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

  • Portraits in Glass

    April 7th, 2017 to May 27th, 2017

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes glass artist and illustrator Jamie Boyd to the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center from April 7 to May 27. Boyd’s exhibition, “Portraits in Glass,” will feature kiln-formed glass and frit painting based on her original illustrations. Living in Astoria, Boyd represents Clatsop County in the COVAS’ rotation of artists from throughout Oregon’s seven coastal counties. A First Friday opening reception will be held on April 7, 5-7pm at the VAC, with an artist talk at 6:15pm.

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  • The World Unmade

    May 5th, 2017 to June 4th, 2017

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes the exhibition, “The World Unmade,” by Roger Peet to the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from May 5 to June 4. Peet will present large-scale linoleum relief and silkscreen print material with hand-painted elements and collage. The exhibit will also include a survey of his recent print works on paper. The First Friday opening reception for “The World Unmade” will be held May 5, 5-7pm, at the VAC, with an artist talk scheduled for 6pm during the opening.

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  • Whale Song: A Giant Voice in a Sea of Sound

    May 5th, 2017 to July 1st, 2017

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the exhibition, “Whale Song: A Giant Voice in a Sea of Sound,” an installation of prints and audio recordings by Kris Elkin, in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from May 5 to July 1. Kris Elkin is a print-maker and graphic designer living in Central Oregon. A First Friday opening reception will be held on May 5, 5-7pm, with an artist talk scheduled for 6:30 pm during the opening.

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  • Summer Art Camp - Design Your Town

    July 17th, 2017 to July 20th, 2017

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the “Summer Art Camp at the VAC: Design Your Town,” July 17-20, 9am to 3pm, at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The four-day Art Camp provides children ages 10-14 with various opportunities to explore printmaking, model building, drawing and painting. (Students younger or older than 10-14 can register with prior consultation.)

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