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A Walk Through the Cypress Gallery

June 2017

By Terry Taylor

June starts the summer, though I often think Memorial Day weekend gets the campers in summer mode. We remember June for some auspicious occasions like D-Day, when U.S. troops stormed the Normandy beaches (June 6, 1944) and so many died for our country and the launch of the first woman in space, Dr. Sally Ride (June 18, 1983), who made all of us so proud. June is also the birthday month for a wide range of historical characters from Anne Frank, Judy Garland and Frank Lloyd Wright to the Marquis de Sade and King George III. Lots of good reading available for these folks.

June also brings a beautiful featured artist show to the Gallery by Lompoc artist, Barbara Willey. Barbara, a twelve-year member of the Lompoc Valley Art Association, showcases her love for nature with "Little Birds and Flowers," and her oil paintings are both bright and colorful as well as serene. I especially love her triptych of an American Robin, Cedar Waxwing and Varied Thrush, that when hung together, give every bird lover a daily dose of these beautiful creatures in floral settings. Another piece entitled "Hydrangeas" is painted with shades of blues and lavenders and hung in a stunning gold wooden frame. Please join Barbara and other art lovers at the artist's reception on Saturday, June 10th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. where you can enjoy all the art in the gallery and sample some wine and appetizers.

The People's Choice award for May was "Wisteria" by Linda Gooch, which brings many gallery visitors to "ooh and aah" at the cottage covered with such amazing floral vines. Congratulations, Linda.

Walking through the gallery to the main rooms you will find a delightful array of glass works, acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, photography and ceramic bowls and vases. Joellen Chrones' "Cinque Terre, Italy" of fused glass, is a colorful wall hanging depicting sail boats and Italian villas on the water, and Mikel Naccarato's "Remembering" features a small fused glass piece mounted on cold-cast bronze. In photography, Debby Fuller's "Three Red Barns" illustrates an interesting intersection of architectural planes in rusty red colors.

A couple of paintings caught my eye. Carol Oliveira's "Meadow" depicts a storm waiting to happen in the green and oak-covered Central Coast hills, and the textured acrylic abstract design on canvas by Betsee Talavera is bright and colorful. We are so lucky to have so many talented artists in our community.

Cinque Terre
"Cinque Terr, Italye" by Joellen Chrones

Cedar Waxwing
"Cedar Waxwing" by Barbara Willey

Cypress Gallery has many gift items made by member artists and artisan crafts persons. You'll find a multitude of hand-crafted items priced affordably small original paintings and prints featuring Lompoc scenes, animals and florals, as well as jewelry, glass pieces, pottery, gourds, textile items and hand-crafted Lompoc souvenirs. There is also an extensive selection of greeting cards.

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