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Fourth Friday Artwalk is finally back this week

The Sisters Arts Association’s Fourth Friday Artwalk returns this week, with a focus on art and creativity. Visitors can stroll leisurely through town, engaging with galleries, artists, and the wide variety of methods that they use to make art. Most galleries will feature artists doing demonstrations and talking about their work.

Sisters Arts Association (SAA) welcomes two new galleries: Marigold & True and Metals Jewelry Studio. Marigold & True, at 351 W. Hood Ave., is a small, artful boutique that focuses on selling artisan products. Owner Kelly Rae Roberts says, “We support makers with a focus on small-batch production, including dresses, scarves, baby clothes and toys, handbags, blankets, and more.”

Metals Jewelry Studio Owner Bryan Lee Brown will work on several projects using different techniques such as fabrication, wax carving, and Mokume Gane. His gallery is on the corner of West Hood Avenue and South Ash Street in the Three Creeks Building.

Art quilter June Jaeger will be demonstrating painting with inks from 3 to 6 p.m. at Stitchin’ Post Fabric Arts Gallery. “My art tells the story of my connection to the land,” Jaeger says. “Our natural environment is my inspiration and deep in my soul I feel the need to create what I see, interpreting my vision.”

Barbara Berry is the featured artist at Ken Scott’s Imagination Gallery, demonstrating acrylic painting and pre-painting sketching all day. Her work bridges the worlds of spirit and matter.

Hood Avenue Art’s featured artists are photographer Scott Cordner and jeweler Danica Curtright. Cordner is a fine art landscape photographer who prints his own work and surrounds it with one-of-a-kind, handmade wood frames. Curtright’s glass beads are individually crafted using a centuries-old process called lampworking. Some beads are further embellished with silver foil or fine silver, while others are etched. All beads are annealed in a kiln for strength and durability. Curtright will be demonstrating her beadwork from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Americana Project Art and Design Portfolio Showcase is featured at the Cindy and Duncan Campbell Gallery at Sisters Art Works. This showcase from Sisters High School juniors and seniors is the culmination of artwork during 2020-21. Students chose an inquiry question to drive a yearlong study, involving research, design, experiment, creation, and reflection, before starting the process again. Six students will show their portfolios through mid-June. They are Sahara Lucas, Raven Miller, Neya Kountchev, Katie Springer, Gilly Roshak, and Anna Mensing.

Anna Mensing’s father, David Mensing, is the featured artist at The Clearwater Gallery. He will be demonstrating and painting during the day in the courtyard.

The Homelands Collection, a special commission from 15 premier Indigenous artists of North America, continues at Raven Makes Gallery. These works overlay original antique maps with narrative drawings that reflect meaningful imagery and add an additional story to traditional ancestral lands.

Outside The Collection Gallery, master oil painter Clarke Berryman will be painting between 3 and 4 p.m., and Gary Cooley will be creating a new sculpture between 4 and 6 p.m. The Cooleys are closing out their “Kids Kits” animal sculptures. Coming soon – Dinosaurs.

A special piece on display at Beacham’s Clock Company is a replica of an E. Howard 68 grandfather clock, originally made in the mid-1800s. The case has veneer overlays and a carved head at the crest. On the dial is a moving globe with the day of the week, sunrise, sunset, phase of the moon, and sidereal time. The movement incorporates a gravity escapement. Complete clock maker C.E. Beacham III makes both the case and clock movement.

Jennifer Hartwig, “The Scratchboard Lady,” returns to Sisters Gallery and Frame Shop along with ceramicist Mary Moore. Hartwig says, “Scratchboard allows me to etch light from dark with fine precision and subtle shades. My subject emerges from darkness with each dot and scratch I place on the board.” Watch as she removes the layer of black ink to reveal a white clay with a porcelain glow. Seated figures from the sculptural court of Mary Moore perch on ceramic boxes, some more formal than others, waiting for their new homes.

Multi-talented Western artist Dyrk Godby will share his work, stories, and maybe even a song or two at the Dyrk Godby Gallery. Check out Dyrk’s new location at 123 E. Hood Ave.

Wildflower Studio (and all of the galleries, for that matter) would like to thank the customers who shopped local this year. Framing, shopping, or just stopping in with a kind word has strengthened all of our relationships. We celebrate artists, art, and the people whose homes are brightened by all things creative.

Sisters gallery maps are available in galleries and at

This month, SAA’s Quick Draw is back, awarding two $50 gift certificates good at any participating gallery. Visitors can register once per gallery during the stroll. SAA thanks Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty in Sisters for underwriting this year’s Quick Draw.


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