Artists’ Gallery Sunriver

Reception is the second Saturday, June 8 featuring Joe Kendall, Ken Medenbach, Midge Thomas and Patrick Windsor.


If you are looking for that special something for Dad on his special day in June, hurry to the Sunriver Artists’ Gallery. The gallery really provides a wide spectrum of solutions for the guy that may already have everything. Dads appreciate art as much as anyone.


whispersfromthegrassJoeFor Dads who really enjoy the outdoors, you can capture a bit of that magic of nature in the beautiful pastel renderings of Joe Kendall. These works of art are all about illusion, especially the effects of light and reflections on water and the luminous colors that are created in nature. Pastel is one of the best ways to depict Oregon scenes with vibrant water, skies and foliage.


In Joe’s piece, Suttle Lake, the viewer finds a small scene that Joe discovered while on a hike around that lake. The light at that time of day created beautiful reflections of the surrounding trees and vegetation on the surface on the water. Suttle Lake is a particularly good example of the illusions that can be created with the luminous colors and blending techniques of the medium.


Whispers From the Grass, beautifully documents a moment in time when that artist was enjoying Shevlin Pond. While “nosing” around the pond, Joe found this little stream or slough that emptied into the pond. The viewer is immediately aware of the sense of the outdoors and nature that the artist’s illusion creates.


And for the beach lovers, Low Tide, is a small painting from a beach scene Joe found on a visit to Newport and down the Oregon coast. The contrast of water on the sand and the dark rocks out in the surf is especially beautiful. You can almost hear the surf and smell the salt air.


KenMedenbachKen Medenbach’s wooden carvings and furniture have long been a favorite at the gallery. His whimsical bears delight everyone who passes by. The bears come in many sizes and can be displayed indoors or out. If your Dad likes to fish, then surely he needs a fishing bear to make him chuckle when he can’t be out enjoying his hobby.


Ken also produces beautifully made furniture. Chests, tables, beds, and much more. Many local homes have a custom mantel made from his favorite materials of juniper and lodge pole and ponderosa pine. Ken is happy to work with you to create a special piece that is a one of kind family heirloom. His unique and colorful signs can welcome all into your home or business.


The artist has several beautiful and well constructed benches both inside the gallery and flanking the outside entrance to the gallery. Around the side of the gallery is an amazing 15 foot long bench that is regularly used by Sunriver visitors while enjoying donuts and coffee. One of these benches would be great at your home for playing games or watching the sun set.  


MidgeThomasMidge Thomas’s watercolors of local Oregon mountains are beautiful, but this year Midge’s art took a new exciting direction. Metal sculpture is her latest passion, and it will be your passion as well after you stop by the gallery to take a look at it.


Midge’s pieces are mostly wall art, some depicting many of the fun and memorable activities that vacationers flock to Central Oregon to enjoy. If you are a snow skier, you will appreciate pieces that capture the moment that a skier has crouched into position to take a tight turn. If you golf or play tennis, you will appreciate how Midge has captured the excitement of the moment. There is truly something for everyone, horse lovers, dog lovers, bird lovers, Midge has nailed it.


The three dimensional pieces are made even more interesting with Midge’s use of heat and chemical techniques.  


Midge does a large volume of commission pieces. That means that you can secure something really special for Dad this year.


windsorPatrick Windsor is an incredibly talented photographer that has been with the gallery for a few years. He has pieces with a wide category of subjects, as revealed in his web page Windsorphotography.com. At the Sunriver Artists’ Gallery, he displays mostly pieces that are more focused on local Oregon fishing activities. Because Patrick is an avid fly fisherman, he is regularly faced with the dilemma of whether to pick up his fly fishing rod or his camera. He says that the “golden hour” for fly fishing is also the same for the light for photography.


In his piece, Deschutes River Motion, Patrick has really captured the kinetic energy of the river. It is at the same time, always in motion, but also a single moment in time. If this piece was hanging in your Dad’s office, he would be able to find the serenity of the river any time that he desires.


A photo of Mt. Bachelor as seen from Hosmer Lake is breath taking. Two lucky fishermen are enjoying a sunny day with a favorite way to pass the time. Another photo of fly fishing in front of Tumalo Falls is equally beautiful and inspiring, but the photo of fly fishing in Sparks Meadow is the one that really captures the essence of both the sport and Central Oregon.


Patrick offer pieces in framed fine art prints, canvas giclee, and frameable greeting cards.

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