Bend Art Center
PLAYA artists present monthly at Bend Art Center thanks to an ongoing collaboration between the two organizations. PLAYA, in turn, offers residencies to the winners of two of the Bend Art Center’s annual competitive exhibitions as well as the winner of its member exhibit. For more information on those residency opportunities contact PLAYA here.
Bend Art Center is located at 550 SW Industrial Way #180, Bend, OR 97702.
Debbie Koppman and Luz Ruiz will present at Bend Art Center Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Oakland resident, Luz Marina Ruiz is best known for her ability to transform 2D prints (linocuts, collagraphs, etchings, and monotypes) into sculptural artists’ books and installations. Her playful and whimsical work is inspired by the world of dreams and nature. She works in a variety of media: drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, book arts, and installation. Intrigued by the experimental nature of printmaking, she employs many printmaking approaches to her work: gouging, scratching, collaging and layering pigment to achieve highly textured surfaces. She currently teaches at California College of the Arts.
Debbie Koppman has been showing her work in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and handmade paper here and abroad in a variety of community and cultural centers, museums, and galleries for over thirty years, and has simultaneously worked at various jobs, as a printed circuit board designer, a writer, and an art educator. She started teaching college students in Mexico in 1987, taught children in Oakland from 1998-2016, wrote reviews and previews for Artweek from 1997 until its demise in 2009, created sets, masks, and puppets for several theater projects, and has been completely involved with public and private mural projects for the last 11 years. Her work in painted and tile murals always involves some form of community collaboration. As a result, her current work in sculpture, hand-made paper, and printmaking is also created with an eye towards installation and collaboration.