Here are ten pieces of alley art you can view along NW Gasoline Alley in Bend, Oregon. I previously featured artwork decorating another alley in Tin Pan Alley Art in Bend.
This collection of artwork is part of a public initiative supporting local arts and culture in Bend, Oregon. The paintings take Bend’s outdoor lifestyle into consideration.
The people in Alley Art
The first piece is Firebreather by Avlis Leumas. This artwork serves to recognize the work of wildland firefighters in the past, present, and future. When it sells, half of the proceeds will go to The Wildland Firefighter Foundation, a group providing emotional and financial support to firefighters.
This piece, by Sheila Dunn, is a portrait of legendary Bend skier, Emil Nordeen. He moved here from Sweden in 1920 and was instrumental in establishing the Bend Skyliners Mountaineering Club. The group promoted local skiing as well as search and rescue and alpine climbing.
This is The Millworker by Sheila Dunn. The painting depicts millworker Dan MacLennan, who moved to Bend in 1909. Though he lost four fingers in a milling accident, he was known for working efficiently and with great agility.
The places and events
The piece below is Voyage by contemporary artist, Caroline Cornell. It incorporates elements of nature, color, and light into an intriguing landscape painting.
This piece is Dawn of a New Day by Megan Phallon. The painting depicts everyday scenes in a vibrant, almost surreal, way. The artist’s travels in the Caribbean and Central America influences the colors she chooses in her paintings.
This piece by Vicki Roadman is titled Snowpocalypse 2017. Heavy snowfall surrounds the Bend logo. We had 63.9 inches of snow in the winter of 2017-18, about three times as much as usual.
This is Sunset Over Sisters by artist, Kevin Schwarting. He notes how the rich color and form of the earth and sky are separate beings that come together to create a balance.
This piece, by Taylor Rose, is titled Tangled. While there are no oceans near Bend, the artist brought a reminder of the sea to the High Desert. The wildlife and natural beauty near Bend inspires her as an artist.
This three-dimensional work is Lookout (with Owl as Witness) by Lloyd McMullen. It includes castoff pieces of metal, garden tools, and other items. It speaks to the tenacious and adaptable nature of owls.
This piece is titled Van Matre’s Eternal Tambourine and it’s by Avlis Leumas. Fred Van Matre built the Tower Theatre in 1940. He was known for creating structures of “good value and honest workmanship.” The builder reached the pinnacle of success and the owls represent ascending to “the apex of the sky.”
For more details on each artist, visit Bend and read the small plaques next to each piece. Maybe you’ll find a favorite piece of alley art as you wander around downtown.