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Just a few recent pastel and watercolor paintings that are featured in galleries in Central Oregon. Many of these can be found in either Sunriver Resort Lodge Gallery, Black Butte Ranch Gallery, and Hood Avenue Art in Sisters - all created by Vivian Olsen.

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Who doesn't love quail? Little round birds that scamper through our yards (if you're lucky) with Mom, Dad, many Chicks, and even Aunts and Cousins, all searching for seeds and bugs.

"Twelve and Counting" a Watercolor by Vivian C. Olsen

The large coveys are always preceded by the sentinel - the alert male who watches and warns of any dangers ahead. He stands tall with his black feather topknot ready to signal the families. Here are 2 watercolor paintings depicting Quail in action.

"The Roost" a watercolor painting by Vivian C Olsen

MEMORIES OF ANIMAL DANCES Some of my fondest memories of living in New Mexico for 26 years are of the Animal Dances preformed each winter at the San Ildefonso Pueblo north of Albuquerque. I continued to attend for several years, heading out early in the morning and driving north from Socorro with my friend in time to see the dances begin. The mornings held a chill from the winter's air which was perfumed by the smell of piñon smoke coming from the chimneys. Pueblo people wrapped in colorful wool blankets filled the plaza outside the dance area along with many visitors from the surrounding towns, all gathered for the other-worldly ceremony about to begin. The Pueblo Dancers, dressed in beautiful garments and head-dresses depicting various animals, slowly filed out one by one from the depths of the Kiva into the huge central plaza. The colorful row of drummers dressed with head bands, and heavy jewelry of turquoise and silver, began to beat their drums and chant as they walked side by side into the plaza ahead of the dancers. Following them were the many Deer dancers wearing real deer antlers on their heads and moving warily as they carefully placed their stick fore-legs. Next came the Big Horned Sheep dancers wearing full sets of large sheeps’ horns, and then finally the big Buffalo dancers, always my favorites, with their huge massive shapes topped by a Buffalo’s furry mane and sharp horns. In between the groups of animals were warriors, and maidens and youngsters, and many other participants in this amazing spectacle.  It went on for hours, drums beating with men singing, dancers slowly moving in a big circle, and Me, among many others, taking photos of this wonderful Native American ceremony. Vivian Olsen August 3, 2018

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