Creating a high-caliber art show that's distinctive and accessible to a variety of budgets is no small task—but that's where Art in the High Desert comes in. On Aug. 26, 27 and 28, 115 artists will line the Deschutes River at the Old Mill. Co-founders Dave and Carla Fox, now in their ninth year, have created an event that's now ranked 12th in the nation for Fine Art Fairs by the 2015 Art Fair Sourcebook.
Art in the High Desert is a juried event conceived from the founders' belief that Bend had the potential to put itself on the map as a prominent art and culture destination. As seasoned artists with experience organizing similar events, they knew that a jury process would be key to selecting artists who could elevate the show to a high level.
Artists submit work through a national registry, and a blind jury consisting of four art professionals chooses the finalists. Only artists who demonstrate excellence in craftsmanship, original thought and intent, consistency of style and presentation, and an overall concept that extends beyond technique and materials make the cut.
This year, 11 local artists will display their work alongside artists from across the nation. "Our goal is to keep raising awareness and appreciation for high-quality artwork while encouraging local creative people to find success as artists in business," says Dave Fox.
Fox believes the Old Mill venue is yet another reason for the show's success. "The venue is extraordinary...probably one of the best show venues in the country."
The thousands of attendees who regularly attend can expect to see a variety of mediums including metal work, ceramics, paintings, sculptures and photography.
Art in the High Desert
Friday-Saturday, 10 am-6 pm
Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Old Mill District,
730 SW Columbia St., Bend