Party This Friday with Bend ArtWalk, Downtown & Old Mill

Franklin Crossing celebrates with watercolors, High Desert Journal marks seven years at Atelier 6000, Environment Inspires at City Hall, Summer Color at Red Chair, the Wonders of Water Media at Sage Framing and the Old Mill cruises with Lubbesmeyer, Lahaina Galleries and Tumalo Art Company.


1. Atelier 6000 541-330-8759 2. Bella Moda 541-550-7001 3. City Hall 541-388-5517 4. Desperado 541-749-9980 5. Franklin Crossing’s Art in the Atrium 541-382-9398 6. Karen Bandy Studio 541-388-0155 7. NW Home Interiors 541-323-3232 8. Red Chair Gallery 541-306-3176 9. Sage Custom Framing & Gallery 541-382-5884 10. Strictly Organic 541-647-1402 11. Tumalo Art Co. 541-385-9144

 Art in the Atrium at Franklin Crossing 550 NW Franklin, celebrates First Friday with Watercolors of Central Oregon by Helen Brown, Hyon Fielding, Charlene Gerrish and Chris Keylock Williams. Ceylon Blue at Franklin Crossing will serve appetizers and wine with the popular Tommy Leroy Trio performing jazz: Andy Armor, piano, George Bouhey, drums and Tom Freedman, bass.           
Brown presents watercolor batiks painted on ginwashi rice paper and with colors and images protected by applying molten wax that is removed upon completion. A frequent award winner in watercolor, she qualified for signature membership in the National Watercolor Society (NWS) in 2008 and served as co-chair of the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) Fall Convention and Exhibition at Sunriver Resort in 2011.  
Keylock Williams paints in an expressionistic style using aqueous edges softening rigid shapes and strong colors in paintings of the high desert Cascades, rocky gorges and agricultural valleys. One of the Northwest’s most noted watercolor artists, numerous publications, including Watercolor Expressions, feature her images. A signature member and award winner in the NWS, Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the Northwest Watercolor Society, she participated in exhibitions in the US and abroad.  
Fielding shows scenes depicting high altitude light in clear desert air that communicate her strong emotional response to her home environment in Fossil.  A native of South Korea prior to her US residency, her work appeared in the 2010 NWS 90th Annual Open Exhibition and the 2012 WSO Aqueous Media Show with Juror Stephen Quiller selecting her art for an Award of Distinction.
Gerrish presents images from her time in Central Oregon and brief glimpses from her current California life. The artist paints graphic, large-scale images, often cropped for interest, in layered, brilliant staining colors.  A signature member of the NWS and Watercolor West, her awards include the Audubon Artists’ Philip Isenberg Award (NYC).  Watercolor Artist magazine published her water reflection images (April ‘12) and Splash 14: Light and Color will publish her art in their new book. Billye Turner organizes exhibitions for Franklin Crossing and provides additional information at 541-382-9398. 

Atelier 6000 389 SW Scalehouse Ct. Suite 120.  541-330-8759,  High Desert Journal – Seven Years and Fifteen Issues. An eclectic selection of art published in the High Desert Journal. Language of the West is a visual exploration of the artists who have been published in High Desert Journal. Artists includes Fred Birchman – Seattle, Jim Leisy – Sherwood, Alan Brandt – Bend, Pete Hickok – San Francisco, Ingrid Lustig – Bend, Patty Freeman Martin -Terrebonne, Dawn Emerson – Terrebonne  and Myrna Massey – Springdale, Utah. High Desert Journal is a biannual literary and visual arts magazine and website dedicated to further understanding the people, places and issues of the interior West, a distinct region abounding in history, creativity and flux.

Bella Moda 1001 NW Wall St, 541-550-7001. Open for First Friday.

Bend City Walls at City Hall Exhibition 710 NW Wall Street. 541-388-5517  City Walls at City Hall Art Show celebrates its fourth month of exhibiting. The theme of the show is INSIDE::OUT “Bend’s external environment inspires our internal environment (mental, physical, emotional & spiritual).”  Partnering with the Environmental Center, artists have expressed the theme through a variety of media that should not be missed.
The Meet the Artists/Partners 6pm event will look into the hearts and minds of two more artist and environmental organization teams. Scheduled to talk about their work and passion for the environment are artist Eileen Carlton and Michael McLandress of Trout Unlimited—Deschutes Chapter and artist Jennifer Poncia and Bend Gordon of 1000 Friends of Oregon. The free gift certificate drawing event at City Hall on First Friday at 7pm will include giveaways from All Mixed Up, Greg’s Grill, Olivia Hunter and Salon Essenza. The public is invited and asked only to be present to win.

Cascade School of Music 200 NW Pacific Park Lane, on the Deschutes River, just upstream from the Portland Ave. Bridge. 541-382-6866 First Friday Parents’ Night Out…call to hold your spot. Kids age 4 to 12 enjoy supervised art and music-related activities, then end the evening with a musically-inspired, age-appropriate movie (complete with popcorn).

Desperado Contemporary & Nostalgic Western Store 330 SW Powerhouse, Old Mill District. 749-9980.  Painter Barbara Slater lives in Bend and is inspired by the “out west” way of life and cowboy culture with a touch of city glitz.  Painting oils with energy and spirit, this artist’s pigmentation is rich and succulent, while her brushwork is bold and responsive.  Slater continues her studies with different genres, painting still-lifes, florals, landscapes and animals.  Animals are her present focus with images of vibrant roosters, horses, cows and other barnyard residents.  Painting these rural inhabitants with love and respect, Slater gives each animal an attitude and personality. She will be featuring new works through August with a special event on August 10 with a Western Rendezvous discount on select items.  

Douglas Jewelry Saint Clair Place on Minnesota St. #106, 541-389-2901, Kim Kimerling: Multicultural Symbologist who works with many types of media creating two and three dimensional art with strong ethnic symbolism. His art is often figurative and abstract in nature.

John Paul Designs 1006 NW Bond St., 541-318-5645. Custom Jewelry + Signature Series. Specializing in unique, one of a kind wedding and engagement rings in a variety of metals.

Karen Bandy Design Jeweler Last chance to buy raffle tickets! 25 NW Minnesota Ave. #5, 541-388-0155. Karen Bandy celebrates 25 years designing in Central Oregon with an anniversary celebration at her studio on First Friday. To mark the occasion, she is donating a custom-designed carved horse pendant, selling raffle tickets with 100 percent of funds raised going to Healing Reins charity. (Raffle tickets may be purchased through Bandy and Healing Reins volunteers. The drawing will be held July 6 at First Friday.
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Lahaina Galleries at the Old Mill, 541-388-4404,  Featuring local artists Katherine Taylor (impressionist), Mollie Jurgenson (mixed-media abstract, Mytchell Mead (metal sculpture) and Jason Waldron (high desert/Manzanita wood sculpture). Lahaina Galleries 36th Anniversary Party! Sunday, July 22, 9am-2pm.  See new works by attending artists: Robert Bissell, Hisashi Otsuka, Alessio and Marcello Bugagiar, Donna Young, Mytchell Mead and Jason Waldron.

Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery  The Old Mill District, 2nd Story Loft, 541-330-0840, Featuring the fiber art and paintings of twin artists, Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer.  The twins’ love of the nature as well as their interest in architecture is represented through the twins’ unique collaboration of blending their styles.  Visit the gallery and studio for a view of their latest work on exhibit as well as in process.

Mockingbird Gallery 869 NW Wall St, 541-388-2107, Sharing Visions.  Jack Braman and Richard McKinley two person show.  First Friday enjoy the sounds of Rich Hurdle and Friends. Braman’s acrylic paintings express the emotional and spiritual relationships he feels for the landscape.  He is a native Oregonian who focuses on the waterways and landscapes of the Northwest:  the Columbia Gorge, the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range and the Idaho Sawtooth range, as well as the Carmel coastal area.  
McKinley grew up in the Rogue Valley of Oregon and enjoyed the beautiful forests, mountains and rivers of Southern Oregon.  He works very closely “en plein air” on location, which has led to a much greater appreciation of the natural world. He divides his time between painting the locations he is passionate about and reinterpreting those paintings back in the studio.  

Paul Scott Gallery 869 NW Wall St., 541-330-6000 grand opening on July 6. The Paul Scott Gallery represents a group of classically-trained national and international fine artists working in diverse styles ranging from realism to non-representational abstract. The opening exhibit will feature works of more than 20 artists including Angie Renfro, Valery Shmatko, Jean Jack,  Larissa Aukon and Timur Akhriev.  You can find the gallery down the breezeway opposite the Boken restaurant.

QuiltWorks 926 NE Greenwood Ave., 541-728-0527, the Featured Quilter will be Donna Rice whose work communicates an abstract expression of a timeless tradition. The theme exhibit will be Landscape Quilts from Central Oregon quilters. Both exhibits will be up until August 1.

Red Chair Gallery 103 NW Oregon Ave. in the historic O’Kane Building, 541-306-3176.Summer Color featuring Sue Gomen-Honnell whose preferred medium is watercolor because of its luminosity and her ability to create a journey in light, mood and colors. Her inspiration comes from her various travels, but she finds her favorite subject to be Central Oregon where she has lived for over 30 years.  Eleanor Murphey creates stoneware pottery glazed with a wax resist technique that gives the impression of stained glass on pottery.  Her unique, functional, colorful high fired stoneware is original ceramic art that will grace your home. Beryl Foust-Hovey is a “colorist” with an intuitive eye for creating paintings that “pop.” She loves working in pastels although they are messy, as most artists materials are, they are worth it to achieve the layering and vibrant colors she is known for.

Sage Custom Framing & Gallery Exhibits 834 NW Brooks St., 541-382-5884.  The Wonders of Water Media by Shelly Wierzba is a collection of recent work inspired by the human figure and the Central Oregon landscape.  Wierzba, a member and officer of the Plein Air Painters of Oregon, and juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, states that her process is dictated by the mood of her inspiration. Wierzba laughs as she tells the story of creating one of the paintings on display at Sage Gallery.  “It’s a painting from memory of Mule Creek Canyon on the Rogue River.  I got so frustrated with it that I took the painting to the backyard and blasted it with the hose!  When I let it dry and began to paint on it again, I got all these little dots on the surface.  The force of the water blast altered the absorbency of the paper.  I worked with it and it actually contributed to the misty mood of the finished painting.”

Strictly Organic Coffee 6 SW Bond St. Framed images by Bend landscape photographer Stuart L. Gordon thru July. Gordon, who has participated in many exhibits and First Friday Art Walks, will showcase landscape images from Oregon, Big Sur, Colorado and the Southwest.
Gordon focuses on Central Oregon landscapes but also travels extensively to bring back images from the beautiful areas he visits. In addition to working on a book of images of Oregon, he is planning photography excursions to the Eastern Sierra in the fall and Mt. Rainier this summer.

Thump Coffee 25 NW Minnesota, 541-388-0226, Journeys Art Quilt Group displaying their vision of local activities for the third consecutive year at Thump.  This year they will connect two major activities; the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and the Cascade Cycle Classic both held in Central Oregon each July.  Each quilt represents a variety of techniques using color, fabrics and embellishments. Jean Wells used a photo transfer technique of an Ethan Erickson photo. Ruth Ingham created an abandoned bike wheel thrown into a rock garden using unique fabric to recreate a tire.  Sue McMahan’s creation is comprised entirely of hexagons and also printed text on fabric to create her theme.  Joanne Myers pictures a criterion winner, while Charlene Kenny created a quilt  based upon pictures her sister took while on a long distance bike ride from San Diego to St. Augustine. Donna Rice and Mary Stiewig found wheels and gears to be their inspiration.

Townshend’s Bend Teahouse 835 NW Bond Street, 541-312-2001. Features Photography by Michael Javins who traveled to the home of some of the world’s finest oolongs, Taiwan, a country with breathtaking landscapes; a culture steeped in the centuries old traditions of mainland China, yet fiercely independent and with amazing food. During his travels, Jarvis met tea farmers and merchants and experienced every aspect of tea from the bush to the cup.  
The images from Taiwan: A Tea-lover’s Voyage is a small collection from Jarvis’s travels. Enjoy the glimpse of the sights and culture of Taiwan with your cup of tea. Javins is a web developer with a photographic avocation, a sometimes musician and a full-time tea advocate.  He has pursued photography in stages from vacation snap shooter to hobbyist to a part-time business.

Tumalo Art Company at Old Mill District, 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. #407, 541-385-9144,  The Four Seasons, a show featuring Paul Alan Bennett’s signature “knit” look gouache paintings and Mary Marquiss’s rich watercolors. Bend Wine Cellar will host a wine tasting during First Friday 5-7pm. Show includes a series of four seasons of vineyard images commissioned for Bend Wine Cellar for use on their wine labels, and new work. A print of the vineyard series will be available. Bennett’s seasonal series features views of Central Oregon in different weather, seen through the windshield of a  car in his whimsical style. He will present a free demo Knitting with Paint, July 13 from 3-5pm at the gallery.

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