Get your fine art fix in Central Oregon

By Dusty Trails


I’m proud to say that my hometown has been ranked among the best of the best in everything from breweries to ski resorts to cycling. And guess what. We’re nationally ranked for something AGAIN.


Our Art in the High Desert festival was ranked 14th out of the top 25 events for sales of fine art in Greg Lawler’s Fine Art Fair Sourcebook. We are now in the big leagues with other top ranked festivals, such as the La Quinta Arts Festival (#1) near Palm Springs and Portland’s Art in The Pearl (#4). Our show is only five years old and has risen above some of the biggest, oldest art fairs in the country. So we must be doing something right.


The show takes place the weekend before Labor Day weekend at the Old Mill. But if you can’t wait for September to get here for your fix of fine art, our First Friday Art Walks in downtown Bend might be able to hold you over until then. This is when dozens of businesses open up their shops and display local and national art. Many even offer live music, food and wine from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.


There’s something for everyone when it comes to art and culture in Bend. So while we’re waiting for Art in the High Desert, put on your Patagonia micro-puff and hit the streets of downtown Bend for your monthly dose of acclaimed artwork, awesome food and drink, and an overwhelming sense of community worth its own national recognition.