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FRAA - Florence Regional Arts Alliance ~ July Show
Theme Show: "Water"

The new Florence art Center, Florence Regional Arts Alliance is up and running. They are featuring group shows designed around a theme. July's theme is "Water". The new center is located just past Fred Meyer's at 4969 Hwy. 101. Suite #4. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 12-4PM and Saturday, 9-4PM. They also have a few art workshops continuing. Stop by, sign up to be a member and pick up their well-designed Newsletter to find out just how much is going on at FRAA.

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Antonio Castro, an artist friend and fellow graduate student at San Jose State University in the early 1990s just update several of his new images. There are several whimsical pieces that include two new abstract drawings and one beautiful portrait of Selma Hayek as she appeared in the movie Frida Kahlo. Antonio's subjects and content are personal as well as social and cultural commentary on the life of the American Latino. He employs Mexican iconography in his use of symbols in his abstracts, figurative work and conceptual art. He has participated in many group shows around California and now in Oregon, and has been featured in many solo exhibits.

David Casterson ~ New Artist Web site

David says, "I grew up in Livermore and have lived in Fremont almost a decade. Except for a few of years hiatus while changing careers, I have been painting landscapes of the East Bay and up the coast, both on location and in the studio." - Quoted from his About page on his new web site: http://www.davidcasterson.com/#!recent-works/cay5

David was an undergrad student at San Jose State University at the time I was there as a graduate student. I feel that we basically saved each other's lives by giving each the freedom to talk about anything. He is a gifted artist and a good person. He paints the California East Bay landscape en pleine aire in the places he is familiar with, between Livermore and the San Jose area and also on the northern California coast. They say one should paint what one knows, and paint it again and again, as writers should write about what they know. This repetition and working in a series can only lead to greater depth in ones artwork, whether painting or writing.

I recommend visiting his new website (link in first paragraph) where you can see all of his wonderful newer paintings in one stop, or revisit his work on FlorenceArtists.com.

CALL TO ARTISTS: 6 x 6 Challenge

Backstreet Gallery invites you to answer this challenge by planning ahead to think inside or outside the box for the “6 x 6 Challenge”. Collect your applications and boxes in July. A $10 entry fee also includes the six-inch square wooden box. Follow the size restrictions on the application information. You just supply the creative energy to produce your own unique interpretation. The best entry collects the $50 prize. Entry forms are due Aug. 20th while the creation, itself, needs to be delivered to Backstreet Gallery Aug. 30-Sept. 1. between 10AM and 6PM.


GALLERY ONE :Portland Printmaker Shows Work at FEC; and in GALLERY FIVE: Exposure 2014

“Between Land and Sky,” a comprehensive exhibit of the work of Portland artist Kelli MacConnell, opens July 1 in Gallery One. Captivated by the wilderness since early childhood, MacConnell embraces a unique relationship with nature that continuously sparks her imaginative work. Exploring landscapes with careful observation, she translates her natural surroundings into richly detailed prints.

“In the last few years my work has been primarily done in gouache or graphite. The gouache dries quickly and enables me to build up color layers and the pencil is fast and convenient. I have taken to painting in my car and so my work has decreased in size to an average of about 11"x14". The work therefore tends to be portable and intimate. Read More


Gallery 5The annual Exposure 2014 show for photographers opened on July 2 and will be showing in Gallery Five during July and August. Photographers featured in this exhibit include Curt Peters, Marion Hall, Ed Wilent, Rudy Gargioni, and Paula Becker.


@ BACKSTREET : Donna Fay Allen and Jane Smoley ~ Reception July 12. Refreshments served 3-5PM.

An artists’ reception will be held in honor of Donna Fay Allen, mixed media artist and Jayne Smoley, fused glass artist at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay St. on July 12. Refreshments served 3-5PM.

n July, Donna’s work includes 12-15 innovative 3D art dolls, themed in black and white. Music and words individualize each piece. Many of the dolls incorporate altered porcelain heads, arms and legs. Sculptured heads top other dolls. Body parts include found objects like birdcages, old tins and lamp parts. These dolls are an extension of her Paper Art Doll kits of fairies and mermaids. Con't ...

Whether it’s utilitarian or decorative, each of Jayne Smoley’s glass pieces is unlike any other piece. Layering glass and firing the pieces at very high temperatures fuses vibrant colored glass into her geometric-shaped art, line, color and shape being key elements.


VIEW FINDERS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB ~ Featured Artist: Duncan Wurm


The Viewfinders Camera Club is taking a summer break and will return to the regular meeting schedule in September.  During this break the work of two members will be featured.  Duncan Wurm joined the club shortly after moving to Florence in 2013.  See more of his work 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.

Adding their unique offerings, The Kenneth B. Gallery and FRAA, the Florence Regional arts Alliance join the other distinctive Florence Galleries on the monthly Second Saturday Gallery Tour. You’re invited on the self-guided tour at any time. Artists’ receptions serve refreshments along the way from 3 to 5PM.

This is your opportunity to find out what the new art center is all about. Just past Fred Meyer, FRAA is located at 4969 Hwy. 101. Suite #4, is in the back of the building. It is thriving Art Center displaying unique local artists’ original work ranging from jewelry, mixed media, books to sculpture and paintings of all media. In addition to the gallery there are teaching spaces, classes, plus Artist in Resident memberships and sponsorships available. They are open Tuesday - Friday 12-4PM and Saturday 9-4PM.

Now open, the newest gallery in town, Kenneth B. Gallery & Print Lab Project, which hosts contemporary artists in a New York style fine art gallery. Among the media featured includes original paintings and works on paper. The grand opening for the Print Lab Project opens this 2nd Saturday from 2-4PM, and will feature etching and monoprint demonstrations by local artists Liz Johnson, Robin Tilton, and SK Lindsey. Watch for an upcoming announcement for a unique dinner/movie theater opening in July as well. The hours are Wednesday - Sunday 1-8PM, or by appointment (541-999-5875).

Other galleries on the tour:

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
The Siuslaw Public Library: 1460 9th St. Open Mon. 10-6 PM, Tues. & Wed. 10-8 PM, Thurs.& Sat. 10-6PM Sun. 1-5PM

Start your tour at any gallery and enjoy the outstanding Florence art community. The next tour is July 12, However enjoy the galleries during their regular hours.


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