by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor
Colorado native Sheila Dunn grew up as an inquisitive dreamer; a childhood spent dancing and reading helped nurture the rich creative passion that began to emerge on canvas years later. Her work is heavy with color and exploration into the deeper realms of self, a combination resulting in gorgeous portraits of influential individuals in her life.
While at college at Colorado State, Dunn received a Bachelors of Fine Art in painting with a minor in art history, however her pivotal educational experience came during a study abroad semester in Italy.
“That was a real turning point in my art,” she explained. “Before that I wasn’t sure why I was pursuing art, was it the responsible decision? That experience really solidified that art is not a luxury; it is vital to our growth and progress as human beings. That was a really profound experience for me.”
Dunn experimented with many different styles over the years, but recently found a strong voice that has resonated with her. “My style has most notably changed in the past few years,” Dunn said. Recently turning 30, moving to Oregon from her home state of Colorado and getting out of a serious relationship has all led her to meditate on transitions.
“We go through these transitions, it’s kind of like falling apart, and [those times are] sometimes really vulnerable and scary; you feel exposed,” she explained. “The raw openness can feel kind of overwhelming, [but] if you are willing to stay open during those transition periods, it can be so productive creatively. As an artist or painter, those periods have resulted in some of my best work.”
Dunn reaches deep into the idea of self in her work, exploring the idea of integration and disintegration. “I’m very intentional about the way I apply paint. My brush strokes [are like a] fractal, breaking down an energy or form into smaller and smaller parts, and I always intentionally leave some of the background showing through the figure. I’m trying to represent the idea that everything we experience becomes a part of us. There is not a lot of separation there.”
While she has been exploring the imagery of energy breaking down into smaller and smaller parts since college, it has recently transitioned from being an element she explored in the background of her work as pattern or texture, but now is translated into the figure itself.
Women are represented frequently in her current paintings, and the figures speak to the strength of the feminine. “It had a lot to do with my mom; I was raised by a strong female figure,” Dunn explained. “I am learning to embrace the feminine qualities of vulnerability, tenderness and empathy, that’s really where the strength lies in a lot of ways.
“My models are incredible, gifted strong women [in my life] who maintain that softness to the world…you can be strong and still maintain a level of sensitivity, that’s what I was trying to explore [in the current series].”
Artists’ Gallery Sunriver Village
30 local artists! Visitors and art collectors alike enjoy holiday shopping at the Artists’ Gallery Sunriver located in the heart of the newly renovated Village at Sunriver. Mini originals paintings, ornaments, jewelry and original art items make fantastic stocking stuffers. Gifts of all price ranges can be found with Central Oregon’s fastest growing, most diverse art gallery.
Extended holiday hours, The Village at Sunriver, Bldg. 19, 541-593-2127, www.artistsgallery.com.
Arts Central The ART of Giving
Put a little creativity in your holiday shopping with Art Station gift certificates! They’re the perfect fit for everyone and can be used for Art Station classes or camps throughout the year. Get yours today at the Art Station in Bend or at www.artscentraloregon.org and check holiday shopping off your list.
Bend Factory Stores
Discover a whole new level of outlet shopping this season at Bend Factory Stores. Your favorite fashion destination offers exclusive brands to elevate your holiday shopping experience. With brand names like the Coach Factory Store, Coach Men’s Factory Store, Nike Factory Store, Carter’s and Pendleton Outlet, you’ll be able to find a gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list. You’ll save up to 65 percent this holiday season on must-have names in fashion, accessories and sportswear for all.
61334 South Highway 97, Bend, www.bendfactorystores.com.
DANI Naturals looks forward to connecting with the local community and visitors alike at our Holiday store. Drop by to sign up for our monthly give-away or to simplify your holiday shopping. We pride ourselves on using the best possible ingredients to create products that invigorate, soothe and nourish the mind, body and soul. From thoughtful gift baskets to luxurious soy wax candles, we offer locally crafted products that you will feel good about giving. Bring on the Holiday Cheer!
The Old Mill District next to Desperado, starting November 14- January 6, www.daninaturals.com.
Bend Dermatology Clinic along with DermaSpa offer the complete integration of beauty and medicine. With four board certified Dermatologists, two experienced Derm PA’s and a cosmetics team with a Nurse Practitioner, RN and two Estheticians, we have your skin care needs covered.
Holiday Botox Special ~ Mention this ad and receive 10 free units with purchase of 10 units.
Available thru November 22 (or while supplies last).
Bend Dermatology Clinic, 541-382-5712, DermaSpa, 541-330-9139, www.bendderm.com.
Desperado Boutique in the Old Mill District
Whether it’s on your naughty or nice list, every woman will want to snuggle up this holiday season in a pair of luscious flannels from PJ Salvage ($64.95) - the real pajama company. If it’s tops and bottoms or just bottoms you’re looking for, Desperado Boutique has a full line of night-time and loungewear to fill anyone’s wish list. Free gift wrapping and easy no-hassle returns guaranteed.
The Old Mill District, 541-749-9980 www.desperadowesternwear.com.
Deschutes Gift Baskets
Bend’s premier gift basket service featuring Northwest gourmet products for all your gift giving needs. We’re famous for our Craft Beer baskets. We print on ribbon in house and offer $10 flat shipping rate per basket (some conditions may apply). We specialize in developing personalized gift baskets for businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals. We offer a wide variety of gift baskets for the holidays, birthdays, get well, client appreciation or any other occasion.
61419 S Hwy. 97, Ste. B, south of Fred Meyer Shopping Center, Bend, www.deschutesgiftbaskets.com, 541-977-1036.
Enhancement Center Medical Spa
Holiday Specials treatments for $99 (Value of $220).
• 1 1/2 hour Massage & Facial
• 1 hour Spa Pedicure (includes Gel polish)
Must purchase by December 30, 2013 on web. Use by April 1, 2014. Ad must be presented to redeem services.
371 Upper Terrace, Suite 1, Bend, www.enhancementcenterspa.com, 541-317-4894.
Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards
Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards is the perfect place to host your holiday party or event. Come experience one of Central Oregon’s hidden gems. Taste our newly released Central Oregon cold hardy grape wines while we help you customize specialty gift packs for employees, family and friends. Come out and enjoy the holidays at the vineyard.
Now open! The best new local store in Bend for all your clothing, shoes, gifts books and toys. We have searched far and wide to find quality products at the most affordable prices. Clothing size newborn-14 years. Come see our large selection of shoes newborn to adult size 8.
Explore our extensive book selection while your children enjoy our play area or have fun trying on the latest in children’s fashions.
All of your locally crafted Wine, Cheese, Charcuterie, Gift and Chocolate needs right here at Maragas Winery. Experience the Holiday Spirit while tasting inside our beautiful Central Oregon Winery. Gift baskets on hand and made to order. Open daily and located just 1 mile north of the Terrebonne High-bridge on Highway 97 at 15523 SW Hwy. 97, Culver, Oregon. (35 minutes North of Bend and 10 to 15 minutes North of Redmond).
Red Chair Gallery
This is a great place to start your holiday shopping. From jewelry that sparkles and glasswork that glows, paintings to warm any space or a mug for cocoa, you will find something for everyone on your special list. From Gift Certificates and Lay-a-way to Wish Lists galore, we make holiday shopping fun, it’s never a chore! Visit the Red Chair Gallery, a membership gallery of local artists.
103 NW Oregon Ave., Bend, 541-306-3176. www.redchairgallerybend.com
Savory Spice Shop
With over 40+ distinctive gift packs including our two local favorites Oregon State Fare and Tastes Of Oregon, we are sure to have something for everyone on your list. Gift boxes range in size and start at just $19. Savory Spice shop offers over 400 products and 140 blends sold in quantities ranging from 1/2 ounce to pounds. Our products are ground fresh and blended weekly to provide our customers with the freshest product. We are located in the Old Mill District across from REI.
Sisters Drug & Gift
The quintessential shop for everyone’s true desires. Whether you are a rustic cowboy or a chic city visitor, you will find something that will surely tickle your fancy here. Our pharmacy and gift store has become a destination all of its own to those visiting Central Oregon. So come by and discover the greatness of top quality merchandise and customer service all in one fantastic downtown Sisters location.
211 E Cascade Ave., Sisters, 541-549-6221.
We strive to bring diverse tastes together using high quality farm ingredients blended with a comfortable casual décor. Our “restaurant for everyone” offers just that – something for everyone. Whether enjoying our house made soups, healthy salads, appetizers, favorite comfort foods or grilled steaks and seafood, our fresh ingredients stand out in each of our dishes. We offer a full service bar, a selection of Northwest micro beers and a broad selection of great value Northwest wines. Come celebrate the holidays at The Phoenix. Special menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve! Gift Certificates available.
594 NE Bellevue Dr., Bend, www.BendPhoenix.com, 541-317-0727.
The Wooden Jewel
A place to find that special piece of jewelry or wood creation for that discerning someone. Our collections of over 40 individual artisans from the local area and around the world are unique and finely crafted. We have something for everyone.
Come and meet one of our artists Sarah Graham who will be presenting her newest designs on December 21 from 4-8pm and again on Sunday from 10am-4pm. There will be wine and hors d’oeuvres from 4-8pm on Saturday.
Give The Gift of Entertainment. A membership at the Tower Theatre is a year of unique experiences and life-long memories.
Tower Members Receive: Advanced notice of shows, First call on tickets and Exclusive artist meet and greets.
Memberships are the perfect stocking stuffers and start at just $75.
Twigs Home & Garden
We invite you to slow down, relax and take a scenic drive to Sisters this holiday season. Enjoy the many treasures our quaint town has to offer while shopping for your loved ones. Here at Twigs Home & Garden we have a wonderful selection of gifts and home accessories. Looking for the perfect hostess gift for all those holiday parties? Choose from our eco-friendly Caldrea cleaning products, seasonal dishtowels and great cookbooks. We invite you to come visit, enjoy your shopping experience and see what we have in-store for you.
Stitchin' Post, 311 W Cascade St., Sisters, 541-549-6061, www.stitchinpost.com.
Experience the Season at Sage Springs Spa!
A gift certificate for Sage Springs Spa is the perfect gift for your special someone this holiday season. Whether the snow is falling or spring flowers are blooming, pamper them with one of our unforgettable seasonal spa experiences.
Great gift giving is just a phone call away.
541-593-7891, www.sagespringsspa.com to order your gift certificate now!