New Exhibits for May

Local Artists Featured Around Central Oregon during May
From Carla Spence at the Bend Country Club to the Kids Curate exhibit at the High Desert Museum art abounds. 


Art by Knight 236 NW Newport Ave., 541-633-7488, Featuring oil paintings by Laurel Knight and bronze sculptures by Steven L. Knight.

Artworks Gallery at Tumalo 19889 8th St. in Tumalo, 541-706-9025. Ceramic, fused glass, mosaic, acrylic, oil, watercolor, felting and jewelry.

Bellatazza 869 NW Wall Street, 541-318-0606 thru March.  The Cascade Center of Photography has a collection of works from Sean Bagshaw, David M. Cobb, Natasha Bacca and Christian Heeb. From classic photo prints, canvas prints and metal prints.

Bend Country Club Carla Spence thru May, featuring some 30 works, Questioning the Conventional Wisdom of Color the artist says, “My current work focuses on landscapes in unnatural colors and semi-abstract shapes, creating a combination which pushes viewers to look at the world around them in new ways.” Her work is shown by the Tumalo Art Company.

Bend Mountain Coffee 180 NW Oregon Ave. Featuring original acrylic paintings by local artist Shelli Walters. 541-317-1873.

Christian Heeb Gallery at the Cascade Center of Photography 390 SW Columbia St., Ste 110, 541-241-2266,,  New limited edition metal prints of the Africa Series and some images of the Buddha Series. Art advice and editing of your photos for quality print also available.
International recognized professional photographer Christian Heeb has his photography exhibited in galleries and museums like the Nikon Photography Gallery in Zürich and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis.

COCC Barber Library Rotunda Gallery 541-383-7564. Central Oregon Community College is hosting Visual Apothecary, an art exhibit showcasing a compilation of small treasures to be explored and examined. Thru May 11.

furnish 761 NW Arizona Ave., corner of Wall Street, 541-617-8911. Featuring Shelley Hall, Sue Smith and other local artists.

High Desert Museum 59800 South Highway 97,, 541-382-4754.
Black Impact: African American History in the Far West. This multi-sensory exhibit brings to life the stories of black history in the West, with video such as footage of World War II African American paratroopers as well as photography, gospel and jazz music.
Kids Curate exhibit, the culmination of a year-long project with Museum educators and fourth- and fifth-graders who had the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Museum, curate their own exhibit and learn the power of art and storytelling. The result: an exhibit that offers a compelling look at the community’s cultural identity.  Thru July 29.

Nature of Words (NOW) 224 NW Oregon Avenue. 541-647-2233, John Hillmer presents Peace, Love and Literature, art inspired by words.

North Rim Lodge 1500 Wild Rye Circle, Bend. Art Exhibit by Karen Bandy through May 29. Part of North Rim Lodge’s rotating art exhibit, this latest exhibit features Karen Bandy, artist and design jeweler. Bendites may be familiar with Bandy’s work from her jewelry and art shop in downtown Bend, and she has selected some of her paintings to be on display at the beautiful North Rim Lodge through the end of May. Bandy is passionate about her paining – loving the versatility and impermanence the medium affords her as an artist. “It’s not precious until it is complete,” she said, “it can be changed, altered, painted over, and scrubbed away.” Those characteristics has led to her newest style, incorporating layered paints, revealing underpainting, shapes and textures, resulting in an abstract painting communicating feelings and mood with the viewer. The use of brilliant color (drawn from her gemstone experience) continues to play an important part of her art. Visitors are invited to view her work at the lodge by appointment. 541-388-3001,

Pronghorn Resort presents a fine art exhibit by Alice Van Leunen featuring woven paper images of Oregon wine labels thru June 5 at Pronghorn Clubhouse, 65600 Pronghorn Club Dr.  Van Leunen’s Wine Country Quilt Series continues. The paper is woven in a “waffle weave” pattern that mimics the pieced-fabric Log Cabin designs.
The current Wine Country Series combines the artist’s unique techniques with her passion for Oregon wine. These artworks celebrate Oregon’s place as one of the world’s leading wine-producing regions, with Log Cabin blocks composed of collaged labels from Oregon wineries.  Many Oregon vintners furnished labels for the art with David Fish at Fox Farm Vineyards offering the labels that inspired this project. The artist’s 30+year career includes teaching textile arts at Portland State University and her art appears in numerous collections including General Motors, Calvin Klein and large-scale collaborative commissions such as the High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida.  In 1993, the Oregon Arts Commission awarded Van Leunen an Individual Artist Fellowship for her unique imagery.
Pronghorn invites the public to visit the exhibition during clubhouse hours, 9am – 9pm with information at the concierge, 541-693-5300. Billye Turner, art consultant, coordinates the Pronghorn exhibition schedule. 541-382-9398.

Raku Artisits of Central Oregon 20 Year Anniversary Show. Raku Pottery Sale May 11,  Noon-7pm and May 12, 9:30-4pm at the Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave. Bend. Info: Charlene at 541-350-2662.  The sale will feature platters, vases and pots, wall art, sculptures, jewelry, original art one of a kind, fine art at artist direct prices.

SageBrushers Art Society 117 SW Roosevelt, 541-617-0900, Gallery open Thursdays/Fridays, 10am-2pm.  Expressions by Vickie Grive Levis. Vickie’s paintings thru May 28. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday 10am-2pm.

Saxon’s Fine Jewelry Old Mill District, 541-389-6655, three in-store jewelers featuring designers Roberto Coin, Simon G and many more.

La Pine

La Pine Public Library, 16425 First St., La Pine, Constance, 541-312-1090.  Local photographer Michael C. Jensen photograph image exhibit thru May 24. The exhibit features 22 award winning and highly acclaimed photographs featuring local landscapes including shots of the Viet-Nam Wall, Sparks Lake, Tumalo Falls, Crater Lake, Devils Lake and many more.

Madras / Warm Springs

Art Adventure Gallery 185 SE Fifth St., 541-475-6317. Laurie Lyman  Balmuth of Hood River.  Reception May 4, 5:30-7pm. The paintings start as a study from life done on the touch screen of an iPad using the Brushes App.  They are called “digital finger paintings” which is a good description of completely freehand drawings that do not use photography or vector drawing. The iPad allows many subtle overlays of lines and color that are then picked up in subsequent digital manipulation. The quality of the information captured is completely different and distinct from a photograph of objects or a photograph of a drawing or a painting. The Brushes App saves every line to building up a painting. Some of the work is painted or flocked after it is printed to add a third dimension.

The Museum at Warm Springs 541-553-3331, Treasures to Make You Smile thru June 4.  Artifacts from The Museum’s Collections that will delight. The Museum is open 7-days a week, 9am – 5pm. Walk the new Twanat Interpretive Trail and learn about Shitike Creek, water creatures, birds, plants, geology and history of the area around The Museum.

Warm Springs Museum Gallery, Kah Nee Ta Resort 800-554-4786. Ongoing exhibit. New works by Warms Springs Tribe artists.


Alpha Omega Gallery 230 N. Main Street, 541-591-8013.  Debra Riggins.


Ambiance Co-op Gallery  435 S.W. Evergreen, Redmond. 541-548-8115, Exhibit by Joren Traveller and Kristy Stone. Traveller is a bronze artist who enjoys the hands on feel of working in clay and gets great satisfaction out of creating a unique character and personality in her pieces. Stone receives inspiration from her enjoyment of spring calving, weaning and branding in the fall, giving her opportunity to take her own photos which are primarily used for her work.

Britz Beads 249 NW Sixth St., 541-548-4649, Sandi’s bead jewelry and ongoing display of Gilbert Shepherd’s large format acrylic paintings.

Judi’ Art Gallery 336 NE Hemlock, Ste 13, 360-325-6230, Featuring works by Judi Meusborn Williamson.

Redmond Library Linda Barker at 541-312-1064. Exhibit of Chinese Brush Paintings by local artist Bill Searle thru May. The one man show is featured in the Silent Reading Room of the Redmond Public Library. Searle is an avid enthusiast of art, nature, life and the evolution of consciousness. As a spiritual seeker, he developed an interest in eastern cultures and philosophies that drew him to the art of Chinese Brush Painting.  Using Chinese brush techniques, he captures the essence and spirit of his subject while maintaining a simplicity that balances interest in the subject and meditative spaciousness. Being a craftsman as well as an artist, Bill creates custom frames and matting for his artwork.
Woodworkers Exhibit The Friends of the Redmond Library Art Committee is hosting the Central Oregon Woodworkers exhibit at the Redmond Public Library thru June 16. This first of its kind show will include lathe-turned cowboy hats, furniture such as chairs and tables, jewelry boxes, musical instruments, whimsical wall hangings, intarsia, carving and sculpture all created by talented men and women of Central Oregon.  Meet the artists May 19, 1-3pm.


Buffalo Horn Gallery 167 West Sister Park Dr., 541-549-9378, Featuring the work of Ted Lettkeman, Metal Sculpter, Alix, mixed media portraiture of Native Americans and Gary Lynn-Roberts, western oil painter.

Canyon Creek Pottery 310 North Cedar St, 541-390-2449,, Ongoing exhibit, fine handmade pottery by Kenneth G. Merrill made in Sisters.

Clearwater Art Gallery 391 West Cascade, or 541-549-4994.  Works by Dan Rickards and other local artists.

Desert Charm 161 S Elm Street, Sisters, 541-549-8479 ongoing exhibits by Central Oregon artists. Featuring Nancy Bushaw, Deborah Dallinga, Tamari Gress and Margaret Meritt, pottery by Laurie Johansson and fiber arts by Jeannette Bobst, Tami Meritt and Cathy Paxton.

Don Terra Artworks 222 W Hood Ave., 541-549-1299, Teri Applegarth, Dayne & Don Patheal, owners of Don Terra exhibit their work.

Ghiglieri Gallery 200 West Cascade, 541-549-8683. New masterpieces and treasured favorites in bronze, oils on canvas, giclee’s and prints. Western and wildlife inspired along with African, historical and biblical themes. 

The Jewel 221 West Cascade Ave., 541-549-9388, Ongoing exhibit, Jewelry by Mary Jo Weiss.

Jill’s Wild (tasteful!) Women Showrooom Larch St. Ste B, 541-617-6078 artwork, cards, giftware and ceramics.  Open by appointment.

Kate Aspen Studios 161 E Cascade Ave, 541-549-6950, Ongoing exhibit, Beads, buttons, vintage jewelry and art.

Sisters Art Works Entry Gallery 204 W. Adams, 541-420-9695,   Art Exhibit featuring new work by some of the talented artists who are Sisters Art Works tenants: Lynne Woodward, Al Krause, Rick Judy,  Karen Z. Ellis, Kathy Deggendorfer, Pamela Hunter, Glen Corbett and more! Thru May 30.

Sisters Gallery & Frame 252 West Hood Ave, 541-549-9552, Ongoing exhibit, landscape photos by Gary Albertson, watercolor and scratchboard by Ashley Dean.


Artists’s Gallery Sunriver Paper Station building 541-593-2127 or 541-593-8274.  Four outstanding and unique artists are featured during April in Sunriver’s own Artists’ Gallery. Carolyn Waissman, photographer, Kim Jones abstract acrylic painter, Susan Harkness-Williams, gourd and jewelry artist and Pat Cross, oil painter. These four women bring their talents this and every month to the Gallery.  The artists will be present April 14, 4-7pm at the celebrated Second Saturday reception. Two of the artists Pat Cross and Susan Harkness-Williams will teach a class on the topics, Figure Drawing and Art Dolls during the month as well.

Sunriver Area Public Library 56855 Venture Lane, 541-312-1080.  
The Friends of the Sunriver Area Library present an exhibit featuring Reflections in Oil and Clay with ceramics by Dori Kite and oil painting by Kim Jones thru June.  Reception May 5, 2:30-4:30pm at the Sunriver Area Library. 
When not camping with her family or skiing on Mt. Bachelor, Bend native Dori Kite was begging for art supplies of one kind or another and creating whatever she could with whatever she had.  Her first experience working with clay came at Bend High School with Tom Temple. “When I watched him take a ball of clay and turn it into a lovely vessel, I was hooked.”  
Her first pottery showing was at Cindercone Clay Center in April 2011, where she maintains a small studio space. Her work there earned her an invitation to Potters for Education in July 2011 and to the Clay Guild of the Cascades’ Wildfire Pottery Showcase in November.  Dori says that her work is influenced by everything and everyone in her life. Her current forms are mostly hand-built from slabs, but you will see hints of wheel-thrown shapes added here and there.
Painter Kim Jones has exhibited and sold her work throughout Central Oregon for many years, and is now a member of the Artists Gallery Sunriver.  Her paintings have been prominent in the Tour of Homes, where she is known to show a large variety of art, working with designers to complement each and every room.  Kim has an interior design background and her favorite thing to do is to create just the right painting to enhance any space.  Dynamic composition, powerful expression and vibrant colors, along with imagination help create her works of depth and dimension. 

Sunriver Lodge Betty Gray Gallery presents Watercolors of Central Oregon featuring paintings by Helen Brown, Hyon Fielding, Charlene Gerrish and Chris Keylock Williams beginning May 20 thru June 24.  Reception May 26, 4–6pm in the upper gallery. Billye Turner, art consultant, organizes gallery exhibitions for Sunriver Resort and provides additional information at 541-382-9398.

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