OCCA's July arts news: July exhibitions, Arts Mean Business, Catherine's Cues, PAC remodel update, OCCA annual meeting/35th birthday party.
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"Victorian," an encaustic work by Robyn Anderson, is one of the pieces in the Runyan Gallery exhibition.

Runyan Gallery

July 6-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.

An opening reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 7 at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

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.

Encaustic painting is a very ancient process used by the Greek civilization in the building of their ships to seal the wooden boards and make the ships impermeable.

Encaustic paints are made from very finely milled pigments, natural waxes, and damar resin, and worked with heat. 

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.
Manuela Kalestiantz will teach one of two workshops on the encaustic medium on August 10.

Two Encaustic Workshops Aug. 10 at VAC

Manuela Kalestiantz and Robyn Anderson, “Exquisite Wax” participating artists, will teach two encaustic workshops on Aug. 10 at the Newport Visual Arts Center: “Introduction To Encaustic Painting” from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and “The Art of Monoprinting with Encaustics” from 1 to 3 p.m.

In “Introduction,” Kalestiantz will teach participants to paint with encaustic medium, fuse in between layers with a heat gun or torch, and scrape and carve into the layers of wax to discover hidden images. Learn the basics in this class.

Anderson will teach the afternoon class. This is a mesmerizing process and attendees will enjoy making beautiful and transparent encaustic images on rice paper and other substrates. 

The cost of each workshop is $50 plus a $15 materials fee, or take both workshops for $80 plus a $20 materials fee.

To register, contact Kalestiantz (manuela kalestiantz@yahoo.com, 971-409-4231), or Anderson (rosewatern@ aol.com, 360-448-8679). For more information, call OCCA VAC Director Sally Houck, 541-265-6569 or shouck@coastarts.org.

"Succesfully Removed" is one of the pieces on display in Juergen Eckstein's new show at the Upstairs Gallery.

Upstairs Gallery

July 6-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.

His 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. 
 
An opening reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 7 at the Newport Visual Arts Center.
 
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 originally located across from the Performing Arts Center east of Don Davis Park in 2007).
 
When Eckstein needed a name he shared the poem, “Two Things,” by German poet Gottfried Benn, that was inspirational for his sculpture, with (Matt Love’s literary class) at Newport High School. He asked the students to suggest names for the piece and  Rachel’s Johnson’s “Absence of Emptiness” was chosen.
 
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.
 
Another large cedar burl Eckstein sculpture, “Some, However,” is located on the north side of the Newport Performing Arts Center.
The Visual Arts Center is seeking a curatorial assistant.

Curatorial Assistant Sought

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is looking for a part-time, temporary person to help through December 2012 on an exhibition project.

Interested persons should contact OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone at crickbone@coastarts.org
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Arts Mean Business

Americans for the Arts recently released "Arts & Economic Properity IV."
Americans for the Arts just released their latest study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry’s impact on the economy, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV. The most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted, it features customized findings on 182 study regions representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as estimates of economic impact nationally. Despite the economic headwinds our country faced in 2010, the results are impressive. 

Nationally, the industry generated $135.2 billion of economic activity – $61.1 billion by the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations in addition to $74.1 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This economic activity supports 4.1 million full-time jobs. Our industry also generates $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments every year – a yield well beyond their collective $4 billion in arts allocations.

Arts and culture organizations are resilient and entrepreneurial businesses. They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, and market and promote their regions. Arts organizations are rooted locally; these are jobs that cannot be shipped overseas. 

Like most industries, the Great Recession left a measurable financial impact on the arts – erasing the gains made during the pre-recession years and leaving 2010 expenditures 3 percent behind the 2005 levels. The biggest effect of the recession was on attendance and audience spending. Inevitably, as people lost jobs and worried about losing their homes, arts attendance – like attendance to sports events and leisure travel – waned as well. 

Yet, even in a down economy, some communities saw an increase in their arts spending and employment. As the economy rebounds, the arts are well poised for growth. They are already producing new and exciting work – performances and exhibitions and festivals that entertain, inspire, and increasingly draw audiences. Arts & Economic Prosperity IV  shows that arts and culture organizations leverage additional event-related spending by their audiences that pumps revenue into the local economy.

When patrons attend an arts event, they may pay for parking, eat dinner at a restaurant, shop in local retail stores, and have dessert on the way home. Based on the 151,802 audience surveys conducted for this study, the typical arts attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. Communities that draw cultural tourists experience an additional boost of economic activity. 

Tourism industry research has repeatedly demonstrated that arts tourists stay longer and spend more than the average traveler. Arts & Economic Prosperity IV reflects those findings: 32 percent of attendees live outside the county in which the arts event took place, and their event-related spending is more than twice that of their local counterparts (non-local: $39.96 vs. local: $17.42). The message is clear: a vibrant arts community not only keeps residents and their discretionary spending close to home, but it also attracts visitors who spend money and help local businesses thrive.

Arts & Economic Prosperity IV demonstrates that America’s arts industry is not only resilient in times of economic uncertainty, but is also a key component to our nation’s economic recovery and future prosperity. Business and elected leaders need not feel that a choice must be made between arts funding and economic prosperity. This study proves that they can choose both. Nationally, as well as locally, the arts mean business.

Catherine's Cues

"The PAC's Economic Impact"
By Catherine Rickbone, OCCA Executive Director

OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone's regular column "Catherine's Cues" will appear in the June e-newsletter.
Referring to “Arts Mean Business” story above, let’s look at the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC) as one example of how the arts invigorate a community and contribute to the economy in Lincoln County.

The PAC is home to ten resident companies that call themselves the PAC RATs (Performing Arts Center Resident Artist Teams). They are comprised of three theater companies (Coastal Act Productions, Porthole Players Ltd, and Red Octopus Theatre Company), three dance companies (Pacific Dance Ensemble, Oregon Coast Ballet Company, and T.J. Hoofers, Inc), two choral companies (Central Coast Chorale and Oregon Coastalaires), the Newport Symphony Orchestra, and an international film series. Additionally, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) presents programming. 

Using the Americans for the Arts’s Arts & Economic Prosperity Calculator, as well as Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce data from Dean Runyan studies, the OCCA arrived at an approximate economic impact of tourists for the events that occur at the PAC (a tourist is defined as someone who travels over 50 miles and/or stays overnight).

The Economic Prosperity Calculator was created by economist William A. Schaffer, dean emeritus of Georgia Tech, who customized an input-output analysis model using standard statistical methods. Part of the analysis traces how much time dollars spent in a community stay before they “leak out.” It quantifies the economic impact of each round of spending. The computations use the iterative procedure.

Such long-time reliable studies as the Runyan are well-grounded in facts and accurate data. Each study is created specifically for a community. Employment estimates are estimates of total number of full and part-time number of jobs directly generated by travel spending vs. number of individuals employed. Direct economic impacts include only the spending by travelers and the employment generated by that spending. Thus, our calculations are based in fact and solid statistical methods. Here are the findings.
  • In an economic analysis of the PAC RATs performances for FY 2010-11 (the current fiscal year is not over, so it’s not ready for analysis yet) we’ve determined that about 25% are tourists resulting in an economic impact of $538,136.
  • For FY 2010-11 the OCCA’s Oregon Coast Jazz Party (formerly Jazz at Newport) drew 60% tourists for a weekend economic impact of over $193,375. 
  • Additionally, OCCA's Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and National Theatre Live in HD, plus other HD events showed a tourist percentage of 30% and 20% respectively, producing $76,994 combined in economic impact.
  • Finally, in FY 2010-11, the Newport Performing Arts Center provided $808,505 in economic impact to Newport and Lincoln County through tourist spending (this figure doesn’t include the price of tickets or the economic impact of locals attending a performance).
It’s pretty evident to see and understand that the arts in our communities do, in fact, mean business: business for many entities, from lodging establishments to restaurants, retail shops and employee wages. Readers, I encourage you to inform yourself more extensively on this topic. 

The above facts and the study in the “The Arts Mean Business” on the cover put to rest a common misconception that communities support arts and culture at the expense of local economic development. In fact, communities are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism.

Help spread the word and inform people on the local, state and national levels. All arts organizations and artists will thank you.

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OCCA Annual Meeting & 35th Birthday Party is Aug. 14

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 pm 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 and we suggest contributing 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. 

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.
Learn more about the proposed PAC remodel on Aug. 8.

PAC Remodel

OCCA is hosting the Nye Beach Merchants Association at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 in the Newport Performing Arts Center lobby with an hors d’oeuvres potluck. There will be a PowerPoint presentation about the PAC upgrades and remodel. Other members of the community are invited to attend and learn what is in the plans.

OCCA is seeking members for a PAC landscaping advisory committee.

PAC Landscaping

OCCA invites interested gardeners to be part of a new PAC Landscaping Advisory Team. We will plan the landscaping around the building and in the parking lot.  

Please contact Executive Director Catherine Rickbone at crickbone@coastarts.org or 541-574-2652.
Toledo artist Michael Gibbons (left), OCF President and CEO Max Williams, OCCA VAC Director Sally Houck, and OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone welcome and visit with Max. (Courtesy Photo)

OCF President Visits Newport

The Oregon Community Foundation’s (OCF) new president and CEO Max Williams visited Newport recently.

The OCF North Coast Leadership Team, made up in part by Janet Webster, Frank Geltner and Bill Hall held a reception at the Performing Arts Center with about 60 area business and arts leaders attending.
Ron and Sandi Williams embraced the oriental theme of Celebrity Waiter 2012.

Celebrity Waiter 2012: Fun for All

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) thanks the Nye Beach and area merchants and artists in this community and county who made our recent “Celebrity Waiter” fundraiser a success.

These funds directly support OCCA’s mission to celebrate, promote and develop community arts, as well as for youth scholarships this summer for Theatre Camps and Shakespeare Camp. 

The Celebrity Waiters were awesome! OCCA thanks David Bigelow, Caroline Bauman, Sara Coxen, Lorna Davis, Patty Egan, Guy Faust, Kathy Heater, Don Lindly, Don Mann, Cindy and Mark McConnell, Sue McEneny, Phasha, and Raquell Teague for their hard work as waiters that evening, for helping to sell tickets and bringing live auction items. 
 
Thanks to David Ogden Stiers as maitre d’, Vickie Steen as hostess, pianist Robert Rubin, auctioneer Ray Vance and Chris Waugh, Coordinator Extraordinaire. 

Finally, thanks to all our arts friends who believe in the efficacy of the arts in our community and in our lives for attending, tipping, and buying auction items.
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