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  • SAA's Artwalk opens for Big Ponderoo

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Jun 25, 2024

    Sisters Arts Association partners with SFF Presents to kick off the best part of summer with the Fourth Friday Artwalk and Ponderoo Arts Experience on June 28. Years ago, SFF Presents coined the phrase: “All the town’s a stage,” and this weekend will be one for the record books. Galleries will generally be open from 10 to 6:30 or 7 p.m., and the family-friendly Artwalk and Ponderoo event begins with live music and art at 13 venues around town from 4:30 to 6 or 7 p.m. Art walkers are invited to pick up a “Ponderoo Passpor... Full story

  • May's Artwalk is a colorful tour-de-force

    Helen Schmidling|Updated May 21, 2024

    The Sisters Arts Association's May 24 Fourth Friday Artwalk will unveil amazing art and showcase some of Sisters' up-and-coming talents and veteran artists. Galleries are generally open all day and receptions with featured artists begin at 4 p.m. Walk through nine galleries and sign up for Quick Draw, to win two $50 certificates to the galleries, thanks to a generous donation from Cascade Hasson Sotheby's Realty of Sisters. Wildflower Studio features art supplies, leather... Full story

  • Fourth Friday spring artwalk in Sisters

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    With Mother's Day just a few days away, mothers and grandmothers play a significant role in the April 26 Fourth Friday Artwalk in the galleries of Sisters. Local galleries will be open all day, and most will serve light refreshments and feature guest artists between 4 and 7 p.m. New gallery maps are available in all galleries to help you navigate. Space in Common's "Motherline" is a collection of work by Sisters artist Amelia Morton as well as her maternal grandmother Nasha... Full story

  • Fourth Friday Artwalk returns to Sisters

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Mar 23, 2024

    The Sisters Arts Association's Fourth Friday Artwalk is back this week. Most of the galleries of Sisters will be open with featured art and artists, light refreshments, and the return of QuickDraw between 4 and 7 p.m. The art will be on display in galleries all day, with most exhibits continuing well into April. Hood Avenue Art highlights Patricia Freeman-Martin and Breezy Anderson. Patty creates work that reflects impressions and amusements from her life on a horse ranch in... Full story

  • Holiday season is in Sisters galleries

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Dec 19, 2023

    This will be the last Sisters Arts Association Fourth Friday Artwalk of 2023. It’s a great opportunity to find gifts that may be just what you’ve been looking for. Canyon Creek Pottery will feature “Raku After Dark.” Master Potter Ken Merrill will be pulling pots from the raku kiln, starting at 5:30 p.m. at his gallery at 310 N. Cedar in Sisters. It will be a lively and exciting demonstration, and you get to see beautiful pottery created in real time. From red-hot to beautiful finished pots in minutes. The gallery also ha... Full story

  • The holiday season is in Sisters galleries

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    It’s not just Black Friday in Sisters, it’s the Sisters Arts Association’s Fourth Friday Artwalk this week. What’s out there to supplement your holiday décor, fulfill a gift wish, or create that special element for your home? Gather the family, the visiting friends, and the kids for some fun and good treats between 4 and 7 p.m., in the galleries of Sisters. Most galleries will be open all day, with QuickDraw tickets available. Sign up for the monthly drawing one time in each gallery. Two $50 gift certificates will be award... Full story

  • Printmakers will demonstrate their craft in Sisters

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    When an artist "pulls" a print from a hand-operated press, it is with curious anticipation of a successful result. For art appreciators, to watch the process is always magical. Studio 6000 Printmakers will open the studio door and run the presses for their First Studio Show and Sale on Saturday, November 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The studio is at 211 E. Sun Ranch Dr. in Sisters - diagonally across the parking lot from Fika Coffee. Artists will be in the studio demonstrating... Full story

  • Fall colors have arrived in Sisters galleries

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Oct 24, 2023

    Colors decree, “It’s fall” in the leaves, in the skies, and in the galleries of Sisters. It is time for Fourth Friday artwalkers to bundle up, slow down, and appreciate the more relaxed pace of this month’s event. At Canyon Creek Pottery, Ken Merrill will be firing raku in front of his gallery at 310 N. Cedar St., just north of the library. This is a must-see experience, happening live between 5 and 7 p.m. The gallery features beautifully crafted ceramics, all made on site. Stitchin’ Post is featuring work by Journeys... Full story

  • Tour combines art, fun, adventure

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Sep 19, 2023

    The Artist Studio Tour, sponsored by Sisters Arts Association (SAA), offers the opportunity to enrich relationships with artists in our community by going into their workspaces and experiencing their processes in a way that's much different than seeing art in a gallery. Since not everyone has a studio that can be easily accessed, several studios in town will host artists, and many artists will team up to share a studio. It is a great time to meet your favorite artists, up clos... Full story

  • Experience three full days of art in Sisters

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Sep 19, 2023

    Experience "Art All Weekend" in Sisters. Start with the Fourth Friday Artwalk through the galleries of Sisters. Galleries are open during the day and most will offer light refreshments between 4 and 7 p.m. Then, continue with the Seventh Annual Artist Studio Tour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Studio Tour guides are available in local galleries and businesses and online at Since not everyone has a studio that can be easily accessed,... Full story

  • Young artists add vitality to arts group Studio Tour

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Sep 12, 2023

    The Sisters Arts Association's Seventh Annual Artist Studio Tour is happening Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24. This is a self-guided driving tour, featuring 32 artists in 19 home studios and host galleries, in and around Sisters. This year, three young artists are excited to meet the public and make new friends at Space in Common, Sisters' newest art gallery at 351 W. Hood Ave. Taylor Manoles and Raina Verhey are both oil painters who live in Bend, and Maren Burck is a ce... Full story

  • Celebrate late summer at Friday's Artwalk

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Aug 22, 2023

    This month, Sisters Arts Association (SAA) welcomes Canyon Creek Pottery to Fourth Friday Artwalk. The event features some of Sisters' finest traditional artists plus a few new talents. Canyon Creek Pottery (310 N. Cedar St.) is home to an array of handmade pottery, all produced by potter Ken Merrill in the studio situated behind his gallery. The gallery's selection incudes lamps, mugs, dinnerware, and wall art, and custom creations are available. It's a few steps beyond the d... Full story

  • Eclectic mix for the July Artwalk in Sisters

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Jul 25, 2023

    This month, Sisters Arts Association's (SAA) 4th Friday Artwalk leans toward contemporary artists who are pushing the envelope in their respective disciplines, as well as traditional artists who are experimenting with new techniques and methods. Visitors are encouraged to stop in the galleries at any time during the day, but galleries will welcome them with light refreshments starting at about 4 p.m. Sign up for Quick Draw, one ticket per gallery, for a chance to win one of... Full story

  • Artwalk and Big Ponderoo Arts Experience

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Jul 4, 2023

    Sisters Arts Association will partner with the Sisters Folk Festival's Big Ponderoo for the Fourth Friday Artwalk. Many of the galleries will feature live music from 4:30 to 6 p.m. You can also pick up a Ponderoo Passport for a chance to receive a fused glass gift at the Big Ponderoo Arts Experience at Sisters Art Works, 204 W. Adams Ave. from 6 to 8 p.m. Remember to register for Quick Draw, for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate, good in any participating gallery, thanks... Full story

  • Artwalk starts Memorial Day weekend

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Jun 6, 2023

    This month, a new gallery is opening and other galleries are featuring artists new to the community. The new gallery, Space in Common, owned by Amelia Morton, is at 351 W. Hood Ave. and will feature her work and selected pieces by upcoming artists. The gallery will officially open on June 2, but stop in during Fourth Friday Artwalk for a preview. Raven Makes Gallery is in the third year of The Homelands Collection. Indigenous artists create ledger-style, narrative artwork on... Full story

  • April Artwalk explodes in vibrant color

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Apr 26, 2023

    April Artwalk welcomes home Raven Makes and Toriizaka Art gallery owners from art expeditions. Stitchin’ Post’s Fabric Arts Gallery will display the work of artist Judy Hoiness, recently featured on Oregon Art Beat. Hoiness is known for her abstract landscapes that often incorporate watercolor and acrylic paint, stitching, calligraphic marks, collage, and mixed media on canvas and recycled cloth. Drop in between 4 and 6 p.m. Hood Avenue Art displays award-winning Western artists K.C. Snider and Diane L. Farquhar Hallstrom. Sn... Full story

  • Project a good sign for creative team

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Apr 25, 2023

    Last week, Sisters was home to the first-ever "Sign Camp," the brainchild of Sisters resident John Mearns. The project was filled with collaborative synergy, fueled by enthusiasm and a commitment to give back to the community. In just six days, four students from the Los Angeles Trade Technical College, a.k.a. "Trade Tech," worked with sign maker John Mearns to build, hand-paint, and install two huge new signs for Sisters Movie House & Café. John Mearns and his wife, Cynthia... Full story

  • Fourth Friday Artwalk a spring opening

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Mar 21, 2023

    Sisters Arts Association welcomes you to the official start of the 2023 Fourth Friday Artwalks. The March 24 Artwalk will have a lot in store for you, including new and returning artists, group shows, and the return of Quick Draw. Stitchin’ Post is presenting “Stitching – A Show of Hands,” featuring student work created in a 2022 workshop by beloved instructor Rosalie Dace. There will also be hand-stitched items made by Central Oregon artists as they explore depic... Full story

  • Holiday cheer for Fourth Friday Artwalk

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Dec 20, 2022

    The Holidays are here, and Sisters Arts Association (SAA) has one more Fourth Friday Artwalk in 2022. It’s fun to spend time walking through the galleries of Sisters this week. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in the galleries, whether you are doing last-minute shopping or just taking a relaxing walk through downtown. At Clearwater Gallery this month, you’ll find classic holiday offerings made by talented crafters and artisans. Hand-painted gourd ornaments by Chris Warren and Leslee Burtt, pottery by Molly Newbern, fused gl... Full story

  • Artwalk in Sisters the day after Thanksgiving

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Nov 22, 2022

    It’s happening – the day after Thanksgiving. Some call it Black Friday and if we get snow, it may be a White Friday, but Sisters Arts Association still calls it The 4th Friday Artwalk. This month’s Artwalk offers excitement and variety. Put away your leftover turkey and trimmings, and walk through the galleries of Sisters. Maps are available in all gallery locations. Toriizaka Art welcomes two soulful artists – both working equally with their head, hands, and hea... Full story

  • Artwalk celebrates fall at Sisters galleries

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Oct 26, 2022

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  • Studio tour provides unique opportunity for art lovers

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Sep 20, 2022

    A super-sized painting depicting romantic ballroom dancers and a moose cast in clay… What do they have in common? Both are part of the Artist Studio Tour taking place this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in and around Sisters, sponsored by the Sisters Arts Association. The artists, Rochelle Carr and Kim Chavez, live on the same street in Eagle Crest. Carr is the “new kid on the block,” she says, having recently relocated from California. Both are sea... Full story

  • Artwalk welcomes autumn at Sisters galleries

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Sep 20, 2022

    This month, the Fourth Friday Artwalk kicks off an entire weekend of art exploration sponsored by Sisters Arts Association. Stroll through the galleries of Sisters and see their featured artists, while enjoying light refreshments on Friday. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, take a leisurely tour to visit artists in their home studios. Pick up a Studio Tour Guide from any of the galleries, many businesses, or online at Wildflower Studio will be featuring original artwork by Mitch Saba and John Runnels. Saba... Full story

  • Meet local artists on studio tour

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Sep 14, 2022

    Sisters will celebrate the arts by joining the Sisters Arts Association’s (SAA) Sixth Annual Artist Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, September 24- 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, 32 artists will be featured in 19 locations in and around Sisters Country. The Studio Tour follows SAA’s monthly Fourth Friday Art Walk. While many of the artists will be in their home studios, some will be sharing studio space. Kimry Jelen, beloved painter of magical and colorful hor... Full story

  • ‘Hug’ book a sign of the times for Sisters artist

    Helen Schmidling|Updated Aug 24, 2022

    What’s better than a hug? It’s how we greet an old friend, share triumph and compassion, comfort a child, and embrace our significant other. It wasn’t always that way. Think back to March of 2020, in the first stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We entered a kind of ‘touch desert’ and were instructed not to hug, shake hands, or touch surfaces that others may have touched, in fear of spreading or contracting the virus,” recalls Sisters artist Paul Alan Bennett. People masked... Full story

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