First Friday Listings Downtown Bend, November 4,2016



Art in the Atrium at Franklin Crossing
550 NW Franklin
Patricia Martin-Freeman and Lloyd McMullen in Pentimento – Literally.
Pentimento, from Italian, means the emergence in a finished artwork of earlier images that have been painted over. In their exhibition, Freeman-Martin and McMullen explore that effect, literally, by working over existing paintings: their own and each other’s. McMullen proposed the exploration of the concept for their joint exhibition after reading author Lillian Hellman’s autobiography, Pentimento.
Freeman-Martin, whose art layers drawings and color creating a 3D effect, responded, “Literally, that is all my work ever is…,” and a theme was born. The artists exchanged existing works. The resultant new works combine paint, images, words, collage, found objects and numerous other items applied over the earlier works. For the show, McMullen traced literal stories from Ovid, T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare, Sylvia Plath and Lillian Hellman, among others. Her narrative pieces are all painted over existing paintings, including two by Freeman-Martin.
Freeman-Martin notes that working over McMullen’s images “provided a wonderful opportunity to explore another imagery and narrative content. It was an exercise in trust and freedom as we discussed how to approach the emotional aspect of working over someone else’s painting.” The exchange also enabled her to work on a large scale (over McMullen’s paintings).
The artists thus found that the previously painted work inspired new stories, images and concepts, influencing their respective styles. McMullen concludes, “Then, the viewer adds their own perspective or interpretive layer to the visual stories.”
During First Friday, Noi Thai serves wine and appetizers and the Tommy Leroy Trio performs jazz. Billye Turner, art consultant (, organizes exhibitions for Franklin Crossing.

A6 Studio & Gallery
550 SW Industrial Way, Ste. 180
The art, beauty and allure of Japan’s famed floating world comes to life in A6 Studio & Gallery’s 2016 major exhibit, Opening Japan: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints. More than two dozen Japanese woodblock prints feature subjects that tantalized the bourgeois of 17th, 18th and 19th century Japan: elegant courtesans, celebrated kabuki actors and far-flung destinations. Featuring master works by Hasui, Hiroshige, Yoshitoshi and others, Opening Japan celebrates the enduring beauty of Japanese prints.
Thru November 20. Admission to the exhibit is free; program costs vary. The exhibit is available during regular gallery hours: Monday-Friday 10-7pm, Saturday 10-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm.

Cascade | Sotheby’s
821 NW Wall St.
Featuring work from Artist MaryLea Harris, founder of Pink and Green Mama, an award winning arts and crafts website for caregivers of young children. MaryLea specializes in painting, mixed media, sculptural books and fiber arts. Join us to meet this exceptional artist and enjoy complimentary appetizers and wine.

City Walls at City Hall
710 NW Wall St.
City Walls at City Hall, an arts initiative of the City of Bend Arts, Beautification and Culture Commission, exhibition featuring the works of artists from the Cascade Camera Club.
The new exhibit showcases work of 18 local artists. The photography includes outdoor scenes from around Central Oregon. The Cascade Camera Club, serving Central Oregon, was established in 1947. The club is dedicated to stimulating interest in photography and improving the photographic skills of its members. Activities include educational programs and critiques of member images. The show opens at a public reception with the artists from 5-7pm on First Friday. Thru March 2017.

115 NW Minnesota Ave.,
Mexican folk art, Latin American textiles and David Marsh furniture.
Desperado Boutique
Old Mill District
330 SW Powerhouse Dr.
Featuring Bend artist Barbara Slater who is inspired by the “out west” way of life and cowboy culture with a touch of city glitz. Painting oils with energy and spirit, this artist’s pigmentation is rich and succulent, while her brushwork is bold and responsive.

Douglas Fine Jewelry
920 NW Bond St., Ste. 106
Featuring original jewelry designed by award winning designers Steve & Elyse Douglas. Douglas Jewelry Design has the largest variety of Oregon Sunstone gemstone jewelry in the Northwest.

5 NW Minnesota Ave.
Artwork by SageBrushers artists Gillian Burton, Dianne Esther, & Barbara Shannon.

Feather’s Edge Finery
113 NW Minnesota Ave.
Our shop features functional, well crafted, handmade goods from Bend& beyond. We always have fun, new items featured for First Friday.

Jeffrey Murray Photography
118 NW Minnesota Ave.
Jeffrey Murray Photography features American landscape and fine art images captured by Bend nature photographer, Jeffrey Murray. Visit and enjoy a visual adventure of illuminating light and captivating panoramas from scenes in Central Oregon and across North America.

John Paul Designs Custom Jewelry + Signature Series
1006 NW Bond St.
Specializing in unique, one-of-a-kind wedding and engagement rings in a variety of metals.

Junque in Bloom
50 SE Scott Street
SageBrushers artist Jennifer Starr.

Karen Bandy Design Jeweler
25 NW Minnesota Ave., Ste. 5, 541-388-0155,
Tucked between Thump coffee and Alleda Real Estate, Karen Bandy is Central Oregon’s only national/international award-winning jewelry designer, specializing in custom design in downtown Bend since 1987. Her designs are bold, fun and always very wearable. They fit the Central Oregon lifestyle, are made for each individual personally, and are always one-of-a-kind.
Bandy is also an abstract painter who is working on a new series called The Continuum. It speaks to life slowly evolving through time, nature, birth and death, but also how we try to box it up in a neat little package, containing it, veiling truths and forgetting the lessons of the wise ones before us. The subject matter and the physical process of working with paints speaks to this idea of ‘the continuum’ as Bandy works both transparently and opaquely, adding layers and scraping away, creating line and texture and revealing hidden messages and truths.
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:30am-5pm, First Fridays and by appointment at other times.

Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery
Old Mill District, second story loft,
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. Working studio / gallery open Tuesday thru Saturday.
Mary Medrano Gallery
25 NW Minnesota Ave #12
Across from the Oxford Hotel. Contemporary art.

Mockingbird Gallery
869 NW Wall St.
Annual Mockingbird A-Z, a group show with a wide range of subject matter. Featuring new paintings, bronze sculpture and mixed media from a number of the gallery artists. Artists are inspired by nature, wildlife, people and places. Each artist will utilize this opportunity to share their unique approach and individual inspiration with the public.
Works on view include Mitch Baird, Eric Bowman, Jennifer Diehl, Dawn Emerson, Norma Holmes, Julee Hutchison, Fran Kievet, Eric Jacobsen, Ned Mueller, John Taft, Scott Switzer and Xiaogang Zhu.

Oxford Hotel
10 NW Minnesota Ave.
The lobby exhibition of acrylic paintings by Megan Phallon continues through November 21, the lobby remains open during all hours.
The Oxford Hotel welcomes the Holiday Season presenting Susan Busik’s vivid and polychromatic acrylic paintings opening November 23 and continuing through the New Year celebration, closing January 2. The artist will be present at the champagne opening on First Friday, December 2 from 5:30–7:30pm.
Busik’s whimsical and bold paintings celebrate her Latina heritage. Her over-scale images of Madonna’s, hummingbirds, forests with full moons and boldly hued dahlias, Mexico’s national flower, are a tribute to the magic realism of Mexican folk art.
Her early artistic career featured abstract compositions but her focus shifted in her forties when she learned of her ancestry. Adopted as a child, the artist knew nothing of her heritage but learning of her birth mother’s Mexican origins, she sought to connect to those roots with the surrealistic images and brilliant color of traditional Mexican folk art.
With her newfound passion, Busik painstakingly taught herself the complexity of the folk art’s design and color. The process yielded a fearless painter, connected joyously to her past.
Billye Turner, art consultant, coordinates the Oxford Hotel exhibition schedule with information at

Pave Jewelry
101 NW Minnesota Ave.
SageBrushers artists during November.
Come join us for a view of Central Oregon from an art perspective.

Red Chair Gallery
103 NW Oregon Ave., 541-306-3176
Featuring three local artists. Will Nash, of Nashwood, has the unique background of working in a variety of disciplines ranging from home-building to furniture and from architectural details to acoustic instruments. Though his interests are varied his dedication to craftsmanship and fine woodworking remain. He is influenced by Sam Maloof, George Nakashima, among others, but it is the creative work, born of necessity and the moment, that is his greatest inspiration.
Joren Traveller is inspired by the whimsy, elegance and grandeur of nature and seesaws back and forth between these to create her sculptures in bronze and ceramic well as in her drawings and paintings. Sculpture is her favorite medium and one she finds therapeutic both mentally and physically.
Janice Rhodes is an encaustic artist with a realistic approach. Because encaustics (melted beeswax, resin and pigment) have to be manipulated with a heat gun or propane torch, realism is a challenge to an artist in this medium. But Janice finds this centuries-old method of painting always rewarding with its texture, luminosity and brilliance.

Sage Custom Framing and Gallery
834 NW Brooks St.
Featured artist for November – Ron Raasch – Mixed Media. A retired architect and rancher living in Powell Butte for the last 31 years and counting. His work is diverse in subject matter and medium. There is something for everyone in this offering. Sizes range from miniatures to large paintings of historical subjects and landscapes found in Central Oregon and beyond. Collectors of Ron’s art include Robert’s Field Redmond, Facebook and many private collectors. A political cartoonist for 11 years for the Central Oregonian, remnants of his jovial side still find their way into his work. Warning, viewing may cause uncontrollable smiles. Live music will be provided during First Friday reception.

Townshend’s Bend Teahouse
835 NW Bond Street
Carissa Glenn, 541-312-2001,
Artist Charlene Santucci Mountains and Mysteries. Surrounded by working artists her entire life, acrylic painter, Charlene Santucci, an elementary art teacher comes from a family with several generations of artists and teachers. Along with studying fine art in college and graduate school, she has travelled to more than 20 countries with performing arts teams.

Tumalo Art Company
Old Mill District,
Features Janice Druian. Believing that studying one or two places intently improves the artist’s eye, Janice Druian has focused on two areas—Grey Butte/Smith Rock at different times of day and all seasons, and the dramatic landscape and clouds around Summer Lake, in her new series of beautiful paintings.
An award winning oil painter who is a frequent invitee to prestigious plein air events, Janice is best known for creating landscapes that capture the beauty of the isolated parts of Oregon, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming, California and other western locations.
“Surrounded by the vast horizons, tumultuous skies and soul replenishing solitude of the remote west, I am compelled to paint.” She continues to honor the long tradition of western landscape painting through her work.

The Wine Shop
55 NW Minnesota Ave.
SageBrushers artists Sandra Carron

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