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Lake Oswego Gallery Without Walls Brochure

Click here to download the current Walking Tour brochure.


Lake Oswego Gallery Without Walls I Spy activity

Click here to download a fun I Spy activity sheet for Guardian of the Lake.

Mike Suri, 'Void 2015' at Arts Council of Lake Oswego

Current Exhibition: Pressed into Form

Sculpture by Mike Suri

October 2 – 30

(Shown above: Void 2015 by Mike Suri)


Call for Sculptors

Announcing The 2016-18 Gallery Without Walls Sculpture Exhibit in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Proposal Deadline: November 2, 2015


The Arts Council of Lake Oswego invites sculptors to submit qualifications and proposals for Lake Oswego’s award winning outdoor Gallery Without Walls sculpture exhibit. The works selected for this public art exhibit will be on loan to the city of Lake Oswego for a period of two years and must be available for sale during that time.


Introduced in 2001, Gallery Without Walls has evolved into an exhibit of over 60 sculptures by artists of regional and international acclaim. It includes sculptures from the City’s permanent art collection and loaned works that rotate on a two-year basis.


Artists receive an installation stipend of $850 and agree to a 20% commission to the Arts Council of Lake Oswego if the sculpture sells during the two-year loan period. The Arts Council provides a downloadable phone app (L.O. Art Tour from the App Store or www.artscouncillo.org/tour on your smartphone) and free docent-led tours.


For information on submitting an application, click here. Call Lori Goldstein, Program Manager, at 503.675.2531 or e-mail her with any questions.


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Reven Marie Swanson's Aspens; Arts Council of Lake Oswego

It’s Sculpture Season!

What does that mean, exactly?

Over the last two months you may have noticed some changes happening to our on-loan collection. We were hard at work removing the fifteen sculptures that have come to the end of their 2-year term and installing fourteen beautiful new sculptures to enhance our downtown district. (Shown above: Reven Marie Swanson's Aspens being installed.)


How can you help?

The Arts Council, a 501c3 non-profit, depends on the generous support of donors, members and business sponsors to help fund the Gallery Without Walls. If you appreciate the beauty, vitality and diversity that our nationally recognized public art program provides, then please consider becoming a pARTner! We need your support! Memberships start at just $50 and are tax-deductible. The Gallery Without Walls enhances our quality of life every day. Please show your support today!



Unveil Your Art! Arts Council of Lake Oswego

15th Anniversary! Unveil Your Art!

Mark your calendar for our big Birthday bash! Sunday, August 30th in Millennium Plaza Park at 3:00 p.m. we will unveil our sculptures, meet the artists and celebrate 15 years of Public Art. Join Us!!


Announcing the 2015 People's Choice Winner

Mutatio by Ben Dye, Arts Council of Lake Oswego 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 srichards@ci.oswego.or.us. For an application click here.


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.





Foodies, by Jennifer Diehl, winner of the 2014 Chronicle Best in Show award

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.


Guardian of the Lake, by Brian Mock, 2014 Peoples' Choice winner, Arts Council of Lake OswegoAnnouncing 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!



Lee Kelly's Angkor I in Lake Oswego

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

August Trunk by Alisa Formway Roe, with Arts Council of Lake OswegoIf 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.


Arts Council of Lake Oswego Smartphone appOur 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 installation, Lake Oswego, Oregon

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 membFind us on Facebooker 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.


William Woltjes: Daybreak on the Yangtze

Volunteer Opportunity

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.