The new 2,734 square foot gallery celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, August 3rd. The public enjoyed wandering through the collection of original paintings and bronze sculpture by artists from the western states and beyond. They were able to visit with several of the artists who attended the event.
The gallery represents 15 painters and 6 bronze sculptors. Laurel Buchanan, Rod Frederick and Pamela Claflin are from Central Oregon. Other Oregon artists include Stefan Savides, Rodd Ambroson, Craig Zuger, Gretha Lindwood, and Lane Hall. Washington artists include Melanie Thompson and Ginny Harding. Robert Moore and Tim Norman are from Idaho, and Willo Balfrey and Jim McVicker are from northern California. Rett Ashby, Steven Homsher, George, Cammie and Mark Lundeen are from Colorado. Meagan Blessing is from Montana, and Ralph James is from North Carolina.
Pamela Claflin, owner, founded and managed the Mockingbird Gallery in Bend, OR, from 1989 to 2007. She sold it to the current owner, Jim Peterson. She spent her childhood in Prineville, growing up below Ochoco Dam. She recalls the times when she and her three brothers would take turns staying home from school to irrigate the twin pastures. Years later, Pamela says, “her claim to fame is that Les Schwab purchased the farm she grew up on!” He filmed his beef commercials on those same twin pastures.
Pamela’s son, Craig Harvey, will be working the gallery also. He left a career of defense contracting, which involved travel to many parts of the world to join in on the exciting beginning of a fine art gallery in Prineville. The gallery is located on 3rd St/Hwy 26 and Deer St., and will be open six days a week, closed on Mondays. It has convenient off-street parking with several spaces at the front door.
405A NW 3rd Street
Prineville, OR 97754