First Friday Gallery Walk highlights

The forecast points toward a warm-weather First Friday Gallery Walk tonight, when downtown Bend and Old Mill galleries and cafes will throw, or possibly prop, open their doors from 5:30 to roughly 9 p.m. for displays of art, along with music, wine and food.

Here’s a rundown of what’s up:

• Atelier 6000, 389 S.W. Scalehouse Court, will host a reception for ongoing exhibit “M.C. Escher: 21 Prints” with a short talk at 6 p.m. by Rock J. Walker, who owns more than 300 original Escher pieces, the second-largest private collection of the artist’s works. Walker will also offer a select group of original Escher prints for sale.

• Red Chair Gallery, 103 N.W. Oregon Ave., will open “Wax & Water,” featuring encaustics by Janice Rhodes and metal art and fountains by Justin Kelchak.

• Tumalo Art Co., 450 S.W. Powerhouse Drive, will host the opening of “Flowers of Mexico,” a show of bright new works by Paul Alan Bennett.

• Paul Scott Gallery, 869 N.W. Wall St., Suite 104, will host an opening of new acrylic paintings by Valerie Winterholler.

Quartet wraps up chamber music series

High Desert Chamber Music will wrap up its sixth season with a performance by the Thunder Egg Consort at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend. Thunder Egg Consort is a quartet of seasoned performers holding advanced degrees from Juilliard School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music. The program includes works by Mozart, Franck and Dvorak. At 6:45 p.m., the quartet’s members will give a pre-concert talk, free to all ticket holders.

Tickets are $35, $10 for students, available through the Tower.

And if you’re in downtown Bend tonight for First Friday Gallery Walk, look for the student members of HDCM’s Spotlight Chamber Players at Franklin Crossing.

Contact: or 541-306-3988.

‘Frisky Business’ at Barnes & Noble

Bend romantic comedy author Tawna Fenske will visit Barnes & Noble to read from and sign her new book, “Frisky Business,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the same day the book is being released.

The free event will also feature a Q-and-A with Fenske, who for the first time has set a full-length novel in Bend. Kirkus Reviews has written that, in “Frisky Business,” she “sets up impeccable internal and external conflict and sizzling sexual tension for a poignant love story between two engaging characters, then infuses it with witty dialogue and lively humor.”

B&N is located at 2690 U.S. Highway 20, Bend.

Contact: or 541-318-7242.

—David Jasper