A Community Hub for Fine Art and Contemporary Craft
The Red Chair Gallery on Northwest Oregon Avenue has one of the most frequented First Friday Art Walk gatherings in downtown Bend. At the beginning of each month, people flock to the gallery to take in the artwork and community-driven spirit.
Red Chair Gallery was founded in 2010 by a group of women with a “common love for art and community,” explains Lise Hoffman-McCabe, one of four owners of the gallery. Hoffman-McCabe and her business partners, Rita Dunlavy, Dee McBrien-Lee, and Linda Heisserman are all artists who specialize in different art mediums and are invested in their passion.
Red Chair Gallery is a “membership” gallery; member artists pay a fee to display their artwork. The 28 members, all local to Central Oregon, are required to work four-hour shifts twice a month at the gallery. Members are on site every First Friday, affording the opportunity for attendees to understand the life of a working artist.
“The (artist) membership program allows artists to be more involved in their own art and world in Central Oregon,” explains Hoffman-McCabe.
Accessibility to art and the artists is one of the many things that makes Red Chair Gallery stand out. In addition, the gallery showcases a variety of fine art and contemporary craft at various prices. Hoffman-McCabe is quick to point out Red Chair Gallery eases the purchase of original art through a layaway plan and shipping services.
Red Chair Gallery takes inspiration from their Central Oregon surroundings. The esthetics of local mountains, rivers, and lakes influence the art while the airy space welcomes all who come for a visit.
Red Chair Gallery is located in the O’Kane building in downtown Bend at 103 NW Oregon Ave., 541.306.3176, RedChairGalleryBend.com. They are open seven days a week, 10 AM-6 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM-4 PM on Sunday.