Artwork, music, refreshments and more will be on offer this Saturday, June 1, as the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents Spring Into Summer: A Celebration of the Visual Arts.

This free afternoon gathering will feature public openings for three exhibits, one continuing exhibit, three artist talks, live music and an open house for kids’ arts programming. Catered refreshments will be provided by the event sponsor, Best Western Agate Beach Inn. Weather permitting, events will run from 1 to 6 pm inside and outside the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC).

“Stop on by, or spend the afternoon,” said center director Tom Webb. “The event will be a wonderful opportunity to see all that the VAC and the artists have to offer.”

The new exhibits include “From Eye to You,” paintings and mixed media work by Evan Peterson; “Patterns & Texture: Ceramic works by Kristy Lombard;” and “the flow of woven light,” digital tapestries and lithography by Joan Truckenbrod. The continuing exhibit, “Charcoal, Pencil, Paint,” will be on display in the Classroom Gallery.

Truckenbrod will discuss her work at 1:45 pm; Lombard will talk at 2:15 pm; and Peterson will speak at 3 pm.

“From Eye To You” features works in Peterson’s signature style of reverse glass painting, as well as acrylic and spray paint works on canvas and mixed-media works on wood.

Born in Minnesota and raised in Oregon, Peterson pulls his inspiration from the environment around him and his time spent in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. The former Newport local credits his time on the Oregon Coast for cultivating his art career and his appreciation for a sense of community.

“It’s been over five years since I’ve shown any art in Newport, and I’m thrilled to come home to share what I’ve been up to,” he said. “This opportunity has truly inspired me to dig deep!”

“From Eye To You” will be on show through July 2, available to view from 11 am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Sunday in the Runyan Gallery.

Lombard’s exhibit, “Patterns & Texture,” features richly colored slab-built works, both decorative and functional, in shapes such as teapots, vessels and wall pillows.

In Lombard’s slab-building process, every piece starts out totally flat. She then either moves her texture rollers across the surface or hand-presses each stamp into the clay before forming the slab into the desired shape. She hand-paints the glaze, using q black stain to enhance textures and a small brush to bring out individual stamps and details. Some pieces have real gold highlights, which require a third firing.

Lombard’s works will be on display through July 27 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase, available to view from noon to 4 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Live music at the Spring Into Summer event will be provided by Kori Williams, a singer, songwriter and entertainer visiting the area from Alexandria, Minnesota, where she is an educator and performer in the metro Twin Cities. Her love for music spans from Bach to the Beatles, with a taste for tunes that have stood the test of time.

The Upstairs Gallery will include an open house for OCCA’s youth arts programming, with hands-on art-making activities running from 1 to 5 pm. Young artists and their families will be able to learn more about the upcoming visual art summer camps and the Art Fridays program in the fall. Banners created during the spring Art Fridays youth program will be on display.

The Newport Visual Arts Center is located at 777 NW Beach Drive.

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