A New House? Original Art Is the Answer!


Whether you are a first-time home buyer or you could process escrow paperwork with your eyes closed, unpacking and decorating your new home is both challenging and exciting. Where to put the furniture... where to hang the art... so many decisions.

A new start is often the change we need. But now you find yourself with open wall space - so where do you go? A new home presents challenges of needing to reach out to businesses you may not know about, and that includes art galleries. What if you have never been to an art gallery before?

Paul Griffitts Instead of assuming you'll grab something next time you are at a chain store or you'll order online from one of the biggest names in the world, consider visiting an art gallery. You will find all price points, and you'll be supporting local artists! You may find that perfect piece of art that expresses your personality and being an original rather than mass marketed, you will connect with it even more. And the best thing about original art? It's an investment that grows in time.

The Gallery at Ten Oaks is one of several galleries in Yamhill County where you can shop for art in a variety of mediums. Owners Dan and Nancy Morrow welcome you upon arrival and make you feel at home. As you browse the 2-story Craftsman house, you will see works from over 40 artists and in mediums such as Abstracts, Mixed Media, Ceramics, Woodwork and more.

As you browse, you find several pieces you connect with and love. But you only came in for the one wall space! Picture your home... what about the kitchen? That's a room that is often overlooked. Or a bedroom or bathroom. What about that home office area you find yourself spending more time in these days? And don't forget the stairwell if you have a multi-level home.

Dan or Nancy will answer questions, share information about the artist, and work with you to find your perfect piece.

Dan with Customers Art can bring the interior of your home to life. It shows someone lives there and gives an insight to the personality of that person. Real estate agents often say art helps sell a home when it's time to sell.

An experienced homeowner may say "I love this piece, but I have so much art as it is". Have you considered decreasing the space between the pieces to allow for a new piece to come in? Or maybe seasonal art works for you to swap out and keep the freshness in a room? The Gallery at Ten Oaks is a perfect place to see what a home would look like with multiple pieces hung together including art on the stairwell.

And then there are the spouses or partners who disagree on the art. One likes one piece that seems the opposite of the piece the other loves. What to do? Try to compromise, but also don't view art buying as a competition. Art should challenge and inspire, and it will often help you grow. And when you outgrow a piece from 10 years earlier, sell, donate or gift it and free up a space for your new taste in art.

The bottom line is buy what you love.

You've Never Been In an Art Gallery, But You Can't Stand That Blank Wall Any Longer


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".

Gallery Entrance Did you know that Yamhill County has 17 fine art galleries? And 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 door.

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 after all.

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.

Gallery Upstairs 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.