Albany is home to exciting creative outlets, where visitors can experience the work of mid-valley artists. Sculpture, painting, fiber arts, photography, wood-carving and community shows and classes all take place within our downtown corridor. You just might find a piece of artwork, jewelry or silk scarf that you can’t live without!
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 & Museum: One of the most exciting community art projects in the nation is in downtown Albany. The carousel’s carving and painting studio is an all-volunteer, community-funded program where wood-carvers and artists use old-school techniques to create a menagerie of 52 animals,. You can watch them in action at the carousel.
Splatter Box: Enter this unique wild and wooly world through the doors of a historic building along Albany’s waterfront for an experience unlike any other in the arts world. The Splatter Box is a place where family members of all ages can get into paint—whether it’s on canvas, walls or yourself! They also offer classes, paint-alongs and parties. Splatter Box is one of the most unique art experiences that you can experience. What are you waiting for? Go check it out!
Brownsville Art Association: 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.
Linn County Arts Guild & Gallery Store: The Linn County Arts Guild was formed as a means of connecting Linn County artists and giving them a forum to share and promote their art. The Gallery Store is located on the corner of Main and Ash in downtown Lebanon.
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 and Lyon is a sculpture garden of abstract art symbolizing Oregon geology with work by Oregon sculptor Raymond Hunter. Outside the historic Carnegie Library on 3rd and Ferry 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.”