Several months ago, the Discovery West team worked with the Summit High School art department, asking for student submissions for planned community artwork with a “discovery” theme. We received some very creative submissions from the students, and the development team had a hard task on their hands to select the artwork that would ultimately be featured in the neighborhood. One body of work stood out: “Discover Central Oregon” by student painter Julia Myers.
Then a Summit High School senior, Myers submitted four digital pieces for consideration by the team, each depicting scenes that are reflective of the Central Oregon lifestyle. Working primarily in acrylics, among other mediums, she honed her skills growing up in various places around the country before settling with her family in Bend, Oregon in 2016. Her style includes bold colors and linework, the evolution of which lends itself well to community banner art for our light posts. Myers is heading this year to University of California at San Diego, where she will continue to work on her art while she pursues her education.
Community artwork is a big part of our vision for Discovery West. Our first installation was the eight mosaic tile representations of the Discovery West logo’s orange pinecone, created by Rochelle Schueler of Wild Rose Artworks, on the bridge at Skyline Ranch Road and NW Crossing Drive. This artwork was followed by layered stencil portraits of our Women of Discovery by Bend, Oregon artist Douglas Robertson – gracing the pedestrian underpass beneath the bridge.
Look for Myers’ brightly colored artwork to join these other installations on our street banners very soon! Here is a sneak peek at one of her four clever designs.