Astoria Visual Arts (AVA) was formed in 1989 as a non-profit membership organization to enhance and promote the arts in Greater Astoria.
Over the years AVA has contributed to the arts and culture economy of Astoria in a number of ways:
- Established the AVA Gallery from 2001-2010, presenting artwork by new and emerging artists as well as established artists that create work outside the mainstream, such as fiber arts, experimental and conceptual art, along with music, spoken word, multimedia and performance arts events.
- Refurbished the historic Fort Astoria park, "the most significant piece of ground in Astoria" (Mayor Willis Van Dusen), including landscaping, replacement of the picket fence with hand-carved staves and the commission of a new mural by local artist Roger McKay.
- Launched the Dark Arts Celebration in 2004, now a full-on festival of arts and hand-crafted stouts at the Fort George Brewery.
- Commissioned the Sculpture Walk Project for a feasibility study for a juried selection of an interpretive and site-responsive installation along Astoria's Riverwalk.
- Launched the first annual StitchFest, a knit and crochet festival, in October 2014. (Find it on Facebook too.)
- Hosted the 2013 Open Studio Tour, a summer festival of visual art.
AVA's Fiber Arts Academy is now in its fifth year of operation, is engaged in contemporary and historic projects, and has an associated Retail Market.
AVA recently affiliated with the Ziak Foundation for OBON 2015, a Japanese-American art history project dedicated to the documenting, exhibiting and return of personal artifacts and personal memorabilia taken as battlefield souvenirs during World War II.
AVA is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization. Your contribution may be tax deductible.