The first Friday of every month is always a good excuse to wander downtown into the early hours of the morning. If an excuse is something unnecessary then it's a good opportunity to score thimbles of free booze and see some shops that aren't on the usual go-see list. The Art Walk could absolutely have its name changed to "The Art Stumble," but aside from the lure of beverages, and massive social gathering opportunities, there will be some pretty amazing bits of actual art on display.
Townshend's Teahouse is hosting the artwork of Louise Kuehn for the entire month of April, debuting her puppy inspired pop art April 1. With brightly colored and bold strokes, it'll be hard to pass up these puppies.
Lost Season Supply Co. may be a few more steps away from the usual First Friday clustered blocks, but it is an art walk, after all. Whether it's the first, last or middle stop, it's important to put it on that list. The live folk-jazz music by Alicia Viani will be the soundtrack to exploring the incredible wood-carved designs by Chloe Raymond.
Velvet is teaming up with local company SnoPlanks to showcase some of its amazing bamboo-based snow accessories. These works of art are created by James Nicol and Will Dennis and are fully functioning boards that will make any mountain surfer jealous.
These are just a couple of stops highlighted. Having a plan isn't completely necessary. First Friday is very much a part of Bend, so really, just showing up to participate in the community is the important thing.
Art Walk with SnoPlanks
5 p.m. to midnight
805 NW Wall St., Bend
Here Comes Trouble
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
835 NW Bond St. Bend
First Friday with Chloe Raymond
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lost Season Supply
200 NE Greenwood Ave. Suite 2, Bend