The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present “Surf & Turf: The Art of Boarding” in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from June 5 to August 2, 2015. The exhibition will feature contemporary and original surfboard art, skateboard art, sculptures and paintings by leading visual artists, designers and surfboard shapers from throughout Lincoln County and beyond. The public reception for “Surf & Turf: The Art of Boarding” will be held on Friday, June 5, 5-7pm at the VAC (777 NW Beach Dr., Newport), with an artists talk at 6:30pm.
“Surfing and skating are both board sports and play important roles in contemporary popular culture,” says Mar Lehrman, an advisor to the exhibition. “Skating is strangely wedded to the hardscape infrastructure, and yet is alternative (human powered vehicles) and even rebellious. Hard-core skateboarding and punk rock came of age together. Northwest surf culture is more of a nature and wilderness type activity, whose practitioners tend to be amateur meteorologists and oceanographers so that they may identify and participate in ‘favorable fluctuations in the fluid field.’ Northwest ‘surf art,’ as an expression of surf culture, is even more elusive.”
The Runyan Gallery is open 11am-6pm, Tuesday-Sunday.