Visual Arts & Galleries

Albany is home to several places where visitors can experience the work of mid-valley artists. Sculpture, painting, photography, and wood-carving and more are among the styles of artwork on display in Albany.

Gallery Calapooia: A local artists' collective formed and staffed by mid-valley artists, the Gallery Calapooia displays a rotating gallery of artwork for viewing and purchase. Gallery Calapooia is located downtown in the historic Flinn Block and is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday.

Historic Carousel and Carving Studio: One of the most exciting community art projects in the nation is occuring in downtown Albany. The Historic Carousel and Carving Studio is an all-volunteer, community-funded effort to create an old-fashioned carousel for Albany. Wood-carvers using old-school techniques are hand-carving a menagerie of 52 animals, and artists are hand-painting the creations. The carousel project is free and open to the public six days a week, Monday-Saturday.

Brownsville Art Center: This community art gallery and studio is located in the historic town of Brownsville. The Art Center holds workshops and classes as well as showcasing local artists' work.

Albany Art Commission: The Albany Art Commission organizes a monthly rotating art display in the public art gallery at Albany City Hall, as well as juried art shows throughout the year.

Public Sculpture: Visitors to Albany will spot several displays of public sculpture around the city. At the corner of First & Lyon in downtown Albany is a sculpture garden of abstract art symbolizing Oregon geology. Outside the historic Carnegie Library on 3rd & Ferry in downtown Albany is a metal sculpture designed to appeal to children. Known as "Zeki," the lively sculpture features images of a dinosaur, giant blocks, and books. Outside the Main Library on 14th Ave S.E. is an eye-catching marble sculpture featuring a young girl reading, known as "Young Lady With The Book That Has No End."