We promote art and the appreciation of art in our community.
|The Artists' Studio Association:
Inspiring Art and Artists through affordable materials and classes.
Artists' Studio Association
- Cost: Membership fee is $30 per year.
- Class Fees: $55 for members, $70 non-member. The fee for one-time class visits is $15 per class for non-
members, $10 for members.
- Meetings: Monthly potlucks are held last Tuesday of the month at 6 pm, board meeting follows.
- Classes: Classes are held during the day and in the evening in a variety of media from September through May.
Drop-ins are welcome.
- Workshops: A variety of workshops are offered through out the year.
- Artist Workspace: Open studio time is available for members.
- Scholarships: Membership fees help provide scholarships for deserving students.
- Children: Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
We are a 501(c)(3) corporation:
Cost, Fees, Meetings, Scholarships
The ASA has an annual juried art show each spring. The opening artists' reception is held the
weekend before Memorial Day and hangs for two weeks. The award winners hang in Co-op Gallery and
the remaining participants work, and works not for sale hang in the studio classroom. The public is
welcome and encouraged to attend this fun event. Come vote for your favorite painting, and have a part in
determining our "People's Choice" award winner.
The show features the work of beginning students, intermediate students as well as professional level
participants. The show is open to current members and students of the ASA. The pieces entered in the
juried show may not be classwork which duplicates teacher's work and must be available for purchase.
There is also a call for non-juried work. All work must have been completed within the past year. A
variety of media may be used including: watercolor, acrylic, mosaics, oil, pastel, and mixed media. Works
entered in the juried show must be framed, wired and ready to hang. Non-juried entries may include
matted and unmatted work suitable for our new "clothesline" section.
A south wing was added in 1949 with donated labor and materials. At the time there were
few galleries on the Coast and the Art Center became an attraction for Oregon artists. In
addition, local students displayed their work created in classes taught by Maude and the visiting
artists. In 1964, after an extensive study of the architecture of California galleries, the west
wing and its landmark sweeping roof was added.
Maude passed away in 1970 and Bob Banister, one of the visiting teachers, continued her
work. Eventually in 1974, he rented the gallery from the Art Center, whose name was then
changed to The Artists' Studio Association or ASA. From that time to the present, the west wing
has been rented as a gallery or a gift shop with the rent used to maintain the building and
In 1978 Steve Dennis leased the gallery space, remodeling, adding several windows,
improving the lighting and landscaping. When this was completed he opened the Earthworks
Gallery. The partnership continued until March 2009 when new tenants, The Pacific Artists
Alliance and group of 30 artists, chose to locate in this historic building under the business name
of the Artists Co-Op Gallery.
To this day The Artists' Studio Association continues its mission of offering classes in
several mediums including watercolors, block printing, acrylics, drawing and mosaics. Children's
art classes, free open studios and workshops round out the art opportunities offered to the
public for no fee or reduced costs.
On January 15, 1942, the Lincoln County Art Center
Association was founded by Maude Wanker, a leading
artist of the Northwest who lived in Wecoma Beach. The
Art Center was originally located in a rented building
serving as a classroom and gallery, a branch of the state
library and a community meeting place for garden and
card clubs. A few years later the Art Center Association
The heart and soul of the building remains centered in
the classroom filled with student and instructor art,
dominated by a huge stone fireplace and an impressive
portrait of Maude Wanker.
"Art is a way of life, true living is an art." Maude Wanker
purchased the 1938 building and began the first of several remodels. It occupied the same space
as the current classroom and gallery.
The classroom is ADA accessible