OCCA's December e-newsletter: Opera for the Holidays, LCCC awards grants to local organizations, The Art of Giving, Season of Thanks.
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The 2011 Pushpin Show shows in December.

Runyan Gallery

Dec. 3-31
21st Annual Pushpin Community Art Show

Opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Visual Arts Center. OCCA hosts Lincoln County artists of all ages and levels of experience who show their work in the annual community PushPin Show this month. Bring your best artwork to the VAC, between 10am and 4pm Dec. 2 or 3 – the only rules are that each piece must be original, no larger than 36" square, able to be mounted with four pushpins, and appropriate for a family audience.

Artwork can also be sold, and OCCA retains a 30% commission from OCCA members and a 35% commission from non-members. Commissions help continue to bring exciting, enlightening and educational exhibits to the two galleries in the VAC. Artists are also welcome to donate proceeds from the sale of their work to OCCA. Donations are tax-deductible.

Conceived and started by local artist and art activist, Jimmy Frankfort, twenty-one years ago, the show still adheres to an inclusive all-county, community show that fulfils OCCA’s mission to celebrate, promote and develop community arts. 
PushPin brings the resources of the Visual Arts Center, the diverse talents of the many community artists and the public together to share in the creation, celebration and support of our local artists.

The People’s Choice Winner and Runners-up, determined by votes submitted throughout the show, will be announced at the next opening reception in the Runyan Gallery. All artwork must be picked up on Jan. 2, 11am-3pm. Artwork that is not picked up will be put into storage and will become the property of OCCA after 30 days. For more information, contact Sally Houck, Newport Visual Arts Center Director, at 541-265-6569 or by email
"Intrusion 7," monoprint, by Jana Demartini

Upstairs Gallery

Through Dec. 30
Intrusions: Monoprints by Jana Demartini

Jana DeMartini's series of monoprints expressing awareness of the “environmental problems our planet faces, which we, humans, help to create" continues in the Upstairs Gallery in December. Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has images or lines that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, where there are multiple originals. She works with water based printing inks that are less toxic and clean up with water instead of solvents.

Season of Thanks

We, the staff of the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center, are very thankful to our members, sponsors, advertisers, volunteers, donors, parents, students, the City of Newport, artist groups, individual artists and our audiences who make it possible for us to be of service in this community, the Oregon coast, and to the arts. THANK YOU!

Exhibition Coffee & Call for Volunteers

The Visual Arts Center needs you! The December OCCA Exhibition Coffee is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 in Room 302 at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The coffee is open to anyone interested in exploring volunteering opportunities at the VAC (such as afternoon shifts welcoming visitors in the Upstairs Gallery, planning and hosting gallery receptions, OCCA activities and scheduled events, data entry and more), all OCCA Docents, CAG members, and YAA members. For more information, call Director Sally Houck at 541-265-6569 or email her.

Opera for the Holidays

The 2011-2012 opera season continues at the Newport Performing Arts Center with the Met's reprise of Handel's "Rodelinda" and new production of Gounod's "Faust."  

RenĂ©e Fleming reprises the title role in "Rodelinda" on December 3.Sensational in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth’s much-heralded production, Renée Fleming (pictured) reprises the title role in "Rodelinda" at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. She’s joined by Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl, and Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts; Ron and Sandi Williams are your hosts.

Jonas Kauffman appears in the title role of "Faust" on December 10.With Jonas Kaufmann (pictured) in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod’s classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn’t be better served.

Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. Robert Hermanson hosts this "window to our lives and times" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

Call 541-265-2787 for tickets. More opera information, including a synopsis of each opera, is available on the OCCA website.

National Theatre's 'Collaborators' shows December 30

John Hodge's new play "Collaborators" shows at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Performing Arts Center.
The National Theatre's 2011-12 Season of NT Live in HD performances, direct from London, continues with "Collaborators" at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and an hour prior to performance times.
 
Moscow, 1938: A dangerous place to have a sense of humor; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he’s offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. 

Inspired by historical fact, "Collaborators" embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama. 

John Hodge’s blistering new play depicts a lethal game of cat and mouse through which the appalling compromises and humiliations inflicted on any artist by those with power are held up to scrutiny. Alex Jennings plays Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale, Stalin.
 

Catherine's Cues

The Art of Giving
By Catherine Rickbone, OCCA Executive Director

Choose to give art this holiday season!The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) encourages you to give the gift of art for the holidays. “You can give the experience to yourself and you can share the experiences with your friends and family,” says Newport Performing Arts Center Manager Jan Eastman. 

Performing Arts Center (PAC) gift certificates in any amount allow the recipient to make their own choices. For details, call Eastman at 541-574-2653.

Some suggestions are:
• OCCA performances: Metropolitan Opera Live in HD events, National Theatre London Live in HD events, Jazz at Newport
• Coastal Act Productions:  “Titanic, The Musical”
• T. J. Hoofers: Mother’s Day Celebration
• Newport Symphony Orchestra concerts
• Oregon Coast Ballet Company and Newport School of Dance: “Making of A Dancer”
• Pacific Dance Ensemble: Family Classics
• Porthole Players: “Company,” “The Producers” 
• Red Octopus Theater Company: “The Woman Who Fell from the Sky,” “Speed the Plow,” “The Seafarer”
• Film Series at the PAC

To make a donation to OCCA, call Polly at the OCCA office at 541-574-2655. For more information, don’t hesitate to call me at 541-574-2652.
 

OCT Donations Help Local Arts

Donations to the Oregon Cultural Trust also help arts organizations in our community.An innovative public-private fundraising and grant-making program, the Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT) relies on donations to create the funds for its annual grant cycle.

The Trust recently announced $1.47 million in statewide grants benefiting 57 cultural nonprofits, 40 county and tribal coalitions and five state cultural partners. Our Lincoln County Cultural Coalition received monies from the Cultural Trust to re-grant to Lincoln county non-profits (see related story below).

These grants are made possible entirely by donors who gave to the Trust and to any of Oregon’s 1,300 cultural nonprofits (searchable online here) to earn Oregon’s unique cultural tax credit.

The credit makes trust gifts free and gives donors the power to create grants that benefit the cultural nonprofits they already value. The Trust is the only cultural funding program of its kind in the nation. No other state has an integrated cultural funding plan that supports statewide arts, heritage and humanities interests.

Lincoln County Cultural Coalition Awards Grants

The Lincoln County Cultural Coalition recently awarded grants to numerous local organizations.The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts’ mission is “to celebrate, promote and develop community arts.” Being the fiscal sponsor of the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition (LCCC) since its inception eight years ago is part of OCCA’s mission. As the coalition’s treasurer and grant administrator, OCCA helps LCCC fulfill its goal to serve Lincoln County arts, heritage and humanities organizations. 

Grant recipients for 2011-2012 can be viewed online at the LCCC website.

LCCC receives its funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust, and, in turn, re-grants to Lincoln County organizations. LCCC thanks all art, heritage and humanities organizations that applied. 

“The LCCC is open to anyone who wishes to serve,” says LCCC Chair Frank Geltner. Other committee members are: Deanne Dunlap, Tom Hurst, Sally Houck, Blythe Jorgensen, Robert Kentta, Rex Krabbe, Mikaela Norval, Steve Rose, Catherine Rickbone, Wyma Rogers, Terry Thompson and Jon Zagel. 

For more information about LCCC, which has representation throughout the county, or to serve on the committee, please call chair Frank Geltner at 541-961-1482, or treasurer Catherine Rickbone at 541-574-2652.
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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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