Cheers to Art!


Every Third Wednesday, 7 pm

Join us every third Wednesday of the month as we uncork a fresh program on a famous artist or art movement. Savor a fun evening as we examine the cultural and artistic influences that fueled great artists throughout history.

This 90-minute program includes a slide presentations, libations, and open conversation, and occasional extras like live music, theatrical performances, and cinema. Each month has recommended reading, in case you want to delve deeper into our month’s topic before or after our event.

Each month, we’ll pour tastes of select wines.

$10 per person (no RSVP required)

2018-19 Program

Wed, Sept 19, 7 pm

Frida Kahlo

Kahlo’s personal tragedies changed the trajectory of her life and sent her on a dramatic path, becoming one of Mexico’s most celebrated female artists. Inspired by Mexico’s folk art, Catholicism and pre-Columbian mythology, Kahlo mixed elements of reality and fantasy to question gender, class and race in Mexican society. Kahlo defined a fiercely personal, feminist identity. Presenter: Dawn Boone. $10

Read: Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Pain and Passion by Andrea Kettenmann

Wed, Oct 17, 7 pm

David Hockney

England’s most celebrated living artist, Hockney’s 2017  retrospective in London and Paris drew record crowds. The NY Times called Hockney a “colorist who would rather be a cubist.” Tirelessly inventive and playful, Hockney’s portraits and landscapes offer a tender view of love, relationships, and the familiar pleasures of home. Presenter: Dawn Boone. $10

Read: Tate Introductions: David Hockney by Helen Little


Wed, Nov 21, 7 pm

Diego Velázquez

One of the most important painters of the Spanish Golden Age, Velázquez was a highly individualistic painter whose movements and subjects were constrained by his position as court painter to King Philip IV. Nevertheless, Velázquez painted some of the greatest works of the Baroque era, inspiring painters for centuries to come. Presenter: Dawn Boone. $10

Read: Velázquez by Norbert Wolf


Wed, Dec 19, 7 pm


Fiery. Adventurous. Murderous. Come explore the dramatic life and untimely death of Italy’s great Baroque artist, Caravaggio. In the midst of the Catholic Reformation, Caravaggio’s immense talent helped reinvigorate the Church. His shocking spin on traditional religious subjects, combined with his bold realism and dramatic chiaroscuro, earned Caravaggio notoriety as well as enduring admiration. Presenter: Dawn Boone. $10

Read: Caravaggio: The Complete Works by Sebastian Schutze

Wed, Jan 16, 7 pm


At the tender age of 17, Donatello was on his way to becoming one of the most influential sculptors of the Italian Renaissance. He breathed new life into stone and bronze figures with energetic, spiraling poses, and developed a new style of  flat relief sculpture. Under the protection and patronage of the Medici family, Donatello enjoyed total artistic freedom and eagerly pursued inspiration from classical and medieval sources. Presenter: Lorna Cahall. $10


Wed, Feb 20, 7 p


Michelangelo’s sculptures, paintings and architecture rank among the most famous in existence. An archetypal “Renaissance Man,” Michelangelo’s versatility and sheer volume of work rank him as one of the greatest artists of all time and earned him the name, “Il Divino” (the divine one). His impassioned, highly personal style launched the next major movement in Western Art. Presenter: Lorna Cahall. $10



Wed, Mar 20, 7 pm

The Pre-Raphaelites

A group of English painters, poets and critics formed in the mid-1850s, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood sought a return to the abundant detail, intense colours and complex compositions of Quattrocento Italian art. The group was devoted to genuine ideas, careful study of nature, and art that was heartfelt and serious. Presenter: Lorna Cahall. $10



Wed, Apr 17, 7 pm

Monet vs The Expressionists

Impressionism and Expressionism emerged at the turn of the 20th Century, both reacting to a changing modern world. As the father of Impressionism, Monet found truth in an artistic language based in fleeting impressions captured with spontaneity and pure color. While his scenes and subjects communicate a growing sense of isolation in modern society, his work was in direct contrast to the lurid colors and intense emotion the Expressionists railing against the dehumanizing effects of Industrialism. Presenter: Lorna Cahall. $10


Wed, May 15, 7 pm

The Bird Goddesses

Symbolic artifacts from the earliest Neolithic village sites of Europe, c. 7000 to 3500 B.C., offer a tantalizing view of an ancient European Goddess-oriented civilization that lived in peace, in harmony with nature, and with a high degree of economic, social and sexual equality. Its goddess-centered art exhibits a striking absence of images of warfare and male domination. Presenter: Lorna Cahall. $10


About Our Presenters

Dawn Boone

As the Education Manager for Bend Art Center, Dawn Boone shares her passion for art with thousands of students each year. She is a popular (and animated!) speaker for school programs, exhibit tours, and community talks. With a background in literature, studio art and graphic design, Dawn gives art lovers—and art newbies—special insight into the composition, artistic process, and meaning of each work of art. Dawn holds a B.A. in Art and Creative Writing from Willamette University, and M.F.A. in Printmaking from Bradley University.

Lorna Cahall

Art historian Lorna Cahall masterfully weaves literature, history, music, theatre and art to create a rich view of each month’s artist or art movement. Lorna’s humor and enthusiasm—and her deep understanding of history and the humanities—make each “Cheers to Art!” an entertaining and enlightening event.

Lorna served as a member of the British Open University Humanities faculty at the University of Maryland for 15 years. She is the author of The Actor King, The Field, and Late in the Hammock of Night.

Lorna facilitates One Breath Poets (a local haiku poetry group) and is an A6 Artist Member. Lorna has presented  A6’s “Cheers to Art program since its inception in 2014. The program is now in its fifth season.