(Heideken’s Display at Red Chair Gallery | Photo by Kenneth Marunowski ) The economic, social and cultural history of Oregon is intimately connected to its landscape and specifically to one of its primary resources: wood. In the early 1900’s, lumber mills were key to establishing what is now the city of Bend. Logging persists throughout…

(Travel Memories, mixed media drawing, 10”x20” by Pat Clark) This month of May, Sage Custom Framing and Gallery presents Whatever Floats Your Boat, a series of mixed-media images by master printmaker Pat Clark. As the exhibition title suggests, boats, in a variety of guises both obvious and subtle, serve as the common denominator in the…

((Left) Deschutes River Near Dillon Falls, pastel on sanded paper, 8”x10” by Kay Baker. (Right) Mountains of Sedona, oil on canvas board, 20”x16” by Gordon Baker) Gordon and Kay Baker are Bend artists who paint scenery from the saguaros and red rock of Arizona to the magnificent snow-covered mountains of Denali National Park in Alaska….

(Smith Rocks Nocturne. Open Edition on metal or paper. Various sizes.) Advancements in technology bring changes in the way we make things, and the influence of one advancement on the next illustrates the interconnected nature of discovery. The invention of the daguerreotype in 1839 France, for example, led to the invention of the photograph not…

(Andrews Web. Wood, galvanized steel, silkscreen, acrylic paint, 36″ x 48″, 2016 by Andries Fourie) Andries Fourie is an Oregon-based artist, curator and educator whose current mixed-media explorations of place and identity innovatively unite both formal and conceptual artistic concerns. Fourie comes from South Africa by way of French Huguenot ancestors who fled to the…

(Pine Needle Sculpture Display | Photo courtesy of Charlene Virts) Tradition and Prejudice: two words that, at least on the surface, seem to have little to do with one another. But alas, they do, much to our collective, cultural chagrin. If one deems a current work of art “traditional,” the pervasive, present-day connotation is that…

((Left) Dawn Emerson’s Just Passing Through, 30”x48”, mixed media on Evolon. (Right) Zeng Xiaojun’s Landscape, Chinese ink on paper, 24”x48”) As one embarks upon and pursues the artist’s path, a multitude of influences crosses it, from fellow creatives and teachers to travels both exotic and mundane as well as the many great masterworks that comprise…

(Roussel’s Display at Artists’ Gallery Sunriver | Photo by Kenneth Marunowski) Featured Maker: Peter Roussel In the January edition of Cascade A&E (view online at issuu.com/cascadeae/docs/a_e_january_2021), I introduced a new series that explores the often fuzzy boundaries between arts and crafts through the lens of those whose creations blur the distinction between these categories. Common…

(Against the Wind, Acrylic, 35”x50” by J.M. Brodrick) A common refrain rings throughout the art world in the form of advice given to artists by teachers and non-teachers alike: “Create for yourself,” or “Be true to yourself and your vision.” As esteemed painter and teacher Robert Henri instructed his pupils at the Art Students League…