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The current Exhibit by Sandra Roumagoux opens at the newly christened "Olive Street Gallery". “Tide Flats along the Yaquina Bay Road” runs from June 4 through August 28.

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present the exhibit “Tide Flats along the Yaquina Bay Road” by Sandra Roumagoux in the Olive Street Gallery at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Roumagoux’s exhibit will run from June 4 through August 28 and will include a select grouping of new oil paintings. The newly christened “Olive Street Gallery” debuted in April 2022 and was created by OCCA as a space to feature established local artists and expand the number of exhibit spaces curated by the Visual Arts Center.

“I am pleased to exhibit my paintings at the PAC,” says Roumagoux, an award-winning painter and Newport’s former mayor. “I like the name, the Olive Street Gallery. This space is a new venue for the VAC to exhibit local and regional artists. It’s a win-win for the artists, the public and the two city-owned art buildings, the PAC and VAC.”

Sandy Roumagoux’s paintings are part of the permanent collections at Oregon Health Sciences University, the Microsoft Corporate Art Collection, the University of Arkansas, the VA Medical Center (Portland), the Center for Diaconal Ministry (Indiana), the Clarence Bates Collection (Corvallis), and the City of Newport.

“During my decades of living in Newport, I have been fascinated with the numerous tide flats that skirt the Yaquina Bay Road,” says Roumagoux. During minus tides and high tides, the landscape changes dramatically. There is a power and morose quality to these flats. Each day rain or shine is different which gives me subject matter I never tire of. They are beautiful and necessary for the health of the bay and sea life.”

The public is invited to attend a special artist talk given by Roumagoux at 1pm on Saturday, June 4th in the lobby of the PAC.

OCCA adheres to all health and safety protocols provided by the Governor’s Office as well as the City of Newport. All visitors to the PAC are encouraged, though not required for non-ticketed events, to wear masks.

The Olive Street Gallery is located at 777 W. Olive Street at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Public hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10am – 5pm.


The Newport Visual Arts Center, located at the historic Nye Beach Turnaround, is a facility built by the City of Newport as a public art exhibition space and for art education programs and maintained by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. Opening in 1983, the Newport Visual Arts Center (or “VAC”) is the largest facility on the Oregon Coast built specifically for the exhibition of visual art. The VAC includes three traditional gallery spaces, as well as the newer “media room” and “Classroom Gallery.”

The VAC also includes two classrooms/event spaces that are rented by a wide variety of community organizations and private parties. VAC rental and space information can be downloaded from this page (lower right).

The William Runyan Gallery occupies approximately 1,100 square feet on the first floor and exhibits 8-12 shows per year.

The Upstairs Gallery, a 300 square foot gallery space on the third-floor level, schedules 8-12 exhibits per year featuring new and experimental artists in the northwest region.

The Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS), established in 2011, occupies space on the third floor of the Visual Arts Center. Download the initial COVAS exhibition catalog as a PDF (5.8MB).

The Media Room was established in the summer of 2016 and is intended as a space for digital art and installations (video, photography, light and sound exhibitions). Located on the VAC’s second floor, the Media Room is approximately 300 square feet and has seating space for 15-20 viewers. The Media Room can also be used as a meeting and classroom space and includes a large darkroom sink.

The Classroom Gallery was established in the summer of 2016 as a home for student artwork. Approximately 200 square feet, the Classroom Gallery is a less formal gallery space and also functions as a meeting and classroom space. Most works exhibited in the Classroom Gallery have been wall work. The Classroom Gallery has hosted exhibits generated through the OCCA Art Fridays program and the VAC Summer Camp as well as exhibits developed by outside groups such as the Newport Middle School and Neighbors for Kids. Contact the VAC director if you exhibit ideas to present for showcasing student-developed artwork.

All exhibitions are free and open to the public.


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