Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival Enters 24th Year
Registration opens for April 26-28 festival
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present the 24th annual Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival on April 26-28 at the Newport Visual Arts Center and venues around Newport. Book and paper arts enthusiasts will gather fin Newport for three days of workshops, presentations and artist talks, and the opportunity to meet fellow artists. The 2019 festival is focusing on surface design, collage, paper arts, mixed media, assemblage and box arts.
“There are workshops for artists and community members of all levels,” says festival director Tom Webb. “We have particularly stressed having workshops for those with little experience in book or paper arts, particularly classes in book making.”
The Newport Paper & Books Arts Festival, known as one of the largest on the West Coast, is noted for the quality of its instructors, some of whom travel from as far away as Alaska to share their skills and passions. This year’s award-winning festival instructors include Alicia Bailey, Casey Newman, Connie Stricks, Glenda Goodrich, Jeri Oswalt, John Arbuckle, Beth McIlraith, Kelley Salber, Laura Mithcell, Margo Klass, Moe Snyder, Randi Parkhurst and Sandi Reinke.
Over 120 participants take part in the festival each year, many of whom come from outside Lincoln County to attend. Local participants, who are also members of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, can enjoy a 10 percent discount on workshop fees. All workshops are a full day (9am-4pm), with several two-day workshops offered as well. Many participants take advantage of their visit to Newport by attending workshops on all three days.
Registration for the 2019 festival moved to an online format. The festival brochure and registration worksheet can be downloaded from www.coastarts.org (search 2019 Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival). The brochure is being updated regularly, reflecting which workshops are closed. More specific registration information is found in the festival brochure.
“We encourage people to register early,” says Webb. “The workshops tend to fill quickly and may close before people get their first choices.”