At the Old Mill District, Tumalo Art Co. unveils Earthly Delights with Helen Brown and Marty Stewart showing scenes from nature that delight the eye, Desperado features renowned painter, Barbar Slater, Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery exhibits Big Places depicting the layers of vibrancy of cityscapes with collaborative works on painted canvas and 2-D fiber art and Atelier 6000 spotlights Crossroad of Art and Literature: Broadsides 2012.
Downtown Bend: Franklin Crossing features Abstraction with local contemporary artists, City Walls continues UNSEEN::WORLD, a clever and exciting way to inspire community through art, Karen Bandy Design Jeweler connects jewelry with her paintings, Paul Scott Gallery introduces Oregon artist Mytchell Mead, Red Chair Gallery opens Cool Art and Sage Custom Gallery exhibits Barbara Higgins’ animals.
1. Atelier 6000 541-330-8759 2. Bend d’Vine 541-323-3277 3. City Hall 541-388-5517 4. Desperado 541-749-9980 5. Franklin Crossing 541-382-9398 6. Karen Bandy Studio 541-388-0155 7. Lubbesmeyer Studio 541-330-0840 8. Red Chair Gallery 541-306-3176 9. Sage Custom Framing & Gallery 541-382-5884 10. Strictly Organic 541-647-1402 11. Tumalo Art Co. 541-385-9144
Art in the Atrium at Franklin Crossing 550 NW Franklin, celebrates First Friday with Abstraction, a fine art exhibit featuring Sandy Brooke, Erin Kay, Pat Oertley, Randy Redfield and Galen Rudd.
Brooke exhibits oil/mixed media paintings from her series Fate and Luck expressing, in a saturated palette, her personal experience of contemporary and historical subjects such as helicopters, Sanskrit calligraphy and dragonflies layered over abstracted backgrounds.
Kay shows lushly layered, abstracted encaustic paintings developed while exploring our cultural and organic systems and finding frequent paradoxes and interconnections we experience every day but often overlook.
Oertley presents acrylic and oil stick paintings from the ongoing series Layers and Fragments reflective of her late husband’s journey through Alzheimer’s as well as her new Jazz Series reflecting the influence of the music of jazz greats on her paintings.
Rudd presents mixed media with 3D surface applications of chains and metal on wood.
Redfield quotes composer John Cage, “I have nothing to say, so I say it,” referring to the abstract concept of separate reality in painting. Heavy layering of acrylic on wood, sanded to bare wood, then brought again to surface with oils and pencil describes both his technique and defines his compositional elements.
Noi, the newly opened Thai restaurant at Franklin Crossing, will serve appetizers and wine with the popular Tommy Leroy trio performing jazz. Billye Turner organizes exhibitions for Franklin Crossing and provides additional information at email@example.com.
Atelier 6000 389 SW Scalehouse Ct. Suite 120. 541-330-8759, www.atelier6000.com. Crossroad of Art and Literature: Broadsides 2012. Combining the art of letterpress, calligraphy and hand drawn text with hand created images, the broadside is presented as a fine art variant.
Objects in the spirit of the “handmade,” this exhibition epitomizes small revered objects d’art we desire to collect and admire for their unusual internal spirit.
Broadsides throughout history have been one of the most popular printed formats. Printed on one side of a single sheet of paper, broadsides were ephemeral by nature and in purpose; they were used to inform the public about current news and events and to celebrate literary efforts like ballads and poetry. Usually posted or read aloud, broadsides were intended to have an immediate impact.
The very first publication of the U.S. Declaration of Independence was printed on the night of July 4, 1776 by John Dunlap as a broadside, as well as the announcement of the crossing of the Delaware by George Washington, on December 30, 1776. By the late 18th century, the daily newspaper replaced the “news” of a broadside.
Collected by historical societies around the world, museums, libraries and individuals, broadsides are valued as refined examples of information for the study of art, literature, history, culture, theater, music, graphic and book arts. The British Library and the Pepys collection at Cambridge house an impressive collection of historic broadsides.
Today broadside printing has become a fine art variant, combining the art of letterpress, calligraphy and hand drawn text with hand created images. You will find slow, elegant gestures, quick modern messages, fragments of visual poetry and image for our times reflected in the fine art broadside.
Bend City Walls at City Hall Exhibition 710 NW Wall Street. 541-388-5517, www.bendoregon.gov/citywalls. Staring at a mysterious black and white photograph of diagonal textures of an object taken under an electron microscope made one imagine the possibilities of what it may be…a palm tree…the knit of a sweater? Next to the object-of-wonder was artist Judy Hoiness’ magnificent watercolor titled Save City Wildlife. Knowing her work was inspired by the object, the hints abound.
The City of Bend Arts, Beautification & Culture Commission’s (ABC Commission) fifth City Wall’s at City Hall art show, UNSEEN::WORLD, is providing a clever and exciting way to inspire community through art. Visitors to the first three First Fridays of the exhibit are handed a ballot identifying the possible objects presented in photographs taken under the electron microscope. During Meet the Artists at 7pm, four to five of the 14 artists reveal their object. The visitors drop their ballots in a basket and if the artist draws a ballot with the correct object identified, that visitor wins a prize provided by a local business.
Hoiness’ object was an owl feather. Other artist-reveals included Mojdeh Bahar’s juniper bark, Christopher Nolte’s fish scales and Sara Wiener’s hops. Jennifer Poncia shared her work inspired by the partner organization, Bend Science Station.
Juried artists had been given extraordinary photos of ordinary objects common to Central Oregon and have been asked to create their art inspired by the photo of the object. Annie Muske-Dukes-Driggs of the partner and sponsor organization, Bend Research, took Scanned Electronic Microscopy (SEM) photographs. The nature of the photography creates an unrecognizable image of this common object. Objects too large for the electron microscope have been photographed by Joel Bailie of Bend Research, using macro-photography.
The First Friday November artists, Pam Jersey Bird, Helen Brisson, Ande Cardwell, David Kinker and Mary Marquiss, will reveal their objects. Eileen Carlton will talk about her work inspired by the Bend 2030 focus area A Creative, Learning Culture. Visitors can win prizes from Douglas Fine Jewelry Design, Visit Bend and more local businesses.
First Friday, December revealing artists will be Linda Gillard, Alan Huestis, Janelle Rebick and Vicki Shuck.
Bend d’Vine on Wall Street and The Wine Shop and Tasting Bar at 55 NW Minnesota will feature Powskichic of Bend, a/k/a Brenda Reid Irwin (also showing at Hot Box Betty). Also showing a quilt from Master Quilter Joanne Myers. Cowgirl Quilt will be raffled off to benefit Equine Outreach. 541-550-7174. 541-550-7174.
Bend Furniture and Design 1346 NW Galveston Avenue. 541-633-7250. bendfurnitureanddesign.com. Featured artists Alex and Sandy Anderson. After many years in the studio together, Alex and Sandy find it rewarding to collaborate on the conceptual design and the construction of each of their recent pieces, from inception to the finished sculpture.
Cascade School of Music 200 NW Pacific Park Lane, on the Deschutes River, just upstream from the Portland Ave. Bridge. 541-382-6866. First Friday Parents’ Night Out…call to hold your spot. Kids age 4 to 12 enjoy supervised art and music-related activities, then end the evening with a musically-inspired, age-appropriate movie (complete with popcorn).
Cowgirl Cash 924 Brooks St., 541-678-5162. The Best Buck “trophy buckle” to the winner of the Women’s Only Big Buck Contest will be presented First Friday and Cowgirl Cash’s three year anniversary. Cowgirl Cash is hosting a Holiday Happy Hour for Central Oregon Sisters on the Fly: a group of ladies who camp, fish and play outside Saturday, November 3, 5-7pm.
Desperado Contemporary & Nostalgic Western Store 330 SW Powerhouse, Old Mill District. 541-749-9980. Featuring Painter Barbara Slater of Bend who is inspired by the “out west” way of life and cowboy culture with a touch of city glitz. Painting oils with energy and spirit, this artist’s pigmentation is rich and succulent, while her brushwork is bold and responsive. Barbara continues her studies with different genres, painting still-lifes, florals, landscapes and animals.
Hawthorn Healing Arts Center 39 Northwest Louisiana Ave., 541-330-0334. Featured Artist Teresa Leigh Ander – DreamScape Painting Therapy.
John Paul Designs www.johnpauldesigns.com. 1006 NW Bond St. Custom Jewelry + Signature Series. Specializing in unique, one of a kind wedding and engagement rings in a variety of metals.
Karen Bandy Design Jeweler 25 NW Minnesota Ave. #5, 541-388-0155. www.karenbandy.com.Tucked behind Thump coffee and Aleda Real Estate, Karen Bandy’s studio is not easy to find but well worth the effort. You will see original jewelry and fine art all designed and created by Karen Bandy. The colors will wow you, the designs will intrigue you, and you’ll be amazed at how comfortable her jewelry is to wear. “The connection of the paintings with the jewelry is evident in my work, even though it is for the most part an unconscious connection. I’m sure the years of designing jewelry, my use of color and shapes, drives me in my paintings but I never set out deliberately to make that connection. It just happens,” says Bandy.
Bandy will have new, really fun and super affordable germanium sterling silver rings set with fair trade gems.
Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery The Old Mill District, 2nd Story Loft, 541-330-0840, www.lubbesmeyer.com. Big Places on view in November depicts the layers of vibrancy of cityscapes with collaborative works on painted canvas and 2-D fiber art. Snapshots offers small works in fiber and paint, including abstract landscapes and dramatic views of the sky on view in December. The Lubbesmeyer twins will be working through the holiday season creating unique original art for the art collector in your life.
Mary Medrano Gallery 25 NW Minnesota Avenue #12 (above Thump Coffee), 408-250-2732, www.marymedrano.com. Please stop by 6-9pm for an open studio.
Mockingbird Gallery 869 NW Wall St., 541-388-2107, www.mockingbird-gallery.com. Western Journey, a group show focusing on western landscapes and culture with sounds of Rich Hurdle and Friends at First Friday. The featured artists are Lisa Danielle, Carol Hamilton, John DeMott, Craig Zuger, Pamela Claflin, Norma Holmes, Joey VanBlokland and others.
Paul Scott Gallery 869 NW Wall Street, Suite 104, 541-330-6000, www.paulscottfineart.com. Just down the breezeway opposite the Boken restaurant. Paul Scott Gallery introduces Oregon artist Mytchell Mead as a new artist to the gallery. Combining patina’d steel and weathered reclaimed wood, Mead takes his inspiration from the high desert and its volcanic palate. “There is both subtlety and drama in our landscape. For me, weathered wood and rust masterfully articulate the interplay of the human spirit with our unique environment.” Meet Mytchell Mead at First Friday ArtWalk.
QuiltWorks 926 NE Greenwood Ave. 541-728-0527. Featured quilter is Crys Kyle and the featured group is the Crook County Quilt Guild exhibiting their Paint Chip Challenge.
Red Chair Gallery 103 NW Oregon Ave. in the historic O’Kane building, 541-306-3176, www.redchairgallerybend.com. Featuring Cool Art. Suzy Williamson’s art is all about play. Playing with shape, texture and form to fabricate jewelry that is sometimes beautiful, sometimes odd, but always encourages a second look. A metalsmith for 17 years, her pieces are constructed of silver, copper, brass and gold, often with accents of freshwater pearls or stones such a garnets, citrine and sapphires.
Denise Mahoney has always been fascinated by fiber and fabrics. Combining colors and textures is a challenge and a delight to her, she creates pieces that can be functional (warm) as well as pretty or an accessory statement. Knitting and crocheting is often a form of meditation and relaxation to Mahoney.
Chris Eckberg enjoys interpreting scenes from his travels abroad or the view from his kitchen window through the freshness and luminosity of watercolor painting. He has found it to be an amazingly beautiful medium for capturing the light and mood of a scene, but in addition finds the actual process of brushing strokes of fluid color onto paper engaging and pleasurable.
Sage Custom Framing & Gallery Exhibits 834 NW Brooks St., 541-382-5884. At a very young age, Barbara Higgins discovered that she had both a love and talent for drawing animals. With encouragement from her father and teachers, her younger years were centered around a cultivation of this desire for creating art. As life went on she found she didn’t have the time to devote to painting and so it wasn’t until she and her husband moved to Bend that she felt free to try her hand at painting again. In recent years she has amassed a large collection of art and wildlife books, studying the works of other artists and practicing her craft.
The discovery of the acrylic medium has also been a boost to her work. “Since I have started painting with acrylics I have found it hard not to paint all day. I love using acrylics because they dry so much faster than oils and if you don’t like what you have painted you can start all over again. I am very fortunate to have a husband who not only supports me in my painting but who also makes most of my frames. Living in Bend has really inspired me to work harder at my art. Everywhere you look there are beautiful images.”
The Silver Otter 706 SW Industrial Way, Suite 100, Bend. 541-241-7818. www.thesilverotter.com. Exhibiting a collection of locally made art and handmade crafts from all over the world. Enjoy live music by Leif James, The Codfather fish and chips vendor will be serving refreshments on our patio and meet the artists.
Tumalo Art Company at Old Mill District, 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. #407, 541-385-9144, www.tumaloartco.com. Earthly Delights, Helen Brown and Marty Stewart show scenes from nature that delight the eye and also move the viewer to interpret these scenes as precious earthly assets we all need to protect.
Brown’s current work is a form of batik in watercolor. She draws her images on Ginwashi rice paper, begins with a light, colorful wash of watercolor, and then protects the lightest areas by painting them with molten wax. The wax resists all subsequent layers of paint. After about 6-8 layers of painting followed by more wax, she irons out the wax leaving only a watercolor image on paper. The subjects in her November show range from mountain scenes in Central Oregon and Glacier National Park to her more familiar tree scenes.
From deep colorful canyons and vast meadows of flowers to trees and gentle creatures, Stewart’s new work gives the viewer a rich assortment of scenes to enjoy. “Animals and birds proved to be nice additions to my usual landscapes,” she says. For Stewart, painting has become a way to look deeply into the nature of things, whether landscape, figures, animals or abstract images, to see what can be learned there and shared. She often paints en plein aire in Central Oregon or on extended camping trips throughout the West with her husband.
Townshend’s Bend Teahouse 835 NW Bond Street Bend, 541-312-2001. November exhibit features Kent Smith who began his lifelong interest in woodcraft helping his father in his cabinet shop in 1940’s Spokane. The ideal teacher, Kent Smith Sr. was a perfectionist who accepted only precision and attention to detail. Smith recalls his father’s advice, “Measure at least twice before cutting. Anyone can make a mistake-only a fool makes the same mistake twice.”
“Woodcarving is a slow, tedious, time-consuming process ill suited to the hurry up pace of modern life. Power tools are not much help, the computer not at all. One cut, one small chip at a time. With the usual life interruptions, some of my several hundred carvings have taken months to complete. Nevertheless, it has been fun if never lucrative. The pleasure’s in the doing,” said Smith.