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Eighteen sculptures join Gallery Without Walls

by: Submitted photo, At Sunday’s Gallery Without Walls celebration Robert Hess cuts the ribbon off his “Drummer with Rooster” sculpture.

About 200 people set out from Millennium Plaza Park Sunday to view the newest installations in the city of Lake Oswego's 'Gallery Without Walls.'

The award-winning gallery is an outdoor sculpture collection comprised of permanent and rotating sculptures located around Lake Oswego.

The two walking tour groups were part of an annual reception and unveiling held to celebrate the newest additions to the gallery and learn from their creators.

With the addition of the 18 new rotating sculptures that were unveiled at Sunday's reception, the city has 55 sculptures this year. They will be in place through June 2009.

The greatest concentration of the sculptures can be found on A Avenue, where there are about a dozen between First and Fifth streets.

Highlights include: 'Born of Fire,' a horse sculpture by Tim Tanner that is made of found objects, such as metal scraps and horseshoes; and 'Bearly About,' a kid-friendly sculpture of a mama bear and her cubs located in front of the Lake Oswego Public Library. Additionally, 'Trillium' by Matt Cartwright in George Rogers Park features petals that function as seats.

Several of the works' sculptors were on hand at the reception to introduce their piece and answer questions about it.

Also at the event, Mayor Judie Hammerstad accepted an honorable mention 'City Livability Award' from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The city was honored in part because of its gallery.

The gallery's permanent works are owned by the city of Lake Oswego and will always be on display. The rotating collection is on-loan from each sculptor for two years and is available for purchase from the artists through the Lake Oswego Foundation of the Arts.

Once a year, the foundation sponsors a 'People's Choice Award' to select a sculpture that will be purchased by the city. Maria Wickwire's 'Anillos,' located near Lake View Village, was selected for 2007. Next spring, voting will begin for the next 'People's Choice' winner.

The gallery is highlighted every year through tours held in conjunction with the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.

Interested persons can pick up a free 'Gallery Without Walls' self-guided brochure at Lake Oswego City Hall, the library, the adult community center, the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and Oswego Lake Gallery.

To book a docent-led group tour of the gallery, contact Susan Bitzer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-675-3738.

'We like to take people around and present the sculptures,' Bitzer said. 'It's a nice way to spend a day with a sculpture tour and lunch.'