High Desert Gallery of Central Oregon Features Artist Events, Receptions and More During 2008 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

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The 33rd Annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (TM) has enjoyed a long tradition in Central Oregon and over the years has attracted visitors world wide to participate in the week long activities of classes, tours, artist receptions and of course, The Big Day, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and always on the second Saturday in July. High Desert Gallery has a week full of artist events and receptions planned during quilt show week.

The 33rd Annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt ShowTM has enjoyed a long tradition in Central Oregon and over the years has attracted visitors world wide to participate in the week long activities of classes, tours, artist receptions and of course, The Big Day, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and always on the second Saturday in July. High Desert Gallery has a week full of artist events and receptions planned during quilt show week.

The 2008 Sisters Outdoor Quilt ShowTM is set for Saturday, July 12, 2008 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and is your opportunity to see over 1,200 quilts hanging from buildings, railings and more throughout downtown Sisters Oregon. The worlds largest outdoor quilt show. An event not to be missed!

Paul Alan Bennett was recently awarded the honors of creating a wonderful poster to commemorate this years event. Paul and the folks at the Stitchin' Post have done a wonderful job of incorporating Paul's working into this years poster!

The following are the special shows, exhibitions and receptions planned at High Desert Gallery of Central Oregon located in downtown Sisters, Oregon:

Artist Receptions:

Saturday, July 5th -- 4-7:30pm -- Artist Reception for Trisha Hassler and part of Fifth Annual "Around The Block" Fiber Arts Stroll. Meet Trisha. Around The Block Fiber Art Stroll is sponsored by The Stitchin' Post and High Desert Gallery.

Wednesday, July 9 -- 3:00-6:30 PM -- Artist Reception for Paul Alan Bennett with live music, refreshments, great art and lively conversation. Meet Paul.

Thursday, July 10 -- 3:00 - 6:30 PM -- Artist Reception for Libby Lehman with live music, refreshments, great art and lively conversation. Meet Libby.

Special Exhibitions and Sale:

July 1 through July 13, 2008 -- Libby Lehman Fine Art Quilt Exhibition. Daily from 10am to 7:00pm

Featured Artist:

July 1 through July 31 -- Metal/Fiber Art of Trisha Hassler. Daily from 11am to 6pm

About Paul Alan Bennett: Award winning professional artist, educator, and art advocate, Paul Alan Bennett has garnered national attention. Paul's imagery is passionately detailed and manifests a unique perspective and style resulting in colorful, vivid imagery sought after and collected nationally. Honors graduate of Maryland Institute of Art and Master of Arts from The University of La Verne (Athens Greece), Paul has excelled in the field of watercolor and most recently in the release of a select group of Limited Edition Fine Art Giclee Prints and worked closely with Pendleton Woolen Mills to release limited edition tapestry blankets. Paul's work has been reproduced for two Sisters Folk Festival Posters and the 2008 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show poster. His style and perspective originate from memories, life experiences and travels that spark the playfulness in this Sisters Oregon artist. Paul Alan Bennett's artwork is represented by High Desert Gallery & Custom Framing of Central Oregon.

About Trisha Hassler: Lifetime quilter and award winning Oregon Artist, Trisha has enjoyed numerous group and one woman exhibits in the Pacific Northwest. Former "Art in the Pearl" board member and member artist of L.O.C.A.L. 14, she has been featured in Fiber Arts Magazine and other national fiber arts magazines. Trisha Hassler embraces both torch-cut steel and improvisational quilting and through her artistic abilities combines the two mediums in one art form even though they are considered being on the opposite ends of the artistic spectrum. "The mixture of quilted fabrics with torch-cut steel grows from a life-long personal fascination with the paradox," states Trisha. "The art work in a continuing three-dimensional series titled 'Surface Connections' speaks quietly of the intricate center in our most private being surrounded by a strong protective armor and the interplay of the two dissimilar elements is a reminder to embrace the ever shifting balance present in our lives." High Desert Gallery & Custom Framing of Central Oregon is honored to represent Trisha Hassler exclusively in Central Oregon.

About Libby Lehman: Libby Lehman began making quilts 34 years ago when her mother, Catherine Anthony, signed them up for a basic class. Over the years she has evolved from a traditional handworker to one of the leaders in innovative machine stitching. Her studio art quilts have won many awards and appear in private, corporate, and museum collections, including VISA International, Fairfield Processing Corporation and Cogen Technologies. She is the author of Threadplay with Libby Lehman (That Patchwork Place, 1997) and her quilts have appeared in many books and international publications. Her quilt Joy Ride was chosen as one of the Best 100 American Quilts of the 20th Century. In addition to making quilts, most of her time is spent teaching, judging & lecturing in the US as well as internationally (Japan, Australia, the UK, Germany, Spain, New Zealand, and Switzerland). Libby lives in Houston, Texas, her native city, with her husband. For more information on Libby please visit: http://www.libbylehman.us

About High Desert Gallery & Custom Framing: High Desert Gallery & Custom Framing, The Art & Soul of Central Oregon™ is an award winning fine art and custom picture framing gallery with retail locations in Bend, Oregon (Opening Fall of 2008), Redmond and Sisters Oregon specializing in Central Oregon Artists & Beyond™ and Stellar Custom Framing. High Desert Gallery has been honored in 2005, 2006 and 2007 by Decor Magazine as one of the top 100 Art and Frame Galleries in America and voted "Best Art Gallery" in Redmond, Oregon (2006 & 2007) and Sisters, Oregon (2005, 2006). High Desert Gallery's online sales gallery can be found at http://www.highdesertgallery.biz . High Desert Gallery's business weblog / blog can be found at http://www.highdesertgallery.info .

For additional information about the artist, the work and the gallery please visit: http://www.highdesertgallery.com or call 541-388-8964 or toll free 866-549-6250. High Desert Gallery's online art gallery is found at http://www.highdesertgallery.biz Original artwork by listed artist(s). All rights reserved and copyright 2007. Use of image is restricted and prohibited without prior written permission. High Desert Gallery & Custom Framing of Central Oregon content copyright 2007. The Art & Soul of Central Oregon™ and Central Oregon Artists & Beyond™ are trademarks of High Desert Gallery & Custom Framing of Central Oregon.

Sisters Outdoor Quilt ShowTM is a trademark of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt show and used with permission.

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