This past First Friday at Bend City Hall, the People’s Choice Award winner for City Walls at City Hall’s GROWING::UP Art Show was announced: Helen Brisson for her textile art, Nurturing the Future, inspired by the work of Healthy Families of the High Desert.
Visitors attending First Friday, September October were given ballots to vote for one of 15 artists that best portrayed the exhibit’s theme, “Bend inspires its children: our future.” The artists were paired with 15 child-focused organizations to explore the theme through the work of the non-profit.
Helen was in PLACE::TWELVE, the first City Walls at City Hall show, where she was awarded the one-time given Judges’ Choice Award for her textile piece inspired by a photograph of historic Bend, Vicki Shuck received the People’s Choice Award for her work inspired by the Bend 2030 focus area Strong Community.
You can see more of Helen’s work in the upcoming Sister’s Quilt show, where she is the featured long arm quilter, as an invited artist in the Quilt 2 Rivers Show.
Healthy Families of the High Desert is Oregon’s Healthy Start Program, offering weekly intensive home visits for first birth, high-need families a one-time welcome home visit to all families with newborns. Learn more about their vital work on their website.
BONDING::WALLS Bend’s Downtown Inspires CITY WALLS AT CITY HALL’s New Art Show
On First Friday, December 4 at Bend City Hall, the City Walls at City Hall’s Art Show, BONDING::WALLS, will highlight the art of thirteen selected artists in an unusual way. Each artist, inspired by the theme “Bend’s Downtown inspires community,” was given a block of Bond or Wall Street to interpret as their artwork. Bond Street artwork will hang in their natural order on one side of City Hall, Wall Street on the other, recreating Bond Wall inside City Hall, through the eyes of the artists.
Each show selects an artist to be inspired by the Bend 2030 focus area that aligns with the theme. BONDING::WALLS will have its first artist collaboration piece, inspired by the focus area “Vibrant Economy”.
In addition to the art, a drawing for free gift certificates from a variety of downtown businesses will be held at 5:30, 6:30 7:30pm at City Hall at each First Friday with the “Meet 4 of the Artists” event on First Friday from 5:30—6:30pm.
The BONDING::WALLS Art Show is up at Bend City Hall from December 4, 2011 thru March 2012, opened First Fridays from 5 – 8pm Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.
City Walls at City Hall is a program by The City of Bend Arts, Beautification & Culture Commission. Info: www.ci.bend.or.us/city_walls_at_hall.html.