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Three beautiful new exhibits will open in time for the busy summer season at the Newport Visual Arts Center. From colorful pastels to immersive large-scale dioramas, there’s something to intrigue, inspire and surprise everyone at VAC this summer, which will expand its hours to include Sundays starting June 4.

Runyan Gallery – (June 4 – July 31)

In Francisca Lauren Carrera’s upcoming solo exhibition “Museo du Profundo Mundo: The Carrera Expedition”, the Runyan Gallery will be transformed into an immersive environment, evoking the awe and wonder of the museum experience.

Through the use of large and small scale dioramas, “specimens”, “renderings” and the “scientific” presentation of the assemblage, Carrera examines our individual and collective past, present and future, as well as our relationship with the natural world. Carrera’s “Expedition” is visually captivating, sometimes humorous and always captivating.

Carrera is a Portland-based artist whose science and art installations have been exhibited at the San Diego Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, Grossmont College, and Museum of Monterey, Blackfish Gallery, Pdx, and BLDG. 5, Price. The Carrera Expedition is a mid-career retrospective of the works of Lauren Carrera and is supported by a grant from the Ford Family Foundation.

COVAS Gallery – (June 4 – June 26)






Basalt rocks by Emy Syrop


Emy Syrop and Khara Ledonne are Newport-based outdoor artists who weave together painting and parenting with determined finesse. Unaffected by the vagaries of the coastal weather and their four young companions, they set up easels by the sea to capture the scenery.

Syrop comes from a background in marine biology while Ledonne comes from business and fine arts. Outdoors, they mainly work in gouache – a fast-drying medium with dense pigmentation. They met in the fall of 2021 and soon began painting on beaches and outcroppings along the coast. This is their first exhibition together.

Khara Ledonne grew up in the Pacific Northwest and earned a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. She worked as a muralist and sign painter for 12 years in New York City before returning to the West Coast and focusing on fine art, primarily enamel miniatures. His murals dot the globe from Italy to Dubai to Mexico, and his miniatures have been collected in more than 25 countries. She lives in Newport where her current work centers on outdoor landscapes.

At the top Gallery – (June 4 – July 31)







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Coming or Leaving by Jana Demartinirs


Czech-born artist Jana Demartini has mounted an exhibition titled “Rocking,” which marks her return to earlier work on the bodyscape. “I missed the beach, so I started creating it from memories,” Jana said. “I have come to realize that rocks, the oldest, most enduring and strongest feature of our world, can be my stimulus…in these difficult and stressful times.” The exhibition will present 17 pieces, mainly pastels, a medium with which the artist likes to work because of their “indulgence in time”.

The public is invited to attend a special artist talk given by Carrera, Demartini, Syrop and Ladonne at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Runyan gallery in the VAC.

The OCCA adheres to all health and safety protocols provided by the Governor’s office as well as the City of Newport. All VAC visitors are encouraged, but not required, to wear masks.

The Newport Visual Arts Center is located at 777 NW Beach Drive, Newport, OR.

Starting June 4, the VAC is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Lauren Carrera is a West Coast artist and independent curator working in installation, mixed media and painting. Educated at Rutgers University, Carrera went on to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Atlin Center for the Arts in British Columbia, and was mentored by renowned Philadelphia artist Dan Wittels, him -even a student of Grace Hartigan. Carrera went to San Diego to pursue a doctorate. in behavioral medicine as a clinical psychologist. In 2002, Carrera changed careers to devote herself professionally to the visual arts. Carrera received a fellowship at the Atlin Center for the Arts in British Columbia and was nominated for the San Diego Art Prize as one of the “new contemporaries” in 2012. Carrera recently closed an art installation of 4,000 square feet in San Diego called “Museo du Profundo Mundo: The Carrera Expediton”, exploring the world of museum collections, cabinets of curiosities and the role of the scientist/artist. His recent installations include the Oceanside Museum of Art, Mesa College, San Diego Museum of Art, Grossmont College, and the Monterey Museum.

Carrera’s installations and paintings often explore the connection between science and art and man’s complex interactions with the natural world. Carrera currently resides and has a studio in Portland, OR.

Jana Demartini is a creative artist represented by Blackfish Gallery in Portland since 1991. She was born and educated in Czechoslovakia with degrees in art and Czech and Russian languages ​​from the Higher Pedagogical Institute and Charles University of Prague. In 1965 she came to the United States and in 1970 she entered Portland State University from which she obtained a BA in Art in 1976 – major in Printmaking and with MAT in Art in 1982 – major in paint. Active on the NW scene as an educator and practicing artist.

Khara Ledonne grew up in the Pacific Northwest and earned a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. She worked as a muralist and sign painter for 12 years in New York City before returning to the West Coast and focusing on fine art, primarily enamel miniatures. His murals dot the globe from Italy to Dubai to Mexico, and his miniatures have been collected in more than 25 countries. She lives in Newport where her current work centers on outdoor landscapes.

Emy Syrop mainly paints outdoor landscapes with gouache because it dries quickly and can be reworked in her home studio. She also enjoys experimenting with oil landscapes as well as scientific illustration and wildlife art in a variety of paints and drawing mediums. Syrop holds an M.Sc. in Biology and a minor in Studio Art from the University of California, San Diego. Her career in marine biology and life of ocean hobbies inform her perspective and understanding of seascapes and sea life. She is active in the local arts community and lives in Newport with her partner Jeff and their two children.

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