Interest in historical subjects
The watercolor paintings of Bend artist Sandy Cakebread will be featured during the month of January at Art Adventure Gallery in Madras.
An opening reception, with a chance to meet the artist, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, at the gallery at 185 S.E. Fifth St., Madras, with refreshments and music.
Also, beginning in January, the gallery will be closed Saturdays and open hours will be 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Cakebread recently moved from Portland to Bend for the climate, great natural light, wide variety of subject matter for painting, and to be closer to his sons and grandchildren.
He had a double career in counseling and art education in the Portland/Forest Grove area, and retired in 2002 to enjoy being a watercolor artist. In Central Oregon, he volunteers with hospice, the Central Oregon Humane Society, PFLAG, Human Dignity Coalition and St. Francis Parish.
The artist attended Samford University in Alabama, and Pacific University in Forest Grove, earning a master's of fine arts. He is a member of the Oregon Historical Society and Oregon Society of Artists.
Cakebread also will be working with the Jefferson County Arts Association in Madras and Art Central in Bend to further the visual arts in the area.
"I chose the media of watercolor because it is fun. Watercolor painting is so versatile, fast, transparent, challenging and tricky, that I never tire of the creative opportunities," Cakebread said.
The artist said he also loves history and painting things that have a sense of history about them.
"I have painted often in the Dufur and Friend area, and have painted the old Friend School house several times because there is an appealing story there ... Find an old abandoned tractor, a discarded cowboy boot, or rusty nail, and I'll probably be there close by, brush in hand," he said.
His works have been exhibited with the Oregon Society of Artists, Oregon Historical Society, George Fox College, Pacific University, and the San Juan Island Arts Festival. He also has pieces hanging in a collection of the American Forest Service Products corporate offices in Beaverton, and in many private collections.