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Celebrate May Day with A Rousing First Friday in Bend

Art in the Atrium, Franklin Crossing,
De La Cuisine featuring Ann Bullwinkel, Joanne Donaca, Bill Logan, Mary Marquiss, and Barbara Slater, Cascade | Sotheby’s featuring artist Robyn Cochran-Ragland, Karen Bandy Design Jeweler jewelry designer/abstract acrylic painter, Piacentini Book Arts Studio & Gallery Master printmaker Pat Clark, Art at the Oxford celebrating with paintings by Ann Bullwinkel, Sage Custom Framing and Gallery featured artist Vivian Olsen, Tumalo Art Company New Works by Ingrid Lustig.

Old Mill District
Atelier 6000
Clark @ 80: Six Decades of Marks, Desperado Boutique artist Barbara Slater, Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery fiber and paint.

Alleda Real Estate
25 NW Minnesota Ave., Ste. 1, 541-633-7590,
Featuring photographer Bill Brant who says, “I have been professionally creating fine art photography since 2002. My subject matter varies widely from capturing images of the art, architecture, culture and everyday life in Europe, Africa and the western and southwestern U.S. to the “inner life of plants and flowers” via macro photography. Using digital imagery, in some instances I am able to transform a photograph into something that appears more as a painting.”

Art in the Atrium, Franklin Crossing
550 NW Franklin
Presents First Friday with the exhibition De La Cuisine featuring Ann Bullwinkel, Joanne Donaca, Bill Logan, Mary Marquiss and Barbara Slater. De La Cuisine, translates loosely from French as Of The Kitchen and features paintings of food. Each artist chose to approach the subject from a unique perspective and all express the riotous color of our fruits and vegetables.

Bullwinkel shows oils of both purple and white onions painted as cross-sections, whole onions, delicate onion skins and assorted views. Donaca offers oil portraits of artichokes, carrots, plums on a branch, pears and a watercolor of a crystal bowl with a bountiful fruit arrangement.

Logan presents graphite drawings with novel display of spoons, forks, knives and other common kitchen utensils. Marquiss exhibits watermedia and a fine art print from her ongoing pear series noting the “sensual shape of pears” as one of her favorite subjects.  Barbara Slater shows detailed, over scale oils of purple, yellow and orange carrots, garlic and chili peppers and a cross-section of purple cabbage.

Students from the Spotlight Chamber Players, a High Desert Chamber Music educational outreach program, perform classical music. Compositions include works by Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Beethoven.  Members include Mateo Garza (violin), Hannah Ortman (violin), Ben Kroeker (viola) and Amy Wheeler (cello).  Noi Thai serves wine and Thai appetizers. Billye Turner (503-780-2828 or organizes exhibitions for Franklin Crossing.

Arts Central & the Art Station
313 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., 541-617-1317
Family First Friday with the theme Collage – 10am, 12pm & 4-6pm. Kick off First Friday with a family-friendly activity at the Art Station! Kids and adults can get creative with a self-guided art activity with one of our instructors. Special morning sessions from 10am-12pm are perfect for homeschoolers. Evening sessions from 4-6pm offer art making in one studio, and adult refreshments in the other! Adults, please accompany youth under 18 at all times.

Atelier 6000
389 SW Scalehouse Ct., Ste. 120,
Clark @ 80: Six Decades of Marks presents drawings, prints and paintings spanning sixty prolific years by the studio’s founder and master printmaker, Patricia Clark. Roughly 20 of Clark’s works will be on display thru May in the main gallery, along with a feature exhibit, 6 from A6, showcasing the work of six of Clark’s fellow artists.

Clark’s sketchbooks will be shown in a concurrent exhibit, Marks, at Piacentini Book Arts Studio in Bend. Clark will be present at the exhibit opening on First Friday, May 1 and give an Art Talk, A Life in Marks, on Friday, May 8 at 6pm in the A6 Gallery.

A retired art professor and department chair from California State University Long Beach, Clark moved to Bend in 2005. She opened Atelier 6000 (affectionately known as A6) in 2007 after observing a void in Central Oregon’s arts landscape. Over the years, A6 has introduced printmaking and book arts to hundreds of artists, students and teachers. Six of these artists reflect on printmaking’s influence on their creative process in Clark’s new book, Marks, available for sale at A6.

Azillion Beads
910 Harriman St., Ste. 100, 541-617-8854
Featuring Azillion Bead’s jewelry artists.

Cascade | Sotheby’s
821 NW Wall St., 541-549-4653
Featuring artist Robyn Cochran-Ragland, media: mixed, printmaking, pastel, presented by Brian Ladd and team. The center of Cochran-Ragland’s art is the human figure. Her most recent work is a series of mixed-media collages. She intertwines the graceful silhouettes of dancers and is inspired by the flowing movement of the modern dance company Pilobolus and the gravity-defying dance troupe Bandaloop. The artist’s colorful works incorporate watercolor and printmaking techniques such as chine collé, in which an image is transferred to a delicate surface. The figures often interact within the work, lying atop a background of translucent layers composed of striking colors and opposing textures.

CENTURY 21 Lifestyles
550 NW Franklin Ave., Ste. 188
SageBrushers artists Michelle Oberg, Peggy Ogburn and Kendra West.

City Walls at City Hall
710 NW Wall St.
Juried exhibit of members of the Young Women’s Artist Group of Bend, titled New Nature, a unique twist on contemporary art and nature. Features work in painting, woodcarving, photography and mixed media digital art from 11 members of the group including Lisa Marie Sipe, Maria Fernanda Bay, MaryLea Harris, Lea Croft, Taylor Rose, Alicia Severson, Alisha Vernon, Chloe Raymond, Marisabel Jolie, Jenni Kowal and Carolyn Stokes. Thru June. Lisa Marie Sipe,, 480-326-2109.

115 NW Minnesota Ave., 512-289-1284
Mexican folk art, Latin American textiles and David Marsh furniture.

Desperado Boutique
Old Mill District, 330 SW Powerhouse Dr.
Featuring Bend artist Barbara Slater who 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.

Douglas Fine Jewelry
920 NW Bond St. Ste. 106, 541-389-2901
Featuring new works by Betsy Bland whose medium is oil on canvas. Her painting technique is representational with a hint of impressionism. She enjoys painting smaller pieces en plein air and working on larger pieces in her studio in Bend. Her work reflects her love of open spaces and remote areas untouched by development. As technology continues to dominate the way we live our lives, she invites the viewer to appreciate the beauty and tranquility of the natural landscapes and seascapes of our planet.

The Feather’s Edge Finery
113 NW Minnesota Ave., 541-306-3162
Many new artists to share with you all. Hope to see you for First Friday.

Franklin Crossing
550 NW Franklin Ave.
Students in 16 Bend and La Pine elementary school classrooms are learning about design, architecture and construction through the Architecture Foundation of Oregon’s Architects in Schools program. They are creating small-scale designs like an architect or contractor would, and the projects will be on public display in May.

Student projects will be on display for First Friday and also at the Bend La Pine Administration Building at 520 NW Wall. Through the Architects in Schools program, students learn that design is all around us and we make decisions every day that affect our environment, how the subjects they study in school apply to the real world outside of school, that there are many people who create the spaces in which we live, learn, work and play and some examples of their jobs, e.g., architects, landscape architects, structural engineers, contractors and urban planners, skills that help them to work better in groups, to communicate their ideas and that designing and building spaces is a process as well as a product.

Jeffrey Murray Photography
118 NW Minnesota Ave. 925-389-0610
Landscape photography by Jeffrey Murray from local and national locations.

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

Karen Bandy Design Jeweler and Painter
25 NW Minnesota Ave., Ste. 5, 541-388-0155
Tucked between Thump Coffee and Alleda Real Estate, Karen Bandy is Central Oregon’s only national/international award-winning jewelry designer, specializing in custom design in downtown Bend since 1987. Her designs are bold, fun and always very wearable. Bandy is also an abstract acrylic painter whose work is described as colorful and textural contemporary fine art. When there is an actual subject, horses and wild animals are often depicted. Open Tues., Wed., Thurs., 11:30am-5pm and by appointment, and First Fridays 5-9pm.

Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery
Old Mill District, second story loft, 541-330-0840
The Lubbesmeyer twins offer a range of work created in fiber and paint. Through the twins’ collaborative process, they distill literal imagery into vivid blocks of color and texture, creating an abstracted view of their surroundings. Working studio/gallery open Tuesday thru Saturday.

Mary Medrano Gallery
25 NW Minnesota, Ste. 12, 408-250-2732
Mary Medrano shows her newest figurative works and dog paintings. Her work has been shown in the U.S. and Italy with several solo shows in California including John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis and Gallery Blu in Santa Clara, Ameriprise Financial in San José, Bank of America in Sunnyvale and Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest.

Mockingbird Gallery
869 NW Wall St., 541-388-2107
On First Friday, May 1st, from 5 to 9 pm Mockingbird Gallery presents an exhibition titled Just Around the Bend. The exhibition will feature new watercolor and oil paintings by Utah artist Joseph Alleman. Please stop by to meet Joseph, and to hear the sounds of Rich Hurdle and Friends. The show will be on display through the end of May.

In his work, Joseph Alleman explores the realms of “nostaligia stripped of sentimentality.” He believes there is beauty in the everyday and ordinary that only painting can reveal.  It is the uncelebrated spaces that he is drawn to paint. Working in watercolor and oil, his paintings are quiet and brooding in tone. They depict the spartan silhouettes of rural subjects: a weathered barn, a field, a farmhouse or a storefront. His work captures a sense of mystery and mood that is timeless. His portrayal of simple scenes rendered in subtle earth tones, evokes emotions that recall our connections with the land captured in moments of stillness. His work has become recognized for its visionary portrayals of the West.

Joseph strives to say more with less. He arranges the shapes and lines in bold patterns of light and dark, reducing the scene to its essential elements. With his watercolors, he uses the paint in both loose and controlled manners, producing signature watercolor effects.

Residing in northern Utah’s Cache Valley, Joseph draws inspiration from the region’s land, towns and people. “When I drive I make mental notes about scenes that fascinate me. Back in the studio, I try to re-create the mood or whatever it was about a scene that struck me.” Traveling along dusty dirt roads with a portable watercolor set in hand, he frequently stops to either make a 10-minute drawing or a small painting on location.

As a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies, he exhibits regularly though gallery, juried and invitational shows, and has been a featured artist in the majority of contemporary fine art publications.

Art at the Oxford
Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota Ave., 541-382-8436
Celebrating with paintings by Ann Bullwinkel who presents oil paintings from her Deep Space Series including the Omega Nebula, located in the Sagittarius Constellation. The painting originated from a Hubble Space Telescope close-up image. The exhibition features other series paintings including Jupiter and Moon Io, the Whirlpool Galaxy and the Helix Nebula.

The nonprofit Bloom Project also exhibits the artist’s Omega Nebula at their annual fundraising luncheon at the Bend Golf and Country Club, May 1 from 11:30am-1:30pm. The event benefits Bloom that organizes the design of fresh floral arrangements, from donated flowers, for hospice and palliative care patients.  At the luncheon, five floral designers present arrangements based on the art of five local artists. Madison Hartley of A Native Bloom conceptualizes her arrangement from Bullwinkel’s painting.

The artist’s career includes some 30 solo exhibitions and 36 group exhibitions. Her works are in over 300 private collections and in 20 corporate collections including Adobe Systems, McGraw Hill, Kaiser, Chevron as well as locally at Pronghorn Resort, Sotheby’s Realty and others. Articles and photos of Bullwinkel’s works appeared in over 50 publications. Billye Turner organizes exhibitions for the Oxford Hotel with additional information at 503-780-2828 or

Paul Scott Gallery
869 NW Wall St., Ste. 104, 541-330-6000,
New works by Oregon artists Valerie Winterholler and Mytchell Mead. Winterholler works in acrylic on panel. She is inspired by the balance and symmetry of nature, using line and color as a way of conveying her love of things that are untouched by the constraints of society. Mead’s art celebrates Oregon’s history, rugged strength and connection with Nature by incorporating reclaimed wood, steel and solid design into unique, character-rich pieces.

Piacentini Book Arts Studio & Gallery
2146 NE Fourth Ave., Ste. 140, 541-633-7055,
First Friday, 3-6pm. Master printmaker Pat Clark exhibits Six Decades of Marks in a collection of sketchbooks. Each volume contains mark-making studies that inform imagery she uses in her finished drawings, prints and paintings – examples of boxed landscapes, combines that explore indistinct margins between art and the everyday world and investigations of natural elements like water, rocks and roots, and how they interact in landscape and architecture. These sketchbooks examine the kernels of ideation.

Clark, who founded A6 in 2007, after retiring from the art department at the University of California at Long Beach. She has been instrumental in introducing printmaking and book arts studio to a large group of artists in Central Oregon and continues to teach workshops at A6. A corresponding exhibit at A6 honors Clark with a retrospective as she reaches her 80th year. Curated by Sandra Miller, this exhibit presents drawings, prints, books and paintings. This is the refined work, where her sketchbook investigations take root and mature.

Ron Schultz continues his exhibit at Piacentini with new and recent paintings and assemblages influenced by ‘the book,’ an exploratory series on time and its influence on people and objects. Open to the public every First Friday, regular hours 11:30am-3:30pm Monday, Tuesday and Saturday and by appointment.

926 NE Greenwood Ave., 541-728-0527
Mary Klein from Sunriver will be the featured quilter. The Material Girls from Bend will be the featured group.

Red Chair Gallery
103 NW Oregon Ave., 541-306-3176
New works by three of the gallery’s artists make up the May exhibit Spring Fling. Eleanor Murphey is a ceramic artist who creates unique, colorful high fired stoneware. She makes stoneware pottery glazed with a wax resist technique that gives the impression of stained glass on pottery. Eleanor’s work is both oven worthy and food safe, perfect for serving your special summer dish.

Shelly Wierzba has been a long time active member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon but has been painting, almost exclusively, in oils for the past three years. Her recent work is loaded with active brush strokes and a lot of texture as she captures the feeling of light in her landscapes and still lives. All her small paintings were painted on location, where she can best capture the essence of the scene.

Anne von Heideken has always enjoyed working with her hands: sewing, knitting and gardening. About 15 years ago she discovered jewelry making. She especially likes the beautiful textures and colors of natural stones. She is always on the hunt for that special and unusual element to incorporate into her unique jewelry designs.

Sage Custom Framing and Gallery
834 NW Brooks St., 541-382-5884,
Featured artist for May is Vivian Olsen. She will be showing a new array of watercolors she calls her Serendipity Series. These innovative paintings begin as free-form abstracts and are finished as realistic wildlife paintings. The subjects include an eclectic group of animals from a family of raccoons, to a brown bear fishing for salmon and a nest of hungry eaglets.

As a retired art teacher she is versatile in working in many mediums such as oil, pastel, acrylic and watercolor. Among the watercolors in this show are more animals and birds in pastel and acrylic along with several new monotype prints.

Vivian’s work can also be seen at the new Hood Avenue Gallery in Sisters. She is president of the High Desert Art League, a member of Plein Air Painters of Oregon, Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists. Her work can be viewed at

Townshend’s Bend Teahouse
835 NW Bond St., Bend, Carrissa Glenn, 503-803-4024
Inspired by the immersive world-building in sci-fi classics such as Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, the gouache paintings of Carter Pierce aim to fabricate similar narratives in his exhibition, Future Vacation.

The Wine Shop
55 NW Minnesota
SageBrushers artists Hazel Reeves, Cheryl Buchanann and Janet Rawlings.

Tumalo Art Company
Old Mill District.
New works by Ingrid Lustig, featuring landscapes and her iconic birds of prey, grace the walls at Tumalo Art Company.
Mixed-media painter Lustig has lived in the desert west most of her life. Deeply connected to the native flora and fauna of the High Desert landscape, her art centers on the land’s colors, shapes, animals and powerful spirit. “In these new works I am pushing the boundaries of abstraction to focus on the essence of the animal – trying to get at its energy and life force.”

Her intent is to interpret, celebrate and honor wildlife, to connect in new ways and create a conversation about the nature of wildness. She brings this abstraction to the essence of land forms as well, looking deep below the surface.

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