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"A Community of Artists" Gives Back to the Local Art Community 

Central Oregon is a region rich with artistic talent, and now visitors to the area will be able to browse the work of local creative types in a new 64-page catalogue. Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) recently launched "A Community of Artists," a new print publication featuring 100 artists who work in a wide variety of mediums, and are largely from the Central Oregon area.

According to Sisters Folk Festival director Ann Richardson, the publication was created to promote the artists who have supported Sisters Folk Festival by donating their work to the organization's annual fundraiser, My Own Two Hands. "Many of these artists have donated to us year after year, giving us some of their best work, valued in the thousands of dollars," says Richardson.

Paige Bruguier is one of the notable artists featured in the publication. She originally donated a custom-designed tipi for auction, but the bidding over it was so fierce that she agreed to make two more, and ultimately three were auctioned off. She has her own art studio in Sisters and recently launched her business Redbottom Tipis (redbottomtipi.com). An image of her donated Tipi can be seen on the cover of the new publication.

Richardson sees "A Community of Artists" as a way of thanking the local art community. It features a map of galleries in Sisters along with information about each contributing artist, a picture of their donated artwork, and their contact information and gallery representation. "It is our intention to make it an annual publication," she says.

"A Community of Artists" can be found in Sisters art galleries, restaurants, and lodging properties, at the High Desert Museum, at the Central Oregon Visitors Association, and in the Chambers of Commerce in Sisters, Redmond, Bend, and Sunriver.

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