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Editorial - Renee Patrick

Happy New Year

Read more: Happy New Yearby RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor


I believe in living life the way that you want to live it every day, and if you do that, you don’t really need to have New Year’s resolutions. Tom Ford


I love our cover image this month. Dorothy Eberhardt’s Smith Rock Snow to me represents a new perspective on the familiar. Looking at something as simple as our iconic landscape changed by snow and ice translates into a meditation on other aspects in our lives that have become routine, and resolving to learn how to see them with fresh eyes once again.


Instead of waiting on the new year to make a fresh set of resolutions, deciding to do things differently or make some much needed changes, why not throw that out the window and meet each day with the intention to great the familiar with a new perspective.


Take a new route to work, wake up at a different time, walk the dogs in a different part of your neighborhood. You might discover something new or find a new appreciation for what has lost meaning in routine.


Central Oregon is brimming with events, and I bet you can find something to do on our calendar that you have never done before. See our community from a different perspective by attending a new event.


Resolutions don’t always stick, so don’t make any. Just try a new perspective.


Gift Locally

by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor


The holidays are here! While you contemplate that perfect something for family, friends or even yourself, think about gifting locally.

The draw and ease of shopping online is strong, but we have amazing options for creative, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts to please anyone on your list. Our gift guide highlights some of these great local offerings (pages 4-7) as well as the Old Mill District’s Inspiration Guide.

Art lovers will be thrilled with the paintings, ornaments, jewelry, sculpture and more available at local galleries. The Artists’ Gallery in Sunriver features the talents of 25 local artists and Tumalo Art Co. will delight with gift ideas from their Winter Salon show. LUMIN Art Studio has jewelry, paintings and prints, and Red Chair Gallery features artworks of all kinds; 10 percent of their December sales will be donated to the Bethlehem Inn, yet another reason to shop local.

What about a staycation? Black Butte Ranch is perfect for a wintery get-away gift, or head to Summer Lake Hotsprings for a soak in the snow.

Classes are a great way to give the gift of education. Terpsichorean Dance Studio has classes for all ages, Cascade School of Music offers all kinds of music education and Art in the Mountains has workshops for the painters on your list.
Put a sparkle in someone’s eye with a custom designed piece of Oregon Sunstone jewelry at Douglas Fine Jewelry, or an incredible creation from The Jewel, John Paul Designs or The Wooden Jewel in Sunriver; these handcrafted works of art are stunning and original.

What about that wine and spirit lover? Look to Maragas Winery or Bendistillery for some handcrafted and delicious beverages (also great to serve at your holiday parties!)

Central Oregon’s got you covered this season. Shop local and thrill everyone on your list this year.


Arts Summit Takeaway: Matter by Mattering

by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor


During the first regional Arts Summit, a collaboration with the Oregon Arts Commission and the Arts & Culture Alliance, a prominent national arts leader and advocate, Doug Borwick, provided the keynote address with an important theme: community engagement is key to the survival of the arts.

Citing a precarious public trust in arts organizations across the country, he noted that Central Oregon is already ahead of the curve since we had voted in a very unique piece of legislation last year that created a public fund for cultural tourism. This, however, would not be enough to keep the public trust alive, arts organizations must matter by mattering, or in other words, need to be in service to the community.

“Communities are not resources to be exploited. It is from the community that the arts develop and thrive,” Browick explained. “For the survival of arts organizations they must be valuable contributors to the community…especially for those who don’t think the arts apply to them.”

Borwick suggested to start by asking yourself, your board or your employees: How are the lives of the people in your community made better by the work that you do? Working towards a service-oriented approach can help organizations learn how to interact with the community by first understanding how they interact with your art/event/organization.

One example of how an organization can change their thinking about engagement is to avoid the term outreach. “It is well-intentioned, but it has the effect of placing the “outreacher” in the center,” Borwick said. “There is an implicit assumption, though usually not intended, that those that are out need to come in. It can have the effect of placing extra distance between the arts organization and its community.”

The take-away was clear: for the health and sustainability of the arts in a community, you must be a valuable contributor to that community. You matter by mattering.

What is Your BendFilm?

by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor


Everyone experiences BendFilm differently. Choosing among 94 films watched over four days at seven different venues ensures an entirely different combination of movies for each festivalgoer. Often when I’m standing in line on Sunday after three days of the festival, I poll those around me for their favorite films, and they are always the ones I haven’t watched.


It’s so hard! The documentaries are riveting and cover every subject under the sun. This year the films range from Freeload, documenting the life of a hobo, to Slingshot, a tale about the eccentric genius of Segway inventor Dean Kamen, to Heaven Adores You, the intimate inquiry into the life and times of Portland singer Elliot Smith.


And the narratives? BendFilm Director Todd Looby called Bob Birdnow’s Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self one of the best films he saw last year and Kumuko: The Treasure Hunter one of the more original movies in the festival. A is  for Alex is hilarious and I Believe in Unicorns is a fascinating coming of age story.


And the shorts! I love the shorts. Smart, funny, witty and bizarre, shorts this year run the gamut from local Richard Scott Nelson’s poignant look at our well-know waterway, Rivière Des Chutes, to animated films like Eye in Tuna Care and Women Who Hates Plants.


The best part? Getting transported to other worlds, other imaginations and emerging from the theatre unsure of the time of day, the day of the week or even where you are.


What is your BendFilm?