December First Friday Gallery Events & Exhibit Openings in Bend

The Alexander
1125 NE Watt Way
458-256-6854 •
High Desert Art League member Michelle Lindblom is the featured artist at The Alexander for the months of December and January.
Michelle is a printmaker and painter living along the Deschutes River in Bend. Her process mirrors her approach to life by working through a series of experiments, discoveries and revelations. “I rarely know what’s going to come out on the other side. It is the “spontaneity” that intrigues me.”

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 December.

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.

High Desert Museum
59800 S Hwy. 97
541-382-4754 •
Opening December 17 and running thru May 7, 2023, Under the Snow. In the depths of winter, a deep layer of snow quiets the High Desert’s forests. Not a single creature seems to stir. But just under the snow, a secret world has come to life! Dive with us into the snow, where voles, shrews, insects and porcupines build a matrix of tunnels and dens. In this natural history exhibit, visitors will learn about this subnivium environment, the seasonal habitat where animals, plants, and fungi flourish. An interactive wall graphic will allow visitors meet some of the subnivium’s wildlife, including a little mouse named Graupel. Join the High Desert Museum to explore a hidden world of snow.
Continuing thru June 25, 2023, In The Arena. As long as there have been cowboys, there have been Black cowboys. One of the most enduring symbols of the American West, the cowboy evokes self-reliance, strength and determination — qualities found at the Black rodeos held each year across the United States. Through the lens of Bay Area photographer Gabriela Hasbun, this exhibit documents the exhilarating atmosphere of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo — the only touring Black rodeo in the country — and the show-stopping style and skill of the Black cowboys and cowgirls who attend the event year after year.
Continuing thru January 8, 2023, Survival Architecture & Art of Resilience. Ours is a world of flux. Extreme weather events are propelling questions on our ability to confront and survive climate change, natural disasters and other shocks. This exhibit will focus on learning to survive, adapt and grow amid these shocks and stresses.

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 •
Announcing Contemporary Realist David Kreitzer.
In the tradition of Turner and Cezanne, master oil and watercolorist David Kreitzer’s commitment to beauty and meditative work compels him to create exquisite, mood-invoking oil and watercolor Central Oregon splendor landscapes, figure, fantasy, oak and vineyard hills and Nishigoi koi images.
David, whose career was launched with a sold out show at Maxwell Galleries in San Francisco, has been a professional artist for 57 years.
David grew up as the son of a Lutheran minister who, due to his duties, moved his family frequently throughout the Nebraska countryside. Kreitzer has exhibited his work in numerous one-man shows in museums, universities and galleries across the country, and his paintings have served as posters for the Mozart Festival in San Luis Obispo, California, Atlantic Magazine and the Seattle Opera. He was a featured artist for the American Artist Magazine, and his collectors include Michael Douglas, Mary Tyler Moore, the Howard Ahmansons, the Robert Takkens, the Cargill Corporation and the Hind and Hirshhorn Foundations. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Thomas Albright, in his review of David Kreitzer’s first solo exhibit at Maxwell Galleries in San Francisco, wrote: “Kreitzer demonstrates how much poetic intensity the old tradition can still contain.” He has recently moved to Bend from the California coast, where he resides with his wife, celebrated opera singer Jacalyn Kreitzer. They have two children, Anatol and Fredrica.
Exhibiting daily 1-5pm and all First Fridays.

Layor Art + Supply
1000 NW Wall St., Ste. 110
541-322-0421 •
Layor Art is excited to be hosting Sheila Dunn for the month of December. Best known for her large-scale, vibrant oil paintings, Sheila Dunn’s work explores the integration and disintegration of identity within the contexts of relationship, gender, environment and culture. Sheila’s recent focus is using her artwork as a vehicle for activism & conservation — she donates a9 portion of all sales to various environmental and social justice organizations.
Sheila’s oil paintings can be found in homes and businesses throughout the country and internationally. In 2019, she was selected by the U.S. State Department to be a featured artist in the esteemed Art in the Embassies program, founded by the Museum of Modern Art and President Kennedy in 1963.
When not in the studio, Sheila can be found exploring the wonders of the Pacific Northwest and searching for her lost keys. Sheila’s show goes thru the month of December and can be viewed during Layor’s regular business hours: Monday thru Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.

Linus Pauling Gallery
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon
61980 Skyline Ranch Rd.
541-385-3908 •
The Art Resource Team at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon invites you to view a wonderful exhibit of Virlene Arnold’s quilts; One Woman, Many Quilts December 4-February 5, 2023. The exhibit can be viewed on Sunday mornings, or by appointment.
An artist’s reception (open to the public) will be held at the Fellowship on December 9, 6-7pm.

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 •
This Friday, December 2, Mockingbird Gallery is proud to open our three-person show, Lasting Impressions, featuring the amazing works of Josh Clare, Michael Malm and Grant Redden. This show will run thru December.
Josh Clare grew up drawing and was rarely without a pencil and paper, but it wasn’t until he began studying art at BYU-Idaho that he began painting. That first oil painting class included a trip to the galleries in Jackson Hole and completely changed the course of his life.
Michael Malm is well versed in a variety of painting styles, from still life to landscapes. Malm is perhaps best known for his impressionistic paintings of figures.
Grant Redden was born and raised in southwest Wyoming working on the family ranch. But it was during a high school trip to an art museum that Redden’s eyes were first opened to the magic of manipulating color and form.

Oxford Hotel
10 NW Minnesota Ave.
Liz Haberman, a new member of the High Desert Art League, is exhibiting her watercolor paintings at the Oxford Hotel during the month of December. She is a relative newcomer to painting, as she didn’t begin learning how to “brandish” a brush until after her retirement and a move from California to Central Oregon 16 years ago. Liz had been a potter for several years and enjoyed creating jewelry using the “lost wax casting process.” She spent much of her career as an interior designer.
Liz has studied watercolor under the guidance of Helen Brown, Judith Morris, Myrna Wacknov, Sara B. Hanson and David Lobenberg, and often hosts workshops in her home studio in Sunriver.
As a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Liz has been honored to receive awards, including Best of Show at the organization’s 2020 Fall Exhibit. Whether her paintings are whimsical or sad, she likes them to “tell a story.”

Peterson Contemporary Art
550 NW Franklin Ave.
541-633-7148 •
Join us this Friday, December 2, from 5-8 pm for Peterson Contemporary Art’s Sixth Anniversary Group Show. We are so excited to have 38 wonderfully talented artists to represent and are very proud to show all they have to offer!
PCA strives to cultivate a welcoming environment; to connect artists and the public. We are Bend’s only modern/contemporary gallery and are thrilled to provide this community with an alternative option for their art needs!

Red Chair Gallery
103 NW Oregon Ave.
541-306-3176 •
In December, Red Chair Gallery showcases Rebecca Baldwin’s landscape paintings and Linda Swindle’s watercolors. Stephanie Stanley displays her colorful hand-woven scarves and ponchos. Our holiday tree is filled with handmade ornaments to brighten your home or give as gifts. Located at the corner of Bond Street and Oregon Avenue, Red Chair Gallery is open seven days a week: 10am-6pm Monday thru Saturday and 12-4pm on Sunday. Open late on December 2 for First Friday.

Sage Custom Framing & Gallery
834 NW Brooks St.
541-382-5884 •
Featured show for December thru January — Small Works. Show runs November 30-January 28, 2023 with a reception First Friday December 2, 4-7pm.
Sage Custom Framing and Gallery is featuring a selection of Small Works for the months of December thru January. Multiple Central Oregon artists will be showing a wide variety of subjects, styles and mediums, all in a petite format.
Great for gift giving!
The Gallery will be closed December 24 thru January 9, with no reception in January.

SageBrushers Art Society
117 SW Roosevelt Ave.
541-617-0900 •
SageBrushers Art Society presents its annual Affordable Art Show. Just in time for the holidays, this is a great opportunity to add to your art collection or provide the gift of art to friends and family. Stop in and enjoy the talent of these community artists. The SageBrushers Gallery is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 1-4pm. Showing thru December.

The Stacks Art Studios & Gallery
Old Mill District, Second Floor
The Stacks Art Studios & Gallery features the artwork and work of local creators Lindsey Luna Tucker, Kira Frances, Lindsay Gilmore, Ashley Paggi and Alyson Brown.
Lindsey Luna Tucker uses her sensitivity to emotion, exaggeration of gesture and manipulation of color and space, to create abstract landscape oil paintings. While her work is rooted in a visual awareness of the physical world, she favorites emotional truth over visual realism.
Kira Frances creates oil paintings to investigate the nature of truth and share alternative realms of beauty. For her still life pieces, she sets up the objects and alters their context just enough to suggest a dream-like landscape; for her geometric pieces, she takes an idea and deconstructs it, revealing the concept through the display of shapes and angles.
Lindsay Gilmore creates abstract landscape paintings inspired by the colors and compositions that have captivated her while on adventures outdoors with her family.
Ashley Paggi (Ash Cascade) is a surface pattern designer whose bohemian/retro style evokes a polished yet gritty sense of place. While she mainly licenses her art, you can find some of her own products such as bandanas, mugs and stickers, at The Stacks.
Alyson Brown (Wild Folklore) is a photographer and stylist specializing in beverage and botanicals. While she focuses most of her time on brand development and content creation, Alyson is also The Stacks in-house mixologist for First Fridays. Call the studio for hours and appointments.

Tumalo Art Company
Old Mill District
541-385-9144 •
December Group Show: Wonderland.
The holidays and winter months conjure up sparkle, joy, and wonder. Our group show Wonderland” opens during the First Friday Gallery Walk in the Old Mill District, December 2, from 3-7pm, and our artists have contributed art to this show that captures the season.
Shimmering snow covered mountains, twinkling lights, a bird on a twig… whatever subject moves our artists into a state of wonder and creativity. Tumalo Art Co. is home to over 25 artists. Each has a distinctive medium and approach to art-making. Photography, digital media, paintings made with oils, acrylics, mixed media, ceramics, wood (both turned and segmented), glass and jewelry.
Annually the artists also make tiny, original, hand-made art. These are hung on our sparkly, white trees and can be used as ornaments and permanent, year-round art. We encourage you to “give art” — the most original gift. The tiny art is priced reasonably as well, to keep it within your means to give this one-of-a-kind, tiny art.
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 oil paintings by Sagebrushers Art Society member Gary Uderitz. As a self-taught artist, Gary has pursued his interest in oil painting for over 50 years. Eventually taking classes in technique and color, he found a new direction for developing his own style. “Since retirement and moving to Bend, I’ve been inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds this area. This show is a ‘wine-themed’ set of paintings — of vineyards and gardens.” Stop in to enjoy the view and try one of the fine wines on offer! Showing thru December.

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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