Gallery Without Walls celebration switches venues
If you're a connoisseur of Lake Oswego's famed art scene, you likely have your calendar marked for Saturday's Gallery Without Walls Public Art Celebration.
And don't worry — you don't need to fetch whiteout from your drawer. However, due to concerns about the weather forecast, the Arts Council of Lake Oswego (ACLO) decided earlier this week to change the venue of the event from Sundeleaf Plaza to the Windward.
The celebration will still take place from 3 to 5 p.m., with a drawing rally running from 3 to 4:30, artist talks from 3:45 to 4:15 and the dedication of 11 new sculptures — as well as the People's Choice Award — set for 4:30 p.m.
Free docent tours will also be available starting at 4:45 p.m.
"Lake Oswego's public art program is unique as new pieces are loaned to the City each year," ACLO representative Robin Krakauer said in a press release. "With the combination of both temporary and permanent pieces, around 80 public sculptures make their home in Lake Oswego. As the permanent sculptures become beloved characters and fixtures, the rotating sculptures allow the community to enjoy new artwork, processes, themes, media, styles and outstanding talent each year.
In June, the ACLO announced that New Mexico artist Jamie Burnes won the annual People's Choice Award for his sculpture "Guermo en Inverno." Burnes will officially accept the prize during Saturday's celebration.
Meanwhile, one of the new sculptures that will be introduced Saturday is "Unrestrained Force" by Bend artist Breezy Anderson.
The sculpture, which was recently installed in downtown Lake Oswego and will be displayed through August 2021, is described by ACLO volunteer Melissa Messner as a piece that "perfectly captures (Anderson's) love of metal sculpture and the human form."
Anderson has been a full-time, Oregon-based artist since 2012. She began working with metal after she was given an old MIG welder and several scraps of iron.
"Watching the molten puddle form in each weld was a hypnotic experience for me," Anderson said in a press release. "All the sounds, the sparks, the heat and the smell of metalworking was inspiring."
While Anderson got her start later in life, Andrew Young has been an artist "since he can remember," according to an ACLO press release. The Florida native was in first grade when he completed one of his first projects, a 15-foot mural, and he's had his own creative business in Oregon since 2002.
This year, Young brings his piece "So Close" to the Gallery Without Walls.
"'So close' combines all of the elements which intrigue Young — ocean life, communication, science and global relevance," the press release stated. "With 'So Close,' Young presents the tension between a goal you can see but which is just out of reach, as well as the impetus and encouragement which helps us to reach that goal."
"So Close" was sponsored by Bamboo Sushi , which was only too fitting according to the ACLO, given the restaurant's status as "the world's first certified sustainable sushi restaurant."
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