Mandatory face coverings haven’t dampened the atmosphere at Oregon Coast Community College. To the contrary, the fall is off to an energetic start as students, faculty, and the community return to campus after more than 18 months of limited access. That energy is manifest in many ways – including in visual art and creativity.
This outpouring of artistry is clearly in evidence in the OCCC Foundation Art Show, which opened online on Friday, Oct. 8. The show features an online auction for a collection of more than 30 pieces contributed to the show by the college’s students, faculty, and stakeholders.
The public is invited to visit OCCC’s Central County Campus in Newport, to peruse the collection of items up for online bidding, and meet some of the artists, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 22. The public is also welcome to view these items in person from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28. At 5 p.m. on Oct. 28, the auction will close and winning bidders will be notified. Also, at 5 p.m. that night, representatives of the OCCC Foundation will draw the winning raffle ticket for “Ella,” a vividly painted salmon sculpture created by the late Toledo artist, Michael Gibbons. Only 250 tickets will be sold for the drawing, at $100 each. They are available now, at oregoncoast.edu/ella. Or, call 541-867-8531 to purchase by phone.
Gibbons’ work can be found in the art auction as well, as OCCC Foundation Board Member Billie Jo Smith has donated a 2007 Michael Gibbons painting, “Summer Rain Clouds,” to the art auction.
Curator for the art show is OCCC Visual Arts Faculty, Julia Goos, who has been with OCCC for 13 years and teaches Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Basic Design Courses, Comic Art as Literature, and Mixed Media/Hybrid Forms. “I am really excited to showcase the artwork of the OCCC community,” Julia said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to see the talent and diversity of the OCCC art community. It allows students to gain experience with preparing their artwork for gallery shows as well as gaining confidence and exposure. The show will also be an exciting environment for students to speak about their artwork to the public.”
Proceeds from each sale at the Foundation Art Show will benefit the artists themselves, the OCCC Art Department, and scholarships, faculty and staff support, and program enhancements, via the OCCC Foundation. To view and/or bid for the art online, visit https://www.32auctions.com/OCCCFArtShow2021.
For more information about the OCCC Art Show and Auction, contact Andrea Spirtos, firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCCC’s Central County Campus, site of the Art Show, is located at 400 SE College Way, in Newport. # # #
EDITORS: Art samples attached. More images available at the 32Auctions site. Artist names and piece titles also available on the site.