Whether you’re spending time down by the river, attending an event in the Amphitheater or just floating by on the river, you’ve probably seen the fantastic new artwork on the Les Schwab Amphitheater stage. We commissioned muralist Erin Sayer to create a piece for the back area of the venue’s stage. We didn’t know exactly what her design would be until it started to take shape under her expert guidance.  The giant, styled crow – and the brilliant bee – are the perfect fit to help even further distinguish our outdoor performance area from other settings.

“We have artists come from all over to perform at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, and they all love coming to Bend and to this beautiful venue,” said Noelle Fredland, marketing director for the Old Mill District. “Adding this beautiful mural will make the trip here all the more memorable for both them, and for concert attendees.”

Erin Sayer is a mural painter and gallery owner from Minneapolis, MN.  She has painted several murals throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. She owns Cult Status Gallery in Minneapolis, which was voted Best Art Gallery by the City Pages in 2011, and has garnered many accolades since opening in 2010.  Erin has produced more than 100 gallery exhibits in 5 years, and is now completing an art tour in the NorthWest, having brought a group show of Minnesota artists entitled “Cult Status Gallery on Tour” to Seattle, Portland and now Bend.

Sayer said, “The amphitheater stage is such an amazing canvas, that I really wanted to create something bright and graphic, so it would be visible from far away.” Sayer will be using several mediums for the mural, including exterior enamel and spray paint, employing a combination of free hand painting and large stencils.