July Artwalk warms up at Sisters galleries


Last updated 7/19/2022 at Noon


If the summer seems to be flying by, it’s true. There are five Fridays in July, and the Fourth Friday Artwalk, on July 22, will mark the halfway point of Sisters Arts Association’s 2022 Fourth Friday events.

This month, we welcome a new gallery after almost a year of design and construction. Toriizaka Art will open its doors at 222 W. Hood Ave. on Friday for a “soft opening.”

The gallery primarily features a selection of accomplished contemporary Asian artists from Vietnam and Japan. Throughout the late summer and early fall, the newly designed space will showcase a selection of works from gallery artists. Please stop by to see the art, the gallery, and to meet Jack Bird and Karen Thomas.

Just when you think you’ve seen everything quilt-wise, Stitchin’ Post’s exhibition wall will be filled with “Possibilities with Cloth and Stitch” by Betty Davis Daggett.

In her artist’s statement, she says, “Cloth is my medium of expression.

Color, line, and texture have been my guideposts.

I enjoy what nature presents and architectural structures.” She began her journey using commercial textiles and traditional methods of construction for clothing and quilt making.

Now she creates her own cloth by hand dyeing, screen-printing, and painting.

She generates her own designs from fabric she has created, as well as from old and new collected fabric.

“I am hand stitching my screen prints, exploring all the colors that are present in the print.

You can see how my work has evolved by being actively involved in two quilt groups and a community of fiber artists and mentors.”

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Hood Avenue Art shines a spotlight on four artists.

Gin Laughery makes monoprints: abstract landscapes that combine subtle use of color and texture to bring a sense of joy and tranquility to any space.

Watercolor and multimedia artist Vivian Olson’s love of animals serves as an inspiration for her paintings.

“The animal friends I had as a child marked me for life.

Wild or tame, they have been my focus all these years.

I portray each animal as unique, so no two ever look alike.” Sharon Reed creates wearable art: unique jewelry in combinations of textured metal, stones, and fossils.

Danica Cartwright designs colorful glass beads, and you can watch her process between 4 and 6 p.m.

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There will be music by David Skelton, appetizers, and wine.

All artists’ work will be displayed throughout August, along with work by 40 local Central Oregon artists.

Sisters Gallery & Frame Shop will hold its final Fourth Friday Artwalk in its current location before moving a few steps to the East on West Hood. Stop by to meet Jennifer Hartwig, the Scratchboard Lady, and several of the other gallery artists. Work on the move to the West Bay of 222 West Hood Avenue starts right after Fourth Friday.

The Campbell Gallery at Sisters Art Works continues to display the new pieces by Amelia O’Dougherty.

Raven Makes Gallery offers works from museum-quality masters to innovative new talent. Indigenous artists continue to bring positive energy and beauty to art lovers worldwide.

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Wildflower Studio welcomes Ron Rogers, a local artist who is both a photographer and a woodworker. His newest endeavor is a series of handmade wooden cheese boards. His landscape photos will also be displayed. Come by to enjoy wine, light appetizers, and conversation from 4 to 7 p.m.

On the way, stop at Metals Jewelry Studio to see new and masterful jewelry and metal work by Bryan Lee Brown.

Featured this month at Clearwater Gallery is local artist Sarah B. Hansen.

She will be unveiling her new show, “Hope and Healing Through Nature.” Usually an avid hiker, birder, and adventurer, Sarah had to slow down due to a surgery on her right hand.

Now on the mend and back at the easel, she focused on moving forward with hope and encouragement for the future.

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Most of the pieces in this series are painted from her imagination and memory as opposed to photo references.

The Clearwater Gallery will not be participating in this month’s Art Stroll due to a private event.

However, they invite you to spend an evening with Hansen on the night before, Thursday July 21, for the first of their 2022 Meet the Maker dinner series.

The event includes a six-course dinner curated by executive chef Julia Rickards, an artist meet and greet, live demonstration, and the exciting sale of the on-site painting.

This will be a memory worth making.

Please visit www.theclearwatergallery.com for more information.

Beacham’s Clock Company joins Artwalk with the exciting mixed media work of Don Griffith from Happy Valley. He will show several of his images of the inside workings of old pocket watches and alarm clocks from noon to 7 p.m.

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