Museum Exhibitions in Bend
Deschutes Historical Museum
Deschutes Historical Museum open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4:30pm.
A6 Studio & Gallery
Inspired by Trees Six Oregon artists share recent artwork inspired by trees, on view January 6-29, 2017. Each artist was naturally drawn to a particular tree species, responding to visual qualities as well as geographical, social or historical contexts.
Dawn Emerson’s monotypes mimic the sculptural forms of solitary junipers in the Oregon Badlands. Patricia Clark’s drawings and relief prints examine the clearcutting of formerly dense stands of lodgepole pine. Jean Harkin’s mixed-media monotypes dwell on regeneration with views of charred ponderosas from the B&B Complex Fire of 2003. Stirling Gorsuch’s color linocuts present simultaneous yet contrasting time periods and conditions in the Cascade forests. Robin Thomas’ collagraphs consider trees as markers of trails and other boundaries. Abney Wallace’s mahogany sculpture explores the archetypal Tree of Life.
A6 Print Studio & Gallery is located in The Box Factory at 550 S.W. Industrial Way. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12-5pm, free admission. Exhibition tours available on Saturdays at 4pm for $10/person no RSVP required. Visit A6 Print Studio & Gallery for a full schedule of films, speakers and other cultural programs connected to the exhibition.
High Desert Museum
Smokejumpers: Firefighters from the Sky Explore the evolution and role of smokejumping over the last 70 years and the development of technology that has made aerial firefighting what it is today. The exhibition also tells the broader story of wildland firefighting in the Pacific Northwest and examines some of the major fires in the region over the last 100 years. On view through February 12.
Ray Troll: The Buzzsaw Sharks of Long Ago This dynamic exhibition has something for the whole family, featuring kids’ activities, an array of fossils, Troll’s original artworks and life-sized sculptures by paleo-sculptor Gary Staab. Learn how art and science can intersect to tell stories of the deep past. On view through April 23.
World War II: The High Desert Home Front The exhibition examines the region’s significance of World War II and commemorating the 75th anniversary for the United States. Military artifacts and immersive scenes will showcase wartime experiences of distinct groups of westerners.
The high desert’s remote nature and relatively low population made it central to the war effort. It served as an important site for training camps, military training exercises, Civilian Public Service (CPS) camps and prison camps.
High desert farmers, in particular, needed help harvesting their crops. The Emergency Farm Labor Service recruited a diverse workforce that included Japanese Americans, German prisoners of war, women volunteering with the Women’s Land Army and Victory Farm Volunteers. The exhibition will also examine the Braceros Program and illuminate the experiences of Mexican workers. Opening January 28 and on view through September 2017.
Legendary Landscapes will highlight fascinating stories behind how places got their names. The exhibition will be on view February 18 through September 2017. As an example, the Tam McArthur Rim Trail in Central Oregon is a namesake of Lewis Ankeny “Tam” McArthur (1883–1951). This successful businessman was also the secretary for the Oregon Geographic Board and wrote the book Oregon Geographic Names which lists the origins of place names.
Wildlife programs—porcupines, otters, reptiles, a bobcat—meet them all up close. Raptors of the Desert Sky—hawks, owls and other raptors—soar overhead. Living History Step back into 1904 and join the Miller Family tending the garden and working the saw mill. Visit the High Desert Museum for more information.