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Bend Artist Paints Big Butterflies: Painting Nature as Sacred: A Political Act

July 5 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dominique Ovalle-Kongsli Fine Art Studio is excited to present “Creation Sings”, Dominique Ovalle-Kongsli’s second exhibition at Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty in Downtown Bend. A suite of bold, colorful, and vibrant butterfly and moth paintings float through the hall gallery, behind the main showroom. Welcome to the butterfly release.


Dominique Ovalle-Kongsli weaves images of colorful moths and butterflies into textured backgrounds using painterly edges and gripping brushstrokes, and with a touch of sparkle. These paintings feel expansive, energetic, and offer a grounding sense of symmetry.


Rich visual narratives accompany the observation of butterfly wings. The space surrounding the lepidopterans (moths and butterflies) offer supporting details: patterns, texture, and intricacies are laid out in swoops from her palette knife and swishes from her paintbrush. Iridescent pigments and mixed media refract light, similar to how butterfly scales do so in nature.

The butterfly motif can represent transformation, victory over death, new beginnings, and the rebirth of knowledge. Dominique uses the butterfly as an abstract symbol of her faith—specifically an abstraction of the “Risen Christ”.

Dominique writes, “My intention is to create joyful paintings which show the innate goodness of nature and to bring social and ecological consciousness and truth to the traditional visual art landscape. As both a classically trained oil painter and a former street artist, I merge the worlds of pop culture, and old-school oil painting, and I infuse my work with light-filled symbols of hope and transformation.”

To celebrate this butterfly collection release, there will be a First Friday Art Walk reception on July 5th, 5-9pm.


Visit the exhibition until the end of July at Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty, 821 NW Wall Street, Monday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, closed Wednesdays.

The artwork is listed for sale at www.dominiquekongsli.com.



July 5
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Dominique Ovalle-Kongsli
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Sotheby’s Showroom, 821 NW Wall St. Bend, OR
821 NW Wall St.
Bend, OR 97702 United States
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