FlorenceArtists.com, Featuring Artwork, Artists, Art Galleries and Art Clubs and Associations in the Florence, Oregon area & a few Northern California and Washington artists.

Florence Events Center: Patricia Knipe "Still Here"

Patricia Knipe shows new work at the Florence Events Center. Knipe knew at age 15 that she wanted to be a painter and teach art. To this day, she has been teaching and painting for more than 50 years, 30 of those years in the Florence area. When Knipe retired, she began teaching workshops in Baja California Sur, while still painting in her studio in Florence. Her paintings are a mix of impressionistic weaving of color, emotional expression of the moment, and her “love of life and all the visual wonders that stir my soul.” She has been concentrating her work in watercolor and oils. Artist Reception: Gallery One, Saturday, Sept. 13th, 3:00-5:00 p.m., during the Second Saturday Art Walk. Read More...

New Artwork by Susan Canavarro

Surveying His DomainSusan Canavarro has added three new REady for the Racedrawings and two new watercolor paintings to her web page on FlorenceArtists.com. Her subject is cats - the cats she has cared for as a pet sitter since 2006. The images are in preparation for a larger writing and illustration project to be finished some time in late 2015 or early 2016 - along with her Meow Gang installation.


September Group Exhibits for California Artist: Antonio Castro

Antonio Castro is participating in two new exhibits in September. One is Animal Fairy Tales, Fables, Fact Or Fiction at the Las Laguna Art Gallery in Las Laguna Beach CA, from Sept.5-Oct.18, 2014. In his home town of San Jose, he again participates in a group show held at the well known WORKS Gallery in San Jose: Breaking Ground, WORKS Members Exhibition, San Jose Ca. Sept.5-20, 2014.

@ Quercia Gallery in Duncans Mills, CA: "Infinite" ~ Oil Paintings by Ron Quercia. Sept 1st - Dec 29th, 2014 Reception: Saturday, Sept 6th, 3-6 pm

INfinite #6Ron Quercia, an oil painter and his wife Bobbi Jeanne (ceramic sculptor) live in Bodega Bay within walking distance of the ocean and its beaches.

Ron has progressed from painting small intimate oil landscapes of the Bodega Coast at Salmon Creek, including the estuaries, to large seascapes that speak intimately about ethereal light, stunning colors, and simplicity of subject and design. Wide open expanses of beach and water and sky draw you in. The large glorious paintings speak to a deep connection between artist and the magnificent Northern California coastal light. Having lived on the coast near Bodega Bay for many years this is the land he knows and understands. This is the coastal light that permeates Quercia's life on a daily basis. It is only natural that he would paint the sea and the light and the surrounding landscape with such reverence.


The Siuslaw Public Library is celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month this October with a series of programs celebrating culture of all types. The kickoff for this month of programs will be a very special open house on Saturday, October 4th and will feature visual artists demonstrating in all mediums. We will be inviting the public to participate by observing and asking questions of the artists as they work. We are calling this event demARTS: A Demonstration of Creativity & Art at Siuslaw Public Library and it will be held in the Bromley Room and Lobby of the library building. Although this will be a non-commercial opportunity, artists are invited to share their contact information with business cards or small flyers. Shifts will be two hours (10am-Noon, Noon-2pm, 2-4pm) and we need six artists for each shift. We are looking for some talented FRAA member artists to participate and share their knowledge with the public. Help us inaugurate this wonderful new tradition at the Siuslaw Public Library!

@ BACKSTREET : Karen Nichols ~ September Featured Artist & the "6x6 Box Challenge" Group Show

EgretBackstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay St., features multi-faceted, award winning artist, Karen Nichols. A reception will be held on September 13th, 3-5PM where you will also enjoy the works of community artists invited to the 6x6 Challenge of taking ordinary wooden boxes and transforming them into marvelous art pieces.

While Nichols paints in oils and acrylics, this show, entitled “Take Wing”, encompasses a variety of local birds and winged creatures created in her signature medium - paper painting collage. 6x6 box ChallengeHer distinctive watercolors will also be included.

Stacked, hung and otherwise displayed will be the wooden box creations that make up the 6x6 Challenge. (see right image) Artists were invited to think inside or outside the box as they interpreted their assignment.



VIEW FINDERS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB ~ Featured Artist: Jane Pittenger

Jane Pittenger describes her inspiration for photography which grew out of her love for the out of doors this way.  “I got my first DSLR about 4 years ago. At the time I was watching the number of days potentially remaining in my life shrink as I found myself aging.  It felt to me as if I was missing experiencing way too many moments filled with awe by being absorbed in daily busyness. I have always loved hiking, swimming, feeling the fresh air against my skin. Being in nature has been both solace and delight. My camera invites me out into the natural world with my eyes and senses wide open ready to experience awe when it presents itself. I love photographing moments of magic in nature- whether it is a misty morning, a breath stopping sunset, a star lit night sky, a mother hummingbird feeding her baby.”

The Viewfinders Camera Club is taking a summer break and will return to the regular meeting schedule in September, meeting on Sept 8 at 6 pm, Bromley room at the Library.  This month the work of Jane Pittenger is featured.  See more of Jane's photos and the monthly featured artists here. Viewfinfer's Club.

Second Saturday Art Gallery Tour

The Second Saturday Gallery Tour from 3-5PM has begun. Get locations and phone numbers here.


Backstreet Gallery: 1421 Bay St. Open daily 10-6PM
Old Town Coffee and Gallery: 125 Nopal St. Open Daily 8-6PM
The Gallery Above the Silver Lining Boutique: 2217 Highway 101. Open Mon. – Sat. Open 11-5:30 PM.
Vardanian Gallery: 1287 Bay St. Open Sat., Sun.: 12-5 PM
River Gallery: 1335 Bay St., Open daily 11-5PM
Pacific Frameworks: 2420 Hwy. 101 * Store hours Tues. through Sat. 11-5PM * 541 997-1138 local artists plus framing.
The Siuslaw Public Library: 1460 9th St. Open Mon. 10-6 PM, Tues. & Wed. 10-8 PM, Thurs.& Sat. 10-6PM Sun. 1-5PM
FRAA - Florence Regional Arts Alliance is located at 4969 Hwy. 101. Suite #4 -Open Tuesday - Friday 12-4PM and Saturday 9-4PM.
Kenneth B. Gallery & Print Lab Project - The hours are Wednesday - Sunday 1-8PM, or by appointment (541-999-5875). (Located behind the Old Town Coffee Shop)
FEC Florence Events Center: 715 Quince St. Click here to see info.

Start your tour at any gallery and enjoy the outstanding Florence art community. The next tour is Sept. 13, However you may enjoy the galleries during their regular hours also.

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