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Tin Pan Alley Art Collection

When it comes to Bend’s art scene, we want you to engage a little. You know, shake a painting’s hand andTinPanAlley-Map-Cascade_AE.jpg compliment the way the frame shows off its svelte figure.

We’re proud Bend has an award-winning collection of public art. We like to think our public art makes it easier for you all to get to know each other amid day-to-day activities like parking your car or shopping downtown. You might choose to linger awhile, or you might toss each other a passing wink of appreciation for the breathtaking views, fresh air, and great art ​and  culture we all share.

That's the idea behind the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection. The collection continues to grow, and currently features work from Katie Daisy, Jesse Roberts, Mark Rada, Andrew Wachs, and Megan McGuinness. These artists were chosen for their talent, vision, and passion for Bend, and you’ll find their work adorning parking garage walls and alleyways in Downtown Bend.

Craving more public art? Stop by the Bend Visitor Center to check out the Pillars of Art program and grab a brochure for the Roundabout Art Route.

And don’t forget to tell the art it looks especially dashing today.

Current pieces in the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection: 

  • Born again Ghost by Megan McGuinness

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    Born again Ghost by Megan McGuinness
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    Location: Parking garage (Lava Road entrance)

    About the piece: This piece was created with acrylic and gold leaf. A peacock represents renewal in many cultures. There are times we must shed our old skin and start again, rise into the stars, and become a better version of what we were. 

    About the artist: Megan McGuinness grew up in lush Portland, Oregon and made her way to beautiful Bend in 2009. Through childhood and into her teenage years, Megan trained with teachers Margarita Leon and Mark Bornowski at their studio in northwest Portland. Her love of nature propelled her to pursue environmental studies at Portland State University. Eventually, her need to create weaved its way back into her life, and now she’s inspired by Bend’s whimsical nature and the flowing symbology of life. She enjoys creating things that are ethereal, light, and fun. Megan was the first artist to participate in the Visit Bend Pillars of Art program in 2011.

    Born again Ghost by Megan McGuinness
  • We Will Rise by Jesse Roberts

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    Location: Parking garage (Lava Road entrance)

    About the piece: This piece was created with acrylic and gold leaf. A peacock represents renewal in many cultures. There are times we must shed our old skin and start again, rise into the stars, and become a better version of what we were. 

    About the artist: Jesse Roberts is the Creative Director of Rise Up International. He is a self-taught artist and enjoys working with spray paint, mixed media, and screen-printing. His thought provoking designs have been carried by major retailers around the world – from Urban Outfitters, Whole Foods, to grass roots record stores, and skate shops. He honed his craft working with street artists in the Arabic world and has created public art in Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, and beyond. Rise Up is a Bend non-profit that gives people a creative voice in their communities through interactive art and cultural events.

     
    We Will Rise by Jesse Roberts
  • Metal Sculpture by Andrew Wachs

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    Location: Tin Pan Alley

    About the piece: This metal relief sculpture was inspired by the basalt rock formations common throughout Central Oregon.  The shapes are a close-up perspective of a vertical overhang.

    About the artist: Andrew Wachs is a Bend artist and designer who owns Weld Design Studio.  


    Metal Sculpture by Andrew Wachs
  • Finding Gold in Cascadia by Megan McGuinness

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    Location: Tin Pan Alley

    About the piece: This work was created in acrylic paint and gold leaf. Things grow easily in rainy areas, and even the smallest weed can sprout from nothing. But in the desert, only the strongest things can grow, and they fight to withstand the heat of the day and freezing nights. That strength is the inspiration for this piece.

    About the artist: Megan McGuinness grew up in lush Portland, Oregon and made her way to beautiful Bend in 2009. Through childhood and into her teenage years, Megan trained with teachers Margarita Leon and Mark Bornowski at their studio in northwest Portland. Her love of nature propelled her to pursue environmental studies at Portland State University. Eventually, her need to create weaved its way back into her life, and now she’s inspired by Bend’s whimsical nature and the flowing symbology of life. She enjoys creating things that are ethereal, light, and fun. Megan was the first artist to participate in the Visit Bend Pillars of Art program in 2011.


    Finding Gold in Cascadia by Megan McGuinness
  • Central by Mark Rada

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    Location: Parking garage (lower level)
     

    About the piece: Created with mixed media including spray paint, latex house paint, and acrylic, this piece was inspired by the community of Bend.

    About the artist: Mark Rada was born in Minnesota, but grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He moved to Bend for a tattoo apprenticeship, but ended up studying art, mixed media, and illustration. His art is described as urban-inspired mixed media.


    Central by Mark Rada
  • Tangled by Taylor Rose

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    Location: Tin Pan Alley

    About the piece: While sea creatures aren’t a common sighting around Bend, the artist wanted to bring some ocean life to the high desert.

    About the artist: Taylor Rose was born and raised in Dover, New Hampshire. After graduating from art school with a degree in illustration, Taylor’s wanderlust led her on a cross country road trip landing her in beautiful Bend. Here she finds endless inspiration from the surrounding wildlife and natural beauty Oregon has to offer. 


    Tangled by Taylor Rose
  • The Day We All Looked Up by Kaycee Anseth

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    Location: Tin Pan Alley

    About the piece: The artist spent a lot of hours in Tin Pan Alley, and is endlessly inspired by the connections, interactions, personalities, and magicians that gather in this quaint little side street. This piece pays homage to the diverse spirits of those fellow villagers that make this alley so magical.   

    About the artist: Kaycee Anseth is primarily a collage artist, but with a BFA in painting, she uses discarded fashion and home decor magazines as her fodder for creating intricately detailed collages that explore the realms of myth and fairytale as they pertain to personal narrative. Kaycee has lived in Central Oregon for ten years, and has been involved with PoetHouse Art, Rise Up, and many First Fridays in ​downtown Bend. 
    The Day We All Looked Up by Kaycee Anseth
  • Voyage by Caroline Cornell

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    Location: Alley beside Toomie’s Thai Cuisine. 

    About the piece: This painting created for the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection was deeply personal. The delicate blend was influenced by nature, color, and light. The artist was inspired by the various landscapes in Bend, and the piece was created in the heart of winter in her studio.

    About the artist: As a contemporary artist, Caroline Cornell creates the natural eye to view ordinary objects as pieces of true composition and beauty, all the while capturing the surrealism of her environment. Her eclectic style is a reflection of her vision. She radiates creativity and expresses color and passion throughout her diverse body of work. Caroline is Montana raised, Oregon grown.

     

    Voyage by Caroline Cornell
  • Klondike Kate by Sheila Dunn

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    Klondike Kate by Sheila Dunn TPA-10.jpgLocation: Alley beside Toomie’s Thai Cuisine.

    About the piece: Kathleen Eloisa Rockwell – nicknamed “Klondike Kate” – is one of the most interesting, iconic women in Central Oregon history. A celebrated dancer and vaudeville star during the Yukon gold rush, Kate eventually made her way to Central Oregon to homestead. During a time period when women were fighting for the right to even vote, Klondike Kate became a symbol of female independence. She is still remembered fondly in Bend for her adventurous, humanitarian spirit.

    About the artist: Sheila Dunn is a graduate of Colorado State University and best known for her vibrant, large-scale figure work. In 2010, she moved to Bend on a whim and continues to paint amid kayaks, bikes, climbing gear (and the occasional chicken) in her friend’s garage. Her paintings can be found in homes and businesses throughout the country and internationally.

    Klondike Kate by Sheila Dunn
  • All Good Things are Wild and Free by Katie Daisy

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    Location: Tin Pan Alley

    About the piece: “In short, all good things are wild and free... Give me for my friends and neighbors wild men, not tame ones.” –from “Walking” by Henry David Thoreau

    About the artist: Katie Daisy is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art & Design who takes her inspiration from childhood summers spent in Northern Illinois farm country. With a wildflower-toned palette, Katie’s pieces inspire self-discovery and liberation and have struck a chord with thousands of admirers around the world. She shares her work through her own Etsy shop, and also via licensing for a variety of products. 

    All Good Things are Wild and Free by Katie Daisy
  • Van Matre’s Eternal Tambourine by Avlis Leumas

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    Van Matre’s Eternal Tambourine by Avlis Leumas TPA-12.jpgLocation: Alley between 900 Wall and Bend Your Imagination

    About the piece: This piece was inspired by Bend’s Tower Theatre, which was built by Fred Van Matre in 1940. He was regarded as well-humored and fashioned “good value and honest workmanship” into the structures he built. Much like Van Matre, birds have a playful aspiration to ascend the apex of the sky. They are also innate builders — a constant, universal metaphor for the human soul.

    About the artist:

    Avlis Leumas was in love with comic book art since grade school, drawing obsessively through his teens, only to give it up before graduating high school. After a 20 year sabbatical, he rediscovered his love for art in 2012 and now creates vibrant illustrations with markers. He grew up in California, moving to Bend after visiting for the first time with his wife in 2004.


    Van Matre’s Eternal Tambourine by Avlis Leumas
  • Sunset over Sisters by Kevin Schwarting

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    Sunset over Sisters by Kevin Schwarting TPA-13.jpgLocation: Alley between 900 Wall and Bend Your Imagination

    About the piece:
    “I love the deep contrasts you get when the sun falls below a mountain,” explained artist Kevin Schwarting. “It’s rich in color and form. The earth and sky are two separate beings, each with different roles but together they create a balance.”

    About the artist: Kevin Schwarting grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and spent ten years in Montana before moving to Bend in the spring of 2010. He began drawing and sketching as a child, initially fascinated by charcoal until colors took him into another realm. Pastels, oils, and acrylics are his favorite medium, and winter landscapes are his favorite muse. See his work at www.coldmountainart.com

    Sunset over Sisters by Kevin Schwarting
  • Dawn of a New Day by Megan Phallon

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    Dawn of a New Day by Megan Phallon TPA-15.jpgLocation: O’Kane Building

    About the piece: This piece represents everyday scenes observed in a vibrant yet surreal way.

    About the artist: Megan Phallon was raised in a small coastal town in Northern California. Art has always been a constant in her life from an early age. She’s traveled extensively in Central America and the Caribbean, which has a huge influence on her color choices. Megan is a self-taught painter. She has been influenced by artists like Edward Hopper, Ronald Penrose, and Peter Gric. The scenery most featured in her paintings is a combination of places she has lived, including Northern California, Southern Utah, the Black Hills of South Dakota, and now Central Oregon.

    Dawn of a New Day by Megan Phallon
  • Seize the Day by Vicki Roadman

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    Seize the Day by Vicki Roadman TPA-14.jpgLocation: O’Kane Building

    About the piece: This piece reflects how people in Bend take advantage of each day as we go to the mountains, rivers, lakes, and forests to play, rest, and find solitude, all the while being drenched in glorious sunshine! The shamrock in this piece is in honor of Hugh O’Kane, an Irish immigrant who built Bend’s historic O’Kane Building in the early 1900s and then once again after it burned to the ground in 1905. The Bend emblem within the sun is in honor of William D. Cheney, who designed the Bend emblem in the early 1900s.

    About the artist: Vicki Roadman is a retired educator and a mixed media fiber collage artist. She works intuitively, having an idea in mind, but letting the piece create itself.  It is very serendipitous in nature, kind of like a box of chocolates!  She never really knows what it will become, until it is finally finished, and it seemingly has created itself!

    Seize the Day by Vicki Roadman
  • A Parade of Strange Ideas by Philip Newsom

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    Location: Tin Pan Alley

    About the Piece: “A Parade of Strange Ideas” shows a spontaneous procession of subtle ideas without words emerging from the unconscious, and growing as multi-dimensional  shapes in some back-alley of the mind. The various species of things from the mind are shaped by their relationships between each other, as they are in nature. But they are always changing and nothing is simple or easy to name and describe. They seem real, yet float free of symbolism or explicable meaning.

    About the Artist: Philip Newsom is a painter and illustrator from Colorado. The son of two illustrators, he studied illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, like his parents and brother before him. He graduated in 2000 and moved back to Colorado a year later. Since then he has painted many commissioned book and magazine illustrations, animal portraits,  murals, landscapes, and graphic designs. Learn more on the family website: www.Newsomart.com

    A Parade of Strange Ideas by Philip Newsom
  • The Millworker by Sheila Dunn

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    The Millworker by Sheila Dunn

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    Location:  O'Kane Building

    About the Piece: “The Millworker” depicts Dan MacLennan, who moved to Bend in 1909 after working in the lumber industry since age 12. He was one of the most agile workers at the sawmill, herding 80 train cars worth of logs a mile down the Deschutes river. The Peavey or Pike Pole – held in his right hand that’s missing four fingers from a previous milling accident – was used to maneuver floating logs. The artist was inspired to paint Dan because his face tells a rich story of our past. He’s one of the tireless, often faceless working class continuing to shape the Bend community in countless ways.

    About the Artist: Sheila Dunn is a graduate of Colorado State University and best known for her vibrant, large-scale figure work. In 2010, she moved to Bend on a whim and continues to paint amid kayaks, bikes, climbing gear (and the occasional chicken) in her friend’s garage. Her paintings can be found in homes and businesses throughout the country and internationally.

     
    The Millworker by Sheila Dunn
  • A Poppy, a Baby Bear, & a Daisy by Douglas Robertson

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    A Poppy, a Baby Bear, & a Daisy by Douglas Robertson

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    Location: O'Kane Building

    About the Piece: The artist created “A Poppy, a Baby Bear, & a Daisy” as a public art instillation designed to give viewers a beautiful respite from their busy lives. The visual styling pulls from works the artist has developed over the last two decades. His current work combines his love of drawing and color. He’s inspired and influenced by contemporary, international street artists.

    About the Artist: Douglas Robertson has been creating fine art for more than 25 years. His mediums are painting, drawing, and ceramics. He was born and raised in Minneapolis and has a Fine Arts degree from the University of Oregon. Douglas moved to Oregon at 18 and has spent most of his adult life here. He lives with his family in Bend, and you can see more of his artwork at www.douglas-robertson.com

     

    A Poppy, a Baby Bear, & a Daisy by Douglas Robertson
  • Ride with me by Jeff Remiker

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    Ride with me by Jeff Remiker

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    Location: Tin Pan Alley

    About the Piece: The mountain culture, specifically biking, has had a progressive influence on Bend’s lifestyle and the people who live here. The artist who created “Ride With Me” was inspired by vivid childhood memories, artesian wood, metal-working techniques, and a love for riding bikes. He was also influenced by his passion for spending time in snowcapped mountains and soaking up the alpine glow all year long.

    About the Artist: As a craftsmen turned artist, Jeff Remiker employs tool techniques and modern machinery to capture a rustic feel with clean design. His style emphasizes outdoor aesthetics illustrated daily in the mountains. This interactive piece invites viewers to contribute to it! Experimenting and combining wood and metal expresses the appropriation of objects and visions we encounter year round in the mountains. 
    Ride with me by Jeff Remiker
  • Fire breather by Avlis Leumas

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    Fire breather by Avlis Leumas

    Bend-Oregon-Tin-Pan-Alley-Art--7.jpgLocation: Gasoline Alley (off Franklin Ave.)

    About the Piece: “Firebreather” was created as a thank you to all of our wildland firefighters -- past, present, and future. The piece was created to capture the beauty of our mid-summer lightning storms that blow through and create chaotic fires across the area. When this piece is auctioned, half of the profits to the artist will go to The Wildland Firefighter Foundation, a group that provides emotional and financial assistance to families of wildland firefighters seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. 

    About the Artist: Avlis Leumas was in love with comic book art since grade school, drawing obsessively through his teens, only to give it up before graduating high school. After a 20 year sabbatical, he rediscovered his love for art in 2012, and now creates vibrant illustrations with markers. He grew up in California, moving to Bend after visiting for the first time with his wife in 2004. Visit him online at avlis-leumas.com.

    Fire breather by Avlis Leumas
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