2017 Roundup – A Good year!

The Board of the Sisters Arts Association would like to thank our members, supporting businesses, patrons, donors, cultural and community partners, and our generous volunteers. It is because of your enthusiastic and helpful support that we have been able to continue to grow and support the arts in Sisters. As we start our third year together, we would like to share some of our accomplishments from 2017.

  • The Fourth Friday Art Walk grew considerably during 2017, with hundreds of visitors in attendance every month, in spite of a severe winter and extensive summer wildfires. People came from Portland, Salem, Albany, Eugene, Prineville, Sun River, Madras, Hood River and The Dalles. 
  • Sisters' artists were featured in several radio interviews on KPOV highlighting various art related events in Sisters. 
  • Our membership is rapidly approaching 150, including individual artists, galleries, supporting businesses, and patrons. 
  • In July we hosted our first Artists Studio Tour, featuring 12 local artists at their working home studios. It was a great success and will be repeated in 2018. Visit our website (click here) to see details from our 2017 tour.   
  • Our participation in the Chamber of Commerce Harvest Faire allowed us to the show the work of more than 20 artists and galleries. We handed out several hundred copies of our Gallery Maps to visitors. 
  • We stepped-up our advertising and public relation campaigns in 2017. Features were included in The Nugget Newspaper, Cascade Arts and Entertainment, Central Oregon Visitors Association, Travel Oregon, Oregon Travel Experience, and My Own Two Hands "Community of Artists" publication. We also doubled our efforts on our Facebook page and website from the previous year. 
  • We doubled our cultural network and organizational alliances to ten community partners. 
  • We received grants from the Oregon Community Foundation, the Deschutes County Arts and Culture Program, and the Roundhouse Foundation. This enabled us to publish our map in the Nugget each month, grow our Internet and social media, and will help promote the Fourth Friday Strolls and other events in 2018. 
  • We increased our board to seven and added three advisors. 
  • We curated a number of art exhibits for several of our supporting businesses. 
  • We updated our strategic objectives to include development efforts for the Hood Avenue Arts District.
  • SAA was a key participant on the Art Committee for the new Highway 20 Roundabout . We helped the Oregon Department Of Transportation and the City of Sisters to develop Art Placement Criteria for art within the Oregon Highway system. We also helped to implement a nationwide call for artists to submit proposals, and juried the finalists for the competition. Models for the three finalist's proposals are on display at City Hall until the end of February, 2018 for public comment. We are part of the team that will make a final recommendation for the Roundabout Art to the City Council. You can (click here) to see a video of the roundabout that was created for the eight semi-finalists to give them a proper sense of scale and natural surroundings for the project.
  • Local businesses generously contributed $100 gift certificates each month for the Quick Draw held during the Fourth Friday Art Walk. Among the contributors were Wildflower Studio, Sisters Coffee, Sisters Arts Association, Depot Café, Cork Cellars, The Saloon, Chops Bistro, Melvin's, Shibui Spa, and Sisters Folk Festival.

We expect 2018 to be an even more exciting year. Our goal is to grow our annual membership, continue the work we started last year, and seek new opportunities. We look forward to working with each of you as we bring awareness to the incredible art and cultural richness that is at the core of our community. Please visit our website often to stay current with our activities and events. And, sign up for our newsletter, become a member, donate, and participate in 2018.