The Arts Council of Lake Oswego is preparing to install a new collection of sculptures as part of the Gallery Without Walls, a local public art program.
It's time to bid farewell to 15 of the on-loan sculptures and say hello to 15 new pieces that will grace the streets of Lake Oswego. Each of the new sculptures has been chosen by a special selection committee made up of community organizers, artists, architects and Arts Council members. During the review process, the committee considers submissions by artists from all over the country. Each piece is judged by how it fits into the Public Art Master Plan as well as quality, materials, suitability as public art and subject matter.
Gallery Without Walls was introduced in 2001, and the program has evolved over the years to include 30 on-loan works and more than 70 sculptures total. These works, which include the City's permanent collection, are displayed throughout the city by artists of local, regional and international acclaim. The 2017 reveal of the 15 new sculptures will take place at Unveil Your Art! a public celebration at Millennium Plaza Park, beginning at 11 a.m. Aug. 13.
These sculptures not only will be on view for two years but will have an opportunity to be placed in the City's permanent collection through the People's Choice Awards, where one piece is selected each year by votes from residents and those who work in Lake Oswego.
"The sculptures featured in the 2017-19 Gallery Without Walls exhibition represent a diversity of media and subject matter," said Kelsey Ferreira, Public Art and Program Manager. "From the history of Oregon's rivers and dams, referenced in Gabe Babcock's 'Celilo,' to events in the Middle East shaping the current international landscape in John D. Zylstra's 'A Light in the East: FREEDOM,' artists have found inspiration everywhere and from everything. Materials range from iridized glass and steel on Dale Reiger's 'Observation Tower' to the stained cedar wood that makes up Hilary Pfifer's whimsical 'Pouffe.' We are honored to have these artists participate and are excited to involve the community in welcoming these sculptures to Lake Oswego for two years."
All sculptures in the Gallery Without Walls are available for purchase and sponsorship.
"The Lake Oswego community and local businesses have the opportunity to acquire these stunning sculptures before they disappear," said Arts Council Executive Director Nicole Nathan. "There are a number of ways to make these sculptures part of your life, legacy, and neighborhood. Sculptures make lovely additions to a personal collection —one such Arts Council volunteer purchased "Honey + ? 2.4"— currently located at the corner of 2nd and A—to become part of her home. The vibrant and kinetic piece, "Sunflower," by Patricia Vader and located at Sundeleaf Plaza, was a generous gift to the City from the O'Neill family and is now part of the permanent art collection. Owning a piece of the artistic legacy of Lake Oswego is not out of reach — from neighborhood associations to individuals, and businesses to families — everyone can find a piece that works for them."
Nathan says currently nine of the 15 new sculptures need sponsors. Individuals and businesses are invited to become a supporter at $2,000. This two-year sponsorship includes having the name of a business or an individual listed as a sponsor on the bronze plaque placed at the sculpture base; recognition in all marketing and press release materials, an invitation to the VIP Unveil Your Art! celebration; smartphone app link to your website and a listing on the Arts Council website.
For more information, call Arts Council Executive Director Nicole Nathan at 503-534-5707.
Those wishing to acquire a sculpture for their own collection should contact either Ferreira or Nathan. Payment plans can be arranged.
Nathan reminds citizens to keep an out eye this summer for the removal of outgoing sculptures and the installation of new pieces.
To learn more about the Arts Council, visit artscouncillo.org or call 503-675-3738.
— The Review, Tidings