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Sunriver

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.

 

Mountain Meadow Quilters Honor The Late Judy Hopkins

Read more: Mountain Meadow Quilters Honor The Late Judy HopkinsThe Sunriver Resort Lodge Betty Gray Gallery presents quilts by a group representing the Mountain Meadow Quilters (MMQ) with designs honoring the late Judy Hopkins, renowned quilter, lecturer, teacher and author.

 

The show run until May 15, following Mother’s Day. The quilters and members of Hopkins’ family will be present at the public reception in their honor on Saturday, April 19 (Easter weekend) from 4–6pm in the gallery.

 

Hopkins, a 58 year resident of Juneau, Alaska, began her full-time quilting career in 1986 after winning the Alaska state Great American Quilt Contest with her Liberty entry. A quilter for many years prior to this honor, the recognition encouraged her pursuit of a 25 year history including 21 design and pattern books, 600 quilt block patterns, tools for quilting and quilt-themed jewelry.

 

The Big Book of Patchwork, 50 Fabulous Quilts from Judy Hopkins (Martingale), is one of her three bestselling titles (with combined sales of over 550,000 copies).

 

In recognition of Hopkins and her passion for quilting plus the honorary title of Queen of Quilting Blocks, Martingale created The Best of Judy Hopkins: 365 Quilt-Block Patterns Perpetual Calendar. Her best known work, the three volume Around the Block series, provided the 366 (including leap year) designs and cutting instructions for blocks featured in the calendar.

 

In addition to the award-winning Liberty quilt and others completed by Hopkins and generously loaned by her family, some 18 additional, unfinished quilts from the artist’s studio, gifted to Sarah Kaufman and thereafter to Mountain Meadows Quilters, appear in the exhibition. Fondly titled UFOs, (Unfinished Objects), these quilts, in various states of completion (some directions for a quilt, fabrics quilt ready, some blocks, some partially made quilts), were given to 13 guild members to finish in their own individual style and interpretation. Most of these quilts will be offered for sale, with proceeds to Mountain Meadow Quilters for charity quilt endeavors and other MMQ projects.

 

Mountain Meadow Quilters participating in creating/finishing the quilts include Cate Brooks, Ardie Daniels, Janet Gehlert, Judy Johnson, Sarah Kaufman, Mary Klein, Barbara Lowrey, Pat Pease, Kathy Peters, Joan Santoro, Linda Saukkonen, Pam Morris Stendal and Hopkin’s friend, Leta Winston of Lake Oswego. MMQ meets monthly and welcomes visitors and new members. Please see www.mountainmeadowquilters.org to learn more.

 

Sunriver Resort invites the public to the exhibition and the Judy Hopkins Quilt reception at the Lodge, open all hours. Billye Turner, art consultant, 503-780-2828.

Handbells Unlimited! in Concert March 30

Read more: Handbells Unlimited! in Concert March 30Beth 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.