hile the eclipse and its madness may be behind us, there's still plenty of opportunity to reflect on the magic of our moon and the relationship we have with it at The Bend Art Center.
Through September, the Lunar Show— an exhibition of work from a variety of artists showcasing how we feel, think and relate to the lunar cycle—is on display as well as being a backdrop for several events. (You might have also heard about the show in this week's Chow.)
Organizers asked artists to reflect on the moon by creating either a piece on a common canvas— a 22-by-22 inch square with a 16 inch circle in the middle, or a handmade book. With each artist bringing their own interpretation to the piece, the result is an eclectic and insightful mix of woodcuts, typography, solar printing and more.
"There are many memory drawings and illustrations that came out," reflects Pat Clark, owner of A6, a printmaking studio housed in the Bend Art Center and the juror for the show. "All the way from nursery rhymes you remember as a child to space exploration."
The show will also provide a backdrop for other explorations of the moon. On Sept. 6, local poet Krayna Castlebaum offers an evening of curated poetry for listening and reflecting. On Sept. 17, John Hayes, a retired optical engineer and deep sky photographer, offers a non-technical look at how deep sky images are created, how they relate to what you might see visually through a telescope, and how the colors relate to what is "really out there."
And if you want to get creative and make your own moon print, you can do that, too! Two more classes let participants dive into memories and illusions of the moon on Sept. 9 and again on Sept. 23.
Bend Art Center
550 Industrial Way, Suite 180
Harvest Moon Poetic Journey
Wed, Sep. 6, 7 pm
Moon Prints with Wine
Sat., Sept. 9. 7-8 pm
Sat., Sept. 23. 7-8 pm
Photographing Deep Skies
Astronomy Talk with John Hayes
Tues., Sept. 12. 6 pm