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Friday, December 1, 2017

TGIF Cartoon: Artists On Strike

A weekly comic by Bill Friday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 6:41 PM

Happy First Friday!

Local cartoonist Bill Friday sent us a treasure trove of his cartoons from over the years. He's kindly let us share them with you—which we will be doing every Friday on the Bent blog. Enjoy!

- Source Staff 

About the Artist:

W.R. (Bill) Friday has been cartooning for almost 50 years. What started as cartooning with his two brothers for a kid-produced paper called the "Snooper Review," lead to a lifetime of comics. His cartoons have since appeared in publications and exhibits worldwide, from Portland, Oregon to Saint Petersburg, Russia, winning state, regional and national awards and recognition. Retired from the Forest Service, he spent over 40 years at the lookout towers in several national forests throughout Oregon.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Inside the Mind of an "Emerging Artist"

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 8:10 PM

One of First Friday's biggest draws, for me, is the opportunity to engage with the artists whose works hang in our local galleries and shops. I'm especially excited to meet some of the talented young high schoolers whose art is on display this month at Red Chair Gallery's "Emerging Artists" show.

For one, their work is insanely good; never mind the fact it was all created by a group of kids so young they can barely drive. I also look forward letting some of their enthusiasm for art rub off on me. It can be inspiring to hang out with people who are both 1) young, creative types 2) super excited about they do. Just read my interviews with artists Chloe Baker and Nichole Bitterlich if you don't believe me:

Source Weekly: Can you describe the piece(s) you will be showing at Red Chair Gallery? 

Nicole Bitterlich: I'm showing two different pieces in the art show, one is a portrait of a friend of mine titled "Not so Great." I would say the person depicted appears rather gloomy or possibly bored and is extremely realistic, I did the background with ink and the portrait itself was done entirely with colored pencils. The other art piece that was selected was an attempt at a self-portrait made entirely with chalk pastels.

Chloe Baker: The piece I will be showing at Red Chair is a piece called "All Eyes on Me" that won a Scholastic Gold Key and an American Visions Award this winter. Only five people per several hundred entries wins the American Visions Award. It is a "fractured self-portrait," which means I took multiple photos of myself, cropped them to fit together in an interesting way and used my cropped work as a guide for my finished piece. 

Painting by impressionist painter and Mountain View High School senior Dakota Thornton will hang at Red Chair Gallery this month - DAKOTA THORNTON
  • Dakota Thornton
  • Painting by impressionist painter and Mountain View High School senior Dakota Thornton will hang at Red Chair Gallery this month
SW: Who/what influences your art and what media do you usually work in?

I don't have any specific influences, I mostly just get inspired by things that I see from time to time, or whatever emotions I am feeling when I sit down with my sketchbook. I can't say I like a specific medium, I work with just about every one that you could imagine whether it's based in drawing, painting, or sculpting. I also do ceramics and photography. 

CB: Some of the biggest influences on my art is my family, friends and Mrs. Erickson, the Mountain View High School art teacher. They don't influence what I create directly unless it is constructive criticism (which I am always open to) but they support me, I support them, and it really keeps me going. I work in a multitude of media, but gouache paint, Prismacolor colored pencils, and ink are where I am most practiced.

SW: Is this your first time being represented by a gallery or having your art for sale in a retail space? 

NB: This is not my first time being represented by Red Chair, although it is the only gallery that has represented me. I have been juried in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards where my art was judged on a national level, and I have also had art entered into a number of silent auctions where the money is donated to charity, so I have a pretty good idea already of where my artwork is valued. Going through the process with the women who work in the gallery and selecting art from Mountain View gives me plenty of insight on what it is that they look for in the art that they bring in, which I'm sure will be very helpful in the future.

CB: This is not the first time I have been represented by a gallery; last year, Red Chair chose another piece of mine to showcase. It feels a bit unreal to have a piece you've worked so hard on to actually be appreciated by an audience or be lucky enough to have a buyer. I know that part of Red Chair Gallery's intention in this collaboration with the local high schools is to bring support to blooming artists through our community, and in the end, it helps us support one another— something that I can really stand behind.

SW: Why is it important for young artists to have the experience of working with a gallery in setting prices, hanging their art, and learning about art retail?

NB: If you're planning on being an artist as a side job or as a career rather than a hobby, it's extremely helpful if you can get you nose in the business when you're young. I learned my mistake last year about over pricing things. It's also nice to see students framing their own work which really saves you some money. I've been matting and framing my own work since I was in seventh grade which really gives me an upper hand. But I would have to say, after framing your own work and knowing the price tag that comes with the framing, it's... extremely easy to overprice yourself. Sometimes, as students, we get cocky and try to overprice our work.

CB: I think this type of experience is an integral part of being a well-rounded artist. It is good to be pushed out of our comfort zone of our family, friends, and classroom because it enables us to grow and become stronger artists and humans.

SW: Do you plan to attend art school or pursue a career in the arts?

NB: I don't plan at all on having a career in the arts, there's not enough money in it to sustain yourself. I'm pursuing a career in the Air Force, but I plan and doing some art on the side, as a hobby if nothing else.

CB: The "starving artist" idea that comes with going to an art school will not be me. I plan on getting a degree that can utilize my creativity skills whether I go to an art school or not. Art will always be in my life.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Making local habits a priority

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 2:48 PM

Taped to the register at Bend’s Workhouse in the Old Ironworks Art District is an old tea bag tag that says “Together we can do what we can never do alone.” Owner Cari Dolyniuk told me that this little nugget of wisdom sums up the way that she and the other three shop owners at Bend's Old Ironworks Art District approach their vision for the dynamic arts center they have created at the intersection of Colorado and Scott avenues. I visited their art mecca over two days last week to see for myself what can happen when a group of hard-working, retail-minded artists work together to establish an infrastructure that supports craft, fine art, creative innovation, and the local economy.

As I sat in Chad Fox's Cindercone Clay Center, throwing woodchips for his longhaired shaggy dog named "Bird," we talked about whether Bend is ready to embrace a new model for art retail and production at a time when some fine art galleries struggle to keep their doors open. “This is definitely something Bend needs; especially at the rate we're growing," he said. "This could potentially be something that thrives and becomes something as society and culture as a whole changes.”

At this point, pretty much everyone in America knows that it's better—for the economy, for the environment, for families, for your soul—to shop local. Sometimes things like convenience and ignorance stand in our way of making sound retail choices. But when I saw the huge scope of items for sale in the Old Ironworks District—everything from vintage-inspired swimwear at Stuart Breidenstein's shop Stuart's of Bend, to moon-faced incense burners at Cindercone, to upcycled jewelry at Workhouse—I realized that the neighborhood offers much more than fine art galleries and gift shops. The folks who work and sell in the Old Ironworks District are dedicating themselves to craft and handiwork by creating quality goods that people can use and enjoy for years.
  • Tambi Lane

Brendstein said, “It’s up to us to make useful things too, for artists and crafters to not just make cool gifts that get set aside.” He and the other shop owners—Dolyniuk, Fox, and Armature's Tambi Lane—want to see their growing art colony manufacture quality goods that are capable of turning around the economy, both for artists and for the greater local economy. It makes sense when you realize that a dollar spent supporting a local artist stays in the Bend economy; the artists themselves are local-minded folks and are more than likely to turn around and spend that money in the neighborhood too. 

Bend is at a crucial moment that is both exciting (for those of us who moved here from someplace else) and unsettling (for the born-and-raised Bendites) as the city's population booms and industries take off. We have the opportunity to play a role in the shaping of our city's identity. Bend is internationally known as a place for beer, cycling, outdoor adventuring—why not work to make our fair city an art town too? Places like Sante Fe, NM and Jerome, AZ have built entire tourism industries around buying local art. Couldn't we use our dollars to vote for the kind of culture and economy we want our city to generate?

Next time you're getting a coffee and pastry fix at Sparrow, take some time to check out the shops in the industrial brick buildings just across the courtyard. You'll be supporting local craft and the idea that Bend is a place where innovative, arty, weird, and cooperative ideas can thrive. 
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Calling All Artists: Wanna Be the Source Artist of the Month?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 3:13 PM

If you've ever picked up a copy of the Source and thought, "My/my friend's art should totally be on the cover!"—you're in luck. We're currently on the lookout for new (preferably local) artists to feature on our covers and as our Artist of the Month. In addition to having his or her art featured on the cover, the Source Weekly Artist of the Month gets a show at Bishops Barbershop and an interview inside the issue

So, drop us a link to your portfolio (or the work of a local artist you think we should know about) and we'll pass it along to our production manager. Easy-peasy! 
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

PICK: Art in the High Desert

Posted By on Sat, Aug 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Art in the High Desert

—Have you ever stood in front of a piece of art in a gallery and wondered, What was the artist thinking? Or, How would this plein-air piece look in natural light? Art in the High Desert addresses both those questions by featuring works of art in outdoor booths with the artists who created them. Plus, it's juried, meaning the more than 100 featured artists were selected by a committee, saving you from subjecting yourself to sub-par art.

10 am. Old Mill District. Free to look.
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

PICK: COMAG Jewelry and Metal Art Show

Posted By on Sat, Aug 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

ART—For the 13th year, the Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild (COMAG) hosts its annual show, featuring works by local metal artists from jewelers to sculptors and welders. This is the first year the show has taken over a space as a stand-alone event. Among those in attendance will be the winner of last year’s Bend Winterfest Fire Pit Competition, Kellen Bateham.

10 am-9 pm (through Sunday). Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota Ave. Free to browse.
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Friday, August 1, 2014

Short Film "Let It Move" Features Sisters Sculptor Skip Armstrong

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Sisters-based master sculptor Skip Armstrong is the subject of a short documentary film, "Let It Move," highlighting his art and inspiration—including footage of his badass and amazingly precise chainsaw wielding. Check it out below and read our 2011 profile of the artist here.

J. Chester Armstrong - "LET IT MOVE" from IGNITE on Vimeo.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

PICK: Eff Cancer Benefit for Sarah McMurray

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Eff Cancer Benefit

Cancer is the worst. Not only is it a creeping menace that always seems to strike the nicest people, but the medicines used to stop it in its tracks are brutal and costly. Ugh. On the bright side, it often brings out a spirit of generosity and goodwill in the community. Give cancer the middle finger at this benefit for local artist, activist and blogger Sarah McMurray, with live music from ISLES and donated art from a long list of talented folks.

5-9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $10 suggested donation (all proceeds go to Sarah). 
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

PICK: Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Posted By on Sat, Jul 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Yes, that's a quilt. - SHEILA FINZER
  • Sheila Finzer
  • Yes, that's a quilt.

QUILTS—Both quilts and art shows have a reputation for being occasionally stuffy and not exactly a rollicking good time. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show flips that script by highlighting a diverse array of original creations (more art than craft) and displaying them along the quaint downtown streets, so you don’t have to sacrifice a gorgeous summer day for your love of fabric art. 9 am-4 pm. Downtown Sisters. Free to look.  

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Monday, June 16, 2014

State of Wonder, OPB's greatest radio show! And, what, free tickets for a show in Bend?

Posted By on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 5:21 PM

State of Wonder is a gem of a NPR show. Produced by OPB, and hosted by April Baer—an indefatigably curious journalist—the show digs into the personalities of those making the arts in Oregon. (Arts in a wide definition, and encompassing interesting, engaging and relevant peeps, not the hoity toity types).

Why am I telling you this? Because you have a chance to watch - not just listen - to a show. This Wednesday, here in Bend, with an interview, among others with local poet Emily Carr  an already accomplished and published poet (and head of OSU's Low-Residency MFA program  and probably the state's next poet laureate. Truly, this should be cerebral fireworks.

What's that? Oh, and tickets are free if you sign up, like, NOW!!

Where? The Armature Studio, located in the Old Ironworks, 50 Scott St SE.

Sign up now, now, now.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Arts, Beautification and Culture Awards Announced

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 11:54 AM


The City of Bend Arts, Beautification & Culture (ABC) Commission and Bend City Council honored four individuals this week with the annual ABC Award. The awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that made significant contributions to the promotion, beautification or preservation of the City's arts, culture, natural environment or public spaces in 2013.

The ABC Award winners are:

Pamela Hulse Andrews - Cascade A&E
Pamela's two decades of art promotion through Cascade A&E has brought a world class magazine, web-site and focus to the regional art scene. She has created a place for artists, creators, performers and the public to come together and support each other. She sought to educate the community that the arts are a viable and significant component of the Central Oregon community and economy.

Ray Solley - Executive Director Tower Theatre
Ray took the reins of a successful and viable Theater and made it even better. Ray brought internationally recognized talents to Bend, while still maintaining space and support for local and regional performers. He worked behind the scenes to promote the arts and culture in Bend.

Doug LaPlaca — Visit Bend Cultural Tourism Fund
Doug played a significant role in bringing the first tax specifically for the development and promotion of art and culture, the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund. His grass-roots campaign resulted in a successful referendum. The adoption of his plan is going to benefit Bend and its art community.

Bill Hoppe, Central Oregon Community College
Since 2000, Bill has been a leading advocate for student arts and the education, enlightenment and support for countless artists in our community. He recognized the importance of art and promoted, created and supported over 30 young artist exhibitions and numerous art programs in Bend. As an accomplished artist, he has encouraged many students.

Winners are selected from nominations submitted by community members. Selection is based on criteria, including the nominee’s level of community impact.
The ABC Commission acts in an advisory capacity, making recommendations on the appropriate role for the City of Bend to take in supporting the arts, beautification and culture, and annually identifies the appropriate City involvement in arts, community beautification and culture with emphasis on community gatherings, events, cultural tourism and the arts.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Artist Alex Reisfar on OPB

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Native Oregonian, former Bendite and Source cover artist, Alex Reisfar, represents the voice of pacifism in the centennial celebration of poet William Stafford.

Read the full article on OPB here.

To learn more about Alex Reisfar, tune in to Oregon Art Beat on May 1 at 8 pm. and May 4 at 6 pm.

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