First Friday Art Walk in the heart of the Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon.

Festivities return Friday, June 7 from 3-6 p.m. 

(Last updated 5.31.24) This Friday, June 7 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. we celebrate the dawn of a new month by way of First Friday Art Walk. Join Tumalo Art Co., The Stacks Art Studios & Gallery, Lubbesmeyer Art Studio & Gallery, and a host of shops as they showcase works of art from regional artists. First Friday Art Walkers will encounter some of the best mixed media art, acrylic, oil-based, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics and hand-turned wood, among other mediums! It’s a captivating journey through the expressions of local artists, each as expansive as the themes that inspire them.

Our second floor studios, Lubbesmeyer Art Studio & Gallery and The Stacks Art Studios & Gallery, are always working on new pieces, drawing inspiration from our Pacific Northwest playground as well as internal dreamscapes, and each other!  Their original works are layered with mixed media and meaning. This week, Kira Frances of The Stacks unveils a new line of silk scarves that compliment her visionary pieces like the one below:

Painting by Kira Frances or an abstract kitchen shelf with fruit. A mixture of abstract and realism, now on display at The Stacks Art Studios and Gallery in the Old Mill District.

Tumalo Art Co. opens Danae Bennett-Miller’s exhibit “Light of the Spirit, A Journey of Joy”. A printmaker as well as a sculptor, Danae’s collection celebrates the beauty of the natural world. Danae collages her monoprints onto cradle boards building up layers of poly. For her distinctively organic sculptures of wildlife and ranch animals, Danae flows out wax segments with a design in mind, these are then cast into bronze. The bronze slabs are then welded together to create her vision of wildlife and ranch animals. Sanded and polished, a patina is applied to the final one-of-a-kind sculpture.

Danae has created six public sculptures which can be seen throughout Central Oregon, including a tableau featuring several bronze elk in the first round-about on a state highway in Sisters, Oregon. She is currently working on a roundabout sculpture for the city of Sherwood, Oregon.

Print of a deer hopping a fence in a field by Danae Bennett-Miller. Part of her exhibit that opens at Tumalo Art Co. in the Old Mill District in June.

CycleBar Bend, our friends at the south end of the district, have invited all to join them in celebrating their six year anniversary! The week long celebration culminates during First Friday Art Walk. They’ll have Brim Bar PNW on site featuring custom embroidered hats, as well as Bend’s famous Nashelle who will be adorning folks with permanent jewelry.

Then, things get really amped in Center Plaza next to the Gap where Hayden Homes will be activated in support of this summer’s concert season. Here art walkers will have a chance to enter to win a pair of tickets to a show of their choice at Hayden Homes Amphitheater!

Aerial view of Hayden Homes Amphitheater during Tedeschi Trucks Band. Photo by Gary Calicott

Keep an eye on our social media for updates about all the district shops opening their doors for folks to meet the humans behind the incredible creations.

First Friday participants can enjoy not only art from around Central Oregon, but participating shops and studios offer different wine samples compliments of Va Piano Vineyards Wine and Champagne Bar. The carefully selected wines complement the creative ambiance, enriching the experience as walkers explore the depths of the regional art on display. First Friday Art Walk in the Old Mill District is the perfect prelude before downtown Bend’s activities that start at 5 p.m.