Little By Little: Building Community Through Art
September 1 - October 28, 2023
Teafly will exhibit a collection of their work from the last 20 years of living and working in Bend. It will include large scale versions of Source covers, their pieces “My Body Is Not A Democracy” and “Act of Love”— both of which have gone viral on the internet. They will also exhibit new work, including large prints of illustrations from their new book “So, You Have A Little Brain Cloud: A Beginner’s Guide To Living With Mental Illness” which will be released in conjunction with this show.
Thank you to the following generous sponsors:
Erica Reilly and Spork
Jeff and Amanda Stuermer
Jenny and Tim Green
Aaron Switzer and The Source
Teafly Peterson landed in Bend, Oregon when their van broke down in the fall of 2003. They moved in with their brother and sister-in-law, thinking they would hit the road the following summer. By the time that came around, they were so enchanted by the trees, the lakes, and the Bend community— they decided to stay.
Teafly works in a variety of mediums- illustration, graphic design, filmmaking, and performance. They are a writer, a photographer, a poet and a performance artist. Often they collaborate in their work with local non-profits to engage the community through Art. Past projects include the Earth Guardians, 8-foot puppets built with The Environmental Center to help teach children about land stewardship. In 2008, they created a 52-piece movable portrait series of the LGBTQIA2+ community in collaboration with The Human Dignity Coalition to showcase in businesses that supported marriage equality. Their illustrations have been featured on the cover of The Source Weekly, Cascade A&E, and in Bend Magazine.