Goodbye to 2020

As we close out 2020, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support during this tough year. We wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year! We are currently closed until January 5th.

We would really appreciate it if you would take a moment to fill out our survey. This helps us focus our advertising efforts and plan future events. We want to hear from all of you! Thanks in advance.

Scratchboard Class with Donna Lee

Donna Lee is offering a scratchboard class on January 16th. She will lead you in creating a piece of scratchboard art based on the photo below. You will need to bring an Exacto knife (or similar). All other supplies will be provided. More information is provided below the photo.

Date: January 16, 2021

Time: 1-4 pm

Cost: $30 per person

Supplies: Exacto knife or similar required. All other supplies will be provided.

Covid related information: Class size is limited to 6 participants. Masks are required. Participants will be able to maintain social distancing. There is hand sanitizer on site.

Call or come down to the gallery to sign up.

Holiday Store

Our Holiday Store is underway. We have some fabulous artists joining us for the holiday season.

Petra from Petrichor Glass Works has beautifully crafted stained glass items. You have to come check them out!

Pam Doan brought in her fantastic paintings and photography, and she has prints of these as well. (You must come see her elk painting. We’ve all been admiring it.)

Annette Reisbeck brought in beautiful felted and knit items. Her most recent addition was a fun knit Santa hat!

Jackie Lewis has some fun and affordable jewelry, as well as sling bags and reusable shopping bags that fold down into a compact size.

Alan Fackrell brought in some beautiful rustic bowls wonderful tables made from live edge wood and repurposed cast iron sewing machine table bases.

Lori Garcy has copper yard stakes and jewelry made from copper or sterling silver.

Patrick Flanagan is back for the holidays with his joyful chainsaw carved sculptures.

Please come down and look at all of the lovingly crafted items we have at the Gifts and Gallery store. As always, we appreciate your patronage and willingness to support our local business and our independent artists. While you’re downtown, please grab a coffee or a bite to eat at one of the downtown restaurants and visit the other great downtown businesses.

Keep Lebanon strong!

Turkey Voting Extended

Wow! This year keeps giving and giving. First we were closed during the lockdown. Then the recent fires filled the valley with smoke, sending our air quality into the “worst in the world” category and forcing us to close for that week. Then the rains came, and boy, did they come! We had some water damage that required cleaning up and drying out. The dehumidifier came out a couple of days ago, and we’re back up and running.

Because we were closed so much last month, we are extending the turkey show to the 24th of October. If you still have a turkey out, bring it back in. We will display it right away. We want to see everyone’s art! Watch this space for award information. This means we’d like turkeys picked up between the 24th and the 31st so we can have plenty of room for the Holiday Store.

As of this month, we are also resuming our regular schedule of Tuesday – Saturday, 11-5. Thanks for your patience and support.

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!