Central Oregon’s fine art printmaking studio is re-branding itself. The studio formerly known as Atelier 6000 is re-opening this week as the Bend Art Studio.

Executive Director Alexis Chapman notes A6 has hosted several big exhibitions of photos by Edward Curtis and Japanese printmakers, and needed a name that reflects its broad, community-minded programming.

“The real change is in the exhibits in the sense that we’re no longer going to be showing exclusively printmaking. We’re still going to do quite a bit of that, but we’re also going to broadening a little bit,” said Chapman.

The work of Atelier 6000 (A6) will continue at Bend Art Center, including printmaking classes and shows, according to the center's staff and board.

The work of Atelier 6000 (A6) will continue at Bend Art Center, including printmaking classes and shows, according to the center’s staff and board.

Courtesy of the Bend Art Center.

For example, this month, the Center is showing an exhibition of venerated Oregon artist Lee Kelly’s work. It includes both his prints and some of his signature sculptures.

Chapman says class offerings will still focus on printmaking and book arts, with a broader, design focus, more drawing classes, as well as calligraphy.

A6’s 35 printmaking members will continue to teach and work on their own art in the studio at the back of the center.  

The Bend Art Center hosted a grand re-opening under it’s new name Thursday, with additional events through the weekend.