We are ready to launch our Artist in Residency Program! It is designed to be collaborative and community focused, where an artist will share their art and talents with the public. Whether through art classes with kids, or an open house for the general public, sharing of information and ideas is a priority.
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.
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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