First Friday Art Walk in Bend Oregon

FEATHERS, FUR AND FLOWERS with Vivian Olsen and Barbara Slater

Please join us Friday, June 1st at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy the artwork of Vivian Olsen and Barbara Slater. We are pleased to showcase her exceptional works at our downtown gallery office. Event sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and your hosts for the evening, brokers Tim Collette and Wendy Tornow. Co-sponsor for the evening will be Home System Solutions who will be providing a home automation demo / raffle and showcasing some amazing outdoor landscape speakers. Also on hand will be our in-house lending partners Academy Mortgage who will be serving wine and beer samples.

Home System Solutions started in 2006 as a small, custom integration company and has grown to become the leading experts in home theater, entertainment and home automation installation in Central Oregon. We focus on customer satisfaction and exceptional service 100% of the time, no exceptions!

Founded in 1988, Academy Mortgage is one of the nation’s largest and most respected independent mortgage lenders. Academy’s mission is to be 1st CHOICE in delivering the dream of sustainable homeownership by inspiring hope and building prosperity in the lives of our Employees, Builders, Realtors, and the communities we serve.

Vivian Olsen Bio

Using glowing colors Vivian Olsen paints pastel or watercolor portraits of animals that make them seem to come alive. Living here in the Northwest she paints many species of birds and mammals to create vibrant paintings that express the animals’ individual behaviors and personalities. She says, “I paint what I love, especially wild animals, but domestic ones too, and all give me a sense of peace and joy. So it is their images that constantly inspire me .”

Employing both her Art Degree  and Master’s Degree in Science-biology she has worked as a Wildlife illustrator, and for 18 years as a High School Art Educator in New Mexico and, always during those years, as a professional wildlife artist exhibiting artwork in galleries and juried exhibits. Her goal as an artist is to present animals as Nature’s gifts to us and to show how they benefit and enhance our lives.

Barbara Slater Bio

Art is in Barbara’s breath and passion. With a passion for color Barbara Slater enjoys painting bright and beautiful flowers using acrylic paints on canvas.  She says, ”I can mimic nearly any other medium as well as employ the many options acrylics offer. I believe that an artists’ final work is a depiction of his or her impressions, emotionally, physically, intellectually and above all, artistically. I paint what I love. I try to paint passionate paintings… not just workable paintings, I feel a heart-felt connection to my work.”
Slater, who has been creating paintings for the past four decades, is well known for her portraits of horses, pets, chickens, and cows that come to life on canvas. Her life-like images portray warmth, and her landscapes and floral still-life portraits are refreshing and dramatic.

“Two Bend Artists, Friends in Art, show their paintings together again for the 4th year at Cascade Sotheby’s Realty Offices on Wall Street in Bend”

Click Here for more information on Vivian. Click Here for more information on Barbara.

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