NANCY MORROW, THE GALLERY AT TEN OAKS * SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
What do you do? Your friends talk about how they bought that original watercolor last summer at a Portland gallery and how simple it was. Just do it, they say. But everything you know about art galleries is from the film "The Thomas Crown Affair".
Did you know that Yamhill County has 17 fine art galleries
none of them are like the Metropolitan Museum of Art from the
movie! One of those galleries is The Gallery at Ten Oaks
, located on
Hwy 99W in McMinnville across from Linfield's oak grove. One of
the charms about this gallery is it's set in a 1908 Craftsman house
so it's like walking into a home the minute you walk in the front
You've made the decision to visit and now you are in the foyer of
the gallery. What now? First, you will be warmly welcomed by one
of the gallery owners, Dan or Nancy Morrow, as if they were welcoming you into their home. After introductions and a brief overview of the gallery, off you go to browse feeling your confidence grow minute by minute. You already see art that catches your eye
in the Featured Artists shows on display on the main floor. And you were told there was more upstairs? This might not be so scary
As you browse the main floor, you notice wine by the glass is available to purchase - why not! It will help ease those remaining
nerves. Dan and Nancy get you all set up with a glass and off you go, heading upstairs to explore!
Along the stairwell is more art to enjoy, and then you reach the top of the stairs. You now understand why Dan said you have to go
upstairs. You find yourself in place of calm, soft music playing, and so many beautiful pieces to look at.
Room to room you browse, lost in the beauty of 40 artists' work. You see the display tags telling you if a piece is oil or acrylic or watercolor, but right now all you care about is if you like the piece or not. That's what's important.
After a while, Nancy checks in with you to see if you have any questions.
What do you ask? What SHOULD you ask? No right or wrong decisions
here. It's fine to say you are still looking and no questions so far.
Moving into the Blue Room, you see "the" piece. Your breath catches, you
feel an emotion you never knew you would feel looking at a piece of art.
You realize 10 minutes have gone by and you are still staring at "the"
piece. Now what? Check the display tag for the dimensions and the price
to see if it will work for your space and budget.
You head back downstairs to talk to Dan about "the" piece. You tell him
it's the perfect piece for the space, but you aren't sure about the price.
Are there any options? Dan asks what price would work for your budget, and you find yourself problem solving ways to get "the"
piece to you. As it turns out, the gallery has a payment plan which works the best so you put your first of 3 payments down, and
you are on your way to owning your first original painting!
The next time you talk to your friends, you proudly tell them "You're right about how easy it is to visit an art gallery, and I didn't have to go to Portland. I found one right here in McMinnville and can't wait to go again."
Welcome to The Gallery at Ten Oaks. All are welcome, no experience required.