PushPin Show back for 28th year

The annual PushPin Show will be on display from Dec. 1-30 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. This show features artwork by Lincoln County residents of all skill levels. (Courtesy photo)

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts marks the 28th anniversary of The PushPin Show Dec. 1-30 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC). A holiday opening reception will take place at the VAC on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The PushPin Show recognizes creative talent throughout Lincoln County; artists of all ages and stripes are encouraged to participate. Artwork must be original (no prints or facsimiles). All Lincoln County residents, including beginners, emerging visual artists, established professionals, craftspersons, poets and literary artists, hobbyists, youngsters, oldsters, college students, retirees and families are invited to participate.

PushPin participants must be able to hang their work with just four or fewer push pins. Each artist hangs their own work (singular works only).

The PushPin Show is a family oriented community show, and OCCA asks that the work be appropriate for all audiences. Artwork may be for sale, and OCCA encourages people to put a price on their work. OCCA retains a 35-percent commission if artists are an OCCA member and a 40-percent commission for non-members.

Also new this year: PushPin artwork by current OCCA members will be featured on a designated “members’ wall.” Basic OCCA membership begins at $40 per year. For a complete list of OCCA membership levels and benefits, visit http://www.coastarts.org/media/675381/occa_membership_brochure_2016.pdf

PushPin artists should deliver their work directly to the Runyan Gallery at the VAC (777 NW Beach Dr., Newport) today (Friday), Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibit attendees will be invited to vote for the “People’s Choice Award.”

The original Pushpin Show was the brainchild of local artist and art activist Jimmy Frankfort. And while it has grown over the years, the show still adheres to an inclusive, all county residents’ show that exemplifies Oregon Coast Council for the Arts’ mission to celebrate, promote and develop community arts. The Pushpin Show brings together the resources of the VAC, the diverse talents of Lincoln County visual and literary artists, and the public to celebrate and support local art. The Pushpin Show is an annual opportunity to showcase one’s artwork or writing in a gallery or to purchase a piece of art.

For more information, contact OCCA VAC Director Tom Webb at [email protected] or 541-265-6569.