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.
We have everything you need to make that one-of-a kind gift of jewelry. Whoever receives this will treasure it because you took the time to learn how to make it yourself. Check out our huge selection of beads including beautiful stones, pearls, crystals and sparkling gemstones. There will be finish findings in sterling silver or gold fill and much in brass, pewter and copper.
910 Harriman, Ste. 110, Bend, 541-617-8854.
Handcrafted distilled spirits from America’s most award-winning craft distillery. The Bendistillery Tasting Room offers free tours and tastings daily. Sample the entire Crater Lake family of spirits, as well as get a glimpse behind the scenes with an ever-changing selection of custom cocktails, new projects and works in progress.
Located just west of Bend on Highway 20. Open Monday through Saturday 11am–5pm and Sunday 11am–4pm. 541-848-0032.
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.
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].”