Does anyone know where Jamie Burnes can find some good locust wood?
That's what the Santa Fe artist used to craft "Guermo en Inverno," his stunning sculpture of a 3-year-old bull that joined Lake Oswego's Gallery Without Walls on Sunday. Burnes says he loves working with locust because it's hard and strong and resists rot, but it has become particularly hard to find in recent years.
"I've got my pickup here and the bed's empty," he joked during walking tours of the public art gallery, part of an "Unveil Your Art!" celebration that added 15 new pieces to the city's downtown core.
Art lovers of all ages attended the event, which started with food, music and related activities in Millennium Plaza Park before heading out for a series of docent-led tours. Many of the sculpture artists were on hand to talk about their work and the process that led them to Lake Oswego.
The sculptures represent a wide variety of media and subject matter. Gabe Babcock's "Celilo" references Oregon's rivers and dams, while John Zylstra's "A Light in the East: FREEDOM" speaks to events in the Middle East. Ed Humphrey's "Adam Let's Go for a Bite" is a writhing tower of individually crafted snakes around a core of red apples.
The Gallery Without Walls is a rotating exhibit. As always, the latest round of sculptures will be on loan to the Arts Council of Lake Oswego for two years, although each piece is for sale. Prices for the new additions range from $6,000 for Stashu Smaka's "The Big Maybe" to $19,500 for Burnes' bull. Like he said, good locust wood is hard to find.
For a walking map or more information about the Gallery Without Walls, go to http://www.artscouncillo.org or call the Arts Council at 503—675-3738.
— Story by Gary M. Stein; photos by Gary M. Stein and Vern Uyetake