Alley Art in Bend, Oregon – Part 2: PPAC

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.

Alley art - Firebreather. Bend, Oregon

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.

Emil Nordeen - Bend, Oregon

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.

Alley art - The Millworker Bend, Oregon

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.

Voyage by Caroline Cornell in Bend, Oregon

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.

Alley Art - Dawn of a New Day by Megan Phallon

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.

Snowpocalypse 2017 by Vicki Roadman

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.

Alley art -Sunset Over Sisters by artist, Kevin Schwarting

Wild things

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.

Tangled by Taylor Rose

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.

Lookout (with Owl as Witness) by Lloyd McMullen

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.”

Van Matre's Eternal Tambourine by Avlis Leuma

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.

Photographing Public Art Challenge #2

20 thoughts on “Alley Art in Bend, Oregon – Part 2: PPAC

  1. Oh WOW. Your first photo speaks to me. I live in Oregon and the fires last year I had to escape from. I hope you remain safe if you live in the Bend area.
    What a beautiful response to this week’s challenge. Thanks ever so much for playing along 😀

    • Thanks, Cee! Yes, I know you were directly impacted by the fires (and smoke) last year. I hope we both are able to avoid the effects of the fires this year.

  2. That first picture tugs an emotional cord for all of us in the west. It could happen anywhere and we are all beholden to those who fight them. The rest of the artwork is lovely too. I loved the Tower Theatre. Thanks for joining in PPAC. 🙂

    • Thanks, Marsha. Yes, the painting of the firefighter is something many of us can relate to. Today there was a proposal to hire them year-round because fires are becoming more common. Sad, but true.

  3. This sounds like a great project. I think my favourite is Sunset Over Sisters – I love the contrasting colours and the simplicity of the image 🙂

  4. These are great ! I wish I had more time last week to stop and explore. The art looks like still another reason to visit and hang around for a few days.

    • Yes, we have lots of great public art here. Let me know if you come by this way again. It’s too hot to do much now. Hope you’re staying cool!

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