The Longview Outdoor Gallery (LOG) came into being in January 2010 when it was felt that the historic core of Longview was missing a more cultural image. This situation was not unfamiliar to other cities in the country that wanted to create a more vibrant downtown. Based on cities like Puyallup and Wenatchee, these towns saw how a sculpture program could be, not only a delivery system for Art appreciation, but also a driver for increasing the prosperity of the commercial business through tourism.
LOG was created as a non-profit 501 (c )(3) organization by a volunteer Board in 2010. In September 2011, the first installation of 11 loaned sculptures was installed on Commerce Avenue in Historic downtown Longview. LOG’s goal was to raise money to purchase the most popular piece via “People’s Voice” balloting. LOG has Installed new temporary sculptures every two years, and, because of the generosity of our community, LOG has added 20 sculptures to the Longview Public Art Collection.
Provide a rotating exhibit of outdoor sculptures in historic downtown Longview and acquire new pieces for the City of Longview’s permanent art collection.
Enhance the beauty of our community and attract more visitors and citizens to the downtown area. Increase community involvement through volunteer programs, student education, tours, festivals, and other activities.
Our mission is helped by many community partners. The City of Longview has been an active partner from the very beginning, using staff and equipment to install the sculptures. LOG has a fiscal relationship with the Longview Public Service Group, Inc., and an agreement with the City of Longview Visual Arts Commission to support the display of public art. In 2019 LOG signed a contract with the Lower Columbia College Welding Department that allows LCC artists to loan artwork to LOG to display downtown. The Broadway Gallery provides space for our meetings and special events.
LOG offers walking tours podcast, presentations to schools and community groups, and educational and art projects for children.