First Friday ArtWalk September 5

Alleda Real Estate
25 NW Minnesota Ave, Ste. 1, 541-610-7277,
The Plein Air Painters of Oregon (PAPO) are presenting recent works. PAPO is a vibrant local arts organization that schedules regular paint outs for their 70 plus members. Most of the locations are within an easy drive of Bend, but PAPO also sponsors paint outs in Eastern Oregon and the coast. Come meet some of the artists who have braved the elements to bring you unique Oregon images.


Arts Central and the Art Station
313 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., 541-617-1317
First Friday exhibit showcases the unique vision of all the student artists who come to the Art Station to improve their skills, discover new talents and explore a creative view of the world. Celebrate works from collage to painting to clay while you also get to enjoy the Art Station’s Family First Friday painting activity. Painting activities will be set-up outside for an end-of-summer celebration. We’ll have beverages for kids and adults, snacks and live music and even Brokentop BBQ and Donnie Q’s Kettle Corn as vendors on-site.


Art in the Atrium, Franklin Crossing
550 NW Franklin Ave.
Celebrates First Friday with works by Randy Redfield and Gary Vincent. Redfield presents images from his Project 43 series. The series, evolving since 2012, continues his color-field painting but on wood panels rather than canvas. Color-field refers to a non-representational art form that features large, often isolated blocks of color yielding a more simplified image.
As seen in Crosswater from the current series, the artist applies successive layers of underpainting combined with sanding and electric drill work, effecting greater surface texture. He notes these techniques produce a new color-field approach in his art that inspired some representation images conceived in the last stages of the larger pieces. Redfield notes that the format allowed him the freedom to emphasize the surface more than previously, creating in his work “a new fluency in the language of making art.”
Vincent’s Vishnu in Black and White illustrates his non-objective art that begins with choosing a palette, often his favored black and ivory, and essentially making marks in black on the blank canvas. He finds that a pattern begins to emerge from the negative ivory shapes formed by the background, which suggests a rhythm in the image. Continuing, the black marks define the pattern, the size of the shapes, the interactive hues. The phenomenon of the optical shift between the light and dark values becomes integral in defining the design. As the painting continues, the hues shift in prominence and a final harmony arises that defines the composition. The artist observes that the creative process is highly intuitive, counter-balanced by the logical mind seeking to define the imagery, an interactive exchange between conscious thought and intuition. He notes that Chaos Theory may be operative in this process wherein the logical mind finds order. Vincent also states that non-objective art is hence a constant exploration into the unknown, trusting the intuitive … he experientially concludes that “Art is from the Heart or it isn’t Art.”
Noi Thai serves wine and Thai appetizers. Billye Turner organizes exhibitions for Franklin Crossing and provides additional information at 503-780-2828 or  

Atelier 6000
389 SW Scalehouse Ct., Ste. 120, 541-330-8759,
Central Oregon printmakers explore the relationship of the human figure to the “ground” in A6’s September exhibit. The term figure-ground refers to the perception of positive and negative space, and the way one identifies a figure from the foreground, middle ground or back ground.
Dawn Emerson, an accomplished pastel artist and instructor for Central Oregon Community College, and printmaker/illustrator Ron Schultz juried the exhibit.
Local artist Lynn Rothan is the featured Artist in the Studio for September’s First Friday. A printmaker and A6 Artist Member, Rothan will be pulling prints off the etching press in the back studio from 5-8 pm. Come see an artist at work and learn interesting details on Rothan’s artistic process.


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


1000 NW Wall Street, Suite 110, downtown Bend, 541- 241-4277,
Featuring three artists: ALXSw, local artist, who exhibited at 2009 Biennale Exhibit in Florence Italy with abstracts and oil paints; Erin Kay, a local artist with a graduate degree from Pratt Art Institute NYC who works in encaustics; and Noriko Sugita Becraft, Japanese artist, who specializes in reduction woodcut.


Bend Premier Real Estate
550 NW Franklin Ave., Ste. 108, Bend. 541-323-2779,
Katherine Taylor paints images saturated with visual metaphors and symbology. Her oil paintings are characterized by jewel colors, strong tonality and a range of brushwork and palette knife application that creates lively, textured surfaces.


CENTURY 21 Lifestyles Realty
550 NW Franklin Ave., Suite 188,
Great food, drinks and amazing art. Featuring art from the Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making art program which resulted from the exploration of the use of art as alternative form of expression for people with dementia. While Alzheimer’s disease brings constant reminders of failures and losses, Memories in the Making provides a non-judgmental environment in which participants can express feelings and emotions.


Chocolate Element
916 NW Wall St, 541-323-3277
Paintings of Tom Boatright who says, “I’m compelled to paint. I have visions of the images I want to produce. Painting is my expression. It conveys moods and emotion. It is my message.” He paints the natural beauty of the world. Flowers, figures, landscapes. The work ranges from abstract to impressionistic and includes vivid colors and surface textures.


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


Crow’s Feet Commons
875 NW Brooks St., 541-728-0066,
Base Camp Studio Painting Marathon and music by ON ENSEMBLE.


330 SW Powerhouse Dr. Old Mill District, 541-749-9980
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 & 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.


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


High Desert Chamber Music
961 Brooks Street, 541-306-3988,
Open house featuring photography by Stacie Muller of Creative Images of Life and Michael Wheeler. These images were taken from live performances in past seasons, and feature well known groups such as the Crown City String Quartet, the Catgut Trio and Trio West. The Spotlight Chamber Players will be performing works by Mozart, Bach, Gershwin and Tchaikovsky. Wine and refreshments will be served, and visitors can get information about the new season. There will also be a drawing for two tickets to the opening night concert in September.

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. , Tucked between Thump coffee and Aleda Real Estate on upper Minnesota. 541-388-0155,
Karen’s latest jewelry explores architecture and the creative process. If you are curious about what goes into designing award-winning jewelry you should stop by, Karen has been creating custom designed jewelry in downtown Bend since 1987. Her latest paintings continue to explore her fascination of wild and domestic animals and the impact they have in all our lives. She calls this show, Field Guide: Predator and Prey. If you cannot make it to First Friday, Karen is in the shop Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:30am-5pm and by appointment at other times.


Legum Design
922 Bond St., 541-306-6073,
Featuring Christine Hanlon. Hanlon is an Oregon native emerging artist currently living in Bend. Christine currently focuses primarily on the ancient wax based medium of encaustics. Encaustic painting is a combination of beeswax, pigment and damar resin (a tree sap from Indonesia). Each layer of wax medium and pigment is fused to the next, to create luster and depth to achieve a sense of depth and atmospheric space.


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, Ste. 12, 408-250-2732,
Owner Mary Medrano shows her newest figurative works and dog paintings. Mary’s work has been shown in the United States and Italy. She has had several solo shows in California including John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, and Gallery Blu in Santa Clara, twice at Ameriprise Financial in San José and at Bank of America in Sunnyvale. She has had a solo museum show at
Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, California. She has participated in numerous group shows and has won several awards. Mary was also invited to show her work at the Florence Biennale in Florence Italy in 2007.


Mockingbird Gallery
869 NW Wall St., 541-388-2107,
Featuring The Art of Nature, which combines the talents of award-winning wildlife artists Mick Doellinger and Lindsay Scott. Enjoy wine, meet the artists and hear the jazz sounds of Rich Hurdle and Friends. Sculptor Doellinger and painter Scott share a passion for Africa, and their concern for conservation of wildlife worldwide. Their new works will be unveiled the month of September.
Doellinger’s impressionistic style in bronze is a stark contrast to Scott’s detailed drawings and paintings, but they complement each other well. Doellinger’s training was firsthand through taxidermy sculpting, and his goal was to create the most lifelike forms possible. Rebuilding and reconstructing the animals fascinated him, but he was more excited about creating fine art.
Scott is acclaimed for her dynamic and precise oil paintings and her exquisitely detailed pencil drawings, all of which convey the drama and spirit of African wildlife. She is a master at capturing the moods of the magnificent creatures that go about their daily lives in the vast and fascinating arena of Africa.


Art at the Oxford
Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota Ave., 541-382-8436
Photography by Dave Kamperman. Meet Kamperman, a professional photographer for over 35 years. His move to Bend in 1983 inspired his transition from formal wedding and portrait imagery to landscapes. He states that the beauty of Northwest scenery, particularly that of Oregon, displays the diverse and remarkable beauty of “the Creator’s design.” He chooses landscape photography to preserve this magnificence for future generations to enjoy. His passion for accurate representation leads him to continue the use of large format film which he feels surpasses most digital imagery in clarity, natural color saturation and resolution. For the past 10 years, he also creates unique hardwood frames for his images, finding great enjoyment in the matting and framing aspect of his art, “almost as much as the photography itself.” He recently added photos printed on metal to his presentation.
The exhibit continues thru September 26 in the lobby of the Oxford, open all hours. Billye Turner, art consultant, curates art displays for The Oxford Hotel lobby with additional information at 503-780-2828 or


Paul Scott Gallery
869 NW Wall St., Ste. 104, 541-330-6000,
Featuring Julee Hutchison and introducing Cary Weigand. Hutchison is a plein air painter whose work reflect her unwavering partnership with nature and her mastery of capturing the richness, colors and essence of our majestic outdoors. Weigand is an Oregon ceramic sculptor who draws from different spiritual traditions for the symbolic elements of her figurative works.


Piacentini Book Arts Studio & Gallery
2146 NE Ave., Ste 140, 541-633-7055,
A rare object, a sculptural experience, a means of direct communication, artist books radically reconceptualize the book as an artistic form—a hybrid form without rules or limits. Piacentini Book Arts presents Artist Books-The Quintessential 20th Century Art Form. The exhibit introduces the diverse aspects of artist books and features work by book artist and owner, Linda Piacentini-Yaple. Piacentini-Yaple’s work explores the diversity of the book form as sculpture, mixed media art, verbal exploration and social change using printmaking, letterpress, calligraphy and digital techniques. Johanna Drucker, author of the Century of Artists’ Books describes the artist book, “as a single impulse of expression in a variety of media. Symbolic forms of language and imagery demonstrate a vital form for immediate direct expression, and a means of direct communication.”


926 NE Greenwood Ave. 541-728-0527
Featured quilter will be Tammy MacArthur. The featured group will be the Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild. Both exhibits will be up thru Ocotber 1.

Red Chair Gallery
103 NW Oregon Ave., 541-306-3176,
When Pig’s Fly Through Rainbows features local artists Linda Swindle, Julia Kennedy and Joanie Callen.
Every time Swindle sits down in front of a blank canvas or a piece of paper, she intends to paint something “serious.” She looks through her photos and references; ponders, thinks and plans. Then she looks out the window at her ranch toward the cows or horses or even her family dog, Captain, and once again she finds herself painting an animal with vivid colors, expression and personality. Animals seems to touch us like nothing else and it brings Linda such pleasure to paint creatively and bring others such happiness and a smile.
Kennedy started beading after she moved to Seattle in 1995 and needed a rainy day hobby. Since then she has sold her bead-woven jewelry at dozens of juried art shows around the North West. She moved to Bend in 2003 and in the past year has branched out to create jewelry using leather and soutache techniques.
Callen is a mosaic artist who studied the classical mosaics in Ravenna, Italy. The technique she learned was the ancient Byzantine method of setting tesserae (pieces of glass) directly into a mortar bed. The Italian experience inspired her to translate the ancient technique into a modern interpretation. Then with vibrant glass, colored mirrors, dichroic glass and many sparkly objects all combined with Joanie’s sense of whimsy and love of color she creates fanciful creatures and colorful mirror frames that will brighten your home and life. Callen’s love of color, especially strong saturated color dominates her work. Callen spent her youth in Northern California but has had traveled extensively living in Germany for two years and visiting such exotic locales as Tahiti, Turkey, Capri, Santorini and Bora Bora. She has chosen Bend to spend the majority of her time and has been living in the area for seven years. Her travels and experiences influence the many colors and shapes she chooses to work with in her art. With the addition of a glass kiln to her studio, Callen’s latest creatures and works incorporate fused glass buttons, flowers, stars and various fanciful shapes. Each piece takes you just one step deeper into the creative mind of Joanie Callen.


Sage Custom Framing
834 NW Brooks St., 541-382-5884,
Featured artist for September – David Kinker – Rivers. His years of river guiding and river interpretation have made river corridors his intimate council and muse.
Come discover beautiful representations of river views and the magical healing waters from rivers throughout Oregon in the continuing discovery of our most beautiful places. Fresh gestural marks of color, interpretation of light on water and the record of process are the framework for David’s compositions.
Each painting is a discovery into a place of imperfect perfection where meditation and motion collide and color and texture wrestle, as it is in the running of a river.


Tower Theatre
835 NW Wall St, Bend,, 541-317-0700
5-7pm, visitors will have a rare chance to get a “behind the curtain” glimpse of the production team and cast rehearsing and putting the finishing touches on Les Miserables, prior to its opening on September 12. This will be the only chance to see and hear highlights of this production; the show is sold out for its entire eight performance run. The production team, headed by directors Mike Nowak and Brad Ruder, will be on hand to oversee the rehearsal and answer questions from the audience about the two-year journey that “Les Miz” has taken from the page to the stage of the Tower. Les Miserables is the TONY Award-winning musical based on the novel by Victor Hugo. The production at the Tower (and the showcase September 5) feature some of the finest classical singers in Central Oregon under the guidance of OperaBend co-founders Jason Stein and Nancy Engebretson. Admission to the Showcase is free.


Townshend’s Bend Teahouse
835 NW Bond St., Bend, 541-312-2001
Features artist Salvador Rookery’s exhibition Look at Me. Inspired from staggered impressions, summer dresses, spaghetti westerns and smoke. . . and potato bugs, Rookery spotlights the self-awareness of his generation and the strange deeds and happenings that occur and which are showcased on the internet by his contemporaries. A self-taught artist, Rookery, upwards of 30 years, lurks the streets of North Grand Forks, and though he is not one for the limelight, he has had his work shown in Thundergut Magazine, he’s designed album covers for controversial bands such as 9point5 and Dude Ranch, and his earliest works adorn the walls of the famous Driftwood South recording studio. He is an ordained minister and cat enthusiast.

Tumalo Art Company
450 SW Powerhouse Dr., Ste. 407, 541-385-9144,
The September featured artist is Helen Brown, watercolorist, who focuses on the Struggling Species of the Northwest. Brown works from her Sunriver studio. Using a process she calls watercolor batik, she paints on rice paper which adds a distinctive texture to her paintings. She has dedicated this exhibit to struggling species of the Northwest and will donate 50 percent of September sales profits to the Nature Conservancy. Her concerns—and her paintings—include the honey bee, Monarch butterflies, puffins and the spotted frog among others whose habitats are endangered, or whose populations are declining for various reasons. Helen’s watercolors have earned attention statewide and she was recently selected for publication in Splash, the Best of Watercolor, a nationally acclaimed hardcover collection.


Velvet Lounge
805 NW Wall St., 541-728-0303,
After uprooting from their Nashville home and full-time jobs in June of 2012, the husband and wife duo, You Knew Me When, set plans to tour the nation for a full year…however, they never stopped. Since that time they have been serving up their craft brewed compositions coast to coast throughout the USA and into Canada, released their first studio album You, Me, and the Rest of the World and have done so as a fully independent entity.
On September 5 the duo will continue their ongoing tour as they perform in Bend at Velvet. You, Me, and the Rest of the World conveys the dualistic melding of both Karisa and Cie’s musical styles. It is an album that parades between a fusion of progressive indie-rock and folk compositions all infused with a myriad of stirring beats. While blending their vocals, Karisa, who previously served as a Nashville public school music teacher, provides the piano, ukulele and glockenspiel, as Cie, who spent several years as the global events manager for Gibson Guitar, supplies the guitar and rhythmic nuances. The cumulative result is a musical style that blends a singer-songwriter soul with a pop/rock mentality.


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