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: Scratchboard Illustration (March 11, 2016)

    January 1st, 2016 to March 11st, 2016

    The process of removing ink to create artwork requires students to think in a totally different way. In this one-session workshop, students look at using lines to create features, textures and shadows that add fun to their artwork. Instructor: Nora Sherwood

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  • Honoring Our Rivers Exhibit

    January 8th, 2016 to February 27th, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes the Honoring Our Rivers (HOR) project for an exhibition of student artwork and writing in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from January 8-30. A reception for the HOR exhibit will be held on January 8, with a HOR representative to speak about the project at 6:30pm during the reception.

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  • Art Fridays: Get in Gear: Steampunk Assemblage and Sculpture (Feb. 19, 2016)

    January 25th, 2016 to February 19th, 2016

    Delve into the world of sculpture and assemblage with this fun introduction to Industrial Steampunk! Students are introduced to metal arts, learn the history of Steampunk, explore composition and create sculptures or assemblages with found objects, fabricated gears and metallic paints. Students can use found objects (broken watches, gears, washers, etc.) from home or use materials provided. Instructor: Erin Price

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  • Art Fridays: Tempura Poster Making (Feb. 26, 2016)

    January 25th, 2016 to February 19th, 2016

    Using white chalk on black butcher paper, students sketch a large face, followed by painting chalk lines with black tempera. Students use bright pastel colors of tempera to start on the facial features and work to the edges of the paper. Students finish with a frame of squiggly lines and dots created with the brush handle. Instructor: Linda Livingston

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  • Art Fridays: Youth Art Workshops (Feb.-March, 2016)

    January 25th, 2016 to March 18th, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present the second series in the Art Fridays youth-arts workshops at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Classes run from February 12-March 18. Download the .pdf registration form. To register, call 541-265-6569 or email artslearning@coastarts.org Class list is included in detailed description. Individual classes are posted separately as well.

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  • In the Mist: Photgraphy by Russell J Young and Poetry Broadsides by 7 Esteemed Poets

    February 5th, 2016 to February 28th, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “In the Mist” in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from February 5-28. The exhibition will include images from Russell J Young’s 2015 debut art book of fine-art photography prints as well as literary broadsides from the seven esteemed poets included in the collection. A reception for the “In the Mist” is scheduled for Friday, February 5, at the VAC, and an artist talk will be held at 6:00pm during the reception.

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  • Bronze Works: Still (Life) and Drift (Wood), by Ken Ayers

    February 5th, 2016 to March 27th, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is presents the work of Coos County sculptor Ken Ayers in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase at the Newport Visual Arts Center from February 5 to March 26. Ayers’ exhibit, “Bronze Works: Still(Life) & Drift(Wood), will feature bronze works composed from natural forms found in Southwestern Oregon, created through the mold-making lost-wax process. A reception for the exhibition will be held at the VAC on February 5, 5-7pm, and an artist talk will be held at 6:30pm during the reception.

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  • Lauren Kessler at Nye Beach Writers Series

    February 20th, 2016 to February 20th, 2016

    Lauren Kessler, queen of immersion journalism will be the featured author at this month's Nye Beach Writers Series. She will read and discuss her latest book, Raising the Barre: Big Dreams, False Starts and My Midlife Quest to Dance The Nutcracker, along with other works. An open mic will follow. Please note our new afternoon time.

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  • Evan Morgan Williams at Nye Beach Writers Series

    March 19th, 2016 to March 19th, 2016

    Evan Morgan Williams, author of the short story collection Thorn, is our guest author this month. He will read and discuss his award-winning work. An open mic will follow.

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  • Evelyn Searle Hess at Nye Beach Writers Series

    April 16th, 2016 to April 16th, 2016

    Evelyn Searle Hess, author of To the Woods: Sinking Roots, Living Lightly, and Finding True Home, will read and discuss her work at this Month's Nye Beach Writers series. An open mic will follow.

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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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