Lawrence Gallery - About


Lawrence Gallery

We are fortunate to represent so many talented Northwest artists who constantly amaze us with the beauty, depth and dimension of their work.

And we are deeply appreciative of our loyal clients, many of whom have become personal friends.

Lawrence Gallery is the oldest continuously operating art gallery in the state of Oregon. The gallery represents the Northwest's finest artists and also features selected pieces 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 around Oregon and around the world.

The story of the gallery begins in the late 1960s when Lawrence began creating sculptures in steel, copper and bronze. He was the first of twenty-five artists to begin selling work from a home studio in rthe Coast Range Mountains above Willamina, Oregon. The success of those studio sales prompted him to open a serious art gallery.

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, a grange hall, and later in the mid 1920s, a community center for the small town of Bellevue. The old building continues to charm today, with its original fir floors held in place by square head nails, high ceilings and views of the surrounding fields and vineyards of beautiful Yamhill County.

For over 40 years, the Lawrence family has made this rural setting in wine country a prime example 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 in the US for building an art collection, and the only gallery chosen on the West Coast.

Visitors find their way to the gallery while exploring the heart of Oregon's wine country, and traveling from Portland to the Oregon Coast. Throughout the year, the gallery offers an outstanding venue to host special events, wedding receptions, and fundraisers as well as monthly and other special exhibitions.

Just to be at the gallery is a pleasing experience, where artists and patrons 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 the property, as well as Gary's recently Northwest-Asian style art studio. He loves to give a tour through the meandering paths and bamboo gardens -- a perfect setting for his masterful bronze, steel and stainless steel fabricated sculptures.

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!

Gary and Signe Lawrence, the proud owners of the Lawrence Gallery, have now passed the business to their son Bradley and his wife Heidi Lawrence.

Bradley and Heidi are planning upgrades and they intend to continue to focus on the living Northwest artists that made the gallery the enduring success it is today.


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