Sep 1 - Nov 15, 2020


Newport Visual Arts Center

777 NW Beach Drive, Newport, OR 97365


Free and auction

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Now in its 12th year, the Nye Bear Banner Project not only celebrates local artists; it beautifies the coastal neighborhood of Nye Beach while raising funds to support youth-arts education and permanent public art through the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. Each year the banners are sold at a lively auction held in November. The 2020 auction will be a multiday, multiplatform event, with more details to follow.

The Nye Beach Banner Project is a program of the Nye Beach Merchants Association. Area artists are encouraged to paint depictions and themes related to the region onto double-sided canvas banners, which are then hung on light posts throughout the neighborhood from spring to fall. Many artists include textual statements on their banners. In 2019-20, some artists addressed the 2020 theme while others responded to the COVID pandemic. New this year, some of the banners were developed in exchange with artists from Newport’s sister city, Mombetsu, Japan.

“We honor and thank every artist involved with the banner project over the years,” says project founder Veronica Lundell. “They have helped to build a strong youth-arts program through OCCA at the VAC.”

During this year’s Banner Project, 49 adult artists donated their creative talents along with 15 youth artists.

“What a great thing the Banner Project is!” writes artist Robin Beckwith. “With the virus upon us, we need an uplifting.”

“Walking around the narrow streets of Nye Beach in Newport, it’s hard not to notice the creativity of area residents—banners hang from light posts like beckoning sentries, inviting residents and tourists alike to watch for the next piece of original artwork at the next street corner,” says OCCA VAC director Tom Webb. “We encourage the community to attend the banner auction and support their efforts.”

The Nye Beach Banner Project extends its special thanks to Veronica Lundell/Jovi, Jennifer Larsen, Janet Webster and The Crafters Group, Sara Siggelkow and Tom Webb, the OCCA Youth Arts Advisory Group, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, the Nye Beach Merchants Association and Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.

Newport Visual Arts Center

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