Creators: Art Experiences of Live Culture Coast

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The arts are integral to exploring our relationship to a place: They take us out of the everyday to see and experience an environment in new ways. That’s exactly why the arts are integral to Live Culture Coast.

To find Live Culture Coast’s many art stops, we encourage you to preorder a souvenir Live Culture Coast Map to the Experiences. This fold-out map is an art piece itself; it’s only $5—and all proceeds got to supporting Live Culture Coast.

Here are 8 other ways you can celebrate the arts during your Live Culture Coast trip.

1. Place-Based Publishing + Poetry

What meaning can we find in a few lines of rhymes? Can a short poem bring both delight and thoughtful provocation?  This year, Live Culture Coast launched “Place-Based Publishing.” Three jury-selected poems will be painted on road signs, Burma Shave–style, one line per sign, at locations along the Southern Oregon Coast.

2. Site-Specific Art Installations

Visit the two Live Culture Coast temporary large-scale art installations at the Langlois Cheese Factory and the Port of Gold Beach. Both art pieces will explore the intersection of place and people—and give people a new way to experience the surrounding environment.

The Culture Stand, by Dredge Design.

The Culture Stand, by Dredge Design.

3. The Culture Stand

Created by Southern Oregon Coast independent furniture maker Dredge Design, our traveling Culture Stand will be moving north to south along the Live Culture Coast route, stopping at a different place each day. This info booth on wheels is a one-stop shop for printed maps, festival information, local goodies, and last-minute event registration. Find out where the Culture Stand will be each day here.

4. Cliff Notes

Estuary, biodiversity, bay. What’s the meaning of language and landscape? Cliff Notes bridge ecological learning and real Southern Oregon Coast landscapes, inviting us to think about nature and our place within it. Cliff Notes are purposeful shorthand, allowing the viewer to gaze and think—or simply learn as a passerby.

5. Arts in Coos Bay
(Live Culture Coast Dates: Sat–Tues, October 19–22)

The largest town on the Oregon Coast, Coos Bay also has a strong commitment to arts and culture including an art walk map and storm drain art tour. During Live Culture Coast, join a free movie night at the Egyptian Theatre, which looks much as it did 100 years ago—velvet drapes, hieroglyphics, and golden pharaohs included.

Your Local Hosts— Egyptian Theatre

6. Arts in Bandon
(Live Culture Coast Dates: Sat–Mon, October 19–21)

Public art in Bandon

Public art in Bandon

Bandon’s active community of makers is very much hands-on—during Live Culture Coast, artists invite you to their studios to make art yourself in mediums that go well beyond the 2-D. This year, local artists and makers are offering workshops in fused glass and glass mosaics, materials from nature and monoprints, felt with natural fibers and succulent design. You can also sink your hands and feet into earthen plaster as you learn about cob building.

Your Local Hosts—Sage Place & Bandon Discovery Center, The Wool Company, Art By the Sea Gallery and Studio, Bandon—It's a Shore Thing and Succulents 2, SustainableU


7. Arts in Port Orford
(Live Culture Coast Dates: Wed–Sun, October 23–27)

The westernmost town in the United States, Port Orford embraces its identity as a working fishing port and its thriving arts community. During Live Culture Coast, our friends at Port Orford Arts Council are hosting the arts show “Splendors of Place” as well as a nature-based book reading with two coast authors

Your Local Hosts— Port Orford Arts Council

8. Arts in Brookings
(Live Culture Coast Dates: Fri–Sun, October 25–27)

Artist Spencer Reynolds is deeply influenced by the ocean’s ever-changing environment—and during Live Culture Coast, he’s inviting you into his gallery, Semi Aquatic, to learn how to make serigraph prints using one of his own designs. which is yours to keep.

Your Local Host— Semi Aquatic Gallery