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

  • Call for Proposals - Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase

    January 1st, 2015 to December 31st, 2015

    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.

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  • Call for Proposals: 2016 Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival

    July 1st, 2015 to September 30th, 2015

    Call for Workshop Proposals April 22, 23 and 24, 2016 Proposal deadline: September 30, 2015 Download the RFP and Proposal Form. Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is accepting proposals for workshops on paper and paper-related subjects for the 2016 Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival XXI. We welcome new and innovative techniques as well as traditional processes. We encourage you to submit multiple workshops for consideration. Previous workshops have included various methods of papermaking, paper casting, silk paper, paste papers, paper jewelry, suminigashi (paper marbling), orizomegami and itajime (folded paper resist dyeing), paper basketry, Asian binding, Coptic binding, Japanese book binding, miniature books, Japanese surface design techniques, greeting cards with book structures, box construction, paper lamps and screens, stamp art, woodblock, linoleum and Safety-Kut printing, copper etching, potato print batik, felting, collage and mixed-media embellishments.

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  • Sticks & Stone: Assemblage by Thomas Sheets

    July 10th, 2015 to August 29th, 2015

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present Curry County artist Thomas Sheets in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase at the Newport Visual Arts Center from July 10 through August 29. Sheets will exhibit environmental assemblage work as part of his exhibit, “Sticks & Stone.” A public reception will be held on July 10, 5-7pm, at the VAC and will include an artist talk that evening.

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  • Mooka– Gouache and Ink on Wood by Yasmina Dedijer-Small

    August 7th, 2015 to September 5th, 2015

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present artist Yasmina Dedijer-Small in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center, August 7 through September 5. In her exhibit, “Mooka,” Dedijer-Small presents gouache and ink on wood works that explore motherhood, introspection and patterns in nature. All works from this new series were created in 2015 and recently exhibited in the Bay Area. An artist talk will be held during the opening reception on August 7.

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  • Reception - Newport Visual Arts Center

    August 7th, 2015 to August 7th, 2015

    Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present the photography exhibition "Dorothea Lange in Oregon," in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

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  • Ecoprinting: Natural Dyes with Tash Wesp

    August 8th, 2015 to August 8th, 2015

    Learn the art of extracting the dye from a leaf onto cotton, silk, wool and paper to make a beautiful botanical print. Learn about mordant and vat dyeing with indigo and onion skins, and more!

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  • Newport Visual Arts Center Gallery Tours

    August 8th, 2015 to August 29th, 2015

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is pleased to announce the start of regularly scheduled gallery tours on Saturdays, 4pm, at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC), located next to the Nye Beach Turnaround at 777 NW Beach Dr. in Newport.

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  • "Bitch" editors at Nye Beach Writers

    August 15th, 2015 to August 15th, 2015

    Kjerstin Johnson and Sarah Mirk, two of the editors for the Bitch magazine and publishing company of Portland, will be our guests at the Nye Beach Writers Series. An open mic will follow their presentation.

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  • Wallace Kaufman at Nye Beach Writers

    September 19th, 2015 to September 19th, 2015

    Author, ecologist and naturalist Wallace Kaufman will be the guest author at Nye Beach Writers this month. His books include "Coming Out of the Words" about his years trying to outdo Thoreau in a cabin in the North Carolina forest. An open mic will follow his presentation.

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  • Oregon Book Award winners at Nye Beach Writers

    October 17th, 2015 to October 17th, 2015

    This month we welcome three authors from the 2015 Oregon Book Awards: Alex Tizon, the winner in General Nonfiction for his memoir Little Big Man: In Search of My Asian Self, Dawn Diez Willis, poetry finalist for her book Still Life with Judas and Lightning, and Cari Luna, the fiction winner for her book Revolution of Every Day. An open mic will follow their presentations.

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  • Mark Pomeroy at Nye Beach Writers Series

    November 21st, 2015 to November 21st, 2015

    Mark Pomeroy, author of the riveting novel The Brightwood Stillness, will be our guest this month at the Nye Beach Writers Series. An open mic will follow his reading.

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