The Art We Love Now Showing at Our Bend Art Galleries
Come experience art in the Old Mill District!
This summer, artists from Tumalo Art Co., Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer from the Lubbesmeyer Art Studio & Gallery, and Holly Fischer of Nature Inspired Photography and Furniture present Artists in Action, an experiential art series that engages and interacts with art lovers in Bend and beyond.
Starting July 12 and running every other Thursday through Sept. 27, artists in the Old Mill District will take their craft outside.
- Tumalo Art Co.: Artists will paint plein air outside the gallery and host demonstrations throughout the series. On July 12, Bruce Jackson will present an artist talk at 10:30 a.m, Judy Hoiness and Katherine Taylor will be painting outside the gallery and Susan Luckey Higdon, Sarah B. Hansen and Marty Stewart will be painting plein air. On July 26 Danica Curtright will show how she makes Moretti glass beads for her jewelry both in the morning and from 4-6 p.m, Helen Brown will demonstrate her watercolor batik technique, Dorothy Freudenberg will give an artist talk about digital media, Judy Hoiness and Mary Marquiss will be painting outside the gallery and Susan Luckey Higdon along with Marty Stewart will be painting plein air. Tumalo Art Co. will host a show in October featuring art created from the Artists in Action series. Artists will be offering a 10% discount on items sold during their demonstration.
- Lubbesmeyer Art Studio & Gallery: Sisters Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer will paint plein air in the Old Mill District’s Center Court between Anthony’s and The Gap. Their focus will include surrounding garden scapes, mountain views, Central Oregon’s brilliant skies, and perhaps the occasional pup on a walk with their owner. Finished pieces will be shown in the Lubbesmeyer Art Studio & Gallery throughout the summer.
- Nature Inspired Photography & Furniture: Join pro photographers Holly Fischer or Steve Giardini for a FREE Photo Walk along the Deschutes River in the Old Mill. Pre-registration for the photo walks is required and is limited to 10 people per date. Photo walks are from 10am-11am on July 12 & 26, Aug 9 & 23, and Sept 13 & 27. Register here: https://www.oregoninspired.com/book-online
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.
Tumalo Art Co.
September 2018: Group Show – “Autumn Joy”
In celebration of a new season full of color, Tumalo Art Co. artists present “Autumn Joy”, a group show opening September 7 from 4-8pm and continuing all month.
Mixed media by Shelli Walters, Marty Stewart’s atmospheric pastels, photography by Bruce Jackson and Dorothy Freudenberg’s vivid digital media, Sarah B Hansen’s interpretive landscape, Annie Ferder’s floral in fall colors and new paintings by many more artists.
Along with Tumalo Art Co., Lubbesmeyers Studio & Gallery and Bend Art Center in the Box Factory make up a triad of exciting art openings during Bend’s monthly First Friday Gallery Walk.
Tumalo Art Co. is an artist-run gallery in the heart of the Old Mill District open 7 days a week. 541-385-9144;www.tumaloartco.com.
Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery
Twins, Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer are participating in Artists in Action Series.
The Lubbesmeyer Twins will be located in the Center Court of the Old Mill District painting Plein Air. Their focus may include the surrounding garden scapes, mountain views, the brilliant Central Oregon skies and perhaps the occasional dog walking by.
Finished pieces will be shown in the Lubbesmeyer Art Studio & Gallery throughout the summer.
Find them in action Thursdays from 10am -12pm on 7/12, 7/26, 8/9, 8/23, 9/13 and 9/27.
Old Mill District Fiber Appliqué
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.