Barbara Kennedy’s original pastel After the Rain has been selected as the Sunriver Music Festival’s poster artwork for 2015. Each year, the Festival selects a Central Oregon artist to create the artwork for the annual festival poster. Local artists were invited to submit a piece for consideration and a committee of art enthusiasts selected Barbara’s artwork.
Kennedy’s original artwork was framed by Eastlake Framing and is currently on display at the Bank of Cascades in Sunriver. The artwork will be a featured auction item at the Festival’s annual fundraiser, Festival Faire on Sunday, August 2 at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall. Festival Faire includes an evening of elegant dining and a lively auction with music provided by a select group of talented 2015 Young Artists Scholarship winners.
Over 300 posters featuring Barbara’s After the Rain artwork will be distributed for display in businesses in Sunriver, Bend, Sisters and Redmond. Posters are available to purchase at the Sunriver Music Festival office in The Village at Sunriver and at various businesses and galleries in Sunriver and Bend including Eastlake Framing, Sunriver Chamber, The Great Frame Up, Sage Custom Framing & Gallery, Sunriver Floral Designs, Phoenix Picture Framing and Bits & Pieces.
Kennedy was born and raised in Oregon and has always created art in her spare time. After 34 years working in a natural resource management career, she “graduated” and pursued her dream to live the creative life full time. She resides on a small ranch in Central Oregon surrounded by the rugged mountains, canyons and rock formations that inspire her work.
“I love wild places, and am particularly drawn to stark desert and high elevation landscapes. They hint at intense underlying color and expose their bones, and a sense of quiet, peace and solitude,” explains Barbara. “I have travelled throughout the world, for work and play, and continue to find the most inspiration in the Western landscape. Spring through fall you can find me on the trail or in my tiny camp trailer in the heart of it all, armed with art supplies.”
Pastel is her media of choice for landscapes, although she also works extensively in print-making. She ventures into mixed media, collage and gourds on occasion to explore textures and more abstraction.
Kennedy’s paintings have been shown in both solo and group exhibitions in several galleries in Oregon and Victoria, British Columbia. She annually participates in several fine art festivals throughout Oregon.
Sunriver Music Festival posters are available for $12. Framed posters are $65.
Notecards are $12 for a pack of ten and available at the Sunriver Music Festival.