Bend has a thriving art scene, but the works hanging on gallery walls tend to be in the same vein. Contemporary art more often comes to town via traveling art shows. For the next two months, Bend will be treated to the convergence of these two experiences—the Jenny Green Gallery, a pop-up show featuring contemporary West Coast art is headed for international art fairs later this winter.
Jenny Green has worked in many facets of the art world over the past 15 years, including art auction houses like the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, private galleries in London and Bend, and even a stint teaching art history at COCC.
"I have long dreamed of opening a gallery of this caliber. With the cultural explosion happening right now in Bend, the timing seemed right," Green says in a release. "Being accepted into Aqua Art Miami, one of the pre-eminent international art fairs in the United States, served as a tremendous vote of confidence in my artists and my program. I am honored to work with such talented artists to bring contemporary art to Bend residents and visitors, and to do so in a warm and inviting space."
All the artists featured in the pop-up gallery show have one thing in common—dynamic use of color, texture, and form.
Artist Carlos Perez is a postmodern painter and sculptor who creates striking portraits that combine the Old Master styles with surreal, contemporary techniques.
Jennifer Hirshfield draws influence from Bay Area figurative painters and works nature's energy into her loose-stroked paintings of everything from plants to people.
KC Lockrem, a Bend-based artist, creates both bold abstracts and brightly-colored mixed-media pieces.
Lockrem also does collaborative work with her brother, award-winning photographer Brown Cannon III, creating whimsical pieces that combine powerful photography and surreal collage.
Whitney Nye uses a variety of media—inlcuding paint, wood, metal, and glass—to create emotive abstracts that explore a range of themes from liberty to patterns.
The pop-up gallery not only supports the artists featured in the show, it also gives back to emerging artists. Green says she will donate five percent of the exhibit's proceeds to Caldera, which creates arts programming for youth in Central Oregon.
First Friday Reception
5-9 pm, Friday, Nov. 6
Liberty Theater, 849 NW Wall St.
Open for viewing 11 am-6 pm,
Wednesday-Sunday. Through Nov. 31