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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.

Raven by Deb Neely, Arts Council of Lake Oswego

The 2015 Holiday Gallery is Open!


The 2015 Holiday Gallery at the 510 Museum & ARTspace at 510 First Street, Lake Oswego, Oregon is open with 30 artists for 30 days. It will be closing on December 23 at 6:00pm.

Seven Northwest artists will join the cooperative effort this holiday season. Mediums include painting, glass, ceramics, fiber and weaving, furniture, stone and metal sculpture, photography, jewelry, paper & poetry, collage, hand-bound books, printmaking, and wood turning.
The 2015 Holiday is working with two charities. The 510 Museum & ARTspace is a collection site for the KGW Toy Drive, and there is a special event Sunday December 13th that will support the West Women & Children’s Shelter. This is a domestic violence shelter that provides safe harbor for Portland area women and their children. Bring a small gift for shelter women and/or shop at the 2015 Holiday Gallery with 20% of the cost of each purchase going to the shelter.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm & Sundays noon-4 pm. Evening receptions and demonstrations will occur each Friday 5-7 pm. The Arts Council is hosting a reception for the public on December 4th, from 5-7 pm. More information. (Shown above: Raven by Deb Neely)

The Community Treasure Hunt: This fun program begins December 1st and continues through December 23rd. Similar to last year’s Find A Star activity, 60 numbered porcelain doves will be placed throughout Lake Oswego to be found and brought to the gallery for a one-time 10% customer reward. Clues will appear on social media through the Arts Council, City of Lake Oswego & the Lake Oswego Review. For information about Finding a Dove, contact janrimerman@gmail.com


Giving Tuesday #OregoniansGive

As an alternative to Black Friday, support your favorite non-profits through the #OregoniansGive program, Giving Tuesday. Click this link to fill out the online form.


Want to double your contribution to Oregon Culture for free? Consider donating to the Cultural Trust. Learn more by clicking here.

ArtMart: Rotate Your Art!

January 8 – 29, 2016

The Art Exchange is back with a new name!

Between Monday, January 4 and Friday, January 8, we will accept donated artwork, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, mixed media works, frames, etc., all in good condition, please. On Friday, January 8, the Arts Council will host a Second Friday opening reception between 5 pm and 7 pm, to kick off the month-long event. The public is invited to attend for a first-hand look and a chance to take something home. This event will take place at the Arts Council’s 510 Museum & ARTspace located at 510 1st St in Lake Oswego.


Art Throb, Arts Council of Lake Oswego

Art Throb

February 13, 2016

Marylhurst University, Hawthorn Room

Planning for ART THROB 2016 has begun! We are seeking volunteers in all areas for this important fundraiser: steering committee, procurement, decorations, food/wine, guest check-in, data entry, set-up and clean-up. Come join the fun!


We are also seeking donations at this time. Do you have something that you or your business can contribute? A week at your vacation home, gift certificates, dinner on the lake, Blazer tickets, Duck/Beaver tickets, theatre tickets, art, spa services, airline points and other items are all fantastic! Please contact Nancy Nye via email or call 503.675.3738. Proceeds benefit outreach and education for the Arts.


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!




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.






Book a Gallery Without Walls Tour

To schedule a docent-led tour for your group, contact 503.675.3738.





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.





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.