You may be aware that tonight is First Friday Gallery Walk, when galleries and cafes in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District display art, offer wine and appetizers and, in some cases, provide live music. The first Friday of the month in October, along with April, is also First Friday Art Hop, which basically means even more downtown businesses join the merriment, displaying art and staying open late. The dovetailing events both take place from 5-9 p.m.
Here’s a preview of what’s going on at some of the galleries:
* “UNSEEN::WORLD," the City of Bend Arts, Beautification & Culture Commission’s fifth City Walls at City Hall art show, opens tonight at — wait for it — City Hall, 710 N.W. Wall St. In the show, 15 artists explore how Bend’s “unseen world" inspires community.
• Tumalo Art Co., 450 S.W. Powerhouse Drive, Suite 407, will host “Inspired Landscapes: Inner & Outer Visions," with works by digital artist Dorothy Freudenberg and acrylic artist David Kinker.
• Opening at Franklin Crossing, 550 N.W. Franklin Ave., is “The Figure in Painting," featuring oils by artists Paula Bullwinkel and Sarah Geurts. The Tommy Leroy Trio will perform jazz.
• Lise Hoffman-McCabe, co-owner of Red Chair Gallery, 103 N.W. Oregon Ave., is the featured artist in “Heart Fall," opening there tonight. Hoffman-McCabe and another Central Oregon artist, Laura Jo Sherman, were honored Sept. 20 at the Pastel Society of Oregon’s 18th Biennial Show.
Hoffman-McCabe’s award was for her painting “Slice of Heaven," and Sherman’s for “Mountain Mahogany." Hoffman-McCabe is a member of the Northwest Pastel Society, and both artists are members of the Plein Air Painters of Oregon. Sherman, who also belongs to The Pastel Society of America, shows her work at various locations in the area.