What started in the not so great recession of the 21st century and has survived and thrived for the past five years? The Red Chair Gallery in downtown Bend.
In early 2010 a group of local artists felt there was a missing piece in the local art scene and after months of hard work, the Red Chair, a membership style gallery, was born. Located at the busy corner of Bond and Oregon Streets, the Red Chair Gallery is an example of perseverance, determination and the shared efforts of the over 30 members and partners that keep it going.
Today, it is a must see for anyone visiting the area and a favorite stop for locals. Each month, First Friday welcomes the latest works of up to three rotating gallery artists by providing them a larger than normal space offering them greater exposure throughout the month.
Along with the ever changing featured artists, the group keeps things fresh by rotating artist placement, putting up new works on a regular basis and occasionally bringing in new artists.
Anniversary Special for our customers!
The four partners that make up the ownership group of the gallery include Linda Heisserman, membership director; Rita Dunlavy, finance director; Lise Hoffman-McCabe, marketing director and Dee McBrien-Lee, gallery director. Each of the partners will be raffling off a work of art, one item per week in August for anyone spending $100 or more in a single purchase.
Items include porcelain pottery, kiln fused glass, pastel and oil paintings. Additionally, two of the partner owners will be featured artists in August: Heisserman and her lovely porcelain ceramics and McBrien-Lee’s imaginative acrylic abstracts. Rounding out the show will be Julia Kennedy’s beautifully crafted bead work jewelry.
So drop in for First Friday or any day in August and see what is new, enter the raffle or just visit with friends.The Red Chair Gallery is a real Bend original.
Red Chair Gallery
103 NW Oregon Ave.