There has been a concerted effort in Sisters to promote an arts-based economy. Organizations like the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Sisters Folk Festival Inc., the Roundhouse Foundation and local businesses have helped put Sisters on the map for its events, art galleries and the talented group of artists and musicians that call the area home.
Quality arts education in the public schools, including Sisters Folk Festival’s, Americana Project provide instruction in a wide variety of arts and music classes from quilting to building a guitar. When students leave the Sisters Schools, they have been exposed to a myriad of arts-related classes. Many choose to pursue higher education and careers in the arts. Families move to Sisters for the excellent public schools and stay for the recreational and cultural opportunities in this small town with big ideas.
Over the past few years, the City of Sisters and the Public Art Committee have worked hard at developing a unique collection that both enhances the 1880s theme of the Sisters community and honor the rich heritage of Sisters Country. Below is a list of Public Art installations, their artists and locations.
Two Rivers, Three Sisters Quilt Installation. 17 pieces over 40 feet long a depiction of Whychus Creek running through Sisters
|The entrance to Barclay Park has a timber archway, celebrating Sisters logging heritage and the contributions to Sisters by the Barclay Family.||Barclay Park, corner of Ash & Cascade|
|Near the water feature in Barclay Park sits a sampling of J. Chester 'Skip' Armstrong's masterful chainsaw carvings depicting creatures we find in Whychus Creek.||Barclay Park, corner of Hood & Ash Streets|
|The City Council Chambers shows off the exquisite iron work of Jeff Wester, owner of Ponderosa Forge & Ironworks.||City Hall, 520 E Cascade Ave|
|Within City Hall hangs a lovely quilt, created by Jean Wells, celebrating Sisters majestic landscape.||520 E Cascade Ave.|
|From Hwy 20, on the Lazy Z, one can see our iconic 'Running Horses' created by Brian Bain of Culver. This work commemorates Sisters ranching and equestrian heritage. Photo by Gary Miller||Hwy 20 1.5 miles East of Sisters|
|At Cascade and Spruce, Sisters Outlaw spirit is celebrated in the equally iconic Wild Stallion Sculpture created by world-renowned artist Lorenzo Ghiglieri||Corner of Cascade and Spruce.|
|The newest artwork was dedicated December 2012, a bronze heron, created by Danae Miller. Photo by Gary Miller.||Barclay Park, Corner of Ash and Cascade|
|At Barclay Park, we enjoy a mural of quilts, created by local artist Jerry Werner, celebrating all that Sisters is as a community. Photo by Gary Miller.||Barclay Park, corner of Ash and Cascade|