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It's July (already!) and families are excited today because Lompoc's 4th of July fireworks spectacular is tonight.  Americans' love for fireworks is bested only by our love of freedom, defended by the men and women serving in the armed forces and also by politically active people who participate in the democratic process.  And this democratic process is what makes America great, as it always has been.  Happy Birthday, America!

June's People's Choice Award was given to Lee Hill for his acrylic painting "Passage."  Congratulations, Lee.  When you visit the gallery (and I hope you come at least once a month to see the changing displays) be sure to pick out a favorite piece and vote for it; our artists feel privileged to receive the monthly award and love the ability to display the art another month with no entry fee.

July's featured artist is Louie Regalado who has given his show the name "A Splash of California."  Louie uses acrylics and spray paint to create his colorful, contemporary landscapes and animal paintings.  My favorite piece in this show is a sunset view from "Pismo Pier."  I also like "Humpbacks," a bright ocean piece with sprayed background and paint-splattered foreground.  Louie says he is very much influenced by other artists, but I also see an artist whose work is anything but ordinary.  Please join the artist and LVAA members at a reception on Thursday, July 12th to enjoy the art throughout the gallery and have some refreshments.

In the main gallery, there are lots of paintings and photographs to view and a nice collection of fused glass by Joellen Chrones.  Her table piece "Bird of Paradise" will be the center of attention in any setting.  We have a selection of watercolor paintings by Rosalea Greenwood Tom Heslop, Chris Jeszeck and others.  I'm drawn, especially, to Diane Reuter's "Another Beginning" depicting a woman gardening--simple yet powerful.

Oil painters Carol Oliveira and Neil Andersen have submitted two beauties "Spring" by Carol and "Beattie Park" by Neil.  There are powerful seascapes in acrylic done by Mikel Naccarato, "Showers," and a variety of ocean scenes by Angie Hamlin.

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, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, committed to expanding and supporting access and exposure to the arts in the Lompoc and Santa Ynez Valley. LVAA sponsors arts programs, events, communications, and other efforts that mutually benefit artists, businesses, residents and visitors to our Valley. To learn more about the arts in the Valley, check out more of this website and like our Facebook page “Cypress Gallery." 

The gallery is located at 119 East Cypress Avenue, Lompoc.  Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. 805-737-1129, lompocart.com .  On Fridays, during Old Town Market months, the gallery remains open until 7:00 p.m.

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 here and drop it off at the gallery.

"Pismo Pier" by Louie Regalado "Bird of Paradise" by Joellen Chrones