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

  • Rick Bartow – A Community Collection

    July 8th, 2016 to October 2nd, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Rick Bartow: A Community Collection,” an exhibition of loaned works, in the Runyan Gallery July 8 through August 30. A renowned and beloved Newport-based artist, Bartow passed away on April 2.

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  • Fairy Woodland

    August 6th, 2016 to October 1st, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes the Lincoln County artist team of John Curtis Crawford and Bridget Wolfe to the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Their exhibition, “Fairy Woodland,” will feature small, multi-media fairy houses and will be on display from August 5 to October 1. A First Friday opening reception will be held August 5, 5-7pm, at the VAC, with the artists speaking about their work at 6:30pm during the reception.

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  • Reclining on the Vanishing Point: Paintings by Sean Christensen

    September 9th, 2016 to October 1st, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes painter and multidisciplinary artist Sean Christensen to the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Christensen’s exhibition, “Reclining on the Vanishing Point” will include Sumi ink and watercolor paintings, limited edition art zines and related works on paper. The exhibition will run from September 9 to October 1 and an opening reception will be held on September 9, 5-7pm, at the VAC. An artist talk is scheduled for 6:30pm during the opening reception.

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  • Wisdom of Youth

    September 9th, 2016 to October 29th, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes the student art exhibit, “The Wisdom of Youth,” to the Newport Visual Art Center’s Classroom Gallery from September 9 to October 29. The exhibit includes paintings and collage by 12 students working with Neighbors for Kids (Kids Zone after school program) in Depoe Bay. A First Friday opening reception will be held on September 9, 5:00-7:00pm at the VAC.

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  • Continuum

    October 7th, 2016 to November 26th, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Continuum,” an exhibition by Ben Killen Rosenberg in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from October 7 to November 26. “Continuum” features Rosenberg’s artistic interpretations of decaying birds found along Oregon’s beaches. The artist presents watercolor and ink painting in a series of works that began in 2014. A First Friday public reception will be held on October 7, 5-7pm, at the VAC, with an artist talk scheduled for 6:30pm during the reception.

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  • Tillamook Inspirations

    October 7th, 2016 to November 26th, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Tillamook County artist Dana Hulburt to the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center from October 7 to November 26. Hulburt’s exhibit, “Tillamook Inspirations,” will include acrylic paintings, Telamadera Fusion works and driftwood signs reflecting the region. The First Friday opening reception will be held on October 7, 5:00-7:00pm at the VAC, with an artist talk scheduled for 6:30pm during the reception.

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  • Wings Over the Sea

    October 7th, 2016 to November 27th, 2016

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present “Wings Over the Sea,” an exhibition of drawings, paintings and mixed media by Mimi Cernyar Fox in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from October 7 to November 27. A professional artist, Cernyar Fox has exhibited her work regionally, nationally and internationally. Her latest series, “Wings Over the Sea,” considers the preciousness of various marine birds and their declining populations. A First Friday opening reception will be held on October 7, with an artist talk scheduled for 5:45pm during the reception.

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  • Art Fridays (Fall 2016)

    October 9th, 2016 to December 2nd, 2016

    Art Fridays at the Newport Visual Arts Center return for fall 2016. Choose from 11 classes offered over 8 weeks. Registration form, along with class descriptions, can be downloaded from this listing. Classes are geared toward 5th to 8th graders, though upon consultation, younger and older students are welcome.

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