June First Friday Gallery Events & Exhibit Openings

The Alexander
1125 NE Watt Way
458-256-6854 • thealexanderbend.com
Redmond artist, Rebecca Sentgeorge, will be featured in a solo exhibition during the months of June and July at The Alexander on NE Watt Way. The show, which is titled Asian Flair, focuses on the beauty of the land, its people and culture. The artist’s intent was to recreate the essence of people and place. This series showcases Sentgeorge’s exquisite use of color and form and is an affirmation of all our shared humanity through the connections every culture feels to the land and people, regardless to the culture.
Sentgeorge is a member of the High Desert Art League and the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Bend Senior Center
1600 SE Reed Market Rd.
541-388-1133 • bendparksandrec.org/facility/bend-senior-center
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 June.

Blue Spruce Pottery
20591 Dorchester E.
541-382-0197 • bluesprucepottery.com
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.

Deschutes Historical Museum
129 NW Idaho Ave.
541-389-1813 • deschuteshistory.org
The Deschutes Historical Museum opened an exhibit on the town of Maxville, Oregon and its timber history on April 28.
Timber Culture is a traveling exhibit from the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center that explores the lives of loggers and their families drawn together from different cultures during the great migration of African Americans from the South, and presents an inclusive look at Oregon’s multicultural logging communities. In sharing and discussing the history of the segregated logging community of Maxville, Oregon, the exhibit examines issues of race and social justice through the lens of Oregon’s history. The exhibit will be on display thru June 10.

High Desert Museum
59800 S Hwy. 97
541-382-4754 • highdesertmuseum.org
New at the Museum, Lair: Light and the Art of Stephen Hendee. The New York Times art critic Roberta Smith once reviewed his work as being like a “collaboration between the creators of Spider Man, the set designers for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and maybe Star Trek, and the computer artists involved with Tron.” Now, the glowing, high-tech world of Stephen Hendee is at the High Desert Museum. On display thru November 27.
Vanishing Night: Conserving Dark Skies in the High Desert continues thru July 10, featuring breathtaking large-scale imagery of the changing High Desert skies and information about the harm light pollution causes to wildlife. It also offers simple solutions for all residents to cut back their use of artificial light.
Continuing thru September 25, Imagine a World considers the ambitions, intentions and outcomes (sometimes disastrous) of intentional communities in the High Desert and Western United States over the past half century. It highlights contemporary artists as well, sharing their visions of alternative worlds and futures. Imagine a World invites each of us to reflect on how we are.

Kreitzer Gallery
20214 Archie Briggs Rd.
805-234-2048 • KreitzerArt.com
TRADITION LIVES:  Find peace and healing in the profound depiction of the waters and lands of the West, as well as vineyards, koi, florals, fantasy and figures in the art of Contemporary Realist David Kreitzer.  In the tradition of Turner and Cezanne, painter David’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 Coporation, 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.
Open daily and for monthly First Friday Art Walk.

Layor Art + Supply
1000 NW Wall St., Ste. 110
541-322-0421 • layorart.com
This June, Layor Art + Supply is showing art by members of the SageBrushers Art Society.  Stop in to see this work by the artists of Bend’s largest arts organization.  In a variety of media and subjects, this exhibit is sure to have something for everyone: shop for your own art and desk supplies while you browse this great exhibit space. The show starts on June 3 for First Friday Art Walk, 5-9pm, and can be viewed thruout June during Layor’s regular business hours: Monday thru Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-4pm; and Sunday, 12-4pm.

Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery
Old Mill District
Second Story Loft
541-330-0840 • lubbesmeyer.com
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 • mockingbird-gallery.com
On First Friday, June 3, from 5-8pm, Mockingbird Gallery will be hung with beautiful artwork for Vestiges, a two-person show for Steven Lee Adams and Joseph Alleman. This exhibit will run thru the end of June.
Steven Lee Adams strives to portray an elusive feeling of timelessness that lies beneath the surface of what may seem commonplace… introspective paintings, urging us to look deeper for the subtleties of nature around us, and the complex world of emotion within each of us. His work closely relates with the Tonalist artists, who were working in the 1800s.
For Joseph Alleman, an important motive to paint lies in understanding his surroundings.  “I’m visually compelled by shape, value and pattern. Through the process of painting, I gain new and deeper insight into my subject.” Familiar subjects, such as weathered barns, red-roofed farmhouses and wind-swept fields of alfalfa, attract his interest.

Oxford Hotel
10 NW Minnesota Ave.
The Oxford Hotel is pleased to feature High Desert Art League member, Rebecca Sentgeorge, in Walk a Mile in My Shoes, featuring watercolor paintings and mixed media pieces during the month of June.
Rebecca said, “All of the shoes depicted in the paintings are empty, just waiting for the viewer to fit them on and imagine where those shoes have been, and the road they have taken.” The world could be a better place if we all could put ourselves in another’s shoes and try to see their point of view.
Rebecca has a degree in art and was an art educator for 40 years. She has lived and taught in China, Japan, Australia and the U.S., and has artwork in private collections in each of those places as well as having taught workshops in Thailand, Japan, China, California and Nova Scotia. Rebecca teaches occasional workshops in Central Oregon.
In addition to the High Desert Art League, Rebecca is vice president of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and was a Fulbright Memorial Fund Participant. She was selected to participate in the National Consortium of Teaching about Asia, and the Teachers Institute of Contemporary Art.

Peterson Contemporary Art
550 NW Franklin Ave.
541-633-7148 • pcagallery.com
This First Friday, June 3, from 5-8pm, Peterson Contemporary Art will feature the work of Alexandra Becker-Black and Glenn Ness. This show will continue thru June.
Alexandra’s relationship with watercolors started with an odd step when she was forced to choose a new medium after developing an allergic reaction to oil paints. Within weeks of first painting in watercolors, Alexandra found her new medium and her new voice. Years later, most of her technique is still self-taught through her natural exploration of the medium and its applications.
Glenn started with drafting in pen and ink and then his art took a natural progression to oil paints; they provide the saturation and richness that he hopes to achieve. Glenn does take photographs of his subjects, but they don’t tend to have all the fine details, so he uses them as references to create the realistic urban and cityscapes.

Red Chair Gallery
103 NW Oregon Ave.
541-306-3176 • redchairgallerybend.com
In June, Red Chair Gallery showcases Michelle Lindblom’s monotype prints, which reflect her deep love of nature. Blue Spruce Pottery fills the pedestals with its stoneware featuring classic Cascade Mountain views.   Stephanie Stanley displays her hand-woven scarves and ponchos in luscious summer colors.  Located at the corner of Bond Street and Oregon Avenue, Red Chair Gallery is open seven days a week: Monday-Saturday, 10am to 6pm and Sunday, noon to 4pm. Open late on Friday, June 3 for First Friday.

Sage Custom Framing & Gallery
834 NW Brooks St.
541-382-5884 • sageframing-gallery.com
For the month of June, Sage Custom Framing and Gallery is excited to show a diverse and thought provoking selection of acrylic paintings done by local artist Sue Vordenberg. Bold, Curious & Eclectic is showing June 1-25.
In Sue’s own words: “Curiosity and boldness are basic to my representations of the world, through the eclectic selection of subjects, manipulation of colors and compositional elements and varying degrees of abstraction and surrealism.  My goals are to be absorbed joyfully in the process and to stimulate lasting delight and curiosity in viewers and collectors.
Reference photos usually are my starting point for a painting regardless of subject.  Sometimes I work abstractly from the beginning, but more often I begin realistically.  Before long my curiosity leads me to working the idea more unconventionally resulting in more abstraction or surrealism.  I want my painting first to stimulate a compelling visceral reaction in viewers and second to stimulate the viewers’ curiosity both about my artistic decisions and their own reaction to the painting.  The subject portrayal may be boldly bold, or boldly subtle but there nearly always will be some degree of boldness in my interpretation, with color choices often driving the final effect.  I paint in acrylic and use both flat brushes and palette knives.  Sometimes I add collage or use gel plate.  I believe strongly in life-long learning, and so experiment gleefully with subject, composition, technique and effect.
Creative problem solving as a community college vice president, and creative expression as a violinist provided experiences and insights fundamental to my curious, bold and eclectic approach to painting.  David Kinker, Jane Davies, Scott Gellatly and other artists have contributed to my understanding of visual art history, concepts and techniques.”
Open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday, 12-4pm; and First Friday reception 4-7pm.

SageBrushers Art Society
117 SW Roosevelt Ave.
541-617-0900 • sagebrushersartofbend.com
SageBrushers Art Society presents a group show of current works by the Dusty Dames group of pastel artists.  Stop in to enjoy the beauty of soft pastel landscapes, still life, portraits and more. The SageBrushers Gallery is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 1-4 pm. Showing thru June.

Tumalo Art Company
Old Mill District
541-385-9144 • tumaloartco.com
Small birds along with cranes, eagles and elk all show up in Danae Bennett-Miller’s June show, Spirit Found, opening June 3, from 3-7pm during the Old Mill District’s First Friday Gallery Walk. For this exhibit, Danae has created both bronze sculpture and collage monoprints with polyurethane layers on cradled board.
The animals who live with and around Danae are her inspiration. They connect to the spirit of the earth and fill her soul. A rancher who raises chicken and other farm animals, Danae has a close relationship with her surrounding environment and is well-known for her organic, life-filled forms of animals. To create their dynamic shapes she flows out strips of wax with ripples and texture and forms them into the shapes she is imagining for each creature. This technique gives an organic aliveness to each one. Once cast, her pieces are one-of-a-kind. Augmenting her sculpture works with printmaking has given a new avenue to express form, texture and line to all of her animals.
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 • thewineshopbend.com
The Wine Shop is showing photographs by Sagebrushers Art Society member Michele McKay.
“I love roaming in all types of landscapes and allowing my attention to be drawn to the unique. My rambles here and abroad are an engaging form of moving mindfulness, and in recent years I’ve practiced capturing singular moments of time, place, and perception through photographs and haiku notes. Much of my enjoyment lies in making photographs that are not digitally altered or enhanced, and discovering how these images can express the nature of particular elements and experiences.” Showing thru July.

The Wooden Jewel
844 NW Bond St., Ste. 100
541-593-4151 • thewoodenjewel.com
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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