Astoria Visual Arts (AVA)

Astoria Visual Arts (AVA)


Two workshops in July at Trail's End Art Association in Gearhart coming in July. Open to all artists.
Hello all passing along a paid art opportunity through my work. Hope this is OK. Thanks!

Call for ARTIST Participants!

Oregon Youth Storytelling For Justice Online Digital Storytelling Project OREGON YOUTH DIGITAL STORYTELLING FOR JUSTICE is about young people sharing stories from their own lives and communities, working with visual artists to help illustrate them, and learning to edit their stories as simple, short videos. The stories will address topics around social justice,collective liberation, and youth activism. The project is a collaboration of the Oregon Coalition
Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and StoryCenter .

What is the Digital Storytelling Project All About?

Youth participants in the project will attend a six-week Online Digital storytelling Workshop (one,1.5-2 hour evening meeting per week), beginning in late-March. In the workshop, they will share
personal stories and be guided through a hands-on participatory media and art-making process to produce these stories as short videos. They will also work collaboratively with Oregon-based visual artists, who will contribute illustrations and artwork to the stories .

I’m a Visual Artist! How Can I Get Involved?

If you’re a visual artist, illustrator, or animator in Oregon (student, emerging artist, or seasoned professional), and you’re willing to partner with a young person to develop images for their digital
story, we want to hear from you! You must have a sensitivity / interest in the issues being explored in the project, and a willingness to participate in a collaborative creative process. Art students,early-career artists, and BIPOC/LGBTQIA* artists especially encouraged to apply .

What Will My Role Be?

If you decide to participate, you will meet with your assigned youth participant online, work together to complete a “visual and sensory details worksheet” about their story, and create 10-15
simple, flat artworks (sketches, paintings, charcoal drawings, or digital works) for use in their video. You’ll need to be open to one round of youth feedback, to ensure your participant’s artistic
vision has been realized.

Please complete this simple, online form today. Open until Filled:
Artists will receive an honorarium of $500 for participating . Please feel free to contact Amy Hill, StoryCenter, at [email protected] with questi
I just posted this this morning, I finished my interview with Iris Sullivan Daire -
Coronavirus Relief Funding Opportunities Available for Clatsop County Cultural Organizations. For AVA or any cultural organization you may be in the area. Applications are due by 12 noon on Monday, August 24. The Oregon Cultural Trust expects thousands of applications to be turned in online and will review all of them for eligibility. In the following weeks, the Oregon Cultural Trust, in conjunction with the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition, will review and then award funds for distribution to organizations receiving grants. Payments are to be distributed by September 15, as of this date.
The Emergency Board of the Oregon Legislature approved a $50 million relief package for Oregon culture that includes $25,984,872 to Business Oregon for statewide distribution to cultural organizations by the Oregon Cultural Trust. The funding was made available through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to address the devastating impact the COVID-19 health crisis is having on Oregon’s arts and cultural community.
The Oregon Cultural Trust is working with the Oregon Arts Commission to develop statewide, equitable funding distribution to be administered through the Cultural Trust’s County and Tribal Coalitions, said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Cultural Trust and the Arts Commission. The statewide distribution plan was reviewed by the Cultural Trust Board of Directors at the Aug. 6th meeting. Coronavirus Relief Funds are mandated to be distributed by Sept. 15, 2020.
The organizations registered with the Oregon Cultural Trust (approximately 1400) should be the primary recipients of these funds. That criteria requires that all are 501 (c) (3) nonprofit or tribal organizations, and supports county fair organizations with some of these resources to the extent allowable under federal law for governmental entities. If fairs are local government agencies, federal law would not allow giving them funding to cover lost revenue, but only for the extra, non-budgeted expenses that are incurred due to the pandemic – PPE, or extra staffing for cleaning, security, etal.
Clatsop County Cultural Coalition’s upcoming duties are to assist in awarding $25+ million of federal Corona Virus Relief Funds to deserving cultural institutions. It is possible that over $200,000 will be awarded in Clatsop County. For additional information regarding funding opportunities and for application, visit the Oregon Cultural Trust website:
Dance in Forest Deep
Acrylic on reclaimed construction plywood
12 x 28
Call to artists! Your newest art. Due to Covid-19 Trail's End Art Association can't meet for awhile, and if we do try to show our new art, folks are not of course to go out right now. So Trail's End invites not only our members, but also non-members to show their newest work on our page. We normally have a revolving monthly show for members - but want to extend this online opportunity to all artists in our area until April 29th. Tell us a little about the piece and inspiration for the piece. ~ Kitty Paino, President 2020. The first Painting: This is Carol Braden's newest piece as she gets ready for her July Featured Show at Trail's End Art Association. 42”x 50”. Oil cans, meat grinder parts, tin, license plates, fireplace screen, found objects. I got the wooden piece for the hand on the left in an alley in my old neighborhood. They were cutting out a lock on an old garage. As Carol says, "One man’s trash....
A) is still trash
b) is awesome Reinvented".
May this be helpful....
I finished an edit of the Fugitive exhibit curated by Jessica Schleif -
“Fugitive” exhibit open tomorrow Sun Sept 29 from 11am-3pm at Astoria Visual Arts (AVA) (pictured Jesse Jones with some of her works - what a story of the single use water sample pipettes in her pieces and the update on what is new on the near horizon in the science lab regarding alternatives)
Hey Astoria artists! I work with Astor Place Senior Living in Astoria and on Friday September 13th we are hosting a family night/ Art walk to celebrate Assisted Living Week! If any of you guys are interested in participating and displaying some of your art at our community let us know!
Shoot me an email at [email protected] or give me a call, our office number is 503-325-6970 or try my cell at 503-741-5859
Here is a 30 minute document of Sally Lackaff's time in the AVA AIR residency this year -

Astoria Visual Arts (AVA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 1989 that supports the arts around Orego

Photos from Astoria Visual Arts (AVA)'s post 11/03/2022

AVA Members’ Show Awards
Our juror this year, Lucien Swerdloff, chose three pieces for merit awards. Congrats to the selected artists!

Oscar Nelson
“Black and White #6”
oil on canvas

Christine Eagan
“Lunch Counter”
pigment print

Rhonda Gewin
“Golden Eyed Goldfish”
found objects

Lucien: "Choosing works for a group show is, of course, particularly difficult. The variety of styles, media, subjects, and perceptions makes comparison especially challenging. My selections for awards are not intended to be interpreted as “best in show” or first, second, and third place. They are three works that stood out to me because of their quality, imagery, composition, and uniqueness in the context of the entire exhibition......The choices were made by a combination of both intuition (feeling) and analysis (thinking). First, I looked at all the works with no attempt to judge, but to get an overall sense of the scope of work. Then I went through the work again noting pieces that struck a chord with my seeing eye. Next, I looked at those pieces noting those that set my thinking eye. Finally, from these five or six, I pondered with two eyes and chose three to award."

"I believe that the three pieces chosen for awards represent the variety of work of the talented AVA members and, along with the rest of the show, highlight the many creative artists in our community."

Read more of Lucien's Juror's Statement on our website.


You're invited! The Writer’s Guild of Astoria and Astoria Visual Arts welcome Jennifer D. Munro of Albany, the winner of the 2022 North Coast Writer’s Residency, for a reception and public reading on November 5th at 6:00pm at the AVA Gallery, 1000 Duane Street.


If you have kids who love art, join Art Room this Saturday, November 5 from 10-11am at the Astoria Library for creative play!



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Are you interested in contributing to a study about arts and the economy? Economic impact studies like Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) will expand the conversation about how arts and entertainment affect the greater economy.

Here are two ways you can help us with the study...

1. We'd like to hear your voice in the AEP6 study! An anonymous 2-5 minute survey will allow us to understand where our community spends its dollars when it comes to the arts. In turn, we'll amplify the data that we predict will reinforce the importance of art to the economy.
***Surveys must be taken at live events—during or right after.

2. We're looking for volunteers and organizations to help us facilitate survey collection at arts and culture events. Help collect this meaningful data!

Please reach out to Norah at [email protected] if you are interested in taking the survey or if you or your organization would like to help share the survey in Portland at an arts event.


Update from AVA's current artist-in-residence, Lindsey Arts:
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Sticking to familiar territory in the studio today-watercolor, paper, and landscape.

My residency project is based on the history of commercial fishing in the area. Whew! What a topic! Fully loaded and full of political tension. The hardest part about what I’m working on is allowing my art to tell a story without seeming to condone or condemn Astoria’s long history with fishing. In fact, I am not setting out to tell the history of fishing at all! It’s simply the vehicle by which I am learning HOW to tell a story through text and image.

I look forward to sharing my progress with you at November’s 2nd Saturday Artwalk!

Photos from Astoria Visual Arts (AVA)'s post 10/27/2022

Tonight! Join the Art Department of Clatsop Community College for The Ship Show at the Royal Nebeker Gallery, 1799 Lexington in Astoria, October 27th at 6 pm. All are welcome.

Photos from Astoria Visual Arts (AVA)'s post 10/26/2022

The state of the arts in Astoria was the topic of conversation at the Chamber of Commerce's networking coffee this Tuesday. AVA's Executive Director, Annie Eskelin, together with Jennifer Crocket, Executive Director of the Liberty Theater, gave program updates and shared information about the economic impact of the arts in Astoria. The takeaway: the arts are BIG business in Astoria! Can we do a better job representing how important the arts are to Astoria's tourism industry? Yes, we can and are working on it! Stay tuned.

This was a great opportunity and we appreciate being invited! Thank you!


The Writer’s Guild of Astoria and Astoria Visual Arts are delighted to welcome the 2022 North Coast Writer’s Residency winner,
Jennifer D. Munro of Albany, Oregon, for a reception and public reading on November 5th at the AVA Gallery at 6 pm.

As the selected writer-in-residence, Jennifer will spend one week working on her book-length collection of essays, The Twelfth Mom, in a private setting on the Willapa Bay. The Twelfth Mom explores the challenges of being an adoptive parent of a troubled teen through the lens of their shared passion for bird watching.

Jennifer’s essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her writing has been recognized nationally, and she has twice been a Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her teaching credentials include writing workshops for Hugo House, Whidbey Island Writers Conference and Hedgebrook Salon.

Photos from Astoria Visual Arts (AVA)'s post 10/24/2022

Thanks everyone who packed our space for our Annual Meeting! We feel the love and appreciate every comment.

If you missed it, you can catch the slide show on AVAtv through our YouTube channel.


don't forget to VOTE! Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 am at the annual AVA Members' meeting. New Board Members, Old Board members, catch up on all the fun stuff from the year! AVA Gallery - be there or be square.

Photos from Astoria Visual Arts (AVA)'s post 10/14/2022

The Coastal Oregon Artist Residency exhibit is open for two more days! See Kate Speranza's anf Bill Atwood's show Friday & Saturday, October 14 & 15 from 10am - 4pm.

1312 Commerical St, Astoria


Art Auction and Oyster Fry in November!

We will be holding an Art Auction and Oyster Fry, Saturday November 19, 2022 at the Historic Chinook School gym in Chinook, Wa.

Calling all artists to donate your work in support of the Chinook Nation- funds raised will help us continue our fight-

All artists will be featured on our website and social media accounts.

If you’re interested in donating your work, please reach out to Jane at: [email protected] or drop off at our office: 3 Park Street, Bay Center, WA 98527

hayu masi!


Thanks everyone who came out to support our artists for the opening of the Coastal Oregon Artist Residency exhibit. Especially folks that drove long distances to see the show...Wow! Pure magic. ✨

If you missed the opening, or just want to see the show again... the space will be open:

Oct 9, 10am-4pm
Oct 10-18, 11am-4pm

Anita Building
1312 Commercial St

Photos from Astoria Visual Arts (AVA)'s post 10/09/2022

AVA's annual Members' Fall Art Show opens today and runs through November 5.

Thanks everyone who brought artwork and supports our nonprofit! 💕

Photos from Astoria Visual Arts (AVA)'s post 10/08/2022

The Coastal Oregon Artist Residency exhibit opens today!! Congrats Kate Speranza & Bill Atwood on putting together a phenomenal show!

See the exhibit today, October 8, 12:00-5:00 & 6:00-8:00. Additional open hours to be posted soon.


AVA MEMBER ARTISTS: Submit work to be included in AVA’s annual member exhibition, October 8 - November 5.

Join us! Everyone is welcome to become a member of AVA. A strong arts community starts with you!!

This community exhibit highlights and connects the diverse and impressive talent of AVA's artist supporters. To join the show, bring ready-to-hang artwork to the AVA Gallery, 1000 Duane Street in Astoria, October 4 from 10-11:45am, October 5 from 4-5:30pm or by appointment.


Reposted from .studio That’s a wrap on the Indigo Matrix exhibition. So much love for the many people who made it happen.

20 Artists
3 Countries
1 Pigment
& 100’s of community members.

My heart is filled with gratitude to so many people. Firstly to the community - especially .eskelin and for supporting this show from the beginning, and .art for gallery sitting.

To all the people who came to see the show- wow, thank you!😍 Your excitement and appreciation made the whole thing worth doing. Art is at its best when in relationship.

Enormous gratitude to the artists of the invitational, for trusting me with presenting your incredible work. Together we were able to begin telling a story about indigo. Thank you:




(You can read everyone’s bio and artist statements on my website in the virtual catalog.)

I am grateful to the three highschool seniors who are doing their senior project with me, and to the 12 young artists (and their families) who took part in the workshop the seniors helped teach, to make art for the matrix.

Thank you to everyone who dared to imagine a benevolent future for the Earth, and put it in writing.

To the children who helped dye the cloth for the boat installation, my heart overflows.

Thank you to Joe Garrison, my true partner in all things, for building the boat for our collective dreams, for putting in days of work hanging the show, and just everything.

Finally thank you to the magical plants that helped all of us make all this blue.

I feel that the goal to create a space for healing and transmutation has been a grand success.

Thank you. I love everyone.


Part 1: Indigo Matrix: 20 Artists, 3 Countries, 1 Pigment curated by Iris Sullivan Daire

A walk through the matrix.

See the exhibit through Sunday, October 2.


Part 1: Indigo Matrix: 20 Artists, 3 Countries, 1 Pigment

A walk through the Matrix.

See the exhibit through Sunday, October 2.

Photos from Astoria Visual Arts (AVA)'s post 09/29/2022

Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the last days to catch Indigo Matrix: 20 Artists, 3 Countries, 1 Pigment. Check out what can happen when an artists' vision is supported, a community benefits!

Repost from .studio Transition gateway between the gridded part of the Indigo Matrix, and the off grid area of the show.

East facing Indigo dyed linen banners with stenciled soy paste resist words.

West facing panels are organic mull cotton printed with rust from an industrial steel barrier grate salvaged at the local junk yard.

Horseshoe flags of repurposed cotton sheets - clamp resist indigo, and rust printed.

I was introduced to soy paste resist by Rosa of - The organic Mull cotton was sourced from and printed during the tannin & oxide class taught by took over the summer with

Transitioning between different ways of thinking/experiencing the world.

Come walk through all the gates and portals of the Indigo Matrix- 20 artists: 3 countries: 1 pigment.

Show closes Sunday 10/2

Photos from Astoria Visual Arts (AVA)'s post 09/29/2022

Another great evening sharing space with . AVA is here to support the arts in our region - for all of us!


Coastal Oregon Artist Residency Exhibit, October 8 - 16 at the Anita Building, 1312 Commerical Street, featuring Astorians Kate Speranza and Bill Atwood.

Both artists have been working since June to glean items from the never-ending supply of refuse brought to the Astoria Transfer Station. Out of the thousands of pounds of trash and discarded items the two collected, some will find a new purpose: to become art!

“Getting selected for this residency was so exciting," says Speranza, "because it allowed me to be more experimental and playful with my process. It was shocking to see what kinds of things get tossed that could easily have had a second life."

Atwood had a similar experience, “It’s overwhelming at first, how much great stuff gets discarded. I spent the first two months just collecting as much as I could. It became addicting. The people I’ve met were so welcoming. I’ve really appreciated this opportunity.”

This event is free and open to the general public. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend!

This is the fifth round of the Coastal Oregon Artist Residency (COAR), which was developed collaboratively by Recology Western Oregon (RWO) and Astoria Visual Arts. COAR is designed to support the creation of art from recycled, repurposed and discarded materials to encourage conservation and to promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment.


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The Cannon Beach Arts Association offers an Individual Artist Grant for original work each year. The grant amount is $2,000 for 2022 - 2023 and may be awarded in part or in total to those who qualify.*

The Artist Grant is intended to promote the work of local artists and to provide support necessary to expand their creative process. It is also the intent to encourage a wider art audience and quality art experiences within the community. The artist must provide a return to the community, by means of temporary exhibit, performance, community education, publication, or other means as specified in the proposal.

The Artist Grant is open to visual artists, writers, performers, and musicians showing serious intent and working to produce original material. Artists must reside in Clatsop or Tillamook county.


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There's still time to submit your proposal for 2023 art exhibits! We seek proposals that demonstrate artistic merit, engage viewers, and welcome community members and visitors into our 400 square-foot space.

Our not-for-profit art center gallery features:
• Artists with a connection to the North Oregon coast
• Visiting artists who lead Hoffman workshops, demonstrations or lectures
• A variety of artists: we do not represent artists and do not repeat artists who have shown within the previous two years.

You can find more info and links to apply on our website:

Photos from Astoria Visual Arts (AVA)'s post 09/25/2022

Indigo Matrix: 20 Artists, 3 Countries, 1 Pigment
Curated by Iris Sullivan Daire

Open to view Friday, Saturday, Sunday and by appointment, up through October 2.

Learn a wealth of knowledge about each piece featured in the show .studio

"Gather and Radiate"
hand dyed and handwoven by Hannah Regier of

This powerful piece radiates a beautiful expression of a deep connection to place.

Hannah Regier is a fiber artist whose work showcases the incredible possibilities of natural dyes and fibers. With reverence, sensitivity and curiosity to leam each living material's language, she wishes for the spirit and stories of the land to speak through the work. Hannah grows and forages all her dye materials within a mile of her studio.

Photos from Astoria Visual Arts (AVA)'s post 09/18/2022

Thanks so much Iris Sullivan Daire for sharing your passion for natural indigo with our community and giving such an interesting talk and demonstration yesterday!!


Artist Talk & Discussion
with Iris Sullivan Daire
Saturday, September 17
at 4:00pm at AVA

The Devil’s Dye: Stories of the obsessive and complicated love of humanity for plant-based blues. An obsession which has spurred kidnapping, murder and revolts, while simultaneously fueling economies, and playing pivotal roles in ceremonies for birth, death and marriage.

There is no cost to attend.
You don't want to miss this!



Astoria Visual Arts invites our MEMBERS to participate in a group show at the AVA Gallery, October 8 - November 5.

--> Deliver arwork on Tuesday, October 4 from 10:00 - 11:45am, Wednesday, October 5 from 4:00 - 5:30pm, or by appointment.

Membership provides crucial funding for AVA that is the bedrock for all our programs. Anyone can become a member! See the link in our bio or click the "Join Us" link at

THANKS to AVA member creatives who provide important sustaining financial and artistic contributions and enrich our community!!!

Photos from Astoria Visual Arts (AVA)'s post 09/10/2022

Indigo Matrix: 20 Artists, 3 Countries, 1 Pigment opens today for 2nd Saturday Artwalk!

The captivating and magical hue of homegrown indigo is currently experiencing a passionate resurgence, inspiring artists the world over. Indigo Matrix at Astoria Visual Arts is an interpretive exhibit and installation, the brainchild of Iris Sullivan Daire, a local fiber and installation artist, a natural teacher and a passionate advocate for natural dyes. Twenty artists from three countries are featured who have all made work using this historic and alluring natural dye.

Featured Artists:
Doug Baulos - Irondale, AL; Brittany Boles - Gearhart, OR; Rosa Sung Ji Chang - Baltimore, MD; Catharine Ellis - Waynesville, NC; Kristin Field - Chicago, IL; Berkley Heath - Claremont, NH; Debra Ketchum Jircik - Eagle River, WI; Scott C Johnson - Cannon Beach, OR; Sophena Kwon - Vancouver, BC; Marian Martínez - Basque Country, Spain; Madeline McGarrity - Andover, NJ; Colin Meston - Astoria, OR; Teresa Misagal - Brooklyn, NY; Bernadette Puleo - Dix Hills, NY; Hannah Regier - Athens, VT; Kyla Sjogren - Wheeler, OR; Natalie Stopka - Yonkers, NY; Iris Sullivan Daire - Astoria, OR; Scott Sutton - Taos, NM; Constance Waisanen - Knappa, OR

Videos (show all)

Part 1: Indigo Matrix: 20 Artists, 3 Countries, 1 Pigment curated by Iris Sullivan Daire A walk through the matrix.See t...
Part 1: Indigo Matrix: 20 Artists, 3 Countries, 1 Pigment A walk through the Matrix. See the exhibit through Sunday, Oct...
ART CAMP starts Monday!We still have a few spots left! Drawing with LightJuly 11-14, 9am-12pmKids will make magic with p...
See Leif J Lee's large scale works on fabric at the AVA Gallery through July 3. AVA is open Friday - Sunday and by appoi...
This is the last weekend to catch ‘ntsayka ilii - our place’, a show about the resiliency of the Chinook Indian Nation a...
Reposted from @everydaychinook We’re here at the opening of ‘ntsayka ilii - our place’  A show about the resiliency of t...




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Friday 12pm - 4pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 3am

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