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

Festivities return Friday, Feb. 2 from 3-6 p.m. 

(Last updated 1.30.24) Does it feel like Groundhog Day? It should! And in a good way. First Friday Art Walk is once again upon us – this Friday, Feb. 2 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Join Tumalo Art Co., The Stacks Art Studios & Gallery, Lubbesmeyer Art Studio & Gallery, Amejko Artistry, and a host of shops as they show off works of art from regional artists.

This month our artist collective Tumalo Art Co. bring us “Leap” featuring work by gallery artists in all mediums and a wide variety of sizes. 2024 brings us a Leap Year which got the artists contemplating the meaning of the word “leap” and the diverse ways it can be used. In nature, sunlight leaps through the trees, a fish leaps at a fly on the water’s surface and a young fox leaps into new territory in search of his own domain. Our human lives are full of leaps. Some physical, some emotional, some are big and some are small. They are excited to present this thought provoking exhibit to see how the leap concept comes to life through the hearts, minds and hands of the artists.

Painting of a fish leaping out of a river with mountains and a bear in the background. From Tumalo Art Co. in the Old Mill District.

Our second floor studios, Lubbesmeyer Art Studio & Gallery and The Stacks Art Studios & Gallery, continue to amaze us month after month with their original works layered with mixed media and meaning. Kira Frances has super special new pieces to share with the public this week, too! Here is a sneak peek, and be sure to peep her hand-painted frames too:
Vibrant painting of scarf, ribbon bowls by Kira Frances of The Stacks Art Studios & Gallery
Wild Child toy store at the north end of the district hosts Let’s Paint Central Oregon who will have a kids art show with a free make and take, all based around the theme of love.
First Friday Art Walk in the Old Mill District is a wonderful opportunity to chat with artists and makers and to expand your creative community. Each of the participating studios and shops also offer different wine samples compliments of Va Piano Vineyards and Evoke Winery – the perfect prelude before downtown Bend’s activities that start at 5 p.m.