LBCC NSH Gallery Features Albany Painters

Waverly Lake by Molly Perry
Members of the Albany Painting Enthusiasts will be exhibiting work in the LBCC North Santiam Hall Galleries, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, from March 11 to April 19.

“Around Albany, Now and Then,” features over 40 paintings by 11 local artists that focus on the historic and contemporary features of Albany, as well as the surrounding landscape.

A public opening reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 15, in the North Santiam Hall second-floor atrium.

The Albany Painting Enthusiasts started out in 2006 as a loose confederation of plein aire painters who gathered monthly to paint at local gardens, nearby farms and nurseries, and various city landmarks. It has since grown into a group of about 15 that has recently taken on the goal of promoting and facilitating art events in Albany.

Since 2010 the Enthusiasts have organized two “All Albany Artists” juried exhibits at the LaSells Center’s Giustina Gallery on the Oregon State University Campus, and has been involved in the installation of a new artwork hanging system at the Albany City Hall.

The LBCC exhibit marks the first time since 2009 that the group has mounted an all-members show. Participating artists are Cheryl French, Katy Grant Hanson, Shirley Hilts, Gwenn Marchese, Billy Moore, Michael Moore, Molly Perry, Sharon Poppleton, Rob Robinson, Diane Widler-Wenzel and Irene Van Dusen.

The NSH Galleries are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.


  1. I just received a call from the event coordinator at The Villas assisted living facility. She was hoping to bring several folks from her facility to see this display.

    However, when I explained the best routes on campus to take from the parking lots (north and south), she was completely discouraged from bringing a group because of the challenges these folks, who are in wheel chairs would, just getting to the second floor in N. Santiam Hall.

    This really saddened me, as these are folks from Albany who would have loved to seen the displays from these points of view.

    North Santiam Hall is a beautiful building; however, it is not easily accessible for people with mobility challenges, as all the elevators are all in completely different buildings. This is a serious flaw.

    Perhaps when an event is publicized, and when invitations are mailed out, the displays could be viewed from the gallery in SSH-first floor or the Library instead.


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