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Artwatch 3/23-3/30 

Art in the High Desert

Fused glass particle landscapes by Steph Mader.

Fused glass particle landscapes by Steph Mader.

Art in the High Desert is an annual non-profit art event in Bend recently ranked 12th in the nation among fine art fairs. This summer, from August 26 to 28, art lovers and collectors will gather to see the the best art selected by the jurors. Hand-picked artists from across the continent, including 37 states, Canada and Mexico, will come to Bend to present new work on the banks of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District.

The preview session held last Friday filled a large room with dozens of onlookers who sat in rapt attention for two hours on wooden folding chairs as thousands of photos were projected for viewing. This was a mostly gray and silver-headed crowd with a taste for the exquisite. "I bought that pot," is overheard, whispered from one gentleman, in the middle of viewing the ceramics category. This juried art show is a collection of individual masterpieces and any one piece could easily be treasured for a lifetime.

More than 550 artists applied this year for 115 spots across 15 categories. In the painting category, for example, of the 73 painters who submitted work to the jurors, only 12 will be accepted. Categories include jewelry, painting, sculpture, wood, glass, photography, wearables, ceramics, drawing, digital, metal, mixed media, fiber, 3-D and printmaking. The words "utterly amazing" would barely come close enough to describing the quality and beauty of the art.

"It's tough to be a juror," is an understatement! It was heartbreaking to see how many tremendously talented artists the jurors will be required to exclude.

Art in the High Desert is not only a chance to see fine art and craft, but also to meet highly-acclaimed artists in person before purchasing original work. There is also an opportunity to host an invited artist through the Artist Home Hosting Program organized through AHD. Visit for more information about hosting. This event is completely supported by volunteers and many volunteer opportunities are also described online.

Art in the High Desert

Fine Art and Craft Show

August 26 to 28

Old Mill District, Bend

Free Admission

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