The Art We Love Now Showing at Our Art Galleries
Here in the Old Mill District we celebrate art and the wonderful people that use their genius to create art every day.
The galleries in the Old Mill District represent numerous artists and some are working artist studios. Our galleries showcase a variety of mediums from traditional paintings, sculpture and photography to printmaking, fiber and mixed media. Stop by anytime and meet these working artists and experience their beautiful works.
New exhibitions open each month and are on view for the entire month. Stop by each gallery in the Old Mill District during the First Friday Art Walk every first Friday of the month from 4-8pm.
Select retailers also showcase handmade items and works of art at Naked Winery, desperado boutique, Saxon’s Fine Jewelers, Ginger’s Kitchenware, Strictly Organic Coffee Co. and Nashelle.
Tumalo Art Co.
Sharing Magic: Central Oregon Iconic Landscapes
Tumalo Art Co. opens their group show Sharing Magic: Central Oregon Iconic Landscapes. Gallery artists have created new works celebrating the landscapes Central Oregon is known for. Over 15 artists are represented. Visit us during this First Friday Art Walk to see over 20 artworks of the best of Central Oregon! This show will be up through November 27, 2017. Be inspired!
Bruce Jackson introduces Sanctuary, a new limited edition fine art photograph taken where Lupine blooms in early summer on the shore of the Metolius River near the upper section of Wizard Falls.
Every year Shelli Walters waits eagerly for her summer reunion with the Cascade Lakes. “Spending a warm afternoon getting completely lost in the moment and Mother Nature’s beauty is one of the Central Oregon experiences that tethers my soul to this special place”.
A self-described color hound, Katherine Taylor is drawn to Smith Rock. “When the sun goes down on the basalt cliffs and that coveted red glow is at its height, it reminds me of the red rock of the southwest, where I lived and explored for many years.” This oil painting, Yellow Thunder, captures the light-filled moment.
Susan Luckey Higdon paints Steelhead Falls on the Deschutes River, using strong, spontaneous marks that focus on the power and force of the water.
Helen Brown has chosen to paint images from downtown Bend for this show, portraying the Tower Theatre on a beautiful evening, and the truly iconic ‘Art’ sculpture on the corner of Franklin and Wall.
Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery
Twins, Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer are exhibiting their latest body of work in fiber and paint.
Their work showcases the collaborative talent of the Lubbesmeyers as they draw on their backgrounds in painting and printmaking to bring the essence of their travels and their surroundings near and far in their latest show.
The artists invite you to tour their studio and gallery, where they are available to discuss their latest work.
Old Mill District Fiber Appliqué On Display Until January 8, 2018
For the past three years, twin artists Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer, trailblazers in their chosen medium of fiber appliqué, have politely said no when asked about doing commissioned work.
But there was one request they just couldn’t turn down.
“We have so much appreciation, respect and love for Bill Smith,” Lisa says about the president of William Smith Properties who developed the Old Mill District. “When we were asked, well, we’ve always wanted to do an Old Mill piece for him.”
The Lubbesmeyers, whose second-story studio in the Old Mill District overlooks the Cascades, are the artists behind this year’s Winter Guide cover. Collaboratively created by building upon one another’s work, Lisa and Lori’s Old Mill piece took five months to construct and consists of more than 20 layers of fabric.
“What started easily is the color palette,” says Lori, who originally came from an oil painting background, describing the process of capturing an iconic area that emits powerful emotions from so many in the community.
“How much detail, that’s the question,” she adds. “We could fill this composition with so much information, there’s so much here (in the Old Mill District). And what about the things we like versus what Bill might like?
Often influenced by the natural world – the sisters’ portfolio is filled with awe-inspiring landscapes, rich in color and emotion – the Lubbesmeyers intentionally tapped into the beauty and mystique of the Deschutes River and the Cascade Range for their Old Mill District project.
“We often refer to this in our own minds as the Old Mill Garden,” says Lisa, who before working in fiber was an accomplished printmaker. “Both Lori and I, as much as we can, commute by bike. I have a great life here, but it’s almost the best part of my day seeing the plants change with the seasons. It’s amazing, so we really wanted to bring a lot of natural elements into the piece.”
“That’s a true sunset there,” Lori adds, referring to the beautiful orange-hued sky scene in the appliqué that offsets the cool, blue Cascade mountains. “It may look overly colored, or may seem out of the ordinary, but we’ve seen it here from our balcony.”
Just as amazing as their finished pieces is the sisters’ process for what they call “fiber paintings.” Lisa or Lori will start with a single layer of fabrics that they then hand off to the other. The piece in progress is passed back and forth between the two with additional fabrics and overstitching designs built upon each layer.
While the Old Mill District piece required a bit of pre-production sketch work, the sisters create every non-commissioned piece without conversation between versions. With Lisa’s eye toward realism and Lori’s more abstract vision, each design is pushed, pulled and molded by both styles before the artists make the call that it’s a finished – and highly-sought after- body of work. The Lubbesmeyers have also started creating collaborative paintings in a similar process.
“This piece, it really comes from our hearts in the sense that we’re so happy while working in this space,” says Lisa. She and Lori have been in Bend since 2002 and moved their studio into the Old Mill District in 2008. “This place, this space and everything it brings to our lives is something we appreciate every day.”
Art Station Continues with Bend Park & Recreation District
Bend Park & Recreation District continues the decades-long tradition of quality art education and play in our community. With community recreation at its core, BPRD saw the need to continue the legacy of providing quality art education, instructors and play in Bend and has restarted the Art Station programs.
Programs feature a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, printing, sculpture, jewelry, glass arts, ceramics, pottery, textiles and mixed media. In addition to classes, the Art Station has open studio times and opportunities for parties or groups.
For more information visit Bend Park & Recreation District.