From Iraq to Hollywood

Former Soldier Turned Screenwriter and Filmmaker

Redmond resident Nicolas Mezzanatto has had many roles in his life – husband, father, son, soldier, and now filmmaker, including as the screenwriter of a new Bruce Willis movie.
You can follow him on Facebook at Nicolas Mezzanatto and you can find his new movie ‘Acts of Violence’ anywhere movies are sold or downloaded.

Source on the Scene: “Ice Portals” Photo Exhibit

For anyone who lived through “snowmageddon” in Central Oregon last winter, “pretty” might not be the first word that comes to mind when describing the season, but one local photographer found beauty in the snowy scenery, and the result is a new photo exhibit called “Ice Portals,” now showing at the Bend Art Center.

In this week’s Source on the Scene, Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker got a chance to spend some time with the photographer to see the world through her lens.You can see more of Alyson Belcher’s work at

For the latest arts and culture listings in Central Oregon, pick up the latest issue of The Source Weekly or head to their website at A special thanks to our “Source on the Scene” sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to bring you the best arts and culture that Central Oregon has to offer every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Bend Your Ear: Local Artist Paul Alan Bennett Turns His Paintings into Pants  

Donna Britt visits with artist Paul Alan Bennett in the weekly ‘arts’ series at Strictly Organic Coffee.  When Paul saw some of his college students wearing colorful leggings and yoga pants, he was inspired to put his own art on clothes. See the entire selection at  or visit Paul’s website to view his clothes another art  

Visual Artist Rodney Thompson Specializes in Portraits

Portrait artist Rodney Thompson brought several of his portraits by the Central Oregon Daily studios. Rodney specializes in fine portraiture and has won awards from Bohemia Journal, the Portrait Society of America and Drawing Magazine.  See more of his drawings and paintings at Rodney is available for portrait work for weddings, graduates and even pets.

Local Artist Tina Murray is Inspired by Nature, Old Bones and Symbolism

Archaeologist and Artist Tina Murray talks about how her academic background in archaeology affects her acrylic paintings and graphite drawings and explains how art runs in her family. Tina showed off some of her recently commissioned pieces and explained how she pulls creative inspiration from the natural world and mythological symbolism. You can check out more of her work at and follow her on Instagram @TinaMurrayArt.