Artists selected for 2019 COAR
Two regional artists have been selected to participate in the fourth annual Coastal Oregon Artist Residency (COAR), which was developed collaboratively by Recology Western Oregon (RWO), an employee-owned company that manages resource recovery facilities on the North Coast, and AVA. The residency program supports the creation of art from recycled, repurposed and discarded materials.
The two artists are Drea Frost of Cannon Beach and Jeremy Furnish of Clatskanie, who were, according to Recology’s COAR liaison and Selection Committee chair Rhonda Green, “selected from an exceptional field of applicants” by a jury of artists, art patrons, and environmental professionals.
“We had eleven excellent applicants this year,” said Green. “The seven semi-finalists we interviewed were so impressive, their artistic vision so compelling and their work so imaginative that the decision-making literally kept me up at night. I couldn't decide on whom to vote for and couldn't sleep as a result. But, finally, the Committee reached a decision and I couldn’t be happier.”
“All the applicant artists were truly fabulous,” agreed Lisa Smith, President of the AVA Board and COAR Selection Committee member. “The fact that we could choose only two artists out of that spectacular field of candidates just about broke my heart.”
RWO and AVA aim to support the creation of art from recycled, repurposed and discarded materials recovered from the Recology Astoria Recycling Depot and Transfer Station.
By supporting artists who work with recycled materials, RWO and AVA hope to encourage the public to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment. The two four-month residencies will commence on Saturday, June 1, 2019 and end on Monday, September 30, 2019.
During their residencies, artists have weekday scavenging privileges at the Astoria Transfer Station and access to a studio space at RWO’s Warrenton office. RWO encourages artists to spend roughly 20 hours per week on their art projects.
The Coastal Oregon Artists Residency is open to local, career-level artists who are working in any style or medium and are living in Clatsop, Columbia, or Tillamook counties in Oregon, and in Pacific or Wahkiakum counties in Washington. Applications are not accepted from artists who reside a driving distance of more than one hour from the RWO Astoria Transfer Station. Previous COAR participants are not eligible to apply.
Recology is an employee-owned company that provides integrated services to more than 889,000 residential customers and 112,000 commercial customers in California, Oregon, and Washington. The Recology mission represents a fundamental shift from traditional waste management to resource recovery. The vision at Recology is to create a world without waste by developing and discovering sustainable resource recovery practices that can be implemented globally.