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ART AT THE AIRPORT

Redmond Municipal Airport Terminal Art Exhibit

Central Oregon Veterans QuiltVeteran's Quilt

American Flag Quilt Display

On Thursday, September 14, at 9:30 a.m. the Redmond Municipal Airport proudly unveiled a 100” by 60” handstitched American flag quilt. 

The American flag quilt was lovingly stitched together by eighteen local women artisans and crafted using various hand quilting techniques learned from Alabama Chanin.  The quilters logged hundreds of hours creating and assembling each unique piece, when stitched together, created a symbol of unity, freedom, resilience and community.

Once completed, the quilt traveled to numerous locations throughout Central Oregon and was eventually raffled off with all proceeds benefitting the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch (COVR). The raffle raised thousands of dollars for COVR, and the winner, Debbie Seibert, graciously donated the quilt to the Redmond Municipal Airport so it may be showcased and enjoyed by everyone.

Information and photos of the American flag quilt project and the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch and can be found online (see below)

Background Information:

Last Fall there was a call to artists. They were searching for a workshop that embodied how art affects the community. The symbol of the flag came to mind and what it embodied; then a flag quilt, each piece a little different from the next, each one made by different hands, each set of hands with their own life experiences, background, religion, history, views. Yet each of these unique pieces, when stitched together, would create a symbol of unity, freedom, resilience, community.

In March of 2017 the women belonging to "helping.hand.made" began the process of hand stitching a 100" X 60" flag quilt to be raffled off July 7th, 2017 for Central Oregon Veterans Ranch.

Read more about the Quilt Here 

Inspiration for this quilt came from the idea that, despite our differences, we must come together as people living in one great nation. The symbol of the flag, in quilt form, embodies that spirit. Each piece is a little different from the next, each one made by different hands, and each set of hands with their own life experiences, background, religion, history, and views. Yet each of these unique pieces, when stitched together, creates a symbol of unity, freedom, resilience and community.

A total of 18 local women, using various hand quilting techniques learned from Alabama Chenin, logged hundreds of hours bringing this piece to life. When completed, it traveled to numerous locations throughout Central Oregon along with the invitation to enter a raffle for the quilt benefitting Central Oregon Veterans Ranch. The raffle raised thousands of dollars for COVR and the winner donated the quilt to Redmond Municipal Airport so that it could be enjoyed by everyone.

Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, a 19-acre property in the heart of Central Oregon, was founded in 2014. It's a special place where veterans can come together in community; learning, working, and healing together. It's a sanctuary where the generative aspects of the natural world help to heal the often-destructive impact of combat trauma. It's a place where veterans of all ages can restore their sense of purpose and renew their spirit, and will provide specialized care for veterans in the final stage of their journey.

This beautiful Veterans Quilt quit was raffled off with all proceeds ($3,082) donated to the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch--making a difference for those who helped to preserve our freedoms and fight for our wonderful country.  Debbie Seibert (one of the creators of the quilt) was the lucky winner and has donated it for display here at the Redmond Municipal Airport! What a wonderful idea--We are so thankful to Debbie and all who were involved in creating this beautiful quilt and allowing us to showcase it here at RDM.

 

Redmond Art in Public Places

As part of its mission to promote quality development now and in the future, the Community Development Department is committed to providing citizens of Redmond with art throughout the city. The Department provides staff support to the Redmond Committee for Art in Public Places in fulfillment of this goal. Please take a moment to learn more about the City's activities related to public art by visiting the completed public art projects and Rotating Public Art Gallery pages, as well as the home page for the Committee for Art in Public Places and reading our public art brochure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WESTERN JUNIPER TREE

Juniper close up

 

Facts About Western Juniper Trees

(Juniperus Occidentalis)

Our tree is believed to be over 500 years old!

Origin: 50 million years ago

 Range: Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, and California

 Height: 15-30 feet

 Tallest Tree: 98 feet

 Age: 200-500 years old (typical)

 Oldest Tree: 1,600 years old

Western Juniper trees are a common sight in the high desert of Central Oregon, The Western Juniper is a distinctive tree or shrub, found in dry, rocky sites at moderate to high elevations. Juniper trees demand a lot of water, (they can drink up to 100 gallons of water a day)

It’s mostly at home in areas of scant rainfall (9 to 14 inches a year) and in shallow, volcanic soils that would drive a normal tree to higher ground. It’s sturdy, tough, and uniquely suited to the tortuous terrain of the Western High Desert. Nowhere is it more abundant than in Central Oregon, where it grows on about 3 million acres, in varying densities.

Older juniper trees have the ability to continue living and growing even as their center rots and becomes hollow. These hollow cavities provide unique feeding, roosting and nesting habitat for birds and animals.

The Western Juniper is given to growing in contorted, stunted, twisted, warped, crumpled, distressed and arthritic configurations. The oldest, most gnarled, disfigured Juniper trees, rival any other tree in terms of beauty and elegance.

Western juniper heartwood is highly durable. After being soaked in hot water, thin samples have even been tied into intricate knots without splitting. Western juniper wood can make beautiful, durable furniture and other lumber products. Its use is becoming increasingly popular as more juniper trees are removed from the landscape.

Only 3 to 5 percent of the juniper trees found on today's high desert landscape were there during frontier days.

The oldest juniper in Oregon (estimated at 1,600 years old) is up on Horse Ridge, east of Bend. Just across U.S. Highway 20 to the north, the Badlands is full of ancient trees. There are also big trees in the country between China Hat butte and Fort Rock and out toward Post way east of Prineville. Today, 95% of all western juniper are less than 100 years old. These old Juniper trees are irreplaceable.

 

Mike Putnam is a Bend Oregon photographer whose Fine Art  Nature and Landscape Photographs Celebrate the Natural Beauty of Oregon.  All of his fine art prints were captured with a large format 4x5 film camera which gives his landscape and nature photographs  exceptional detail, impressive depth of field and a look and feel which makes them distinct from other photography formats. http://mikeputnamphoto.com/

 

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