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Fourth Friday Artwalk at Sisters Art Galleries

Sisters Arts Association’s Fourth Friday Art Walk continues this week, through the fall, right up until the week before Christmas. If you’re planning ahead, December’s Art Walk will take place on the Third Friday, since the Fourth Friday will be Christmas Eve.

Featured this month at The Clearwater Gallery is the work of impressionist oil painter Garth Williams, a favorite here in Sisters. His pallet-knife technique and eye-catching aspens make for a very exciting reveal of new pieces from 4 to 6 p.m. along with wine and


Bryan Lee Brown of the Metals Jewelry Studio is known for his original mokume gane sculptures and jewelry designs. But he also repairs heirlooms and personal jewelry items. He can fix a ring that’s too large or too small, repair a chain, and do any type of repair work that a jewelry store would offer, even oddities like hinges for grandfather clocks, reconditioned 300-year-old swords, and an antique weather vane.

Through the end of December, Hood Avenue Art is offering modest pieces to make giving art more affordable.

The Small Wonders exhibit—started by local artists at Hood Avenue Art Gallery in Sisters—is now in its seventh year.

Small paintings, jewelry, fiber arts, and sculptures created by more than 20 different artists are part of the exhibit.

People are always looking for quality, original art, jewelry, and gifts.

Hood Avenue Art hosts a wide range of work by mixed-media artists, wood and metal workers, painters, glass artists, and photographers.

Pieces created for the Small Wonders exhibit range from $30 for handmade jewelry, up to $250 for tiny paintings.

The Small Wonders reception is Oct. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m.

with live music and refreshments.

“Can You Hear It?: A High Fiber Diet Group Show” is featured this month in the Campbell Gallery at Sisters Art Works. Can you see that noise? Whether it is clattering silverware, a chirping wren, screeching traffic, or a marching band, sounds have been interpreted in such a way that the viewer can hear them just by looking. The exhibition committee invited representational and non-representational interpretations of sounds that are visually tied together by a small piece of fabric provided by the committee, and are visually identifiable in each piece. Because sound travels in waves, the chosen fabric is “Radio Waves” by Marcia Derse.

Opening with a reception from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Stitchin’ Post, the Central Oregon chapter of Studio Art Quilt Associates Inc. (SAQA) presents its 2021 challenge, “Regeneration,” named for the process of renewal, regrowth, or restoration. This is a time for next steps that heal and renew. Diverse and talented SAQA artists offer their interpretations of this theme in the hope that you find your own renewal. An international nonprofit organization, SAQA was founded in 1989 to promote the art quilt and the artists who create this work.

Sisters Gallery and Frame Shop presents the work of photographer Steve Giardini.

“I create fine art photographs inspired by the natural world.

My goal is to capture moments in time that best represent the beauty, character, atmosphere, texture, and abstracts of nature,” Giardini said.

Each image is creatively conceived in the field, technically processed on the computer, and then artistically presented as a fine art print.

Post-processing is done using a computer.

Images are sorted and selected with specific intent.

“The degree to which a digital file is artistically processed varies,” Giardini said.

“Sometimes only routine adjustments are made.

In other instances more extensive edits are necessary to achieve my creative vision.

Creating a print is the end point in the creative process.

The print size offered, the material it will be printed on, and its final presentation format is influenced by the story I hope it will tell.” His black-and-white images, both framed and unframed, are available at the


Fourth Friday will be the final weekend in Sisters for Ken Scott’s Imagination Gallery. The featured artist is sculptor and potter Rae Holton. Her unique and imaginative work often includes embellishments of woven pine needles. Most of her work is in clay, stone, and metals. Holton will be at the Imagination Gallery to meet visitors on Friday afternoon.Ken Scott has been a fixture on the corner of Hood Avenue and the Barclay Park walkway for eight years. His giant outdoor sculptures and art pieces are moving to the gallery he owns in Blue River.

Sisters Arts Association’s popular Quick Draw continues for three more months, thanks to a generous donation from the Sisters Area Chamber of Commerce. Visitors may sign up once in each gallery, for a chance to win a gift certificate for $50, which can be spent in any one of the participating galleries. Quick Draw winners will have until the end of 2021 to “spend” their gift certificates.

More information on Sisters Arts Association is available at the website, Maps are available in all of the local galleries.


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