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Gary and Signe Lawrence are the proud owners of the distinguished Lawrence Gallery, the oldest art gallery in the state of Oregon. The gallery represents the Northwest’s finest artists and features special exhibits by classic masters, such as Salvador Dali, Picasso, Chagall, and more.
The longstanding reputation of the gallery has made “Gary Lawrence” a household word in visual art circles. Through his vision as an artist and entrepreneur, the enduring richness of original art has been brought to more than 50,000 homes and businesses.
The story of the gallery begins in the late 1960s when Lawrence began creating sculptures in metal and bronze. He was the first of twenty-five artists to begin selling work from a home studio in rural Sheridan, Oregon. The success of the studio sales prompted him to open a serious art gallery – not a gift shop.
In 1977, Lawrence Gallery was founded in a century old building located on a stretch of Highway 18, halfway between McMinnville and Sheridan. The building was once a house of ill repute, a country store, and later in the mid 1920s, a community center for the small community of Bellevue. Its presence continues to charm today, with its original fir floors, high ceilings and views of the surrounding fields and vineyards of beautiful Yamhill County.
For almost 40 years, the Lawrence family has made this rural setting in wine country both the epicenter and the Everest of the west coast art scene. Art and Antiques Worldwide Media, LLC, one of the foremost art magazines in the United States, selected Lawrence Gallery as one of only seven best places for building an art collection, and the only gallery chosen on the west coast (most of the others are in New York).
Visitors continually find their way to the gallery while exploring the heart of Oregon’s wine country and traveling along the busiest two lane highway from Portland to the coast. Throughout the year, the gallery offers an outstanding venue to host special events, wedding receptions, and fundraisers as well as monthly and special exhibitions.
Just to be at the gallery is a pleasant experience, where artists and patrons can meet and mix and draw on the Lawrences’ expertise in the acquisition of fine art. Sculptures and water features surround the outside of the building. An outdoor sculpture garden is featured on adjoining property as well as Gary’s recently expanded Northwest Japanese style art studio. He loves to give a tour through the meandering paths and bamboo gardens — a perfect setting for his masterful bronze and metalwork fabrications.
When you visit the gallery you may be greeted by 2 of the most enchanting dogs you could imagine. Salvador Doodle and Molly have a following of their own!
WHERE: 19700 SW Hwy 18 – McMinnville