Newport Visual Arts Center

OCCA nurtures the artist in everyone by providing a range of educational opportunities for artists, professionals and amateurs alike, so that they can cultivate their creative spirits.

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Address:

777 NW Beach Drive
Newport, OR 97365 

Contact Info:

Newport Visual Arts Center
777 NW Beach Drive
Newport, OR 97365 

541-265-6540 

Hours:

Runyan Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm.
Upstairs Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 4 pm.
COVAS Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 4 pm.

Email:

vac@coastarts.org

Place Description:

The Newport Visual Arts Center, located at the historic Nye Beach Turnaround, is a facility built by the City of Newport as a public art exhibition space and for art education programs and maintained by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts.

The William Runyan Gallery occupies approximately 1000 square feet on the first floor and exhibits 12 shows per year.

The Upstairs Gallery, a 300 square foot gallery space on the third floor level, schedules 12 exhibits per year featuring new and experimental artists in the norhwest region.

The Coastal Oregon Visual Artists' Showcase (COVAS), established in 2011, occupies space on the third floor of the Visual Arts Center. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

The Visual Arts Center also offers classes, workshops, and community events. The facility is also available for rental for art events and other activities. View the Rental Rates in the Downloads area to the right.

Runyan Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm.
Upstairs Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 4 pm.
COVAS Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 4 pm.

Contact us for gallery or room rental information at 541-265-6540 or vac@coastarts.org.

Contact the Director at 541-265-6569 or email twebb@coastarts.org.

ARCHIVES – View Past Exhibitions at the Center

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Upcoming Events in Newport Visual Arts Center

  • Pushpin Show 2014

    December 6th, 2004 to January 4th, 2015

    Lincoln County residents invited to submit to the 24th annual PushPin community exhibition; opening reception planned for December 6, 2014, 5-7pm, featuring music by Sonidos del Mexico Antiguo. The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) invites Lincoln County artists of all ages and levels of experience to show their artwork in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC). All Lincoln County residents, including beginners, emerging visual artists, established professionals, craftspersons, poets and literary artists, hobbyists, youngsters, oldsters, college students, retirees and families are invited to participate. The Pushpin Show will run at the VAC from December 6, 2014, to January 4, 2015.

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  • Call for Proposals - Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase

    October 28th, 2013 to December 31st, 2014

    Mid-career Oregon artists from all 7 coastal counties - Curry, Coos, Douglas (Reedsport School District), Lane (Siuslaw School District), Lincoln, Tillamook and Clatsop Counties are invited to submit a proposal to exhibit in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS) in the 2014-15 cycle.

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  • Seaworthy

    October 3rd, 2014 to November 30th, 2014

    “Seaworthy” Exhibit Opens at Newport Visual Arts Center Gallery reception scheduled for October 3, 5-7pm (artist talk at 6:30pm) Gallery hours: noon to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present new works by Portland artist Amy Ruppel in the Upstairs Gallery, October 3 through November 29, at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC). Ruppel’s exhibit, “Seaworthy,” includes paintings, illustrations and prints by the commercial and fine artist. A gallery reception is scheduled for October 3, 5-7pm, at the VAC (777 NW Beach Drive), and the artist is scheduled to discuss her work at 6:30pm.

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  • Tree Studies

    October 3rd, 2014 to November 30th, 2014

    “Tree Studies” Exhibit Opens at Newport Visual Arts Center Gallery reception scheduled for October 3, 5-7pm Gallery hours: 11am to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present new works by Ashland artist Ryan Burns in the Runyan Gallery, October 3 through November 30, at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC). Burns’ exhibit, “Tree Studies,” includes large-scale tree rubbings on collage. A gallery reception is scheduled for October 3, 5-7pm, at the VAC (777 NW Beach Drive).

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  • Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

    November 2nd, 2014 to November 24th, 2014

    Want to learn more about The Day of the Dead and Mexican culture? Please join us at the Newport Visual Arts Center (Rm. 205) on November 2, 7-9pm, for a celebration including storytelling, face painting, live music by Sonidos Del Mexico Antiguo, Aztec dancers and a shrine display with special offerings and decorations. The history behind The Day of the Dead will be told in Spanish, English and Nahualt (original Mexican language). Light refreshments will be served.

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  • Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase Presents “Beauty Abounds” by Claudia Ryerson-Ignatieff

    November 7th, 2014 to January 3rd, 2015

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to welcome Claudia Ryerson-Ignatieff as the latest artist to join the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS).

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  • Call for Submissions - "Ornamental" Art Show

    November 22nd, 2014 to November 28th, 2014

    Celebrating the holidays and the pending winter, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Ornamental: A Seasonal Art Show” in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. This curated group show will feature coastal artists, original, hand-crafted ornaments and small works of drawing and painting. The “off-the-wall” exhibit will allow gallery visitors to purchase works as gifts or as additions to their collections, and to take the artwork from the gallery on the day of purchase. The submission deadline is November 28 (no postmark).

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  • Call for Submissions - 24th Annual PushPin Community Art Show

    December 5th, 2014 to December 6th, 2014

    Lincoln County residents are invited to submit original artwork to the 24th annual PushPin community exhibition at the Newport Visual Arts Center, and to attend the opening reception planned for December 6, 2014, 5-7pm, featuring music by Sonidos del Mexico Antiguo. To enter the show, residents should bring artwork and writing to the Runyan Gallery at the VAC between 11am and 4pm on Friday, December 5, or Saturday, December 6. Volunteers will be ready to help people enter the show.

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  • Ornamental: A Seasonal Art Show

    December 5th, 2014 to December 24th, 2014

    UPSTAIRS GALLERY—DECEMBER 5 THROUGH DECEMBER 25. Submission deadline: Nov. 28. For more details, see full listing.

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  • Graphic Novel Basics

    December 13rd, 2014 to December 13rd, 2014

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, in partnership with the Nye Beach Banner Project, presents Art Classes @ The Turnaround for Lincoln County students to explore artmaking and to expand their creative thinking. The Graphic Novel Basics workshop focuses on ideas and techniques for creating a graphic novel and provides hands-on practice time to work out a single page of the participants’ stories and characters! Register by emailing twebb@coastarts.org

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival XX

    April 17th, 2015 to April 19th, 2015

    Now entering its 20th year, the annual Newport Paper Arts Festival features three days of innovative, informative and exciting one-day workshops celebrating paper-making, surface embellishment, bookmaking, bindings, articles made of paper, and techniques and tools for working with paper and fibers, all at the Newport Visual Arts Center. It's usually accompanied by an exhibition and sale of work by the instructors at the festival. The Newport Paper Arts Festival is the only paper festival of its kind on the Oregon coast and draws attendees from the greater Northwest and beyond. Stay tuned for further information regarding workshops, instructors and registration. We hope to see you there!

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