A Sunriver teacher who is the reigning Bend-La Pine School District Educator of the Year now has another distinction. Her artwork has been selected as Sunriver Music Festival’s poster artwork for 2023.
Maria Leistad‘s “Sunriver’s Trumpeter” is an 18×24 acylic creation on canvas. The Sunriver Music Festival said it will appear for auction at their annual fundraiser in July.
Reproductions will appear on the cover of all materials for the Aug. 4-17 festival in Bend and Sunriver.
Leistad, who is a second grade teacher at Three Rivers School in Sunriver, was named the district’s Educator of the Year last October.
The festival posted this statement from Leistad explaining her artwork.
It is this memory, in this place that has always been my home, that makes my hands itch to make art.
I grew up in a family of artists and makers. Grandparents who crafted with wood. One of my grandmothers, a gifted wildlife artist. My parents instilled in me the value of hard work and ingenuity. There wasn’t a solution to a problem that my dad couldn’t and still can’t fix or make with his hands. My mom is a talented seamstress, jeweler, and seer of just the right color. I credit wonderful teachers throughout my Bend-La Pine education for nurturing my creativity and imagination: Marcy Monte, Catherine Cummings, Sally Winter, Christie McCormick and so many others.
And so, I make the most of and cherish those few hours each week when I do get to pick up a paintbrush. As an artist, my style continues to evolve. My preferred mediums are pen and ink, watercolor and acrylic. I tend towards realistic depictions of wildlife; my landscapes are more impressionistic in style. I am awed by the beauty and interconnectedness of the natural world. A walk or run through the woods never fails to evoke an urgency to capture on canvas that which I saw along the river, on the horizon, in the branches of a tree.
It is an honor to have my art showcased by Sunriver Music Festival for this 46th season. The natural music of this landscape that many of us call home is the perfect backdrop for the Festival’s immensely talented musicians. I hope that “Sunriver’s Trumpeter” conveys the same feelings of tranquility, magnificence and possibility that Sunriver Music Festival has come to represent for so many of us.”