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    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
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Art show attracts scores of enthusiasts
By Jodi Schneider McNamee
Correspondent
The Friday-evening juried
art show and silent auction
got the show on the road for
the 20th annual Country Fair
held at The Episcopal Church
of the Transfiguration last
weekend.
Blue skies and a cool sum-
mer evening proved the per-
fect ambiance for artists and
visitors. The natural lighting
was the perfect backdrop for
an artists’ showcase.
Guests enthusiastically
bid on items that lined the
entryway that led into the art
show. The auction with items
donated by local artists and
businesses was run by Gayle
Rodrigues.
“We have nearly 140
items, a little bit more than
last year. There are lovely
things donated by our art-
ists and gift certificates from
businesses, and also many
of the church members have
made things for the auction
like fused glass, quilts, and
paintings,” Rodrigues said.
“We also have a lot of fun
things for tomorrow during
the Country Fair.”
The art show had an eclec-
tic mix of fine art from water-
colors to sculptures, includ-
ing a handmade guitar crafted
by Rotarian Rick Judy in
Tony Cosby’s woodworking
class at Sisters High School,
where he volunteers.
Volunteer Jan Shaver,
co-coordinator/chairman for
the juried art show, was busy
mingling among the huge
crowd of artists and visitors.
“This year is the first time
for Carol Zosel, co-chairman,
and me to be running the art
show; it was a little scary,”
she said. “I kept wondering
if we’d have enough artists
and we ended up with 60 and
over 200 pieces of art, which
is great and it’s more than
last year. We also have an art
winner from last year, Bill
Hamilton, who was our new
juror. We had eight winners
this year that we gave ribbons
to, from best mixed-media to
best three-dimensional.”
Local artist Randall
Tillery won best of show with
his oil painting “Rebirth,” a
landscape which he painted
from a photograph he took
of the burned-out area near
Three Creek Lake which is
now in “rebirth.” The gor-
geous mountain view is what
hooked him into painting that
particular scenic landscape.
“The mountains really
stood out because of the fire,
and I took the photos only
about a month ago and started
a series of paintings from my
photos taken up there,” said
Tillery. “I’ve been back into
painting for about 15 years.
We came from Placerville,
California, about a year ago
and I was painting the golden
hills of California and the
oaks. This is a whole new
feel for me here in Sisters.
It’s beautiful country and it’s
great to be an active part of
this wonderful community.”
You can view other paint-
ings by Tillery at Clearwater
Gallery in Sisters.
David Rock, a profes-
sional muralist who lives
east of Sisters, won director’s
choice for his acrylic paint-
ing, “7 Pines,” a stunning
landscape of six egrets fly-
ing by a cluster of pine trees
around a lake.
“This is my smallest
painting and it’s 36 by 42,”
Rock said. “Most of my
murals are in the hundreds
of square feet. Last year I did
a 10,000-square-foot mural
for a museum in Springfield,
Missouri and 4,500-square-
feet savannah scene for the
Bronx Zoo in New York
as a backdrop behind the
bird exhibit. That’s where
I got my start, at the Bronx
zoo, painting murals behind
exhibits back in 1982. We
have lived just outside of
photo by Jodi Schneider McnaMee
Randall tillery earned best-of-show honors.
Sisters for two years now and
love it, but I have lived here
before.”
Rock also lived in Sisters
back in the early 1980s when
the High Desert Museum was
opening “The Spirit of the
Educating
for Life –
Preparing
for Eternity
West” exhibit. He painted the
murals behind the exhibit.
The Country Fair and
juried art show is always
free, and all the proceeds are
donated to local community-
support agencies.
Hurry, we still
have openings!
Sisters will celebrate
canine friends Saturday
Saturday, August 15, is a
day for the dogs in Sisters.
Sisters Doggie Dash Run/
Walk and Festival starts at 9
a.m. at Village Green Park.
Friends of the Sisters
Library has partnered with
Furry Friends Foundation to
host a fun event for the entire
family that includes five dog
contests, including Best Hair,
Best Costume, Best Trick,
Doggie Pie Eating, and Look
Alike Contest.
Bend Agility is set-
ting up a full course and
demonstrating dog agil-
ity. The Greyhound Pets
of America and several
humane societies will be on
hand.
There will be pet enter-
tainment, pet product ven-
dors and food vendors for
everyone — both people
and pets. A 5K walk/run and
a two-mile walk, with or
without your canine friend,
is open to all ages. The
well-marked route from the
Village Green that hops onto
the shaded paths of Peterson
Ridge Trails will work off
some extra energy. Don’t
have a dog? Two-legged ani-
mals are welcome to come on
their own, plus several non-
profits will have dogs avail-
able for loan and/or adoption.
Early registration for the
Doggie Dash Walk/Run runs
through August 13: $25/par-
ticipant or $50 for up to three
participants; $5 extra to reg-
ister morning of the event.
All registrants receive a 2015
free membership to Friends
of the Sisters Library.
Visit www.sistersfol.com/
doggie-dash to register. You
can also pick up a regis-
tration form at the Sisters
Library and The Nugget.
Drop off print applications at
Sisters Library.
Leash and rabies vaccina-
tion tags/proof required. The
first 100 who register will
receive a commemorative
gift and doggie goody bag.
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