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"A Walk Through the Cypress"    

June 2018

by Terry Taylor

June gloom always makes me think of high school graduation as does wind strong enough to rip off a mortarboard--all symbols of the end of the school year on the central coast. At my own graduation from Lompoc High School in 1966, I distinctly remember my long hair drooping from the morning fog even though I had slept on gigantic rollers the night before to perfect my "flip" hairstyle. Aah, I sure do wish I had all that hair now, droop and all.

The "Something Fishy" show and month-long exhibition last month was a huge success with more than 100 decorated fish transformed by creative community folks and LVAA members gracing the walls and hanging from the ceiling. Many of the pieces sold and some were taken home as keepsakes to be enjoyed for years to come. Visitors to the gallery had great fun looking at each one and recognizing friend's and neighbor's names on the wooden fish. A special shout-out goes to everyone whose families participated.

Congratulations go to Trish Campbell, who won May's "People's Choice Award" with her acrylic painting "The Valley." Trish's use of deep hues and complex pops of color makes her work a joy to view.

June's featured artist show entitled "Into the Woods" is hosted by two of our members: Debby Fuller, photographer and Gabriel Bustamante, wood worker. You will enjoy the natural quality of all the pieces, with Debby's photos focusing on local trees and other wooden objects and Gabriel's three-dimensional trays, vases and decor items carved on a lathe. I especially like "Figueroa Mountain Oak," a warm photo with rich fall colors and a wooden piece called "Norfolk Pine Urn." Please join the artists at their reception on Friday, June 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and enjoy a little wine, some appetizers and, of course, view the beautiful show.

We are fortunate to have several new members in the Art Association, and some of their work is on display this month in the main gallery. Diane Reuter's watercolor, entitled "The 3rd Elephant," is bright in color contrasts and skillfully executed, and Chris Jeszeck submitted her beautiful colored pencil drawing called "Blue & Orange." We are delighted to have a number of new members joining these past few months and love seeing new work.

Other paintings that caught my eye are Elizabeth Monks Hack's "Old Theatre at Sunset," in oil, and a series of seagull paintings by Trish Campbell. I love the wonderful colors in Neil Andersson's oil painting "Field, Clouds, Trees," which perfectly illustrates Neil's use of soothing colors. Jan Manfrina submitted a duo of watercolor birds painted on vintage book pages--very interesting! There are, of course, many other submissions from our photographers, painters and artisan craft people--a lovely collection this month.
Cypress Gallery is an outstanding gift and souvenir shop as well as a fine art gallery. There is a great variety of small paintings and prints, jewelry, fiber arts, glass, greeting cards and more, including cards and gifts for Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13th.

Are you an artist, photographer or artisan crafter or simply want to support the local art community? Consider joining the Lompoc Valley Art Association. You can pick up a membership application at the gallery or online at lompocart.com.

Cypress Gallery is an outstanding gift and souvenir shop as well as a fine art gallery. There is a great variety of small paintings and prints, jewelry, fiber arts, glass, greeting cards and more..

Cypress Gallery is operated by the members of the Lompoc Valley Art Association and is located at 119 East Cypress Avenue, Lompoc. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. 805-737-1129, lompocart.com .

"Figueroa Mountain Oak" by Debby Fuller ""Norfolk Pine Urn" by Gabriel Bustamante