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

  • The Sanctity of Earthen Materials: Ceramic Works by Richard Rowland

    May 3rd, 2016 to July 30th, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “The Sanctity of Earthen Materials,” an exhibition of ceramic works by Clatsop County artist Richard Rowland from June 3 to July 30 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibition will feature recent works by Rowland created through the ceramic process called “anagama.” A First Friday public reception for “The Sanctity of Earthen Materials” is scheduled for June 3, 5-7pm, at the VAC, and the artist will speak about his work at 6:30pm during the reception.

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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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  • Year of the Cubs

    June 3rd, 2016 to July 2nd, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “The Year of the Cubs,” an exhibit of Newport High School and Newport Middle School artwork in the Upstairs Gallery and the Classroom Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center, from June 3 to July 2. The exhibition will include student work from the first year of Newport High School’s class in commercial art and design, led by instructor Casey McEneny. Newport Middle School students, led by instructor Erin Price, developed their work in the course of studying the life of Rick Bartow, the renowned Newport artist who passed away earlier this year. The First Friday public reception for “The Year of the Cubs” will be held June 3, 5-7pm, at the VAC, with McEneny, Price and students discussing their programs and work at 6:30pm.

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  • Rick Bartow: A Community Collection

    June 9th, 2016 to July 6th, 2016

    Given the recent passing of famed and beloved Newport artist Rick Bartow, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is hosting the exhibition, “Rick Bartow: A Community Collection,” in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center during July and August of 2016, the two busiest months in the VAC’s annual calendar of exhibitions. As Rick Bartow’s national exhibition, “Things We Know But Cannot Explain,” travels the country, Newport and Lincoln County residents are coming together to present this community celebration and reflection of Bartow’s creative life. Please join us in sharing with the Lincoln County and the visiting public your Bartow work and experiences.

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  • Rick Bartow – A Community Collection

    July 8th, 2016 to September 4th, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Rick Bartow: A Community Collection,” an exhibition of loaned works, in the Runyan Gallery July 8 through August 30. A renowned and beloved Newport-based artist, Bartow passed away on April 2.

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  • Newport Visual Arts Center Open House

    August 13rd, 2016 to August 13rd, 2016

    Following the successful launch of the new Art Fridays program at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC) during the 2015-16 school year, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and its Youth-Arts Advisory Group are hosting an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, to share plans for the upcoming fall and winter Art Fridays class sessions.

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