Bend has established its place in the nation for its love of the outdoors, but one thing this town is also becoming known for is its love and appreciation for the arts. The Mockingbird Gallery is just one of the many examples of businesses that have been showcasing the creative side of life and sharing artists' creations through one of Bend's most popular and well-attended events, First Friday.
Husband and wife team, Jim and Nathalie Peterson, have owned and operated the Mockingbird Gallery for the past nine years. "It's a really exciting time to be in the fine arts business...Bend is a wonderful and vibrant art community filled with people who love to create and also others who love to support their efforts," says Jim Peterson.
This gallery focuses on various mediums, including wood, glass, bronze, watercolor, oil, pastel, acrylic and oil. "We handle an experienced group here at Mockingbird and they are mostly established [in their] careers," says Jim Peterson, as he goes on to explain the exhibit being featured this coming Friday. Titled as "Untethered," there will be two artists' talents displayed, Romona Youngquist from Oregon is known for her blurred and soft-stroke approach to a canvas, but will also present some new works in clay. Liz Wolf out of New Mexico will showcase her talents in bronze and glass sculptures. Both artists will be in attendance at the gallery.
Apart from the wide variety in aesthetic displays, this First Friday at the Mockingbird Gallery will feature live jazz music by Rich Hurdle and Friends. A real treat for the senses, wine and cheese will also be offered at the event.
Although the Petersons have owned the gallery for nine years, the business itself has been in Bend for 26 years, previously owned for 17 of those years by Pamela Claflin. Mockingbird Gallery has been participating in the Friday Art Walk for some time now. "Every month, every opening provides us with a new opportunity to share our talented group with our Central Oregon art lovers," says Jim Peterson.
869 NW Wall St., Bend