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

Festivities return Friday, April 5 from 3-6 p.m. 

(Last updated 4.1.24) This Friday, April 5 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. we celebrate the dawn of a new month, and the dawn of spring, by way of First Friday Art Walk. Join Tumalo Art Co., The Stacks Art Studios & Gallery, Lubbesmeyer Art Studio & Gallery, Amejko Artistry, and a host of shops as they showcase works of art from regional artists.

This month our artist collective Tumalo Art Co. presents “Rising Air – Plein Air to Studio”, an exhibit by Sarah B. Hansen. These works encompass a collection of plein air paintings created in some of Sarah’s favorite locations in Central Oregon, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest, alongside large studio works inspired by other plein air pieces. Says Sarah, “Surrounded by the sounds of birds, wind, animals, insects…my shoulders relax and my mind goes blank. Hours can pass of sheer bliss. The abundance of life works its way into my paintings, becoming a statement on place; a relief from modern life.” See Sarah’s process through art painted in real time onsite, and the large pieces painted in studio.

Plein Air painting of wild flowers along a mountain lake by Sarah B. Hansen and available at 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. In fact, this week Kira Frances of The Stacks debuts her line of satin and silk scarves with her paintings on them! A variety of sizes will be available to view and purchase. Here’s a sneak peek:

A silk scarf with artist Kira France's fan painting displayed on it. Available at The Stacks Art Studios and Gallery in the Old Mill District

This Friday, in addition to all of the creative kitchen and cooking treasures Kara is known for, Kara’s Kitchenware will host artist Makayla Sales and her custom leather jewelry and bags, too!
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 Wine & Champagne Bar and Evoke Winery – the perfect prelude before downtown Bend’s activities that start at 5 p.m.