OCCA's August arts news: OCCA annual meeting/35th birthday party Aug. 14, VAC exhibitions, "Dinner with Will" Aug. 15,Business Honor Roll.
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See encaustic paintings by 23 Northwest artists, including this piece by Manuela Kalestiantz, through September 2 at the Visual Arts Center.

Runyan Gallery

Through Sept. 2: "Exquisite Wax" Encaustic Works
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) presents “Exquisite Wax," show-casing the manipulations of the encaustic medium by 23 Northwest artists. Members of the Portland chapter of International Encaustic Artists (PDX IEA) curated an invitational show to bring to Newport the finest examples of encaustic work on the West Coast. 

Painting with encaustic is a multi-step process. First, the paint must be melted, or liquefied. Next, the molten paint is applied to a porous surface. Then the applied wax is reheated, or fused into, the working surface, allowing it to form a good bond. As a final option, the cooled paint can be buffed to bring up the luster of the wax and resin.

Featured in the exhibit are Robyn Anderson, Serena Barton, Bridget Benton, Betsy Bustamonte, Kindra Crick, Dawn Starr Crowther, Shaun Doll, Dianne Erickson, Claudia Hollister, Manuela Kalestiantz, Karl Kaiser, Kimberly Kent, Anne Mavor, Vicki Moser, Pam Nichols, Virginia Parks, Ruth Ann Skodacek, Karen Story, Kelly Williams, Judy Wise, Linda Womack, and Elina Zebergs. The show is co-curated by Anderson and Kalestiantz.
"Leaving Home" is one of many pieces on display during Juergen Eckstein's "Absence of Emptiness" show at the Visual Arts Center.

Upstairs Gallery

Through Aug. 18: Juergen Eckstein – "The Absence of Emptiness"
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) presents the paintings and sculptural ceramics of Juergen Eckstein in the Upstairs Gallery. Eckstein's work is a mixture of abstraction and figurative, distorted forms, mutilated figures, phantasmagoric scenes, mosaic-like puzzles of glimpses substantial or atmospheric. Hand-formed, assembled and pierced ceramics become lighted structures with shrine-like architectural qualities. 

Visitors’ attention will be directed to the sculpture, “Absence of Emptiness” that Eckstein has recently completed on the west side of the Newport Visual Arts Center (he began work on the redwood burl in 2007). Another large cedar burl Eckstein sculpture, “Some, However,” is located on the north side of the Newport Performing Arts Center. A public ceremony especially to dedicate Eckstein’s redwood carving “Absence of Emptiness” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 in Room 205 at the Newport Visual Art Center.
OCCA invites mid-career Oregon visual artists from the Reedsport School District area of Douglas County to submit a proposal.

Call for Proposals

Lane County Mid-Career Visual Artists

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), the Regional Arts Council for the Oregon coast, invites mid-career Oregon visual artists from the Florence School District area of Lane County to submit a proposal to exhibit in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS) scheduled to open on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

The deadline for proposals is by postmark or email on Aug. 30, 2012. An artist will be selected from the proposals submitted by the OCCA Exhibition Advisory Committee. All artists will be notified by email of the committee’s decision by Sept. 10, 2012.
 
Artists interested in applying can contact Sally Houck, OCCA Director/Newport Visual Arts Center. Call 541-265-6569 or email shouck@costarts.org
Download the complete Call for Proposals document on the OCCA website.
Nestucca Valley Artisans 20th annual festival Aug. 25-26 in Pacific City.

Nestucca Valley Artisans

Nestucca Valley Artisans holds their 20th annual festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 2526 at the Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City.

Sixteen local artists and craftspeople will display and sell their works. Browse the original paintings, prints, sculptures, handmade glass works, quilts, photographs, handmade rugs, ceramic items, leather bags, original jewelry, calligraphy, and other creations. Meet and talk with the skilled artists and craftspeople who have made them.

Several works of art, donated by each of the artisans, will be given away in a drawing during the event. Proceeds enable the NVA’s continuing support of arts and art education in the communities and schools of the Nestucca Valley.

The NVA festival is sponsored in part by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission. For more information, please call Marilyn Burkhardt at 503-392-3333, Julius Jortner at 503-965-7016, or the Kiawanda Center at 503-965-7900.  
The deadline to register for the ArtRageous Adventures arts and culture tour of Philadelphia is August 15.

ArtRageous Tour Deadline Looms

ARTrageous Adventures announces its highlight guided tour of the year to Philadelphia on October 18-24, 2012, during the spectacular fall display of East Coast colors.

The seven-day arts and culture tour, “Philadelphia Arts 2012 — A Passion of Historic Proportion: Masterpieces, Mansions, Gardens and Murals,” coincides with the grand reopening in May of the Barnes Collection, the largest and most significant private collection of masters of Impressionism in the world.

Other highlights include exclusive visits to artists’ studios, private art collections, the opening of the Philadephia Orchestra, theatre, museums and behind-the-scenes experiences.

As the tour is limited to 20 travelers to allow for private studio and gallery visits, early reservations prior to the deadline are strongly encouraged. Reservation deadline is August 15. “Philadelphia Arts” brochures are available at the PAC, or by calling Gast at 541-456-4331 or by email at bgast@peak.org.

You're Invited! OCCA
35th Birthday Party

Plan to attend OCCA's annual meeting and 35th birthday party on Aug. 14.You are invited to a birthday party! Please mark your calendar. The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) Board and Staff invite all OCCA members to a 35th birthday party and Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14. A 5:30 p.m. social hour starts with hors d’oeuvres, wine (compliments of Firesteed Winery) followed by the 6 p.m. birthday celebration and program, all at the Performing Arts Center. RSVP by Aug. 10th at 541-265-ARTS (2787). All members are encouraged to attend. 

People are asking us about birthday presents. If you can't make it to the party, please consider a contribution to your favorite OCCA programming, such as Theatre Camps, VAC arts exhibits, Met Opera and National Theatre Live in HD series, and the Oregon Coast Jazz Party. Do you have a favorite OCCA memory? Please share it with Jan Eastman for the 35th Birthday Memory Book.

This year’s meeting presents special OCCA member recognitions, the Business Honor Roll, an update on the PAC Remodel, voting of the slate of officers and introduction of board members, and other exciting information about your local arts organization. 

'Dinner with Will' Planned for August 15

Join us for "Dinner with Will" on August 14 at the Sylvia Beach Hotel.Join the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) in the return of an ultimate dining experience. Travel back in time and dine with William Shakespeare at the Tables of Content Restaurant at the Sylvia Beach Hotel. Reservations for "Dinner with Will" are available for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. Costumes are encouraged but not required. 

Master William Shakespeare will preside over dinner presenting "A Visit with Will." Shakespeare talks about love, how he first met his wife, the “dark lady” behind the sonnets, a hilarious look at the death scenes from Romeo and Juliet and Pyramus and Thisby, a man’s love for his dog and the qualities of a good wife. Answers to questions about life in England will be performed by Rod Molzahn, who brings his many years as a Shakespearean scholar to Newport as he takes the audience back to the early 1600s for a delightful, informative and interactive evening of fine food and august company.

Dinner will include choice of three entrees prepared in a manner consistent with the life and times of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The meal includes salad, entree, home-baked bread, vegetables, dessert, and coffee, tea or milk. Cost for the dinner is $40 with a portion helping to underwrite OCCA’s Shakespeare Camp. A limited number of diners will be invited to dine at Shakespeare’s table for $50. Diners are also welcome to choose from the extensive beer and wine list (not hosted).

Molzahn is director of the 2012 OCCA Shakespeare Camp production, “As You Like It,” at 2 and 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Call OCCA at 541-265-ARTS (2787) for more information and to make your reservations.

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Arts Profile: Cannon Beach
Arts Association

Visit the Cannon Beach Arts Association online to learn more.OCCA welcomes the continuing membership of coastal arts partner, Cannon Beach Arts Association (CBAA). It supports, funds and enhances the arts and artists in the Cannon Beach community through education, events and exhibits.  

CBAA is a multidisciplinary arts organization sponsoring several educational programs, including a scholarship program for graduating seniors of Seaside High School who plan to pursue continuing education in the arts. It also presents children’s Summer Art Camp.

Additionally, it provides an Individual Artist Grant, awarded annually to an artist, writer, performer, playwright or director who spearheads a project that will be presented to the community at the end of the year. Authors, musicians and actors transform the Cannon Beach Gallery into a lively cultural hub.

The Cannon Beach Gallery is located in mid-town. Staffed by volunteers the gallery features regional and local artists working in fine arts and fine crafts in shows that change monthly. Contact CBAA Executive Director Andrea Mace at cannonbeacharts@gmail.com or call 503-436-0744 for information.

Oregon Coast Economic Summit

State Senator Joanne Verger posed with OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone at Verger's retirement reception, held during the recent Oregon Coast Economic Summit in Coos Bay.
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Executive Director Catherine Rickbone attended the 2012 Oregon Coast Economic Summit recently convened by State Rep. Arnie Roblan (Coos Bay) in North Bend. Rickbone represented OCCA in its role as the regional arts council for the Oregon coast. 

The emphasis was on building successful collaborative models, with federal, state, and local perspectives, regarding Oregon’s coastal and rural job creation and economic development.

Focused perspectives on business (Ocean Resource opportunities), state agency, port, USDA rural and tribal, travel, tourism, chambers of commerce, coastal tribes, community colleges, health care, and local government were informative and carried the opportunity to meet and hear key players from these various perspectives. 

“Perhaps the most interesting for me was to hear from our Coastal Caucus comprised of State Sen. Betsy Johnson (Scappoose), State Sen. Joanne Verger (Coos Bay), State Rep. Debra Boone (Cannon Beach), and Roblan discussing perspectives on the unique challenges facing Oregon’s coastal communities,” Rickbone said. “Innovative successes have resulted in a bipartisan collaborative coastal model of leadership. 

“I have suggested for another summit that we include the arts perspective as well. For further information please contact me at crickbone@coastarts.org,” she concluded.
The Claire Daly Quartet played at the PAC Studio Theatre in June.

Jazz Event Nets $2750 for OCJP

The Claire Daly Quartet made a stop in Newport on their West Coast tour, which was sponsored by North Coast Brewing Co., as a fundraiser for OCCA’s ninth annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party (formerly Jazz at Newport).

About $2750 was raised at the sold-out event. 
A standing-room-only audience in Studio Theatre at the PAC listened to compositions of Thelonious Monk performed by Claire Daly (baritone sax, flute, vocals), Steve Hudson (piano), Mary Ann McSweeney (bass) and Peter Grant (drums). 

A big thanks to the members of the Jazz Committee, who transformed the Studio Theatre into a cozy jazz cabaret, and to the Champagne Patio for pouring the donated Brother Thelonious Abbey Style Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.

PAC Landscaping

The Performing Arts Center is one of the premier building attractions in Newport, Lincoln County and the Oregon Coast. Its surroundings are large and in need of TLC. The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts invites volunteers, who want the PAC grounds to look attractive in our community and for our tourists, to landscaping work sessions from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 17 and/or Saturday, Aug. 18.
 
Whether you are a master gardener or weekend weed puller, we appreciate your help. Veronica Willemin coordinates the August work session, focusing on weeds, parking lot islands and trimming. Please bring your own gloves, water bottle, weeding tools, spades, rakes, hoes, trimmers, chain saws, etc. For more information, contact the PAC office at 541-265-ARTS (2787) and ask for Jan or Catherine.
 
Thank you to the workers who came in July: Bob & Sandee Allen, Phil Bertholl, Julie Piontek, Neal Staufenbeil, and Bruce Waugh. We already have the corner of Coast and Olive "adopted."

OCCA Film Camp

Twenty Film Camp 2012 students wrote, acted, and produced original and hilarious sketch comedy videos with live skits in their world premiere, "Live From Nye Beach."

Lincoln County students produced and directed the video scenes including "It's Alive," "How to Toupee," "Sleeping for the Sleepless," "Sketch Factory," "iFart," "Brad Bronson Action Movie" (pictured below), "Fruit Ninja" and more.

Cast and crew for the production included: Maddy Albrecht, Adam Grady, Mick Mugnai, Meagan Amos, Thomas Cramer, Casey Chesshir, and Jordan Ostrum. Directors for the OCCA Film Camp were Devin Robinson, Ethan Zirin-Brown, Isai Dale, and Josh Dale. (Photo by Nancy Jane Reid)

Summer OCCA Theatre Camp

OCCA's 2012 Summer Theatre Camp members wrote, directed, performed and produced a 1-1/2 hour performance titled "The End of the World As We Know It, or Alternate Alternatives" during their two-week camp. 
 
Campers ranging from eight to 19 years old included Jamie Demaris, Millie Follett, Coral Lehrman, Kylie Carver, Aris Hamilton, Tessie Dziak, Nora Sandoval, Olivia Mercer, Leo Johns, Vinny OneStar-McCabe, Luke Bachart, Dixon Wilson, Matthew Barton, Willow Kasner, Niki Krutzikowsky, Noah Goodwin-Rice, Sisilia Husing, Thomas Branford, Jeweliana Maclachlan, Makana Blake, Cole Theodore, Isaac Kinion, Leela Kreis-Stokes, Betsy Spillman, Gabriella Campbell, Chloe Weissenfluh, Cassie Beal, Kai Daniels, Trent Kinion, Summer Henderson, Justin Meister, Jace Fostveit, Connor Mercer, Sy Husing, Sophie Dziak, Cassie Lihou, Ronan Krutzikowsky, Samuel Barton, Zeya Hamilton, Stuart Follett, Orion-John Goudy, Grace Burns, Mia Estabrook, Savannah Kelli Studebaker, Macy Dexter, Noel Schumacher, Cooper Theodore, Devin Huguley, Lucas Goodell, Allison Bachart and Kaitlin McDonough.
 
Counselors in Training (CITs) this summer were Jenna Herkert, Kyle Bertness, Maddie Albrecht, Grant Burns, Celeste Wechter, Sophie Goodwin-Rice, Ona Underwood and Nye Underwood.
 
Counselors who have been campers and CITs were Erica Redman, Payge
Phinney, Mick Mugnai, Merritt Smith O'Neil, Casey Chesshir, Anne Hanley, Adam Grady, Kelly Spray, Devin Robinson and Morgan Folkers.
 
Production assistance was provided by Tristan Wilson, Riley Trivett and Josh Dale. Keith Herkert, Rosee Robinson, Lacy Todd and Merritt Smith O'Neil provided leadership and program assistance.
 
In its 20th year, Theatre Camp was originally developed and produced by Deborah Zirin, who continues to provide guidance and support. (Photos by Nancy Jane Reid)
 
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