Monday I drove up to Sisters which is about a half hour north of Bend and met up with three other guild members in front of the public library. From there we caravanned to Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture, which is a 260 acre working ranch. Ana Varas, the arts projects coordinator of the Roundhouse Foundation gave us a tour with an eye on potential workshop locations. We were recently a recipient of a grant from the foundation to promote the fiber arts. The foundation takes its name from his round barn that was built to train and exercise horses.
The property is sprawling but interspersed are buildings in use for an artist-in-residence program. Because of Covid-19 restrictions there are only two artists now, both potters, but they anticipate returning to their potential of eight after the pandemic.
This is one of the locations we looked at for a painted-warp workshop, but because of the lack of hot water for dissolving the eye powders, we determined it would be more appropriate for a spinning workshop. it will be shaded by the canopy of cottonwoods this summer and ideal.
Whychus Creek runs through the property and will be the perfect environment for a spinning circle.