The unique setting on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston has been a source of inspiration to artists and performers from all over the world, so we weren’t surprised when we saw that the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) highlighted public art on the Oregon Coast by creating a Public Art Trail map. Visitors can easily access this map to take a self-guided tour along all or part of the coast to learn about public art pieces along the way.
“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.”
Locals and visitors to our region already know that Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston has an impressive network of museums, galleries and public art, but there are many other works of art and treasures awaiting discovery. When you access the OCVA Public Art Trail map, you will have fun locating and learning more about the many artists and the variety of public art located all over the area — both hidden and in plain view.
See if you can locate all the murals, sculptures, statues and the dozens of other works embedded throughout the Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston area!
Here are other adventures in art we encourage you to check out next time you visit.
Coos Art Museum — Founded by local artists in 1966, Coos Art Museum is the third-oldest art museum in Oregon and the only one on its coast. Housed in a 1936 art deco building, it features seven galleries with up to 24 changing exhibitions annually. The Museum’s Permanent Collection highlights contemporary fine art printmaking and artworks in all media by Pacific Northwest Artists. Info: Coos Art Museum
Coos History Museum — Oregon’s oldest continuously operated historical society boasts more than 250,000 historic photographs. With ever-changing exhibits, a unique museum shop and a developing bayfront plaza, this community-built facility gives a historical overview of the Coos Bay area and those who helped shape the area. Info: Coos History Museum
Liberty Theatre — Home of the Little Theatre on the Bay – famed for their Little Ole Opry performances. Don’t miss any of the musicals at this charming, renovated 1939 theatre. Info: Liberty Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre — The Egyptian Theatre, built in 1925, is a center for community events. The theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts one of the only remaining operable Wurlitzer Organs in the state. Info: The Egyptian Theatre
For more information for your next visit to the area, visit www.OregonsAdventureCoast.com
Please note that some of these businesses may be closed or have limited hours due to COVID. Call before visiting!