February Exhibits Around Town

View displays related to the 13th annual Lake Oswego Reads program for the entire month of February. 

Still Life Challenge
Date posted: 

See that pile of books, those dishes? That cat on the couch, those buildings out your window? Draw 'em! Paint 'em!

Read More about Still Life Challenge
LO City Hall

Books and Artifacts -
City Hall - Display Case near back entrance

The City Hall display case will feature books and various artifacts related and representing themes from The Book of Unknown Americans.
380 A Avenue

Day of the Dead Quilts -
Library Stairwell Gallery

View incredible and intricate quilts featuring imagery related to Dia de Los Muertos.

Dia de Los Muertos became a significant day in AnnMarie Cowley’s life with the birth of her daughter, Sarah Cowley, on that day. The sometimes annual tradition of creating a celebratory birthday quilt for her is how this collection got going. Each year tapping into the world of fabric to find meaningful selections for the birthday girl as she grew into an adult. The tradition continues. See more of her work on Instagram at runandsew or www.Runandsewquilts.wordpress.com
706 4th Street

Words Unbound Literary Quilts -
Library 1st Floor Entryway Atrium

In the Library lobby, see nine incredible word quilts created by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. These quilts are certain to make you marvel at the intersection of literature and fiber arts. View the entire collection and read about each piece in the exhibit catalog.
706 4th Street


Diego Rivera by Forest Hills Elementary -
Children's Library Gallery

Last November, Forest Hills Elementary students studied the paintings of Mexican artist Diego Rivera (1886-1957).  Rivera was well known for his murals, which depict various aspects of Mexican culture including indigenous traditions, contemporary political issues, and economic activities.  Just as Cristina Henriquez, in The Book of Unknown Americans, uses the Christmas party scene to comment about the range of cultures in Latin America, Rivera used the mural format to depict the diversity of ordinary lives within Mexico.  To complement the lesson, students created still life drawings of calla lilies, which symbolized beauty and purity for Rivera.  He used them in his paintings to emphasize both the dignity and struggle of Mexican agricultural workers.
706 4th Street

Leslie Cheney Parr piece

Lake Oswego Reads Local Artist Exhibition -
Lakewood Center for the Arts lobby and gallery

Twenty artists created their interpretations after reading The Book of Unknown Americans. They will be working in a variety of techniques and media including mixed media, collage, watercolor, pastel, glass, fiber, scratchboard, printmaking, acrylic, oil, and paper.
368 S. State Street

Quaicoe art

HERE Now: Art Inspired by the Immigrant Experience -

On View – February 15 through April 5, 2019

This art engages the deeper meanings of transcultural migration to the United States. It is an exciting opportunity for a diverse and accessible conversation on US immigration through the artistic lens of those who have immigrated, and now call the US home. The exhibition is curated by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego from community-sourced submissions bringing together personal narratives from a wide range of backgrounds. Art is a powerful vehicle for understanding and community building, and this will be an engaging space to learn more about our friends and neighbors.
510 1st St.