One of the most inspiring ways to experience the communities in Central Oregon is through the art that decorates them. The high desert has its share of natural beauty, mountain peaks sparkling with a fresh dusting of snow, sagebrush stretched out for miles in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness and rivers that wind through forests of towering ponderosa pines. Much of our natural beauty is reflected in the art throughout the region. Outdoor murals are easy to find, you might even stumble on one as you shop in Bend’s Old Mill District, while walking in the idyllic downtown of Prineville or strolling into Marigold & True boutique in Sisters. Beauty is all around you when you visit Central Oregon, add some color to your day by experiencing our outdoor art while you’re here…
When the Warm Springs Community Action Team announced a mural-painting grant from Visit Central Oregon, she saw the chance to reflect the land and inspire a remembrance of all of the natural beauty around her.
Photo by : Talia Galvin
People think of Central Oregon as an outdoor mecca, and they’re right — but if art museums are more your scene than shredding Mt. Bachelor or climbing at Smith Rock State Park, you can find that outside as well.
As a city, Redmond never fails to surprise visitors. It’s a lot more than just the place you fly into — Redmond is worth checking out all on its own. One of the reasons? This city has made the decision to cultivate a public art program, and the result is an eclectic, diverse collection sure to impress.
Photo by : @meganmariemyersart
The painter, illustrator and muralist’s style is on backpacks, hats and stickers, murals in the Old Mill and on Bend’s west side (on the side of The Pantry), and even appeared in a recent Deschutes County voters pamphlet.
For more Arts & Culture inspiration watch our “Central Oregon Makers” video series:
Everything about Sisters Meat And Smokehouse says “Family.” Brothers Brody and Wade Waller are third-generation “Meat Craftsmen” and their father, Steve, creates most of their recipes, techniques, and seasonings. Their grandfather, “Grampa Jack” Culver, was the first meat craftsman in the family, starting in Culver’s Market in Sutherlin, Oregon. Some of his tools are on display at Sisters Meat and Smokehouse.
As a member of the Confederated Tribe of The Warm Springs Nation, Kelli Palmer puts great importance on passing down tradition. The Master Basketweaver gives us a behind-the-scenes look into how she creates her art.
Rugged and Beautiful just like Central Oregon, Outdoor Ukuleles are designed and hand-assembled in Bend, Oregon. In the “Central Oregon Makers” series, Visit Central Oregon goes behind-the-scenes with designer Scott Seelye to talk about what makes Outdoor Ukulele, unlike any other instrument.
Each piece of art Nate Decker creates tells a story. Stories that show what braving 100 Central Oregon winters and 100 High Desert summers looks like. The mismatched reclaimed barn wood he uses fits together like puzzle pieces and is a beautiful reincarnation of something bound for a burn pile. Get a behind-the-scenes look at his process as we visit his shop for Five Peaks Woodworks.
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