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

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:

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.

New Images by local artist Susan Canavarro

Sunrise FandangoBlondie & the Black WidowSusan Canavarro has been busy for the last 2 months - a spurt of energy (how ironic) brought on by her recent chemotherapy sessions! Didn't know Chemotherapy could do that for one! Her latest two projects involve papier mache, creating life-size images of several of the cats she has taken care of since 2006, to ultimately wind up with The Meow Gang Installation. She has also painted two stange surreal images on paper with acrylic, Whiskers and Sunrise Fandango - no not a trio of dancing cats, but a trio of old Shore Pine snags. The tallest snag has been standing there forever it seems, like a sentinel of strength and courage with the wisdom of old age.

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 :Bonnie Preacher Featured

Bonnie Peacher says she has been influenced by the work of Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Alice Neel. Her work is realistic, expressive, full of intense color, and texture. Travel, nature, and music inspire her, resulting in a variety of subject matter. Recent paintings include a series of portraits of the Boise’s vaudeville/cabaret group “The Red Light Variety Show.”

Ms. Peacher is an award winning artist. Her work has been shown in more than 100 exhibitions throughout the United States, including the 2008 and 2013 Celebrate Arts at the FEC, where she won several awards. Her paintings are in many private collections and the College of Idaho includes her work in the “Idaho Women’s Collection.”

GALLERY FIVE - Exposure 2014 continued

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 : Jan Landrum & Jane Rincon - August Featured Artists

Jan Landrum and Jane Rincon are Backstreet’s Featured August artists of the Month

Jan’s lovely watercolors of floral splendor and nature’s coastal treasures have long been attracting attention in Florence, as she is a longtime native here. Jane is also a uniquely gifted artist of various techniques and textures within the world of watercolor, as well as wreathes, cards, and bookmarks … shells, dried flowers, sand and trinkets.

Fabulous music, good company of community and art, and good food all make for a well spent couple of hours to say farewell to the After Hours Receptions as we’ve known them, for this will be the last one. So come one, come all … it’s fun, and it’s free … BUT for the TIP JARS, as piper Denny must be paid! Please show your appreciation for his amazing contribution.

Wednesday, August 27th, 5-7PM, Backstreet Gallery 1421 Bay Street, across from Mo’s. See you there!


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).


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 July 12, However enjoy the galleries during their regular hours.


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