Artists of all ages and abilities are invited to submit their work for the annual PushPin Show, running from Dec. 7 to 29 at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

Now in its 29th year, the PushPin Show aims to recognize creative talent throughout Lincoln County, with artists of all ages and stripes encouraged to participate.

Everyone is invited to take part, from beginners and emerging visual artists to established professionals, crafters, poets and literary artists, hobbyists, youngsters, oldsters, college students, retirees and families.

The original Pushpin Show was the brainchild of local artist and art activist Jimmy Frankfort. And while it has grown over the years, the show still adheres to an inclusive, all-county residents’ show that exemplifies the mission of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) to celebrate, promote and develop community arts.

Participants must be able to hang their work themselves, using no more than four push pins. All work must be original and suitable for display in a family show.

Artists are encouraged to price their work for sale, with the OCCA retaining a 40-percent commission (reduced to 35 percent for OCCA members).

PushPin artwork by current OCCA members will be featured on a designated “members’ wall.” Basic OCCA membership begins at $40 per year.

PushPin artists should deliver their work directly to the Runyan Gallery at the Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive, on from 11 am to 4 pm on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5 and 6; or 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The exhibit will open on Saturday, Dec. 7, with a public reception from 2 to 5 pm and run through December. Guests will be invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

All artists submitting work for the Pushpin Show will be considered for the Mayors’ Show, an exhibit scheduled for January 2019 and curated by Newport Mayor Sandra Roumagoux and Yachats Mayor John Moore, along with Newport Visual Arts Center director Tom Webb.

The curators are open to non-traditional formats and presentation styles. Work must have been completed within the last three years.

For more information, contact Webb at twebb@coastarts.org or 541-265-6569.

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