Part gallery, part venue, the Waldport Events and Art Gallery features 30 regional artists and a rentable room in a former chapel building to meet the needs of Lincoln County residents looking for event space and a place where travelers can find a piece of the Oregon coast to take home.
Owner Sarah Bratsch, who is originally from Toledo, started the gallery at 485 NW Cedar St. earlier this year, hoping to bring an all-weather event space to Waldport, as well as a new location for local artists to show off their work.
“The idea is that not only will I hold events myself, but it will be available for other to people to rent out if they want to have an anniversary or birthday party, especially during winter months like now, when you can’t go outside as much,” Bratsch said.
It’s not just about a rentable room, however, with half of the building serving as a browsable art gallery with artwork from 30 local artists on display and for sale. Paintings, mosaics, furniture and more are on display at the gallery, which is currently open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.
So far, Bratsch said she’s had a good reception from Waldport residents, though she believes her timing in opening may have been a bit premature after opening this earlier this fall.
“This is something the people of Waldport strongly desired,” Bratsch said. “But I feel like maybe my timing was a bit off by opening in the off season. It is exciting that in the next few months there will be multiple other galleries and ceramic studios opening up though. The people of Waldport strongly want it to be a desired art location, and with all these others businesses opening up, I think it’s going to be a very strong possibility.”
Bratsch said her rates to rent the space are negotiable, though $50 an hour is her usual starting point. Smaller events, like rehearsals, can generally be scheduled at a lower rate depending on the amount of people who attend.
Bratsch also organizes her own events at the venue, with the latest being a vendor fair scheduled for this weekend. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, 20 vendors will be set up in the chapel room with a variety of goods, including food, art and more.
The event will feature live music, and Bratsch hopes to have the appropriate on-site alcohol permits approved by then as well. Several tables will be set up at appropriate COVID-safe distances, and there will be a painted rock hunt in and around building throughout the event.