December First Friday Gallery Events & Exhibit Openings

Check out First Friday events, new exhibit openings and artist meet and greets for December’s First Friday in Bend and in the Old Mill.

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 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.

COCC Pence Gallery
2600 NW College Way
541-383-7700 •
An exhibition of work by Bend artist Abney Wallace, titled Intersecting Infinity, is showing at COCC’s Pence Pinckney Gallery thru December 16.
The exhibition will include woodcut prints, paintings and a site-specific installation.
Wallace is a printmaker, painter and installation artist who has also been an art instructor at both COCC and Oregon State University-Cascades. He holds a master of fine arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and recent exhibitions and projects include a solo show at Atelier 6000, a residency at Playa in Summer Lake and a project at Oregon WinterFest. The artist is the founder of the weekly figure-drawing salon at The Workhouse in Bend.
The Pence Gallery is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday thru Thursday, and from 10am to 2pm on Fridays. Masks are required and distancing protocols will be followed.

High Desert Museum
59800 S Hwy. 97
541-382-4754 •
Visit the new exhibit, Carrying Messages: Native Runners, Ancestral Homelands and Awakening,
Thru April 3, 2022. Carrying Messages highlights the historical significance of running in Native cultures in the Western United States and the ways that some Native people today are drawing on running as a means of empowerment, sovereignty and cultural revitalization.
Thru January 9, 2022, the Museum is continuing the exhibition that explores the intersection of art and science. Rethinking Fire dives into a subject familiar to all in Oregon — wildfire — and examines it through an artistic lens, resulting in works of sculpture, imagery and more.
And continuing thru May 8, 2022 is an exhibit from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out. In an intersection of science and art, the exhibit showcases the evolutionary journey of fish while displaying the ethereal beauty of the images. Species featured in the exhibit include the rainbow trout (Oncohynchus mykiss), native to the High Desert, and others such as Shiho’s seahorse (Hippocampus sindonis) and the rarely seen pelican eel (Eurypharynx pelecanoides).
To see additional current and permanent exhibits, visit

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 •
Please join Contemporary Realist Master Artist David Kreitzer at the Kreitzer Gallery and studio for First Friday 5-8pm and daily, throughout the month of December, featuring Art That Heals. David paints stunning oils and watercolors of water landscapes, vineyard hills, Nishigoi Koi, lilies, Nebraska Mid-West Heritage, the human figure and Central Oregon splendor. Please call 805-234-2048.
In the tradition of Turner and Cezanne, painter David Kreitzer’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 Corporation, 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.
“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.

Layor Art + Supply
1000 NW Wall St., Ste. 110
541-322-0421 •
Layor Art + Supply is excited to be featuring the art of the Layor team. Divergent stylistically the art of the Layor staff ranges from abstract and street art to classic landscapes. Artists present are Lacey Champagne, James Adams, Hanna Schmoyer, Wyatt Wordhouse and Dayne Smith. Their show will be up to view and purchase for the month of December.
In addition, we will continue hosting the art of Dr. Desirée Cox MD, Ph.D. Dr. Cox has been recognized as an international contemporary master artist in juried art publications for her painting abilities and in addition to releasing two albums as a jazz singer/songwriter, she is also a published writer and poet. Her oil on canvases can be viewed during this unique exhibition at Layor Art + Supply. Her canvasses — all brightly colored masterpieces of abstract and landscape scenes are all meticulously conceived to create a visual explosion of wealth and color. Each composition holds the viewer and loses them temporally in the tranquility of both her extraordinary sound, thoughts and vision. Both shows go through December and can be viewed during Layor’s regular business hours: Monday through Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 11am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4pm.

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. Through 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 •
Opening December 3, Mockingbird Gallery presents, Color and Light, a two-person show for Richard Boyer and Romona Youngquist. We are very excited to have these two talented artists as this month’s feature exhibition! We also will have Rich Hurdle’s wonderful music! This show will run thru December.
Richard Boyer travels frequently throughout Europe and America — from the quiet waterways of Amsterdam and the rolling hills of Provence to the jagged peaks of the American Rocky Mountains. His landscapes draw on the traditional approach to oil paintings, but are contrasted by a richer textural quality.
Romona Youngquist likes to trick the eye, using muted colors and blurred contours painted softly. She uses sand paper, brush ends, rags and anything unconventional. Her painting is complete when it has the power to speak directly to the viewer, and the onlooker cannot resist stepping into her world full of atmosphere and mystery.

Oxford Hotel
10 NW Minnesota Ave.
The Oxford Hotel is featuring the paintings of High Desert Art League member Rebecca Sentgeorge during the month of December.
This exhibition of watercolors and mixed media paintings invites the viewer to enter with a sense of play and to be in the moment. It calls upon the viewer to remember that we all have the ability to use our thoughts to create our world, to remember that we can all still play.
Rebecca received her degree in art from San Jose State University in California and taught art in the schools for 40 years. She teaches occasional workshops in Central Oregon. Her art can be viewed on her website

Peterson Contemporary Art
550 NW Franklin Ave.
541-633-7148 •
Please join us in celebrating our fifth anniversary on Friday, December 3. We will feature works by all of our talented artists from around the country. Peterson Contemporary Art is located in The Franklin Crossing Building on the corner of Franklin and Bond in downtown Bend. Cellist Travis Allen will be performing for us and the festivities run from 5-8pm. We look forward to seeing you.

Red Chair Gallery
103 NW Oregon Ave.
541-306-3176 •
Red Chair Gallery presents small works of art in December, perfect for holiday giving. Our local artists have created a large selection of wee treasures in paintings, glass, pottery, jewelry and more. Our holiday tree is adorned with handmade ornaments, too!
Open 10am-6pm on Monday-Saturday and 12-4pm on Sunday.

Sage Custom Framing & Gallery
834 NW Brooks St.
541-382-5884 •
Featured group show for December and January: Small Works.
A variety of small works is on display for December and January at Sage Gallery. A large group of talented local artists exhibiting everything from watercolor to oil paint, landscape to still life. All in the petite size range and all at affordable prices for everyone. Shop local for the holidays and support our local artists!
Show runs December 1-January 29, hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm, Saturday 12-4pm and by appointment. Open until 7pm on First Friday December 3, closed for the holidays: December 25-January 10.

SageBrushers Art Society
117 SW Roosevelt Ave.
541-617-0900 •
SageBrushers Art Society presents the annual Affordable Art show in the society gallery. All items priced at $100 or less. The SageBrushers Gallery is open Friday and Saturday, 1-4pm. Stop in and consider the gift of art for your holiday shopping! Showing thru December.

The Alexander
1125 NE Watt Way
458-256-6854 •
Helen Brown is a Sunriver artist working in watercolor on rice paper. Her batik paintings can be seen at the Tumalo Art Company in Bend’s Old Mill District. For December and January, she is the featured artist at the Alexander.
Helen chooses subjects ranging from animals to landscapes, but all in her recognizable batik style. The rice paper gives her work a very textural appearance. The nine pieces on display at the Alexander are representative of her variety of subject, that is… bees, horses, landscapes and statues.

The Wine Shop
55 NW Minnesota Ave.
541-389-2884 •
The Wine Shop is showing recent work by Sagebrushers Art Society member Bette Butler. From the mountains to the desert to the garden, Bette offers some of her recent paintings in watercolor and Brusho (powdered pigment).
Showing thru January.

Tumalo Art Company
Old Mill District
541-385-9144 •
Our group show, Make a Wish, opening December 3 during the Old Mill District’s First Friday Gallery Walk from 3-7pm, is a visual journey of the places and things near and dear to our artists hearts, and our wishes for the world. Every year, Tumalo Art Co. artists also make a huge array of tiny art that is affordable for gifts — from tiny original paintings, to hand-made ornaments, custom jewelry, glass, cards, gift tags and more. Perfect for those who want a heartfelt, original holiday! Check out our sparkly, white trees full of creative treasures and GIVE ART!
And, just for fun, follow us at and @tumaloartcompany for three times weekly clues to our Hidden Treasure Hunt throughout December in the Old Mill District. Find the red X and choose one of our artist- made ornaments.
Tumalo Art Co. is an artist-run gallery in the heart of Bend’s Old Mill District, open seven days a week, 10am-7pm every day but Sunday, when we are open 11am-6pm.

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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