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.

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Upcoming Events in Newport Visual Arts Center

  • Art Fridays (Spring 2016)

    March 25th, 2016 to May 27th, 2016

    Newport Visual Arts Center: April 15-May 27 The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present the third session in the new Art Fridays youth-arts program at the Newport Visual Arts Center. See class list below and download the session flyer and registration form. Registrations can be completed by returning the flyer, emailing twebb@coastarts.org or calling 541-265-6569. Classes are geared toward 5th to 8th graders, though upon consultation, younger and older students are welcome. Classes are from 3:45pm to 5:45pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Drive). Classes include a brief tour of the Newport Visual Arts Center. Cost: $12 per class (scholarships available). $72 for all 7 sessions.

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  • “PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE OREGON COAST” – YAQUINA ART ASSOCIATION PHOTOGRAPHERS GROUP

    April 1st, 2016 to May 1st, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Photography on the Oregon Coast,” an exhibition of the Yaquina Art Association Photographers Group, in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

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  • "Small Wonders"

    April 1st, 2016 to May 28th, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Reedsport artist Kimberly King to the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. King’s exhibit, “Small Wonders,” will feature over 40 miniature myrtlewood carvings as well porcelain and wood dolls. “Small Wonders” will be on display from April 1 to May 28. An opening reception will be held April 1, 5-7 pm, at the VAC, with an artist’s talk scheduled for 6:15pm.

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  • Art Fridays - Georgia O'Keefe Watercolor Florals

    April 29th, 2016 to April 29th, 2016

    Students view various floral art pieces by Georgia O'Keefe, then study flower, sketch and paint their own watercolor flowers.

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  • Accessible to All by Christos Koutsouras

    May 6th, 2016 to July 3rd, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes painter Christos Koutsouras to the Runyan Gallery for his exhibition, “Accessible to All,” running at the Newport Visual Arts Center from May 6 to July 3. The exhibition will feature Koutsouras’ large-scale acrylic-on-canvass landscape paintings primarily specific to Fort Stevens State Park in Astoria, Oregon. The First Friday reception for “Accessible to All” will be held at the VAC on May 6, 5-7pm, with the artist discussing his work at 6:00pm during the reception.

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  • Seasonal Transitions by Nora Sherwood

    May 6th, 2016 to May 29th, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Seasonal Transitions,” an exhibition of scientific illustrations by Nora Sherwood, in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from May 6 to May 29. The exhibition of works on paper will address how plants and animals adapt to dramatic seasonal changes on the Oregon coast. The First Friday public reception will be held at the VAC on May 6, 5-7pm, with an artist talk scheduled for 6:30pm during the opening.

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  • Art Fridays - Amazing Tesselations (M.C. Escher)

    May 6th, 2016 to May 6th, 2016

    Students study M.C. Escher, and explore symmetry, perspective, and hyperbolic geometry. Students learn to create their own tessellation, through patterns.

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  • Exhibit Opening: Accessible to All by Christos Koutsouras

    May 6th, 2016 to May 6th, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes painter Christos Koutsouras to the Runyan Gallery for his exhibition, “Accessible to All,” running at the Newport Visual Arts Center from May 6 to July 3. The exhibition will feature Koutsouras’ large-scale acrylic-on-canvass landscape paintings primarily specific to Fort Stevens State Park in Astoria, Oregon. The First Friday reception for “Accessible to All” will be held at the VAC on May 6, 5-7pm, with the artist discussing his work at 6:00pm during the reception.

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  • Exhibit opening: Seasonal Transitions by Nora Sherwood

    May 6th, 2016 to May 6th, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts hosts “Seasonal Transitions,” scientific illustrations by Nora Sherwood, in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from May 6 to May 29. The exhibition of works on paper will address how plants and animals adapt to dramatic seasonal changes on the Oregon coast. The First Friday public reception will be held at the VAC on May 6 from 5-7pm, with an artist talk scheduled for 6:30pm during the opening.

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  • Reception At Newport Visual Arts Center

    May 6th, 2016 to May 6th, 2016

    The public is invited to a reception at the Newport Visual Arts Center May 6 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m.

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  • Art Fridays - Doodle Cartoons

    May 13rd, 2016 to May 13rd, 2016

    In this multi-skill class, students follow step-by-step drawing instructions to create multiple pages of cartoon animals and animated objects.

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  • Art Fridays - Nye Beach Canvas Banner Workshop 1

    May 20th, 2016 to May 20th, 2016

    Working in art teams, students plan design and create two-sided banners which become temporary public art pieces to hang on lightposts around the Nye Beach neighborhood in Newport.

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  • Rob Yardumian at Nye Beach Writers Series

    May 21st, 2016 to May 21st, 2016

    Rob Yardumian, author of the Sound of Songs Across the Water, will read and discuss his work at the Nye Beach Writers Series this month. An open mic will follow.

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  • Art Fridays - Nye Beach Canvas Banners Workshop 2

    May 27th, 2016 to May 27th, 2016

    During the second Nye Beach Banner class, students continue working in teams to complete their Nye Beach canvas banners.

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