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

  • Times of Our Lives: Selected Watercolors by Henk Pander

    July 6th, 2018 to September 2nd, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the exhibit, “Times of Our Lives: Selected Watercolors by Henk Pander,” from July 6 to September 2 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Pander, one of the region’s most noted painters, will present recent large-scale watercolors and works from his recent series, "War Memories, Liberty Ships and the Climate Refugees of Vanport." Documentary films about the artist by his son, Jacob Pander, will screen in the VAC Media Room. Pander will present an extended artist talk on Saturday, August 11, at 4pm in the Runyan Gallery at the VAC.

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  • Rough to Ring: Jewelry and Small Painting by Elizabeth Pattison

    July 6th, 2018 to September 1st, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Cannon Beach artist Elizabeth “Libby” Pattison for her exhibit “Rough to Ring,” from July 6 to September 1 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibit will include Pattison’s jewelry works in polished Oregon stones, beads and metals, as well as small oil paintings on canvas and board. She represents Clatsop County in the COVAS Showcase, which includes mid-career artists living on the coast and rotates artists from the Oregon’s seven coastal counties.

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  • From the Heart: Author Drawings by Rick Bartow

    August 3rd, 2018 to September 29th, 2018

    Working in collaboration with the Newport Public Library and the City of Newport, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to premier the exhibition, From the Heart: Author Drawings by Rick Bartow, from August 3 to September 29 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. A First Friday opening reception will be held on August 3, 5-8pm, with Newport Library, City Council and Bartow estate representatives speaking at 6:15pm.

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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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  • Fall Show Yachats Arts Guild

    September 1st, 2018 to September 3rd, 2018

    11th Annual Fall Show of Yachats Arts Guild Room 8 of the Yachats Commons from 10-4 September 1-3 featuring new member Amy Anderson, along with seven other members of the guild. Sponsored by Yachats Chamber of Commerce and Polly Plumb Productions.

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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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