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

  • Legends of the McKenzie: Paintings by Margaret Godfrey

    November 3rd, 2017 to December 30th, 2017

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the exhibition, “Legends of the McKenzie: Paintings by Margaret Godfrey” from November 3 to December 30 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. A resident of Blue River, Oregon, Godfrey will exhibit 21 works focused on the elements of the McKenzie River that inspire her the most: the river and its canyons, herons and salmon. An opening reception for the “Legends of the McKenzie” exhibition will be held on November 3, 5-7pm, at the VAC, with an artist talk at 6:15pm.

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  • Karen Gelbard: The Oregon Weaver: Designs from the Pacific Northwest

    December 2nd, 2017 to January 27th, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes fiber artist and designer Karen Gelbard to the Oregon Coast Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Running from December 2 to January 27, Gelbard’s exhibition, “The Oregon Weaver: Designs from the Pacific Northwest,” will include hand-woven jackets, coats and scarves. The COVAS Showcase features mid-career artists rotating through Oregon’s seven coastal counties, and Gelbard will be representing Tillamook County. A public reception for “The Oregon Weaver: Designs from the Pacific Northwest” will be held Saturday, December 2, 5-7pm, with an artist talk at 6:30pm.

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  • The PushPin Show 2017

    December 2nd, 2017 to December 31st, 2017

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts marks the 27th anniversary of The PushPin Show from December 2 to 31 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC). A holiday opening reception will take place at the VAC on Saturday, December 2, 5-7pm.

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  • “Chiaroscuro: Casting Shadows in Mosaic” Group Mosaic Show

    December 8th, 2017 to January 8th, 2018

    The ancient art of mosaic is enjoying a renaissance in the world today. Artists are using traditional tools and materials and combining them with other materials and a contemporary sensibility to create astonishing new work. This Group of artists from Oregon and Washington all work in the broad medium of mosaic will explore the nature of light and dark, how shadows are cast by materials in their work, or how mosaic materials either reflect or absorb light. Artists include: Lynn Adamo, Joanne Daschel, Scott Fitzwater, Jennifer Kuhns, Karen Rycheck and Mark Brody. Opening reception: Friday, Dec. 8th 5pm-7pm

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  • Connect US 20 by Sal Strom and Lynn Moyers

    January 12nd, 2018 to February 5th, 2018

    Connecting US 20 is a traveling art event that visited libraries across the country with a goal to increases awareness of local commonalities and differences. Community libraries were the catalyst for linking local writers and art across America’s longest highway, US 20. Sal Strom and Lynn Moyers traveled all of US 20; 3,365 miles through 12 states, finishing on May 31st in Sal’s Pacific Coast home town Newport, Oregon. This project is about community, no matter where that community is located and about linking people together through Art. Colorful cheesecloth was used to create hanging maps of the journey and also converge to highlight local authors in photography. This exhibit is a celebration of art and community. Opening reception: Friday, Jan. 13th from 5 to 7pm

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