Across the train tracks, on a one-lane road, behind a plumbing store in Oregon City, is Becky Dawson’s semi-secret art gallery and gift shop.
Aptly named One Lane Road, the shop offers greeting cards, tea towels, tote bags and more showcasing Dawson’s colorful and whimsical creations, as well as his original paintings and ceramic sculptures. .
And it’s only open twice a month.
One Lane Road Gallery was born out of a pandemic idea Dawson had in December 2020. At the time, all local craft fairs had been canceled and many stores where she sold her works were closed.
She decided to build a small roadside stand outside her home in rural Clackamas County, fill it with cards, tea towels and stickers, and leave payment to an honor system.
“People do this with flowers and vegetables,” she thought. “Why can’t I do it with my art? »
She called it the self-service gift shop, and it was a hit.
“It was kind of a fun experiment during a dark time, and I thought maybe I could do it on a bigger scale one day,” she said.
Two years later, Dawson was looking for more storage space for his wholesale business and hoped to recreate some of the magic of the temporary self-service gift shop. A longtime friend of Dawson’s, owner of Eagle Plumbing in Oregon City, sometimes rented extra garage space to small (usually industrial) businesses.
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She spent three months fitting out the space, adding shelving, string lights and painting a big, friendly Bigfoot blue outside the garage to welcome visitors.
The gallery had its first open house weekend in June.
News of the small art gallery behind the plumbing store spread on social media, by word of mouth, and by the hand-painted sandwich panels Dawson places on the side of the road when it opens. .
“It seems to be this pleasant surprise that people stumble upon,” she said.
Inside, Dawson sells both his original artwork as well as collaborations with other artists and companies. This includes a line of jewelry, cross stitch kits based on her designs, scented candles and t-shirts.
Dawson launched its One Lane Road line of artwork 11 years ago. She still has a home studio – also down a one lane road – where she creates her designs of plants, animals and mythical creatures. Most of her business is wholesale, and if you miss her gallery hours, you can find her work for sale at Made in Oregon, New Seasons, Powell’s Books, and many independent bookstores and gift shops.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO:
One Lane Road Gallery and Gift Shop, 13801 Forsythe Road in Oregon City, is open two weekends a month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 22-23, 5-6 and November 19-20. Extended holiday hours are scheduled for December, or shop online anytime at onelaneroad.com.