Oregon Coast Council for the Arts has selected artist Rick Bartow as Community Legend for 2013. A reception and award presentation will take place on Sunday, March 24 at 12:30 pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center. This year, the event will feature a hors d’oeuvres buffet reception by Chef Laurie of Cafe Mundo.
Rick Bartow is Newport Oregon born and raised. He has left his mark on our community and around the globe.
In September 2012, two welcoming poles, “We Were Always Here” were installed at the entrance to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. In the traditional way, the project involved the work of artists from around the region as well as “butchers, bakers and candlestick makers” from the community.
Rick’s artwork is featured in museums, collections and galleries from Oregon to Florida, through Germany to Japan and New Zealand. But his heart is always in Newport where his music resonates and his healing spirit abides.
Rick graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in secondary art education. He served in Vietnam (’70-’71) with 52 Bravo, HHD 160th Signal, and was awarded the Bronze Star for sharing his music with hospitalized soldiers. Rick has three children: Ronda, Booker and Lily.
Rick’s Native American Wiyot heritage is strong in his life and work. As a visual artist, he works in sculpture, print, etching, monotype, ceramics, mixed media and painting. As a musician, he and The Backseat Drivers deliver Americana songs through recordings and performances. As a spiritual healer, Rick sat with “the old man”, Walter Klamath, and continues to dedicate his leadership to Singing Salmon Sweat Lodge, a place for all peoples’ recovery.
At 3:00 pm, at Rick’s request, the afternoon will culminate with a Community Benefit Concert including Rick and the Backseat Drivers, joined by friends of Rick. In keeping with Rick’s generous heart the concert will be free, with donations accepted to benefit the OCCA and its many arts and culture programs.
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, a nonprofit arts organization, promotes and provides high-caliber arts experiences on the Oregon coast. Located in Newport, it manages the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center.
For more information call 541-265-ARTS (2787) or email OCCA Executive Director, Catherine Rickbone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for the buffet, reception and award presentation are $30.00. Please call 541-265-2787 by March 15th for reservations.