Featuring the work of photographer Michael Jensen and jewelry artist Teresa Bowerman. Join the Friends at a reception for the artists November 2, 1:30-4pm.
Photography has been Jensen’s passion for over 40 years. He loves to photograph everything from landscapes and architectural images to weddings, portraits, family reunions and senior class pictures.
Jensen teaches photography and Photoshop through Central Oregon Community College and the La Pine Parks & Recreation District, and also volunteers at LaPine High School and teaches a variety of photography workshops. He describes Central Oregon as a “photographer’s wonderland and it is invigorating to be able to do what you love doing, and get a fair wage for it. Not only am I extremely blessed to live in a beautiful area of the world to photograph, but I am surrounded by a group of peers, friends, mentors and students who continually challenge me to learn more and to become a better photographer.”
Bowerman came to America at the age of 20 on a scholarship to study linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. She stayed on there to do graduate work in international communications. In order to help pay for a younger brother’s education, she moved to San Francisco to work as a lab tech at the University of California Medical Center and teach English as a second language courses in the evenings. She moved to the Bend/Sunriver area after marrying Jay Bowerman and has been a resident and frequent community volunteer here for the past 40 years.
Bowerman thinks of herself as a professional volunteer. She and Jay founded the Second Tern thrift shop in Sunriver 25 years ago. As a result, recycling is now in her blood – don’t be surprised to see some “refurbished and refreshed” components in her jewelry collection, where she may combine existing pieces with new materials and ideas. In addition to her jewelry work, Teresa has taught Chinese and Japanese cooking classes and demonstrations for over 15 years.
Although she is an accomplished jeweler and has shown her work at several galleries in Bend and Sunriver, Teresa describes her beading and jewelry-making as “a fun hobby.” She loves working with pearls and semi-precious stones in most of her pieces, and her style tends to be simple and understated.
Teresa is donating all of the proceeds from sales of her work exhibited at the Library to the Friends of the Sunriver Area Library.