Birds In the Garden, a fun and color filled visual experience in Sisters, brings together four artists working in watercolor, ceramic tile, mosaic and fused glass. It’s a celebration of our feathered friends and gardening on the High Desert.... and it’s colorful.
Every year Kathy Deggendorfer, owner of Sisters Art Works, invites her favorite artist friends to fill the Entry Gallery with wonderful artwork. This year she’s pulled her favorite “flock” together and she’s chirping with excitement.
Watercolor artist Deggendorfer has created a whole flock of new images featuring chickadees and bluebirds. She spent all winter working on new tile designs specifically for this show featuring birds from her Sisters area garden. Her original watercolor paintings will be available as well as the tiles derived from them.
“My paintings are full of detail...layers and layers of dots and squares,” says Deggendorfer. “It is very fun to do tile because they are simple and direct -- just the color blocking of the birds and foliage but with a real attention to what makes that bird unique. I really love the pieces done on terra cotta tile...they just resonate with me.”
The show welcomes back Jenelle Kathan, a fused glass artist from the Portland area [moonbeamglassworks.com]. Deggendorfer found Jenelle’s work during an open studio project in Portland a few years ago and explains, “Others do fused glass, but nobody does it quite like Jenelle. She is a creative, innovative artist who really knows her medium. She is always searching for new methods and applications. An astute collector will get a new piece every year.”
Rochelle Rose Schueler of Bend has just burst on the scene with her colorful ceramic mosaics [wildroseartworks.com]. A real Renaissance woman, Rochelle can do it all...and does says Deggendorfer. “Her background in engineering gives her an advantage and enables her to execute beautiful and functional artwork that works on every level. The stepping stones and garden bench she has in the show were poured in her own custom-built concrete forms. Just back from intensive training in public art mosaic installation in San Francisco and New Orleans, Rochelle has created some truly wonderful bird-themed pieces for the show.”
Sisters area artist Susanne Redfield, owner of Kibak Tile, has created some unique, hand-painted tiles just for this show. Redfield is the creative force behind her successful tile company and is known for her simple stylized tile designs that grace the homes of the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow.
“We are thrilled to include some of her original work in this show,” concludes Deggendorfer.
Sisters Artwork s Entry Gallery, 204 West Adams Avenue. Through August 15, artist reception: 3:30-6:30pm July 9, M-F, 10am-5pm or by appointment, 541-420-9695
Master Chainsaw Artist J.Chester "Skip" Armstrong created a sculpture from an uprooting Ponderosa Pine. Skip donated the work to his Hometown Sisters, Oregon.
This is a short doc. by Joe Leonardi of Armstrong's carving process and the community event that was spontaineously held around it.
Portland area artists Curtis Finch and his daughter Lisa Finch-Wiser announce a combined exhibit of recent paintings and sculpture in the Black Butte Ranch Lodge Gallery. The exhibit will run through June 28.
The chance to finally exhibit with her 87 year old father, retired architect, Curtis Finch is a lifetime goal. “We are thrilled to share our vision of Central Oregon’s beauty through our indiviual interpretations of the area. Family and friends have urged us to exhibit our work side by side for years,” comments Finch-Wiser. “It also brings focus to our personal relationship as we accelerate through the constructs of aging. The Lodge Gallery is an ideal venue.”
Finch-Wiser’s dynamic representational paintings paired with her father’s freestanding sculpture will draw the attention of all who enter the naturally lit lodge entry. Landscapes in acrylic, watercolor and oil capture the nuance of seasonal color found in the Black Butte Ranch and the Metolius River areas. Her father simplifies nature’s patterns in wood construction and explores figuative work in cast bronze. Both artists’ work sensitively resonates with the intrigue of nature.
Finch was born in Boise, Idaho in 1926. He moved to Oregon in the early 1960’s to form the award winning architectural firm Fletcher and Finch. He holds the prestigious honor of being a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. His noted design for the golf course condominiums at the brand new Black Butte Ranch Resort in the early 1970s was a career highlight. This involvement initiated a formidable relationship with Central Oregon that resonates to this day where he relaxes in “the condo” (GC #103) throughout the year.
Curtis draws upon 40 years of practicing architecture to investigate and articulate his sculptural work. The foundation of his sculptural process is in wood and cast cement constructions. He cuts chunks, glues strips, casts and assembles. In a search for providing support for his constructions this inventive sculptor discovered cast concrete and soon found himself creating concrete shapes and juxtaposing them with the wood.
Finch’s latest artistic passion is bronze casting. Winter months spent in San Miguel, Mexico introduced him to an art studio that facilitates the complex process. Exploring figurative work adds a representational dimension to his body of assemblage pieces. His favorite new piece is an intimate sized canine most likely influenced by the dogs that proudly guard the roof tops in the charming central Mexican town.
Finch-Wiser was also born in Boise, Idaho and traveled west with the family when her father began practice in Portland. Her lifelong interest in art led her to a degree in art education. She made the decision to become a full time painter after a short term of teaching and after her three children were out of the nest.
Finch-Wiser’s representational style reflects the formidable training received while studying art and art history in Italy for a year. “I spent hours captivated in front of the most historically significant artworks created in the western world. These observations have been my greatest teacher and inspiration.”
Hood Avenue Art (HAA) announces their grand opening on May 23 in Sisters. This date coincides with the new road opening and the first of the Fourth Friday Sisters’ art and retail event.
Hood Avenue Art is an artist owned and operated fine art gallery featuring paintings, jewelry and custom-fabricated accessories for the home. Sisters’ newest gallery specializes in superb quality, unique and hand-crafted art by Central Oregon artists. HAA is comprised of mid-career, professional artists who exhibit a high level of commitment and caliber in their work.
Painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, metal works and photography are all represented at HAA in a range of contemporary and traditional styles. Many of the artists are available for custom projects.
HAA artists represent a span across cultures and generations, from the original oil painting of long-time favorite wildlife painter Rod Frederick to hot young metalsmiths, Justin Kelchak and the team of Orion Forge, who bring their waterfalls, stair railings and award-winning fire pits. Katherine Taylor, a contemporary oil painter with an old masters influence, exhibits figurative, still life and landscapes and offers commissioned portraits, Winnie Givot is an internationally known watercolor artist whose paintings are in the collections of Barack and Michelle Obama, John Kitzhaber and the Chilean Congress.
Tina Brockway and Mitch and Michelle Deaderick represent one-of-a-kind ceramic fine art, as well as custom tile and pottery commissions for the home. Kathleen Keliher, Patricia Freeman-Martin and Vern Bartley exhibit paintings, photographs and mixed media prints that speak of their personal artistic journey through the landscape.
Finally, the hand-crafted jewelry and Oregon Sunstones from Douglas Fine Art Jewelry partners Steven and Elyse Douglas bring sparkle and wearable elegance to the gallery.
With Suttle Lake Lodge’s Boathouse Restaurant underwater, the Ski Inn struck by a tree and short-term hopes of a Cibelli’s Pizza or Dairy Queen dashed, eating choices in Sisters are getting mighty thin. But Hop N Bean taphouse pub is fixin’ to change that.
Just nine months old, Hop N Bean is going through growing pains going into the new year, with plans to stretch into new territory with an expanded Hop N Bean Pizza Kitchen serving up Italian items for Sisters Country folks. What began as a beer growler station coffee shop with pizza and breakfast burritos is now blossoming into a sit-down, Italian-style cafe this coming spring.
To accomplish this task, owners Mandy Strasser and Phil Haugen plan to cut a hole in the adjoining wall and push into the spot recently vacated by Sunbuster Video.
“It will still be our signature hand-crafted dishes with all fresh ingredients but with more home-cooked comfort food,” said Strasser. “We want to put in a wood-fired pizza oven and a stove with a grill to allow us to make homemade sauces and pastas and more Italian-style food than just the pizza. The current ovens we have don’t allow us to do that. It’ll add another 800 square feet to the business and greatly increase the total capacity.”
Strasser is launched a Kickstarter campaign, an online crowdfunding source for the expansion of the business, with a goal of raising an additional $40,000 to complete the project.
“Backers will be eligible for a variety of tiered rewards and merchandise starting at $5 all the way up to $5,000 pledges to redeem for everything from hats and pint glasses, to pizza creation opportunities and table-naming rights for their family.”
The expansion will allow for more inside accommodations and an outside seating patio on the side-lawn, allowing them to transform the enterprise into a sit-down restaurant with tableside service. “We’re also looking to expand our menu to include salad selections, desserts and more wines,” Strasser explained. “With the outdoor seating alone we’ll be able to put in twelve or more tables. We’d like to be open early June if we get our Kickstarter funding and will be able to start construction by the end of April.”
Strasser and Haugen are hoping people will check out their Kickstarter site and cash in on some of the great rewards offered and help back the positive project. “We want to thank the whole community for being so supportive of us in opening a new place and helping us grow so fast.”
523 E Highway 20, www.Kickstarter.com, 541-719-1295.