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.
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes the exhibition, “Stories in Color,” from May 4 to June 30 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibition will include mixed media and collage/assemblage by the artist team of Carol Waxham and Thomas Medlin. The COVAS Showcase features mid-career Oregon coast artists, rotating through Oregon’s seven coastal counties, and Waxham and Medlin will be representing Curry County. A First Friday opening reception for “Stories in Color” will be held on May 4, 5-7pm, with the artists scheduled to talk about their work at 6pm.
Carol Waxham and Thomas Medlin began their artistic careers in the craft community during the 1970s--Waxham as a fiber artist and Medlin as a jeweler. Waxham opened Raincoast Arts, an art gallery and studio, in Langlois, Oregon, in 1991, and Medlin joined her in 2007. Living and working in a building built in 1911, and having raised three daughters between the two of them, Waxham and Medlin find themselves with many small "story pieces" that are incorporated into their collage/assemblage work. In “Story of Color,” the artist team will present a combination of works that explore color in various media and that contain “story threads.”
Langlois, population 177, is located south of Bandon on an inland strip of Highway 101. Heading through down, drivers need to slow down to notice and visit Raincoast Art, but it’s well worth the visit. In the remote gallery setting, Waxham and Medlin have a gathered an impressive collection of regional artists working in all fields. As artists running the gallery, Waxham works primarily in textiles and collage, while Medlin is a metal smith incorporating precious metals. Medlin is also a lifelong historian and archeologist, and is researching the history of Langlois. Looking for “traces of stories” shapes both the artists’ work.
The COVAS Showcase is open Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4pm.
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