(Artwork above: Walking in the Light by Troy Collins)
Check off a gift on someone’s wish list or just come out to see the art. December’s First Friday will feature some unique galleries and artwork around Downtown Bend and the Old Mill District.
Alleda Real Estate
25 NW Minnesota Ave., Ste 1
December 7 from 5:30-8:30pm Zack Schnepf will be showing his art for the First Friday Art Walk.
Zack is an award winning photographer specializing in fine art landscape photography and post processing. “Art is a way of life for my family. My father is a well known poster artist and painter. My mom was a painter and print maker and my brother is an art director. This is something I’m trying to pass on to my children as well.”
“The love of nature is also something that my family and I are passionate about. I’ve been hiking, biking, rock climbing and backpacking since I was little. From an early age, I learned to appreciate beauty in nature.”
Art in the Atrium, Franklin Crossing
550 NW Franklin St.
Art in the Atrium, Franklin Crossing, First Friday, December 7, 5-8pm exhibits artwork by inmates of Oregon correctional institutions with sales benefiting the Ugandan orphan children of Otino Waa Children’s Village. The exhibit continues through December 28.
Bend Art Center
550 SW Industrial Way, Ste. 180 • 541-330-8759 • bendartcenter.org
Bend Art Center presents Déjà vu: Annual Member Exhibit from December 7-30 with a First Friday opening reception on December 7 from 5-7pm.
A6 Artist Members were challenged to create original prints and artists books that elicit a feeling of déjà vu in the viewer—prompting them to wonder, “Have I seen that before?” Artist use reproducible elements (marks in a plate, stencils, repeated pattern or collaged layers of past prints), can be used to create a sense of visual familiarity. Within an artist book or pair of prints, such synchronizations of past and present, presence and absence, seeing and remembering and surprise and recognition are characteristic of déjà vu.
Also on display in December, A6 studio artist Bob Faber presents a series of copper plate etching and aquatint prints inspired by patter and texture, emotionally inspired by nature and intellectually inspired by language. Bob’s current work is an apolitical reflection on our increasing polarized political environment. Faber will be printing in the studio on First Friday, December 7 from 5-7pm.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty
821 NW Wall St. • 541-383-7600 • cascadesothebysrealty.com
Please join us December 7 at our Downtown Bend showroom from 5-8pm, to enjoy the artwork of Marylea Harris. Harris is a visual artist specializing in painting, mixed media, sculptural books and fiber arts. The event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and your host for the evening, Ryan McGlone, with co-sponsors Academy Mortgage. McGlone has partnered with Family Access Network for a winter boot drive and will be accepting donations at this event!
Jeffrey Murray Photography
118 NW Minnesota Ave. • 541-325-6225 • jeffreymurrayphotography.com
Features American landscape and fine art images captured by Bend nature photographer, Jeffrey Murray. Visit and enjoy a visual adventure of illuminating light and captivating panoramas from scenes in Central Oregon and across North America.
John Paul Designs Custom Jewelry + Signature Series
1006 NW Bond St. • 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. Ste. 5 • 541-388-0155 • karenbandy.com
Tucked between Thump coffee and Alleda Real Estate, Karen Bandy a Central Oregon national/international award-winning jewelry designer and abstract painter, specializing in custom design in downtown Bend since 1987. Her designs are bold, fun and
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:30am-5pm, First Fridays and
Lara House Bend & Breakfast
640 NW Congress St. • 541-388-4064
Join us every First Friday at the Lara House Bed and Breakfast from 5-7pm. Enjoy the artworks from six local artists: Ann Gibson, Karen Eland, Dorothy Holmes, Michelle Lindblom, Kristine Cooper and Angela Schwer. We will also have free yoga on our side lawn with live music. Yoga will be taught by Autumn Adams and Helen Cloots and live music from Amy Bathen. Yoga will start at 5:30pm. Check out the inside of our beautiful historic bed and breakfast. We have been apart of Bend since 1910.
Layor Art + Supply
1000 NW Wall St., Ste. 110 • 541-322-0421 • layorart.com
Layor is thrilled to have Erik Hoogen, a local favorite, coming back to Bend to be our featured artist for December. Erik has had an expansive history of traveling as a professional snowboarder, as well as, a tremendous art background ranging from graffiti, to murals and to our favorite — Oregon Mountain scenes. Stop by for a complimentary beverage, see his awesome work and enjoy our festive atmosphere.
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. Through the twins’ collaborative process, they distill literal imagery into vivid blocks of color and texture, creating an abstracted view of their surroundings. Working studio/gallery open Tuesday thru Saturday.
Mary Medrano Studio
25 NW Minnesota Ave. #12 • marymedrano.com
Step away from the crowds and relax in an art studio that is filled with the latest works by Mary Medrano. Located above Thump Coffee and across from the Oxford Hotel in the heart of downtown is a hidden gem of a studio. Stop in and see what’s new.
869 NW Wall St. • 541-388-2107 • mockingbird-gallery.com
Mockingbird Gallery’s First Friday Art Walk will open December 7 from 5-9pm. We will feature A Song for the Season, a one person show for Troy Collins. Please stop by on First Friday to mingle with the artist, sip a glass of wine and enjoy an evening of art.
North Soles Footwear
800 NW Wall St. • 541-312-8566
Three painting styles as different as individuals can be, but show together as a group from the High Desert Art League, this exhibit at North Soles in Downtown Bend will be up through January. Dee McBrien-Lee paints beautiful expressive abstract acrylics in a large format. Helen Brown works in watercolor on rice paper which results in loose, textured paintings, while Jacqueline Newbold’s journeys give her a never-ending source of inspiration to represent little gems of the world in her color-filled paintings.
10 NW Minnesota Ave. • 541-382-8436
The Oxford Hotel presents Mary Medrano’s colorful acrylic paintings Feathers and Tails, continuing through December 28. The hotel invites the public to the champagne opening on First Friday, December 7 from 5:30-7:30pm.
206 NW Oregon Ave., Ste. 1 • 541-633-7148 • petersonroth.com
Join us this December for Peterson/Roth’s Second Anniversary, Holiday Small Works Show. The show will run December 7-31.
Red Chair Gallery
103 NW Oregon Ave. • 541-306-3176 • redchairgallerybend.com
Janice Rhodes new work showcases her mastery of the art of encaustic. Each painting enchants with the subject matter as well as the medium which combines bees wax and tree resin with vivid pigments for a uniquely beautiful result.
Linda Heisserman’s beautifully crafted porcelain pottery is carved and then fired in limited colors to show off the depth and intricacies of her designs. From detailed florals to flowing sea creatures she offers a variety of subject matter in soft celadon green and blue.
Soft and circular shapes are appearing everywhere in Tricia Biesmann’s wearable fiber art this season. The beauty of her Nuno-felted scarves, shawls and toppers reflect her love of color and textures to create very unique pieces.
Sage Custom Framing & Gallery
834 NW Brooks St. • 541-382-5884 • sageframing-gallery.com
Featured show for December and January is Images of Winter running December 4 through January 26 with a First Friday reception on December 7 from 5-8pm. Thinking of Winter conjures up images of clean freshly fallen snow, holiday celebrations, family gatherings, curling up in front of a warm fire and sleeping gardens waiting for Spring to start fresh. Different thoughts, images and memories come to mind for us all. This winter a group of local artists capture their own insights about this time of year on paper and canvas, with brush, pencil, pen and ink. Come enjoy their creative depictions of the winter season.
SuZ Morrow Studio
Willow Lane Artists Studio 400 SE 2nd St. • 541-640-2414
SuZ Morrow offers original paintings in acrylic and oil of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Her style is surreal and impressionistic, with several abstract works as well. Stop in and enjoy the colorful expression of the soul of Oregon — it’s mountains, desert, waterfalls, coast, wildlife and people. Working studio/gallery open Monday through Friday afternoons.
Townshend’s Tea Company
835 NW Bond St.
Abstract painter Kristine Cooper exhibits at Townshend’s in December and January. Bend artist Kristine Cooper’s bright whimsical acrylic paintings represent visual diaries of her life. When life gives you mountains, make the most of it! Finding sparks of inspiration while hiking, paddle boarding or sitting in a coffee shop, Cooper uses art as a way to tell a story, convey a feeling or process life and as an escape at the end of the day. Exhibit will be on display December 1 – January 31 with an artist reception on January 1 from 6-8pm.
Tumalo Art Company
Old Mill District • 541-385-9144 • tumaloartco.com
Our group show for December is simply named Joy — and it’s about just that. What makes each artist tick? Is it the way they use their medium, a certain landscape, how the light plays on a surface? Artists present what brings them joy, combined with a written statement that describes why. The show opens December 7, from 4-8pm during Bend’s First Friday Art Walk in the Old Mill District.
And, our annual tiny art for giving will be on display on sparkly trees. Every year Tumalo Art Co. artists make a huge array of small art that is giftable — from small original paintings, to hand-made ornaments, gift tags and more. Perfect for those who want a heartfelt, original holiday!
Tumalo Art Co. is an artist-run gallery in the heart of the Old Mill District open seven days a week until 8pm except Sundays we close at 6pm.
750 NW Lava Rd. • 541-389-6515
Village Interiors invites you for beverages to view a wide variety of artwork December 7. Handmade floral arrangements, glass work from Spain, pottery floor vases and hand molded sculptured bowls and statuary including horses, bears, chickens and fish.
Sisters resident and oil painter Sandy Melchiori continues her art exhibition including several Tuscan inspired pieces.
The Wine Shop
55 NW Minnesota Ave. • 541-389-2884
The Wine Shop will feature the work of SageBrushers Art Society members Barb Crislip, Sue McLaughlin and Jennifer Ware-Kempke during December. The exhibit includes floral, still life and landscape subjects exploiting the luminous and sometimes serendipitous quality of the watercolor medium. Showing through December.