Peterson Contemporary Art Gallery is the foremost CONTEMPORARY art gallery in the heart of Bend, Oregon now located in the Franklin Crossing Building on the corner of Bond Street and Franklin Avenue. We strive to cultivate a welcoming environment and to connect artists and the public. The gallery is a modern dream, encouraging the creative development of artists through all different kinds of mediums and influences. We currently have thirty-three artists located locally as well as all over the country and Japan and Italy to help us achieve this goal of creative cohesiveness.
Tracy Knish, Art Consultant
I have a passion for fine art & fine food. My art career began in Maui, while working at the Lahaina Galleries. After relocating to Bend in 2006, I worked as an art consultant while pursuing a degree in the culinary arts from Cascade Culinary Institute. Working at Mockingbird and Peterson Contemporary Galleries gives me the good fortune to share my love of art on a daily basis and my love of food for First Fridays and special events.
Krissy Sonniksen, Art Consultant
I have been surrounded by art for as long as I can remember and I have always been a sponge ready to absorb and engage. My uncle is a fine artist, and the gallery scene has been a familiar place since I was a young child. I received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Oregon and postgraduate degree in Art History, Theory and Display from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Alongside the art world, I was a competitive runner for 23 years and ran collegiate cross country and track at U of O and the University of East Anglia. The last 5 years I’ve been working in the historical museum field but happy to get back to my roots and spend lovely days in the gallery space. I look forward to sharing the great talent that is exhibited at both PCA and Mockingbird and helping others to enjoy the wonder that is a great work of art.
Amy Conjerti, Office Manager
Art has been part of my soul my entire life. Coming from a family of artists and creating some art myself, I love to be emersed in all forms of art; from painting and sculpture to food and music. I am currently obtaining my Bachelor's degree in art history then will be obtaining my Master's degree in Librarian Sciences with the hopes of one day becoming a librarian or museum curator. Being at Peterson Contemporary Art, as well as Mockingbird Gallery, is a privilege to be able to work with some amazingly talented artists, meet wonderful art collectors and have the opportunity to be completely surrounded by the joy and beauty that art brings to Central Oregon.
Jim and Nathalie Peterson, Owners
Jim and Nathalie have been active in the art industry for over 30 years. Their ceaseless passion and dedication has cultivated a uniquely fantastic collection of artists. Resting on their laurels has never been their style, and they're constantly striving to make Peterson Contemporary Art an inviting artistic experience that challenges itself to be better.