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

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 bags, and pottery. Paints, travel watercolor sets, pencils, and journals pair perfectly with spring and summer hikes. Leather hip purses and bags by Triumph Outpost come in a variety of styles and leather tones. Potter and teacher Hunter Teig makes small bowls, cups, and mugs using his own unique glazes.

The Rickards Gallery's own Dan Rickards will unveil a brand new landscape of our beautiful Three Sisters and a couple of other wild surprises! When asked the inspiration behind his newest works he said, "Throughout my career as an artist I have been fortunate enough to glean my most treasured inspirations right from my backyard." Dan invites the community to help name this stunning new work. Stop in between 4 and 6 p.m. and enter to win a free print if your name is chosen.

Makin' It Local has a showcase of fine pottery by Kara Frampton of KF Stoneware. Hawaiian-born and Oregon-based, Kara draws her inspiration from outdoors experiences and celebrates human existence in the natural world. Her stoneware vessels are designed with plants and organically symmetric patterns.

Toriizaka Art showcases the petroglyph-like style of celebrated artist Chas Martin in an exhibition called "Abstract Illusions: Faces in Art." Prepare to stretch your imagination through his sculptures and masks. Martin studied at the Pratt Institute in New York City and was an artistic and creative director with agencies in Boston and San Francisco before moving to Oregon, eventually turning to art full time. At his Multnomah Village studio, he creates, mentors artists, and offers classes. Chas will discuss his work at Toriizaka on Saturday, May 25, at 4 p.m.

The Campbell Gallery has the 2024 AP Art and Design Showcase on display through June 5. Sixteen Sisters High School art students worked all year to build a 10-piece portfolio that demonstrates their exploration and experimentation in a sustained investigation of their choice using a variety of media. The artists are Presley Adelt, Hailey Asson, Ellie Bates, Timber Bionda, Jay Bolam, Abby Christopher; Araiya Grummer, Ezer Harris, Riley Kerkmann, Bryant Leaver, Sam Liddell, Parker Miller, Ava Riehl, Lilly Sundstrom, and Kaleb Woods.

Sisters Gallery & Frame features the work of Two Lindas. Linda Wolff creates multi-layered colorful collage landscapes from white tissue paper. This collection, created during two late winter months in Sedona, emphasizes images with night skies, full moons, and deep, vibrant colors. Linda Barker is an eclectic, mostly self-taught artist who enjoys working in a variety of media. She makes unique, stylish jewelry and clothing using repurposed materials from thrift stores, garage sales, scrapyards, and the occasional street find. The art reveals her value for protecting the environment by using resources that others have tossed out, and her sense style.

Space In Common hosts Clairen Stone of Stonefolk Studio, a visionary fiber artist whose goal is a more sustainable clothing industry. Her love of the natural world and an insatiable desire to create meaningful items channel her creative path. She sources thoughtfully grown and produced natural fibers and creates relationships with the people who produce them. Her art resides in the creation of simple, beautiful garments for people to enjoy wearing.

Hood Avenue Art features painter Layne Cook, who says, "I like to try to catch the energy in human motion or, by contrast, the quiet moments of contemplation. When I am not painting people, I usually paint buildings. They also have personality and gesture - the same things that attract me with humans. And they suggest the presence of humans. I have tried to paint landscapes, but so many people do it better than I do. You must paint what moves you."

Stitchin' Post is featuring "Color, Pattern, Play and Passion!" by multi-award winning quilt artist Judy Beaver from 4 to 6 p.m. Her work is filled with rich saturated colors and bold patterns, unusual design elements and color palettes that are playful and express a spirit of passion and joy. She often begins with one inspirational piece of fabric and builds a color palette around it. She seldom pre-plans her work, but intuitively makes the various patterns and motifs play well together as she just lets the piece flow in its own direction.

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