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. Download the initial COVAS exhibition catalogue as a PDF (5.8MB).

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your participation in the arts.  One of the greatest gifts is the gift of your time and talent. 

Visual Arts Center (VAC) Steering Group

This is the group who is making sure that the VAC will be on a sound footing well into the future. It is addressing building needs, VAC marketing, a VAC business model and funding, and future VAC arts learning festivals. This group meets on the first and third Tuesday mornings. Contact Tom Webb at twebb@coastarts.org for details.

Arts Learning Consortium

This group of artists, educators, community folks and staff are creating youth art classes at the Visual Arts Center for this next year. Come with your creativity and share your time and ideas. Contact Tom Webb at twebb@coastarts.org for more information.

Upcoming Events in Newport Visual Arts Center

  • Imbedded Collage

    December 3rd, 2016 to January 28th, 2017

    The Oregon Coast Council welcomes Coos County artist Susan Lehman to the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center from December 3 to January 29. Lehman’s exhibition, “Imbedded Collage,” will include work from her current series of abstract seascapes and landscapes in which the artist employs strips of recycled silk kimonos along with various lace, fabric and wallpaper scraps within layers of acrylic paint. The public reception for “Imbedded Collage” will be held on December 3, 5-7pm at the VAC, with an artist talk scheduled for 6pm.

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  • Mountain Memories: Glimpses of Asia

    December 3rd, 2016 to December 31st, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Mountain Memories: Glimpses of Asia,” a series of acrylic paintings on paper and wood panel by Newport artist and teacher Erin Price. The resulting images are based on the artist’s extensive time traveling throughout Asia and photographing her universal experience within differing cultures. The “Mountain Memories: Glimpses of Asia” exhibition will be held in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center, from December 3-31. A public reception will be held on Saturday, December 3, 5-7pm at the VAC, with an artist talk scheduled for 6:15pm during the reception.

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  • The PushPin Show 2016

    December 3rd, 2016 to December 31st, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) marks the 26th anniversary of The PushPin Show from December 3 to 31 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC).

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  • Art Fridays Open House & VAC Food Drive (1)

    December 10th, 2016 to December 31st, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) will host a community open house for its Art Fridays youth-arts program on Saturday, December 10, noon to 3pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Drive). The open house marks the completion of the fall Art Fridays session and attendees will receive the class schedule for the upcoming winter session (February 10- March 17). An exhibit of student art created during the fall Art Fridays classes will be unveiled in the VAC’s Classroom Gallery, and participants will enjoy hands-on art projects in painting grocery bags and making gift tags for the holiday season. The painted grocery bags will then be placed on the staircases around the VAC and serve as receptacles for a VAC community food drive running December 11-31. The VAC food drive is being conducted in coordination with Food Share of Lincoln County and the gift tags are being prepared for the Mrs. Santa program in Toledo.

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