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The West, East of The Cascades at Sunriver Resort

Read more: The West, East of The Cascades at Sunriver Resort 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 invites the public to view the exhibition at the resort during Lodge hours. Billye Turner organizes the Sunriver Resort Lodge art exhibits with info at 503-780-2828 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Artists Help Celebrate Turner’s 20 Years of Exhibits

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.


Read more: Artists Help Celebrate Turner’s 20 Years of ExhibitsBillye 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.

Colorful Warm Works of Art Featured at Sunriver Resort

Read more: Colorful Warm Works of Art Featured at Sunriver ResortSunriver Resort Lodge Betty Gray Gallery presents a fine art exhibit featuring Mary Marquiss, watercolor and mixed media; and Kim Osgood, monotypes, in the upper gallery, and a feature of oil by Barbara Slater in the lower gallery. The artists will be present at an opening in their honor on Friday, July 11 from 5–7pm in the upper gallery and the exhibition continues through August 2.

Marquiss, respected watercolor artist of Bend, presents work in her traditional medium and mixed media in the upper gallery. Her well-known imagery of commanding, over-scale single blooms remains prevalent but now expands to include a delicately rendered, over-scale bird and other more extensive images.

The artist notes that these additions bring her imagery full-circle to earlier interests, yet, her ever increasing command of the medium spirals the imagery to a new excellence. The work continues to emphasize bright color and contrast, moving from light, transparent watercolor to rich, dark pigment.

Marquiss received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Oregon and has been painting and teaching watercolor, collage and cookbook creation classes throughout Oregon for 25 years. She received numerous awards from Watercolor Society of Oregon and her art appears in collections throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe and Australia.

Complimenting Marquiss’ minimal imagery in the upper gallery is the complex design of Kim Osgood, shown courtesy of the artist and the Laura Russo Gallery of Portland. Osgood’s large monotypes emphasize negative space filled with texture and layers of rich color. Flowers, bird, vases and other objects frequently float in a clearly defined horizontal landscape of foreground and background.

Educated at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design, her one-person shows include the Joshua Tree Visitor Center at the National Park as well as numerous shows in the Northwest. Her art appears in collections including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Hallie Ford Museum, the Portland Art Museum and others.

Also showing are Barbara Slater’s oils in the lower gallery that reflect her passion that began in her youth for barnyard animals. The artist paints her impressions of the personalities of cows and roosters creating endearing visions of these subjects.
This show also introduces Slater’s richly colored floral landscapes of Central Oregon including over-scale, brilliant red and multi-colored poppies growing in fields. Ranch and Country magazine of Santa Ynez, California, frequently features her work on its cover. She is a member of Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club.

Sunriver Resort invites the public to join the artist’s reception on Friday evening July 11 as well as the exhibitions at the Lodge, open all hours. Billye Turner organizes exhibitions for Sunriver Resort and provides additional information at 503-780-2828. 


Marty Stewart's Sunriver Afternoon Selected as Sunriver Music Festival 2014 Poster Artwork

Read more: Marty Stewart's Sunriver Afternoon Selected as Sunriver Music Festival 2014 Poster ArtworkMarty Stewart’s original pastel painting Sunriver Afternoon has been selected as the Sunriver Music Festival’s poster artwork for 2014. Each year, the Festival selects a Central Oregon artist to create the artwork for the annual festival poster. Local artists were invited to submit a piece for consideration and a committee of art enthusiasts selected Stewart’s artwork.

Stewart’s original artwork was framed by Eastlake Framing and is currently on display at the Bank of Cascades in Sunriver. It will be a featured auction item at the Festival Faire dinner and auction on Monday, August 4 at the Sunriver Resort Great Hall.
Over 300 posters featuring Marty’s artwork will be distributed for display in businesses in Sunriver, Bend, Sisters and Redmond. Posters are also available to purchase at the Sunriver Music Festival office in The Village in Sunriver and at various businesses and galleries in Sunriver, Bend and Sisters.

Stewart began her journey as an artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned her bachelor in fine art in painting and drawing in 1970. Many years and diverse life experiences later brought Marty to Central Oregon in 1998, where she resumed her original pursuit of artistic expression, first in beadwork, now in pastel and watercolor paintings. Workshops with plein air painters in Oregon and New Mexico introduced her to the wonderful world of painting out of doors.

Stewart’s paintings, drawings and prints are in numerous collections throughout the U.S. and she is the recipient of several local and national awards for her work. She now teaches pastel painting at a local art society. Her paintings, prints and cards may be seen at Tumalo Art Co. in Bend and she is a member of the Plein Air Painters of Oregon and the Sagebrusher’s Art Society.

“Beauty in nature is my inspiration in creating art, and I find it in abundance in the Central Oregon landscape and in my travels throughout the West,” explains Stewart. “I love searching out new vistas of mountains, rivers, deserts and forests for inspiration and ideas.” www.martystewartfineart.com.

Sunriver Music Festival posters are available for $12. Framed posters are $65. Notecards are $12 for a pack of ten and available at the Sunriver Music Festival. 541-593-1084, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.sunrivermusic.org.

Spring in Full Bloom at Sunriver Artists’ Gallery

Read more: Spring in Full Bloom at Sunriver Artists’ Gallery

Featured artists at the Sunriver Artists’ Gallery are presenting new work that captures the essence of Spring in Full Bloom. Pull yourself out of the winter doldrums by visiting the gallery on May 10 for the Second Saturday Artist’s Reception. Join the artists for food and drinks from 4-7pm. Featured artists are Jeff Thompson, Lisa May, Gene Thomas and Kathleen Keliher.

Jeff Thompson, glass artist, captures the spirit of spring with his new series of sculptural vessels where three separate glass segments are melted into one whole vessel using the Italian process known as encalmo. This process results in clean, distinct lines. During the process, while the vessel is in the molten state, it is turned 90 degrees on its axis by attaching a new blowpipe. The vessel is elongated and expanded along this new axis to create the organic contours and pattern. Having immersed himself in the traditional techniques of Italian glassblowing, Thompson finds himself experimenting with his interpretations of the medium. His sculptures are a blend of contemporary, traditional and custom techniques. The artist was recently honored by OPB’s long running local TV production, Oregon Art Beat, in a special Portland exhibition celebrating the work of Northwest artists that have been featured.

The gallery is proud to add yet another talented artist to the group. Lisa May creates paper-layered art in a process that summarizes nature, with its infinite colors, textures, layers and components, into a minimum composition that tricks the viewer’s eye into seeing a full representation of the subject. Part of the process involves reinterpreting the depth of field that is seen as a limited range of focus by the human eye. It is difficult to describe May’s creations in print, but when you visit the gallery, you will be amazed and intrigued by the pieces. One of the challenges of May’s process is that the focal point of the piece is often the last part of the art addressed. Traditional sketching or painting involves starting with a rough outline of the whole piece and then adding detail to the image. In these layered paper pieces, the artist is usually finished with and committed to the entire background before the focal point is even started.

Gene Thomas, stained glass artist, is featuring new work that takes his skill into a more dimensional presentation. Breaking away from the more traditional format for stained glass, the artist has increased the movement in his pieces by releasing the glass pieces from the static confinement of the rectangle. Butterflies flutter among flowers and green leaves and curling vines in a perfect representation of Spring.

Kathleen Keliher, pastel and oil painting artist, continues to pay homage to the beauty of Central Oregon with her incredible plein air compositions. Keliher can often be seen along the rivers and trails during the summer and fall months creating small oil and pastel sketches to use as reference for her larger studio paintings. One of her new pieces, Summer  Fields, really provides the feeling of vista and air quality that draws so many visitors to this area.

57100 Beaver Dr., 541-593-2127 or 541-593-8274, www.artistsgallerysunriver.com.