Miguel Edwards began his work as a sculptor of steel and glass in 2004. Originally from New Mexico, he came to Bend in 2018 from Seattle where he began his career as a photographer. Today his sculpture can be found in galleries, private homes and in public spaces. He created Hope Rising, the cauldron for the Opening Ceremony of the 50th anniversary Special Olympics in 2018. Most recently, his largest public sculpture to date, El Sol: Elevate was placed in the Seattle Center district of downtown Seattle. MiguelEdwards.com
A full-time painter and studio artist since 1999, K.C. Cannon’s work is inspired by nature. She grew up under the big skies of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with family roots in Hawaii. Studies in art, design, painting and theology allow her to express the human spirit via symbolism, color and light. Today, K.C. is working on commissions, teaching workshops and writing a new book. “Currently, the main theme and inspiration for my artwork is the power of the human spirit, the transcendence of the awakened life and the mystery of God’s overflowing love and mercy,” she says.
Printmaker & Painter
For 30 years, Wade Womack has worked as a printmaker and painter, primarily using the reduction woodblock printing technique. He applies his knowledge of craft to pieces he calls “Total Art” that engage multiple senses—such visual, auditory, and experiential—through which he hopes to bring a deeper appreciation of the environment. “What inspires me is the beauty that surrounds us, in nature and the environment,” he says. “I love capturing it and making people aware of everything around them, that beauty exists in the simple things. WadeWomack.com
Glass Bead Artist
Larissa Spafford has been creating small-scale glass art since 1998 but has been making jewelry since she was young. With few tools and few materials, Larissa says, “It’s satisfying to put all my energy and focus into what I’m creating. Then, the finished product goes out into the world and becomes a little part of someone’s life.” She finds inspiration from learning and incorporating new techniques into her work. The ocean, and recently learning to surf, influences her current collection. LarissaSpafford.com
Shelly Wierzba has been creating art in various media for 47 years. She studied art and design, then pursued independent study with renowned painters in the Pacific Northwest after a career in the medical field. Today, she enjoys plein air painting and teaching from both her studio and on location. “Spending hours in nature observing the subtle nuances of a scene produces an appreciation of the beauty that I hope to pass along through my artwork,” says Shelly. “Painting is an amazing journey and I paint for the love of that journey.” ShellyWierzba.com