Raina Verhey paints landscapes of the soul Utilizing thick oil paint and textured impasto-style brushstrokes, Raina Verhey unearths and explores meaningful and complex emotions in her art. “My work is […]
Kinetic energy is the energy possessed by an object in motion, the energy that exists within the flow of a dance or the beat of a drum. While artist Miguel […]
Artist Clara Smith Adds Fresh Style to Western and Equine Themes Clara Smith is an artist of many talents, including: graphic design, drawing, painting and digital art. Though, the variety […]
Winter nights may seem cold and dark, but there’s a sultry dance movement bringing heat to Bend. Latin dancing has ignited in Central Oregon with partners spinning and grooving to […]
On an artist’s journey, natural landmarks can be an essential influence for what comes alive on a canvas. In the Pacific Northwest, diverse and striking landscapes seem to be endless, […]
Pablo Picasso said that every child is an artist—the problem is how to remain one once they grow up. June Park, an artist living and working in Bend, is refreshingly […]
Collage art by Laura Weiler In 1910, engineer and surveyor Robert B. Gould came to Central Oregon to plot out the townsite of La Pine. He loved the area so […]
Lloyd McMullen’s home studio is up a narrow set of stairs leading to a room crammed with discarded objects that she transforms into works of art. It’s her “fortress of […]
On his first visit to Bend in 2008, Erik Hoogen walked through the Silver Moon Brewing alley and envisioned painting a mural along the brick wall. He spoke with the […]
For Evan Namkung, the pandemic ignited a passion that had been simmering in the background of his life. As a kid, he painted to have something to hang on the […]
Just a few years ago, Anna Amejko Peterson was loving life as a swimwear designer in sunny Southern California. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising—FIDM—she was […]
Sponsored Content Jim Peterson was thrust into the world of fine art a bit by happenstance, as a 21-year-old looking for a job in Scottsdale, Arizona. “It was just going […]
When Ashley Cascade Paggi graduated in 2006 with a graphic design and communications degree from California State University, Chico, she landed in-house graphic design positions with Pottery Barn and Weather […]
Bend native Valerie Winterholler brings the atmosphere of the high desert to life in acrylics.
“Quintessentially Central Oregon” is just one way to describe Outdoor Ukulele—a local company making stringed instruments that can weather any kind of wild.
Katie Daisy started her life in a whimsical home surrounded by nature in the small town of Lindenwood, Illinois.
The founder and original artist behind Bend’s Hikerbooty, an artist duo specializing in illustrations of public lands, wasn’t always drawing maps and art of trail systems.
To capitalize on and create a career that isn’t exclusively relegated to a computer screen, Bork and Ramp founded VIVI DESIGN CO. in 2018.
Nate Decker’s fascination with beautiful wood and the stories behind it started in Hawaii, when he was growing up on Maui and later living on Kauai.
“I’ve been folding origami since I was 3 years old. I was given packs of paper to occupy myself while the adults adulted, and what was a hobby eventually turned into much more,” Morimoto said.
Ken Marunowski likes the power of large canvases. On a big surface, he can immerse himself in an abstract expressionist (or AbEx) mode of painting, focused on mark-making and intuition.
The program invites students to learn about a new topic within science or history every year, and to create an art project based around what they learned.
“My first rule of songwriting is to always have the experience to back up the story,” said Olivia Harms.
She sketches feverishly when inspiration strikes and draws layer upon layer until the paper is saturated in color, resulting in work that resembles a textured painting.
Growing up 56 miles east of Prineville on a cattle ranch along Beaver Creek, artist Greg Congleton learned to never throw anything away.
It’s a brave new world for Bend artist Kristine Cooper, who quit jobs in retail management and the building industry to support herself as a full-time artist.
Wreaths announce the changing of seasons, celebrate everyday occasions and connect us to nature as well as each other.
The 2007 Summit High School graduate headed to Montana State University planning to major in art, but disliked the art school and switched instead to a business and marketing degree.
Jan Daggett, owner of The Jewel in Sisters, is one of those people. In an era of computer-aided design and reproducible jewelry, she has devoted her life to hand-sculpting one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.
This spring, COVID-19 shuttered downtown galleries. While many of these businesses are reopening this summer, the warm season is also the perfect time to appreciate just how very many pieces of art are around us outdoors every day.
The internationally renowned concept artist brings decades of experience in the movie industry, television, video games and advertising.
Each artist, playing type, and creative ability resonates differently. And Butch Boswell has the ability to capture that individuality, creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces of instrumentation.
Early summer art exhibits around Central Oregon.
Not all hats are created equal. That’s something you learn the first time you walk into Gene Baldwin’s hat studio outside Sisters.
“I don’t start out with an idea,” she said. Instead, she follows the creative impulse wherever it leads her.
“I want to capture places people don’t want to see. My realism celebrates things we take for granted.”
“We’re hoping to get as many murals up as possible and then build on that.”—Doug Robertson
Julie Blackman’s landscapes conjure scenes of familiar places visited—national parks or stretches of open highways glimpsed through a car window.
“The difference between my peers and me is they’re using computers to design, mill and machine their wares, whereas I’m old school.”
Overlooked and frequently under powered, lighting may be one of the most under-appreciated facets of home design, particularly in Bend where the annual equivalent of ten months of sunshine relegates lighting to an afterthought.
Shooting the wild world, bringing it home to Central Oregon.
Matthew Carter of Carter Knife Co. is on a roll making custom knives in a converted bus east of Bend.
In 2015, a group of design professionals from various disciplines mustered up a two-day event in Bend, hoping to inspire their peers by celebrating the practice and principals of design. Five years later, Bend Design, produced by local organization ScaleHouse, has grown to a four-day festival.
Fishing Literature and Modern Westerns.
In the transit center area behind the Redmond Lowe’s home improvement store awaits something unexpected, a four-dimensional sculpture that observes you back.
Dive into these page-turners while you’re lounging by the lakes or river this summer.
A Bend artisan quietly revives an ancient artform with stained glass installations. In Jerry Johnson’s Bend home, sunlight, wood and glass commingle in timeless artistry. Past a solarium, light streams […]
Water features can provide soothing sounds, respite from heat and a haven for wildlife.
Pendleton Woolen Mills created tapestries based on his work.
His projects include downtown’s upcycled bike racks.
His paintings will be in Franklin Crossing in June.
It’s just the latest in a long list of contributions that each have made to bolster Central Oregon’s growing creative economy.
The series of paintings feature female athletes.
The artist’s struggles are depicted in his gripping work.
McGregor’s sense of humor is evident in the playful work he creates.
“It’s the human exchange, that’s the best part.”
A designer tackles a project close to home.
“The Sisters Folk Festival is overlooked as an event for world class music.”
Reality! Season One is on display at COCC.
Earrings always fit.
A retreat, a remodel and a modern infill project showcase creative approaches to sustainability.
The Sisters artist has devoted decades to the region’s arts economy.
Their property could be a contemporary art museum.
On the outdoor design community in Bend and co-founding a nonprofit to save the Deschutes River.
The artist traded in New York for Bend, and her camera for a paintbrush.
“If we are having this good moment for our town, I hope we make sure everyone is on board.”
McKeown’s life and career have been about as predictable as a Class V rapid.
Its projects range from 10 Barrel Brewing logo cutouts to a kingfisher perch installed near the Whitewater Park.
Artist Dawn Emerson used her past life in the circus as inspiration for her latest art.
To spend an hour with Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer is to glimpse into the world of identical twins.
A group of modern blacksmiths are bringing back the traditional craft with raw power and subtle artistry.
After more than a decade glazing tile, it’s still a mystery to Bend tile artisan Justyn Livingston. But to her, that’s part of the art.
Artist Courtney Holton honors ancestral Native American photos with bold colors and contemporary designs.
You don’t have to be a professional filmmaker to take part in BendFilm’s 72-Hour Filmmaker’s Scramble.
To understand sculptor Danae Miller, one need only spend an hour at her Tumalo farm.
In 2015, Putnam walked away from his nine-to-five life and auto upholstery business in Salt Lake City and road-tripped for seven months before landing in Bend.
There are endless opportunities to enjoy art, live music and presentations to broaden your horizons.
Where to find live music in Central Oregon this winter.
Learn or a new skill or sharpen a neglected talent at these classes in Bend and join a community of makers at these popular classes and workshops.
It’s a rare movie or play that connects equally with adults and children without pandering to either.
Teafly pursues art and projects that can be used to raise awareness of social issues.
Trashy catwalks have never sent a better message.
Justin Nelson WRITTEN BY MACKENZIE WILSON Curiously clean. That’s the impression that a visitor gets when first surveying Justin Nelson’s woodshop. An American flag folded neatly into a triangle near […]
Though locals and visitors alike once knew October as a quiet month in Bend, Tenth Month changed that this year. The once loosely associated roster of gatherings that constitute […]
Exciting and motivating the arts community and promoting arts education are central to the mission of the High Desert Mural Festival, taking place October 2-9 as part of the Tenth […]
A luxury riverside home emerges from the ashes with distinctive modern elements blending into its steep, rocky perch as if it had landed there. written by Hayley Martin photographs by […]
From mainstream to main street, this Sisters artist rose to commercial success before returning her brand and designs to a small-town scale. written by Lee Lewis Husk Decorative, hand-painted tiles […]
The Museum at Warm Springs will feature the works of American Indian artist Lillian Pitt in the exhibition “Kindred Spirits: the Artistic Journey of Lillian Pitt,” which will run from […]
Just in case you were wondering about the construction in Northwest Crossing—so were we. It’s been almost a year since builders broke ground on the Trend Building at 900 NW […]
Known for her honest, interpretive work informed by Central Oregon’s interesting light and color, the self-taught artist who created a local cooperative is now gravitating toward the abstract. Like many […]
“KINGFISHER” SCULPTURE PROVIDES LOCAL PERCH Art and nature are coming together to benefit the belted kingfisher, a bird native to Central Oregon. A steel sculpture by Bend artist Andrew Wachs, […]
Painting consumes Sheila Dunn, but can it sustain her as a young artist on the brink of something bigger? We follow the story of Dunn at the nexus of ‘abstract patternistic’ and realism.
When Karen Eland is not sipping her espresso, she’s dipping her paintbrush in it. This fascination began in 1998, when she sat inside a coffee shop in her hometown of […]
Chris Cole’s kinetic art transforms discarded metal and bike parts into wondrous moving creatures. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the luxury department store, Barneys New York, wouldn’t seem to […]