Bend: aprés ski town or open-air museum?

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Monday, January 01, 2007
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After working on a project to dot the roundabouts on Bend’s west side with sculpture, art supporter Mike Hollern, CEO of Brooks Resources, wasn’t ready to quit. He started ArtMatch, a program backed by $500,000 in matching funds from Brooks, to buy even more public art in Bend between now and 2010.

 

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