Tumalo Art Co., an artist-run collective, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary during 2012. The collective has 14 members is located in the heart of the Old Mill District. The gallery started in Tumalo Junction, taking its name from the Tumalo location, moved to downtown Bend three years later. They’ve been at their present location since June 2010.
The gallery exhibits fine art by over 25 local artists in a diverse array of mediums styles, has grown into a thriving community of artists that has weathered a challenging economy.
Says Bruce Jackson, who became a member when the gallery moved to its downtown Bend location, “this group is remarkable – 14 very different personalities that have come together with a common goal. Everyone does their job remarkably well, each contributes to create an atmosphere of support mutual respect. Rarely enamored with group dynamics, this has been a six-year journey that has changed my beliefs about what is possible. A true testament to the power of art, those who live it.”
Every artist who has shown at the gallery in its ten year history will be invited to exhibit at a Retrospective Group Show in May. Later in the summer Paul Alan Bennett will coordinate the creation of a community mural in the Old Mill District. Each member artist will give a demo or instructive talk on their art process during the month of their show this year as well.
Tumalo Art Co. is located at 450 SW Powerhouse Dr. #407 is open seven days a week. www.tumaloartco.com; 541-385-9144.