The Creative Coast
The Oregon Coast is already known for its raw and rugged natural landscapes. There is also a strong artistic edge to the coast which quietly shows up as art galleries and shops, murals, statues and sculptures. For generations the coast has been an ideal place for many artists, creatives and “makers” to retreat, reflect and create. It is also home to a wide range of public art, which is defined as any form of art that’s free and accessible 24/7 to everyone. Now with the help of a Public Art Trail map and inventory, everyone has the opportunity to access and appreciate the coast’s arts and culture.
Art Trail Map
Explore the icons above to read a description and see a photo of over 800 exhibits on the Trail. Expand the map to get more tools in one screen.
Art For All
By highlighting ‘public art,’ OCVA is staying true to its brand “The People’s Coast,” which is about free, open and accessible public beaches. Taking that concept further, to free, open and accessible public art, is a natural expansion of The People’s Coast brand. Because public art is not behind closed doors with “viewing hours” and admission fees, it is for everyone, always.
The goal of this project is to help residents and visitors connect with artists, gain a deeper sense of place, and contribute in a meaningful way to artists’ livelihoods.
People can use the Public Art Trail map to take a self-guided tour along the entire coast, or sections of the coast, to learn about public art pieces along the way. Hikers can even see what pieces of art are along the Oregon Coast Trail as they make a segment trek or full coastal hike. This regional effort complements the hard work of many coastal cities, including Port Orford, Florence, Bandon and Cannon Beach, which already offer self-guided public art tours.
“The goal of this project is to help residents and visitors connect with artists, gain a deeper sense of place, and contribute in a meaningful way to artists’ livelihoods,” says OCVA Director, Marcus Hinz. “The public art trail is a perfect call to action for visitors venturing to the coast during the off-peak season.”
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Bay City Arts Center
There’s always something going on at the Bay City Arts Center, from stone carving, yoga, watercolor paint classes or giant pancake breakfasts, this Arts Center brings the community together in fun and engaging ways while tantalizing your creative side. Sometimes...5680 A Street
Bay City, OR
Email us (baycityartscenter[at]gmail[dot]com)
Cannon Beach Arts Association
CBAA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in Cannon Beach that supports artists and the arts in the north coast region through exhibits, events, and education. Part of their vision is a community where people are supported to create, learn about,...1064 S. Hemlock Street
Cannon Beach, OR
Email us (cannonbeacharts[at]gmail[dot]com)
You’ll find paintings, sculptures, jewelry in wood, metal, glass and ceramics at Hawthorne Gallery. The gallery features iron work, bronze/granite, Raku, cast glass, wood figures and members of the Hawthorne family, painting and steel, blown and cast glass, jewelry, ceramic...267 W. Sixth St.
Port Orford, OR
Email us (chris[at]chrishawthorne[dot]com)
Lincoln City Glass Center
Lincoln City Glass Center offers glass blowing classes and demonstrations. Visitors can purchase glass pieces from the gallery at the studio and at Volta gallery located across the street.4821 SW Hwy 101
Lincoln City, OR
Email us (voltagallery[at]gmail[dot]com)
Second Street Art Gallery
Today the gallery represents the art of artists and art companies primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years we have added work from other parts of the country, as well as Canada, Africa, South America, Germany and Italy. We...210 2nd Street SE
Email us (secondstreetgallerybandon[at]gmail[dot]com)