Art in the High Desert


Nationally Ranked “Art in the High Desert” graces Central Oregon for its 6th year

We are proud to reside in the High Desert where we have the best in skiing, biking, craft beer, and hospitality. Our art community is thriving and the outdoor lifestyle promotes events that attract visitors from all over the place. As of December of 2012, Bend’s “Art in the High Desert “ event was ranked 14th on a list of 600 art shows by the “bible” of the industry: Greg Lawler’s Art Fair SourceBook. And it’s back for its 6th year on August 23-25 on the banks of the Deschutes River at the Old Mill District.

What you’ll find

Unlike many of Bend’s other festivals, at Art in the High Desert you won’t find bouncy castles, live music, knick knacks and rows of food booths . The painters, sculptors, jewelers, and fashion designers display rare craftsmanship at their booths. The festival caters to Bend’s thriving art community, those who love it and enjoy interacting with other talented creatives! Art of this caliber can only be trusted in the hands of the experts at Eastlake Framing. Sign up for Eastlake’s e-newsletter to keep up with the latest trends in framing ! Not only do we enhance the appearance of your artwork, but we can help preserve it too!

Why it’s a big deal

Although Art in the High Desert is a relatively new festival, it is now in contention with top art shows in the nation, including the La Quinta Arts Festival near Palm Springs (ranked first) and Portland’s Art in the Pearl (ranked fourth). So how does Art in the High Desert compete with large, seasoned events with big budgets in metropolitan areas?

The event is juried, as one of the few art shows in the country that allow fellow artists and critics to give creators specific feedback on their work. As a non-profit, any money that comes out of the festival goes back into the festival and anything left over gets donated to local arts programs. The show was conceived by artists, for artists, accounting for its instant popularity. The selection process for these artists is competitive, and attracts top talent from across the country and Canada for a show of extraordinary quality. Admission is free, so head down to Art in the High Desert from 10-6 Friday and Saturday and from 10-4 on Sunday to find some new artwork!