- Dennis McNabb
The Lawrence Gallery: Inspired
“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” — Salvador Dali
Art is one of our most culturally relevant pursuits, and one of our sincerest forms of expression. It enhances our lives and provides depth and richness to what might otherwise be a colorless existence. The artist’s work is crucial to this equation, as are those who appreciate and purchase the work, as well as the gallerists and curators who provide and display it for us all to enjoy.
With that in mind, we are pleased to welcome the Lawrence Gallery to Lake Oswego! While this location just opened in November 2021, the Lawrence family has long represented local artists in their McMinnville area location, and in their galleries formerly located in Portland and at Salishan on the Oregon Coast. Gary and Carole Lawrence started the art gallery in 1977. In 2018, their son Bradley and his wife Heidi purchased the business and accepted the passing of the torch. Relocating to Lake Oswego was first on their list of priorities.
Bradley also purchased the original gallery location outside of McMinnville, which is temporarily closed for redevelopment, but is planned to reopen later this year as an art/wine/food destination. In the meantime, the Lawrences are focused on ensuring that this beautiful new Lake Oswego locale adds to the selection of artwork and the quality of life in our local community.
I had the pleasure of meeting both Brad and Heidi, and you won’t find two more earnest, genuine, and passionate people. Their sincere desire to help Northwest artists make a living from their art was inspiring. They represent 65-75 high quality local artists, many of them regionally, nationally, and even internationally known, and many of whom the gallery has represented since the early 80s. It is their dedication to these artists, to their clientele who view and purchase the pieces, and to the Northwest art industry as a whole, which has earned the Lawrence family such an excellent reputation.
Their goal is to present brilliant appealing artwork with a positive message. They prefer to represent artists who focus on the beauty and the good that exists in our world, of which there is an abundance! And their artists work in a wide array of media types. The gallery currently shows paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor, sculptures in cast bronze, welded bronze, stainless steel, hammered copper, carved wood and stone, and both hand blown and fused glass, as well as fine art jewelry. They also have a fantastic selection of original and authenticated Salvador Dali etchings, framed and unframed, with each one hand colored, from the Christine Argillet Collection!
The artworks in Lawrence Gallery are primarily one-of-a-kind originals produced by inspired artists who seek to inspire others. In full transparency, prices are posted with every piece, and everything is always current on the gallery website. Clients are encouraged to ask questions and explore the collection in order to better determine what is right for them, and how they may choose to enrich their lives with original art. The gallery also offers 0% financing for 10 months on any purchases of $1,000 or higher.
Bradley and Heidi are incredibly grateful to the entire community, including their clients, the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, and the Chamber of Commerce for their warm welcome, and they look forward to being a good long term partner and participant in the Lake Oswego art scene. In April, they are excited to begin hosting “2nd Saturday” events featuring artist demonstrations, wine and prepackaged nibbles, right after the Lake Oswego Farmer’s Market at 2:00 PM on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Come enjoy the festivities and be inspired!
The Lawrence Gallery, your local “Joy Brokers!” Located at 540 N. State Street in Lake Oswego. Check them out online at lawrencegallery.com or on Instagram at @LawrenceGallery.