The 363 miles of the Oregon coastline is filled with rugged capes, serene eddies and tidal sanctuaries. To honor this treasured part of the state, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Art 363: Representing the Oregon Coast.” The overflowing event calendar includes three gallery exhibitions, a series of film shorts, a student exhibit, a story-telling event and other related activities.
“Art 363: Representing the Oregon Coast” begins Friday, Aug. 2 and will have events running through Sunday Sept. 29 at the galleries and creative spaces in the Newport Visual Arts Center. Art pieces will include interpretive and representational works created by artists over the past 40 years and within the last 40 days. Project partners include the Sandgren PaintOut Project, The Wetlands Conservancy and the Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival.
A public reception for “Art 363: Representing the Oregon Coast” will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 1 to 6 pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center with representatives from OCCA and the different exhibitions speaking throughout the day. Catering will be sponsored by the Best Western Agate Beach Inn, and live music, from 1 to 3 pm, will be provided by the Sons of Beaches. The opening events and exhibitions are free to the public, though donations and OCCA memberships are accepted. Many artworks in “Art 362: Representing the Oregon Coast” will be available for purchase.
Exhibitions & Activities
·“A Public Treasure: Painting the Oregon Coast: 40 Years of the Sandgren PaintOut Project,” will be at the Runyan Gallery throughout the event. Started by well-known Oregon painter and instructor Nelson Sandgren and continued by his son Erik Sandgren, the PaintOut Project has been gathering artists each summer for over 40 years to meet along the coast and create plein air paintings of the shoreline. “A Public Treasure” will feature over 50 paintings from over 40 artists, depicting the Oregon coast from Brookings to Astoria. Representatives from the PaintOut Project will speak on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 3:30 pm.
· “Ode to the Tides: Celebrating Oregon’s Coastal Estuaries and Tide Pools,” presented in the Upstairs Gallery, will present a multi-media collection of works by artists from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Sponsored by The Wetlands Conservancy, the multi-venue project will also include exhibits at the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Representatives from the “Ode to The Tides” exhibit will speak on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2 pm.
· “Ocean Shorts,” by the Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival,” will be shown in the Media Room. Curated by the Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival director Michael Harrington, “Ocean Shorts” will be a series of short films that mediate on themes of the ocean, sand, and the preciousness of the natural environment in different cinematic styles and mediums. Films will run on a loop during gallery hours. Michael Harrington will speak about the series on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 4:15pm.
· “Sea Glass and More.” Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS), Coos Bay artist Pam Calandrino will present her original jewelry works as wearable art in the COVAS Showcase, representing Coos County.
· “Coastal Kids Art Exhibit and Open House,” will be shown in the Classroom Gallery, and includes artwork created during the OCCA’s three 2019 summer art camps. Students range in ages from 6-14. An open house will be held during the reception on SAturday, Aug. 10, including art-making activities for youth and program information about OCCA’s Art Fridays youth art program at the VAC.
· “Oregon Coast Story-Telling Night and Open Mic,” will be Saturday, Sept. 14, in the VAC Room 205, from 7-9 pm.
“Art 363: Representing the Oregon Coast” is a wondrous creative celebration of what is a true national treasure,” said Catherine Rickbone, executive director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. “Nowhere else in the country is a state’s coastline owned by its citizens. The Oregon Coast personifies the spirit of Oregon.”
Related events and activities will be added during “Art 363: Representing the Oregon Coast.” Visit www.coastarts.org for updates. The Newport Visual Arts Center is located at 777 NW Beach Drive.