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 10th year, the Nye Bear 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 10th annual Nye Beach Banner Auction will be held Sunday, November 11, 5-8pm, at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Dr., Newport). A catalog of banner art is available for sale as well. Bidding will close promptly at 7pm.
“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 past 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 2018 Nye Beach Banner Project involved 46 visual artists, many of whom included textual statements in their work. The project enjoys the support of many community leaders as well as the OCCA, NBMA, Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, the OCCA Youth Arts Advisory Group,The Deep End Cafe, Panini Bakery, Café Stephanie, The Chowder Bow, Tables of Content, Jennifer Larsen, Tom Webb, Janet Webster and Catherine Rickbone.
The 2018 Nye Beach Banner Artists are Mark Renee Barbers, Robin Beckwith, Charlotte Boxer, Barbara Breaden, Linda Briggs, Annie Clark, Tish Epperson, L. Graece Gabriel, Jodi Gann, Bo Harrington, Eileen Hearne, Richard Haller, Dagny Hatch, Cynthia Jacobi, Cristina Kartsioukas, Marcy Kenyon, Tobias Koyama, Julie Lamberson, Luke Lamont, Jennifer Larsen, Marilyn Leary, Rowan Lehrman, Sera Mathewes, Patrick Mathewes, Lauren McManus, Carlo Navarra, Helen Nighthawk, Johnny Omnibus, Caroline O’Brien, Amy Pattison, Jill Pridgeon, Debra Rayne, Sandy Roumagoux, Gilbert Schramm, Carol Rasmussen-Schramm, Sara Sigglekow, Ben Soeby, Emy Syrop, Jeff Syrop, Anita Tanner, Marilyn VanBuren, Frances VanWert, Guillaume Varet, Hannah Vokos, Corey Voss and Shonnie Wheeler.
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