Arts briefing

Handbells Unlimited! concert set for Sunday

Beth Davidson and David Jordan — also known as the Portland-based handbell duo Handbells Unlimited! — touted as one of the country’s premier handbell duet teams — will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 18143 Cottonwood Road, in Sunriver.

Davidson and Jordan first started ringing together in 1997 and have since performed in the U.S., Germany and the Czech Republic. Their playing has been likened to synchronized swimming, albeit with bells in hand and no water.

The concert is being hosted by the Bells of Sunriver and is suitable for all ages. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Contact: 541-593-1635.

Eugene author takes part in reading events

Eugene-based author, Eugene Register-Guard columnist and long-ago Bulletin employee Bob Welch will be in Central Oregon next week for Jefferson County Community Read. Organizers of the event selected Welch’s “American Nightingale: The Story of Frances Slanger, Forgotten Heroine of Normandy” for this year’s series of talks and discussions.

The event begins with a meet and greet with Welch from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Art Adventure Gallery, 185 S.E. 5th St., Madras.

At 5:30 p.m. April 4, Welch will give a presentation about “American Nightingale” at Warm Springs Library, 1144 Warm Springs St.

From 10 a.m. to noon April 5, Welch will conduct a writing workshop at Jefferson County Library’s Rodriguez Annex, 134 S.E. E St., Madras. That evening, the annex will host a 7 p.m. book signing by Welch, followed by his 8 p.m. presentation on the book.

All events are free, but advance registration for the workshop is required.

Contact: events@jcld.org or 541-475-3351.

Art event in Bend offers jury preview

Art in the High Desert is offering a rare opportunity for the public to take a peek at the art jury process with its jury preview from 4-6 tonight in the main conference room at St. Charles Bend, 2500 N.E. Neff Road. Admission is free.

“We have been using the online application system known as ZAPP (Zapplication.org) for years,” said show director Carla Fox. The online application process also allows artists to directly upload digital images of their artwork for jury review. “It’s very educational and helpful to see how the jurors see artists’ applications and see the work of other artists in any particular media,” Fox added.

Art in the High Desert showcases more than 110 professional artists each year. This year’s event will be held Aug. 22-24 in Bend’s Old Mill District.

Contact: www.artinthe highdesert.com.

— David Jasper