Artist in Residence

Roger Nichols Is Still Making Iconic Music

Local Bend resident Roger Nichols is still making iconic music written by Holly Hutchins | photography by Joe Kline It started as a Crocker Bank TV commercial. It evolved into one of popular music’s most iconic songs, eventually voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “We’ve Only Just Begun,” made famous by Richard and Karen Carpenter in 1970, owes its origin to legendary songwriter and longtime Bend resident Roger Nichols. To date, this classic has played on the air more than 4 million times, earning the distinction of being one of the top fifty songs of the twentieth century. Over the years, Nichols’ music, co-written with Paul Williams, Tony Asher, Bill Lane and other notable lyricists, has been recorded by hundreds of artists worldwide, including Barbra Streisand, Three Dog Night, Barry Manilow, Paul Anka, Johnny Mathis and on and on. Nichols also composed commercial spots for a client list…

Portland Pin Ups Mike Long

Mike Long Creates Portland Pin-Ups

Mike Long is the owner of Portland Pin-Ups—the only studio in the Northwest specializing in classic 1950s-style pin-up shoots.

Allison Brown with Oregon Duck Bronze Sculpture

Alison Brown

As a college student at the University of Oregon, Alison Brown searched for a career that would be fulfilling. She knew she loved art, but didn’t think she could make a living sculpting. Then she discovered her calling was all over campus—in the form of Puddles the Duck, the university’s mascot.

karen ruane, the wilds

Karen Ruane Lets Go With Fluid Art

To watch Karen Ruane work with paint and ink is to go into a sort of trance. Her hands gracefully manipulate the liquids, every motion fluid.

Chris Lamb and the Eugene Opera

Christie “Chris” Lamb has been a member of Eugene Opera’s choir for thirty-four years, ever since a 1982 help-wanted ad in the Register-Guard enticed her to audition. As an alto, she’s the lowest of the women’s voices, singing a range that is also called mezzosoprano.

Bud Thomas

Bud Thomas Creates New Lives from Old Shoes

Bud Thomas has taught himself to forge horseshoes into straight, elongated pieces for spines or gentle curves to create horses, birds, fish and elk.