Bend’s First Friday Artwalk Swings into Summer



1. Atelier 6000 541-330-8759 2. Desperado 541-749-9980 3. Franklin Crossing 541-382-9398 4. Karen Bandy Studio 541-388-0155 5. Lubbesmeyer Studio 541-330-0840 6. Red Chair Gallery  541-306-3176 7. Sage Custom Framing 541-382-5884 8. The Oxford 877-440-8436 9. Tumalo Art Co. 541-385-9144  (Interested in getting on the ArtWalk map? Ask us how!)


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Alleda Real Estate 25 Minnesota Ave., 541-633-7590, www.alledarealestate.com. Featuring artists Janice Rhodes and Barbara Slater thru June. Painting oils with energy and spirit, Slater’s pigmentation is rich and succulent while her brushwork is bold and responsive. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, American Women Artists (AWEA) and the High Desert Art League. www.barbaraslater.com.
Rhodes is a pastel artist with a fondness for encaustics. Each of her pieces is an adventure that combines basic design elements and intuition, and Janice puts her contemporary spin on them that is delightful. She is a member of the Red Chair Gallery and the High Desert Art League. www.janicedrhodes.com.


Art in the Atrium at Franklin Crossing 550 NW Franklin, celebrates First Friday with a fine art exhibit of abstract paintings by Pam Bird, acrylic, and Judy Hoiness, mixed media. Thru June 28.
Bird presents abstract acrylic paintings drawn from her imagination, moving her imagery beyond realistic portrayal to an interpretation of the familiar. With titles such as Another View of the Creek, the artist depicts floating objects as bright shapes of color with perhaps the single literal reference to water being hues of blue. Working in art over many years, Bird served as an art museum educator and an art instructor at the community college and elementary level. An award winning artist, she is a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters with exhibitions in California, Washington and Oregon.
Hoiness, one of Oregon most recognized artists, exhibits abstracted paintings with an expressionistic reference to landscape. A fourth generation Oregonian, Central Oregon and the Pacific Northwest are major inspirations for her work.  Her mixed media imagery presents a flattened perspective of landscape, perhaps geologic layers, rendered in a widely interpretative palette.  
Noted for numerous national and regional exhibitions throughout the U.S., Hoiness received over 40 significant awards with her art published in many books on watercolor and acrylic, and in Watercolor Magazine. Her teaching includes workshops in the U.S. and Canada and as adjunct art faculty at Central Oregon Community College.
Noi Thai at Franklin Crossing will serve appetizers and wine.  The Tommy LeRoy Trio with Andy Warr, sax, Andy Armer, piano, and Tom Friedman, bass, plays Latin and traditional jazz. Billye Turner organizes exhibitions for Franklin Crossing with additional information at billyeturner@bendnet.com.


Atelier 6000 389 SW Scalehouse Ct., Suite 120, 541-330-8759, www.atelier6000.com. Honoring Educators That Print thru July. Invited artists who compliment their careers with printmaking or are full time printmakers from Oregon, Washington, Utah and Idaho exhibit in the ETP2 (Educators that Print) in June and July.
This lively exhibition honors local and regional educators who incorporate printmaking as a vital artistic endeavor within cutting-edge arts programs.The artwork envisioned and created by the invited artists showcase printmaking at its best. The prints are not photographic reproductions of paintings or drawings, but are all made directly on the “plate” with the sole intention of producing a hand-pulled original print.
The prints emphasize unique techniques and methodology and highlight the pursuit of the artist/educator perceptions of their work while emphasizing the possibilities in printmaking. Various methods presented in this exhibition include monoprints, block prints (wood, linoleum, Gomuban), engravings, etchings, solar prints and mixed media presentations started from print forms.
ArtTalk: June 7, 6pm Patricia Clark, curator of the exhibition speaks about Printmaking and the ETP2 exhibition. Book Artists display art in Bend: Bikes, Beer & Bowser – Bookcases display Atelier 6000 artist members’ original books based on the theme.


Bend Brewing Company 1019 NW Brooks St., 541-383-1599, www.bendbrewingco.com. Local artist for June is Linda Provasco.


Bend d’Vine on Wall Street featuring Powskichic of Bend, a/k/a Brenda Reid Irwin. 541-550-7174, http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCJinnm Live music on First Friday featuring, The Django Band. Music from Woody Allen’s film, Midnight in Paris featuring Steve Thorp on guitar and John Irwin. 


Bend Premier Real Estate 550 NW Franklin Ave., 541-323-2779. Bend landscape photographer Stuart L. Gordon will unveil a collection of images from his 2012 and 2013 travels throughout Oregon, Canada and the western United States.
Featured images include the wild and scenic portion of the Rogue River; Clayoquot Sound in British Columbia, Canada; the Valley of Fire in the Mojave Desert; Mt. Rainier National Park; Big Sur and the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. Gordon will donate 10 percent of proceeds from sales of his framed and matted prints during the exhibit to the Bethlehem Inn shelter for the homeless.


Cowgirl Cash 924 NW Brooks St, 541-678-5162. Anne Perce with pet portraits.


Crow’s Feet Commons behind the Tower Theatre in Mirror Pond Plaza, 541-728-0066, www.facebook.com/CrowsFeetCommons. A not-so-forgotten but recently rejuvenated part of “old town” Bend’s rich history. Art by Riversong School.


Desperado Contemporary & Nostalgic Western Store 330 SW Powerhouse, Old Mill District. 541-749-9980. 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. Barbara continues her studies with different genres, painting still-lifes, florals, landscapes and animals. Animals are her present focus with images of vibrant roosters, horses, cows and other barnyard residents. Painting these rural inhabitants with love and respect, Barbara gives each animal an attitude and personality. Slater is a member of Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, American Women Artists (AWA) and The High Desert Art League. Slater’s paintings are an ongoing exhibit at Desperado at the Old Mill. www.barbaraslater.com.


Feather’s Edge Finery 113 NW Minnesota Ave., 541-306-3162, www.thefeathersedge.com. Featuring Bend artist Niki Tripp. Niki is a block print artist and will be showing her spring/summer collection of works on First Friday.


High Desert Frameworks! is open Monday – Friday 10am to 5:30pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. Located at 61 NW Oregon Avenue #101, in downtown Bend between the FedEx Office and Visit Bend. Featuring artist Grace Bishko with nearly 40 years of work including original oils, acrylics, watercolors and other works on paper.  


Jeffrey Murray Photography 118 NW Minnesota Ave. 925-389-0610, www.jeffreymurrayphotography.com. The talent and wit behind Jeffrey Murray Photography relies on a small group of individuals with the background, passion and knowledge (whether human or not) needed for Jeffrey Murray Photography’s creative operation. For the past two years the Jeffrey Murray Photography team has traveled full time throughout the United States in hopes of bringing you the rarest and most exquisite moments in nature.


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


Karen Bandy Design Jeweler 25 NW Minnesota Ave. #5, 541-388-0155, www.karenbandy.com. Tucked between Thump coffee and Alleda real estate, Karen Bandy is not easy to find, but well worth the effort. Open First Friday with new jewelry and paintings from 5-9pm. Karen’s latest jewelry is bold and colorful, and all are original designs not made from a machine or multiple molds.  She specializes in custom design updating your existing jewelry, recycling where possible, into a wearable, comfortable new style just for you. She can also source gems and diamonds from around the world to create a unique one-of-a-kind piece that you will treasure for years to come.
Karen especially enjoys creating 25th anniversary jewelry and wedding rings. The connection with the client, especially at those times, is something that makes her job rewarding.
Karen’s latest acrylic paintings are a series called Vineyards and Vessels. The colorful series is primarily painted in blues, reds and gold, and the subject matter is deeply personal to her.  The paintings chronicle her life and choices made along the way. “Some of what I am painting now is hard to talk about, and it’s hard to even put a title on some of the paintings. I do know that they are part of series, part of a need to put my story out there in paint and canvas,” says Bandy. “I hope they touch others and that they can draw their own parallels and relate to them in their own way.”


Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery The Old Mill District, Second story loft, 541-330-0840, www.lubbesmeyer.com. 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.  The working studio and gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, and the Lubbesmeyers welcome your visit.


Mary Medrano Gallery 25 NW Minnesota Avenue #12 (above Thump Coffee), 408-250-2732, www.marymedrano.com. 6-9pm for Open Studio.


Mockingbird Gallery 869 NW Wall St., 541-388-2107, www.mockingbird-gallery.com. Three-artist exhibit for Dawn Emerson, Fran Kievet and Ken Roth titled Creatures.  Sounds of Rich Hurdle and Friends at ArtWalk. Using creatures from the animal kingdom as a point of departure, each artist portrays a moment in the lives of these animals in a distinctive way. Emerson captures the movement and dynamism of animals in a rush of flickering light and shadow, using dramatic shifts in color tones. Kievet’s creatures are fully three-dimensional with strong background patterns that compliment the presence of the animal. Roth begins with bold color tones that harmonize in the background, pushing forward a singular, powerful image. His animals are immersed in the background, but they also occupy a shallow picture plane closer to the viewer.   


Nature of Words 224 NW Oregon Ave., 541-647-2233, www.thenatureofwords.org. Performance poetry, monologues and music–NOW upcoming student readings offer a rich menu of literary creations from NOW’s creative writing programs at Bend Senior High School, Cascades Academy and The Storefront Project. Community members can add their voice to the literary scene during an open mic at NOW’s literary arts center and open house during First Friday.


Art at the Oxford at The Oxford Hotel 10 NW Minnesota, celebrates First Friday, with a feature of paintings by Pam Bird, acrylic, and Judy Hoiness, mixed media. Thru June. Bird presents abstract acrylic paintings drawn from her imagination, moving her imagery beyond realistic portrayal to an interpretation of the familiar. An award winning artist, she is a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters with exhibitions in California, Washington and Oregon. Hoiness exhibits abstracted paintings with an expressionistic reference to landscape. Noted for numerous national and regional exhibitions throughout the U.S., Hoiness received over 40 significant awards with her art published in many books on watercolor and acrylic, and in Watercolor Magazine. A full exhibit of the artists’ work will be on display at Franklin Crossing, corner of Franklin and Bond in downtown Bend, during the month of June and the artists will be present during the First Friday celebration. Billye Turner, art consultant, presents Art at the Oxford and provides additional info at 541-382-9398 or billyeturner@bendnet.com.  


Patagonia @ Bend 1000 NW Wall St., Suite 101, 541-382-6694, http://patagoniabend.com. Featurnign the photography of Mike Putnam.


Paul Scott Gallery 869 NW Wall Street, Suite 104, 541-330-6000, www.paulscottfineart.com. Featuring Julee Hutchison, a plein air painter whose paintings reflect her unwavering partnership with nature and her mastery of capturing the richness, colors and essence of our majestic outdoors and Morgan Madison’s intricate designs whose use of color and materials showcase him as a masterful contemporary kiln formed glass artist.


QuiltWorks 926 NE Greenwood Ave. 541-728-0527. Featured quilter is Karen Donobedian and the group exhibit is Two Rivers Three Sisters, quilts depicting the wild and scenic Whychus River.


Red Chair Gallery 103 NW Oregon Ave., in the historic O’Kane building, 541-306-3176, www.redchairgallerybend.com. Bright, Bold and Beautiful featuring three local artists. Linda Heisserman creates wheel thrown porcelain pottery which is both elegant and functional. She uses white clay as a canvas for carving her intricate images. Each piece is loving carved, then glazed with a Chinese celadon glaze and fired in a high temperature kiln.  
Gabrielle Taylor has built a collection of unique pieces around her chance discovery of antique Afghan silver stamps.  The textures and designs are timeless and the stones used with them provide interest and color. Gabrielle’s use of these ancient stamps in combination with the modern silver source of precious metal clay has been a journey that has provided a sense of completion and history.
Shelly Wierzba’s landscape oil paintings were created on location in Central Oregon. Her painting approach is influenced by a desire to express one’s five senses on a two demential surface. By suggesting detail in a ‘painterly’ fashion, she gives the viewer the opportunity to use their own imagination and feelings regarding the painting.  Shelly will also have many new unframed watercolors in addition to the several new oil paintings.


Sage Custom Framing & Gallery Exhibits 834 NW Brooks St., 541-382-5884, www.sageframing-gallery.com. Featuring Katy Grant Hanson, lively and energetic oil landscapes. The paintings in the show will celebrate some of her favorite Oregon views. When painting on location, Katy quickly finds something that interests or excites her.  She lays in a loose thin layer of paint, establishing her composition and major color areas. She continues, always tuning in to the view as she refines her image with thicker strokes of oil paint. She did not start painting until her 37th year. With family support, she went back to school and studied under artists such as Henry Sayer, Nelson Sandgren and Sergie Bongart, plus a 10 week artist residence at the Sitka Center on the Oregon coast. She owned and operated Cannon Beach Paint Abouts in the early 90s and published a book of her work entitled, A Painter’s View: Lewis and Clark in Western Oregon and Washington. The book will be available during the show.


Silverado 1001 Wall St., 541-322-8792. Joseph Christensen of JC Lapidary. Oregon artist handcrafting beautiful jewelry featuring many stones from the northwest.

The Silver Otter 706 SW Industrial Way, Suite 100, Bend. 541-241-7818. www.thesilverotter.com. Exhibiting a collection of locally made art and handmade crafts from all over the world.


The Wine Shop & Tasting Room 55 NW Minnesota Ave., 541-389-2884, www.thewineshopbend.com. Featuring artist Omar Andeel thru June. Andeel is an independent comic artist and illustrator. His work has been featured in The Rocket, Seattle Weekly, Artsfocus and International Design. www.omarlicious.com.


Townshend’s Bend Teahouse 835 NW Bond Street, Bend, 541-312-2001. Moving Forward, oil on canvas by Randy Groden Sr. who began drawing and painting as a young child. Groden’s current works reflect the last decade he spent on the tropical island of Maui, Hawaii. His range of work includes murals, landscapes, figures, ballet dancers and portrait commissions.

Tumalo Art Company at Old Mill District, 450 SW Powerhouse Dr., #407, 541-385-9144, www.tumaloartco.com. Stretching Our Vision features photographs by Bruce Jackson and paintings by Alisa Huntley.  
For this show Jackson is unveiling three new limited edition photographs revealing gorgeous fall and spring colors with a poets eye. “My artwork has always been about beauty, and simplicity,” says Bruce. “There is so much beauty in nature, my goal is simply to see, and most importantly feel, the beauty before me, then capture its essence on film.”
Huntley focuses primarily on the luminous, meditative qualities of water. She explores the reflections, abstractions, organic shapes and movement of the lakes and rivers in the high desert. Loose, colorful strokes of paint, drips, an expanded format and the reflective qualities of the aluminum and copper base she paints on create the feeling of a rushing river or peaceful high lake. An emphasis on the emotional feeling of a place transports the viewer to Alisa’s watery world.


Velvet Lounge 805 NW Wall Street, 541-728-0303, www.velvetbend.com. Photographer, painter and habitual doodler, Amanda Paris has been expressing her creativity since she could hold a pencil. In her ArtWalk premier she is showcasing her new style of digital mixed media. She creates these images by the extraction of the hidden fractal textures of her photographs. They are then further manipulated on a pixel by pixel basis until deemed finished.


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