Gifts and Gallery

Did you know that the Linn County Arts Guild was formed 11 years ago as a means of connecting Linn County artists and giving us a forum to share and promote our art? We began by holding a holiday store every year at a vacant building in downtown Lebanon. Then five years ago we rented the space we now occupy on the corner of Main and Ash in downtown Lebanon.

We love our corner location. We have big picture windows for displaying our art. We feel like we are a part of the downtown community as we watch people walk around. We even have a prime view of the many cars that turn right to go the wrong way down Ash!

But we have a lot of people, many of them longtime Lebanon residents, who tell us they didn’t know we were here.

We are here, and we have a lot to offer.

We are a gift store and gallery, so when you enter, you will not find only beautiful wall art, though there’s plenty of that, but smaller gift items in every price range. We have practical items, like microwave bowl covers, goat milk soap, scarves, blankets, bags, and aprons. We have small art items under $10 like mini canvases, magnets, and coasters. We have yard art and many indoor pieces created with outdoor materials, perfect for the Hygge folks. We have pens and pendants, pepper mills and bowls. We have inexpensive bead bracelets and high value natural stone necklaces. We have laser-cut notebooks for lefties and righties and we also have beautiful hand-decorated eggs. And cards! We have a wonderful selection of cards!

So you see, there’s a lot more than wall art at the Gifts and Gallery store.

But why don’t you come see for yourself?

Turkey Decorating Show and Contest

Blank turkey form provided by Michael Howland

Through a generous grant from the Linn County Cultural Coalition, the Linn County Arts Guild store, Gifts and Gallery, is sponsoring a turkey decorating event for the summer. Michael Howland, our artist who makes the popular laser-cut journals, has cut out some 5″ and 9″ turkey forms and stands. We would like you to decorate them and bring them back in all their artistic glory to the gallery where we will display them through the month of September. At the end of the show, you will be able to pick up your turkey. The cost of the turkey is covered by our grant, but we always appreciate donations.

Turkeys are available now. You can get yours at the Gifts and Gallery Store, 605 Main Street. You can choose a 5″ or 9″ laser cut wood turkey to decorate however you choose. (Family friendly, please.) Get your creative juices flowing! Turkeys will be displayed in the Gifts and Gallery Store and possibly other downtown businesses. The final day to turn in your completed turkey is Saturday, August 15th.

Divisions: For the competition, there will be 4 age divisions: Preschool, Elementary, Middle/High School, and Adult. When you fill out a registration form you will indicate the division.

Decorating: Your turkey may be decorated on both sides. You can embellish and make it more 3-D. You can create your own base, but please make it no wider than the turkey itself. We will give you the blank slate. The rest is up to you. We look forward to seeing your creativity! There will be an opportunity for people to get some limited additional supplies at the store if needed.

Voting: While the turkeys are on display, we would like to encourage the community to come in and support the turkey artists by viewing and voting for a favorite. We will have two awards for each division. Guild members will vote for Best in Show. We will also have a People’s Choice Award, so bring your friends and family down to vote! Winners will get a first place ribbon.

If this looks like something you would like to do, please drop by the gallery and pick up your turkey. We are open Thursday-Saturday, 11-5. (Please remember your mask.)

See you at the gallery!

Call to Artists

Linn County Arts Guild Gifts and Gallery is currently looking for Linn County artists who would like to display and sell their art. We have a great location at 605 Main Street in downtown Lebanon, Oregon. We have been here for the past 4 1/2 years, and prior to that operated an annual holiday store.

If you are an artist who has been curious about displaying and selling but hasn’t quite overcome that initial hurdle, come talk to us. This is a really great place to start. If you are an artist who has been involved in the art shows and you’re finding yourself with a lot of inventory and no place to take it, come talk to us. We have wall space and shelf space. If the idea of a gallery is intimidating, come talk to us. We’re just regular people with a drive toward creating quality art, and we love it when people love our stuff. The shyness wears off pretty quickly and hearing someone comment on your work is a great confidence builder.

How does it work? First of all, we would like to see what you do. We try to stay away from art that competes with something that’s already established at the gallery, but there is some room for overlap. Your work will be seen and discussed by a very kind and supportive jury committee. If you are accepted, you will need to decide on prices for your items that take into account the time involved in making them and the costs involved in being a part of a gallery. We will show you how to tag your items and create an inventory sheet. The next step is to a spot that’s ideal for your display, and, with our help, you will come and set up your area. You will be responsible for changing out your items and keeping your area tidy. In addition to your display area, sample items from each artist are displayed in the window facing Main Street.

If this sounds like something you would like to do, please call or come down to the gallery and talk to one of our artists.

We’re Back!

We are pleased to announce that Linn County Arts Guild Gifts and Gallery store is up and running again. We have reduced our days to Thursday through Saturday, but we will keep our regular hours of 11-5.

We have some new art and we always have plenty of cards, great for keeping in touch with those socially distant friends and family.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Gifts and Gallery Reopening

Our artists recently met to discuss reopening plans. We have decided that we will reopen on June 4th, and we will only be open Thursday through Saturday for the time being. We will continue to operate from 11-5 on those days. We hope to expand our hours as things improve.

We ask that you wear masks and observe social distancing.

Thank you for your support.

COVID-19 Update

As you may have heard recently in the news, some residents of our local veteran’s home have tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the likelihood of community spread we have decided to close temporarily while the community assesses the situation. We still hope to have our anniversary event in April and our small art show and sale in June, so watch this space for updates. In the meantime, we hope you are using this down time to create some fantastic art. We look forward to seeing it!

As always, thank you for your support. Please continue to support local businesses. If there is something you need from our store or one of our artists, please reach out to us and we will do our best to help you.

Looking Ahead

Linn County Arts Guild will be celebrating our 11th year as a group and our 5th year as a gallery location this year. We are a dynamic group, constantly in flux. Many artists have come and gone over those years. We look forward to being a part of our community for years to come. Please take a moment to fill out a small survey and let us know what you think. We appreciate your feedback.

Thanks from your friends at the Linn County Arts Guild.

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