COAR Program 2019 Artists

Recology Western Oregon (RWO)Astoria Visual Arts (AVA) are excited to announce the selection of artists for the fourth annual Coastal Oregon Artist Residency (COAR) Program.

The two selected artists are Drea Frost of Cannon Beach, Oregon and Jeremy Furnish of Clatskanie, Oregon, who were selected from an exceptional field of applicants by a jury of artists, art patrons, and environmental professionals. 

Cannon Beach resident Drea Rose Frost is an artist whose conceptual work revolves around the ocean landscape, passing time, repeat patterns in nature, and our human relationship to the planet. During her COAR residency, Frost plans to develop a new series of acrylic paintings involving carved detailing, wax and forgotten rubbish objects. To accompany these paintings, she will be working with the notion of the human impact as it relates to our effect on the environment by creating a series of sculptural assemblages in the form of birds and animals from paper, wax, metal, dyed fabric and various man-made objects. She also plans to create a series of oil paint Gyotoku prints on rice paper using handmade armatures and found objects.

Examples of Drea’s work can be seen on her website:

Jeremy Furnish, born and raised in Portland, is a multi-medium visual artist and designer currently living and working in the Columbia River Estuary of Northwest Oregon. Jeremy began his creative stride as a child, “coloring outside of the lines and finger-painting the dog.” Like Frost, Furnish plans to use the residency to create a body of work with a goal of making a connection between the collection of refuse and the viewer. He also hopes to encourage discussion and create awareness of how our current state of consumerism is affecting the planet. With RWO as a resource, he says, this can be achieved with nearly 100% recycled materials. “Throughout my days, I keep a watchful eye for the next adventure and opportunity to create something from what others have refused,” Furnish wrote in his essay. “I continue to investigate origins, study process, perfect technique, and keep in my mind that a new body of found object works is just one adventure away.”

Examples of Jeremy’s work can be seen on his website:

The residency program begins on June 3, 2019 with a final exhibition scheduled for October 12, 2019 during Astoria’s monthly Second Saturday Art Walk.

By supporting artists who work with recycled materials, RWO and AVA hope to encourage people to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment.

For more information about the COAR program, visit and