OCCA's April e-newsletter: Celebrity Waiters 2012, 'Learn by Doing' series, Visual Arts Center shows, and special events in April.
Visit the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts website.
Get an update on OCCA's efforts to secure $250,000 from the City of Newport's tourism development fund.

PAC RAT Potluck Sunday, Apr. 15

Members of the Performing Arts Center Resident Artist Team (PAC RATs) are invited to an informal pot-luck and meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 15 in the Performing Arts Center lobby. Bring your favorite dish to share (utensils, etc. will be provided) during the social hour from 4 to 5 p.m., and then hear an update on the OCCA tourism grant presentation, PAC remodel, and other topics.
"Anchor," color photograph by Sylvia A. Hosie.

Runyan Gallery

Apr. 5-29YAA Photo-graphers Annual Show

The Yaquina Art Association Photographers (YAAP) show their fine art photography during April. Over 20 photographers will hang some of their best photography for show and purchase. An opening reception is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Apr. 6 at the Visual Arts Center.

The YAAP Club meets at 7 p.m. on first and third Mondays of the month in Room 205 at the VAC. Members share their photography and knowledge and learn new techniques. 

YAAP is a member of the Columbia Council of Camera Clubs, and members submit monthly to CCCC competitions and send prints to other photography clubs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California.

Meetings are open to the public and all skill levels are encouraged. For more information, check out the website, call 541-264-5922 or contact President, Ted Crego, by email at cregot@q.com or by phone at 541-265-4545.

“Enlightenment,” Shifu (handspun paper yarn) scarf with hand-dyed silk warp in a bo leaf motif, by Amanda Boyes.

Upstairs Gallery

Apr. 6-29: Newport Paper Arts Instructors Show

The Runyan Gallery will feature a collection of work by the instructors of the Newport Paper Arts Festival (NPAF) XVII, set for April 20-22, through Apr. 29. Although some classes are already full, brochures and registration forms can be downloaded from the Visual Arts tab on the OCCA website.

OCCA members and the public are invited to the Instructor’s Sale from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 21, at the Visual Arts Center (VAC).

The sale features a fascinating array of art books and blank journals, cards, jewelry, prints, plus a variety of other delightful items and paper arts products. There will also be a display of students’ projects that have been completed in the first two days of workshops. 

For more information, call OCCA VAC Director Sally Houck, 541-265-6569, or email Ruth Kier, Registrar.

Part of the Barnes Collection Gallery Wall, which tour-goers will view.

ArtRageous Tour Oct. 18-23

ARTrageous Adventures, the Corvallis Art Center’s arts-travel program, announces its 7-day guided tour, “Philadelphia Arts – Masterpieces, Mansions, Gardens & Murals,” Oct. 18-23, 2012, during New England’s fall foliage display.

Highlights include visits to the Barnes Collection of Impressionism, as well as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Rodin Museum, behind-the-scenes at private art studios and collections, historic estates and gardens, performing arts, cuisine and much more.

As all tours are limited in size, early reservations are encouraged. Contact ARTrageous Director Barbara Sobo Gast at 
541-456-4331 or

Newport Visual Arts Center monthly exhibition coffees are open to anyone, especially those who are interested in volunteering.

Monthly Coffee set for Apr. 12

The April OCCA Exhibition Coffee starts at 11 a.m. Thursday, Apr. 12, Room 302 at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC). “Paper Arts” 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.

Celebrity Waiters 2012 set for 5 pm May 6

Celebrity Waiters 2012 start at 5 p.m. May 6 at the Newport Performing Arts Center.Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents its outrageous, exciting second annual “Celebrity Waiter” fundraiser from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at the Newport Performing Arts Center.
Famous and infamous “celebrities” will serve and entertain guests at the event, during a full-course meal catered by La Maison. David Ogden Stiers will serve as maitre d’ (schedule permitting). Robert Rubin once again provides lobby music, and Ray Vance offers his services as auctioneer. Celebrity waiters include Caroline Bauman, David Bigelow, Sara Coxen, Lorna Davis, Patty Egan, Guy Faust, Kathy Heater, Don Lindly, Don Mann, Mark and Cindy McConnell, Sue McEneny, Phasha, Vickie Steen, and Raquell Teague.

Prizes will be awarded for the best waiter costume and the most tips earned. Guests will be able to determine the outcome of the awards. This year’s live auction features surprises from the Celebrity Waiters themselves, “things money can’t buy,” but you definitely will want and can use. What will our waiters come up with?
A full-course catered meal and one complimentary glass of wine from Firesteed Winery is included in the $85 ticket price. To make your reservation call, 541-265 ARTS (2787). Seating is limited.

The annual Celebrity Waiter fundraiser supports the OCCA mission to “celebrate, develop and promote community arts,” in our town, our county and the Oregon coast. 

April operas bring season to dramatic close

The 2011-2012 Met Opera Live in HD season at the Newport Performing Arts Center concludes with two outstanding classics of opera in April. 

Anna Netrebko dazzles in Massenet's "Manon," one of two operas showing at the PAC in April.Jules Massenet’s “Manon” is first at 9 a.m. Apr. 7, hosted by Patty Olmsted. Anna Netrebko’s dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine (right) in Laurent Pelly’s new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met’s Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium. 

Natalie Dessay dons the red dress in Verdi's "La Traviata" on April 14.Last of all is the Met’s production of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” at 10 a.m. Apr. 14, hosted by Pat Lewis and Lavern Weber. Natalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker’s stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

Call 541-265-2787 for tickets. Check www.coastarts.org for more opera information, including a synopsis of each opera.

National Theatre's 'She Stoops to Conquer' wraps up season

Oliver Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer" plays from the National Theatre in London on April 19.One of the great, generous-hearted and ingenious comedies of the English language, Oliver Goldsmith's “She Stoops To Conquer,” is set for 7 p.m. Apr. 19 at the Performing Arts Center.

This production, which is the last in the 2011-12 National Theatre Live in HD season, offers a celebration of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family. Hardcastle, a man of substance, looks forward to acquainting his daughter with his old pal’s son with a view to marriage. 

But thanks to playboy Lumpkin, he’s mistaken by his prospective son-in-law Marlow for an innkeeper, his daughter for the local barmaid. The good news is, while Marlow can barely speak to a woman of quality he’s a charmer with those of a different stamp. As Hardcastle’s indignation intensifies, Miss Hardcastle’s appreciation for her misguided suitor soars. Misdemeanours multiply, love blossoms, mayhem ensues. Call 541-265-2787 for tickets.
Expressions West, a juried exhibit, shows through June 30 at the Coos Art Museum.

Coastal Profile: Coos Art Museum

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes the continuing membership of coastal arts partner, Coos Art Museum (CAM). CAM has been the cultural hub of Oregon’s scenic south coast since 1950. Oregon’s third-oldest art museum is housed in the historic art deco former US Post Office in downtown Coos Bay.

The Coos Art Museum traces its roots to the Coos Artist League, active since 1950. Early operations were conducted in storefront locations, followed by occupancy of the old Carnegie Library Building near downtown Coos Bay. During this “library period” the Museum began building its permanent collection, and established a reputation for high quality exhibits and educational programs. In the late 1970s the Coos Art Museum members won approval of a community-wide bond issue to acquire its current location, where it moved in 1984.

CAM invites visitors to tour exhibits, take art classes, hear lectures and participate in community events. CAM’s 550 Permanent Collection of Contemporary Art rotates on display throughout the year, but online visitors can also view it through its website. It focuses on contemporary fine art prints and original works in all media by Pacific Northwest artists. 

Hanging in the CAMlobby is an original painting of Steve Prefontaine by Seattle-based artist Chris Hopkins. Located upstairs is the Prefontaine Memorial Gallery, with numerous photographs and tributes to this hometown hero. Showcased in a hand-made trophy case are most of the medals, ribbons and trophies that Prefontaine received during his brilliant but short career.    

Art education is a key museum area of focus. Classes and workshops are held at the museum. Check the website for classes and hours.

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"Fresh-Squeezed," by Frank Spiro, is the 2012 Beverly Green Memorial Trust purchase.

National Watercolor Society Purchase

The Stan Green Arts and Education Fund is managed by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. Mr. Green stipulated that every year $1,500 go to the National Watercolor Society (NWS) to fund the Beverly Green Memorial Collection Purchase Award. 

Each year, at its annual exhibition, the NWS chooses a winner of this award. That piece of art is then added to the collection that can be found in the lobby and throughout the Newport Performing Arts Center. 

This year’s artist, Frank Spino of Florida, was given the award for “Fresh Squeezed” at the 91st annual exhibition. Please stop by and see this tantalizing piece of art in the PAC administrative office. 

OAC Coaching Grant Awarded

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts was selected as one of only five arts organizations in the state to receive an Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) “Arts Organization Coaching Support” grant. The award offers 24 hours of complimentary executive coaching.

This effort continues the capacity-building efforts of Strengthening Oregon’s Arts, an OAC multi-year program. In order to participate, the organization must have a board member (Sandi Williams) involved and at least two staff members participating (Sally Houck and Catherine Rickbone).

Coaching is provided by consultants of the TCC Group, a management consulting firm that works with nonprofit organizations and specializes in strategic planning, business planning, evaluation and staff and board leadership development.

Copyright © 2012 Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, All rights reserved.
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