The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Sandra Roumagoux as a new board member. She been an artist (a painter) most of her life. She holds a master’s degree in painting from the University of Arkansas and has taught university and community college courses and workshops for many years.
Sandy brings to the board an institutional knowledge about the arts as they have evolved in Newport having lived in Newport for 31 years. She served on the original Ernest Bloch Board and has championed the OCCA as a visual artist, and during her three terms as Mayor of Newport.
In addition to serving for three terms as mayor of Newport, she served on the board of education of Oregon Coast Community College and was involved in the beginnings of that institution as an administrator, instructor and board member.
She has been associated with OCCA from the beginning when Sharon Morgan and Babette Cabral were the directors and their office was in the Naterlin Center, now the current City Hall.
“I became an OCCA board member as a liaison to the Visual Arts Center Steering Committee. I want to expand the collaboration between the visual arts and performing arts,” says Sandy.
“I see consistent funding as the main challenge for the OCCA board. Unfortunately, this is the challenge for all arts organizations. Creative solutions to this ongoing problem will be a goal of mine,” she adds.
Sandy believes the arts are essential to our community. The creative process offered by the arts builds community and adds to the quality of life. Students and adults alike directly can experience visual art classes, acting classes, music workshops, plus attending top notch OCCA programming, as well as Newport Symphony performances, and exciting, challenging exhibits at the Visual Art Center.
When Sandy served for four years on the board of Oregon mayors, she was complimented by other mayors across the state for the foresight Newport has shown as a leader in the arts. Newport has a treasure in its city-owned buildings in the Performing Arts Center and the Visual Arts Center.
Five years ago Sandy was a founding member of OCCA Mayor’s Show, which is held each January in the Runyan Gallery. It is based on artwork by artists showing work from the previous month’s PushPin Show. This initiative is an opportunity for several mayors in Lincoln County to partner and select artwork for an exhibit.
This last fall, OCCA VAC Director Tom Webb arranged for Sandy to be honored with a retrospective of her paintings in the Runyon Gallery at the Visual Arts Center.
“We welcome Sandy and look forward to her ‘artistic eye’ for our programming and board oversight,” says Catherine Rickbone, OCCA executive director.