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Madras Studio on 5th Offers Student Art Classes

Studio on 5th, a multi-media art studio, in connection with the Madras Aquatic Center Recreation Program (MAC) is sponsoring an “Exploring Various Art Media” Summer Children’s Program at their studio located directly across the street from Rio’s, 220 SW 5th St., Madras.       

Classes will include block printing, introduction to wood burning and mask making with Sculpy.

“We want students to experience different creative art expressions,” explains studio partner Royce Embanks, who specializes in hand-carved and painted birds and fish.

Studio partner Sharon Miller carves, paints and does other multi-media creations along with Tom Miller, photographer who specializes in local area photos. Other artists include, Tasha Terrell, jewelry; Bill Montgomery, wood carving; Jean Montgomery, paintings; Harold Cassity, spoons and relief carving; and Al Kozak, wine bottle stoppers, made with Oregon woods.  

Studio on 5th also hosts the High Desert Carvers, an informal club which welcomes anyone interested in creative art expression to drop in to visit and see what it’s all about.

Embanks and Millers opened the Studio in 2003 on Sixth St. (formerly called Sixth Street Artist Studio), and moved to its present location in 2010.  Artists have worked with Best Care in offering art therapy classes for children after school hours.  

The Studio carries one-of-a-kind items including jewelry, woodwork, hand-painted folk-art, knit and crocheted items. Each year artists participate in the Deschutes County Sportsman’s Show in March and also at the fair in Redmond. Their work is shown for competition in shows at Lincoln City each January, San Diego each February, Burns and Victoria B.C. in April and Vancouver, Washington each September.  

Embanks was initiated to wood carving in 1986 at a demonstration at the Portland Forestry Center by Craig Strand, who became his mentor, because “He didn’t laugh at my first attempt.”  

He went home after the demonstration, carved a wood duck out of a 4 x 4 piece of wood, painted and put in eyes. He took the carving to the Feather & Quill Carvers Club in Vancouver, Washington and joined the club the next year. His carving was juried at the Wild Birds and Wood Show and he was asked to participate in that show. His first carving sold for $500.

Embanks won the Best of Division in the Antique Decoy Competition in Vancouver, Washington in 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he placed thrid Best of Show in San Diego. He won second and third places in World Fish Carving Championships in Reno in 2007 and received first in Canadian Fish Carving for a large mouth bass.  

Hours are limited to Saturdays, 10am to 2pm and Thursdays 3- 8pm.  Artists are also available for appointments most days. 541-325-1586, Royce & 541-475-4235 for the Millers.  


Jefferson County Library Community Read

Read more: Jefferson County Library Community ReadTwo books by William Sullivan have inspired a show called Oregon Hikes Inspire Creative Expression at Art Adventure Gallery in Madras. The show will include quilts, photographs and paintings by Sullivan’s wife, Janell Sorensen. Opening reception will be April 4, 5:30-7pm.   

To celebrate Jefferson County’s 2013 Community Read Book selections by Sullivan, including Listening for Coyote: a Walk across Oregon’s Wilderness and Cabin Fever: Memoirs of a Part-Time Pioneer, Sorensen will be a featured artist at Art Adventure Gallery.

Sullivan’s books are also the inspiration for Jefferson County Quilters, local photographer Bill Vollmer and a virtual tour of the amazing beauty of nature captured in a Google Earth Tour of Sullivan’s 1,361 mile solo backpacking trek in 1985 put together by Warm Springs librarian Craig Graham and Forest Service cartographer Bruce Wright.

Read more: Jefferson County Library Community ReadSorensen describes her technique, “My striagraphic interpretation of Oregon’s national park, Crater Lake, projects strata onto the landscape to show the dynamism of the exploded volcano. The illustration is actually a small study for the final work.” Sorensen explores Oregon and the world for her inspiration.

“Most of my work comes to life amid the paint tubes, brushes and easels of my Eugene studio.”

Well-known Madras photographer Bill Vollmer plans to display landscape highlights seen during Sullivan’s journey from the Southern Oregon coast to the Wallowa Mountains in Northeastern Oregon. Retired from the military, Vollmer’s work includes landscapes, publicity photos for local media and fine art through his studio, Mountain Photo and Graphics.

541-475-7701 or www.artadventuregallery.com.

Prineville’s Museum Brings History of Crook County to Forefront

Read more: Prineville’s Museum Brings History of Crook County to ForefrontPonderosa Pine Capital of the World exhibit anchors the new exhibit space in the expanded A. R. Bowman Memorial Museum.  

It includes The Woods and The Mill, two full size areas that highlight the workers, tools and history of the trade.

Native American exhibit brings history of the people and land of Crook County. The 1910 bank building is always filled with historical artifacts for viewing.

A.R. Bowman Memorial Museum, 246 N Main St., Prineville. 541-447-3715, bowmanmuseum.org. Open Tuesday thru Friday, 10am-5pm, Saturdays 11am-4pm.
Read more: Prineville’s Museum Brings History of Crook County to Forefront
Read more: Prineville’s Museum Brings History of Crook County to Forefront

Prineville College Campus Unveils New Sculpture

Read more: Prineville College Campus Unveils New SculpturePrineville’s new college campus, OSU/Central Oregon Community College, recently unveiled new work by local sculptor, Greg Congleton entitled Chaos to Order.

There are several hundred students already utilizing this beautiful facility for higher education as it is quickly making a difference for Crook County people to work toward advanced degrees. 

Penny and Phil Knight have graciously donated this fiber optically lighted 25-foot sculpture to Crook County.  The smaller rusty, fractured orb looks like it could be a globe once all the pieces came together. The large globe represents a whole new world opening up to those willing to learn and achieve it, explained Congleton.

“The barbed wire latitude and longitude elements represent the rural nature of Crook County and the unique perspective that rural residents bring to a world where technology and education are rapidly shrinking the distance between such communities and the rest of the world. The illuminated connecting swooshes represent the role of education in helping to get from ‘chaos to order.’ The lights are the ‘aha’ moments in learning that continue throughout one’s life. You are the light of the world!”

Greg Congleton – sculptor, 21143 Bee Tree Ln., Bend, 541-480-5245.

Jeanie Smith at Art Adventure Gallery

Read more: Jeanie Smith at Art Adventure GalleryArt Adventure Gallery in Madras presents It’s Personal solo show featuring local artist Jeanie Smith during October.  Opening reception is on Friday, October 5 from 5:30-7pm including refreshments and music provided by John Curnutt.

Smith’s contemporary collage on canvas is from her growing collection of photographs of her art and nature. Her images emerge from flowers; backgrounds are sometimes architectural or represent nature. As she cuts and layers the pieces, images and colors change providing depth, rhythm, strength and mystical meanings to the observer.

Smith said, “It’s Personal is a combination of many life connections, intertwined and important; masked with mystery but yet familiar. Although the collage work is created from my base of photos taken over a period of time from the life I am exposed to, you will recognize your life and the experiences of others as you view the show.

My contemporary collage collection is built from an ongoing search, camera in hand, for interesting images. Because of low vision, the camera has become my eyes. Details begin to emerge.  Selected photos are reproduced on canvas and added to a growing stock of raw materials. Approaching the process with a clear mind, void of clutter, pieces and parts are layered to a painted canvas.  Suddenly, a glimpse of a narrative appears.  In some work, I photo the unfinished canvas and use parts of it in the finished piece.  

With music in the background and intense lighting, I develop in the moment…without limitations or concern about the techniques of others. The possibilities are endless.  Images change as I cut, paint and apply.  The end result is up to you.  Because of your personal life, you may see a depth or layered meaning not observed by the person standing next to you.” 

541-475-7701, Jeanie Smith, 541-553-1712.