The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) website features numerous exhibitions for fine art in a variety of media (watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, tempera, mixed media, printmaking, and digital, among others), as well as sculpture, glass, ceramics and pottery, wood, collage, textile arts, and multi-media. Some are public installations in arts centers and museums, others in galleries or private homes, but all in keeping with OCCA's service to the vibrant arts communities along the 363 miles of Oregon coastline. Calls for proposals are posted as events and can be found in the event calendar. Contact information for calls for entry or proposals can be found by viewing the individual events.

OCCA Exhibitions

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts manages the Newport Visual Arts Center (or VAC, pictured), which is home to three galleries with over 30 exhibitions each year, including an annual county-wide student art show and the long-standing annual Pushpin Community Art Show and Sale in December. Occasionally, exhibitions are also on view at the Newport Performing Arts Center. View the event calendar or contact the Newport Visual Arts Center for current exhibitions.

Upcoming Events in Exhibition

  • Around the World (and Pizza Boxes)

    April 6th, 2018 to June 30th, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the visual art exhibition, “Around the World (and Pizza Boxes),” from April 6 to May 26 in the Classroom Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibition will include student artwork created during OCCA’s Art Fridays youth-art classes held during fall 2017 and winter 2018. An opening reception for “Around the World (and Pizza Boxes)” will be held at the VAC on Friday, April 6, 5-7pm, with students available to discuss their work.

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  • Expressions West 2018

    April 27th, 2018 to June 30th, 2018

    A juried exhibition of fine art.

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  • Stories in Color

    May 4th, 2018 to June 30th, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes the exhibition, “Stories in Color,” from May 4 to June 30 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibition will include mixed media and collage/assemblage by the artist team of Carol Waxham and Thomas Medlin. The COVAS Showcase features mid-career Oregon coast artists, rotating through Oregon’s seven coastal counties, and Waxham and Medlin will be representing Curry County. A First Friday opening reception for “Stories in Color” will be held on May 4, 5-7pm, with the artists scheduled to talk about their work at 6pm.

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  • Implicit Ambiguities: Paintings & Drawings by Clint Brown

    June 1st, 2018 to July 1st, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Implicit Ambiguities,” an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Clint Brown, from June 1 to July 1 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Brown’s exhibit will include oil paintings from his “Implicit Ambiguities” series along with drawings from his “Studies in Sanguine” series. The paintings and drawing were developed to be exhibited simultaneously and are the culmination of at least 10 years work. A First Friday opening reception will be held on Friday, June 1, 5-7pm, with a formal artist talk starting at 5:45pm.

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  • Spring Migration: Award-Winning Works from the Watercolor Society of Oregon

    June 1st, 2018 to July 28th, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) for an exhibition of award-winning member works from June 1 to July 28 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts. The traveling exhibition, “Spring Migration,” will include 20 paintings selected by WSO convention juror Fran Larsen. A First Friday opening reception will be held on June 1, 5-7pm, at the VAC, with a WSO representative on hand to discuss the exhibit at 6:30pm.

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  • "Feral” by Jesse Narens & Ben Soeby

    June 8th, 2018 to July 9th, 2018

    A 2 person show featuring Portland bases Jesse Narens and Lincoln City artist Ben Soeby. “Feral: living in the wild but descended from domesticated individuals. The work of both artists represent the idea that we as the human species have separated ourselves from nature over time, and must return to nature in order to survive. We need to become feral. Opening reception: Friday, June 8 from 5 -7pm

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  • Summer Members’ show

    July 13rd, 2018 to August 6th, 2018

    Every year the Lincoln City Cultural Center honors its membership by exhibiting work of all kinds exclusively done by our member artist. These shows are always creative, colorful and inspirational. To become a member, you can call 541 994 9994 or come to 540 NE Hwy 101, Lincoln City Opening reception: Friday, July 13th from 5 -7 pm

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  • “60 Works in 60 Days” by Katia Kyte and Joanne Daschel

    August 10th, 2018 to September 10th, 2018

    Katia Kyte and Joanne Daschel, two Lincoln City artists, committed to create a small piece every day for 60 days. Katia works in oils and Joanne creates glass and stone mosaic. The idea is that with this daily practice the artist learns more in thirty 1-hour paintings than in one 30-hour painting. Creating daily allows the artist to “let go” of perfection and explore technique, materials and process. This show is a window into the unobstructed creative process. Opening reception: Friday Aug. 11 5 - 7 pm

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  • Casbah: 30th Anniversary Exhibit

    September 14th, 2018 to October 8th, 2018

    “The Casbah” is a group of artists that have a long history of putting on art shows that fill the senses, by engaging the viewer with visual art as well as music, poetry and theater. This group was one of the first shows to exhibit with the 4C’s as the Cultural Center was being developed. Opening reception: Friday, Sept. 14 5 – 7pm

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  • “Sound of Nature, Sound of Art” Gallery Exhibit

    October 12nd, 2018 to November 5th, 2018

    Lincoln City Cultural Center is proud to present this fifth annual collaboration of art, music and ecology, a celebration of Cascade Head Scenic Research Area and the rare natural beauty of the Oregon Coast. This year’s event will also include a showcase in the Chessman Gallery of the art work from past and present performances. These artists will come together for an exhibit that is inspired by the beauty of Cascade Head and music that has been played to honor it. Opening reception: Friday, Oct. 12 from 5– 7pm

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  • “Sandscapes and Second Chances” by Dorcas Holzapfel and Jennifer Norman

    November 9th, 2018 to December 10th, 2018

    This two-woman show is an exciting reflection of our talented local arts community and an echo of our unique coastal environment with the use of interesting found objects. Jennifer Norman’s assembled pieces and jewelry art work are created from recycled or repurposed items and Dorcas Holzapfel’s sandscapes are made with sand, acrylic paint and found objects. Opening reception: Friday, Nov. 9 from 5- 7pm

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  • “Form, Function and Film” group show by Kirk Jonasson, Kelly Howard and Rick Martin

    December 14th, 2018 to January 7th, 2019

    These three artists, Kelly Howard, Kirk Jonasson and Rick Martin, each working separately within their chosen medium (hand blown glass, photography printed from film and bent wood sculpture), have cooperatively created an exquisite exhibit with a common thread of black and white aesthetic. Opening reception: Friday, Dec. 14 from 5 – 7pm

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  • “Imaging Time” By Ralph Elliott

    January 11st, 2019 to February 4th, 2019

    A collection of photos comprised primarily of water and immersed object images creating ephemeral landscapes that emphasize action, event, process and time over object studies. Opening reception: Friday, Jan. 11 from 5 – 7pm

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