February is right around the corner, and love is in the air down at Linn County Arts Guild Gifts and Gallery. Mia just brought in some festive, decorative eggs. Summer has one of a kind watercolor Valentine’s cards. Colleen is showing her love of hearts with bark and metal, with a little wire wrapping on the side. And if it’s jewelry you’re after, we’ve got that, too! These heart shaped pieces are by Gina Darby. Come check out our lovely offerings today!
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
After a nice rest and a bit of rearrangement of the store, we are back up and running. Some artists were only here for the holidays. Look for them again come November. We said goodbye to our longtime friends Nemo Laine Art. They have promised to come back for classes and Meet the Artist events, so watch this space if you are a fan of their art. We also said goodbye to Kathy Jones and her beautiful stained glass and jewelry art, but not before buying up some of her pieces for personal enjoyment. We wish both of these artists well in their new endeavors.
What does this mean for the gallery? Well, for one, we have space. If you are an artist who has been wondering about showcasing your art in a public forum, come see us. We have a jury committee, but don’t be intimidated by that. We consider ourselves an approachable gallery and our store is a great place for you to get your start. Having a jury committee ensures that we don’t duplicate art that’s already in the store and that pieces are finished and ready for the buyer to hang or use immediately upon purchase. We are discussing some short term display options as well, so watch this space if that’s of interest to you.
Are you an artist who loves to teach? We have space for you. We have tables and chairs, a small classroom setting (or the ability to set up in the main gallery), and miscellaneous other items you might need to hold a small class. Inquire at the gallery if this might be something you are interested in.
Above all else, we want our community to know how much we appreciate your support. Whether it’s just a brief stop to appreciate our art, joining us for one of our fun art classes, a suggestion to a friend to stop in, a vote for a window display, or a decision to purchase one of our handmade items (which really warms our heart), we are so glad to have you as a part of our experience. Here’s to you!
See you at the gallery!
Hey art aficionados, Christmas shoppers, and downtown supporters! It’s time for First Friday! Tonight we will be participating in the Lebanon Downtown Association sponsored Wassail Walk, so be sure to stop by. The store should smell delicious! We are also busting at the seams with one of a kind art, so be sure to save some time for shopping.
As part of the Wassail Walk, there will be a chili cook-off and a pie contest at the MVMB building. Contact the downtown association for more details.
We hope to see you tonight!
*As a side note, voting for window decorations is happening through tonight, so make sure you vote! There are a lot of pretty windows downtown. We are a participant AND a voting station.
As always, thanks for supporting downtown and Lebanon’s small businesses.