August First Friday Gallery Events & Exhibit Openings in Bend

The Alexander
1125 NE Watt Way
458-256-6854 •
The Alexander continues featuring a selection of mountain landscapes printed on metal by photographer Karen Maier. Maier is a member of the High Desert Art League. The exhibit will be on display thru the month of September in the Alexander’s gallery.

Bend Senior Center
1600 SE Reed Market Rd.
541-388-1133 •
The Bend Senior Center at the new Larkspur Community Center is showing art by members of the SageBrushers Art Society. Come visit the new facility and enjoy beautiful paintings in acrylic, oil, pastel and watercolor, as well as outstanding photography. Showing thru September.

Blue Spruce Pottery
20591 Dorchester E.
541-382-0197 •
This family-owned business has been making handmade pottery in Bend since 1976. Call to arrange a time to come shop their large selection of mugs, bowls, casseroles, lamps and more. Shop online and have gifts shipped directly to your family and friends. You can also find Blue Spruce Pottery at Red Chair Gallery in downtown Bend.

The Commons Cafe & Taproom
875 NW Brooks St.
541-323-3955 •
The Commons Cafe & Taproom is highlighting the work of the High Desert Art League for the month of September. Something in Common highlights new work by the League’s 12 professional artists. Several artists will be present for First Friday on Friday, September 2 from 5-7pm, with music on the patio and no-host beverages available at The Commons.
This show includes works by Helen Brown, Barbara Hudler Cella, Janet Frost, Michelle Lindblom, Jean Requa Lubin, Karen Maier, Liz Haberman, Jacqueline Newbold, Vivian Olsen, Janice Rhodes, Rebecca Sentgeorge and Joren Traveller.
“This amazing group of professional artists continues to create the most incredible work!” explains League President Barbara Cella. “Although many of us are affiliated with various galleries and associations, High Desert Art League shows pull our creative wonders together into one show as a unique collective exhibit. The Commons is a wonderful venue for our show, with easy accessibility and a welcoming beautiful exhibit space along the Deschutes River. Have a cup of coffee or glass of wine and enjoy!” Open daily, 8am-8pm,

Hawthorn Healing Arts Center
39 NW Louisiana Ave.
541-330-0334 •
Natural medicine, art and music come together in Bend when Hawthorn Healing Arts Center offers an open house to be held in conjunction with First Friday Art Walk on September 2 from 6-9pm. This is a downtown Bend event that is held the first Friday of the month with featured artists Julianne Hansen Anderson and Conni Pene. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Local musician Julianne Hansen Anderson’s original neo-soul RnB melodies will be featured at the Hawthorn Center’s open house. These tunes will be set to the danceable rhythm of the conga drums, which is sure to bring an uplifting and lively element to the evening. Julianne will be familiar to Central Oregon music enthusiasts as she has been writing and performing her own music locally for more than six years. She says she is constantly birthing a new sound and refining her message. She is currently most inspired by various percussive sounds, and artistic muses such as Erykah Badu, D’Angelo and the likes. Listen ahead by visiting her sound library at
Bend visual artist Conni Pene will be on hand for the event as well. She has been working as a professional artist since 2020. From her many offerings available at her Etsy store, it is evident that she finds her inspiration in nature, particularly flowers and plants. Conni’s artwork expands into an assortment of whimsical illustrations depicting children, animals, unique insects and reptiles. These illustrations and paintings are available as greeting cards, art prints, acrylic pins and illustrated notebooks. Conni’s medium is watercolor, acrylic and gouache. To preview her offerings, visit her store on Etsy at

High Desert Museum
59800 S Hwy. 97
541-382-4754 •
Continue to experience the High Desert through the eyes of regionally and nationally acclaimed painters, sculptors, photographers and other creators, including Meagan Blessing, Doyle Hostetler, Terry Cooke Hall, Jhenna Quinn Lewis and Rebecca Tobey, in our annual juried exhibition and silent auction Art in the West, and bid on your favorite piece of art. Explore the vibrant collection at the Museum or online.
Continuing thru September 25, Imagine a World considers the ambitions, intentions and outcomes (sometimes disastrous) of intentional communities in the High Desert and Western United States over the past half century. It highlights contemporary artists as well, sharing their visions of alternative worlds and futures. Imagine a World invites each of us to reflect on how we are.
And continuing thru November 27, Lair: Light and the Art of Stephen Hendee. The New York Times art critic Roberta Smith once reviewed his work as being like a “collaboration between the creators of Spider Man, the set designers for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and maybe Star Trek, and the computer artists involved with Tron.” Now, the glowing, high-tech world of Stephen Hendee is at the High Desert Museum.

Jeffrey Murray Photography Gallery
118 NW Minnesota Ave.
541-325-6225 •
The Jeffrey Murray Photography Gallery features the work of local photographer Jeffrey Murray. Visitors can browse comfortably in the two-story gallery enjoying visually adventurous displays of landscape, wildlife and contemporary work. Open daily Tuesday-Sunday.

Kreitzer Gallery
20214 Archie Briggs Rd.
805-234-2048 •
TRADITION LIVES: Find peace and healing in the profound depiction of the waters and lands of the West, as well as vineyards, koi, florals, fantasy and figures in the art of Contemporary Realist David Kreitzer. In the tradition of Turner and Cezanne, painter David’s love of nature, fantasy and the human form, propels him to create exquisitely detailed, mood-invoking landscapes, figures and striking still life floral studies in a variety of mediums. A full time artist for 55 years, David’s career began with sold out shows at Maxwell Gallery in San Francisco. David grew up as the son of a Lutheran minister who, due to his vocation, moved his family frequently throughout the Nebraska countryside. Kreitzers’ works are in the collections of Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, Hirschhorn Foundation, Revlon Coporation, Olga Corporation, Barnes-Hind Corporation, Sinclair Paints, Lloyd’s Bank, Cargill Corporation and the San Diego, Santa Barbara, Nebraska and Minnesota Museums. Private collectors include Ray Bradbury, Mary Tyler Moore, Michael Douglas, Pepe Romero, Quinn Martin, Raymond Burr and Robert and Linda Takken.
The Healing Waters: David again shows stunning oil color water images at the Sunriver Betty Gray Gallery during the months of August and September.
“David Kreitzer… is a highly traditional figure painter who demonstrates how much poetic intensity the old tradition can still contain.” ~Thomas Albright, San Francisco Chronicle.
Open daily and for monthly First Friday Art Walk.

Layor Art + Supply
1000 NW Wall St., Ste. 110
541-322-0421 •
Layor Art is excited to be hosting the Plein Air Painters of Oregon (PAPO) for the month of September. Plein Air Painters of Oregon was
established as a nonprofit organization in July of 2003. The purpose of PAPO is to share a love of outdoor painting in Oregon with like-minded people. This is accomplished by providing an organized environment for dedicated painters — both professional and emerging — to participate in regularly scheduled group paint outs around the state. Plein air painting comes from the word “open air” in French, meaning the entire painting is conceived and executed on location. For centuries artists have been painting en plein air primarily using this method as a source for larger studio landscapes. Come out and join us at Layor Art to view and celebrate the works of the many PAPO members that live and paint here in our Central Oregon community. The Show goes thru the month of September and can be viewed during Layor’s regular business hours: Monday through Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 11am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4pm. Learn more about PAPO at

Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery
Old Mill District, second story loft
541-330-0840 •
The Lubbesmeyer twins offer a range of work created in fiber and paint. Thru the twins’ collaborative process, they distill literal imagery into vivid blocks of color and texture, creating an abstracted view of their surroundings. Call the studio for hours and appointments.

Mockingbird Gallery
869 NW Wall St.
541-388-2107 •
Please join us on Friday September 2, from 5-8pm for September Song, featuring four of our very talented artists, Tim Cherry, Kevin Courter, Doyle Hostetler and Jhenna Quinn Lewis. This show will run thru September.
Tim Cherry’s animals pulse with life and innately celebrate life. Grace and elegance truly are qualities immediately recognizable in Tim’s work, but another quality frequently present is a sense of whimsy, which marks several of his works.
Kevin Courter’s paintings of the West reflect the awesome and inspiring beauty that can be found in nature.
Doyle Hostetler grew up in Colorado where the mountains and the animals became a part of him. His subject matter has always been about the wildlife and all its beauty, especially the big cats and hoofed animals of North America.
Jenna Quinn Lewis removes all that is unnecessary in her compositions and exercises restraint and simplicity.

Oxford Hotel
10 NW Minnesota Ave.
High Desert Art League member Janet Frost is exhibiting her landscape paintings at the Oxford Hotel during the month of September. Inspired by Central Oregon’s landscape, Frost’s works in oil are her impressions of the natural beauty and atmosphere that make the region unique.

Red Chair Gallery
103 NW Oregon Ave.
541-306-3176 •
In September, Red Chair Gallery showcases Janice Rhodes’ encaustic paintings and Mike Putnam’s landscape photography, as well as hand-woven beaded jewelry by Julia Kennedy. The whimsical ceramic animal sculptures of Joran Traveller will also be on special display. Located at the corner of Bond Street and Oregon Avenue, Red Chair Gallery is open seven days a week: Monday-Saturday, 10am to 6pm and Sunday, 12-4 pm. Open late on Friday, September 2 for First Friday.

Sage Custom Framing & Gallery
834 NW Brooks St.
541-382-5884 •
Featured artist for September is Jan Dow, Pastel Landscapes.
Sage Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibit of the beautiful pastel paintings of Bend artist, Jan Dow. In Jan’s own words:
“Growing up in San Diego, Calif. the highlight of every year was camping trips to isolated, gorgeous wild places. We journeyed to massive mountain ranges in the summer, and the vast Sonoran desert where the Colorado River flows wide and slow in fall and spring. At a very early age, these landscapes thrilled and enchanted me, and later became the driving force behind my painting.
“Graduating with both a Fine Art degree and teaching degree, it was necessary to begin teaching full time right away. It wasn’t until retiring in 2007 that I found the time and energy to paint. By then my husband and I had moved to Bend, and I found myself with time to immerse myself in the magic of the Cascades and its high lakes.
“My desire to record the beauty I felt and saw lured me back to painting, and at the same time I discovered pastel painting. This was new and exciting, and I fell in love with pastel’s brilliant colors and immediacy of application. A landscape that had filled me with joy, I could now create with pastels. Now, as each painting emerges, I’m grateful for the feeling of being immersed once again in the magic of these places.”
Show runs September 1-October 1 with a reception First Friday, September 2, 4-7pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm and Saturday 12-4pm.

SageBrushers Art Society
117 SW Roosevelt Ave.
541-617-0900 •
SageBrushers Art Society presents a show of works by new members of the society. Stop by to learn about these talented new members of the central Oregon arts scene! The SageBrushers Gallery is open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 1-4pm. Showing thru October.

Tumalo Art Company
Old Mill District
541-385-9144 •
Quiet Moments & Lively Interactions, a retrospective by photographer and digital artist Dorothy Freudenberg, opens September 2, from 3-7pm, during the Old Mill District’s First Friday Gallery Walk.
Juxtaposing introspective images with expressively vibrant digital compositions, Dorothy blends different artistic mediums by incorporating them all in her imagery. Her work transcends the graphic arts, suggesting that music, the written word, and the visual arts all overlap.
An accomplished pianist Dorothy references music as inspiration for her artwork.
During the opening she will be offering musical improvisations on her electric piano…the melodies that are interwoven with the creation of her images. Contemplative photography implying the seasons are displayed along with lively and unique digital compositions — expressions of the artists inner world. The pieces are printed on metal and individually framed for a vivid, lustrous presentation.
Tumalo Art Co. is an artist-run gallery in the heart of the Old Mill District, open seven days a week.

The Wine Shop
55 NW Minnesota Ave.
541-389-2884 •
The Wine Shop is showing photographs by Sagebrushers Art Society member Laurie Ponte.
Laurie’s passion for watercolor shows in these works that are full of joy and beauty, while exploiting the “wonderfully unpredictable” nature of the medium. “As in life, we learn to go with the flow,” notes Laurie. “Watercolor is a means for becoming more experienced with this process.” Showing thru October.

The Wooden Jewel
844 NW Bond St., Ste. 100
541-593-4151 •
The Wooden Jewel invites Central Oregon to come in and be amazed at the variety of fine art works — both paintings and sculptures — as well as and unique, contemporary, handmade custom jewelry, all by local and international artists.

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