Everyone's an Artist on the Northern Oregon Coast

By Hannah Lee Leidy | Monday, March 11, 2019

A large and talented community of artists make their home on the Oregon Coast. Maybe they’re drawn to these town’s relaxed vibes or love the inspiration that the breathtaking natural environment offers. Or it could be that the annual art events and gatherings going on throughout the Coast make them stay. As such it’s no surprise that businesses and organizations on the North Coast offer numerous events that encourage you to get in touch with your muse (which is a regular practice for some of us and entirely new territory for others). No matter your level of artistic ability, these Northern Oregon Coast events are a delightful way to cultivate your creative side.

Any week that starts with coffee and conversation is bound to be a good one, so can you just imagine the fun that arises when it includes crafts too? Imagine no more – find out for yourself at the weekly Coffee, Crafts and Conversation gathering at the Bob Chisholm Community Center. This free event is offered by the Sunset Empire Park and Rec District every Monday morning at 10 a.m. It’s a wonderful opportunity for friends, artists and anyone needing their daily cup of joe to come together, share and create.

On Tuesday you can take your creativity to the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Join them for their Writer’s Lounge. Whether you’re in the throes of your novel or looking for the motivation to get started, this mini-workshop series invites you to learn a new writing lesson or technique, and then gives you quiet time in which you can apply it. There may even be time at the end to share your work with your fellow writers. This event is offered on Tuesdays, from January through March, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The drop-in price is $5 or you can opt for a pass to all the classes for $20.

Keep the creativity going on Wednesday with the Sit and Stitch. This community-oriented art gathering invites all textile artists to bring their knitting, crocheting, spinning or needlework to the Homespun Quilts and Yarn shop in Astoria on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’re welcome to come and work, show off your latest creation or simply hang out and get inspired. Bring your own materials or you can purchase fabrics, yarns and other supplies at the shop.

Between sitting and drinking coffee, sitting and writing and sitting and stitching, you’re going to be ready for some movement. Join Jessamyn Grace at the Astoria Arts and Movement Center to discover the art of belly dancing. She’ll lead you through the belly dancing basics, teaching you techniques, safe posture, core strengthening, rhythms and drills in addition to practicing turns, traveling steps, shimmies, undulations and more. Coin belts, zills, music and veils are provided, so all you need are comfortable clothes and a ready attitude. This class meets Wednesdays, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., and welcomes all ages and skill levels. There is a $10 drop-in fee.

These don’t begin to cover all the ways that you can develop your artistry this week. For more information on tap dancing classes, tipsy painting workshops, quilt making and more, check out our Daytime Events, Nightlife and Community Events pages.