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First Friday ArtWalk

First Friday ArtWalk May 2

Alleda Real Estate
25 NW Minnesota Ave., Ste. 1, 541-633-7590, www.alledarealestate.com.
Featuring Vivian Olsen, artist of wildlife, birds and landscapes, resides in Bend. Vivian paints equally well with watercolor, oils, acrylic or pastels, her mastery of these media keeps her artwork varied and fresh. Her subjects include most large birds of the West, as well as scenes of high mountain lakes and rivers, and charming village scenes from places she has visited on painting trips. www.vivianolsen.com.


Art in the Atrium, Franklin Crossing
550 NW Franklin Ave.
Celebrates First Friday with watercolor and mixed media by Mary Marquiss and monotypes by Kim Osgood. Thru May 30.
Marquiss, respected watercolor artist of Bend, presents work in her traditional medium and mixed media. Her well-known imagery of a commanding, over-scale single bloom remains prevalent but now expands to include a delicately rendered, over-scale bird and other images. The artist notes that these additions bring her imagery full-circle to earlier interests. Yet, her ever increasing command of the medium spirals the imagery to a new excellence. The work continues to emphasize bright color and contrast, moving from light, transparent watercolor to rich, dark pigment.
Complimenting Marquiss minimal imagery is the complex design of Kim Osgood, shown courtesy of the Laura Russo Gallery of Portland. Osgood’s large monotypes emphasize negative space filled with texture and rich color. Flowers, bird, vases and other objects frequently float in a clearly defined horizontal landscape of foreground and background.
Noi Thai serves wine and Thai appetizers, and students from the Spotlight Chamber Players, a High Desert Chamber Music educational outreach program will perform classical music. Members include Paula Blanscett, Mateo Garza, Ben Kroeker, Hannah Ortman, Jonah Rosberg and Amy Wheeler. Billye Turner organizes the Franklin Crossing exhibits with info at 503-780-2828 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Architects in Schools
360 SW Bond Building, 5th Floor
Bend-LaPine area elementary school students will showcase projects developed over the past few months during time spent with architects learning about architecture. This school year, classes from Amity Creek, Buckingham, Elk Meadow, Ensworth, Juniper Technology Magnet, LaPine and Ponderosa Elementary Schools participated. The architect and design professionals who worked in the classroom represent Ambient Architecture, BBT Architects, Blaise Cacciola Architect, BLRB Architects, Brandon Olin Architect, Neal Huston Architects, PECI and Stemach Design. The program serves second through fifth grades and is administered by the Architecture Foundation of Oregon.


Atelier 6000
389 SW Scalehouse Ct., Ste. 120, 541-330-8759, www.atelier6000.com.
Twenty one original prints by famed artist M.C. Escher thru May. M.C. Escher was a prolific artist and master printmaker, producing more than 400 original prints in his lifetime.
The exhibit showcases Escher’s skill in wood cut, wood engraving, lithography and linocut. ScaleHouse, a growing network of creative collaborators in Central Oregon, was fundamental in organizing the Escher exhibit.



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

BendFilm Office

1000 NW Wall Street, Suite 260
Drop by to have a drink with new director, Todd Looby, and check out the new office. Looby, himself an independent filmmaker, joined BendFilm in April after relocating from Chicago, IL, where he also operated a successful nonprofit.

Bluebird Coffee Company
On Bond in Franklin Crossing Building, 541-330-2100.
Exhibiting artwork by local artists.


Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty
821 NW Wall, 541-383-7600 ext.211, cascadesothebysrealty.com.
Featuring artist ALXS.


Chocolate Element
916 NW Wall St., www.chocolateelement.com.
Donna Cherry will talk about her quilts that are inspired by nature. She
finds painting life with fabric to be a wonderful way to express her artistic creativity. Anyone interested in learning more about her unique style of quilting can meet her and ask her questions. Her quilts will be showing thru May and her work is available for sale or commission.


Crow’s Feet Commons
875 NW Brooks St., 541-728-0066, www.crowsfeetcommons.com.
Artwalk with HELGA! Up in the mountains, Helga is belting out some sweet, soulful and steady tunes. Sweet brews and good vibes for your First Friday imbibing!


Feather’s Edge Finery
113 NW Minnesota Ave., 541-306-3162, www.thefeathersedge.com.
Featuring Bend artist, Tricia Huggin. 100 percent inspired by the beautiful State of Oregon.


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

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


Karen Bandy Design Jeweler
25 NW Minnesota Ave., Ste. 5, 541-388-0155, www.karenbandy.com.
Tucked between Thump Coffee and Alleda Real Estate, Karen Bandy is not easy to find, but well worth the effort. Karen is Central Oregon’s only national/international award-winning jewelry designer and has been 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 can best be described as colorful and textural contemporary fine art. When there is an actual subject, horses and wild animals are often depicted. Open Tues.- Thurs., 11:30-5pm and by appointment, and First Fridays 5-9pm. Live music by The Loose Gravel Band for First Friday.


Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery
Old Mill District, second story loft, 541-330-0840, www.lubbesmeyer.com.
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. The working studio and gallery is open Tuesday thru Saturday.


Mary Medrano Gallery
25 NW Minnesota Ave., Ste. 12 (above Thump Coffee), 408-250-2732, www.marymedrano.com.
Mary Medrano is a full-time artist living and working in Bend with a studio downtown overlooking Tin Pan Alley. She makes pet portraits and expressive animal paintings.

Mockingbird Gallery
869 NW Wall St., 541-388-2107, www.mockingbird-gallery.com.
Looking Out From Within features new works by Steven Lee Adams and Joseph Alleman, two Utah painters who will be exhibiting together for the fourth time. Adams’ loose impressionistic style of painting contrasts with Alleman’s crisp, realistic images, but they complement one another very well. Both painters are dedicated and passionate about their art.
Adams is a master of seeing what ordinarily goes unseen. He focuses on the quiet swaths of nature that most viewers would overlook. Through his strong sense of color and composition he brings attention to the majestic in the deceptively ordinary.
Working in both watercolor and oil, Alleman’s work is recognized for its visionary portrayals of the West. Residing in northern Utah’s Cache Valley, Joseph finds a great deal of inspiration in the region’s land, towns and people.


Art at the Oxford
The Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota Ave., 541-382-8436.
Presenting Natasha Bacca’s unique photography. The artist will be present. Bacca will exhibit her artwork featuring wine bottles and wine glasses from Naked Winery. She notes, “My love of wine inspired the series as well as my family name. Bacca means berry in Italian and relates to Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and celebration.” She began the series several years ago but recently expanded it to over 30 images.
The artist creates photo-based art without using a camera or computer. She works with her own patented process using light emitting devices to brush color info form across light-sensitive paper. A unique approach to the production of photographic art, Bacca does not document an existing image but rather, like a painter, generates an original one. Manipulating color, intensity and direction of light, she literally paints with light. In April, Wine Enthusiast magazine will feature her images. Thru May in the lobby of the Oxford, open all hours. Billye Turner, art consultant, curates displays for The Oxford Hotel lobby. 503-780-2828 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Painted Paradise Gallery
841 NW Bond St. #12, 541-280-2405 or 541-80-0320, www.paintedparadise.com.
Original art and custom frames. Owner Ken McCreary paints on natural materials such as plaster, stone and natural wood. McCreary started about 40 years ago drawing hot rods for friends in high school. Surfing around the California coast translated into seascape airbrush paintings on canvas, vans, cars and surf boards. Displays original paintings by Ken Mac in oil, acrylic and digital art. The subject matter of his paintings are all about his own ideas of “Paradise” in landscapes and tropical seascapes. Some wildlife and of course hot rods in a digital medium.


Patagonia @ Bend
1000 NW Wall St., Ste. 101, 541-382-6694, www.patagoniabend.com.
Mike Putnam will display his photography. www.mikeputnamphoto.com.

Paul Scott Gallery
869 NW Wall St., Ste. 104, 541-330-6000, www.paulscottfineart.com.
New works by Central Oregon artist, Valerie Winterholler. Valerie holds a bachelor of science in art from Southern Oregon University and 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. Her work has received numerous accolades and is in major private collections throughout the United States. 

926 NE Greenwood Ave. 541-728-0527.
Featured Quilter Linda Saukkonen and group exhibit Nimble Needlers. Thru May.


Red Chair Gallery
103 NW Oregon Ave., 541-306-3176, www.redchairgallerybend.com.
Wax and Water features two local artists, Janice Rhodes and Justin Kelchak. Rhodes creates paintings with wax. Encaustics (Greek for “to burn in”) is a bee wax, pigment and damar resin mixture. It requires heat such as a propane torch or heat gun or iron to manipulate and fuse the many layers. Wax painting is considered one of the most durable of paintings and encaustic Fayum funeral masks from the first century still exist in museums today. Kelchak began creating metal at a bronze art casting foundry and had opportunities to craft works with many world-renown artists. With a desire to bring nature indoors, Justin has found a method to transform homes and offices into healthy and soothing natural environments that are rich with the harmonic sound of flowing water. An indoor waterfall purifies the air by catching dust particles as the water flows downward while humidifying the area it is placed in as the water evaporates.


Sage Custom Framing
834 NW Brooks St., 541-382-5884, www.sageframing-gallery.com.
Featuring oil paintings by Leigh Anne Boy. Here and There in the West includes Boy’s sensitive and beautiful landscapes as well as still life and figures. Working both in the studio and plein air, her painting process is very intuitive; derived from years of education, experience and observation. Boy is a native Coloradan now making her home in Bend. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Western State University in Colorado. She continued her studies in Denver, Tucson, Idaho and California with excellent oil painters in these areas.

1001 Wall St., 541-322-8792, www.silveradogallery.com.
Featuring Joseph Christensen of JC Lapidary. Oregon artist handcrafting beautiful jewelry featuring many stones from the Northwest. 

Sunny Yoga Kitchen
2748 NW Crossing Dr. Suite 120, 541-678-3139, www.sunnyyogakitchen.com
Featuring the acrylic and encaustic paintings of local fine artist Lisa Marie Sipe. Her work is about how nature is synthesized by our consumer culture. She captures incidents of abstraction in nature, such as tree bark or the spots on dog bellies, and paints them larger than life in unexpected colors. Sipe’s work has been exhibited at the Tucson Museum of Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and many other locations nationwide. Sipe works at the Lumin Art Studios in Tumalo. www.LisaMarieSipe.com.


The Silver Otter
706 SW Industrial Way, Ste. 100, Bend. 541-241-7818. www.thesilverotter.com.
Exhibiting a collection of locally made art and handmade crafts from all over the world.


Townshend’s Bend Teahouse
835 NW Bond St., Bend, 541-312-2001.
Featuring Bend artist Megan McGuinness’ exhibit, Sunspots and Half Thoughts, thru May. McGuinness works in oil and acrylic paint on canvas and reused materials, saying, “There is good and bad in everything we see. We need both to create a balance in which to live our lives evenly. Invite in all the riff raff and invite all the good over for dinner one night, you’ll see a perfect balanced table.” Megan was the first artist to participate in the Visit Bend Pillars of Art program in 2011 and has two murals downtown that are part of the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection.


Tumalo Art Company
450 SW Powerhouse Dr., Ste. 407, 541-385-9144, www.tumaloartco.com.
Featuring bold, bright new works by Paul Alan Bennett in Flowers of Mexico. Known for his “knit” style using gouache paint, Bennett works in a number of different styles and media. Inspired by a trip to Mexico—the folk arts and Day of the Dead images and rituals—his new work incorporates those bright colors, shapes, patterns and other elements into his knit painting style, taking those influences his own direction. His paintings have won numerous local and national awards. He has been featured on Oregon Art Beat and teaches art at COCC.


Velvet Lounge
805 NW Wall St, 541.728.0303
Juniper & Gin 7:30pm. Modern Folk Rock and Red Dirt-Americana inspired songwriting only begins to describe the unique sound of Juniper and Gin, the musical product of Jason Chinchen. His singular experiences have given Chinchen an eyes-wide-open view of mankind and the realities of our times. Art from David Kinker thru May. Kinker has a bachelor of arts in visual communication with an emphasis in illustration. He also studies art history, architecture, world myth and the sciences. His academic background blends with his diverse world experiences such as ranching in the Wyoming Rockies, to living in the colorful influences of the southwest. In addition, his four years as a naval air crewman traveling the world gives him an awareness and consideration of a larger picture that truly enhances the success of his artistic style.