Richter Gallery we will be featuring ship models by the late model builder Paul Carter of Madras, Oregon. Carter grew up in the ship building community of Falmouth in Cornwall, England. After an apprenticeship in a local shipyard and a degree in engineering he served as an officer in the British Merchant Navy. His travels all over the world and many hour at sea lead to an interest in ship modeling. Moving to California in the 1960s his career changed direction when he became involved with the aerospace industry, Hughes Aircraft and North American Rockwell. After retirement the modeling of ships again became a focus of his attention and some of his finest works will be on display at the Museum.


At the same time in the Clare Wehrle Community Gallery we will also have a display of Nautical Charts provided by the Coos Bay’s Boat Building Center. All three exhibitions are on display to celebrate Coos Bay’s Festival of Sail which will take place from June 1 through June 4, 2017.


Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies the 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 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.