Scrimshaw artist Bob Hergert to demonstrate at Coos Art Museum
Coos Bay – On Saturday May 3 scrimshaw artist Bob Hergert will be presenting a demonstration of scrimshaw art in the lobby of Coos Art Museum from 1 to 4 pm. The scrimshaw demonstration is part of a series of Tall Ships events coinciding with the visit of the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain to the Coos Bay Boardwalk. The demonstration is free to the public. Please join us for an educational and fun activity.
Hergert, a resident of Port Orford, Oregon, is renowned for his scrimshaw art. Scrimshaw is the art of incising fine line designs into ivory or bone and highlighting them with ink. The technique of scrimshaw was very popular with mariners of past centuries who had many hours to practice the art aboard ship and access to ivory. Today most scrimshaw is done on fossil ivory, sometimes thousands of years old. Along with the demonstration the artist will have samples of his works for viewing.
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.