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Glass artist Teresa Kowalski will replace the broken glass of the face. She chose green glass for the original work, to add a representation of the “earth” element to the metal of the statue and water it faces. Photo by: Bill Posner

Putting a new face on Newport’s ‘Ambassador’

Sam Briseño’s welcoming sculpture is undergoing restoration to repair the toll of time and the elements.

"For arts organizations to thrive, they have to have relevance in the community," says Jason Holland, the new executive director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. "I can tell this organization has been stewarded over the years. That makes it exciting to come into.”

Jason Holland: Rooting arts organizations in community

The new executive director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is excited by his new job and his new home.

The altar in Siletz Bay Park is called “Magenta Horse.” “I received so many letters from people who are grieving their pets,” Crystal Meneses says. Photo by: Crystal Meneses

Last Words: Talking, thinking, and making music about death

Crystal Meneses brings art, words, and music together in an effort to put death back in the community’s hands.

A plinth inside the sanctuary, “Dedicated in loving memory of Lincoln County based fishermen lost at sea since 1900,” serves as a base for photos, candles, and other remembrances of lost sailors. Many of the mementos were damaged in last month’s vandalism. Photo courtesy: Newport Fishermen’s Wives

Fishermen’s sanctuary weathers a different kind of storm

Vandalism has supporters wondering how to maintain public access while protecting the Newport memorial.

Sing a song of Oregon

An effort to remove offensive language from the state song could end up with dual anthems to Oregon.

Ann Vileisis's book, "Abalone, The Remarkable History and Uncertain Future of California’s Iconic Shellfish," has been nominated for an Oregon Book Award

Freewheeling iridescence of the abalone

Port Orford author Ann Vileisis has been nominated for an Oregon Book Award for her book on the shellfish.

Fused glass artist Ann Cavanaugh and glass blower Andy Nichols combine their talents in glass fish.

Like a fish out of fire

Two glass artists in Cannon Beach’s Spring Unveiling Arts Festival collaborate to make finned figures.

The story of a man and his dog

Pacific City author Ben Moon’s memoir, “Denali,” is a finalist for an Oregon Book Award.

Bruce MacGregor photographed Larry on Sept. 20, after his Otis home was destroyed in the Echo Mountain fire, then looted. Photo by: Bruce MacGregor

From ashes of the Echo Mountain fire, art

The Lincoln City Cultural Center gathers photography and items culled from the rubble of last fall's fire near Otis.

Marilyn Karr, here with her border collie Journey, plays two roles in “The Dog Logs”: Savoir Faire, a single-minded greyhound, and Maddie, a golden retriever, who finds life, especially boy dogs, strange. Photo courtesy: Riverbend Players

Riverbend Players goes to the dogs

After a quiet year, the Nehalem theater company is back with a play in which all the characters are canine.

In pre-COVID days, Ketzel Levine (far right) leads a discussion in the Wonder Garden. She says the garden has become the No. 1 gathering place in Manzanita for people who wanted to get together in masks. Photo courtesy: Ketzel Levine

Pulling back the curtain on Manzanita’s Wonder Garden

The Hoff Online program celebrates Manzanita Day with a talk by Ketzel Levine.

Yachats Celtic Fest plans for fall

The music fest, which lost its 20th season last year to the pandemic, plans to start again in '21 – if restrictions are eased in time.

Yuritzi Cuellar-Pacheco (left) and Gage Koceja, both Taft High School seniors

Seeing the self through the gray rectangle of Zoom

Lincoln City students blend art with technology to create self-portraits during a year of virtual learning.

Maureen R. Michelson: publishing as an act of resistance

The winner of the Soapstone Bread and Roses Award brings out a fresh look at the history of women’s suffrage.

Niki Price of the Lincoln City Cultural Center

Hitting the coastal arts trail

Niki Price plans to create a series of itineraries for people who like to hike and "tour art and see beautiful things.”

Among the things Lisa Mayfield’s boyfriend left her after his death were masks he carved from stone. The story she will read in the Cannon Beach Library’s Writers Read Celebration explores the gifts she gained from that difficult relationship. Photo Courtesy: Lisa Mayfield

Pandemic prose and poetry

The Cannon Beach Library hosts a virtual reading Saturday of pieces inspired by life during COVID.

Violinist Alistair Kok will host Newport Symphony Orchestra musicians in his home for a virtual Valentine's Day concert.

String trio offers a virtual valentine

Newport Symphony brings a concert to your living room, and the Coaster Theatre gets Shakespearean.

After an initial reluctance to paint Astoria’s iconic bridge and tankers, Paul Polson says he has embraced them with his own style, such as this oil, “Astoria River Walk.”

Paul Polson: ‘I like to feel every place l go, I learn from it’

The Astoria artist has gone from designing giant inflatables to painting the city's landmarks.

Among the work Ashley Andersen lost in the fire was her acrylic painting “Cotton Candy Moon.”

Grants help coastal artists rebuild after Echo Mountain fire

Eleven artists will benefit from nearly $14,000 awarded by the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

“Salmon Roses and Lilies” by Katia Kyte (oil, 12 by 12 inches)

Flower power

Coastal painters Katia Kyte and Victoria Biedron agree that flowers “exist to give you joy.”