(Photo | courtesy of Plein Air Painters of Oregon) 2020 has certainly not ushered forth all our hopes and dreams for a new, benevolent decade. There remain, however, ample causes for celebration here in Central Oregon, one of which is the 25th anniversary of the Deschutes Land Trust! For a quarter century, the Land Trust…

(Across the River, mixed media on panel, 30″ x 30″ by Sylvia Avenius-Ford) Sylvia Avenius-Ford, one of 30 member-creatives at the Artists’ Gallery Sunriver, is a mixed-media painter who produces brilliant works of intense color and vibrant finish. Acrylic paint is her primary medium to which she adds fabric paint for impasto mark-making drawn directly…

(Split (diptych), oil on framed hardboard, 24”x29.5” by Darren Kling) Darren Kling is regionally known as the sole proprietor of Big Sky Balloon Co. and somewhat famously known as the first person to fly over Glacier National Park in a hot air balloon. As a balloonist, Darren has been flying low and high for 27…

(L: David Kinker R: Dead Line Falls, Acrylic, 22”x28”) Nature has been discussed, defined, deconstructed and reconstructed in a great many ways over the centuries. She has been examined through various lenses of philosophical thought, from Empiricism and Romanticism to Transcendentalism and Existentialism, just to name a few. Nature can be the essence of something,…

(Rimrock Fugue by Gin Laughery) Gin Laughery’s landscape-inspired monotypes are strikingly beautiful in their vastness and seeming simplicity. With only a few carefully selected colors and their related tones, and a process both additive and subtractive and not exempt from chance, Gin pushes the medium to create deep and broad space, shifting the viewer’s focus…

(Cheyenne Wind, maple burl by Michael Bryant) Michael Bryant is an extraordinary and accomplished sculptor of wood and stone, and shows locally at The Wooden Jewel on Wall St. in Bend, a gallery that he and his wife Denise co-own. The couple started the gallery in Sunriver in 2013 after many years of touring the…

(Jacalyn and David Kreitzer) David and Jacalyn Kreitzer, fine artist and opera singer, met at the Seattle Opera House in 1986 where Jacalyn was performing in Wagner’s Des Ring der Nibelungen and where she sang for four seasons. David, a professional painter and opera buff making images for the Opera House, was dazzled by the…

(Left: The Life Circle, Sculpture by Kellen Bateham & Anton Yakushev. Right:  Kellen Bateham & Anton Yakushev | Photos courtesy of Ken Marunowski) After a warm welcome from the Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild last year, Russian sculptor and blacksmith Anton Yakushev and his wife Katja returned to Bend last month for a follow-up visit….

(Still Life with Red Onions. Oil, 24”x30” by Eric Jacobsen) Eric Jacobsen is one of Central Oregon’s most prominent and beloved landscape painters and painting teachers. His generous, amicable personality attracts people far and wide, and his tall, thin frame and trucker hat makes Eric easily recognizable when out painting en plein air (outdoors). His…