A decade of the Nye Beach Banner Project

This banner, created by Luke Lamont, is part a new exhibit, “10 X 10: A Decade of the Nye Beach Banner Project,” showing in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. (Courtesy photo)

On display in Upstairs Gallery at VAC

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “10 X 10: A Decade of the Nye Beach Banner Project,” showing Nov. 2-24 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

The exhibition marks an important milestone for one of Newport’s most creative community arts projects and is scheduled to coincide with the annual Nye Beach Banner Auction each November. Ten banners, one each from 10 artists, will reflect the contributions of more than 146 artists who have been involved with the project since its inception in 2008. A First Friday opening reception will be held at the VAC on Friday, Nov. 2, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a brief gallery presentation at 6:15 p.m.

Artwork from the following artists will be included in the “10 X 10” exhibition: Robin Beckwith, Linda Briggs, Graece Gabriel, Eileen Hearne, Julie Lamberson, Luke Lamont, Jennifer Larsen, Amy Pattison, Anita Tanner and Frances Van Wert. Other banners will hang in memory of Rick Bartow, Lynn Bishop, Chad Buckingham and Andrew Rodman.

“Over the years, these 10 living artists have been consistently involved in the Nye Beach Banner Auction,” said project founder Veronica Willemin. “We honor and thank every artist involved through this special exhibition of work appearing on the streets of Nye Beach throughout the last decade.”

“Ten years is a successful run for any project,” said VAC director Tom Webb. “And by all indications, the project will continue for another 10 years, gaining momentum and emulation along the way.”

The Nye Beach Banner Project is a program of the Nye Beach Merchants Association. The project encourages area artists to paint depictions and themes related to the region onto double-sided canvas banners, which are then hung on light posts throughout the neighborhood from spring to fall. The project brings creative works to the streets of the historic neighborhood district. In November of each year, the banners are sold at auction, with proceeds funding youth arts programs through OCCA at the Newport Visual Arts Center. All work is donated by the participating artists.

“We encourage all Nye Beach banner artists to attend and be recognized during the Nov. 2 opening at the VAC,” said Willemin.

The Upstairs Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. The Newport Visual Arts Center is located at 777 NW Beach Drive.