I was today. It’s First Friday Art Walk.
The Artwalk event is no stranger to this mill.
A chance to view sensational local and national art
at dozens of businesses downtown, such as the ones at Thump.
on the first Friday of every month.
Shops are matched with artists,
Many businesses stay open late and serve food and wine as they welcome you in
to enjoy their space
and this wonderful evening.
I was delightful to welcome some newbies to the blocks.
Local artist exhibitions spanned throughout many businesses in Old Mills and Downtown Bend.
Bare Roots and its lead-singer Mark Barringer (often seen at my favorite bookshop cafe) was serenading just the corner from Thump.
This is not only a great event.
It is an event that does good for our community.
There were a few art exhibits I would love to visit.
But my time was limited.
behind the scenes,
Quiltworks’ magnificent crew were busy as heck, just like any other First Friday event before.
It’s been a few months since I’ve been to Quiltworks’ First Friday Gallery Reception.
Tonight was, again, special.
No excuse for not joining the party
and rubbing elbows with the landscape quilters,
one of which is my dear friend Kristin Shields, whom you’ve met here more than once.
Springtime in the Valley–inspired by a greeting card of Kathy Deggendorfer’s painting–is just exquisite.
This month’s Featured Quilter was Donna Rice,
last year’s SOQS featured quilter.
Again, Donna is no stranger–one of the masterminds behind the big Whychus Creek collaborative quilt initiative, now known as Two Rivers, Three Sisters.
I did not take too many photographs of the exhibited art quilts, but, plan to go back another time when I may pay uninterrupted attention on each and every dazzling piece.
The Gallery Exhibit and Reception at Quiltworks is always–and I do mean always–stimulating and fun!
Not only ‘cuz it is a bunch of amazing quilters from all over the county,
but, it is so much more than quilting.
Laughter, stories, family updates, jokes, opinions, opinions, and more opinions.
I tell you, it just gets bigger and better every month!! Thanks to our affable host and hostess Dave and Marilyn Ulrich
and Quiltworks‘ amazing crew for another sensational, artistic, imaginative hop!
Hope you enjoyed tagging along.
Being a quilter and/or textile art lover in Central Oregon is heaven! We have 9 shops all within a 45 minute drive–each has its own appeal.
If you are in the area, be sure to head over and see the exhibit in person. It will be on display at the Quiltworks‘ Gallery through the end of the month!
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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