“The PushPin Show” Marks 25th Anniversary:
All Lincoln County Residents Encouraged to Submit Artwork
Opening reception set for December 5, 5-7pm; “Mayors’ Show” announced
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts celebrates the 25th anniversary of “The PushPin Show” from December 5 to January 3 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC). Recognizing creative talent throughout Lincoln County, the exhibition is open to all county residents who present visual artwork and writing that can be hung on the walls with four push pins. Artists (and non-artists) of all ages and stripes are encouraged to participate. The public reception and opening will be held on Saturday, December 5, 5-7pm at the VAC (777 NW Beach Dr.). Reception attendees will cast votes for “The People’s Choice Award.”
“’The PushPin Show” represents the very best of community-based arts programming,” says Catherine Rickbone, executive director of OCCA. “And 25 years is a long run for any annual exhibition for a town of any size. We encourage new and returning participants, and younger and older artists alike.”
“The PushPin Show” was conceived in 1990 by Waldport artist James Frankfort and the show’s graphic image by Frankfort himself remains in use today. Over the years, upwards of 3,000 residents have shown work through “The PushPin Show” in the Runyan Gallery, one of the largest galleries on the Oregon Coast.
“I am always amazed at the quality, the variety of subject matter and the broad age range of the artists in PushPin, from 4 to 94,” says Newport artist Cheri Aldrich, who has participated in over a dozen “PushPin Shows.” “There is truly something for the whole family.”
“The Push Pin Show 2015” celebrates a longstanding Newport arts tradition while starting a new tradition as well: the “Mayors’ Show.” Newport’s sitting mayor, working with another Lincoln County mayor and the OCCA VAC director will curate an exhibition based on submissions to “The PushPin Show” and present the “Mayors’ Show” in the Runyan Gallery in January of the new year. In 2015, those roles will be filled by Newport Mayor Sandy Roumagoux (a painter herself), Waldport Mayor Susan Woodruff and OCCA VAC director Tom Webb. The three curators have selected the working theme of “Expanded Visions: New Work by Lincoln County Artists.” The curators are open to non-traditional formats and presentation styles, though work must have been completed within the last three years.
Participants in The Push Pin Show should deliver their work directly to the Runyan Gallery at the VAC (777 NW Beach Dr., Nye Beach) on December 4 and 5, from 11am to 4pm. Artwork must be original (no prints or facsimilies). Artists must be able to hang their work with just four or fewer push pins (singular works only). If interested in the “Mayors’ Show,” artists will complete an expanded entry form, asking if they have additional work available and ready to hang in the January exhibit.
The Runyan Gallery is open from 11am to 5pm (winter hours), Tuesday-Sunday.
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is a nonprofit organization that manages the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center and serves as the regional arts council for coastal Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln, Coos and Curry counties, as well as the coastal towns of Lane and Douglas counties.
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