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

  • 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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  • Fluid Connections

    May 12nd, 2015 to July 3rd, 2015

    Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase Presents Lincoln County Painter Robin Longerbeam "Fluid Connections" exhibit to run May 12 to July 3, 2015 The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present “Fluid Connections,” an exhibit of paintings and mixed-media work by Lincoln County artist Robin Longerbeam in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase at the Newport Visual Arts Center from May 12 to July 3. An opening reception for Fluid Connections will be held June 5, 5-7pm at the VAC.

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  • Illusionary

    May 12nd, 2015 to July 3rd, 2015

    OCCA presents "Illusionary," an exhibition of paintings and mixed-media work by Lincoln City artist Kristan Bendixen, in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present artist Kristan Bendixen in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center, May 12 through July 3. In her exhibit, “Illusionary,” Kristan Bendixen will present acrylic and mixed-media paintings, including new works from her Seascape Series. A public reception and artist talk will be held on June 5, 5-7pm, at the VAC.

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  • Surf & Turf: The Art of Boarding

    June 5th, 2015 to August 2nd, 2015

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present “Surf & Turf: The Art of Boarding” in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from June 5 to August 2, 2015. The exhibition will feature contemporary and original surfboard art, skateboard art, sculptures and paintings by leading visual artists, designers and surfboard shapers from throughout Lincoln County and beyond. The public reception for “Surf & Turf: The Art of Boarding” will be held on Friday, June 5, 5-7pm at the VAC (777 NW Beach Dr., Newport), with an artists talk at 6:30pm.

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  • Sticks & Stone: Assemblage by Thomas Sheets

    July 10th, 2015 to August 29th, 2015

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present Curry County artist Thomas Sheets in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase at the Newport Visual Arts Center from July 10 through August 29. Sheets will exhibit environmental assemblage work as part of his exhibit, “Sticks & Stone.” A public reception will be held on July 10, 5-7pm, at the VAC and will include an artist talk that evening.

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  • Transfigurations and Recent Work: Photography by James Honzik

    July 10th, 2015 to August 1st, 2015

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Transfigurations and Recent Work: Photography by James Honzik” in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from July 10 through August 1. Honzik will exhibit experimental portrait photography from his ongoing series “Transfigurations” as well as transfigured landscape photography from his new series “Storm of Roses.” A public reception for the exhibit will be held July 10 at the VAC, 5-7pm, and an artist talk will be held during the reception.

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  • Debby Dodds at Nye Beach Writers Series

    July 18th, 2015 to July 18th, 2015

    Writer/actress/comedian Debby Dodds will share her work as guest author at the Nye Beach Writers Series. An open mic will follow.

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  • Ecoprinting: Natural Dyes with Tash Wesp

    August 8th, 2015 to August 8th, 2015

    Learn the art of extracting the dye from a leaf onto cotton, silk, wool and paper to make a beautiful botanical print. Learn about mordant and vat dyeing with indigo and onion skins, and more!

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  • "Bitch" editors at Nye Beach Writers

    August 15th, 2015 to August 15th, 2015

    Kjerstin Johnson and Sarah Mirk, two of the editors for the Bitch magazine and publishing company of Portland, will be our guests at the Nye Beach Writers Series. An open mic will follow their presentation.

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  • Rob Yardumian at Nye Beach Writers

    September 19th, 2015 to September 19th, 2015

    Rob Yardumian author of the novel Songs Across the Water and the companion album, Sing with Me Brother for We Have Sinned, is the featured author of this month's Nye Beach Writers Series. An open mic will follow his presentation.

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  • Oregon Book Award winners at Nye Beach Writers

    October 17th, 2015 to October 17th, 2015

    This month we welcome three authors from the 2015 Oregon Book Awards: Alex Tizon, the winner in General Nonfiction for his memoir Little Big Man: In Search of My Asian Self, Dawn Diez Willis, poetry finalist for her book Still Life with Judas and Lightning, and Cari Luna, the fiction winner for her book Revolution of Every Day. An open mic will follow their presentations.

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  • Mark Pomeroy at Nye Beach Writers Series

    November 21st, 2015 to November 21st, 2015

    Mark Pomeroy, author of the riveting novel The Brightwood Stillness, will be our guest this month at the Nye Beach Writers Series. An open mic will follow his reading.

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