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

  • 2019 Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival Instructors' Show

    March 22nd, 2019 to April 27th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival’s Instructors’ Show from March 22 to April 27 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The award-winning festival instructors’ will be exhibiting work in the mediums of book arts, collage, paper arts, mixed media, assemblage and box artists. Receptions for the Instructors’ Show will be held on Friday, April 5, 5-7pm, with local instructors talking about their work at 6pm, and on Friday, April 26, 5-7pm, with all instructors on hand to discuss their work.

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  • Meditations on Canvas: Oil Paintings by Dennis Hartley

    April 5th, 2019 to May 26th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Meditations on Canvas,” an exhibition of oil paintings by Washington-based artist Dennis Hartley, from April 5 to May 26 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibit will include painting from the artist’s current and ongoing series, “Fractures” and “Meditations.” A Frist Friday opening reception will be held on April 5, 5-7pm, with an artist talk at 6pm.

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  • Astoria Regatta: Found-Object Works by Wenda Vorce

    April 5th, 2019 to May 25th, 2019

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Clatsop County artist Wenda Vorce for an exhibition of her found-object works, “Astoria Regatta,” from April 5 to May 25 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Vorce speak about her work during the April 5 opening reception at 6:30 p.m.

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  • Reflections on Landscapes

    April 26th, 2019 to May 4th, 2019

    Fine arts photography exhibit

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  • Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche

    April 28th, 2019 to April 28th, 2019

    Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche, recounts the start of the Vienna Secession, a magical art movement formed in the late 1890's for art, literature and music, in which new ideas are circulated, Freud discovers the drives of the psyche, and women begin to claim their independence. 

At the heart of Secession were artists Gustav Klimt and his protégé and dear friend Egon Schiele.

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  • Art Quilts Melange

    May 18th, 2019 to May 19th, 2019

    Polly Plumb Productions presents an “Art Quilt Melange,” a specially collated collection of the works of internationally acclaimed artist Hollis Chatelain, in the Yachats Commons, Saturday and Sunday, May 18 & 19, 10 AM – 4 PM. Admission is a suggested $7 donation. A Tea Service will be offered 12:00 – 3:00 PM each day. Twenty pieces are scheduled for display, ranging in sizes of 2’ X 2’ to 8’ X 6‘.

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  • Water Lilies of Monet

    June 16th, 2019 to June 16th, 2019

    Voyage through the masterpieces and obsessions of the genius and founder of Impressionism, Claude Monet, in "Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light" at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16. An art-world disruptor at the turn of the 20th century whose obsession with capturing light and water broke all convention, Monet revolutionized Modern Art with his timeless masterpieces.

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