It’s that time again. Where are you going to find holiday gifts that are unique, beautiful and not a chore to shop for? Why not plan a relaxing afternoon in beautiful Sunriver? Perhaps a delicious lunch at one of the many fantastic restaurants or a fine cup of coffee and something sweet. Then stop by the Artists’ Gallery of Sunriver for a delightful time shopping for the ones that you love. You know that Christmas carols are playing in your head so put them to good work as you stroll through the gallery making your selections. (Think about the Twelve Days of Christmas!)
For the first gift of Christmas you could find a great painting of A Christmas at Camp Sherman. Watercolor artist, Bill Hamilton, captures the essence of the season with his painting of Santa at this local landmark. You want to get this one early so that you can place it on display to get into the holiday spirit.
For the second gift of Christmas let the season twinkle for you with two red art glass birds. Continue to decorate your Christmas mantel with a pair of brilliant red Cardinals created by art glass artist, Jeff Thompson.
For the third gift of Christmas why not the perfect representation of the season with a poinsettia flower art glass bowl. This piece of functional art produced by art glass artist, Marily Badger, will hold a big pile of holiday cookies.
For the fourth gift of Christmas let the spirit of the holidays shine with art cards and prints. Photographer, Carolyn Waissman, provides beautiful cards that allow you to brighten the spirit of loved ones that are not located physically near you.
For the fifth gift of Christmas the gallery can package up a set of holiday drink coasters for a special surprise for someone on your list. Oil painter, Bonnie Junell, has printed beautiful seasonal subjects from her paintings on tree decorations and trivets as well as the drink coasters.
For the sixth gift of Christmas wrap it all up in the warmth of a hand loomed shawl by Sunriver resident, Mary Wonser!
For the seventh gift of Christmas see the twinkle of the sun with an Oregon grape state flower pendant. Using the beautiful Oregon Fire Opal, jewelry artist Karla Proud really captures the twinkle of the season.
For the eighth gift of Christmas let Mother Nature participate in all the fun. Winter images of Mount Bachelor, by photographers Gary Chandler and Maggie Downs, depict our beautiful mountain in all her glory.
For the ninth gift of Christmas decorate your holiday table with an original quilted table runner by artist, Nancy Cotton.
For the tenth gift of Christmas how about some pottery. Gold and red pottery vessels made by potter, Peter Roussell, are really difficult to let go as a gift. Perhaps you will have to keep at least one for yourself!
For the eleventh gift of Christmas for the snowboarder in your life, provide an art print that is a constant reminder of the joy of snowboarding. A framed print of snowboarders on Mt. Bachelor by watercolor artist, Deni Porter, is just the ticket.
For the twelfth gift of Christmas how about a gift of red bowls for use in the kitchen or display on a holiday buffet table. Pottery by Diane Miyauchi is the epitome of functional art.
From the Artists of Artists’ Gallery Sunriver
Artists’ Gallery Sunriver, 57100 Beaver Dr., 541-593-2127 or 541-593-8274, www.artistsgallerysunriver.com
Sunriver Resort Lodge Betty Gray Gallery joins the Traditions celebration with Photography of the High Desert Region featuring photographers representing the Oregon Natural Desert Association and Bend photographer Dave Kamperman. The exhibition opens on November 20 and participating artists will attend a public reception in their honor on Friday, November 21 from 5–6:30pm in the upper gallery. The exhibit runs through January 4, 2015.
More than a decade ago, a group of self-proclaimed “desert rats” evolved the idea of a photographic collection dedicated to Oregon’s high desert. That annual collection, showcasing the high desert region’s astounding beauty, is now in its 11th year as the Oregon Natural Desert Association’s Wild Desert Calendar.
The ONDA 2015 Wild Desert Calendar debuts in the upper gallery with approximately 20 images from this and previous years’ calendars. Available at retail outlets around the state, including Costco in Bend and Powell’s Books in Portland, the calendar features photographers including Greg Burke, Jim Davis, Tyson Fisher and Christof Teuscher.
Jim Davis, one of the calendar’s originators, says he’s proud of the role it has played over the years in introducing others to the wonder of the high desert. “The calendar provides a way to show how spectacular these places really are. It’s the only collection of photography dedicated solely to the Oregon desert.”
Bend photographer Dave Kamperman also shows images of the high desert in the lower gallery. His move to Bend in 1983 inspired his transition from portrait imagery to landscape. He notes that the Northwest’s scenery, particularly that of Oregon, displays a diverse and remarkable beauty that he strives to preserve for future generations.
His passion for accurate representation leads him to continue the use of large format film which he feels surpasses most digital imagery in clarity, natural color saturation and resolution. He recently added photos printed on metal to his presentation.
Continuing through November 16 in the upper gallery is Abstractions, paintings in acrylic by Pam Jersey Bird of Sisters and mixed media by Justyn Livingston of Bend. The artists also draw inspiration from the beauty of the high desert but interpret that experience in non-objective imagery.
Fall is such a beautiful time of the year in Sunriver. The pace slows a bit and the afternoon light is beautiful as it shines though the boughs of the pine trees. It is a good time to reflect on all that is good about Central Oregon. This month the Artists’ Gallery of Sunriver will focus on Love, Hope, Cure as the artists bring attention to cancer awareness.
There will be much fun and laughter at the Second Saturday Artists Celebration, October 11, 4-6pm and all art lovers need to come to the gallery and enjoy art, beverages and food.
While you are noshing on something good, you can spend a moment chatting with one of the gallery’s featured artists, Chuck Chamberlain. Chamberlain’s incredible oil paintings never cease to amaze viewers. The artist is able to capture the very atmosphere of a scene when he paints one of his popular landscapes. Using a subtle combination of color and technique, he produces an end product that is much more than the individual components of the composition. In one of his more recent paintings depicting snow capped mountains, the light is golden as it warms the mountains.
Photographer Patrick Windsor is also featuring beautiful work that expresses the beauty of the outdoors. Many visitors to the gallery must stop and ponder just how it is that Windsor is able to capture some of the images in his work. One of these images is of a Cutthroat Trout with a fly hooked in his mouth. Fortunately, the artist is also a fishing guide here in the Central Oregon area so he is able to use all of his skills while setting up this shot. Now in most “fish pictures,” the fish is gasping outside of the water while posing for his photo. Not so with Windsor’s Trout portrait. He first hooks the fish on the line, and then photographs it under the water. When you are here at the galley for the Second Saturday event, you can have Patrick explain to you exactly how he accomplishes this feat.
The beauty of fall is also an inspiration for gourd artist Susan Harkness Williams. Of course, just about everything seems to be an inspiration to this artist. Her gourd art pieces vary in size, colors and theme based upon her current influence. Some of her most popular pieces during the summer depict Sunriver birds and small wildlife. There are the most delicate carvings of Quail families moving around the outside of one piece. On others, crows fly and frolic. Harkness Williams utilizes a variety of textures and colors to make her pieces lively. She has really captured the essence of fall with several new delicately carved pieces that appear to be real leaves. One of the pieces is apply titled, I’ll Remember September.
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Sunriver Resort Lodge Betty Gray Gallery presents The West, East of the Cascades opening September 11, through October 6. The exhibition celebrates the Western heritage of Central Oregon and features works in varied mediums by Gary Alvis, Joanne Donaca, Bill Logan, Robert Schlegel and Vicki Shuck.
Cattle drives from Central Oregon to The Dalles for inland shipping were common when stock raising was the area’s major industry prior to the turn of the century. Many regional rodeos, including Sisters and Pendleton, pay homage to the area’s heritage as does the exhibition that features western cowboy and rodeo images.
Alvis shows his remarkable and unusual photo of the now discontinued Rock Springs Guest Ranch cattle drive. A photographer in Bend for over 40 years, the majority of his photography is of artist’s work.
Bend artist Joanne Donaca, born and raised in Ontario, shows oils of cowboy scenes including that of a recent cattle drive in Central Oregon. Her paintings also feature other cowboys at work and at play.
Logan, working in graphite, shows a rodeo barrel racer, working cowboys and calf-roping. The images reflect his life-long interest in horses beginning with his youth in Montana and retirement in Bend.
Robert Schlegel, former school superintendent returning to art, shows non-traditional, large horses in bright acrylic loosely based on photos of horses around his home in Banks, Oregon. Another life-long artist, this work recognizes his continuing transition from realism to expressionism.
Shuck shows young cowgirls in oil attending the Sister’s Rodeo, bucking broncos with riders and other rodeo scenes. Raised in the Klamath Basin, Shuck’s family was rodeo participants and her mother a rodeo queen.
Sunriver Resort Lodge Betty Gray Gallery presents select artists shown during 20 years of exhibitions curated by Billye Turner, art consultant. August 2014 marks the beginning of Turner’s 20th year working with the resort. The artists will attend the public reception in their honor on Friday, August 8 from 5–7pm in the upper gallery.
Artists showing in the upper gallery include Ann Bullwinkel, Leslie Cain, Joanne Donaca, Janice Druian, Dorothy Freudenberg, Mary Marquiss, Mike Smith and Gary Vincent. A feature of oils by Ann Ruttan will appear in the lower gallery.
The exhibition, continuing through September 6, features realistic and expressionistic Central Oregon and northwestern landscapes in acrylic, oil and pastel by Bullwinkel, Cain, Donaca, Druian and Vincent. Freudenberg shows expressionistic and abstract digital collage and Marquiss shows realistic floral imagery. Smith shows his whimsical scenes of places, animals and people that he loves and Ruttan exhibits both expressionistic landscapes and color field abstracts.
Billye Turner began exhibitions at the Sunriver Resort in August 1995 with a show of Central Oregon oil landscapes by Ann Ruttan. Following the success of the exhibition, management invited her to create exhibitions for the resort on a regular basis. Turner continues to work as an independent art consultant with the Resort since that time.
In addition to presenting exhibitions, Sunriver Resort engaged Turner to assist in appraising the John and Betty Gray collection of artwork. Art from the Gray’s collection, begun in the mid-1960’s, still appears throughout the facility. The resort also worked with the art consultant in choosing pieces for its ongoing collection displayed in the Sunriver Lodge, Crosswater, Sage Springs Spa and Caldera.
Sunriver Resort invites the public to join the artists’ reception on Friday evening, August 8, as well as the exhibition at the Lodge, open all hours. Billye Turner organizes exhibitions for Sunriver Resort and provides additional information at 503-780-2828.