777 NW Beach Drive
Newport, OR 97365
Directions: Google Maps and other online mapping programs can have a problem directing you to the VAC. Here are the easiest directions to follow: heading north or south on Hwy. 101, turn west on NW 3rd St. Proceed straight down the hill. At the second stop sign, turn right. One short block later, turn left under Nye Beach archway. Proceed straight to Nye Beach turnaround and parking lot. The VAC is the large blue and gray building off the turnaround. To director offices and upper parking lot: turn west of Hwy. 101 at NW 3rd St. Head down hill. At second stop sign, continue straight 1.5 blocks, with the Sylvia Beach Hotel remaining on your left. The VAC administrative offices can be accessed through the smaller, upper parking lot.
"Shelter Me,” a collection of expressively painted umbrellas and writings about shelter and homelessness, shows in the Upstairs Gallery in May.
The students in the After School Achievement Club at the Seashore Literacy Center in Waldport sit in a reading circle and share a little about their day. Early this year, Kaylee asked Senitila McKinley, an artist and director of the center, why she painted umbrellas.
To Senitila, the umbrella is a symbol of shelter that she paints as a meditation to seek answers and clarity to problems like homelessness.
Kaylee said she wanted to paint umbrellas, real umbrellas. Senitila brought in paints and showed the children some techniques for painting on fabric. That was the beginning of the Shelter Me Project.
A lot of children in the group have experienced homelessness; not living with a mother and father in a home, living with grandparents or other relatives, living in cars, camping in other peoples back yards, kids who don’t have a family.
Since January, the children have painted over sixty umbrellas and their goal is to paint 500 or more. The kids have a wide range of imagination and they paint whatever they want. Handprints and flowers are favorite subjects. Some students work out a design before they start painting.
Sales from the umbrellas could purchase new t-shirts for the kids or pay a family’s electric bill or help a homeless person or family in some way.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
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