Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild will have their annual show on Oct 19-20 hosted by the At Liberty Arts Collaborative. This 2 day event features works by over 30 metal artists from jewelers, to sculptors, knife makers, welders and blacksmiths. These metal smiths will amaze you with some fascinating works of art that can also be purchased.
One of the artists that you can experience at the upcoming COMAG show is Miguel Edwards. Miguel is a public artist, sculptor, photographer, and culture-maker in Bend, OR.
In Seattle where he moved from, he was President of Center on Contemporary Art, a historic and growing art non-profit. He also built dynamic large-scale public art installations, as-well-as, photographing for local and regional magazines. Art in Seattle's Public Spaces, a book for art and architecture lovers that Miguel co-created with Jim Rupp recently won a Silver Design Award.
Miguel and his wife Cori, are thrilled to be living in Bend now where Miguel was able to build his dream shop and spend more time sculpting. He loves investing in the local community and culture, working with Downtown Bend, Bend Design, Tedx Bend, COMAG (Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild), Old Mill and so much more.
Earlier this year at WinterFest you may have seen Hope Rising, the giant stainless cauldron that he made for the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics.
This summer, Miguel began collaborating with Mark Meulebroeck of Red Miter Furniture building heirloom quality furniture. Miguel has been invited to show at Art Basel in Miami this December and has an opening in Palm Desert California with Coda Gallery, his new rep. (Click here for more info)
His work can be seen at:
If you are interested in discussing any projects with Miguel, please reach out, he always loves meeting new people!
Doors to the COMAG show open 11:00 – 9:00pm, Saturday 10/19 and 10:00am-6:00pm on Sunday 10/20. At Liberty Arts Collaborative is located in downtown Bend at 849 Wall St.
Featured at this years show is a collaborative piece 'The Mantis’
A 6 foot forged steel sculpture created in coordination with Russian artist
Anton Yakusheva, of Moscow. He visited Bend in July 2019, and working
with 19 of COMAG’s artist for 4 days and accumulative 400 hours and many
hundreds of hand forged pieces of steel and copper we created The Bug
At Liberty New Exhibition:
Time and Place: Ecological Work by Leah Wilson
Opening Reception with the Artist on Friday, November 1st at 5:30pm
Panel Discussion on Saturday, November 16th at 11:00am
At Liberty Arts Collaborative, a year-round dedicated arts space and cultural hub in Downtown Bend, is pleased to announce their new exhibition: Time and Place: Ecological Work by Leah Wilson. This exhibition will open November 1, 2019 with a First Friday Artist’s Reception and will be on view through January 4, 2020.
Leah Wilson of Eugene merges art and science in her paintings and sculptures that explore changing ecosystems. Her work is inspired by her curiosity and the sense of wonder she feels when studying the natural world. The majority of Wilson’s work in this exhibition and since 2012, has focused on a place-based exploration of ecosystem change over time at the H.J. Andrews Research Forest, a 16,000-acre ecological research site in Oregon’s Western Cascades Mountains administered cooperatively by the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State University, and the Willamette National Forest.
Andries Fourie, who is curating the upcoming show for At Liberty, says "Leah is interested in observing and recording natural phenomena as they change over time in one specific place." One of the highlights of the exhibition will be a sculpture entitled “Constructing Water,” a multi-layered, illuminated piece made of a polyester film called duralar. (see images below)
On Saturday, November 16th at 11:00am, At Liberty will host an interdisciplinary panel discussion in conjunction with the Time and Place: Ecological Work by Leah Wilson exhibition. The panel, moderated by exhibition curator Andries Fourie, will consist of artist Leah Wilson, Dr. Brooke Penaluna (research fish biologist with Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S.D.A Forest Service) Dr. Michael Nelson (a philosopher and economist who is Oregon State’s lead principal investigator at Andrews) and Louise Shirley (Curator of Natural History at the High Desert Museum). The discussion will provide context for Wilson’s artwork and explore the convergence of art and science as ways of investigating the natural world.
More about At Liberty Arts Collaborative: At Liberty, located in Bend’s historic Liberty Theatre provides an inspiring and dynamic space for the exploration of arts and culture, through exhibitions, collaborations, and events. For more information on the space, renting the space, or ideas for collaboration, visit: www.atlibertyarts.com.
Exhibition Calendar of Events:
It's First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Bend tonight, and it is the place to be for art, music, creativity and laughter. Make sure to check out the Downtown Bend Ambassador Launch Party in the Starbucks courtyard, and pick up your free Downtown Bend sticker!
You'll want to make sure that you stop by all of the Art Galleries in Downtown Bend as well as checking out the list of cool things happening (below).
The best way to get to First Friday Art Walk is to walk, ride, carpool or uber - however, we've also got lot's of parking here and here - and if you live within the map get a free ride from Ride Bend!
Dive Bar Theology & Juncture Woodworks at Velvet
1st Friday Art Walk in conjunction with Juncture Woodworks. We have Sunriver Brewing Co. on deck with their newest & freshest brews, music from Dive Bar Theology & gorgeous art from Juncture Woodworks. Doors open at 5, get in early for a spot on the davenport before the music starts up at 7:30!
Juncture is a portland based small business specializing in custom furniture and wood art. From coffee tables, to grand dining tables, juncture does it all.
Dive Bar Theology, with a unique indie-pop take on well-known songs, transforms everything from breweries and festival stages into contagious groove-laden parties.
Humane Society of Central Oregon at Outside In
We love our local non-profits and we love our pets. So what could be a better match for the July Downtown Bend First Friday Art Walk than having the Humane Society of Central Oregon join us?
Meet staff and volunteers from the Humane Society, learn about the programs they offer, including their Spay & Neuter services, gather information on pet care and safety tips, and meet animals looking for their forever home.
Wanderlust Essentials and Hibiscus Jewelry at Wren & Wild
Join us for the 4th of July weekend First Friday. We will be hosting Wanderlust Essentials with CBD Crafted Cocktails and our good friend Imani from Hibiscus Jewelry will be in showing her gorgeous creations.
Bucky Buckman at Deschutes Brewery
Join us for the First Friday Art Walk and welcome our artist for the month of July: "Pub Regular" Bucky Buckman!
A little background on our featured artist:
I am Bucky Buckman, a self-taught artist concentrating on paintings and leather masks. I started working with pen and ink, taking forever to advance to color in 2004 when I started using piping bags to apply the paint. I still continue to enjoy taking the process to the next level. Working with acrylic washes with pen and ink is a favorite technique that can be applied to canvas or leather.
I am very happy to be at a point where I can work on masks again, as it has been several years since my last mask. The technique comes from the Italian Renaissance, associated with Commedia Dell’arte. Their theatrical productions used stock characters identified by the leather mask for that character. I enjoy coming up with my own creations. Sometimes I start with a specific idea/design in mind, and then there are times when letting the leather do what it wants to do is more satisfying.
I make full-face, half size and small jewelry sized pieces using the same technique. Whether for decoration or for a specific production, all masks are wearable.
Bucky, will be here at the Pub from 6-9 PM on First Friday July, 5th at the artist table
Megan Marie Myers at Crater Lake Spirits
Come visit me (and sip delicious miniature cocktails!!!) at Crater Lake Spirits Tasting Room in Downtown Bend for First Friday Art Walk.
I'll have my new 2020 calendars as well as prints, cards, camping logs, postcard books, and some new large format prints!
She's With Me at The Blacksmith
Linda Quon, Boo Rigney and Laurie Hamilton singing harmonies and playing guitars, banjolele and harmonium. We play in and around Bend, Oregon. We do bluegrass, Americana and folk and lots of original tunes. Little bit of everything.
Essence of Place at Layor Art + Supply
Join us for our first ever Healing Reins art exhibit at a special First Friday graciously hosted by Layor Art Supply in downtown Bend. View new works inspired by Healing Reins and meet the Central Oregon artists who gave so generously of their time and talents to bring this unique collaborative project to fruition. Enjoy light refreshments and drinks, purchase local art in support of Healing Reins, and add another Bend-friendly event to your long holiday weekend. No charge and all are welcome. For further information, contact Development Director Laurie Hoyle at 541-382-9410. See you there! (Painting by Sarah Willis, used with permission of the artist)
Willow and Thistle at Bellatazza
Join Willow and Thistle for a magical evening of bubbles, glitter bombs, and fairy mischief! Find them in the courtyard in front of Bellatazza coffee! Grab a cup to keep you toasty and experience the magic of real life faeries!
Jenny O'Neill at Found Natural Goods
First Friday July ARTWALK will be FOUNDS 1 YEAR Celebration of brick-and-mortar business downtown Bend, Oregon! We are happy to be featuring the artwork of a woman that keeps the shop open and running, Painter & Watercolorist, Jenny O'Neill.
Jenny has requested that we serve complimentary Gin & Juice ––radical mixer to be announced–– with her art hanging on the walls and prints to be shuffled throughout the shop.
Follow Jenny on Instagram to see sneak peeks of this show: https://www.instagram.com/jenny.oneill.art/
First Friday Fiesta Triple-header at The Commons
We host Bony Chanterelle and Loose Platoon and... One Mad Man this coming Friday for an evening of stellar local music! We kick things off around 5 with beer from Immersion Brewing and food from The Bob. Come get your First Friday on with us at The Commons. As always, the show is FREE, but a donation to the artists is always appreciated
Steve J. Giardini Photography at Alleda Real Estate
Alleda Real Estate, 25 NW Minnesota Ave is hosting me & my work July 5th for the Bend First Friday Art Walk. Expect to see fine art photographic prints. The display will include two recently released framed metal limited edition pieces. Expect refreshments & good conversation. It'll be fun. Add it to your calendar. I look forward to seeing you. Alleda is across from the Oxford Hotel downtown.
Anne Gibson at The Oxford
During July's #FirstFridayBend, we'll continue displaying Anne Gibson's "Wandering the Deschutes" exhibit.
Anne brings years of artistic experience to her paintings currently displaying in our lobby. After graduation from Tufts University and employment as director of publication and marketing at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, Anne moved from the East Coast to Bend and "changed her world."
She recalls, “Countless walks along the Deschutes River trail offered endless opportunities to study, photograph, and subsequently paint the light, the color, the reflections, and the depths of the water.” Through such walks, autumn became her favored season to explore.
Anne's paintings use bold colors, achieved through subtle “layer upon layer of translucent washes of acrylic paint to simulate the clarity and transparency of the water and sky.” Her paintings depict the inspiration which she gleans from appreciating the beauty that surrounds her.
Meet Anne and view her beautiful, color-saturated paintings during First Friday #inbend. If you can't make it, her works will be hanging in our lobby through July 26th.
Suzy Landa at The Wooden Jewel
Come join us for Suzy Landa Trunk Show july 5-7 10:30 - 6pm. Suzy is an award winning Designer from NewYork City . See her collection at 844 nw bond street in Bend Oregon.
First Friday at Sportvision
Win a free pair of @rayban sunglasses during our 1st Friday party, July 5th!! We’re offering a @rayban gift with purchase, refreshments from @coffee4kids & @sunriverbrewing , music 🎶, and as always @thaionthefly_bend will have food right outside. See you there! Dogs are allowed too
It's Friday, Folks, and what a wonderful Friday it is. First Friday Art Walk is happening tonight in Downtown Bend and you don't want to miss it!
Local food, music, art, beer - and so much more! View the list below and plan to meet up with friends in Downtown Bend!
First FAIRY Friday Bubbles
Alpenglow Jewelry & COTA at Outside In
Outside In guests for the June Downtown Bend First Friday Art Walk are:
Alpenglow Jewelry- Leanne and her nature inspired Jewelry will be at the store showcasing her vast array of earrings, necklaces and rings. If you can't join us for First Friday, don't worry, we carry a selection of her pieces at the store.
Central Oregon Trail Alliance- Are you a mountain biker? Do you know who plays an intricate role in the quality of the trails you ride on? New to Bend and want to learn more about the mountain biking trails and how you can help? Meet representatives of this non-profit to learn about their programs and how you can get involved!
The Hot Club of Bend at The Commons
Time to get jazzy with it!! The Hot Club will be bringing their sweet sounds to the Commons plaza for a fun night of string and horn jazziness. The group is made up of some of the most talented musicians in the area and are sure to entertain. Come grab a patio beer from Immersion Brewing and some food from a local food cart and hang out with us.
Intuitive Readings, Broken Top Candles & Wild Folk|Wren & Wild
Join Wren and Wild as they bring in Affton from Broken Top Candles to share with you her beautifully crafted clean beauty candles, new perfume oils and more. We will also have Julie Tartak from Whole Soul Wellness in house doing Intuitive readings and of course gorgeous cocktails from Alyson at Wild Folk. Wait! There's more but you will just have to show up to see what we have up our sleeve. xoxo, W&W
Juniper & Gin at Velvet
Tonight at Velvet, The original Oregon folkgrass comes as close to describing Juniper and Gin as any genre can. Juniper and Gin deliver finely crafted songs with excellent musicianship, three part harmonies and real soul. Their sound encompasses bluegrass, folk and old country, melding them into a good ol’ pot of musical stew. Their songs touch on themes of life’s ups and downs with honesty and superb storytelling. Juniper and Gin is one of Oregon's most exciting up-and-coming string bands. You are guaranteed to have a foot-stompin' good time and you may even find yourself singing along to these catchy original tunes.
Lava Rd First Friday!
Join Sage Beauty Boutique June 7th for Downtown Bend First Friday Art Walk with Village Interiors. Wildflower Mobile Boutique will be parked outside and Michelle Bauer Barnett Photography will be offering Mini Head Shot Sessions. Our featured artist is Notions of Lovely! S
The Haven & OCO @FootZone
Are you ready for a summer SUP on the river? The Haven has these Amenities plus Showers to refresh before coming back to work. They will be at FootZone to get you on board with their various Memberships & Programming! FYI: The Haven is a Title Sponsor for OUTCentralOregon's Bend Pride 5K Run on June 22nd; come learn about details from OCO! Join the festivities FootZoneBend - shop for your summer active wear and enjoy beer/wine with us too!
Ella Rosenzweig at Eclectic Soul
Join Eclectic Soul for a glass of wine and some beautiful art by young local artist Ella Rosenzweig at our very first "First Friday"! We are so excited to display her fun art at our new store this weekend!
Ella Rosenzweig captures her passion of the natural world in her paintings including beaches, rivers, mountains, and wildlife. Ella was chosen to represent her school at the Portland Art Museum's The Heart of Portland in 2018. Her art had recently been recognized by staff at William E. Miller Elementary and was featured on a poster for the Miller Student Art Night. She lives in Bend, Oregon amongst the nature she loves most.
Ember's Wildflower Animal Sanctuary at Lotus Moon
Enjoy First Friday Art Walk, meet Solstice and I and talk about our mission! Home made energy balls, lemonade and dog treats for sale .
Marigny Goodyear at Legum Design
As seen on HGTV artist, Marigny Goodyear returns to Bend for a 3rd year in a row. "A Lovely Mess" is a series of paintings that represent the love, beauty and growth that can occur from going through and understanding trauma and dark times of our lives. By using torn paper hearts, dark and stormy colors, along with bright bursts and calming patterns, I show that every situation that has darkness and complications, also has beauty and light, and vice versa. They are two sides of the same coin.
Rhythm & Brews - Summer Concert Series at BBC!
First Friday June at Found Natural Goods will be extra full of jewelry.
We are, of course, serving complimentary 100% agave tequila margaritas ––radical mixer to be announced–– with the distinct style of Navone Jewelry for the evening.
Cheers to spring!
Pride Month Karaoke at Bishops!
Pride Month Karaoke is coming back to Bishop Barbershop
Come and join Central Oregon Pride in Downtown Bend for Karaoke on First Friday
This is an all ages event and a safe space for everyone
Donations will be accepted and will be going toward Central Oregon Pride
Hope to see everyone there
Jennifer has been sharing the magic of painting for more than 20 years. Her pieces are largely inspired by nature and the colors and textures she experiences in her outdoor adventures. She often uses alternative methods such as finger painting to achieve desired textures. She wishes to offer new perspective on the wilderness that surrounds us.
Art at the Oxford
Join us, The Oxford Hotel - Bend, Oregon, for #FirstFridayBend! This month we'll be presenting Anne Gibson's "Wandering the Deschutes" exhibit, comprised of paintings of scenes along the mighty Deschutes River.
Anne brings years of artistic experience to her paintings. She captures variations of seasonal beauty on the river: lush scenes of the green foliage and blooms along the Deschutes in spring and summer, barren trees with reddish bark as fall ends, and wintery skies with darkened waters as winter arrives.
After graduation from Tufts University, many years of professional experience at noted institutions (Director of Publication and Marketing at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts and Senior Designer at Gilbert Design in Providence, RI) brought both rewards and challenges.
A move to Bend further grew her considerable skills, and launched Anne's enhanced painting career; after the study of art history and a career in graphic design, she began studying printmaking and pastel.
In her current series, Anne paints from her “own photos and memories of places I have frequented along the Deschutes that most often bring me joy or peace. Expressing the feeling of place now dominates my impulse to represent landscape.”
Stop by our lobby during First Friday #inbend to meet Anne and view her paintings.
High Desert Art League at Layor Art+Supply
High Desert Art League is celebrating their first show at Layor Art + Supply in downtown Bend. The show runs from June 5 until July 1. There will be a First Friday reception on Friday, June 7. Please join us and check out our latest artwork!
Kristen Riggle at Cascade Sotheby's International Realty
Please join us Friday, June 7th at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy the artwork of Kristen Riggle.
This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and your hosts for the evening, Sandy and John Kohlmoos, along with co-sponsors Academy Mortgage, who will be serving wine and beer samples.
Tyler Spencer live at The Capitol
Lindsay Wiseman at The Bend Store
We will be proudly pouring a keg of "Lil' Squeezy Juicy Ale", donated by downtown Bend's original brew pub, the Deschutes Brewery!
And our June First Friday artist is Weaver Lindsay Wiseman. We love her work! She will be bringing one of her looms with a current project. Come and see and touch her wonderful textiles. She makes zippy bags,, clutches, purses, tea towels, carpets, and much more.
Stop in to say hi to our newest staff members, as we kick off the beginning of our busy summer season. We are ready!
Princess Athletic hosts Jen Koistinen & Taylor Brooke Barton
Stop by for wine, snacks, and to visit our featured artists!
Artist: Jen Koistinen - local watercolor artist
Author: To kick off Pride month we have Taylor Brooke Barton.
She is the author of critically acclaimed New Adult titles—FORTITUDE SMASHED and CURVED HORIZON. Her Young Adult debut—THE NINTH LIFE—is being published by Inkyard Press in Fall 2020.
We will also have Forever Free Cryotherapy here to demo their latest technology!
The Wooden Jewel Grand Opening!!
Come join us for our Grand Opening! Enjoy food and wine, jewelry, and fine art. The Wooden Jewel will be giving away two $500 gift certificates through a drawing. We have new and unique art pieces and jewelry all the time, so come in and be amazed!
Come in and hear Tara Snow perform her original songs and your favorite covers!
Stroll downtown for First Friday Art Hop and support your local shops while looking and buying some fabulous art. Drink specials all night The Wine Shop And Beer Tasting Bar Bend
Remember we are open until 10:00 pm so make us the last stop on your Art Hop evening!
Salsa De Wela at Ranch Records
Every first Friday, visit us inside Ranch Records in downtown Bend to try out our delicious Salsa de Wela!
Aaron Rathbone & Juan Marante at Revolvr
Tonight is the May Downtown Bend First Friday Art Walk, and Downtown is the only place to be! We've got art in all it's mediums - painting, sculpture, live music - and, we've got craft cocktails and award winning meals.
Head into Downtown Bend tonight - click here to learn about where to park, and remember that all parking is free after 7pm. We also recommend riding your bike, carpooling or taking an uber to help keep congestion to minimum.
Make sure to check out the Gallery Guide & visit all the Downtown Galleries on your Art Walk tonight! (click here)
Historic Preservation Month Kick-off Party!
Join us in celebrating Historic Preservation Month at the Old Bend Post Office building at 777 Wall Street in downtown Bend. Learn about the building’s history from the Deschutes Historical Museum staff, visit the Tin Can ID station, type a note on a vintage typewriter, and learn about tintype photography from Analogue Tintypes. The first six people to sign up will get a FREE 4 x 5 tintype portrait.
Sign-ups for the free portraits will start at 4:45 pm the night of the event inside the lobby.
Presented by the Preservation Month Planning Committee, the Bend Chamber of Commerce, and Compass Commercial.
Aaron Duccini Glass and Design at Piece of Mind
Handmade Glass art created by a local artist. Aaron Duccini has been creating glass art since 1999.
Best known for her large, vibrant figure paintings, Sheila’s work explores the fluid relationship between figure and environment: how each continuously informs and affects the other. At the heart of this exploration lies the notion that we both form – and are formed by - all we have seen and experienced.
When she is not in the painting studio, Sheila can be found teaching yoga, searching for her lost keys and exploring the wonders of the Northwest.
The Karen Bandy Studio
Tequila tastings tonight for First Friday at Karen Bandy Studio! Come check out new cold wax paintings and new jewelry too! I have lots of pearl drops in stock, and will help you create your personal look, your personal amulet. For more info please read my blog here.
Artist Toby Putnum at Velvet
Putnam was a featured artist at The 1 Moto Show in Portland in February. To create five flashy, graphic motorcycle-themed images, he first drew with an ink pen on paper, overlaid the resulting image with gold foil and then added more definition with ink. The next step involved cutting out the image and attaching it to a 14 square-inch board with gels and resins. To achieve a weathered look, he beat the boards with chains and even scorched them. The resulting images include creatures—a lion and a dragon among them—wearing motorcycle helmets. Another depicts a set of handlebars intertwined with flowers and a snake.
“All of us have a journey. I’ve had a lot of tragedy. But I’m surrounded by beautiful people, and it’s been very healing to be in this place,” the 39-year-old artist said of Bend.
"Red for ED" Awareness Campaign
While in Downtown you might see the streets filled with local community members wearing Red for ED in support of Public Schools, Teacher, Students and Administration. The #RedforEd movement advocates for students across Oregon state. You can join them by wearing red to First Friday Art Walk and posting your pictures with the hashtags: #redfored #IamBendLaPineSchools #DowntownBend. For more information, click here: https://www.bend.k12.or.us/district/news-events/news/2019/04/join-us-march-students-may-8
Downtown Artwalk with Zephr Jewelry at The Bend Store
Come check out Bend native and jewelry designer, Cassidy Root, debuting her "Bend-y," geometric, eclectic & collapsible, 3D jewelry for May's first friday artwalk!
Thank you Deschutes Brewery for donating our beer! We will be serving a new Bohemian Pilsner, "Da-Shootz!"
First Friday Art Walk At Deschutes Pub: Emily Hoy
Join us at the Pub for the Bend First Friday Art Walk, and welcome Emily Hoy as our artist of the month. Emily will be at the Pub Friday evening talking about her journey in art, along with some tasty beer samples.
A little more about Emily:
My inspiration is rooted in the Ohio landscape of the forests and streams of my childhood. My father a naturalist and mother an artist, I grew up loving these 2 worlds and using both as inspiration in my work. I eventually moved out west after studying Graphic Design in college to work for Volcom. It cultivated my love for Actions Sports and collage art even more. I was hired as Volcom’s first ever female Graphic Designer in 2003.
First Friday at Red Chair Gallery
Please join us on this First Friday for an open reception at the Gallery. Enjoy the talented artwork of Sue Lyon-Manley, Eleanor Murphey, John Runnels, and all of our other amazing artists.
Sunstone & Spirits at the Oregon Sunstone Store
Sunstone & Spirits! Oregon Spirit Distillers will be serving up mini cocktails from 5:30 to 8:00 until supplies last.
New Business Celebration at Outside In
We are changing things up for First Friday in May by featuring two new local small businesses to Bend we think you should get to know:
The Haven - The Haven is a completely new kind of work and social space, designed by women for everyone. With 11,000 sq ft of varied work space overlooking the Deschutes River, small business owners, entrepreneurs and remote workers will find their dream space and community.
As part of First Friday at OutsideIn, The Haven will donate 10% of any memberships sold towards our Fellowship Fund. The Haven will also be raffling off a one-month Flex Membership ($199 value). Come meet the Founder and Executive Director, ask questions, and enjoy some wine.
Forever Free Cryotherapy - Forever Free Cryotherapy is a wellness facility with a vision to help people maintain an active outdoor lifestyle in Central Oregon. Services like cryotherapy, infrared saunas, and compression therapy, help combat the wear and tear from all the intense fun under the sun. Try out their newest service, Cryofacials, during this upcoming First Friday!
Farm Directory Launch at Footzone
Stop by Foot Zone during First Friday and be one of the first people to get your hands on a new 2019 Food and Farm Directory, hot off the press! Meet the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance crew, snag yourself a "Get Local!" t-shirt in the latest colors or a lovely tea towel just in time for Mother's Day, and most importantly, acquire your very own copy of Central Oregon's go-to guide to local farms, ranches, restaurants, food trucks, and the finest purveyors and supporters of the local food scene. You'll want to have it at hand all year long!
Annual SnoPlanks Fire Sale w/ Dive Bar Theology at BBC
Annual end of the season party / sale! SnoPlanks will bring down all of their boards and have a massive sale with deals that you don't want to miss! Beyond just the sale, it's always an epic party with an amazing group of people.
Live music with Dive Bar Theology will be from 5:30-7:30 outside, with the outdoor kegerator flowing. Mark down this date!
First Friday May: Found x Dutch+Bow at Found Natural Goods
First Friday May 2019 plans entail Cinco de Mayo inspired goodness!
We are, of course, serving complimentary 100% agave tequila margaritas ––radical mixer to be announced–– with the colorful company of Bend native and Seattle-based jeweler designer, Ariane Harris of Dutch+Bow.
Geometric brass shapes hand cut, druzy crystals, precious gemstones, silk tassels, dreamy malas, and African brass bead details are the beginning of this wonderful woman's designs. You'll want more than one, and with her constant reinvention, your collection will easily grow.
Ariane's designs cover the white butcher papers inside Found and have since day one with her playful Tropicana fringe earrings that come in all colors. We are so pleased to be hosting her for an official artist exhibition on May 3, 2019 for First Friday from 5-8pm. Come meet her and shop for spring!
Bend Comedy First Friday: Fuzzy Logic at Seven
"Fuzzy Logic" is a live, interactive, variety show, for geeks and nerds! Produced and hosted by local Bend nerds, ready to share their passions and interests with you, as long as you are ready to share yours.
Our guest panel of experts, professionals and comedians will teach and entertain you. Everyone attending will get a chance to interact with the show and the guests. From audience trivia, to the Q&A with our panel of specialists, everyone will get a chance to play along.
First Friday Fun at Tres Chic!
Tres Chic Lingerie is celebrating 7 years in Bend next month for First Friday!
Come on down to enjoy 50% off the Sales Rack, plus 20% off corsets. Refreshments will be provided by Caboost Kombucha during the event :)
We also have DJ SinSay curating music all evening from 4-9pm and live painting by Ayla Heffernan!
No cover, just good times and good vibes ♥
Cinco de Mayo Weekend Celebration at Hola
??? The biggest event on May 5 in downtown Oregon, Cinco de Mayo Weekend Celebration.??? Come enjoy authentic Mexican food, the best local beer, award-winning margaritas,? contests, surprises, gifts, and a total celebration.
Do not miss the live performances of:
- Dina and The Rumberos
- Son of Trees
See and Be Seen in Downtown Bend at Starbucks
Help us celebrate May Walk and Roll Challenge month this Friday May 3 at the Starbucks from 5-7pm. Free coffee and cookies, plus safety goodies from Commute Options and Drive Less Connect! Read more about Walk and Roll Challenge month. https://www.commuteoptions.org/may-is-walk-and-roll-challenge-month/
1st Friday with Greg Botsford at Velvet
1st Friday ArtWalk with music from Greg Botsford.
The CJ Neary Band Album Release Show at The Commons
May 3, First Friday, CJ Neary will be releasing his first album with THE CJ NEARY BAND. CJ wanted a big venue with room for dancing and that is what he got, Crows Feet Commons is hosting this FREE show for ALL AGES, sponsored by Mountain View HEATING, Pahlisch Homes, Tumalo Cider and Immersion Brewing.
CJ Neary has been said to play music with “ the charisma, charm and soul of one who has played for MANY lifetimes.” CJ launched his professional career with multiple national titles in fiddle and jazz music (categories age 18 and under), a Grand Ole’ Opry Performance, several TED talk/performances, a commercial, and sitting in with some of the biggest musical heavy weights in the nation.
CJ brings his passionate, fervent voice to the table with The CJ Neary Band, playing and singing many of his original songs and also exploring R&B, Funk, Jazz, Rock and Blues. With seasoned players Richard Taelour and Aaron Moore plus super talented Bend High's Logan Anderson backing CJ up, this is going to be a show to remember!
Honey Don’t Band Show at Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe
I am not recalling the last time we had the band at Dudley’s- we’re taking care of that unfortunate oversight this Friday 1st Fri art walk downtown and Honey Don’t at Dudley’s Bookshop- I’m getting excited just typing that!
Vanderwalls & Weez-It at The Capitol
Its that time of the month... Vanderwalls and Weez-It @The Capitol
Daniel Cioper at Bend Brewing Co
Join us for live music at BBC! Music will play from 6:00-8:30 inside our bar area. If the weather permits, musicians might play outside on our beer garden.
Glitteratti Party at Wren and Wild
Join us for our Glitteratti Party! We are collaborating with Wild Folk Apothecary and Par Avion Tea to bring you gorgeous glitter filled drinks and bites along with beautiful art from local artist Morgan Miller and more.
First Friday Bubbles at Bellatazza
Come join Willow and Thistle in Downtown Bend for some bubbles, glitter, and fairy fun!
First Friday Event at Stellar Realty
Please join Stellar Realty for a First Friday Event to remember! Enjoy the amazing artwork of our very own Stellar agent- Tricia Huggin while listening to the live band- The Bucklys (which happens to include Tricia's talented hubby!) What an event this will be! As always our parking lot will be open for guests. Stop by, sip, look and listen!
More on our featured artist and band:
The strong, black lines and bright colors are a continuing theme in the work of Tricia Huggin. Influenced by the beautiful Oregon scenery and artists such as Matisse, Gauguin, and Van Gogh, Huggin found inspiration from the contrast of dying junipers and pines and the vibrant Oregon summer sky. She is best known for her depiction of poppies and the haunting, sculptural trees. Huggin is a mother of three and formerly a children’s clothing designer living in Bend, OR. “Art fulfills my need to create,” she says, “or better said by Picasso…”
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life…”
The Bucklys, a rock/soul trio based in Bend, OR, craft a rich sound, blending genres and crossing musical boundaries. Powered by the songwriting and imagination of longtime surfer and guitarist, Bill “Huggy Bear” Huggin, The Bucklys feels like sticking your toes in the sand on the perfect beach day. The vibe is relaxed, the sound is rock ‘n roll, and the feel is just right.
Bill is joined by drummer John Cashman and bassist/trumpeter Marc Saccoman. The musicianship is solid, the feel is groovy, ethereal, and sometimes gritty.
“The group is a prime example of the power trio – in which every member is firing on all cylinders – no slouching here.” ~Bend Bulletin October 2017
First Friday with Wild Ride Brewery at JDUB
Come on out to J Dub for a chance to try a great beer for a great cause! Wild Ride Brewery will be in the house from 6 to 8p tasting out Brenna A Amber and NW Hidden Trails Hazy Pale Ale. The Brenna A Amber Ale was created to raise awareness and funds for ALS research and hopeful eradication! May is ALS Awareness Month so we welcome Wild Ride and encourage donations to great cause! As with every weekend, expect awesome food specials, amazing cocktails and all you can eat fish and chips! Cheers!
First Friday Artwalk at Cascade Sotheby's International Realty
Please join us Friday, May 3rd at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy the artwork of Dominique Kongsli.
This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and your hosts for the evening, Tim Collette and Breanne Brand, along with co-sponsors Academy Mortgage, who will be serving wine and beer samples.
“Forest Feast” by DOMKO will be on display.
“Forest Feast” documents the experience of living in Bend, through pattern, color, and light. Gold, silver, and copper leaf dot Dominique’s paintings, and usher in a sense of the spiritual and divine presence found in nature in its purest form. Figures presented in her decorated aspen tree paintings are on a quest to find love. Vistas of Bend including Mount bachelor, Brokentop, and sisters mountain can be found amongst bright floral paintings. Enjoy the spirit of the trees as they are personified with markings and symbols, sharing their timeless beauty as totems reimagined and adorned.
Meet The Author: Crochet in a Day at Wool Town
Crochet book sale & signing, downtown Bend at the First Friday Art Walk with Wool Town Bend!
Meet local author Salena Baca and learn more about her latest book: Crochet in a Day: 42 Fast & Fun Projects! You can view projects from the book, talk about yarn, and learn more about this exciting crochet book!
1st Friday Pop up at Birkenstock - Bend Shoe Co.
Come enjoy a beautiful central Oregon Spring night at First Friday in Bend. Pink Pom will be all set up inside Birkenstock with the classic styles as well as many new!
My favorite thing about Downtown Bend is the public art work. The neat thing about public spaces is that they take an entire diverse community to create them. Unlike a mall, public spaces are made by (and for) the community. When I am walking around in Downtown Bend, I marvel at all of the unique jobs, individuals, and stories that created the atmosphere.
For Downtown Bend, this is even more intriguing as the story began 100 years ago, when brave entrepreneurs (just like the ones today!) set up shops in Downtown Bend, streets were made, sidewalks developed, buildings went up, trees were planted - and Downtown Bend as we know it was born.
This historic footprint allows for the rich culture that we experience in Downtown Bend today. Artists, performers, buskers, and small business owners build on this footprint, weaving in the richness of each individual's experience into the tapestry that is our Downtown.
The photo above was taken by Miguel Edwards Photography in Gasoline Alley between Oregon and Minnesota Ave in Downtown Bend. There are works of art like these all around our Downtown area, and every time I see one, and I ask myself: What was the artist feeling that created this expression? How much joy did they feel as they set it up on display for others to witness? As people walk by, what emotions do these art pieces evoke? If Can o'Beans, Dirty Sock and Spoon were walking through Downtown Bend and viewed this art, what ironies would be exposed and what veils of society lifted?
Art is an important part of our community, and Downtown Bend plays the perfect host.
About the author:
Mindy Aisling is a local Bendite with a love for the outdoors, Irish whiskey, bar trivia, stand-up-comedy, live music, and all things goofy and ridiculous. A multi-generational entrepreneur, Mindy is passionate about small business, shopping local and commitment to community. Currently Mindy serves as the Executive Director for the Downtown Bend Business Association.
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