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"Art of the West" Raises Crucial Funds For High Desert Museum 

The annual "Art of the West" exhibit supports High Desert Museum's educational programs. Photo courtesy of High Desert Museum.

The annual "Art of the West" exhibit supports High Desert Museum's educational programs. Photo courtesy of High Desert Museum.

The High Desert Museum's annual "Art of the West" exhibition and silent auction kicks off July 21 with a free opening reception. The exhibit will display 59 works of art by 38 artists with each piece offering a unique depiction of the Western U.S. Attendees will enjoy a first viewing of the exhibit and the opportunity to purchase a piece of artwork outright before the auction is fully underway.

"Art of the West" will feature a wide array of artistic styles and media including watercolor, oil, pastel, acrylic, mixed media, photography and sculpture. The museum's executive director, Dana Whitelaw, says the exhibit brings the beauty and diversity of the High Desert to life. "The various artists see this landscape and its inhabitants in such different ways, then translate that point of reference through their art work."

Artists include Charley Griswold, Meg Kahnle, Julie Oriet, Dan Rickards, and Craig Zugar. During the opening reception on July 21, guests will have a chance to meet some of the artists, ask questions, and watch painting demonstrations by local artists Sharon Engel and Norma Holmes, who will use the museum grounds and the Cascade Mountains as inspiration.

"Art of the West" culminates on Aug. 2 with the Museum's signature annual fundraising gala, the High Desert Rendezvous, complete with a live and silent auction. All proceeds from the event support the educational programs at the High Desert Museum, including free teacher trainings and classes designed for schools that focus on environmental and cultural history issues of the region. The Museum's educational programs reach more than 12,000 area students each year.

"Art of the West" Opening Reception

July 21, 6–8pm

High Desert Museum, 59800 S Highway 97, Bend

Open to the public | Free

RSVP on online

High Desert Rendezvous

Aug. 2

High Desert Museum, 59800 S Highway 97, Bend

$200 for single ticket | $350 for a pair

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