MY RECOMMENDATION: Yes
AMAZON SUBSCRIPTION LINK: High Desert Gallery of Central Oregon
WEB ADDRESS: http://www.highdesertgallery.info/
BLOG DESCRIPTION: High Desert Gallery & Custom Framing, The Art & Soul of Central Oregon is an award winning fine art and custom picture framing gallery with three High Desert Gallery retail locations in Bend, Oregon (Open Summer 2009), Redmond and Sisters Oregon and High Desert Frameworks! located at 431 NW Franklin Avenue at Lava in downtown Bend, Oregon. The gallery specializes in Central Oregon Artists & Beyond™ and Stellar Custom Framing. High Desert Gallery honored in 2005, 2006 and 2007 by Decor Magazine as a "Top 100 Art and Framing Gallery in America" and voted "Best Art Gallery" in Redmond, Oregon (2006, 2007 & 2008) and Sisters, Oregon (2005, 2006, & 2008). International Framing Awards earned by High Desert Gallery include First Place and Top Honors in the Professional Picture Framing Association (PPFA) 2007-2008 International Open Framing Competition and Third Place in the Professional Picture Framing Association 2008-2009 International Print Framing Competition.
MY REVIEW: If you're interested in art, and you're anywhere near Oregon, I believe you will find this blog of interest. Oregon has a vibrant art scene, as evidenced by this blog, and the posts are well-written and informative (as well as plugging the gallery, of course.)
Recommended for the art lover. If you want to learn about artists that you may never have heard of before, this is the blog for you.
Grace Bishko Retrospective: A View From The Top at High Desert Gallery
Nationally known Oregon Artist, Grace Bishko and High Desert Gallery of Central Oregon presents a Retrospective: "A View From the Top" May 6 through May 30, 2010 with two special artist in attendance receptions in her honor.
Thursday, May 6, from 5 to 8pm. Special Preview Artist Reception: Meet the artist, enjoy refreshments, live music by Erin Cole-Baker and more during this very special preview reception.
Friday, May 7, from 5 to 9pm. First Friday Gallery Walk Artist Reception: Meet Grace during the Bend, Oregon First Friday Gallery Art Walk and enjoy refreshments, live music by a Central Oregon favorite, Bellavia.
Featuring both new paintings and a Retrospective Exhibition featuring artwork from Grace Bishko's long career. Meet the artist, enjoy refreshments, live music and more.
High Desert Gallery is pleased and honored to host “A View From the Top,” a stellar exhibition of paintings and hand-pulled prints by nationally acclaimed Oregon artist, Grace Bishko. The solo show opens at our downtown Bend Oregon gallery location, 10 NW Minnesota Avenue at The Oxford, with a Preview Reception Thursday, May 6, from 5 to 8pm, followed by the First Friday Gallery Walk Artist Reception on Friday May 7, from 5 to 9pm. The exhibition and Sale extends through May 30, 2010.
“A View From the Top” will highlight both new work and a Retrospective show, featuring paintings pulled from the artist's personal collection of favorites. The theme - “A View From the Top” - relates to Grace's long career as a painter and artist, as well as a light-hearted reference to her studio, which is located on the third floor.
About Grace Bishko: Grace lives in Central Oregon, hikes the trails, and paints her memories of what she has seen. A serious and honest painter, she paints from her heart and of her memories and experiences. Her imagery contains an ever so slight surreal edge to grab and retain the viewer's attention, while at the same time satisfying their deep emotions and enjoyment. High Desert Gallery is truly honored to represent Grace Bishko. In the 1970's she decided to stop painting directly from "life," and to develop a vocabulary that would allow her to paint through her personal feelings. Through education, and experimentation, her creative endeavors evolved in many stages. The results of this adventure are embedded in the artwork she is involved in today.
Now, Grace is honored that her paintings are appreciated and understood across a wide multicultural expanse. Winning all possible awards at the Cleveland Institute of Art, she went on to receive her Master of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers, The State University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. After receiving her M.F.A. degree, Grace taught life drawing at Rutgers, design at University of the Arts, and lithography at Moore College of Art. Since then, she has focused on her own art, exhibiting yearly in solo and group exhibitions. High Desert Gallery & Custom Framing of Central Oregon is honored to represent Grace Bishko exclusively in Central Oregon.
About High Desert Gallery: High Desert Gallery & Custom Framing, The Art & Soul of Central Oregon™ is an award winning fine art and custom picture framing gallery with retail gallery locations in Bend, Oregon and Sisters Oregon. High Desert Frameworks! the award-winning framing studio for the gallery is located at 61 NW Oregon Avenue at Lava in downtown Bend, Oregon. The gallery specializes in Central Oregon Artists & Beyond™ and Stellar Custom Framing. For more information please visit: www.highdesertgallery.com or call toll free 1-866-549-6250.
--High Desert Frameworks Opens at 61 NW Oregon Street Downtown Bend Oregon
--May 2010 Arts On! Publication available on line and the Streets of Bend Oregon
--An Interview With Oregon Artist Grace Bishko: View From the Top – Bend Oregon
--Grace Bishko Retrospective: A View From The Top at High Desert Gallery
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