Portland Art Galleries, Museums, Supplies & More

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Welcome to our post about art in Portland. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be thoroughly covered here for you today.

This intro will be short and sweet because we know your time is valuable. The best Portland Art Galleries and Museums with the finest exhibits in the city will start us off.

We will also share a list of the best art stores in your area for when you need to buy some new materials or supplies. And of course the best shows and events can’t be forgotten.

If you get a sunny day enjoy it by going on a local art walking tour or by seeing some of the most unique statues and sculptures near you. Taking group classes or private lessons at one of the nicer art schools in Portland would be wise for those who want to improve their skills.

Renting out an art studio when the time is right could make it more likely that your next project is a success. Dealers, appraisers, and framing services will also get their own sections.

Art in the Pacific Northwest is something we have discussed often on our site.

Best Art Galleries & Museums In Portland

When you want to find the best art galleries and museums in Portland you can check out:

The oldest museum in the Pacific Northwest is the Portland Art Museum which was founded in the 1890’s. Since then they have collected over 50,000 objects and over a thousand of them are available for rent or sale.

Every Friday evening they put on events that might include live music, comedy, other performances, pop-up exhibits and more. Artistic Portland Gallery is a great place to go to see locally made art near you.

All of the 20 plus exhibitions held at the Blue Sky Gallery throughout the year are free to the public, just as their talks and programs are. They have a large collection of original contemporary photography prints from photographers across the Pacific Northwest.

The Upfor Gallery can offer consultations and help with acquisitions. They specialize in private sales, auctions, and appraisals.

The Russo Lee Gallery can help with framing, appraisals, commission projects as well as many other things.

Materials & Supplies Near You

There are quite a few stores to buy art supplies and materials in your area like:

The bi-annual Art+Craft Markets held by Crafty Wonderland are definitely something you should check out. You can try the in-store workshops and classes at Assembly Pdx or hold your next private event there.

There are three locations of Collage Pdx one each in the Alberta District, on Division Street, and in Sellwood. They also have a monthly Instagram contest where you might just win a $50 gift card.

Shows & Events

Our favorite shows and events held throughout the year would be:

Over Labor Day Weekend each year the annual Art in The Pearl is arguably the top Fine Arts & Crafts Festival in Oregon. There will be theater, music, and hands-on art activities for people of all ages in the Pearl District’s Northern Blocks.

Each year in late January and early February the 11 day long Fertile Ground Festival focuses on displaying new creative works by local artists in a variety of mediums. The Portland Saturday Market is thought to be the largest continuously operating open-air arts and crafts market in America.

With over 250 booths on display you will see tons of unique works by local and regional artists. Check it out every weekend from March til the end of the year.

Earlier we mentioned the $5 after 5 p.m. Fridays by Portland Art Museum which is a great way to see all kinds of cool and creative things in a fun and social setting. We also told you about the Art+Craft Markets which are held in May and December at the Oregon Convention Center.

Alberta Art District Last Thursday goes down on the last Thursday of each month on Alberta Street.

Art Dealers & Appraisers

Sometimes you might want to add a new piece to your collection or learn the true value of something and if so you can go to one of these art dealers and appraisers in your area:

Art Etc provides services like art consultation, planning and budget allocation, delivery, installation of all artwork and custom framing. The O’Gallerie holds ten auctions a year with two sessions that often present around 600 works.

If you want to buy some local and regional art for the secondary market check-out Resaleart. Portland Art Museum, Artistic Portland Gallery, Ampersand Gallery, Upfor Gallery, Augen Gallery and Russo Lee Gallery from our galleries and museums list also sell art.

Walking Tours

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Head to the Alberta Art District on the last Thursday of each month and just walk around because you will find plenty of cool stuff on display.

Sculptures & Statues

You can also find some really cool sculptures and statues around town like:

  • Sacajawea Statue at Washington Park
  • Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden at Grant Park
  • Coming of the White Man Statue at Washington Park
  • Portlandia at 1120 SW 5th Ave
  • Paul Bunyan Statue at SW Corner of N Denver Ave

Alice Cooper created the Sacajawea Statue which was put up in Washington Park in the early 1900’s. The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden on the West side of Grant Park has three really cool bronze statues.

Fans of bronze will also enjoy the Coming of the White Man Statue that was created by Atkins MacNeil and you can also find it at Washington Park. Raymond Kaskey created the Portlandia which you can find at the Michael Graves’ Portland Building downtown.

Portland Art Classes

You might be searching for private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults and either way the best Portland art schools are:

The only art and design college in Portland is Pacific Northwest College of Art. They have a variety of bachelor of fine art degree programs as well as minors and masters degrees. They also have adult and youth classes available for those who aren’t after a degree.

You can find drawing and painting lessons for kids or adults at The Drawing Studio. They have weekday, night, and weekend lessons available with their instructors.

There are private lessons, open figure and portrait drawing classes at High Low Art Space. Those with special needs would enjoy the classes at Multnomah Arts Center, and they even have scholarships available.

Art World School has day, evening, weekend, and after school classes plus private lessons and summer art camps. Assembly Pdx from our art supplies list also put on classes and workshops.

Studios For Rent Near You

When your next project is read think about renting one of these art studio spaces in your area:


Some of the top Portland art framing services would be:

You can find Luke’s Frame Shop in both Albina and Belmont. The largest custom framing company in the region is NW Framing and Frame Central Macadam is a valued member.

If you need help with canvas building and stretching or anything else like consultations, installations, or printing services head to Mel’s Frame Shop. Other venues we have listed throughout the post that also do custom framing are the Russo Lee Gallery, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Blick Art Materials, and Art Etc.

By the way we have also discussed local art in:

Have Fun Enjoying The Portland Art Scene

Hopefully we did a decent job of discussing the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.

If you made it this far you might just know quite a bit about the local art scene yourself. It would be great if you could share your own tips, or let us know if we may have gotten anything wrong in the comments.

Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Portland!

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