Art Exhibits this month- March
875 Brooks Street
An Interpretive Exhibit organized by The Museum at Warm Springs in 2007, sponsored by the Deschutes National Forest Scenic Byways Program, Central Oregon Community College, Bend2030 and hosted by Arts Central.
First Friday Hours: 4-8pm
Regular Exhibit Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm
Arts Central is hosting the exhibit as part of its mission to educate and inform the community of relevant cultural events and issues. The exhibit represents Arts Central’s first collaboration with the Museum of Warm Springs.
Celilo Falls on the Columbia River was the greatest market place in the Northwest until its inundation 50 years ago due to the installation of the Dalles Dam. Since time immemorial, thousands of indigenous people gathered each year at Celilo Falls to fish, trade, feast, game, meet potential husbands or wives and participate in religious ceremonies.
The exhibit commemorates a pivotal time in Oregon’s history that irrevocably altered the lives and livelihoods of native peoples. It was an extremely significant time in our history which remains alarmingly absent from most educational forums today. The photo exhibit captures slices of life on the river before the damn was installed and serves as a sober reminder of the impact and consequences to people and the environment in the ongoing search for new sources of energy.
This is the final month that the exhibit will be on display at Arts Central.
The Franklin Crossing Building
550 NW Franklin
“Art in the Atrium” at Franklin Crossing, 550 NW Franklin, celebrates First Friday, March 4, 2011, from 5 – 8 pm with watercolors by Helen Brown, Mary Marquiss and Mary Rollins, curated by Billye Turner, art consultant, who organizes exhibitions at the Atrium.
Typhoon! will serve wine and Thai appetizers and the Manzanita Strings, local musicians, will perform.
Also during the evening, Bend’s Cascades Theatrical Company will present excerpts from Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays With Morrie.“ Bruce Moon as “Mitch” and Ed Mierjeski as “Morrie,” under the direction of Sandy Silver, will perform scenes at 6:45 and 7:15 pm in the Franklin Crossing Atrium, introducing CTC’s March 18 – April 3 production.
Helen Brown, Sunriver resident, presents multi-layered tree studies and a musical series including the Watercolor Society of Oregon People’s Choice Award painting, Moon Jam. A frequent WSO award winner, she also appeared in the prestigious Northwest Watercolor Society National Show in Seattle.
Mary Rollins presents her exquisitely detailed close-ups of life on rivers, primarily tributaries of the Columbia. A member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and the recipient of its Bronze Award, the artist’s work appeared as the feature article, “Intimate by Nature,” in Watercolor magazine.
Mary Marquiss, a Bend artist, is known for her color saturated, large-scale blooms in bold hues which have received numerous awards from the Watercolor Society of Oregon The artist teaches art classes in Bend, with a philosophy that encourages each student’s individual style.
The Manzanita Strings perform classical and pops throughout the evening. Members include Carol Elwood, violin, Sue Vordenberg, violin, Jenny Marsden, viola and Dottie Sayward Wylie, cello.
The public exhibition runs March 3 – 25, 2011 during building hours, 7 am –7 pm. Turner provides additional information at 541-382-9398.
High Desert Gallery
10 NW Minnesota Avenue at The Oxford
Come celebrate with us as we host “There and Back,” an exhibition of original paintings featuring work by Central Oregon Artist, Sue Favinger Smith and turned wood vessels by Oregon Artist, Dan Tilden. “There and Back,” runs from March 4, 2011 through April 5, 2011 at High Desert Gallery’s downtown Bend Oregon art gallery located at 10 NW Minnesota Avenue at The Oxford.
First Friday Gallery Walk and Artist Reception: Friday, March 4, from 5 to 9pm. Meet the artists, enjoy great conversation and refreshments during First Friday Gallery Walk. First Friday Gallery Walk sponsored by the Bend Gallery Association takes place each First Friday of the Month in downtown Historic Bend and The Old Mill District. A hoot for sure!
About Sue Favinger Smith: Sue Smith is a studio painter living in Central Oregon. Raised in California, she moved to Oregon in 1972. After a career in small business she returned to Oregon State University – Cascades, where she earned a degree in art and the Distinguished Student – Department of Art Award in 2005. She is represented in Central Oregon by High Desert Gallery.
“I’ve always been drawn to the idea that a good landscape painting is an invitation to explore. Where I live there is immense solitude, wild skies and secluded places. My work is about stepping in to this vast unknown and discovering what you might find there, of being alone without being lonely. My focus is to find a simple beauty in nature, without sentimentality.
My painting process is always evolving, as I seek better solutions to describe what I see. I paint directly, slowly allowing the forms to emerge from either the darkness or the light. I will use whatever tool gives me the surface quality I want, be that brush, or palette knife or rag. I believe the painting surface can communicate as much to the sense of light as the imagery – the overlaying of compliments, drawing back into wet paint, resolving the edges, thick and thin paint application. Everything you do affects what you’ve done and will do next. I am always learning, trying to capture with freshness and spontaneity this thing we call beauty.”
National Association of Women Artists, Women Artists of the West Associate, Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society
Solo Exhibition, High Desert Gallery, March 2011
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, 2010
Women Artists of the West Juried Exhibition, 2010
National Association of Women Artists Membership Exhibition, 2010, 2009
Solo Exhibition, “Perception and Imagination”, High Desert Gallery, 2009
About Dan Tilden: All of Dan’s work is turned on the lathe, using local woods from Southern Oregon. Typically he turns the wood in the green (when the wood is wet) and then manipulates the drying process to create organic shapes and forms. What some people may think of as a flaw in wood, he uses this to build character in the work and let the wood speak for itself. Dan has enjoyed his fine craft as a wood turner for 9 years and continues his study with international known wood turners, Christian Burchard and David Ellsworth. Creating in wood is his passion and what he loves to do.
Lester Newell’s PERSPECTIVES Fine Art Gallery
130 Minnesota Avenue
“Capturing the Spirit”
The journey from art student to accomplished and recognized artist has been rewarding for Faye Taylor. Her unique style of realism has garnered much praise and awards.
As a high school student Faye Taylor toured the advertising department of a Southern California department store and decided to become a fashion illustrator. After years of studying under Clayton Rippy and Chalita Robinson, she returned to that very store, showed them her portfolio and was awarded a position on the spot.
Now, 27 years later, Faye Taylor is an award-winning, nationally-known artist working from her studio/gallery in Prineville, Oregon, a small ranching community where she finds many of her subjects among her friends. ”My love for figurative art has not diminished, but I have shifted from the fashion figure to the western figure.”
Taylor’s Work has been in many galleries, including a piece on permanent display in the John Lide Hart Museum in South Carolina. Several of her pieces have been included in shows at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, as well as the National Arts Foundation in Chicago. Now Faye is featuring her work at Lester Newell’s Perspectives fine art gallery, 130 Minnesota Ave in Downtown Bend.
Her art has been on the covers of several magazines including this issue of Cascade Arts & Entertainment. Recent articles about Taylor have appeared nationally in Horses in Art Magazine and locally in Cascade Horse Journal.
She is a member of Oil Painters of America, Watercolor Society of Oregon, Northwest Artists and is a signature member of the world-renowned Women Artists of the West. In 2005 she was included in a coffee table book entitled “Northwest Artists.”
869 Wall Street #100
Mockingbird Gallery presents the “Heart of the West” show, which opens First Friday on March 4th from 5 to 9 pm. Austin Barton, Bob Boomer, Michael Cassidy, Lisa Danielle, Mick Doellinger, Carol Hamilton, T.D. Kelsey and Sally Kimp are eight Mockingbird Gallery artists whose work focuses on Western culture, and they will exhibit together for the month of March. Please join us for a glass of wine and a chance to view these artists’ sculptures and paintings that reflect the “Heart of the West”. Music will be provided by Rich Hurdle and Friends during the First Friday show from 5 to 9 pm. The exhibit will extend to the end of March.
Austin Barton has an intimate knowledge of the “western” way of life through breaking horses and working on farms and ranches. Those influences are reflected in the themes of his bronze sculptures: horses, cowboys and buffalo.
Bob Boomer’s sculpture utilizes weathered manzanita wood found near his California home. His favorite subjects are Native American women and children.
Michael Cassidy’s oil paintings focus on his life-long interest in the Plains Indian culture.
Lisa Danielle is a western still life artist who has great knowledge of Native American culture. Her detailed renderings of baskets and pottery are rich in design and dramatic light.
Mick Doellinger grew up in Australia with its vast primitive landscape and abundant wildlife. His artistic expression through his bronze sculptures is the combination of his deep love of wildlife with his years of interaction with thousands of wild animals in their natural habitat.
Carol Hamilton’s passions are watercolor, horses, open spaces and the Native Americans of the West. She is a avid collector of American antiques and Native American artifacts, which she assembles into still life compositions.
Much of T.D. Kelsey’s artwork which consists of bronze sculptures stems from his interest in Texas longhorn cattle and has fueled a growing concern for wildlife conservation worldwide.
The focus of Sally Kimps’ bronze sculptures is Native American women portraying aspects of everyday life.
River Bend Fine Art Gallery
844 Bond Street
Contemporary works focus on the sum total of what it means to be an artist . . . how the subconscious, awareness, influence and individuality shape visual expression. Enjoy new works from EXPRESSIONS @ River Bend by Natasha Bacca, Pam Jersey Bird, Daemian Hawthorne, Judy Hoiness, Cara Thayer & Louie van Patten and Amy Royce plus Sarkis Antikajian, Kentree Speirs, Carla Spence and Lisa Wachs.
Artist Reception Friday, March 4 – 5 to 8 pm
Special Guest Artist: Jef Gunn
WALKING & LOOKING
Portland artist Jef Gunn is compelled by the vastness of the Oregon High Desert – its silence and light, a pervasiveness that brings the artist to his own constancy. The sky opens, the mind opens, resting nowhere and the stability or firmness of the buttes and mesas become the artist’s steadiness.
On a recent trip to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, Gunn was struck by the enormity of a particular mesa and simultaneously by the intimate minutiae of its life forms. Vastness throws us back on our own vastness – what Gaston Bachelard called intimate immensity.
Join us at 2pm on Saturday, March 5 for an informal live painting presentation by Jef.
Sage Custom Framing
848 Brooks Street
Bend artist, Anne Perce will be the featured artist at Sage Custom Framing and Gallery for the month of March. Working in acrylics, Anne’s style is strong, bold and colorful with a preference for landscape and still life. A reception will be held during Art Walk with the artist present and refreshments served. Sage Gallery is located behind the Tower Theater. 541-382-5884
25 NW Minnesota Avenue
Original surrealist oil and acrylic paintings by Carol Connett are the March featured artworks at Thump Coffee in downtown Bend. “Enjoy a stroll through the colorful and imaginative landscapes of my subconscious,” invites Connett. Thump Coffee also will be open late for First Friday Art Walk, March 4.
Connett describes her paintings as “representational renderings of sometimes comical but always impossible worlds.”
“I was the kid in school who got in trouble for drawing,” says Connett. “I just couldn’t stop. Although my parents were not artistic people, my brother is an artist [Robert Steven Connett, www.vomitus.com]. Being that he’s my big brother, I was fascinated with what he was all about. The walls of his room were covered with those wonderful ’60s rock concert posters, and he was always drawing. I’d look at the pens, quills and bottles of India ink spread out over his drawing table and want to do what he did.”
“Sometime in my early teens, childhood make-believe turned into surreal inspiration. Slowly I lost interest in realistic depictions of wildlife and reality, and to the dismay of my parents I began to sculpt and later to paint surreal landscapes.”
“Today the landscape in my mind continues to spill out on canvas and on paper. It’s a self-perpetuating world for me that’s not a dream, but rather my alternative reality.”
Learn more at www.carolconnett.com.