Winter months are a great time to explore Oregon’s scenic indoors and all the art inspired by the beautiful landscape. Central Oregon stokes the creative fires of artists and craftmakers in towns from Sunriver to Warm Springs. Visit these studios and galleries for a bit of artistic inspiration.
Downtown Bend is home to a variety of galleries, from Atelier 6000, a fine art printmaking and book arts studio, to the Paul Scott Gallery, representing internationally and nationally renowned artists, and the Red Chair Gallery, featuring fine arts and contemporary crafts of Oregon artists.
Check out The Ironworks Art District, home to Tambi Lane Photography, Cindercone Clay Center, Modern Fab, Stuart’s of Bend, Studio 3 and The Workhouse — a hub of more than 60 artists creating everything from handmade soap and clothing to metalwork and home décor.
Bend’s Roundabout Art Tour includes more than 20 pieces of art displayed in traffic circles about town. Take a self-guided tour with a map from Visit Bend (check out 10, take a quiz and win a prize), or hire GETIT Shuttle and enjoy the lively prattle of a local guide.
Just south of town, the High Desert Museum has several permanent collections, including paintings, drawings and sculptures of Western, contemporary and Native American art, as well as revolving exhibits like a collection of 19th century woven and beaded bags from the Plateau Indians, on display this spring.
Further south, the Sunriver Resort’s Betty Gray Gallery has a rotating display of artists with oil paintings from the estate of Joyce Clark and oil paintings by Joanne Donaca in March. The Clearwater Studio and Fine Arts Gallery in Sisters features the work of a variety of painters and sculptors, including landscape artist Dan Rickards. And the Museum at Warm Springs houses one of the largest and most complete collections of artifacts of any Native American museum as well as contemporary beadwork, painting, drawing and weaving.