May First Friday Gallery Events & Exhibit Openings

The Alexander
1125 NE Watt Way
458-256-6854 •
The Alexander is continuing an exhibit of landscape paintings in acrylic and oil by High Desert Art League members Joren Traveller and Janet Frost. The exhibit will be on display thru the end of May on the second floor mezzanine.

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 May.

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.

The Commons Café & Taproom
875 NW Brooks St.
541-323-3955 •
The Commons Café and Taproom is hosting a group show by members of the SageBrushers Art Society. Stop in for a drink of your choice and enjoy these paintings by community members, in a range of styles and media. Showing thru May.

Deschutes Historical Museum
129 NW Idaho Ave.
541-389-1813 •
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 •
The High Desert boasts some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States. But with the region’s population growth, dark skies are a natural resource being lost. Increasing light pollution emanating from developed areas threatens the health and populations of species that depend on the dark including insects, migrating birds and even humans.
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.
And continuing thru May 8 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 •
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 •
This May, Layor Art + Supply is excited to host the artwork of Patricia Kirk. Patricia’s paintings are reflective of her love of nature and the spirit that is imbued within all things natural. She is an explorer at heart, thrilled with immersing her senses in beautiful scenery, as well as the inward explorations of the mysteries beyond our conscious awareness. Her love is to express this love and her many discoveries in her artwork from realistic depictions of the landscape to more intuitive approaches that are conceptual in their content. She works predominantly in oils, rich in color and full of life. Come lift your spirits by sharing in this beautiful work. Patricia’s show starts on May 6 for First Friday Art Walk, 5-9pm. and can be viewed thruout May during Layor’s regular business hours of Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-4pm; and Sunday, 12-4pm.

Linus Pauling Gallery
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon
61980 Skyline Ranch Rd.
541-385-3908 •
Continuing at the Linus Pauling Gallery in the Unitarian Universal Fellowship Church is Nature’s Tapestry. The exhibit features the works of 11 High Desert Art League members and will be available for viewing thru May 29.

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 •
On Friday, May 6, from 5-8pm, The River’s Edge, a two-person show for Jack Braman and Dan Chen, will open at Mockingbird Gallery. The gallery will be filled with new artwork, and we will have music provided by Rich Hurdle. This exhibit will run thru May.
Jack Braman camps along many beautiful waterways of the Northwest, sketching, photographing and absorbing the light moods. Then it’s back to his studio where he carefully captures the sum of the drawings, mood, lighting and details on his canvases or boards.
Living in the Pacific Northwest engendered in Dan Chen a love of wildlife, and it shows in his beautiful bronzes. He uses a wax- or oil-based sculpting medium depending on the size and complexity of the subject. After casting he will re-sculpt any imperfections, then he does his own patinas applying various chemicals to give the pieces the desired color and texture.

Oxford Hotel
10 NW Minnesota Ave.
The Oxford Hotel’s featured artist for May is Vivian Olsen.
Vivian, who lives in Bend, is a member of the High Desert Art League, the Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Plein Air Painters of Oregon. In 2021, Vivian published a children’s book, The Good, The Bad, and The Goofy with Amazon. Her recent artwork may be viewed at Hood Avenue Art Gallery in Sisters, and on her website, along with a review of the children’s book.

Peterson Contemporary Art
550 NW Franklin Ave.
541-633-7148 •
This May we are having a special exhibition introducing our newest artist Amy Sullivan from Statesville, North Carolina. Whether landscapes, abstracts or her tobacco barn paintings, Amy creates an experience, both through the process of creating custom commissioned pieces for clients with the finished products — scaled and designed specifically for their rooms’ dimensions and designs, as well as creating unique works that are sure to captive any art lover.
Although in many ways they are studies in simplicity, Amy’s paintings draw the viewer in with their moody complexity. Textural and dimensional, luminous and intriguing, they capture snapshots of emotion that allow the imagination to soar.
Amy will be here to join us in celebrating her arrival to PCA on Friday May 6 for First Friday. Please come into the gallery to enjoy the wonderful works from 5-8pm and meet the artist herself.

Red Chair Gallery
103 NW Oregon Ave.
541-306-3176 •
In May, Red Chair Gallery showcases Michelle Lindblom’s abstract paintings in oil and acrylic. The pedestals are filled with pottery by Dori Kite, including her Jail Birds and Butterflies and Sunflowers series. Native American style jewelry with lots of turquoise by Helen Sanderson is also featured. 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, 12-4pm. Open late on Friday, May 6 for First Friday.

Ronda Rae Interior Design
521 NW Harriman St.
541-647-4444 •
Celebrate in person with Ronda Rae Wiltse and featured artist Kimry Jelen at Ronda Rae Wiltse Interior Design’s open house Friday, May 6, 4-7pm and Saturday, May 7, 10am-3pm. We will have hors devours, wine, a give-away and paintings to view! to check out the artwork.

Sage Custom Framing & Gallery
834 NW Brooks St.
541-382-5884 •
May’s art show at Sage Custom Framing and Gallery features two talented Bend artists, Becky Wanless and Jeanne Debons.
For Becky, making art is her passion, paper is her medium. Her “paper paintings” are filled with color, shapes and patterns. The shapes and patterns found in nature influence her work and many of the surface designs on her papers she creates herself. “Creating art feeds my soul and allows me to create order out of chaos.”
Jeanne is an accomplished botanical illustrator. Her beautiful watercolor paintings have been shown in local, national and international exhibitions. Her work has been published in books and magazines and she teaches botanical illustration workshops at her home studio.
Show opens First Friday, 5-7pm, and runs May 3-28.

SageBrushers Art Society
117 SW Roosevelt Ave.
541-617-0900 •
SageBrushers Art Society presents a group show of current works by the “Dusty Dames” pastel group of 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, 1-4pm. Showing thru June.

Tumalo Art Company
Old Mill District
541-385-9144 •
The first solo show of the year at Tumalo Art Co. features new works by David Kinker and opens May 6, from 3-7pm during the Old Mill District First Friday Gallery Walk. With Over Water, Kinker dives into his entrancement with all things water. An avid rafter and river guide and adventurer on wild rivers from the Pacific Northwest to South America and beyond, Kinker has learned water. As a painter, he is able to describe the mesmerizing movement and atmosphere, and colors and feeling of water, bringing it to the viewer as a felt experience.
Many of the works in this show are large. Kinker also makes plein air study paintings in the field and these are available. Well-known for murals across Central Oregon, he was recently commissioned to do murals and original paintings for the Partners in Care facility in Bend, along with many private residences. Multi-talented, Kinker makes the frames for all of his paintings, mixing exotic woods, many that are reused materials, to complement his paintings.
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 DREAMING OF ITALY – Cinque Terre Boat Paintings by SageBrushers Art Society member Barbara Hudler Cella. Get in the mood to sip wine amid paintings of sunlit colorful boats that fill the small bays of the cliff-hugging villages of Italy’s Cinque Terre. Here’s your chance to armchair travel, reminisce about or plan your European vacation of a lifetime. Showing thru May.

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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