Nye Beach Banner Auction To Be Held November 6 at Newport Visual Arts Center; Funds Raised Support Youth Arts Learning
Now in its 8th year, the Nye Beach Banner Project continues to develop with each passing season. Organized by the Nye Beach Merchants Association, Nye Beach banners celebrate local artists, beautify the Historic Nye Beach Neighborhood and raise funds for arts education and permanent public art through the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. The banners—original works on canvas—hang on neighborhood light poles, spring through fall, inviting residents and visitors alike to walk the narrow and colorful streets of Nye Beach.
The banners are sold each year at a lively auction held during the fall. The 8th Annual Nye Beach Banner Auction will be held Sunday, November 6, 5-8pm, at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Dr., Newport), with auction bidding stopping promptly at 7pm.
The 2016 Nye Beach Banner Project enjoyed a record number of participating artists (56) and banners created (46), and included more student artwork than in previous years. Eleven students joined together to create six banners.
“As Nye Beach continues to grow and develop, so does the artistic expression with the Nye Beach Banner Art,” says Veronica Willemin, one of the project’s founders and current chair of the Nye Beach Merchants Association (NBMA). “One of the motivating factors is the combined interest in creative thinking and the importance of art in children’s lives. It’s exciting to have so many new student works in the project this year.”
The 2016 Nye Beach Banner Project and Auction are dedicated to the memory of Rick Bartow (12/16/46-4/2/16), the noted Newport artist and long-time contributor to the Nye Beach Banner Project.
The Nye Beach Merchant Association extends special thanks this year to Janet Webster and the Crafter’s Group, Jennifer Larsen, Nancy Courtney, Sylvia Beach Hotel, April’s at Nye Beach, Nye Beach Café, Chowder Bowl, Panini Bakery, Café Stephanie, Deep End Café, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, and the local musicians performing at the auction.
Contributing artists to the 2016 Nye Beach Banner Auction include:
Mark R. Barbers
M.M. & A.A.
Carol Rasmussen Schramm
Many thanks to the artists!
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