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Editorial - Renee Patrick

Celebrating Strong Women

by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor


Read more: Celebrating Strong Women Central Oregon is inspiring. Not only for the mountain backdrop, cascading waterfalls and 300 days of sun, but for the entrepreneurial spirit, creative collaborations and, for me especially, the strong women roll-models found here.

We have an impressive collection of women-owned businesses in the high desert, and through the years of working for Cascade Publications (and under the mentorship of role-model and community leader Pamela Hulse Andrews), I’ve had the chance to tell many of their stories. From gallery owners and artists, to new product developers and leaders of family-owned businesses, we have an incredible trove of expertise to draw from, all resources that have greatly helped me take the leap in starting my own business too.

The MUSE celebration in March highlights this very spirit: by honoring girls and women who change the world through their creativity, community and social change efforts, and inspiring more to be catalysts for change in their communities, they predict the world can be a better place.

The MUSE conference starts on Friday, March 6, and continues throughout the weekend. At Bend’s ArtWalk on Friday night, 22 local artists will share their inspiration through a series of portraits celebrating women who have made a difference in the world. Pick up a map at Hot Box Betty and stroll downtown while you absorb the creative spirit of these ladies.

Another event that celebrates strong women will take place at the Patagonia store on March 12. Three women who have thru-hiked the 3,000 mile Continental Divide Trail (CDT) will join me that night for a fundraiser for the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, the organization working hard to complete and protect the youngest and longest of America’s long distance hiking trails. As I get ready for my solo hike on the CDT this April, these three have been great resources and excellent roll-models, come join us and hear some stories!

We have a wealth of experience and inspiration in our community, it’s going to be a great month to celebrate strong women in Central Oregon!


by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor


I measure time by how a body sways. ~ from Theodore Roethke’s poem I Knew a Woman


Have you experienced real flow before? To me flow can be a feeling that comes from gliding down the mountain on a powdery winter day, the movements effortless, the exhilaration sublime. Or when I’m working on an article and the words simply pour out onto the page of their own accord as if from some deep well of text I’m unaware of having tapped.


Flow is the ultimate state of being: the mind has room to explore, and often when I reach that place I get some of my best ideas or solve some of my most pressing problems.


Our cover artist Alisha Vernon spoke of the flow of painting when I met her in her studio. When listening to music while painting her cover piece, Painted Music, the tunes helped her enter a space of pure movement; the music enabled the flow.


I’ve discovered that time becomes distance when I reach that state. Many of you are aware that I’m getting ready for my long, long, long hike of the 3,000 mile Continental Divide Trail this spring, and one of the things I enjoy most about hiking for hours, days, weeks and months is the flow. My body moves perfectly at 3mph and after a few weeks on the trail I don’t have to think anymore. I step around rocks, over streams, and all the while I get to a very creative place where the movement enables a steady stream of ideas and some real deep thinking.


We all have different ways of reach that flow: music or movement are easy ways to tap into that space, and the results can be addicting. What gets you into the flow?

Happy New Year

by 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.