ACLO's family-friendly event will include kids art station, docent-led tours.

COURTESY PHOTO: MARIO GALLUCCI PHOTOGRAPHY - 2021 Peoples Choice winner Terresa White speaks in front of her piece, Dependent Arising: Owl & Lemming, during one of the docent tours.For the next two years, 12 new sculptures will adorn the streets of Lake Oswego — and community members are invited to celebrate.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Arts Council of Lake Oswego will host its annual celebration of the Gallery Without Walls exhibit, an outdoor sculpture display with 80 permanent and loaned works of art. The council will feature a dozen new art pieces from North America this year. The celebration is open to the public and will run from 3-5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

This will be the first time since 2019 that the council will hold a full event in person, according to Robin Krakauer, development and communications director of the art council. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event took place virtually in 2020, and last year the council piggybacked off of the opening celebration for the new City Hall.

"We're back at it and doing the large celebration again this year. We are hoping that a lot of people come by and see the new sculptures and meet the new artists that have put beautiful pieces throughout the city of Lake Oswego," Krakauer said.

During the event, there will be something for everyone. The family-friendly celebration will have food, art and opportunities to mingle with other community members and artists. Children and their families can also showcase their creativity at a fully-stocked craft station. COURTESY PHOTO: MARIO GALLUCCI PHOTOGRAPHY - Artist Marjan Anvari participates in a drawing rally during the 2019 Gallery Without Walls celebration.

Selected artists will create art on the spot while the celebration is going on. Community members can then pay $35 to be entered into a drawing to take home one of the pieces.

"It's a really fun idea that gets people involved. The artists love it too, because it gives them a great opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a crowd," Krakauer said.

Attendees can also participate in docent-led tours of the new sculptures. A guide will take patrons around the city with featured artists tagging along. The artist will share background on their specific piece, and community members can ask them questions about their process.

Krakauer said the council is grateful for its partnerships with the city of Lake Oswego. With the city's support, the annual People's Choice Award will take place this year. This year, the council will honor Rick True for his piece "Big Bright Brookie."

Although many cities across the United States have a similar exhibit, Krakauer said Lake Oswego is unique because it incorporates a rotating program that keeps the display "fresh" and interesting to view.

"This is also something that provides accessible art for anyone because it's open 24/7 and free to the public," she said. "There's some really great pieces coming in this year that we're excited to celebrate. Obviously every year we are excited — but this year the quality of work is unbelievable."

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