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We are getting ready for our first annual HOLIDAY ARTS FESTIVAL! December 2 & 3! Please join us!

The Oregon Coast School of Art (OCSA) is a non-profit started by Emily Free Wilson and Matt Wilson.  The mission of OCSA is to inspire through creativity and support the arts through teaching programs and a multi-media residency program. OCSA will promote education in the arts and provide space for artists to make art and live on the Oregon Coast. OCSA will support the arts through various teaching programs, bringing artists and art enthusiasts of all mediums together to learn, create, and collaborate.

December 2, 4:00 - 8:00pm & December 3, 10:00-5:00pm


Founded in 2020 by Emily Free Wilson and Matt Wilson. With roots from Helena, Montana, this dynamic couple brought their vision of an inclusive creative place to the Oregon Coast.


Classes are now available! Explore the current list and join us for some creativity! Make sure to sign up for emails as more classes and workshops are made available!


Residencies will vary in length from 2 weeks to 3 months to 1-2 years. Remodeling of apartment/ studios is taking time and are not yet available at this time.

Oregon Coast School of Art offers art and community in tiny Gardiner


On a hike along the Oregon Coast, Emily Free Wilson and her husband, Matt Wilson, looked up a hillside scattered with houses and saw the old Gardiner middle school. The school, built in the 1950s north of Reedsport, was abandoned, spacious, and perfect – for its location and its rows of windows looking out over the Umpqua River. Artists would love it, they thought. Matt first noticed the building. Emily first noticed the sign out front: FOR SALE.

“I’d been trying to figure out a way to get my family moved over here for four years,” said Emily, 43, who grew up in Roseburg and whose father had retired to Winchester Bay. The 45,000-square-foot building was the key that unlocked her plan. “It was like our future was all laid out.”

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