Category Archives: Clothesline Sale


Coming Soon – Aug 5



CAG Logo

For those interested in making your own cards for Hanging Around Town or the Clothesline Sale, here is the logo:

New Clothesline Sale Web Site…

Since we are planning to enhance the publicity effort for the Clothesline sale we have created a dedicated website for the event. The purpose of the site is to: a) Provide a place for the public to get the latest information about the sale and thus promote it. b) Provide a place for participants to display samples of their work as well as links to any websites and blogs of their work. c) Provide a place to display the organization structure of the event as well as volunteer assignments. Please have a look at and if you plan to participate provide me with a jpg of your work as well as your website and/or blog.

GT recaps the 2009 Clothesline Sale

Read the Gazette-Times article about our 2009 Clothesline Sale.

Clothesline Sale 2008

The weather for the 47th Annual Clothesline Sale of Art was perfect–partially overcast, partially sunny, not too warm. Everyone had a good time, even though the crowds did not seem as heavy as they have been at recent past sales. Perhaps the economy and price of gas took its toll, since sales were down about 25 percent from last year.

Doyle Leek and Norma Eaton are interested in comments and suggestions from all who participated and will be having a meeting soon to discuss the Sale and plans for the next one. They want to thank everyone who helped in a thousand different ways, especially those who were not hanging.

Gross Sales Clothesline Sale 2001-2008
2001 $26,500.00
2002 $31,500.00
2003 $37,800.00
2004 $32,200.00
2005 $46,000.00
2006 $47,100.00
2007 $38.200.00
2008 $29,500.00

2008 Clothesline Sale of Art Reservation

Exhibiting Art Guild members can now download the necessary forms for the August sale.

2008 Clothesline Sale of Art Reservation Form
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) to save the file to your hard drive. Open the file in Adobe Acrobat.
Print, fill in, and mail to:

Norma Eaton
24040 Gellatly Way
Philomath, Oregon 97370

Read more about the Sale guidelines.

'07 Clothesline Sale Comments Requested

Molly Perry requests that if anyone as any ideas or comments on how to improve the Clothesline Sale for next year to please let her know. Add comments to this entry, e-mail comments to Molly and/or come to the October monthly meeting where everyone will have an opportunity to speak.

2007 Clothesline Sale Report

by Chairperson Molly Perry

The 2007 Ken Stuart Memorial Clothesline Sale of Art was great, although a little down in sales from last year. Most seem to think the economy is the culprit, but we will discuss that at the October meeting.

We had a perfect day weather-wise. Sixty-seven artists signed up to participate this year, and the total sales were $38,233.30. Fourteen members had sales over $1000, and only eight exhibitors sold less than $100, with average sales of $629.

Congratulations to all who exhibited and all who helped to pull it off again this year.

Most display areas looked very professional and inviting, and the effort to make them look good pays off. If your sales are not what you would like them to be, you might consider improving your display methods. We have the largest 2-dimensional sale of art (not arts and crafts) in the Pacific Northwest, so we want to look as professional as possible, because our reputation extends many hundreds of miles from Corvallis.

A few members still are not using the Corvallis Art Guild logo cards to label their artwork, and a few had only price tags with no names on them. I have a blank template for printing the CAG logo cards on business cards (Avery and other brands sell the blank cards), so if anyone would like me to send that to them, please contact me.

Some artists were giving paintings and cards to the patrons along with the sales check instead of waiting for the patron to return with the stamped receipt. I think we agreed that we could do that with cards if we wanted to take the risk, but the Guild loses money as well as the artist if a customer does not pay for the item, so please always keep paintings and prints until the customer returns in future sales.

There was some misinterpretation of the rule on sale prices, but overall the members were good about abiding by our established rules for participation in the Clothesline Sale.

I want to thank all of the volunteers who put this together, because without them, I could not have pulled it off in Ken’s absence. A huge thank-you goes to Dave Horning, who had the forethought to lengthen our harnesses so that they would fit the growing trees on the courthouse lawn, and who marshaled all of our display equipment to and from the site and deployed it with the help of various members (and their trucks). Another big thanks goes to Ross Parkerson who organized the cashiers, and to Carolyn Madsen, who stepped in for Phyllis Johnson and attended to the money and the Visa/Mastercard terminal. Also, thanks to Marjorie Kinch for getting the paid ads together for the newspaper, Hope Meados for making sure we were listed in all the calendars on the internet and in newspapers, and Doyle Leek for getting the banner and the big signs deployed in strategic locations. Thanks to Norma Eaton and Anna Tewes for their joint efforts getting the posters and post cards for this year, and a huge thanks to Maureen Frank for organizing an advertising display at the Book Bin for our sale. Clearly, this is not a list of everyone who participated…to list them all would be almost to list the membership, but I know who you are and I am very grateful for all of your hard work. Thanks for a job well done!

Ed Note: And thank you Molly Perry for your hours of dedicated service for us.

2007 Ken Stuart Memorial Clothesline Sale

Art hanging at the 2007 Clothesline Sale of art.The 46th annual Clothesline Sale will be held on Saturday, August 4 on the Benton County Courthouse lawn from 9 am to 5 pm in honor of former colleague, Ken Stuart. All exhibiting members who have paid their annual dues and who have shown their work at a Guild-sponsored site between August 2006 and July 2007 are eligible to sell at this year’s event.

A reservation form was included in the June 2007 newsletter or you may request an e-mail copy from the Brush Strokes editor. Site preferences will be accommodated in the order that the forms are received. Bring your completed form to the July meeting or mail it to Molly Perry, 1405 Sherman Street, Albany, OR 97322.

Members can also volunteer to help with set up or take down or to cashier. We are hoping to get non-participants to be cashiers for two-hour shifts during the sale. Call Mary at 541-967-7279 or e-mail her at to sign up as a volunteer.

Clothesline Art Sale poster & postcard ~ Members only

We are getting ready to take our Clothesline Art Sale poster/postcard to the printer, and we need some digital images of member artwork to hang on the “clothesline” pictured in the poster. If you are interested in having a piece considered, please send a small digital image of it (pick your best piece), preferably a JPEG (*.jpg) under 1 meg in size with at least a resolution of 72 pixels per inch. to Norma Eaton. This is free advertising, so it is worth doing.

On another note, we are going to be placing an ad in the Gazette Times to run for a few weeks before the Clothesline Art Sale. This will cost some money, so we have to ask you to send a check for $30 along with a CD Rom containing a digital image of your favorite painting (this time at least 250 pixels per inch) to Margie Kinch.

Be sure that the CD is labeled with the following:

Phone Number
Email Address (if applicable)
Title of 2D Artwork

If you want it back, send a self-addressed envelope stamped with sufficient postage to get it back to you.