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Businesses support studio tour

Two local businesses – Sisters Movie House and Hayden Homes – are joining with Sisters Arts Association to feature artists’ work on the days of the Artist Studio Tour.

A wood carving by Daniel Schmidt will be on display at the McKenzie Meadows Village Model Home. Daniel is a 2020 graduate of Sisters High School and recipient of the $2,500 Hayden Homes Art Scholarship. This scholarship will enable Daniel to pursue his dream of studying industrial design at Western Washington University. “It truly feels unreal to have such a supportive community willing to invest in my future,” he said.

“We know arts are an essential building block in the schools and are of great value to the Sisters community,” said Chris Davis, regional director for Hayden Homes. “It is Hayden Homes’ honor to collaborate with Sisters High School and the Sisters Arts Association to showcase the incredible talent of Sisters Country youth through this scholarship. Daniel’s art adds the perfect touch to our model home, and we are excited to be able to showcase such a unique piece.”

Daniel’s display piece is a three-dimensional wooden wall sculpture. “For this piece, I have chosen to depict motions of nature by showcasing the patterns of a snowdrift,” he said. “I was backcountry skiing when I encountered an untouched meadow of beauteous wind drifts that had an otherworldly visual energy. It is one of the elements that makes the Northwest distinctly northwest.”

Hayden Homes has also generously donated $200 to Sisters Arts Association, which combined with a gift of $100 from SAA will go toward three gift certificates to be drawn at random from the names of visitors to the 36 artists on the Studio Tour.

Hayden Homes welcomes you to stop by and see Daniel’s piece in person during the Artist Studio Tour. Masks are required inside the model home and the number of people permitted at one time will be controlled to ensure social distancing.

McKenzie Meadows Village Model Home is at 1666 W. McKinney Butte Rd. It will be open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Sisters Movie House will semi-reopen this weekend as part of the Artist Studio Tour. Owner Drew Kaza said that new artwork from resident artist Davis Te Selle will be featured in the lobby area. Te Selle, who is based in Portland, features iconic trees at all stages of life. As noted on Te Selle’s website, “his work engages themes of forbearance and resilience, of wholeness in the face of adversity,” a concept we can all use more of at this time. In Portland, he shows at Sidestreet Arts.

Movie House hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. “We we will fire up the popcorn kettle, though not doing full food service,” Kaza said. “We may end up showing a few previews depending on what’s available. This is an opportunity for people to see the Movie House and enjoy a bag of popcorn.” It will still be some time before the Movie House can open fully.


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