Klondike Kate by Sheila Dunn
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.