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

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

    December 2nd, 2017 to February 24th, 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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  • We Are All in this Together

    January 5th, 2018 to February 24th, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “We Are All in this Together,” paintings by Bethany Rowland, from January 5 to February 24 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Bathany Rowland, a Portland-based artist, will exhibit a series of acrylic on clayboard panel paintings. A First Friday opening reception will be held on January 5, 5-7pn, at the VAC, with an artist talk at 6:30pm.

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  • You'd Think It Were Sunny

    February 2nd, 2018 to March 31st, 2018

    The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “You’d Think it Were Sunny Series,” an exhibition of oil and spray paint works on canvas by North Bend artist Becky Eddy Phillips, from February 2 to March 31 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

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  • Beyond Words” group exhibit with poet, Terri Thomas

    February 9th, 2018 to March 5th, 2018

    In ‘Beyond Words’, regional artists and musicians respond to poetry by Terri Thomas, taking it beyond words in a mixed media exhibition about the power of poetry to ignite the imagination. Art pieces and musical compositions, displayed with the poems that inspired them, present a visual and auditory experience of the infinite ways words can be interpreted.

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  • International Challenge Art Quilt Show

    February 24th, 2018 to February 25th, 2018

    A display of the 2016 International Challenge Art Quilt Show will make its final US appearance at the Yachats Commons, Feb 24 and 25, 2018. The 2016 theme was World Heritage Sites. Quilters from three nations, the USA, Japan, and South Korea, were given a list of 30 World Heritage Sites.

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  • Florence Home & Garden Show

    March 2nd, 2018 to March 4th, 2018

    The Florence Home & Garden Show will offer new ideas, services and products as the central Oregon coast tries to put winter weather behind with a look toward spring. The 2018 show is set for Friday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 4th . Custom wood products, hot tubs, furniture and appliances, and dozens of vendors featuring products and services for both the home and garden will pack the Florence Events Center.

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  • Learning to Create: St. James Santiago School and its Community

    March 9th, 2018 to April 9th, 2018

    The St. James Santiago School will showcase the work of students, teachers and parents in 2-D and 3-D media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, poetry, prose, illustrated books, etc. The student work will reflect projects made in art and STEAM classes, some reflecting the 2017-18 school-wide study of Africa. Adult artists will include Nora Sherwood, Julie Fiedler, Jenny Donnell, Matt Fitzwater, John Fiedler, Ashley Ness, Megan Gill, Asia Richardson and others.

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  • All About Birds, 2018” with Elizabeth See, Danelle Jones, Justin Sparks, Kelly Howard and Jesse Taylor

    April 13rd, 2018 to May 7th, 2018

    This year’s Bird Themed Art Show will feature a wide range of painting styles from the hyper-realistic watercolor of Justin Sparks to the impressionistic oil paintings of Elizabeth See and to the fun acrylic illustrations of Danelle Jones. Also featured in this year’s show are locally made, collaborative blown glass birds by Kelly Howard and Jesse Taylor. Lots of color, lots of variety and lots of Birds! Opening reception: Friday, April 13 from 5 -7pm

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  • ART on the EDGE studio tour 2018 Showcase

    May 11st, 2018 to June 4th, 2018

    Our second annual ART STUDIO TOUR, based out of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, will feature 25 exclusive artists’ studios for the weekend of May 18th, 19th and 20th. The Chessman Gallery will be hosting a showcase of all of the artists that participate in the tour throughout the month of May Website for the tour: www.artstudiotourLCCC.com

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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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