The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the 2020 Mayors’ Show from Jan. 4-26 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The Mayors’ Show features eleven artists selected from the 120 Lincoln County artists who participated in the 2019 PushPin Show during December. The 11 artists were selected in consultation with Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer, Yachats Mayor John Moore and OCCA VAC Director Tom Webb. A first Saturday opening reception will be held on Jan. 4, 2020, from 2-5 p.m., with remarks scheduled for 3 p.m.
The artists featured in the 2020 Mayors’ Show include Linda Aguirre for her miniature dioramas, Haley Dean for her watercolor still lifes, Denise DeMarie for her fibre wall sculptures, Graece Gabriel for her photography, Sallie Inman for her acrylic on wood panels, Susan Jones for her woven reed sculptures, Herb Kateley for his photography, Bill Posner for his photography, Ben Soeby for his mixed media on wood, Emy Syrop for her gouache and acrylic on paper and canvas and Jeff Syrop for his watercolor and gouache on paper.
“Being selected for the Mayors’ Show highlights the VAC’s ability to inspire artists,” said Syrop. “The inclusiveness of the PushPin Show really jump starts artists’ creativity, and the Mayors’ Show is an extension of that energy. It’s definitely an honor to be included.”
“The talent in our local arts community is amazing and gets better with every new PushPin Show,” said Sawyer.
The 2020 exhibition marks the fifth year for The Mayors’ Show at the VAC. The project was started in 2016 by former Newport Mayor Sandra Roumagoux and the Oregon Council for the Arts. The exhibit’s intent is to give more exposure to participating PushPin Show artists and to build connections between municipal employees and elected officials with the arts community.
“I happened upon the Mayors’ Show last winter and considered the possibility of being selected for a future year,” said Jones, a participating artist. “That singular thought strengthened my commitment to art and inspired the choices I made while weaving my sculptures over the past year. I am excited and encouraged to be honored in this way by my community. We are fortunate to have this kind of support.”
The Runyan Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.