The speaker at this month’s Coastal Arts Guild monthly luncheon will be a man who really knows a lot about presentations. Tom Webb’s talk, “Behind the Gallery Walls: Curating at the Newport Visual Arts Center,” will cover his time as director of the VAC for the Oregon Coast Council for Arts how his professional and personal background led to the role.

The lunch and talk will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Visual Arts Center in Nye Beach.

Webb has been the director or manager of the Newport Visual Arts Center for OCCA since August 2014. His primary program focus areas include exhibitions planning, facilities management and arts education. Under Webb’s leadership, the VAC has enjoyed significant facility upgrades, people have noted the increased quality and diversity of exhibition programming, and OCCA youth-arts programming at the VAC has been revitalized.

Before moving to Newport, Webb was a longtime Portlander involved with the arts, conservation issues, publishing, education and nonprofit management. Webb’s work has been recognized by the Oregon Arts Commission, Literary Arts, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Utne Reader, The Oregonian and Willamette Week.

Besides serving as the director for the Newport Visual Arts Center, Webb sits on the Newport Public Arts Committee and the board of the Nye Beach Merchants Association. He was an arts representative on Newport’s 2040 Visioning Committee.

For additional information, call Mary Holt at 541-765-4599. Seating is limited. There is a suggested donation of $10 for the luncheon for non-members, CAG welcomes new members and there is no membership fee.

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