Paintings from the Art for India fundraiser for local nonprofit Rise Up International and a retrospective of Commute Options Week posters all share the spotlight in June at Thump Coffee in downtown Bend.
Created as part of the fundraising effort for Rise Up’s schools in India, the Art for India paintings are pieces of a forty foot canvas painted in September by 20 local artists and students. “At the event people have the opportunity to purchase small or large pieces of the canvas,” explains project organizer and local artist Shari Foster. “You literally pick which chunk of the canvas you want and it is cut out and matted for you.” The goal for the Art for India Fundraiser is to raise money, resources, and awareness for Rise Up’s three schools and nine orphanages in India. Works from Art for India will be on display throughout the month. For more about Art for India and Rise Up International, go to riseupindia.wordpress.com.
Also in June, Thump celebrates 20 years of Commute Options Week — and the art that inspires and encourages the Central Oregon community to participate every year. “To help promote Commute Options Week, various artists and designers have been commissioned to capture the look and feel to celebrate Commute Options by developing a poster, prominently displayed throughout Central Oregon leading up to and during our annual Commute Options Week.” says Jeff Monson, Commute Options executive director. Commute Options Week is June 21-27. “Each artist depicted images of walking, biking, carpooling, and buses in their own artistic fashion.” Mare Schelz, John Hilmer, Lisa Wachs, David Wachs, and Robert Bissell are among the many featured artists who have creatively supported Commute Options Week throughout the years. This exhibit will also hang for the entire month. For more about Commute Options, visit commuteoptions.org.