The SageBrushers facility is a place to paint, learn new techniques from top-notch instructors, and to hang our artistic endeavors for public viewing. The facility is also a place where relationships are built around a shared passion for art.
What you may not know is that the SageBrushers Art Society was founded in 1952 by five women who wanted to promote the arts in Bend. As they gained more members through the years, they realized the need for a space to gather with artists at all levels to create, explore and hold classes. In 1960 they purchased our building through a special agreement with the county for $1.
Sixty-seven years later SageBrushers is 160 plus members strong! Unfortunately, buildings age just like we do, and our studio/gallery requires regular upkeep. Since 2017, repair and upgrades have included: new windows in the studio, library and gallery; new blinds in the library; expanded library resources for all painting mediums; fresh paint for the porch and eaves; a new ramp to the front door; a make-over of the front garden; and resurfacing the studio roof.
A lot has been accomplished, but there is still work ahead of us. Improvement priorities include new blinds in the studio and gallery, new flooring in the gallery, side and back yard landscaping, and assessing plumbing needs.
SageBrushers is a 501(c)3 organization. You can help create a great future for artists in Bend by making a tax-deductible donation now. It’s important to note that 100% of your donation goes directly to our building improvement fund.