Walking around the narrow streets of Nye Beach in Newport, it’s hard not to notice the creativity of area residents – banners hang from light posts like beckoning sentries, inviting residents and tourists alike to watch for the next piece of original artwork at the next street corner.
Now in its ninth year, the Nye Beach Banner Project not only celebrates local artists; it beautifies a coastal neighborhood while raising funds to support arts education and permanent public art through the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. The banners are sold each year at a lively auction held during the fall.
The ninth annual Nye Beach Banner Auction will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC), 777 NW Beach Dr. in Newport. A catalog of banner art is available for sale at the VAC.
“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.”
The 2017 Nye Beach Banner Project involved 52 visual artists, many of whom included textual statements in their work. Fourteen banners were informed by the solar eclipse occurring in August. The Project is dedicated to Andrew Rodman, who was a good friend and contributor to the project.
The project enjoys the support of many community leaders as well as the OCCA, NBMA, Café Stefanie, Panini, Tables of Content, Nye Beach Market, Sons of Beaches, the OCCA Youth-Arts Advisory Group, Jennifer Larson, Catherine Rickbone, Tom Webb and Janet Webster.
Contributing banner artists in 2017 include Morgan Abrahams, Josephine Allen, Mark ‘Rene’ Barbers, Marlowe Barrett, Robin Beckwith, Lynn Bishop, Barbara Breaden, Linda Briggs, Colleen Caubin, Nina Cox, Nicole Dickason, E. Douglas, Tish Epperson, L. Graece Gabriel, Bo Harrington, Eileen Hearne, Judy Hogan, Cynthia Jacobi, Patti Ann Johnson, Marcy Kenyon, Freyiah Krantz, Helen Kropp, Julie Lamberson, Luke Lamont, Jennifer Larsen, Marilyn Leary, Sera Mathewes, Patrick Mathewes, Shelby Mavity, Lauren McManus, Carlo Navarra, Helen Nighthawk, Caroline O’Brien, Ken O’Connell, Frances O’Halloran, Amy Pattison, Jill Pridgeon, Gilbert Schramm, Carol Rasmussen Schramm, Sara Sigglekow, Ajia Simpson, Ben Soeby, Ken Spencer, Emy Syrop, Jeff Syrop, Anita Tanner, Marilyn VanBuren, Frances VanWert, Guillaume Varet, Lily Waller, Janet Webster, Shonnie Wheeler, and Catherine Zosel.
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