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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.

Sunriver Area Library Exhibit Hosts Wildlife Art

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.

Read more: Sunriver Area Library Exhibit Hosts Wildlife ArtOlsen, 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.

www.jorentraveller.com and www.highdesertartleague.com.

Oil Landscapes at Sunriver Resort

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.

Read more: Oil Landscapes at Sunriver ResortClark, 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.   

Sunriver Music Festival & High Desert Museum Present Classical Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer

Read more: Sunriver Music Festival  & High Desert Museum Present Classical Rock Violinist Aaron MeyerThe 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.


Shuttle service is available round trip from Sunriver to the High Desert Museum for $5 per person. Reservations are required. 541-593-9310, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.sunrivermusic.org.