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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  • 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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  • Kick Up Your Heels: An Open Call for Art Shoes

    March 18th, 2015 to April 30th, 2015

    Attention artists, Lincoln County students, fashionistas and plain old shoe lovers: the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts requests your participation in the development of art shoes, for display in a gallery setting at the Newport Visual Arts Center. According to the OCCA, it’s time to get creative with your pumps, sneakers, flats, boots, loafers, sandals, waders, and more. Submissions from all ages and walks of life welcome. Put on your artist hats and get to work on your shoes! Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is accepting art-shoe creations through April 24; art-shoe workshop is scheduled for April 4.

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  • Surf & Turf: The Art of Boarding

    April 3rd, 2015 to May 10th, 2015

    Surf & Turf The Art of Boarding Newport Visual Arts Center Runyan Gallery: June 5-July 31, 2015 Submission deadline: May 10, 2015 (early submissions encouraged) Notification: May 15, 2015 Delivery deadline: May 29, 2015 To celebrate the allure and creativity of surfing and skateboarding, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts will present the exhibit, “Surf & Turf: The Art of Boarding,” in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from June 5 to July 31, 2015. Surf and skate artists are encouraged to submit their work(s) to be considered for inclusion in the juried exhibition, scheduled for the month of International Surfing Day and Go Skateboarding Day. All creative works will be considered (3-D, 2-D, film/video) but preference will be given to independent, original and contemporary design and art on boards themselves. “Surf & Turf: The Art of Boarding” is open to artists of all ages and styles. Submissions from Lincoln County, Oregon, surfers and skateboarders are encouraged. See detailed description for complete submission guidelines. Image credit: "Surfers Scrabble on Bluff Slough with Tsunami Debris," by Mar Lehrman, acrylic on canvas, 2014

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  • Making Waves: Watercolor Society of Oregon Convention Exhibition

    April 11st, 2015 to May 3rd, 2015

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to host the Watercolor Society of Oregon for its spring 2015 convention, bringing over 200 convention registrants to Newport for up to six days of exhibits, workshops and breakout sessions. The convention will include “Making Waves,” a major exhibition of watercolor paintings in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Drive), opening to the public on April 11, 4:30-6:00pm at the VAC, and running through May 3. The exhibit opening is jointly sponsored by the Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. The entire convention is open to Watercolor Society of Oregon members and non-members alike. Image credit: "Siletz Bay Hydrangea" by Patricia Schmidt

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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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  • Peruvian Dance and Music

    May 9th, 2015 to May 9th, 2015

    A special evening of music and dance: Luciana Proano will offer a Peruvian dance class, followed by a free family friendly event of dancing and music with Andean folk music by Chayag.

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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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