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
Blind Pilot to play at the Tower Theatre on Saturday, August 3rd followed by an After-Party in the Gallery with the Band.
May 13th, 2019 (Bend, Oregon) – Following the announcement last week of their summer exhibition of work by the late Oregon artist Royal Nebeker, At Liberty is pleased to announce a collaboration with Nebeker’s son, Israel Nebeker, founder and lead singer of the renowned band Blind Pilot. They will be playing a concert at the Tower Theatre on Saturday, August 3rd. The gallery will host an event for the band and concert attendees immediately following the show.
“For nearly a year I’ve been dreaming of a particular show we have coming up in August, at The Tower Theatre in Bend. I love old Oregon theaters, and Bend’s high desert holds you so well in late summer with the juniper, pine, and sage all drying on its breeze. But this will be a unique night, which is why I’ve been looking forward to it. Opening the night before our show at The Tower and just two doors down from the theater, At Liberty Arts Collaborative is hosting a large show of my father's paintings.
My dad, Royal Nebeker, was one of the Pacific Northwest’s most prominent artists of the past few decades. I wanted these two shows to coincide because the link between his work and my own has always been a strong one. He was my biggest mentor in songwriting and I made Blind Pilot’s first recordings in his painting studio. People have told me that they hear his images in my songs, and my music in his paintings, so it seemed like a fun thing to celebrate with anyone that loves music and visual art, and the links that cross between them.
We’ll play some old and new Blind Pilot songs for you at The Tower, and then you’re all welcome to come join us for an afterparty in the At Liberty gallery where my dad’s paintings are hung. It’s not often we get to invite a whole theater full of people to come hang out with us after a show, and I’m excited for it. I hope to see you there!” says Israel Nebeker of Blind Pilot.
At Liberty is honored to present this first solo exhibition of Royal Nebeker’s work in Central Oregon. Working from Nebeker’s extensive oeuvre, the exhibition will feature a selection of paintings, monotypes, watercolors, etchings and lithographs. At Liberty is working closely with the Nebeker family to bring this exhibition to Bend and is developing extensive programming which will include family members and will highlight Nebeker’s influential art career.
Royal Nebeker was a true visionary and a central figure in the Oregon arts landscape. First and foremost as a gifted and prolific artist, working in many different mediums over the course of his career. His work has been exhibited extensively in galleries in the United States and Europe and featured in museum exhibitions across the country. Nebeker also dedicated himself as an arts educator: as a full time faculty member at Clatsop Community College from 1978 through 2004; and as a visiting artist-teacher and guest lecturer at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University and the University of Oregon, among others. Nebeker was appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission in 2006 and was instrumental in developing programs that provided grants directly to individual artists. Upon his appointment to a second term on the Commission, he told The Oregonian, "It is gratifying to be able to facilitate the growth and development of our many fine artists and arts communities here in Oregon." Nebeker passed away in 2014.
“Royal spent his life equally passionate in developing his work and developing his arts community, as a professor, as an Oregon Arts Commissioner, and as an ambassador on his travels.” says Sarah Nebeker, the artist’s widow. “It brings me great joy to witness Bend’s arts community flourish in recent years, and it would him too. Our family is very excited for this unique opportunity to show his work At Liberty this summer.”
The exhibition title, ‘The Night Window’ refers to a metaphor Nebeker frequently used to describe the intention behind his work. “This process of painting resembles looking through a night window. I peer out, observing and at the same time see the reflection of the interior conditions of my own reality,” said the late Nebeker for an exhibition at the BYU Museum of Art, “It is my intent that as the viewer peers into my painting, he will not only see a visual record of meaning in my life, but will discover the reflection of meaning in their own, as in a night window.”
Nebeker’s work focuses on the figure, examining each relationship within the unique framework of the composition. Using rich colors, bold brushstrokes and recurring motifs, he leads us on an intimate journey examining the spaces between the material and the spiritual. Common themes include personal stories, childhood memories, and vivid dreams which are often combined with song lyrics, poetry, or prose to create deeply powerful and emotional imagery. His work was strongly influenced by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, the German Expressionists, and by the Vienna Secessionist artists Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and others.
About Blind Pilot:
Blind Pilot is an American indie folk band based in Portland, Oregon. Blind Pilot, which consists of Israel Nebeker, Ryan Dobrowski, Kati Claborn, Dave Jorgensen, Ian Krist and Luke Ydstie, was formed in Portland, Oregon in 2007 when songwriter Israel Nebeker and co-founding member Ryan Dobrowski went on a west coast tour via bicycle. Eleven years later, Blind Pilot has released three studio albums, 3 Rounds And A Sound (2008), We Are The Tide (2011) and And Then Like Lions (2016) and has sold out concerts throughout the U.S., Europe and the UK since its inception. The band has performed on Ellen and The Late Show With David Letterman as well as at Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza among others.
About At Liberty:
At Liberty, located in Bend’s historic Liberty Theater, 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:
Ticket link: https://www.towertheatre.org/tickets-and-events/blind-pilot_0