Our Artists

Meet Our Member Artists

 

Ceramics

 

Annie Dyer

www.AnnieDyer.com

Blue Spruce Pottery/Gwinups

www.BlueSprucePottery.com

Helen Bommarito

 

 

 

Eleanor Murphey

www.eleanormurpheypottery.com

Pamela Louis

deerpath03@yahoo.com

 

 

Fiber Arts

 

Stephanie Stanley

Stephanie Stanley on Facebook

Linda Swindle

www.jlranchatticart.com

The Way We Art/Biesmann

www.TheWayWeArt.com

 

 

 

 

Jewelry

 

Julia Kennedy

jkennedy528@gmail.com

Jacqueline Newbold

www.NewboldArt.com

Nancy Hoyt

www.nancyhoytjewelry.com

Suzy Williamson

www.suzywilliamson.com

Anne von Heideken

 

Larissa Spafford

www.LarissaSpafford.com

 

 

 

 

Glass/Mosaic

Deb Borine

blissglass@bendbroadband.com

Joanie Callen

yugogirl@msn.com

Jeff & Heather Thompson

www.ThompsonStudioGlass.comthompstudio541@gmail.com

Rita Dunlavy

www.RitaDunlavy.com

 

 

 

 

Painting & All Things 2D

 

Sue Gomen Honnell

Watercolor

www.SuesArtstudio.comsuesartstudio@me.com

Lise Hoffman-McCabe

Pastel

www.LiseMcCabeArt.com

Sue Lyon-Manley

Pastel

pscmanley@bendcable.com

 

 

 

Kim McClain

Mixed

kmclain@bendbroadband.com

Jacqueline Newbold

Watercolor

www.NewboldArt.com

Janice Rhodes

Encaustic

Facebook Janice Rhodes

Linda Swindle

Watercolor

www.jlranchatticart.com

Michelle Lindblom

Printmaking

www.michellelinblom.com

Shelly Wierzba

Mixed

www.ShellyWierzba.com

Dorothy Eberhardt

Photography

dorothyeberhardtphotography@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodworking


Will Nash

www.NashWoodworking.com

 

 

 

 

 

Sculpture

Joren Traveller

www.JorenTraveller.com

 

 

 

 

 

Red Chair Gallery also features work by the following Artists:

  • Barb Campbell – Ceramics
  • Javier Cervantes - Ceramic Masks
  • Alan Higinbotham - Ceramics

 

Artwork

  

Anne von Heideken

As a child, Anne loved to collect rocks and today she finds herself collecting the treasures to create "wearable art."

Drawn to jewelry making after a trip to the Southwest, Anne became inspired by the Native American women of the Pueblos who work primarily in turquoise, shell, coral and hand carved fetishes. Anne patterns much f her jewelry after the colors and designs of the Southwest.

   

Annie Dyer

In early 1990's Annie apprenticed with Master Ceramicist Asako Watanabe in Japan, learning aesthetics and developing the patience to create elegant pottery forms. A turning point in her work came when she discovered the majic of impressing objects into the clay and she settled on organic materials for her impressions. Whether hand formed or thrown, each piece is unique and functional and marries the smooth, rich surfaces of glazed and finished clay with the raw richness of nature.

   

Michelle Lindblom

Michelle arrived in Bend in 2015 after 24 years as an art instructor at the college level.  Her work is about the expressive and intuitive use of color, movement and texture. Her exploratioin of monotype and collage processes has resulted in a depth of colors, textures and shapes that reveal the subtleties and interplays between the elements.  She strives to incorporate nuances experienced in daily encounters and dialogues of life.

   

Blue Spruce Pottery & Michael Gwinup

Mike & Michelle Gwinup began making pottery in the 70's after Mike became hooked when visiting a professional potter and in 1976, Blue Spruce Pottery was born.







Teamwork has always been key to the success of their business and after running a thriving gallery for 15 years, they turned their attention back to working with clay full time. It is a true "family affair" with daughter and son-in-law now part of the team. From bakewear to decorative raku, Blue Spruce Pottery is well recognized and pieces can be found in many ceramics books and magazines.

   

Deb Borine

Becoming hooked on the art of fusing glass in 2007, Deb not only creates beautiful glass art, but also teaches others the process.

Deb creates her work by layering two or more pieces of sheet glass and fusing them into one by firing in a kiln. Colors, textures and patterns are retained by carefully controlling the firing process and the final firing allows the piece to take on new shapes by "slumping" which uses molds to shape the glass.

Deb's work is beautiful, decorative and functional.

   

 

 

   

Nancy Hoyt

Nancy Hoyt was born and raised in Oregon. She got her start in metal working in high school. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine and Applied Arts with an emphasis in Jewelry and metalsmithing. She has been creating jewelry now for over 4 decades. She employs many different processes including lost wax casting and hand fabrication techniques. She creates custom wedding rings as well as fun and whimsical every day jewelry. Working in a wide range of styles, she uses yellow, white & rose gold and sterling silver, with precious and semi-precious gemstones to create her unique jewelry.

   

Pamela Louis

Pamela Louis uses a technique called Sgraffito which is Italian for "to scratch".  Each piece is glazed and then she intricately scratches patterns and shapes to create a detailed and beautiful effect using a variety of color combinations.  Her influence is guided by decades of meditation practice and she considers throwing pots on the wheel as her yoga practice.  Making pottery is Louis's way of finding a union between the internal and the external so they eventually travel the same path.

   

Dorothy Eberhardt

After graduating with a degree in Art Education from the University of Oregon - Go Ducks – Dorothy Eberhardt taught Art for three years in Medford, Oregon. She then proceeded to open the first crafts gallery in Ashland, Oregon.

Once having moved to Bend, Oregon, in 1971 Dorothy began a 35-year career selling fine, hand-made crafts at art shows around the country.

In 2005, Dorothy’s medium changed to photography and it has been her passion since that time. 

   

Suzy Williamson

After a time as a dental tech where Suzy learned the fundamentals of working with metal she began taking classes at COCC which led her to jewelry making.  Working primarily in silver she combines other metals such as copper and brass to create her one of a kind works.  Pearls and gemstones are also added for texture and contrast. 

   
   

Helen Bommarito

Helen finds her inspiration in the complex simplicity of Japanese arts and thought, where a seemingly simple form or gesture is the distillation of much thought and experience.

Teaching children inspired her to explore more whimsical avenues in earthenware and terra cotta, clays that allow a wide range of bright and playful colors.

Helen has worked in many different mediums but it was the versatility of clay that drew her in: Organic, structural, fluid, sculptural, functional, decorative or any combination of those. She has worked in clay for 25 years and works out of her Bend studio. Helen teaches clay classes for children and adults at the Art Station and at COCC.
   

Jacqueline Newbold
Jacqueline gets her inspiration from her many travels and her first love is watercolor. She enjoys experimenting with mixed media to add dimension to her paintings and her playful color palette is a delight for the eyes. Each work is a moment in time captured for our pleasure. Jacqueline teaches watercolor classes and conducts group trips to places such as Provence, France and Hood river, Oregon.

   

Jacqueline Newbold

Jacqueline’s creativity is also expressed through her work with jewelry. Each piece is delicate in design and blends color in pleasing ways, perfect for every day or special occasion wear.

   
 

Janice Rhodes

Janice is a pastel artist with a fondness for Encaustics which she first took up in 2007 at a workshop. Each piece is an adventure that combines basic design elements and intuition. The end result is often a surprise even for the Artist.



Encaustics is an ancient art that combines bees wax with color and Janice puts her contemporary spin on her paintings to the delight of her fans.
 

   
Jeff & Heather Thompson

Glassblowing husband and wife team Jeff & Heather Thompson have been creating sculpture in glass for over 17 years. Their style is based in the traditional Italian method which utilizes a steel pipe to gather liquid hot glass from a crucible furnace. 

The results are pure magic. 

   

Joanie Callen

As a mosaic artist Joanie's love of color, especially strong saturated colors dominate her work. 

Fascinated with the mosaic art form, Joanie studied classical mosaics in Ravenna, Italy. The technique learned was the ancient Byzantine method of setting tesserae (pieces of glass) directly into a mortar bed. This Italian experience inspired her to translate the ancient technique into a modern interpretation.

Joanie’s current focus is to include customizing fused glass shapes and a multitude of complicated beading to accentuate her creatures.

Joanie has participated in many juried art shows in Oregon and California.  She is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists and the Mosaic Guild of Central Oregon.

   
 



Joren Traveller 

Joren attended art classes at Otis Art Institute before graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in Microbiology and Animal Science. Joren is an accomplished equestrian and has competed in Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage and Three-Day Eventing at the top levels, and is still enjoys being involved as a mentor to several professional riders.


After moving to Central Oregon she pursued her love of sketching, painting and sculpting. Captivated by form and texture she works in bronze and ceramic to produce beguiling sculptures that express the character she sees in each individual creature. Joren has a special affinity for equines and birds and many of her sculptures reflect her love of these beautiful creatures.

   



Julia Kennedy

After a career as a journalist and a high-tech marketer, Julia indulged her creativity by learning to bead. During the past decade, she has shown her jewelry at many juried art shows across the Northwest.

Julia’s art is called beadweaving: sewing tiny and larger beads together with a needle and thread.

She uses many different beadweaving techniques to experiment with color, texture, and shape in her designs.

   

 

 

 

   

Kim McClain

Art is a visual language and has become a doorway for Kim to express emotion, intuition, and spirituality. Inspiration comes from a deep love of beauty, color, and sacred art. From a child's smile, a connection with another person, Gregorian chant, the amazing beauty that surrounds us, the mystery that is within us, everything leaves it’s mark upon Kim’s spirit and she shares that impression through her art.

With a background in nursing and the healing arts, Kim sees painting as another step in her healing journey. She enjoys exploring textures, colors, layering, mixed media, and creating cards with meaningful words. 

   

Larissa Spafford

For as long as she can remember, Larissa has been making some form of jewelry. In 1998, fresh out of high school, she discovered her passion for lampwork glass bead making. She has been happily expressing her creativity and love of color ever since. Larissa has shown her jewelry at juried fine art and craft shows across the nation. Today she incorporates traditional metalsmithing techniques and silver PMC (precious metal clay) into her jewelry designs.

   

 

 

   

Linda Swindle

After exploring many different mediums, Linda settled on watercolor and silk painting. Both of these mediums lend themselves well to the spontaneity and freedom that seems to call to her. One of Linda’s goals is to achieve greater freedom of expression and spontaneity by letting intuition have a role in each of her paintings.

For Linda, inspiration for subject matter comes from our walk through everyday life which she translates into her watercolor art. Linda shares her knowledge with classes on watercolor painting.

   

Linda Swindle

 

   

Lise Hoffman-McCabe

Lise has had art in her life since childhood. In 2005 she took a watercolor class which led her down the path she is currently on. Plein air painting has most recently been her focus and her sense of light and color are beautifully exhibited in her pastels. Lise’s style and technique are ever evolving and she delights in the opportunity to share her visions of her surroundings as they appear in her art.

   



Rita Dunlavy

Rita’s fascination with mosaics came from a need to provide decorative pots for plants sold in her specimen plant nursery in the early 1990’s. Her work has moved through many phases enveloping decorative interior design using ceramic and porcelain tiles to garden furniture and traditional three dimensional sculptures. In Rita’s move to Oregon, her introduction and interest in warm glass art presented a new challenge. How could the two extremely different art mediums exist together? By melding fused glass techniques with the traditional mosaic process, light could be created where very little existed. Movement in the work by taking advantage of the light refractions created by many small pieces of glass was the result of this merge. She has also collaborated with artists of different mediums to produce special artistic statements of earth’s elements.

   



Shelly Wierzba

The The creative process was evident in Wierzba’s kitchen long before she became serious about painting. Her dual loves for gourmet cooking and art have terroir, like wine. There is a sense of place, environment, and personal self in both. She paints exclusively in oils, concentrating on landscapes and still lifes in an impressionistic style. Her work has been influenced by the Russian Impressionists and her love for the texture of thick paint.

Plein air painting is a vital aspect to her work. There must be an understanding of the environment, including the feel of the light, the smells and noises, in order to paint the truth, with the goal of giving the viewer their own experience. When working in her studio, Shelly uses her plein air paintings, notes, and maybe a photograph taken at the site to create larger canvases. Wierzba is currently a member of the Plein Air Painters of Oregon and subscribing member o the American Impressionist Society.

   
 

 

   

Stephanie Stanley

Stephanie’s interest in weaving began in the 80’s when she spotted a neighbors loom. After acquiring the necessary tools and moving to Bend, she was able to begin selling her art in the late 90’s. Her home is her studio with six looms, weaving equipment, dyes, sewing machines, fabric, yarn, thread and beads filling every available shelf, cupboard and drawer. The incredible workmanship that goes into every item is clearly visible from the selection of colors that blend to the fibers that are soothing to the touch. Each beautiful work of art is a joy to wear and use. 

   

Sue Gomen Honnell

For Sue, painting is a passion and an expression of love. She devotes much of her time to painting traditional watercolors and her subject matter includes much of the local Central Oregon scenery.

Light and color are dominating elements in Sue's paintings. She can capture the way sunlight impacts a subject and translate the effects majically with watercolors. She begins with a loose, luminous background and layers in the more detailed treatment of the primary subject.

   

Sue Lyon-Manley

Sue is a long time Bend resident and art has always played a part in her life. In recent years she has been able to explore further her creative outlets and has focused on watercolor, pastels, pen & ink and other drawing mediums. Plein air painting has become a real passion and with Central Oregon as her inspiration, Sue has grown her artwork in a variety of ways. Most recently she has focused on pastels and has a delightful sense of color and light. 

   



Sunstone Pottery/E. Murphey

A full time potter since 1976, Eleanor owned her own pottery studio & Gallery in Southern California prior to moving to Bend in 2003. She is inspired by the work of the late 19th & early 20th century artisans and crafts people which is evidenced in her work which she describes as Contemporary Craftsman.

Each piece is painstakingly "painted" with wax prior to laying in the colors and once fired, the wax burns away leaving a textured surface alive with shape and color.

Eleanor has been featured on Oregon Art Beat and is an active participant in the local art community.

   

 

 

   

The Way We Art

Tricia Biesmann and Lucinda Summerfield love working with color, fiber and texture. It is reflected in every individual piece they create by blending fibers and wool and re-purposing items made of natural fibers. Working together, their creativity has a special magic about it which is transferred into each wearable art piece, it just feels good when you put it on!

   

Will Nash

Will Nash received his education at the University of Oregon, Portland State University and at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He began his artistic explorations as a poet and writer, then as a painter in oils and acrylics, then, as a sculptor in clay and stone, and finally, found a great passion as a woodworker and carver.

 

His works weigh heavily on local hardwoods, specifically: maple, myrtlewood and claro walnut, which he prefers to be air-dried, sometimes for a decade, to ensure the stability of his creations.