In December: Upcoming opera and theater events, VAC exhibits, National Theatre's "Timon of Athens," Jazz Party wrap-up.
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The 22nd annual Pushpin Community Art Show starts Dec. 8 in the Runyan Gallery.

Runyan Gallery

Dec. 8-30 - 22nd Annual Pushpin Community Art Show

The 22nd Annual PushPin Show, sponsored by OCCA, welcomes Lincoln County artists of all ages and levels of experience to show their artwork in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC).

An opening reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at the VAC.

All Lincoln County residents including amateur and professional artists, hobbyists and dabblers, youngsters, oldsters, students and retirees are invited to participate. Artwork includes visual and literary arts.  

PushPin Show Rules: 
  1. The artwork must be original. No prints or facsimiles.
  2. You must be able to hang your artwork with just four or fewer pushpins. Each artist should hang their own work.
  3. Work should be no larger than 48” x 48” so there is enough wall space for everyone.
  4. This is a family-oriented community show, and OCCA asks that the work be appropriate for all audiences. 
  5. Artwork may be for sale, and OCCA encourages you to put a price on your work. OCCA retains a 30% commission if you are an OCCA member and a 35% commission for those who are not members.
To enter the show, bring your artwork to the Runyan Gallery at the VAC on Friday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 8 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

The original PushPin Show was the brainchild of local artist and art activist Jimmy Frankfort. And while it has grown over the years, it still adheres to an inclusive, all-county, community show that exemplifies part of the OCCA mission to build an “art bridge” between the arts and the community.

By bringing together the resources of the VAC, the diverse talents of the many community artists, and the public, all can share in the creation, celebration and support of local art.
Visitors to the PushPin Show have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece. The “People’s Choice” winner and runners-up, determined by votes submitted throughout the show, will be announced at the gallery opening reception in January. 

See more at the OCCA website,, or contact OCCA Director/ Visual Arts Center Sally Houck at 541-265-6569 or

"Quilts by the Sea II," featuring work by the Oregon Coast Quilters Guild, is on display in the Upstairs Gallery in November.

Upstairs Gallery

Through Dec. 29
Quilts by the Sea II

"Quilts by the Sea II,” sponsored by Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, will showcase unique quilted items for home decorating and display and personal garments made by a number of talented guild members. Limitless patterns in myriad colors are inspirational and functional as well. A variety of pieces will be for sale.

The Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild was founded in February 1991 to promote fellowship among quilters; to promote knowledge and appreciation of quilts and quilt making through educational programs and meetings; and to sponsor and support quilting activities. 

The guild has an annual calendar filled with activities including monthly general meetings, friendship group meetings around the county, Block of the Month, workshops and demonstrations, quilting retreats, and two annual potlucks. 

Guild members participate in “Community Quilts,” making quilts for those in need in Lincoln County; participate in the “Pillow Project,” making pillows for patients at the hospital; and collect pet beds and pet bed bedding for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Guild members also follow a Big Sister program for new members.

For more information about the guild, please visit their website at
Dennis Worrell is the Showcase Gallery featured artist for December.

COVAS Gallery

Tillamook's Dennis Worrel
"Landscapes: On the Wet Side"

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) welcomes Tillamook County artist Dennis Worrel and his "Landscapes: On the Wet Side" to the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase and Video Archive at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC).  An opening reception for the artist will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8; refreshments will be served. The video of the artist’s technique and other work will be shown on the touch screen computer near the showcase.
Dennis Worrel has a master's degree in fine arts from San Francisco Art Institute and has recently shown at Portland’s Gallery 114. He has won several art awards including a judge merit and purchase at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association’s Plein Air Competition and Exhibition earlier this year.  Worrel was a member of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery for over 10 years. His work is in many private and corporate collections in both California and Oregon.

About this new body of work, Worrel says, “These landscape paintings are of western Oregon, primarily the Oregon Coast Range. They are works on paper started outdoors and finished in the studio using mixed media including acrylic ink, fluid acrylic paint, graphite, and watercolor pencil. They were completed in the late summer and fall of 2012. I was brought to the town of Tillamook about fourteen years ago to work on the Northwest Forest Plan as a soil scientist. The job requires a good understanding of soil and landscapes relationships… one can find unexpected beauty, sometimes even awe-inspiring, in these dense lush woods."
The Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase gallery has issued a new call for proposals.

COVAS Gallery

New Call for Proposals
Call for Visual Artists: Be one of the first artists in your county to exhibit in the new Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase for Mid-Career Artists. Plus, have a video capturing your work and process that becomes a permanent part of the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Archive. 
The Invitation: Mid-career Oregon artists from all 7 coastal counties - Curry, Coos,  Douglas (Reedsport School District), Lane (Siuslaw School District), Lincoln, Tillamook and Clatsop counties - who meet certain criteria are invited to submit a proposal to exhibit in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase. Submissions must be postmarked or emailed by Friday, January 18, 2013.

Other conditions apply: contact 
Sally Houck at the Newport Visual Arts Center or visit the OCCA website for a complete list of requirements.

Plummer Shines in Luce's "Barrymore"

Christopher Plummer gives the tour-de-force performance of his career as legendary actor John Barrymore.Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is thrilled to announce a screening of “Barrymore,” starring Christopher Plummer, at 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

The play is an unforgettable portrayal of legendary actor John Barrymore, a man of colossal talent and contradictions and one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of all time. Playwright William Luce will give a public talk at 1:30 p.m., and “Backstage with Barrymore,” a documentary featuring Helen Mirren, Julie Andrews and Zoe Caldwell, will follow the screening.
Visit the OCCA website for more details. Call 541-265-ARTS (2787) for more info and tickets.

Met Opera Excitement!

The 2012-2013 opera season continues at the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC) and excitement runs through the Silverman Theatre. 

"Un Ballo in Maschera" shows at the Performing Arts Center on Dec. 8.At 10 a.m. Dec. 8, Verdi’s vivid drama of jealousy and vengeance “Un Ballo in Maschera,” hosted by Gloria Hutchins and Bernice Isham, is one of Verdi’s greatest and most brilliant scores with a variety of different colors, says opera director David Alden. This new production “pulls it all together with unbelievable theatrical energy. Ballo is theatrical dynamite.”

Olga Borodina stars as Amneris in "Aida," set for Dec. 15.Verdi’s iconic opera “Aida” (at 10 a.m. Dec. 15), hosted by an anonymous opera lover, follows. Ukrainian powerhouse soprano Liudmyla Monastyrask makes her Met debut as the enslaved Ethiopian princess. This spectacular staging uses the full theatrical capabilities of the Met stage to immerse the audience in the grandeur of ancient Egypt.

Berlioz's "Les Troyens" starts off the new year on Jan. 5, 2013.January 5 sees the first Met Opera of the new year, Berlioz's vast epic "Les Troyens," at 9 a.m. Hosted by John and Melody Lavrakas, this opera features a starry cast including Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft.

Call 541-265-2787 for tickets. Check for more opera information including synopses.

PSU Team Sees Met Opera

Opera Benefactors Bill & JoAnn Barton recently hosted the PSU basketball team.Met Opera Season Benefactors Bill and JoAnn Barton treated the Portland State University men’s basketball team, coaches and athletic director to Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” at the Newport Performing Arts Center. For most, it was the first opera they’d ever experienced. At intermission, team members said they liked the music and thought that opera was “pretty good.” The team also enjoyed the backstage intermission interviews at the Met. 

Team members studied the plot and characters ahead of time to better understand the production and, in the process, learned some interesting tidbits. It turns out that Martin Luther King’s April 1958 March on Montgomery archives reflect that Donizetti was one of Dr. King’s favorite composers. Additionally, the song “Love Potion #9,” recorded by The Searchers in 1959, is based on a melody in this opera. 

The team was in Newport for the first weekend of NCAA-approved practice. They worked from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday night at the Newport Recreation Center. After the opera, the team was back to work for three more hours of practice.  This is the second year the Bartons have sponsored the team for opening practice in Newport.  

Catherine's Cues

Cultural Trust Makes A Difference
By Catherine Rickbone, OCCA Executive Director
Take advantage of this extraordinary tax deduction from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
In this season of giving and getting the Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT) is one of the best bangs for your buck. Please read on to find out why and how.

The Oregon Cultural Trust is a champion for culture in Oregon. It leads in building an environment in which cultural organizations are sustained and valued as a core part of Oregon’s vibrant communities and economy.

An innovative public-private fundraising and grant-making program, OCT relies on donations from Oregonians to create the funds for its annual grant cycle. The Trust recently announced $1,543,092 million in statewide grants benefiting 60 cultural nonprofits, 42 county and tribal coalitions and five state cultural partners. Last year alone the Trust helped over 500,000 Oregonians participate in arts, heritage or humanities experiences. 

These grants are made possible entirely by donors like you and me who give to the Trust and to any number of Oregon’s 1,300 cultural nonprofits to earn Oregon’s unique cultural tax credit. The cultural tax credit makes Trust gifts free and gives donors the power to create grants that benefit the cultural nonprofits they already value. 

How does this translate for Lincoln County? Our Lincoln County Cultural Coalition receives monies from the Cultural Trust to re-grant to Lincoln county nonprofits.
The Oregon Cultural 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.  

Won’t you join me this holiday season by donating to OCCA, (contact Polly Ivers at 541-574-2655), or any of the other worthy Lincoln County nonprofits, and then making a matching donation to the Trust? You can claim your entire contribution to the Trust as a tax credit, reducing your Oregon tax bill. For more information go to and donate. Thank you for valuing the arts in our lives.

National Theatre's "Timon of Athens" Set for Dec. 27

Shakespeare's "Timon of Athens" is next up in the National Theatre season on Dec. 27.The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is pleased to announce the upcoming National Theatre Live in HD event "Timon of Athens," hosted anonymously in honor of Edward van Aelstyn, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 at the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC), 777 W. Olive St. in Newport. Call 541-265-ARTS (2787) for tickets.
Just after Christmas is the National Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s strange fable of debt, consumption, and ruin. Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts, and ostentatious host, Timon is surrounded by free-loaders and sycophants. 
National Theatre Live is an initiative by the UK’s National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world. OCCA appreciates the support of the Jeannette Hofer Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation, the City of Newport, and its members, which makes it possible to show NT Live in HD and By Experience productions at the PAC.

Coastal Profile: Latimer Quilt and Textile Center

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes the membership of the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook. The Center offers exhibits of antique and contemporary quilts, weaving and spinning demonstrations, and instruction in various textile arts. 

The Center hosts meetings of the Oregon Coast Fiberartisans, the Ocean Breeze Rugkrafters Guild, and the Tillamook County Quilters Guild. There is a research library for on site use, a climate controlled textile repository, and a gift shop with hand-made items, books and vintage and hand-dyed fabric.

The Latimer Center has made great progress since its opening in 1991. It is now a non-profit institution, which has already completed the first two phases of the American Association of Museums Assessment Program, and is well on the way toward museum accreditation. Latimer employs a manager to run the center and to oversee volunteer help, and a part-time employee to fill in during the summer months.

The fully restored Maple Leaf School, now the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, is one-quarter mile east of Highway 101, just south and east of the Tillamook Cheese Factory, which attracts visitors into the Center from all over the world. Learn more at

OCCA Seeks Jazz Party Artwork

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), as the regional arts council for the 363 miles of the Oregon coast, seeks jazz images from coastal Oregon artists for OCCA’s 10th annual international Oregon Coast Jazz Party in Newport. 

OCCA invites all Oregon Coast visual artists to submit concepts for the 2013 jazz poster and related promo pieces. The images should represent jazz scenes, jazz instruments, etc., without overlaid text or lettering. Original artwork may be in any two-dimensional medium and must be suitable for reproduction in print. 

Submission deadline is Jan. 7, 2013. Only digital submissions will be considered in a PDF or JPEG not exceeding 2 megabytes in size. Send to Catherine Rickbone at

OCCA and the Oregon Coast Jazz Party Committee will select the winner by Jan. 11, 2013. Final digital artwork of at least 25” at shortest side and at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, must be submitted in either EPS or high-quality PDF format on a CD or by large-file email delivery service by Jan. 18, 2013. 
For full details, please contact Catherine Rickbone, (541) 574-2652 or

Jazz Party 2012: Best One Yet!

Jazz Committee members meet and plan all year. Their dedication is remarkable. From left to right: Joseph Swafford, Kym Jacobson, Sandee Staufenbeil, Catherine Rickbone, Suzan Brewer. Back row: Jim Hamblin, Dave Jacobson, Neal Staufenbeil, Randy Madnick, Peter Lawson and David Jones, Chair. (Not pictured: Frank Geltner, Sandy Post) (All Photos by Nancy Jane Reid)

Joseph Swafford, owner of Champagne Patio, provided a wine table in the lobby and servers Dyanne Brooks (left) and Susan Andersen.

Once again the Jazz Panel, moderated by Music Director Holly Hofmann, is a resounding success, with over 90 attending. 
Panelists included John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Ken Peplowski and Kenny Washington.

Jazz Party Underwriter Rev. Carol Stubbs Smith is flanked by Music Director Holly Hofmann (right) and OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone. OCCA thanks Rev Carol for her support and her passion for jazz.

Judy & Jim Hamblin and Lou & Karen Yardumian (all Jazz Club members) enjoyed a special Jazz Club reception prior to the first set of the Oregon Coast Jazz Party, "TGIF Opening Night." The 43 Jazz Club members help the Jazz Party survive and thrive.

See more photos online on the Jazz Party Facebook page.

Season of Thanks

We, the staff of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, 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 and to the arts.


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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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