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 presents “10 X 10: A Decade of the Nye Beach Banner Project” from November 2-24 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibition marks an important milestone for one of Newport’s most creative community arts projects and is scheduled to coincide with the annual Nye Beach Banner Auction each November. Ten banners, one each from ten artists, will reflect the contributions of over 146 artists who have been involved with the project since its inception in 2008. A First Friday opening reception will be held at the VAC on November 2, 5-7pm, with a brief gallery presentation at 6:15pm.
Artwork from the following artists will be included in the “10 X 10” exhibition: Robin Beckwith, Linda Briggs, Graece Gabriel, Eileen Hearne, Julie Lamberson, Luke Lamont, Jennifer Larsen, Amy Pattison, Anita Tanner and Frances Van Wert. Other banners will hang in memory of Rick Bartow, Lynn Bishop, Chad Buckingham and Andrew Rodman.
“Over the years, these ten living artists have been consistently involved in the Nye Beach Banner Auction,” says project founder Veronica Willemin. “We honor and thank every artist involved through this special exhibition of work appearing on the streets of Nye Beach throughout the last decade.”
“Ten years is a successful run for any project,” says OCCA director Tom Webb. “And by all indications, the project will continue for another ten years, gaining momentum and emulation along the way.”
The Nye Beach Banner Project is a program of the Nye Beach Merchants Association. The project encourages area artists to paint depictions and themes related to the region onto double-sided canvas banners, which are then hung on light posts throughout the neighborhood from spring to fall. The project brings creative works to the streets of the historic neighborhood district. In November of each year, the banners are sold at auction, with proceeds funding youth arts programs through OCCA at the Newport Visual Arts Center. All work is donated by the participating artists.
“We encourage all Nye Beach banner artists to attend the November 2 opening at the VAC,” says Willemin.
The Upstairs Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon – 4pm.
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