SUNRIVER, Ore. (KTVZ) — Original painting by Sally MacAllister, oil on canvas 16×20, “Cascade Sunset” was selected as the Sunriver Music Festival poster artwork for 2022.
Each year, the Festival features a local artist from central Oregon for the poster of the season. Artists were invited to submit artwork for consideration and a panel of professional artists from Artist’s Gallery Sunriver selected Sally’s artwork.
The original artwork by Sally MacAllister is a 16×20 original oil on canvas, is custom framed by Eastlake Framing and will be an auction item at the 2022 annual fundraiser, Festival Faire, July 10 at Sunriver Resort Great Hall.
In the words of the artist:
“I was born and raised in Southern California, living from the desert to the sea and leaving a piece of my heart in the Eastern Sierras. Although I did not grow up in a family of practicing artists, I grew up surrounded by good art and artists. My dad was a great southwestern journalist and he and my mom also owned the Desert Southwest Art Gallery in Palm Desert. There were many childhood trips visiting artists in their studios from Tucson New Mexico, the canyons of Sedona to the vast Navajo reservations Not only was I able to sit and emerge into the sensory overload of artist studios, but I was also able to strolling in impressionable outdoor outings with masterful painters.A seed has been planted.
“I loved to create, but never pursued painting as anything more than a part-time interest. I took a few studio classes at the University of California, but chose to major in art history with California museums and my travels extended the classroom Raising a family and working full-time in the business world excluded time to practice art.
“Seven years ago I was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. However, I had imagined that active retirement was now changed and challenged. One of the first books I read while researching this disease was a biography of Anne Romney and her journey with MS. She left me a poignant piece of advice – advice that surely applies to anyone dealing with a chronic illness: “pursue his passion”. My passion, although latent, was PAINTING. And so my journey – on a new path – began.
“Three years ago my husband and I retired to his native Oregon and settled in Bend. My immediate task was to find an instructor and immerse myself in the artistic community of Bend. I am an active member of the SageBrushers Art Society – a resource for education, fellowship and studio space.
“I have been so inspired by this incredible landscape that surrounds and envelops us. The colors of the seasons, the brushstrokes of sunrises and sunsets, the majestic outlines of our mountain peaks and the soothing expanse of hills and fields – even the juniper that punctuates the high desert is inspirational. What is my style? That’s not an easy answer as I’m exploring and still learning a lot about painting and myself. I know that broad, bold brushstrokes are so satisfying and the magic of a colorful palette is so exciting.I tend towards abstract landscapes, not intending to replicate what I see but to evoke the feelings that I feel in front of me.
“I am so honored to be associated with the 45th season of the Sunriver Music Festival. Art meets art. I hope every viewer of my “Cascade Sunset” will feel the warmth of a cold winter day, feel the pride of stoic winter trees waiting for spring, and hear the sweet music of the slow winter river. “
–Sally MacAllister, Artist
Sunriver Music Festival posters are available for $20 ($28 shipped). Framed posters are $75. Note cards featuring Festival art throughout the years are $20 for a pack of ten. All of the merchandise available from the Sunriver Music Festival office in Sunriver Village and the art over the years can be viewed at sunrivermusic.org.