by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor
Kimry Jelen’s brush strokes are a journey, not a destination. Her paintings express a love of working with horses, and are made all the richer for the individual connection she has with each animal. She is a firm believer that the balance between her work training horses and her career as a painter is essential to her happiness and productivity. The deep hues and rich colors of her pallet create intimate portraits of the majestic animals, all inspired by the astonishing array of colors she finds in the mountains outside her Sisters studio.
“The wilderness is where I find my inspiration and get grounded when I ride horses or even hike; nature is better at complementary colors than I will ever be,” Jelen explained. “I study lichen and moss and think it’s amazing how many lessons nature gives us as far as color studies, I may not paint that lichen on that rock, but I’ll go home and have those colors in my mind and combine that in my paintings.”
Jelen’s path to becoming a successful painter began with a nurturing and artistic family, however because art was seen more as a hobby than a profession, she was encouraged to choose a more “career” track in college. “The closest thing I could find was fashion design,” she explained, “so I found ways to do art like painting colorways (color palettes in the fashion industry), but then the computer took over and the creative process wasn’t there like before. Even sketching the clothing was all computer generated. I was in for 12 years, and then I decided to move to Montana to be a cowgirl and get in touch with the outdoors.”
She has always been drawn to horses and explains getting her first horse at 16 was a pivotal moment. “Art and horses were my loves growing up,” she said. The two passions finally came together in Montana. I started painting for fun again, started to get back to my roots,” Jelen stated. While she was learning the horse trade, she became more and more confident in her paintings, creating a powerful combination that stands in her life today.
A move back to Portland for family reasons prompted her to tap into the numerous opportunities to take art classes. “I was self taught until that time, and I thought I should learn how to use the mediums,” she explained. “I took weekend workshops, and during a figure drawing class one afternoon when we were drawing a women who was on her side, [I thought] her hip, waist and shoulder looked like a horse; the outline looked like the back of a horse, so I started drawing a horse instead of the model. After that I started painting horses, it just kind of happened.
Artists’ Gallery Sunriver Village
The Best Present is a Gift of Art! Artists’ Gallery in the Sunriver Village features a collective of 25 local Central Oregon Fine Artists. The gallery is in its fourth year in Sunriver - from wall art to handcrafted fine jewelry, functional and decorative pottery, art glass, quilting and hand-loomed wearables, functional wood art and metal wall art. Unique collectible gifts!
Hours: Open 0am to 5pm, Closed Tuesdays. The Village at Sunriver, Building 19, 541-593-4382, www.artistsgallerysunriver.com
Cascade School of Music
Give the gift of music this holiday season with a gift certificate to Cascade School of Music. Music lessons and classes make a perfect gift for aspiring music students of all ages and abilities. For families with very young children, the school has an outstanding Kindermusik program that builds a great foundation and nurtures a love of music. For older children there are instrumental classes like beginning piano or guitar, as well as private lessons on all instruments.
200 NW Pacific Park Lane, Bend, 541-382-6866, www.cascadeschoolofmusic.org
Desperado Boutique located in the Old Mill District brings you fashion, footwear & gifts as unique as you. This holiday season Desperado features jewelry by Lenny & Eva. This one-of-a-kind line of jewelry lets you build and interchange pieces to make every necklace or bracelet as individual as you like. Pieces range from $8.95 to $37.50 and come with a guidebook to help inspire you. Desperado offers free gift wrapping and no-hassle returns.
330 SW Powerhouse Drive, Ste. 120, Bend, 541-749-9980, www.desperadowesternwear.com
Douglas Fine Jewelry
For over 30 years Steven and Elyse Douglas have been designing and creating original designs together. Douglas Jewelry Design specializes in the Oregon Sunstone, a unique gemstone native to Oregon. The gemstone crystals are responsibly sourced from claims near Plush, Oregon. The natural, copper bearing feldspar, Oregon Sunstone, has a wide range of colors from rich reds to exotic greens. Douglas Jewelry Design has the largest Sunstone gem and jewelry collection in the State of Oregon.
920 NW Bond St., Bend, 541-389-2901, www.douglasjewelry.com
High Desert Museum
Give the gift of discovery with a High Desert Museum membership. Visit otters, porcupines, raptors, reptiles and lynx. Connect with the past by engaging with living history characters. Explore changing exhibits and enjoy special events throughout the year. Family memberships start at $7.50 per month.
59800 S Hwy. 97, Bend, OR 97702, 541-382-4754, www.highdesertmuseum.org
Lumin Art Studios
Mckenzie Mendel Jewelry
The Winter 2014 collection is perfect for the holiday season. She specializes in high quality jewelry for women made of sterling silver and high karat gold. Her line includes earrings, necklaces and rings. www.MckenzieMendel.com
Meditative abstract artwork based in nature, feeling into the space where life’s energy and timelessness meet.
Bold, expressive abstract paintings and prints that will add soulfulness to your life, home and work space. Grab some of Alisha’s art prints for a unique and heartfelt gift, sure to make anyone’s living space hum. www.AlishaVernon.com
19855 Fourth Street, Bend, 541-510-7535, www.LuminArtStudios.com