Prineville’s Growing Art Community

When people think of Prineville they often think of a quiet ranching community, rural living and the western lifestyle.  Many recreationalists know the Prineville area as a place to enjoy peaceful forest trails for mountain biking, dispersed camping, world class fly fishing and an outdoor experience free from the crowds often present in many other popular recreation areas.

But lately there is also an emerging art community blossoming within the quiet town of Prineville.  On May 13 Prineville businesses will kick off the second season of the widely acclaimed Art Crawl.  The event will kick off a series of monthly events on the 2nd Friday of the month from May through September.

The 2nd Friday Prineville Art Crawl began as an idea of local gallery owner Roger Peer through his work with local artists at his gallery.

“As I began working with these artists, I discovered that we had a significant group of talented local artists, as well as a lot of interest in art from the community,” relayed Peer.  “The support and enthusiasm for the event has been inspiring.”

Roger, an artist himself, has a passion for promoting the arts in the community that goes beyond his role as the owner of local art gallery galerieroger.  Through meeting the artists he discovered quite an interest in art in the local community. After some networking and planning, he approached the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce with his idea.

“The Chamber was excited to take on the idea of the Art Crawl and offered their support,” said Peer.  So with the help of a handful of local businesses, the local chamber of commerce and several members of the community the 2nd Friday Prineville Art Crawl was born.

The format will be familiar to those who visit the art walks in other communities. All the participating businesses will be displaying many different mediums of art.  Many of these businesses will be serving wine, light appetizers or other refreshments.  Some businesses will feature local musicians, authors or other local entertainment. Visitors will be welcomed and encouraged to walk around and drift in and out of the local businesses and view the paintings, sculptures and other art on display.

The event is assured to be casual and relaxing, and a great way to meet many of the local businesses and artists.  The event officially starts at 5pm and businesses will be open until 8pm.  But of course people are encouraged to start visiting the businesses and art on display as early Friday afternoon as they would like.

Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce



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