Mural Code Making its Way Forward

Mural Code Making its Way Forward

On May 15 the Bend City Council voted to move forward with the expansion of the city's mural code. This would mean that artists and building owners can collaborate to acquire permits to paint murals in any area of town—and not just in the Maker's District, as is currently on the books.

Students showcase work at COCC

Annual student exhibition on display
The annual Spring Student Art Exhibition at Central Oregon Community College is now on display at the COCC Barber Library Rotunda Gallery and in the Pence Pinckney Gallery. It's a showcase that brims with life.

Desert Perspectives

Artists showcase their take on water at High Desert Museum
It began a year ago, when The High Desert Museum invited four artists, including local creative laureate Mosley Wotta (Jason Graham), Ka'ila Farrell-Smith, Dana Reason and Harmonic Lab to take field trips into various places in Oregon alongside curators, geologists, archeologists, ecologists, dam technicians and natural resource managers to look at and explore our relationship to water. The result is a fascinating exhibition titled "Desert Perspectives: Water Shapes the West," now on display through Sept. 29.

Capturing the Essence of Healing Reins

Artists come together to show support for therapy horses
Inspiration can come to artists in many ways. For local painter, Kelly Thiel, learning about Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center and participating in their Diamonds and Dust fundraiser for the last two years kicked up a bit of magic and inspiration that she's now putting into her art.

City to consider expanding mural code

Mural code expansion means Franklin Underpass project could get started soon
The majority of public art projects in Bend are private—located on private land and privately funded. We are immensely lucky to have an array of patrons in our city who have paid for the installations of sculptures in roundabouts or paid for murals on their privately owned buildings, like in the Old Mill.

Spaces where artists can connect

Galleries, studios, collaborative spaces and more
It interests me how creative Bend can be, and how much our artist community has grown. In many ways, it feels like it hasn't changed much over the years—like the fact that there are still not many spaces artists can hang their work.

Local Paintings Censored

Works featuring quotes by the president deemed too controversial for local building
Paintings by local artist Paula Bullwinkel spent about one day hung in a local mixed-use building before a complaint prompted the building owner to request they come down.

Art Walk Picks

Headed to First Friday in downtown Bend? Here's what to put on your radar.

Figuratively Speaking Group Show

Six female artists explore memories and relationships
When you walk into At Liberty this month, you'll notice a long, paper cut-out on the ceiling, guiding you into the space. The piece, created by artist Lauren Iida, is like a beautiful upside-down picnic table, or a net of memories cascading from the ceiling.

Oregon's Art Collection gets its own website

Looking to find out more about public art? This could help
Have you ever been out and about and wandered across a piece of art that made you wonder who created it or why it's there? A new website from the Oregon Arts Commission has categorized and made accessible online all 2,400 works of art acquired and commissioned by the State of Oregon since 1975.

Unexpected Places to Find Art

Trains: Traveling street art exhibits
Trains: You may see them as ruthless interrupters of traffic flow. You may curse them as they wake you in the middle of the night with their long horn blasts.


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Cinderella - Summit High School Auditorium

Sat., May 25, 7 p.m. and Sun., May 26, 3 p.m.
Tumalo Jam! - Cascades Theater Benefit

Tumalo Jam! - Cascades Theater Benefit - Tumalo Jam!

Sat., May 25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Pre-Pro Lager Tallboy Release

Pre-Pro Lager Tallboy Release - Crux Fermentation Project

Thu., May 23, 5-8 p.m.
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  • Re: Local Paintings Censored

    • The complaint probably came from a trump voter. Oh, the irony!

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