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

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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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  • Natural Fiber: Traditional and Organic Basketry by Kathleen Kanas

    January 9th, 2015 to February 28th, 2015

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is delighted to present works by Tillamook County artist Kathleen Kanas in the Oregon Coast Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Kanas includes traditional and organic basketry in her exhibit, “Natural Fiber,” and is featured in an artist video documenting her work and process. She will discuss her work during the gallery reception at 5:30 p.m. on January 9.

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  • Yaquina Art Association Show at Runyan Gallery

    February 3rd, 2015 to March 1st, 2015

    Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to host the Yaquina Art Association All Member Show in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Art Center.

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  • Witness: Palestine

    February 6th, 2015 to February 28th, 2015

    “Witness: Palestine” Exhibit Opens at Newport Visual Arts Center Gallery reception scheduled for February 6, 5-7pm The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present work by Newport artists Ginger Gouveia and Gilbert Schramm, as part of the new exhibit, “Witness: Palestine,” in the Upstairs Gallery, February 6-28, at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC). The exhibit will include photography by Ginger Gouveia and clay sculptures by Gilbert Schramm in an installation-like setting. “Witness: Palestine” is presented in association with Writers’ on the Edge, who will host author Mateo Hoke at the VAC on February 21.

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  • VAC Surplus Sale

    March 1st, 2015 to March 1st, 2015

    Newport Visual Arts Center to Hold Surplus Sale, March 1, 11am-4pm The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to invite the public to attend a sale of surplus items from the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Drive, Newport) on Sunday, March 1, 11am-4pm, in the upper classroom and upper parking lot at the VAC. The intent of the sale is to move out unneeded materials, to increase the building’s storage capacity and to raise modest funds for the operation of the VAC. Sale items will include used tables, chairs and other furniture; various art supplies and equipment, including pedestals and and frames, as well as books and office supplies.

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  • Instructors Show: Newport Paper Arts Festival XX

    March 6th, 2015 to April 19th, 2015

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present the 20th Newport Paper Arts Festival (NPAF), April 17-19, at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC) and other locations around Newport. Registration is now open for the popular three-day event, regarded as the largest paper arts festival on the Pacific Coast. Twelve instructors will lead 18 full-day workshops in fields such as decorative book binding, surface design, collage, monoprinting, photo-transfer and nature printing. An Instructors Exhibit will be on display in the Upstairs Gallery at the VAC from March 6-April 19 (noon-4pm, Tu-Sa), and a book and DVD signing will take place on Friday, April 17, 5:15pm at the VAC. The Instructors Show exhibit will open with a reception on March 6, 5-7pm at the VAC.

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  • Native Vessels

    March 6th, 2015 to April 25th, 2015

    "Native Vessels" Coastal Douglas County artists Jason and Jon Mast present their woodturnings of Pacific Northwest hardwoods in “Native Vessels.” A video documenting their work and process is also on view across from the showcase. "Native Vessels" is part of the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase.

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  • Judith Barrington @ Nye Beach Writers

    March 21st, 2015 to March 21st, 2015

    Poet, memoirist and teacher Judith Barrington will be the featured author this month, sharing her work and wisdom with us. An open mic follows her presentation.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival XX

    April 17th, 2015 to April 19th, 2015

    Now entering its 20th year, the annual Newport Paper Arts Festival features three days of innovative, informative and exciting one-day workshops celebrating paper-making, surface embellishment, bookmaking, bindings, articles made of paper, and techniques and tools for working with paper and fibers, all at the Newport Visual Arts Center. It's usually accompanied by an exhibition and sale of work by the instructors at the festival.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Collage Play! Mixed Media Techniques and Tips"

    April 17th, 2015 to April 17th, 2015

    "Collage Play! Mixed Media Techniques and Tips" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Glenda Goodrich. Explore the joys of collage papers and mixed media. Experiment with various techniques for creating a layered collage, using decorative and handmade papers, paint, stenciling, textures and image-transfer.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Crow's Foot and Layers Book"

    April 17th, 2015 to April 17th, 2015

    "Crow's-Foot and Layers Book" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Moe Snyder. Apply a “crow’s foot” binding stitch and simple imagery to translucent materials to create a story told in layers.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Drum-Leaf Binding"

    April 17th, 2015 to April 17th, 2015

    "Drum-Leaf Binding" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Margo Klass. Learn the basics of making drum-leaf binding, adapted from the structure developed by Tim Ely. Although this practical binding technique is often associated with children’s board books, in the hands of an artist drum-leaf binding is an elegant alternative to sewn or concertina structures.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Gelli Plate Monoprint Mania"

    April 17th, 2015 to April 17th, 2015

    "Gelli Plate Monoprint Mania" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Cheri Aldrich. Create amazing monoprints using an 8x10-inch gelli plate and acrylic paints. Print using stamps, stencils, masks, found objects and textured materials.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Mini-Book Madness"

    April 17th, 2015 to April 17th, 2015

    "Mini-Book Madness" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Jacqueline Sullivan. Learn how to make several small books, based on the accordion fold (one using envelopes for pockets and pages, one with holes punched in the pages for use as a small gallery, one with pages layering on other pages).

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Paper Dragons"

    April 17th, 2015 to April 17th, 2015

    "Paper Dragons" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Sarah Gayle Plourde. Explore the majestic, ferocious and wondrous world of dragons and make an original dragon mask from paper.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Carving Textures & Tile Designs"

    April 18th, 2015 to April 18th, 2015

    "Carving Textures & Tile Designs" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Sarah Gayle Plourde. Carve custom stamps to make original hand-printed papers. Create a texture sampler stamp with up to nine patterns on one block.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Coptic-Bound Flitch Books" 2-Day Workshop

    April 18th, 2015 to April 19th, 2015

    "Coptic-Bound Flitch Books" is a two-day Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Margo Klass. Create small books with covers made of flitches, vertically cut slices of Alaskan birch.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Molding Paste and the Book"

    April 18th, 2015 to April 18th, 2015

    "Molding Paste and the Book" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Jacqueline Sullivan. Use acrylic molding paste to make beautiful textures and designs to create striking book covers.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Paper Embellishments"

    April 18th, 2015 to April 18th, 2015

    "Paper Embellishment" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Randi Parkhurst. Explore methods, tools and supplies to create custom-made papers.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Three Tiny Collapsible Boxes"

    April 18th, 2015 to April 18th, 2015

    "Three Tiny Collapsible Boxes" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Patricia Grass. Build three 3-inch mini boxes, all covered with decorative paper or fabric. The square boxes are inspired by wooden boxes containing accessories for sewing machines that appear to “roll” open.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Wax Pastagraph"

    April 18th, 2015 to April 18th, 2015

    "Wax Pastagraph" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Bridget Benton. Make an encaustic collagraphy plate in this innovative printing class. Learn how to build up the surface with layers of wax, how to develop texture and line, and how to ink and print your plate using a pasta machine instead of an etching press.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Beautiful Botanicals: Nature Printing on Paper"

    April 19th, 2015 to April 19th, 2015

    "Beautiful Botanicals: Nature Printing on Paper" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Heather Fortner. Learn the elements of nature printing while creating a series of botanical pieces--similar to the nature prints of the 19th century--with an etching press to transfer color and texture.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Double-Sewn Spine, Embossed Flag Accordion Book"

    April 19th, 2015 to April 19th, 2015

    "Double-Sewn Spine, Embossed Flag Accordion Book" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Patricia Edmonds. Explore a variation of the accordion book. A decorative spine is doubled and sewn to create a wonderfully tunneled spine.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Glorious Papers"

    April 19th, 2015 to April 19th, 2015

    "Glorious Papers" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Jacqueline Sullivan. Use the papers made in this class for bookbinding, collage, altered books and more. Work with different types of papers, including mulberry, tissue, Arches text wove and brown wrapping paper.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Playing with Photo-Transfer"

    April 19th, 2015 to April 19th, 2015

    "Playing with Photo-Transfer" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Cynthia Jacobi. Explore ways to transfer photocopies to various surface supports: wood, canvas, packing tape, plaster and papers of all types.

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  • Newport Paper Arts Festival: "Secret Matchbox Structure"

    April 19th, 2015 to April 19th, 2015

    "Secret Matchbox Structure" is a Newport Paper Arts Festival class taught by Randi Parkhurst. Use matchboxes and colorful papers to make a two-drawer and box structure.

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  • Willa Schneberg@Nye Beach Writers Series

    April 25th, 2015 to April 25th, 2015

    Oregon Book Award-winning poet Willa Schneberg will share her work and wisdom at the Nye Beach Writers Series. An open mic will follow. Willa will also present a free workshop on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Newport Library.

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  • Trevor Dodge@Nye Beach Writers Series

    May 16th, 2015 to May 16th, 2015

    Flash fiction writer Trevor Dodge will share his work with us at the Nye Beach Writers Series. An open mic follows.

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  • Love and Rodman at Nye Beach Writers

    June 20th, 2015 to June 20th, 2015

    Poetic insanity with two local writers, Matt Love and Andrew Rodman at the Nye Beach Writers Series. Poetry, prose, rock n roll, anything could happen. An open mic will follow their presentation.

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