COOS BAY — The party favors are arranged, the place settings put out and the appropriate art is hung.

The array of visual décor is enough to leave those wondering how it all got put together so perfectly.

And yet often times those perfectly chosen paintings are not even owned by the person throwing the party or the proprietor of the business being frequented. That's because they're most likely on loan to provide the atmosphere and set the ambiance desired.

Besides the Portland Art Museum, the Coos Art Museum has the only such rental sales gallery in the state. Its mission: to bring the work of local and regional artists into homes, workplaces and businesses on Oregon's South Coast.

“It's a gallery where anybody can buy but members can rent,” Coos Art Museum rental sales manager Liv Drahos said. “Businesses rent because they like rotating artwork.”

Drahos pulls from shows that are rotating at the museum or takes inquiries from artists who want to bring their work in to sell or rent it.

The gallery includes a wide inventory of art from pastels to watercolors to abstract pieces. From both national and local artists, there are many floral pieces and water seascapes to choose from. Artists like Oregon painter Erik Sandgren and Coos Bay's beloved Dorothy Vaughan are among the featured painters.

The length of rental is generally three months and the price of rental applies to purchases.

“We get a lot of good out of it because we get new paintings all the time and replace the ones that are there,” said attorney John Whitty, who uses art pieces from the gallery in the hallways of his Coos Bay law firm.

It also benefits the museum and people like Whitty's clients who sometimes spot that perfect piece of art for their living room or bedroom wall.

“I always say, 'Well, if you want to buy it you can do so from the rental art gallery.'”

Reporter Carly Mayberry can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 234, or by email at carly.mayberry@theworldlink.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarlyMayberry.

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