In the fall of 2013, Bright Place Gallery in Bend debuted The 20-Dollar Art Show as a vehicle for artists to share their art with the public in a low-pressure setting where they could build confidence selling art.
The Gallery did not take a commission. The artist kept 100% of sales and the art show was a success for all.
Fast-forward to 2019.
The annual show displayed more than 2,100 pieces of art from 120 local and regional artists, amateur and professional.
On opening night, 900 pieces sold in three hours for $20 each.
Like many beloved events, the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on the thriving local art show.
Now, The 20-Dollar Art Show is returning and moving to the spacious gallery walls of the High Desert Museum.
“We are thrilled to move this event to the Museum,” said Bright Place Gallery owner Stuart Breidenstein. “The 20-Dollar Art Show had grown beyond the walls of the Bright Place Gallery, and the Museum allows us the opportunity to make it bigger and better.”
At this year’s opening event on Saturday, October 30 beginning at 5:00 pm, participants will enter the High Desert Museum through the large meadow.
The snaking line will allow for physical distancing, and face coverings will be required both inside and outside of the Museum.
A limited number of participants will be allowed inside the Museum at a time to provide for adequate spacing indoors.
Participants will be required to show upon arrival proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours and a photo ID.
Those under 12 years of age are welcome without a vaccination card or negative test.
Art lovers may begin lining up at the Museum’s meadow entrance at 4:00 pm.
While guests wait, local poet and artist MOsley WOtta will MC the event, with special guest Killy Holiday.
The event takes place the day before Halloween and participants are encouraged to wear costumes.
Participants should come prepared for the elements, rain or shine.
Local artist Monica Helms has shown her colorful, impressionistic work since the show’s inception.
She witnessed the show go from a handful of artists and patrons to hundreds of fellow art lovers and buyers waiting in long lines for their chance to view and purchase artwork.
“The 20-Dollar Art Show is pure inspiration and joy, the perfect catalyst for creativity and growth,” said Helms. “I’m so excited that the show is going to be at the High Desert Museum this year. It’s a perfect venue for an incredible community-inclusive art event. I couldn’t think of a more perfect combo.”
Other popular local artists creating work for The 20-Dollar Art Show include Abby Dubief, Amanda Toms, Evan Namkung and more than 100 other local and regional artists.
Art will become available to take home starting Monday, November 1.
Buyers may pick up their purchases during Museum hours, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, through the show’s closing on Wednesday, November 10.
Artwork is for sale throughout the duration of the show and each $20 piece directly supports the artist.
Tickets for The 20-Dollar Art Show Opening Night Party are available for $5 from the High Desert Museum at highdesertmuseum.org/20-art-show-opening-night-party.
The 20-Dollar Art Show closes Wednesday, November 10.