Arts Tour

Download a Yachats Walking Guide and a Yachats Illustrated Map and take a self-guided arts tour, indoors or out.

ART INDOORS

  • Browse Yachats art galleries, which collectively feature hundreds of local and regional artists. A number of Yachats gift shops, as well as restaurants, also offer works for sale by local artisans and authors.

ART OUTDOORS

  • Yachats Street Banners feature original paintings by local artists. The banners are displayed along our ‘Main Street’ (Highway 101) all summer long and auctioned each fall to support selected local arts projects and the production of new banners for the following summer. This project is sponsored by Polly Plumb Productions and is coordinated by local artist Michael Guerriero. Lighter-weight copies of previous years’ banners are available for purchase at the Yachats Chamber, and books that illustrate the banners are available at local galleries.
  • The Amanda Statue is a stone statue carved by local artist Sy Meadow. From the trailhead at the south end of town, find the Amanda Statue 1.2 miles up the Amanda Trail, which has a marker with Amanda’s story.
  • Bazelgette the Whale is a sculpture of earth and metal by local artist Jim Adler and is its own park – Whale Tail Park, at Hwy 101 & Prospect. Wait for it – the whale spouts once a minute during the summer months.
  • Nature-themed murals add personality to these business exteriors downtown: Luna Sea Fish House, Turtle Island Gifts, and Green Salmon Coffee Company, all on the corner of Hwy 101 & 2nd St. Just a block and a half further north, you may view another mural through the large front windows of Yachats Brewing.
  • A lovely Sea Lion carved in Western Cedar by local artist Brian McEneny sits outside the Little Log Church Museum on the corner of 3rd & Pontiac, one block west of Hwy 101.
  • The “Oregon is Magic” coast mural – commissioned by Travel Oregon for its statewide Mural Trail – may be viewed on the east side of Hwy 101 between 3rd and 4th streets.
  • Portia the Sea Lion, a fiberglass sea lion colorfully painted by local artist Ruth Bass, brightens the west corner of Hwy 101 & 4th St. This sea lion is part of Dancing with Sea Lions, a public art project of 20 painted fiberglass sea lions to commemorate the Florence Events Center’s 20th anniversary. The sea lions are displayed in Florence, Reedsport, Yachats, and Waldport.
  • The Creation Story Totem was carved by artist Conrad Sandoval, a Native American wood sculptor from Loon Lake, Washington. He created this pole depicting the Creation in seventeen hours during a chainsaw carving competition in Ocean City, Washington (2001). This piece won First Place and People’s Choice awards. A dedication ceremony was held in 2011 when it was installed here on loan from Ron Hoines and the Rogue River Indian History Lodge. It has since been donated to the City of Yachats. Find it on the west side of Hwy 101 between 4th and 5th streets in front of the Yachats Commons.
  • Two happy and colorful, youthful murals may be found on the west side of the Yachats Commons. One graces the entryway of the Yachats Youth and Family Activities Program (YYFAP) and was painted by local artist Qahira Lynn. Another spans the wall behind the small Skate Park and was painted by community volunteers led by local artist Michael Guerriero. The artwork in this mural is based upon artwork created by children in the youth program.
  • Large mosaic planters sit on the corner of Hwy 101 & W 5th St. These are part of a 3-community volunteer project that included Yachats, Waldport, and Seal Rock, supported by the Ford Family Foundation. The community production of the mosaics was coordinated by artist and Touchstone Gallery owner, Jacquee Christnot. All three communities publicly display the project’s large mosaic planters.
  • Abstract sculptures by local artist and Earthworks Gallery owner, Steve Dennis, stand outside Earthworks Gallery, 2222 Hwy 101, at the north edge of town.

OUTDOOR MARKET

  • The Yachats Farmers Market, held on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm, from mid-May to mid-October, includes vendors of local crafts. The market sets up on 4th Street between Hwy 101 and Pontiac. This section of 4th Street is open to foot traffic only on market days.
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