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The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts board and staff held its Annual Meeting Party on Tuesday, Aug. 13. A 5:30 p.m. social hour with complimentary beverages and local cuisine was followed by a 6 p.m. program and entertainment in the Newport Performing Arts Center Lobby. The meeting featured special OCCA member and volunteer recognitions, the Business Honor Roll, update on the PAC Entertain the Future capital campaign, and VAC improvements, voting of the slate of board members, introduction of Board and Staff, membership, and a presentation of highlights of our last year. All photos by Chris Graamans.

Tom Webb, OCCA VAC Director, Lynne Dimmick, Coastal Ars Guild, President, and Catherine Rickbone, OCCA executive director honor the Coastal Arts Guild (CAG) for their many years of volunteer service in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC). CAG members contribute thousands of hours yearly greeting gallery visitors and working on the VAC landscaping. They also contribute to projects around the building.
The OCCA said thanks and farewell to Chris Graamans (Treasurer) and Mark Farley (President) for their years of service on the board. From left to right front row: Darcy Hogan, Vo Newell, Wayne Belmont, Catherine Rickbone, OCCA executive director Back Row: Akia Woods, Jody Hanna, Mark Farley, Rob Connell and Randy Madnick. Not shown are Sandy Roumagoux, David Jones. and Chris Graamans (taking the picture). OCCA welcomes new board members: Darcy Hogan, Vo Newell and Sandy Roumagoux.
The Business Honor Roll is an important way OCCA recognizes its many business partners. Here, Mark Farley, OCCA Board President, and Catherine Rickbone, honor Dave Miller, owner of Yaquina Bay Communications. The radio station has been a strong supporter of OCCA over the decades. The well-known Arts Talk is in its 18th year.
For the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, the City of Newport is the Principal Patron of the Arts. City of Newport Mayor, Dean Sawyer, spoke to the excellent public/private relationship the City and OCCA have developed over the years. OCCA has a contract with the City to manage the PAC and VAC. Sawyer also spoke to the economic impact of the arts and referred to the OCCA Annual Report where all activities at the VAC and PAC have an economic impact of over $448,155 for FY 18-19.
OCCA Board Secretary, Wayne Belmont, spoke to the “Entertain the Future!” PAC capital campaign and recent site visits by foundations to the PAC. Fundraising efforts continue toward the final Phase VII of the project.
Andrea Spirtos, CFRE, PAC Capital Campaign Consultant, visited about upcoming fundraising events. She announced the Ramona Martin Piano Rehearsal Room fundraising has been completed.