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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  • Kick Up Your Heels! Art Shoe Fundraiser

    May 8th, 2015 to May 31st, 2015

    Pumps, sneakers, flats, boots, loafers, sandals, waders, and more: it’s the “Kick Up Your Heels: Art Shoe Show.”

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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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  • 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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  • 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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