New, locally-owned and literally underground consignment shop The Basement will be hosting an eclectic mix of art, music and fashion for First Friday art walk on Friday, February 7. The evening will feature photography of brand new work by local body-painter Natalie Fletcher, an unplugged set from Stacie Johnson of local favorite rock/jam band Broken Down Guitars and unique fashion and locally-made jewelry that can only be found at the Basement.
The night will be capped off with sets from local electronic DJ’s Caputo and Jeffe, and yes, there is space for dancing. Twenty-percent of sales during the event will be donated to local non-profit Saving Grace, serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Natalie Fletcher is a local artist with a passion for painting on a living, breathing canvas. Her living art has been featured on bare bodies all around town, and has encompassed everything from very realistic-looking bustiers and Wonder Woman outfits to organic, beautiful landscapes where bodies blend in almost seamlessly with their natural surroundings. Her art is fresh, evocative and stimulating.
Stacie Johnson, lead singer for Broken Down Guitars and Voodoo Highway, is originally from Portland. In 2007, a few years after moving to Bend, she started Broken Down Guitars, recorded their debut album, Passports, and defined herself as a rock goddess with powerful, soulful vocals that have helped her develop a tremendous local following. Voodoo Highway is working hard to release their debut album in 2014 and break into the Northwest music scene.
The Basement is an eclectic consignment shop that opened in downtown Bend in December of 2013. It is a one-of-a-kind space where fashion and art fuse into an stylish, affordable, bohemian oasis. Owner Rachel O’Malley creates personal connections with her customers and passionately supports local art. Local artists featured in The Basement include The Homeslice, who creates jewelry and art out of old comic books and other rescued materials, and 11th Decibel upcycled, wearable art. Alongside these new creations, you can also discover vintage finds and unique, quirky items.
The event is free and all ages are welcome. The Basement will open its doors before 6pm and Stacie and friends will take the stage from 6:30 to 8pm. DJ’s Caputo and Jeffe will spin music from 8 till 10pm. Local art, jewelry and fashion will be on display throughout the evening. The Basement is located at 841 Bond Street in downtown Bend, with an entrance near Townshend’s Tea House.