Coming up – Li’l Art Show

Calling all artists! Get your paintbrushes out, dust off your cameras, fire up the wood-burning tool or soldering iron. Linn County Arts Guild is having an art show. This is a community event, and we’d love to see your creations. We are timing this to coincide with our 6th anniversary as a store, happening in April. Intake for art will be April 6-17. Art will be on display from April 20-May 29th. All art mush have a finished size of 8×10 or smaller. More details to follow.

Love is in the Air

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!

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.

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.

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.