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The intrigue and excitement of fire is universal.

In the last 7 years, more than 50 creatives from throughout the Northwest have submitted work inspired by their fascination with this incendiary element.

Works have ranged from innovative takes on familiar subjects — a tabletop fire pit intended for making s’mores, complete with custom forks — to fantastical spaceships and fire-breathing dragons. Equally notable are the design and sculptural based pieces, marrying form and function.

As an element fire warms us, and invites us to relax, pause and socialize. The Fire Area is a collective art installation unique to OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest, offering an experience unlike anything else.

Meet the Artists
Meet the Judges

Do you have experience in playing with fire? Submit your own vision for the 2020 exhibition.

2020 Fire Artist Application

Check out this sneak peak of Trent Farrer and Cory Noble's fire pit display!

This activity is supported in part by:

The Bend Cultural Tourism Fund is a grant program created to enhance Bend’s economy through engaging visitors with the lifestyle, art and history of Bend. From musical acts to art exhibits to film festivals, the BCTF supports cultural opportunities that draw visitors to Bend.
Lay It Out Events is honored and grateful to be the the recipient of a Bend Cultural Tourism Grant, which has funded expanded outreach and marketing for the Fire Pit and Sculpture Competition, contributing to the cultural life in Bend. The 2020 competition will showcase submissions from throughout Oregon and Washington in part as a result of this funding.
Lay It Out Events is excited to be partnering with the Crook County Foundation. The Crook County Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization building positive futures for our children, families, businesses and civic groups by fostering investment in leadership, education and the arts.

The Foundation provides college scholarships, and supports educational improvement, community leadership development, and arts and cultural opportunities. Investing endowment funds with the Oregon Community Foundation ensures philanthropic contributions will serve Crook County and its residents into perpetuity.

Create Art with The Peoples' Forge Project at Oregon WinterFest

The Peoples' Forge Project brings the community together with artists and craftspeople to create a unique piece of fine public art. Come join them over Oregon WinterFest weekend and take part in helping forging more than 400 pieces that will help create a large mural.  No experience is needed as skilled artists and metal workers will be there to help you along! The completed project will placed somewhere in Bend.

There's an artist in everyone!

You might recognize this project from The Peoples' Forge, currently hanging up in Tin Pan Alley!