Cash Prize Awarded for Student Desert Writing Competition Hey high schoolers! Are you wandering around the house, looking for ways to pass the time while sheltering in place to avoid the coronavirus? Here’s an idea: submit a piece to the Waterston Desert Writing Prize student writing contest! The winner receives $250, is honored at our…

(Deserted Foothills by Jean Wells Keenan) Recurring themes in her textile art have to do with her fascination with color and natural configurations: rocks, trees, grasses, flowers and the land. As a Central Oregonian for all but 12 years of her life, the natural beauty around her is a constant inspiration. This is the common…

(Left: The Life Circle, Sculpture by Kellen Bateham & Anton Yakushev. Right:  Kellen Bateham & Anton Yakushev | Photos courtesy of Ken Marunowski) After a warm welcome from the Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild last year, Russian sculptor and blacksmith Anton Yakushev and his wife Katja returned to Bend last month for a follow-up visit….

(Still Life with Red Onions. Oil, 24”x30” by Eric Jacobsen) Eric Jacobsen is one of Central Oregon’s most prominent and beloved landscape painters and painting teachers. His generous, amicable personality attracts people far and wide, and his tall, thin frame and trucker hat makes Eric easily recognizable when out painting en plein air (outdoors). His…

(Left: Award Winner Carly Cooper with Instructor Cullie Treichler and Right: CSM Award Winner Sawyer Garnett with Instructor Krista Aasland | Photos courtesy of Cascade School of Music) The Rising Star and Fortissimo awards are for students who have been nominated by their teachers for showing talent, effort, and achievement and great promise as musicians…

On February 17, the Central Oregon Center for the Arts Executive Board announced a plan to build a regional, visual and performing arts center, aptly named the Central Oregon Center for the Arts (COCA), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Included among the many amenities envisioned for this comprehensive and flexible arts center are the following: a…

How do we stay connected and rooted in community while practicing social distancing? What is the role of cultural institutions during this unprecedented time? Like many museums and attractions that have closed in response to the COVID-19 virus, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) will be largely moving online, sharing Oregon history virtually through social media,…