Art selected by some of the Oregon Coast’s top elected officials is on display throughout January as the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts hosts its annual Mayors’ Show at the Newport Visual Arts Center.
Now in its third year, the exhibit showcases artwork from 10 artists selected from the dozens who took part in the center’s PushPin Show in December. Newport Mayor Sandra Roumagoux, Lincoln City Mayor Don Williams and Visual Arts Center Director Tom Webb worked together to make the selections on the theme “Paper and Fiber.”
The show opens with a public reception from 5 to 7 pm this Friday, Jan. 5, featuring an artist talk at 6 pm.
“We are excited about the mix of creative approaches and artist backgrounds,” Roumagoux said. “This will be a dynamic show!”
Artists selected for the show include Laurie Card, Norm Ferber, Julia Goos, Helen Abe-Ichien, Freyjah Krantz, Jeri Le, Kit Macfarland, Jared Matthys, Sara Siggelkow and Tash Wesp.
The chosen artists run the generational gamut from Macfarland, who has lived in Newport for 28 years and appeared in the original Pushpin Show, to 13-year-old Krantz, an eighth grader at Newport Middle School.
“I’ve been drawing for longer than I can remember,” Krantz said. “I used to draw on the walls when I was little. My mom decided to buy me art supplies so I would stop drawing on the walls.”
“We’re excited to have younger artists in the Mayors’ Show,” Webb said. “Besides Freyjah, Jared Matthys is a freshman in high school. Both are very talented and aspiring artists.”
The Mayors’ Show will be on display through Saturday, Jan. 27, available to view from 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday, at 777 NW Beach Drive.