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:
Ford Family Foundation / Oregon Arts Commission; Elizabeth Leach Gallery; Artist, Lee Kelly; Drs. Robert Bastian & Barbara Wagner; Robert & Bonnie Schlieman; Richard & Janet Geary; Lance & Kristin Lechner; John & Judie Hammerstad; Dan Heine and the Bank of Oswego; Paul & Teri Graham; Jack & Agnes Hoffman; Katherine Immerman & Tony Melaragno; Donna Larson; Mrs. Georgia Marshall; Jon & Pat Vessely; Corinna Campbell- Sack; Richard Benoit & Margaret Snow Benoit; Mr. & Mrs. Gene Wizer; Rich & Liane Cabot; The Meyer Memorial Trust; Sara Ogle Lea; Roger & Mary Beth Burpee; Kevin & Katharine Mead; Dr. Alan & Shari Newman; Lois Schnitzer; Dr. Mark Wagner; Chris Brien; Bonnie & Ted Halton; David & Debbie Craig; Vicci Martinazzi; Larry & Marilyn Reiling; Anne-Marie Simpson; Ted & Marilyn Depew; Ken & Susan Hornung; Chris Utterback; Richard S. Testut, Jr. & Marilyn L. Rudin; Marilyn Nycum; Curtis Schade & Jacquie Siewert-Schade; Kathy Kremer; Max & Elizabeth Greenwood and Mary Bosch.
A commemorative celebration is being planned in December, 2013.
Holiday Gallery at Museum & ARTspace!
Give the gift of art! We're showcasing a diverse selection of small works of art sure to delight the people on your list.
November 20 – December 21, 2013 at the Museum & ARTspace
510 1st Street, Lake Oswego, Oregon
The Gallery is open Wednesdays – Saturdays, 11:00 – 6:00
Jan Rimmerman, Curator
See our Calendar for more information and a list of the artists participating in the Holiday Gallery.
A Chronicle of Influence: Then & Now Winners!
Best in Show was awarded to Brenda Boylan for her West on Canyon, shown here. Here are the other winners of this year's Chronicle exhibition.
2013 People's Choice Winner Announced
We are pleased to announce the winner of this year's People's Choice Award. It is Cloud Totem by Riis Burwell. The artist is shown at right with his sculpture.
Thank you to everyone who voted, and congratulations to Shirley Peak, who won a one-year membership to the Arts Council and lunch for two at Nicoletta's Table.
We've received many comments with the votes. Here are a few:
Thank you for remembering that art is part of daily life.
I appreciate all the work involved in making this program happen. It makes our city more beautiful and enhances our quality of life. Thank you.
I love all the sculptures around that make Lake Oswego special. Artspace and all the artist demos are very interesting.
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.