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 “Nature Meets Kelp Art,” an exhibition featuring Brookings-based artist Sherryl Griffin, from February 1 to March 30 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibition will include kelp-based art objects, from baskets and flower vases to wall art and kelp photography. The COVAS Showcase features mid-career artists living on the Oregon coast, rotating through Oregon’s seven coastal counties, and Griffin will be representing Curry County. A First Friday opening reception is set for February 1, 5-7pm at the VAC, with the artist speaking about her work at 6:15pm.
“It all started in 2004 with a kelp basket class led by Cathy Norton at Flora Pacifica in Harbor, Oregon,” says Sherryl Griffin. “I am still totally amazed with the bull head kelp that floats in the ocean and dislodges itself in storms to float up the beach. The possibilities are endless with creating kelp art pieces.” Griffin went on to form her product line, Hide Tide Treasures, which features functional and fine art works. “I gather preserved pieces hidden in the sandy rocks areas along the coastal shore line. It actually looks like vegan hide. To use it art making, the kelp has to lay out and cure with the natural elements of the sun, wind and sand. My lamp shade pieces can take three to four years to cure, to allow light to pass through the kelp.”
Sheryl Griffin is a mostly self-taught artist, after her first workshop with Norton. Her work has been carried at Ambiance by the Sea, Pacific Ocean Harvesters, Gallery of the Arts, Wright’s Custom Framing and Brian’s Art Gallery, all in the Brookings-Crescent City area. Her work has been exhibited at the Manley Art Center and the Festival of the Arts in Brookings. Griffin also teaches kelp sewing classes and presents demonstration projects in kelp art making. She is a member of the Pelican Bay Arts Association.
The COVAS Showcase is open noon to 4pm, Tuesday-Saturday, at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Dr.)
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