First Friday Art Walk

Ivan and Michael discussing Modoc artifact

Ivan and Michael discussing Modoc artifact

The Gallery will be open for the First Friday Bend Downtown’ers and  Art Walk tomorrow. Last month we had a visit from Ivan Jackson, a Modoc Indian, from Klamath Falls located  about 2 hours south of Bend.It was a great night and exciting to witness, two masters of their crafts, meeting for the first time and discussing their lives and experiences.

Michael, who has painted and studied the South Pacific and Native American cultures for decades, has a tremendous understanding and love for these people. Ivan Jackson studied under the tribes elders for decades, motivated by the love of his people and culture, to become a master at creating authentic Modoc artifacts, the way they have been making them for thousands of years. Needless to say they had much to discuss between the crowds pouring in and Ivan demonstrating some of his techniques.
Michael has just completed a number of beautiful paintings for the gallery. I will send out an announcement once they have been displayed.
We are also pleased to announce that Michael was commissioned by the Surfrider Foundation to paint one of the 25 most famous surf breaks in the world. In addition Michael was also commissioned by The High Desert Museum for a painting to be used in this summers events and for their advertising and promotion. We are honored to be working with these two great organizations. We will send out more information about these events this summer.
Hope to see you soon
Peter Orsatti
Michael Cassidy Fine Art Gallery

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