2013 Community Legend Celebration Honoring Rick Bartow

presented by: Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA)

Starts:Sunday, March 24, 2013  12:30 PMEnds:Sunday, March 24, 2013  2:30 PM


Call 541-265-2787 for reservations.


Newport Performing Arts Center

777 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365

Event Description:

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is proud to honor Artist and Musician, Rick Bartow as the 2013 Community Legend recipient.

Join OCCA at a celebration honoring Bartow.  The event starts with an hors d'oeuvres buffet reception, followed by the program and presentation.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres Buffet Reception

1:30 p.m. Program and Presentations

The celebration starts with an hors d’oeuvres buffet reception provided by chef Laurie Card of Café Mundo at 12:30 p.m., followed by the program and presentations at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per person; call 541-265-2787 for reservations.

Bartow and his band, the Backseat Drivers, will perform a community concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 24, also at the PAC, with admission by donation (donations benefit OCCA).

Bartow is Newport-born and -raised. He has left his mark not only on our community but across the globe.

Bartow graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in secondary art education. He served in Vietnam (1970-’71) with 52 Bravo, HHD 160th Signal, and was awarded the Bronze Star for sharing his music with hospitalized soldiers. Rick has three children: Rhonda, Booker and Lily.

Rick’s Native American Wiyot heritage is strong in his life and work. As a visual artist, he works in sculpture, print, etching, monotype, ceramics, mixed media and painting. As a musician, he and the Backseat Drivers deliver Americana songs through recordings and performances. As a spiritual healer, Rick sat with “the old man” Walter Klamath, and continues to dedicate his leadership to Singing Salmon Sweat Lodge, a place for all peoples’ recovery.

In September 2012, two welcoming poles forming a piece called “We Were Always Here” were installed at the entrance to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. In the traditional way, the project involved the work of artists from around the region as well as “butchers, bakers and candlestick makers” from the community.

Bartow’s work is found in museums, collections and galleries from Oregon to Florida, through Germany to Japan and New Zealand. But his heart is always in Newport, where his music resonates and his healing spirit abides.

Join us in celebrating the remarkable work and cultural contributions of Rick Bartow.

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