Beth Davidson and David Jordan are Handbells Unlimited!, one of the premier handbell duet teams in the country. They will be performing a free concert on Sunday, March 30, 2pm at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Sunriver, hosted by the Bells of Sunriver.
From the Portland area, Davidson and Jordan first started ringing together in 1997. Listening to their music is certainly a pleasure but watching their presentation is amazing as they travel up and down the bell tables, picking up, putting down bells, playing four-in-hand, malleting, passing bells, trading mallets and all the while coordinating hand and body motion.
Their playing has been compared to synchronized swimming except with bells in hand and no water. Google Hernando’s Hideaway Handbells Unlimited or Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Handbells Unlimited and be amazed at the choreography and musicality of this fantastic duo. Then come and see them in person. This is an opportunity not to be missed.
Handbells Unlimited! have performed concerts around the United States as well as have taken part in concerts in Germany and the Czech Republic and have been featured performers at several regional and national festivals, most recently the Handbell Musicians of America 2013 National Conference.
Their CD Kaleidoscope debuted in 1999, and their video Music in Motion followed in 2001. With Kevin McChesney and Michael Kastner they founded SEE – Solo/Ensemble Extravaganza. They have been solo and ensemble clinicians for workshops in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico and Virginia.
The concert takes place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 18143 Cottonwood Road, Sunriver, across from the Marketplace. The concert is free, suitable for all ages and donations are gladly accepted. Information: Contact Jan Tuckerman at 541-593-1635.
Ravens, owls and antelope...and maybe an occasional horse too are the subjects depicted by artists Vivian Olsen and Joren Traveller. Their exhibit is through March 29.
Olsen, who has an avid interest in birds and mammals, portrays them in lifelike oil paintings. Using sketches and drawings from outdoor observations and her photographs, she paints her subjects realistically to capture each animal’s personality.
Olsen paints from her studio in Eagle Crest and exhibits her artwork regularly in group shows with the High Desert Art League or in solo exhibits. She is president of the High Desert Art League, and a member of Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists. www.vivianolsen.com and www.highdesertartleague.com.
Traveller is a sculptor and painter. Birds, equines and wildlife have always been in Joren’s life and heart and are among her favorite subjects for sculpture and paint. Sculpting in bronze has been her favorite medium but she has expanded her interest to include hand built ceramic sculpture and also does animal portraits by commission. She is a member of the Red Chair Gallery in Bend and a member and secretary of the High Desert Art League.
Sunriver Resort Lodge Betty Gray Gallery presents oil landscapes of Central Oregon from the Joyce Clark Estate in the upper gallery and oil landscapes by Joanne Donaca and Janice Druian in the lower gallery. The exhibit commences January 17 and continues thru March 7.
Clark, a renowned artist formerly of Bend and Sunriver, passed in 2009 at the age of 92. She lived in Central Oregon for approximately 15 years while she established herself in the art community, and appeared in many local, regional and national exhibitions, winning frequent awards.
The artist was also a 17-year exhibitor at the prestigious Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, California where she grew up and made her home until the late 1960’s. She then moved to Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii where she painted images of the lush tropics and beach scenes, showed at the noted Village Gallery in Lahaina and completed several commissions for the Kapalua Ritz Carlton.
Returning to the mainland in early 1990’s, Clark settled in Sunriver and began painting Central Oregon scenes, which were exhibited at Sunriver Lodge on several occasions. In 1996, Sunriver Resort commissioned the artist to complete four large oil paintings of the surrounding area that are in the collection of the Crosswater Clubhouse. The Sunriver Music Festival twice used Clark’s art for the annual poster including her painting of Paulina Falls as the 2009 image.
She continued her illustrious career with the publication of Adventures in Art, a full-color, large format survey of her painting over several decades including images from her travels in China, Mexico and the South Pacific. An award winner in numerous national shows, her honors included the Juror’s Choice Award at the prestigious Art for the Parks exhibition in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the Award of Excellence at the 11th Annual Oil Painters of America juried show.
Clark’s paintings in the estate exhibition feature both palette knife and brushwork and include scenes of the Deschutes River, Mt. Bachelor and Sparks Lake, area waterfalls and numerous other Central Oregon scenes as well as other areas. Many of the works prominently feature water, a favorite subject of the artist who was a member of the International Society of Marine Painters.
Also continuing on exhibit are expressionistic landscapes of Central Oregon’s iconic mountain and canyon landscapes by Joanne Donaca and Janice Druian. Both artists offer mid-sized compositions in oil on canvas and board in the lower gallery.
The resort welcomes the public to the exhibition during Lodge hours. Billye Turner, art consultant and gallery curator, provides additional information at 503-780-2828.
The Sunriver Music Festival and the High Desert Museum are collaborating on a festive Christmas event that will feature Classical Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer, guitarist Tim Ellis and their four-piece band. On the evening of Friday, December 13, the museum will open for a special viewing of the museum’s exhibits, a full concert and tasty brews provided by the Sunriver Brewing Company.
Meyer performs cutting edge original music and arrangements with virtuosity and passion. He brings his fresh and invigorating instrumental style to the stage and genuinely connects with audiences of all ages.
Meyer’s unique brand of music bridges world, contemporary progressive rock and classical genres. A classically trained violinist since age five, Meyer debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 11 and has soloed with major international symphony orchestras and ballet companies, in addition to performing for many world leaders and dignitaries. Meyer has worked with vastly contrasting artists such as Pink Martini, Smokey Robinson, Aaron Neville, The Temptations, Leftover Salmon, 2002 Miss America - Katie Harman and the platinum record selling band, Everclear.
Meyer’s love for young people and education inspired him to create his unique music educational programs, including his Classroom Music Project (CMP). Aaron and guitarist Tim Ellis will bring the three-day CMP residency program to Three Rivers School on December 11– 13. All students K – 8 will participate in writing lyrics, creating songs and producing their own CD over the three-day program.
The Bach ‘n’ Brew Christmas Concert at the High Desert Museum begins at 6:30pm. Doors open at 5pm to view the exhibits. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $30 for members of either the Sunriver Music Festival or the High Desert Museum. Youth (18 and under) are $10. Ticket price includes museum exhibit, concert and complimentary beverages provided by Sunriver Brewing Company.
Sunriver Resort Lodge Betty Gray Gallery joins the festivities of Traditions presenting Marjorie Wood Hamlin’s collage of copper and gold foil, accented with gold leaf, as well as her mixed media works in the upper gallery. Central Oregon oil landscapes by Joanne Donaca and Janice Druian appear in the lower gallery, opening November 15.
In creating her collage works, Hamlin covers varied sized canvases with copper foil then adds abstracted or geometric designs of gold foil, often accented by 24-karat gold leaf. Her unique process results in subtle, layered imagery with a highly reflective surface that encourages viewer admiration as well as attempts to discern the innovative technique.
On exhibit are mixed media works from her new environmental series, a passionate subject for the artist. These abstracts offer powerful messages, often identified in the titles, about the need for gentle treatment of the natural world. The works appear in a video, Respect for the Earth, to be shown in March 2014 at the United Nations in New York City as part of the Status of Women conference.
Other images by Wood Hamlin feature a gamut of intense color and form depicting her fictitious characterizations of landscape becoming a painting. These highly imaginative, expressionistic works reflect her philosophy of creating novel artwork, differing greatly from traditional compositions.
The artist’s career spans 20+ years and includes a BA in applied art and art history from Willamette University as well as study with Stanford University in Venice, Italy. She has shown in the Women in Art Invitational, New York City and received invitation from an international jury, and exhibited at the Florence Italy Contemporary Biennale, a United Nations program to foster understanding among nations through culture.
On exhibit are expressionistic landscapes of Central Oregon’s iconic mountains and canyon landscapes by Joanne Donaca and Janice Druian. Both artists offer mid-sized compositions in oil on canvas and on board in the lower gallery during the holidays.
Continuing until November 10 in the upper gallery are original oil landscapes by Ann Bullwinkel and in the lower gallery Bullwinkel’s fine art prints of her original paintings.
The gallery welcomes the public to the Traditions exhibition opening on November 15 and continuing through the New Year celebrations during Lodge hours. Billye Turner, art consultant and gallery curator, provides additional information at 541-382-9398.