Plein Air Lake Oswego
Between May 29th and June 4th, watch artists in action from sun-up to sun-down throughout the City of Lake Oswego as fifty-five participating artists bring their easels out of the studio and into the outdoors. Painting locations include (but are not limited to) Luscher Farm, Foothills Park, Roehr Park, George Rogers Park, Millennium Plaza Park, Sundeleaf Plaza and Lakeview Village.
The paint out event is sponsored by Devine Color and Rodda Paint.
Announcing the 2015 People's Choice Winner
Ben Dye's kinetic sculpture Mutatio was the top vote-getter this year and will be purchased for the City. Our congratulations to Ben!
The Arts Council of Lake Oswego is a 501c3 non-profit. Funds for this purchase are made available through the Transient Room Tax.
For more information or for a walking tour brochure of the complete Galley Without Walls exhibit, click here or call us at 503-675-3738 for a mailed copy.
Volunteer Opportunity and Upcoming Training
Do you enjoy the unique sculptures that grace the streets of Lake Oswego? Would you like to learn more about them and share that knowledge with others? Do you enjoy speaking to groups of people, both young and old? If so, we invite you to become a Docent, and lead sculpture tours through Lake Oswego. It’s fun and you don’t have to be an expert to do it!
No art experience is necessary. All you need is a passion for helping others realize the quality, diversity, and depth of the art on our streets. Docents lead community groups as well as people from all over the world on the tours. Students from the Lake Oswego School District also tour the sculptures each year through a partnership with Art Literacy.
The sculpture tours have become one of Lake Oswego’s known attractions. As a Docent, you will help to broaden awareness of the arts and help people “see” so much more in the artwork. The tours contribute to the vibrancy of our downtown core and community.
Attend one of our training sessions in order to participate in leading tours. For more information, contact Sheri Richards, Outreach & Education Coordinator, at 503-534.5709, or email her at email@example.com. For an application click here.
Current Show: Mothers & Makers
First Friday opening reception: Friday, May 1, 5 – 7 PM
Exhibition run: May 1 – 22
Above image: Three Women by Rosalyn Kliot
Tuesdays – Fridays 11 AM – 4 PM and by appointment.
Contact Lori Goldstein, Program Manager: 503.675.2531, email
Consider a Tax Deductible Gift
We bring the gift of art to the community all year long. Please consider making a tax-deductible, contribution to the Arts Council.
Make a donation to the Arts Council and make a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust and you can claim your entire contribution to the Trust as a tax credit! Click here for more details.
Your gift ensures programs like the Gallery Without Walls and the 510 Museum & ARTspace will continue to add color, vitality and inspiration to our cityscape.
We depend on you generous support! Thank you!
Please use the button below to donate via Paypal, or mail your donation to Arts Council of Lake Oswego, PO Box 369, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.
2014 Winner of Plein Air: A Chronicle of Lake Oswego
Artist, Jennifer Deihl
Foodies, shown above
Book a Gallery Without Walls Tour
To schedule a docent-led tour for your group, contact 503.675.3738.
Announcing the Peoples' Choice Winner!
We are very happy to announce that Guardian of the Lake, by Brian Mock, is the 2014 Peoples' Choice winner and will stay in Lake Oswego. Our congratulations to Brian and our thanks to the many, many people who voted. Your participation is appreciated!
Angkor I is Staying!
We are thrilled to announce, that with the help of more than forty generous art patrons, we have successfully raised the $55,000 necessary to acquire Angkor I, by legendary Oregon artist, Lee Kelly. Now residents and visitors, alike, will have access to this magnificent work of art for generations to come. The 14’ tall, 1,000 pound stainless-steel sculpture will remain a prominent feature in Millennium Plaza, acting as a “gateway” to the Lake. We are honored to add this spectacular sculpture to Lake Oswego’s nationally recognized public art collection.
Board Member, Bonnie Schlieman, first approached the artist and the Elizabeth Leach Gallery to see if they’d be willing to loan the work for public display. Since that time, it has been the hope of the Arts Council to make the work a permanent centerpiece of the city’s collection. In May, the Arts Council received a prestigious Art Acquisition Grant from the Ford Family Foundation in the amount of $10,000. The Arts Council has hosted several fundraising receptions and has been working hard since last May to generate the remaining amount. Significant contributions from Drs. Robert Bastian & Barbara Wagner, and Richard & Janet Geary helped push the fundraising campaign to a successful conclusion.
With deep gratitude, we wish to acknowledge the following foundations, families and individuals for their support:
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Drs. Robert & Barbara Wagner, Robert & Bonnie Schlieman, Richard & Janet Geary, Bank of Oswego—Dan Heine, Richard Benoit & Margaret Snow Benoit, Corinna Campbell-Sack, John & Chris Brien, Dr. Ted & Marilyn Depew, Ted & Bonnie Halton, Paul & Teri Graham, Vicci Lee Martinazzi, John & Judie Hammerstad, Larry & Marilyn Reiling, Jack & Agnes Hoffman, Thomas & Anne-Marie Simpson, Donna Larson, Richard S. Testut & Marilyn Rudin, Lance & Kristi Lechner, Dr. John & Nancy Tongue, Georgia Leupold Marshall, Tom & Chris Utterback, Anthony Melaragno & Katherine Immerman, Andrew Apter & Mary Bosch, Jon & Pat Vessely, Anonymous, Roger & Mary Beth Burpee, Michelle DeCourcy, Max & Elizabeth Greenwood, Dr. Richard & Liane Cabot, Matthys & Darice Heyns, David & Debbie Craig , Bob & Lonna Liddell, Five Spice Restaurant, Malcolm & Linda Mathes, Ken & Susan Hornung, Marilyn Nycum, Sara Ogle Lea, Rick Okamura, Kevin & Katharine Mead, Chuck & Sarah Pollak, Dr. Alan & Shari Newman, Curtis Schade & Jacquie Siewert-Schade, Dermot O’Leary & Theresa Andreas-O’Leary, Kirk W. Smith, Lois Schnitzer, Carol Winston, Dr. Mark Wagner, Stephen Young & Kathy Kremer.
Elephant Spotted Along Boones Ferry Road
If you’ve seen a baby elephant in Lake Grove these days, don’t worry, it hasn’t wandered away from the zoo–-it’s August Trunk, the 2011 People’s Choice award-winning sculpture by Alisa Formway Roe. August Trunk was recently relocated there by the Arts Council to enhance and beautify Boones Ferry Road. The “mammoth” sculpture was unveiled on December 13, 2012 to a large crowd of enthusiastic onlookers. A big thanks to business owner Joe Buck, who generously provided the sculpture with landscaping and flood lights. August Trunk is located near 15964 Boones Ferry Road, in front of Babica Hen Cafe.
Enjoy Lake Oswego's Art
Follow Your Art! throughout downtown Lake Oswego. In partnership with the City of Lake Oswego, we are pleased to welcome you to our rotating Gallery Without Walls exhibition. Accessible to community members and visitors alike, the new sculptures celebrate creativity and innovation.
Over sixty rotating and permanent sculptures are included in the Gallery Without Walls. The rotating sculptures are on-loan from artists of national and international acclaim for a two-year period, and are for sale. A volunteer committee works for a year to select the artwork, balancing the exhibition to include a wide variety of concepts, forms and materials. Many of our local businesses sponsor the sculptures for the two year period. Click here to download a brochure.
Our iPhone and Smartphone App
Volunteer Brian Strull, with assistance from Joy Strull, developed our smartphone app featuring the Gallery Without Walls sculpture. Backed by 25 years of experience in the computer software industry, Brian worked for several months on the program that utilizes the latest technology. Bonnie Schlieman and Pat Vessely wrote the copy for each sculpture on the tour. The iPhone app is free and can be found in the Apple App store by searching for 'LO Art Tour.' The smartphone app is also free and can be found here. (artscouncillo.org/tour)
The app showcases different tours, including Abstracts, People and Animals. The app allows anyone with a smartphone (excluding Blackberries at this time) to find the nearest sculpture, read the sculpture description, link to the artist’s website, and link to the sponsor’s website.
Totem II Unveiling
On October 11, 2012, Totem II was unveiled at the Jean Road Fire Station on Bryant Road in Lake Oswego. All ages were on hand to welcome the sculpture to the neighborhood. Artist Travis Pond created the sculpture using scrap metals, including items collected by local school children. Funds for Totem II were raised locally. If you would like to contribute to the sculpture fund, please use the Paypal link below. All donations are tax deductible. Donations of $100 and more are honored with named plaques at the base of the sculpture.
Support the Arts Council
Become a member today with your contribution of $50 or more. Your membership ensures that public art and visual art are available to community members and visitors of all ages! Click here for details about member benefits and access to a printable membership form. Or use our secure link to make a contribution online.
The Arts Council of Lake Oswego is looking for volunteers to be on the Public Art Committee. Click here for a pdf of the job description.
The Public Art Committee of the Arts Council of Lake Oswego is responsible for the maintenance, placement and cataloging of the permanent art collection of the City of Lake Oswego. Members are appointed by a selection committee comprised of the Lake Oswego City Council and the Arts Council. Members of the committee are artists, docents, art historians and citizens who are interested in the art collection of Lake Oswego. Call our office at 503.675.3738 to obtain an application or click here for a printable application.
Bringing the Arts and Community Together
The Arts Council of Lake Oswego is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and was formed to ensure a continuation of support for the arts in Lake Oswego. We promote education and appreciation for all of the arts by maintaining the City of Lake Oswego's art collection through exhibits, tours, lectures and performance arts.