Nearly one-half mile of paintings “For the Seventh Generation” on display July 21-24 on the LCCC lawn
LINCOLN CITY – For four special days this July, the lawns of the Lincoln City Cultural Center will become an outdoor art gallery and the epicenter of a coastal conservation project. Central Coast residents and visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy nearly ½ mile of landscape paintings, the latest iteration of the “For the Seventh Generation” pano-mural, July 21-24 at the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101.
This coastal community event, co-sponsored by the Elisabeth Jones Art Center and the Surfrider Foundation, is presented by the LCCC with generous contributions from Chinook Winds Casino Resort and The Bijou Theatre. Admission to the exhibit and a schedule of associated “For the Seventh Generation” cultural events, will be free.
“For the Seventh Generation: A Community of Coastal Watchers” is a long-term project first envisioned two decades ago. The project’s goal is to create a system of ocean observers, “so that any untoward action on the ocean or its accompanying landscape will not go unnoticed.” Painters in California, Oregon and Washington are invited to each choose a mile, to revisit and paint each year. “To be renewed annually, this process work gives the artist the opportunity to intellectually and emotionally connect with the land and to take the role of both sentinel and chronicler of a specific ocean location,” said project leader John Teply. The resulting free-standing pano-mural, made up of landscape paintings that are 2 feet by 4 feet, is getting longer every year. This summer, while on display outdoors at the Cultural Center, it will stretch nearly ½ mile in length, and will be displayed on fencing installed throughout the LCCC lawn. A collection of other large landscapes, those which have not been treated to withstand the elements, will be exhibited inside in the LCCC’s Hallway Gallery.
“For the Seventh Generation” pano-mural will be open to the public from 11 am to 7 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 21-23, and from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday, July 24. To learn more about the project and the artists who are contributing, head to the EJAC’s YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/fortheseventhgeneration
Art and ocean lovers are also invited to these free, associated programs:
— For the Seventh Generation Spoken Word – Hear poetry, prose and other spoken word submissions on the coast, the ocean and conservation. 6 pm Thursday, July 22, in the LCCC auditorium.
— 7th Gen Film Festival 2021 – This juried film program is a 90-minute collection of videos about connecting to place, inspired by specific beach locations along the Pacific Coast. 11am Friday, July 23, at the Bijou Theatre, 1624 NE Hwy. 101.
— Oceans Festival Art Picnic – The community is invited to enjoy the exhibit along with live music and artmaking, on the last day of the outdoor art exhibit. Noon to 5 pm Saturday, July 24 at the LCCC.
When you visit the “For the Seventh Generation” pano-mural, you can start your walk in Tijuana, passing by the Huntington Beach Pier, San Francisco Bay, Cascade Head, Haystack Rock, Astoria Bridge, and Puget Sound before ending your trek with a view of the Peace Arch on the Canadian border.
Teply calls his project “A Visual State of the Ocean Address.”
“Perhaps each of us has a favorite spot along the coast. Looking out over it, we may find ourselves asking, ‘will it survive’?” he said. “The ocean is continually under threat. Pollution, coastal development and over-fishing all tax the health of its finite system. Without our strong environmental conscience and a voice to express it, threats to the ocean will be left unchallenged and its health subject to the whims and manipulations of politics and industry. This project, extending through the 21st century, provides such a voice.”
The nonprofit LCCC invites art lovers and coast aficionados to experience this outdoor art show while enjoying the grounds around the historic Delake School.
“While you’re here, be sure to enjoy the two other shows inside the center: the Small Expressions International 7 exhibit in the Fiber Arts Studio Gallery, and the 2021 LCCC Members Show in the PJ Chessman Gallery,” said executive director Niki Price. “And don’t forget to check out our Before I Die display, just outside the auditorium doors. It’s a fill in the blank of bucket list stuff – like seeing ½ mile of paintings!”
For more information, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994, or head to lincolncityculturalcenter.org.
Wednesday, July 21-Saturday July 24 — “For the Seventh Generation” Outdoor Art Exhibit, Hours 11-7 pm Weds-Friday, 11-5 pm Saturday, outdoors at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Free admission. Presented by The Elisabeth Jones Art Center, the “For the Seventh Generation” Outdoor Art Exhibit is a pano-mural, 2 feet tall and almost ½ mile long, made up of hundreds of paintings of the entire western coastline of the United States. Poetry, film and music programs will take place through the week. For information, call the center at 541-994-9994.
Thursday, July 22, 6 pm — “For the Seventh Generation” Spoken Word Program, in the auditorium at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. A free program of poetry and readings inspired by “For the Seventh Generation: A Community of Coastal Watchers.” Free admission.
Friday, July 23, 11 am — “Seventh Generation Film Festival” at the Bijou Theatre, 1624 NE Hwy. 101, Lincoln City. Enjoy a collection of videos about specific beach locations, inspired by “For the Seventh Generation: A Community of Coastal Watchers” and the pano-mural on exhibit at the Lincoln City Cultural Center through July 24.
Saturday, July 24, Noon to 5 pm – Oceans Festival Art Picnic, on the lawn at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. A celebration of art and conservation, featuring plein air painters, food trucks and live music, amidst the ½ mile pano-mural of landscape paintings that travel the Pacific Coast. Free to the public. Participants and volunteers are welcome. To learn more or contribute, call Niki at 541-994-9994.