Arlene Schnitzer (1929–2020)

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Arlene Schnitzer. Her determined support and enthusiasm is responsible for launching the careers of so many Oregon artists. 


Without her, Russo Lee Gallery would not exist. Laura Russo started her gallery from the legacy of Arlene's Fountain Gallery. Martha Lee continued the gallery, after Laura's passing, on to what is now Russo Lee Gallery. 


We are deeply indebted to her, and her legacy will be seen and felt for generations to come. Our condolences to her family and friends. 


The first photo is of Arlene at the Fountain Gallery in 1968. The second is of the artists of the Fountain Gallery in 1980, with Arlene and Laura in the front row.