Thursday, December 31, 2009

January Art @ Thump Coffee: “Push” Division Street Skatepark Project Skateboard Deck Art, Plus Lloyd McMullen’s 2D/3D Mixed Media

Throughout January, Thump Coffee in downtown Bend hosts an exclusive sneak preview of “Push” skateboard decks customized by dozens of local, regional and national artists, including Adam Haynes, Mark Rada, Aaron Draplin, and T-Fly. The skateboard artworks will be auctioned in mid-February to benefit the Division Street Skatepark Project. Complimenting the Push showing are mixed media works in two- and three-dimensions by Bend artist and educator, Lloyd McMullen.

McMullen works extensively with found and recycled materials. “Everyday settings and homely objects inspire my art,” she explains. “Snatches of conversation overheard and cast-off items discovered underfoot serve as raw material and metaphor.”

McMullen’s two- and three-dimensional acrylic paintings are layered with deep transparent glazes to embed objects and color within the work. “My work is about time, seeking glimpses of history revealed in simple objects,” she says. “Discarded and broken detritus; random words from fortunes cookies, the daily news, found scraps of paper, classic works of literature ‘paint’ and reveal from the inside out. Currently my work explores figurative/abstract themes as story and symbol.”

McMullen is a Print Associate at Atelier 6000, a fine art prints studio and artists’ workshop in Bend; one of the founding members of Artists Local 101, a Central Oregon-based contemporary art group; Visual Arts Program Director at Young Musicians & Artists, a Willamette University-based program.

McMullen’s work is currently on display in the “On the Cutting Edge” exhibit at the Coos Art Museum. In Bend, work is on display in the “Paper Rock Scissors” show at Atelier 6000, and includes an outdoor installation, “Enlightenment”, at Gossamer, the Knitting Place. Recent invitational/juried exhibits include Atelier 6000, the 135 UP! gallery, and Central Oregon Community College in Bend, OR; the Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA.; Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR; the Firehouse Gallery, Del Rio Council for the Arts, TX; and includes outdoor installations in Central Oregon.

For more about McMullen and her work, visit her website.

According to organizers, Push is modeled after a similar community skatepark project in Montana and inspired by Portland’s famed Burnside skatepark and similar DIY parks. “Though we have lots of sun here in Central Oregon, a covered skatepark designed, built, and maintained by skaters without the help of the parks dept, or the city is the goal,” say organizers.

Situated on Division Street under the Bend Parkway, the land is currently vacant and strewn with large boulders. The project crew, comprised of volunteers who have dreamt of such an opportunity for years, has already formed a 501(c)3 nonprofit in order to secure grants and funds for building the park, which has already won the support of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

For more information on the skatepark project, go to

Thump Coffee is located in downtown Bend at 25 NW Minnesota Ave. For details, visit or call 541-388-0226.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rise Up 2009: Free Education for over 500 Vulnerable Children in India & Nicaragua

Rise Up

Thank you for helping Rise Up provide empowerment through education in 2009! Whether it's been volunteering your time, purchasing clothing, painting, singing, financially giving, or providing your insightful ideas....We Appreciate It Very Much!

Because of you Rise Up has been able to combat child labor & discrimination by providing free education for over five hundred vulnerable children in India & Nicaragua. It's been an exciting year being actively involved in our local community promoting emerging young musicians & artists, and hosting positive youth events.

Rise Up is completely volunteer run and we need your ideas & creativity in 2010! This season please consider giving the gift of education. 100% of your donation will go directly to help an underprivileged child receive free education.

There is still a day or two to order Rise Up clothing for the holidays.

Much Joy to you and those closest to your heart during this holiday season!

To learn more about Rise Up International's humanitarian efforts click here


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

COTA Receives Recreational Trails Program Grant for Wanoga Mountain Bike Event Area

Congrats to COTA! -hoc

(Bend Oregon- December 14, 2009) The Central Oregon Trail Alliance
(COTA) is pleased to announce that it has received a Recreational
Trails Program grant for the completion of the Wanoga Mountain Bike
Event Area. The grant, in the amount of $56 ,000, is Federal Highway
Administration monies administered by Oregon State Parks RTP
(Recreational Trail Program) committee to help communities construct
trails and trail head facilities that benefit users throughout the

The 56K grant monies will be combined with 28K of matching funds
raised by COTA through memberships, corporate sponsorships and events
for a total Wanoga project cost of $84,000.00. Grant monies will be
used for the purchase of equipment to aid in the construction of the
project as well as the purchase of tools, kiosk's and signs for the
new trails and trailheads.

To learn more about the RTP grant and COTA please visit our website at

"The Central Oregon Trail Alliance is dedicated to the stewardship of
sustainable, multiple use trails and to preserving access for mountain
bikers through advocacy, education and promoting responsible trail use."

Woody Starr- Board Chairman 541-390-8103
Kent Howes-Development Director 541-550-9433

12/17 Wildwood Ave. @ Silver Moon Brewery

4 Peaks love. -hoc

Hi there Friends and Family of 4 Peaks,

Just touching base about a great show we have coming up at the Silver
Moon Brewery this Thursday, December 17th.

4 Peaks is happy to present Wildwood Ave. as part of their "One and
Done" tour! This band is truly a hidden gem in the music scene of Bend.

It's a special night, as this will be their first show in Bend, and
unfortunately for CO music lovers, their last, so DON'T MISS IT!

Please come on out for an evening of great tunes and incredible
jamming. Don't let their lack of playing bar gigs fool you, these
guys have been playing together for a year and a half and really know
how to open things up. They are a very tight quartet that throw in a
nice mix of originals and choice jam rock covers. This show will not

Oh yeah, IT'S FREE!!

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

~Eric Walton
4 Peaks Presents

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bend-based Brings Snow Riders One Steezy Deal at a Time

Hardcore Snowboard Brands at Softcore Prices Provides Purchasing Power for the People

Just in time for riding season, Bend's own hucks the summit of steez for people who want killer gear at down-to-earth prices - one steezy deal at a time.

According the Gear Junkie, ", adds an interesting tweak to the mix: It’s an ODAT [one deal at a time] site with a peek at what else is coming up. Plus, viewers have a chance to
determine what goes on sale next."

By working closely with hand-selected core brands – many based in the Pacific Northwest – makes snowboarding affordable to everyone who loves riding with family and friends. is the social way to shop for top-quality snowboard gear – and save big on snowboards, bindings, watches, outerwear, apparel, gloves, goggles and sunglasses.

Here’s how works: Only one product is for sale at any time. A clock indicates the amount of time left, and a counter shows the number of products available in stock for the featured item. When the featured product sells out or runs out of time, it’s replaced by the item at the top of the waiting list. Shoppers can vote for upcoming products, moving them to the top of the list – and into the featured spot. They can also get help from friends to vote an item up. By purchasing consecutive items, shoppers can save even more money by shipping multiple products in their single order. Plus, just like riders share secret powder stashes with their bros and sisters, at they can easily share secret gear slashes.

According to, steez is defined as “a snowboarder term that combines the word ‘Style’ with ‘Ease’ to create the act of doing a trick with style and ease to make it done with super steez. A rider with steez, such as myself, would be referred to as “steezy” whether it be because of his/her sick tricks, gangster aparrel [sic], or watevs.” brands include Airblaster, Anon Sunglasses, Academy Snowboards, Artec Snowboards, Ashbury Eyewear, Atmosphere Outerwear, Automaton Snowboards, Bent Metal, Celtek Gloves, Elm Company, Flux Bindings, GNU, Grenade Gloves, Holden Outerwear, IS Goggles Lib Tech, Lifetime Collective, Nikita Clothing, Nixon Watches, Roxy Snowboards and Union Binding.

“Ride hard. But be kind to your wallet,” says the team.

Downtown Bend: First Friday Art Walk, December 4 + Bicycle Art Walk, Friday, December 11

Two arts walks in downtown Bend in December! -hoc

Photos by Amy CastaƱo on display at
John Paul Designs fort Bicycle Art Walk.

The Downtown Bend Business Association invites bicycle fans to enjoy a special Bicycle Art Walk on Friday, December 11. Downtown business will display bicycle-themed art and other fun bike-related events will take place in conjunction with the 2009 National Cyclocross Championships in Bend, December 10-13. The Bicycle Art Walk event is in addition to the regular First Friday Art Walk downtown on December 4. For Bicycle Art Walk, everyone is encouraged to leave their cars at home and ride a bicycle.

For details about bicycle art exhibits and other activities, check the new Downtown Bend Business Association website.