OCCA's April e-newsletter: OCCA's 35th anniversary... Summer theater camps set... welcome OCCA's newest board member, Kay Moxness.
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Celebrity Waiters starts at 5:30 p.m. May 6 at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Celebrity Waiters at 5pm May 6

Join us for the 2012 Celebrity Waiter and Live/Slient Auctions annual fundraiser at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Famous and infamous “celebrities” will serve and entertain guests at the event. A full-course meal catered by La Maison and a complimentary glass of wine from Firesteed Winery is included in the $85 ticket price. Make your reservation at 541-265 ARTS (2787). 
“Sea Turtle,” watercolor pencil by Keyahma O’Neil.

Runyan & Upstairs Galleries

May 4-27: Annual Lincoln County Student Art Show

The show includes art from Lincoln County students in public schools, charter schools, private schools and home schools. A complete list of students will be posted and awards for artistic excellence will be presented at the reception, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 4

Teachers around the county recognize the important benefits of art in the classroom and introduce various art projects during the school year along with core curriculum. Submissions come from all schools in the district as well as from Angell Job Corp, the Montessori Schools, and pre-schools.

Each year a delightful variety of mediums is represented including ceramics, cast paper, oil pastels, watercolor, poster paints, digital photography, colored pencil, markers, acrylic paints, pencil, pen and ink, scratch board, mixed media, block prints, crayon resist, calligraphy, paper arts, and charcoal. 
 
Artwork from students in kindergarten through grade 8, preschools, Montessori schools and home schools will fill the Runyan Gallery. The Upstairs Gallery will feature work submitted by the  high school students in the county. 
OCCA offers a trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival August 20-24.

August 20-24

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Trip

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), along with Frank Geltner, is planning a theatre trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland Aug. 20-24, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the remodel of the Newport Performing Arts Center. To book your spot, or for more information, call Frank Geltner at 541-961-1482.

Spend five days and four nights, from Monday, Aug. 20 thru Friday, Aug. 24. Stay at the marvelous Plaza Inn & Suites, within convenient walking distance to the festival. Eat at some of Ashland’s finest restaurants. Plan on joining this limited group of 20 to Ashland when it is truly meant to be enjoyed – at the peak of the season! 

Participants will see nine events – some highlights are Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s “Life Could Be A Dream”and Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “All the Way,” “Henry V,” “Party People,” and “As You Like It," in the Elizabethan, Bowmer and New theaters, and Carpenter Hall – plus experience “The Green Show,” a lively, outdoor program of music and dance before each evening performance.
Newport Visual Arts Center monthly exhibition coffees are open to anyone, especially those who are interested in volunteering.

Monthly Coffee set for May 10

The May OCCA Exhibition Coffee starts at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 10, Room 302 at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC). “Arts Learning” is the discussion topic; the coffee is open to anyone interested in exploring volunteering opportunities at the VAC, OCCA volunteers and docents. For more information, call OCCA VAC Director Sally Houck at 541-265-6569 or email shouck@coastarts.org.

Grant applications for the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition are due July 31.

LCCC grant applications due July 31

The Lincoln County Cultural Coalition (LCCC) announces its grant deadline of July 31, 2012 for projects occurring between September 15, 2012 and August 15, 2013.  Visit the website for grant details. All applications are completed online. For information: Blythe Jorgensen, Grants Chairman, 541-444-2218, blythej16@gmail.com, or Catherine Rickbone, LCCC Treasurer, at 541-574-2652, or by email at crickbone@coastarts.org.

Kay Moxness Joins OCCA Board

Kay Moxness is OCCA's newest board member.Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) welcomes its newest board member, Kay Moxness. A North Dakota native, she’s lived in Newport since 1979. “One of the first things I did [when I moved to Oregon} was join OCCA, which was pretty new then, and I went to plays at the Naterlin Center,” she reflects.

Kay emphasizes that her childhood access to the arts developed her love for them: “My childhood in rural North Dakota was filled with books, hours at the piano, the writing of little stories, collecting insects (for a while I was pretty sure I was going to be an entomologist) and my pet cats, dogs and rabbits, drawing and watercolor painting and puppet theaters made in empty tissue boxes.” Interest in mathematics took over in high school and, at university, led to a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in public policy economics. 

“Now that I am retired, I look forward to working with the ... federation of artists that is the OCCA,” she says. “No matter how much one may love the symphony or theater or chamber music, it all has to work together. No one element can survive by itself; the economics of singularity simply doesn’t work in the arts.” 
 
Kay worked for nearly four decades in the energy industry, in utilities and consulting for a multi-state electric cooperative utility. Her work here at Central Lincoln PUD required much time in regional policy meetings in the valley, but she still found time to be a 1998-1999 OCCA board member. 

Kay observes, “In order to have genuine local access to the arts for everyone we must maintain a joint effort of creation, maintenance, financing, sharing and sometimes just paying attention. The future of the OCCA is what we make it.”
 
“Now we begin the important job of fund-raising for the PAC expansion and upgrade so it will be ready for growing audiences and those future generations of young aspiring artists who will launch their arts careers from the coast,” says Kay.
 
OCCA thanks Kay for also being an Opera Host and Jazz Club member. Welcome to the arts leadership team.

OCCA is 35 years young!

This spring your Oregon Coast Council for the Arts turns 35 years young. What started in 1977 by a group of local writers eventually turned into the 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization that today manages the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC) and the Newport Visual Arts (VAC) for the City of Newport. OCCA is also the regional arts council for the 363 miles of the Oregon coast.

In those early years, the part-time directors were Babette Cabral and Sharon Morgan. Later, Frank Geltner served as Executive Director and now Catherine Rickbone fills that position. 

OCCA's mission to “celebrate, develop and promote community arts” has lead OCCA into a variety of arenas: (1) as a presenter of the Oregon Coast Jazz Party, Met Opera Live in HD, National Theatre Live in HD and over 18 exhibits yearly; (2) as a promoter of the arts with Arts Talk live radio show, stack ads, social media, arts website and newsletter; (3) as an advocate for coastal arts and also as a provider of Cultural Alliance meetings, technical assistance and Learn By Doing workshops; and (4) as a provider of arts learning experiences including theater camps and the Paper Arts Festival

OCCA has evolved as a major contributor to the arts with box office, marketing, and technical expertise for the PAC Resident Artists’ Team (PAC RATs).    

This list is simply a snapshot of all the services that OCCA has provided during its history and/or currently provides to the residents of Newport, Lincoln county and the Oregon coast. As a membership organization OCCA appreciates your continuing support.

To receive the OCCA e-newsletter, send your name and email to Catherine RickboneMark your calendar! A birthday party will occur at the OCCA Annual Meeting on August 14. 

Theater camps offer summer fun

Chris Graamans photographed the 2011 Shakespeare Camp production.Get ready for great summer fun with Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) 2012 Theatre Camps! OCCA provides three types of summer theatre experiences. Theatre Camp Advanced and Theatre Camp are available for students who would like to write, produce, and perform in their own production. Instructors for Theatre Camp Advanced and Theatre Camp are long-time Theatre Camp participants and instructors, under the direction of camp founder Deborah Zirin. 

Shakespeare Camp takes the abridged work of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and presents it, along with an appearance from William Shakespeare (persona provided by Rod Molzahn, production director and Shakespeare scholar.)

We hope one of the following sessions will work for you:
  • Theatre Camp Advanced is 20 days of film production June 18 – July 15. This camp is for high school (school year 2011-2012) age students and older only.
  • Theatre Camp dates are July 16-27, 2012. This session is for students ages nine through high school and older.
  • Shakespeare Camp dates are August 6-17. 
  • Theatre Camp and Shakespeare Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day except: PERFORMANCE DAYS (Thursdays, June 25, July 23, August 13) from 9 a.m. to about 7:30 p.m. and FRIDAYS (June 26, July 24, August 14) from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Theatre Camp Advanced students will set their days and hours depending on writing, filming and production needs. 
The fee for each ten-day (Theatre Camp and Shakespeare Camp) session is $275 for non-OCCA members and $250 for OCCA members. The fee for Theatre Camp Advanced is $400. Partial scholarships are available. 

Registration forms and more information are available from Jan Eastman at 541-574-2653, or at the OCCA office at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

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'Catherine's Cues' to appear in June e-newsletter

OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone's regular column "Catherine's Cues" will appear in the June e-newsletter.Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Executive Director Catherine Rickbone writes a regular column in the newsletter called "Catherine's Cues." The conclusion of her three-part series "Art Builds Community" will appear in the June e-newsletter.
 
Oregon Coast Jazz Party Committee Chair David M. Jones sold tickets at 'Jazz by the Sea."

'Jazz by the Sea' nets $1500

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts hosted the second annual “Jazz by the Sea” fundraiser on March 31. The event raised $1,500 for OCCA’s ninth annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party (formerly Jazz at Newport).

Pictured above, 
Oregon Coast Jazz Party Committee Chair David M. Jones sold tickets, and many other volunteers helped decorate the room and set the stage for the 17-piece big band Swing Shift, which provided live music.

Rev. Carol Stubbs Smith sponsored the musicians, and Randy Getman, general manager at the Shilo, complimented the ballroom and musicians’ green room. Many thanks. 

The Oregon Coast Jazz Party heats up Oct. 5-7, 2012 and weekend passes will be available July 17th. To join the jazz mailing list, please contact Polly Ivers or visit the website.
2012 Community Legends Burt and Bobbi Lippman posed with Alice Silverman (center).

Community Legends honored in style

OCCA held its 12th Community Legends banquet on March 10 at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn, honoring the 2012 recipients, Burt and Bobbi Lippman (pictured above with the award's first recipient, Alice Silverman [center]). Recipients are honored for their contributions as volunteers, and involvement in community activities and organizations over a period of more than 20 years.  

This year Cindy and Mark McConnell organized the evening, including centerpieces representing the books to which Bobbi contributes and VHS memorabilia from Burt’s film industry days. Guests also posed for photographs and wrote in the memory book. 

Easy listening music was provided by Trav’lin’ Light, consisting of Chris Waugh, David M. Jones and Steve Driver.
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OCCA is grateful for the support of its members. You help us celebrate, promote and develop community arts. Thank you!

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