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A free celebration of creativity and community -- weaving the visual arts into the music and kicking off the festival weekend!


 The Ponderoo Arts Experience begins with a sponsored art walk from 4:00 - 7:00 pm, which includes live music at 10 local art galleries and businesses around town:


Cindy & Duncan Campbell Gallery at Sisters Art Works

Music from Quattlebaum

A Southern gent, banjo slinger and folk singer, Austin Quattlebaum strives to bring people together and build community through his music.  He tours the country picking and strumming indie-folk songs that are spacious and emotive with an implicit groove, and is coupled with an infectious smile and a warm demeanor.


Raven Makes Gallery

Music from The Erins

The Erins combine sister-like harmonies, a rotating cast of acoustic guitar, violin, reverby jazz master and bass for a close-your-eyes dream sound.  The duo weaves timeless songcraft and lush harmonies for a sound that might remind you of flickers of First Aid Kit, or the Secret Sisters with a dash of (early pre-fame) The Chicks.


Canyon Creek Pottery

Music from Americana Project performers

Students of the Americana Project, the educational outreach program of Sisters Folk Festival at Sisters High School will perform original songs to share their creative expression through songwriting, guitar playing and celebrating the release of their newest EP, Home.


The Stichin' Post

Music from The Smoke Drifters

The Smoke Drifters’ sound is diverse with their all-original songs ranging from folk-rock, bluegrass, blues, and even a splash of reggae. Sisters-local and lead singer-songwriter Jonas Tarlen has a fun and witty way of crafting songs that will have you smiling.


Wildflower Studio

Music from Skybound Blue

Skybound Blue makes harmony-driven, dig-deep-and-tell-the-story-in-your-bones Americana music. Fronted by married duo Matt and Jenny Behnke, Skybound Blue delivers a musical experience that draws you in, makes your toes tap and your heart sing.


Hood Avenue Art

Music from Joel Chadd

Joel Chadd writes and plays songs that explore the full range of human emotions we all navigate. With lyrics that are brutally honest & openhearted, and soulful vocals that draw the listener ever so close, the songs feel as if they were written just for you.  Joel will be performing with pedal steel player Raymond Richards.


The Rickards Gallery

Music from Jacob Weil

Floating purposefully between the genres of Folk, Americana and Alternative music, Jacob’s songs often leave the listener reminiscing of a not so distant past, like a blurred memory obscured by the trials of the present moment.


Sisters Gallery & Frame Shop

Music from Beth Wood & Dennis McGregor

Beth Wood is an award-winning singer-songwriter and poet who has released fifteen albums and four books, and Dennis McGregor is a singer-songwriter, fine artist, and author of three children's books. They enjoy blending their musical styles and making music together on the porch.


Nechville Banjos West

Music from Tom Nechville & Linda Leavitt

Join Tom Nechville (banjo) & Linda Leavitt (guitar) for bluegrass and classic country favorites on the porch at Nechville Banjos West. For more about Tom & Linda visit


Thompson Guitars

Music from Brothers Jam

Thompson Guitars will host “Brothers Jam” on the pick’n porch during the art stroll.  Brothers Jam, comprised of Jamey and David Hampton from Portland, Oregon play rootsy rock in the improvisational realm of the Grateful Dead, Phish, and Talking Heads.  



Collect all 10 stamps for a gift!

During the art walk patrons can pick up a Ponderoo Passport and map from a participating location and have it stamped at each of the businesses. Completed passports can then be redeemed for a Little Ponderoo, a beautiful glass suncatcher envisioned by glass artist Susie Zeitner and created by local artists and community members. Don’t wait until the last minute as the quantity is limited! 

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Redeem at the check in tent at Sisters Art Works on June 23 between 5:00 - 7:00 pm 



Art Activities - 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Community Weaving Project

Creativity Table

Coloring Station

Wishing Tree

Sneak Peek Concert - 6:30 - 8:15 pm

Never Come Down 

Twisted Pine

The Ponderoo Arts Experience continues at Sisters Art Works with a free, fun evening of live music, food and drink, and hands-on creative opportunities for the young and young at heart.


Don’t miss the official unveiling of Sisters Art Work’s new mural – “Music Brings the World Together” – painted on the new barn at the back of the venue. Created by local artist and middle school art teacher Judy Fuentes, the mural was lovingly painted by a cadre of creative and dedicated volunteers. The interactive image invites onlookers to join the band for the perfect photo op as the ensemble appears to be missing its saxophone player.


Food and beverages will be available for purchase at Sisters Art Works, including Ponderoo Pale Ale, a unique collaboration between Sisters Folk Festival and local award-winning brewery, Three Creeks Brewing. Join us for this special (free) evening of community, art, music, and fun!

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