Jenny Green has always wanted to be a gallerist. She's worked with art in galleries and at auctions, she's always traveling to art shows, and has watched the world of art sales change.
"There's been a huge shift in the art world [where] 49 percent of sales happen at art fairs," she says. "It's almost like a trade show of art."
In Bend, she runs the Jenny Green Gallery, which features contemporary fine art paintings. When she's looking for art she says, "I have to love it, and I have to live with it every single day. In my mind, quality original artwork is someone either pushing the envelope or advancing their current approach in any way."
Green recently went to Miami and set up her gallery as part of Aqua Art Miami. She says the entire town was filled with vibrant art. The show "took over the Aqua Hotel and they clear our every room and turn it into a gallery. Next door there was art from Germany, Brooklyn, and the Netherlands," she says.
Green leases her gallery space from month to month and recently found out that she'll continue occupying the space until April. Her gallery is filled with imaginative colors from artist KC Lockrem and her brother and photographer Brown Cannon, III from Bend, as well as local artists ALXSw from Redmond and Whitney Nye from Portland. She also carries work from artists Jennifer Hirshfield and Carlos Perez of Northern California.
She says the gallery provides additional alternative art that isn't mainstream in Bend. Her love of creative work is deeply evident. A few years ago Green's husband called and said they needed to evacuate their home due to the proximity of a fire, and she told him to grab the art. While the fire never made to the couple's house, Green said the art was the first thing that came to mind.
Green's gallery will hold extra hours during the upcoming week before Christmas.
"One of the great things about a gallery is it functions not only as a gallery but as a museum as well, you're allowed to come in and look around, browse," she says. "It is artists who are on the frontline for all of us socially and emotionally, and they are really working for society as a whole interpreting the difficult and reminding us of the joy that is out in the world."
Jenny Green Gallery
70 SW Century Drive
Dec. 16-19: 11 am-6 pm, Dec. 20: noon-4 pm
Dec. 22: 1-6 pm, Dec. 23: 11 am-6 pm
Dec. 24: 11 am-3 pm