June 15, 2017

A6, a printmaking studio and gallery space in Bend’s Box Factory, takes a leap forward with a name change to Bend Art Center. A Grand Opening on Thursday, July 6 from 5-8 pm will introduce Bend Art Center to the community. This free event features live music, creative studio play, and a preview of July’s exhibit, “Lee Kelly: Sculpture and Prints.”

Over the past eight years, A6 struggled to build public awareness. “Our formal name, Atelier 6000, was not easily understood by the public—or grant panels,” explained Bruce Emerson, Board President. “Our nickname, A6, also left people guessing what we were about.” After weathering a financial crisis this Spring, staff and board felt a greater urgency in addressing the name issue. A generous outpouring of community support provided the means to tackle a rebrand and purchase new signage.

The name “Bend Art Center” was chosen not only for clarity, but also because “we wanted to give the community a sense of ownership,” explained A6 founder Patricia Clark.

Bend Art Center will stretch beyond its roots and present a broader array of art—including photography and sculpture—in the main exhibition space. Bend Art Center will also host guest artist speakers and monthly art appreciation programs to showcase a wide variety of contemporary and historical art.

The A6 studio will live on within Bend Art Center and carry on Clark’s legacy. A6 will continue to offer workshops in printmaking and book arts, and foster the development of local artists through artist membership.

The switch to Bend Art Center also happens to coincide with a change in leadership. Dawn Boone, Executive Director since 2014, recently stepped into a new role as Education Manager. Alexis Chapman, on staff since last fall, became the new Executive Director as of June 1.

Bend Art Center is open to the public Monday-Friday 10-7 pm, Saturday 10-6 pm and Sunday 12-5 pm for exhibit viewing. Admission is free.