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

  • Registration for Art Fridays Winter Session Opens

    December 12nd, 2016 to March 17th, 2017

    Art Fridays Newport Visual Arts Center Winter 2017 - February 3 to March 17 12 Classes over 7 Weeks for 5th-8th Graders Classes are geared toward 5th to 8th graders, though, upon consultation, younger and older students are welcome. (Classes in Room 302 are geared toward middle school students and above.) Classes are from 3:45 pm to 5:45 pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Dr.). Cost: $12 per class; $72 for series of 7 classes (scholarships available). To register, call 541-265-6569 or email artslearning@coastarts.org (download session flyer and registration form from this page).

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  • Ready or Not: Sculptural Works by Dawn Stetzel

    February 3rd, 2017 to February 26th, 2017

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Dawn Stetzel and her exhibition, “Ready or Not,” to the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from February 3-26. Stetzel’s current work is specific to the Oregon coast, and “Ready or Not” is a collection of large-scale sculptural works made to navigate specific environments in order to explore notions of home, and perceptions of safety. Photo and video documentation will accompany the exhibition. The First Friday public reception opening for “Ready or Not” will be held on February 3, 5-7pm, with an artist talk at 6pm.

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  • Flowers & Faces

    February 3rd, 2017 to February 25th, 2017

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Patti Johnson to the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibit of Johnson’s oil and acrylic paintings, “Flowers and Faces,” will be on display from February 3-25. The First Friday opening reception will be on February 3, 5-7pm, with an artist talk scheduled for 6:30pm.

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  • Take A Look Portraits by Michael Ousley

    February 3rd, 2017 to April 1st, 2017

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the “Take a Look” exhibition in the Coastal Artist Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center from February 3 to April 1. “Take a Look” will feature portraits by Langlois painter Michael Williams Ousley, who represents Curry County in the COVAS’ rotation of artists throughout Oregon’s seven coastal counties.

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  • 2017 Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival Registration Opens

    February 15th, 2017 to April 22nd, 2017

    The Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival returns to the Newport Visual Arts Center on April 21, 22 and 23. The annual festival, sponsored by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), enters its 22nd year as the largest paper and book arts festival of its kind on the West coast, and the 2017 festival will include 17 workshops presented by 13 instructors.

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