The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Art 363: Representing the Oregon Coast” from August 2 to September 29 throughout the galleries and creative spaces at the Newport Visual Arts Center. “Art 363: Representing the Oregon Coast” will include three gallery exhibitions, a series of film shorts, a student exhibit, a story-telling event and other related activities focused on the 363 miles of the Oregon coast line–from Brookings to Astoria, from rugged capes to serene eddies, from ocean vistas to tidal sanctuaries. “Art 363: Representing the Oregon Coast” will include interpretive and representational works created by artists over the past 40 years and within the last 40 days. Project partners include the Sandgren PaintOut Project, The Wetlands Conservancy and the Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival.
A public reception for “Art 363: Representing the Oregon Coast” will be held on Saturday, August 10, from 1-6pm, at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Dr.) with representatives from OCCA and the different exhibitions speaking throughout the day. Catering will be sponsored by the Best Western Agate Beach Inn, and live music will be provided by the Sons of Beaches (1-3pm).The opening events and exhibitions are free to the public, though donations and OCCA memberships are accepted. Many artworks in “Art 362: Representing the Oregon Coast” will be available for purchase.
“OCCA and the Newport Visual Arts Center are all in on the Oregon Coast this summer,” says OCCA VAC director Tom Webb. “Art 363: Representing the Oregon Coast” has been in the making for over a year and represents a facility-wide focus for the VAC, which itself is located oceanside at Nye Beach in Newport.”
“Art 363: Representing the Oregon Coast”
Exhibitions & Activities
* “A Public Treasure: Painting the Oregon Coast: 40 Years of the Sandgren PaintOut Project.” Runyan Gallery, August 2-Sept. 29, open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm. Started by well-known Oregon painter and instructor Nelson Sandgren and continued by his son Erik Sandgren, the PaintOut Project has been gathering artists each summer for over 40 years to meet along the coast and create plein air paintings of the shoreline. “A Public Treasure” will feature over 50 paintings from over 40 artists, depicting the Oregon coast from Brookings to Astoria. The exhibition was curated by Erik Sandgren, Webb and Newport painter Sandra Roumagoux. Representatives from the PaintOut Project will speak on August 10 at 3:30pm.
* “Ode to the Tides: Celebrating Oregon’s Coastal Estuaries and Tide Pools.” Upstairs Gallery, August 2-September 27, open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4pm. “Ode to the Tides” will present a multi-media collection of works by artists from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Sponsored by The Wetlands Conservancy, the multi-venue project will also include exhibits at the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Representatives from the “Ode to The Tides” exhibit will speak on August 10 at 2pm.
* “Ocean Shorts,” by the Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival.” Media Room, August 2-September 28, open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4pm. Curated by the Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival director Michael Harrington, “Ocean Shorts” will be a series of short films that mediate on themes of the ocean, sand, and the preciousness of the natural environment in different cinematic styles and mediums. Films will run on a loop during gallery hours. Michael Harrington will speak about the series on August 10 at 4:15pm.
* “Sea Glass and More.” Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS), August 2-September 28, open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4pm. Coos Bay artist Pam Calandrino will present her original jewelry works as wearable art in the COVAS Showcase, representing Coos County.
* “Coastal Kids Art Exhibit and Open House.” Classroom Gallery, August 2-September 28, open noon to 4pm. “Coastal Kids” includes artwork created during the OCCA’s three 2019 summer art camps. Students range in ages from 6-14. An open house was held during the reception on August 10.
* Oregon Coast Story-Telling Night and Open Mic, Saturday, September 28, VAC Room 205, 6:30-8:30pm. Join local Newport writers and guests for a night of windy words and salty tales related to the Oregon coastline. Featured speakers will start at 6:30pm, with the open mic staring at 7:30pm (5 minute limit for open mic speakers). Event is free though a $5 donation is encouraged.
“Art 363: Representing the Oregon Coast” is a wondrous creative celebration of what is a true national treasure,” says Catherine Rickbone, executive director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. “Nowhere else in the country is a state’s coastline owned by its citizens. The Oregon Coast personifies the spirit of Oregon.”
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is a nonprofit organization which develops, promotes and celebrates community arts. The OCCA manages the Newport Visual Arts Center and the Newport Performing Arts Center, and is designated by the Oregon Arts Commission as the arts council serving Oregon’s seven coastal counties. OCCA members enjoy a 5% discount on art purchases during the opening reception.