Anne Gibson

Art and art making have always been central to Anne’s life, but she realized her dream of being an artist circuitously. Told she must get a well-rounded degree (rather than attend art school), she earned a BA in art history at Tufts University, adding as many studio arts classes to her schedule as she could manage. Anne began her professional career at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, soon becoming director of publications and marketing. She then became senior designer at Gilbert Design in Providence, RI, producing museum and gallery exhibition catalogs and college view books. During those years, Anne supplemented her design career with classes in drawing, typography, and printmaking at the School of Visual Arts, NY; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Rhode Island School of Design.

After growing up and working among the cultural riches of New York and New England,  Anne moved to Bend in the mid-90s. The hiking trails, rivers, canyons, and lakes became her museum, cathedral, inspiration, and home. While working as a freelance graphic designer in Bend, she raised two children and explored pastel, printmaking, and painting at the Bend Art Center (Atelier 6000) and COCC. Her work has appeared in group and solo shows in Bend, Portland, and on the Oregon coast. In April 2021, she joined Tumalo Art Co. as a member of the collective.

Anne’s inspirations are very much about place but her motivation isn’t representation of place so much as an attempt to evoke feelings: the heat of the sun, the clarity of the light, or the riot of color. “We are poised between loving this landscape to death with overuse and pillaging its resources without any regard for its intrinsic worth. I hope my work inspires folks to recognize, value, and preserve what we still have. Recently I have been exploring the forces of rocks and water that shape our environment. They’ll endure. Hopefully, if as a community we make the right choices, we will too.”