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"A Walk Through the Cypress"    

September 2018

by Terry Taylor

It never ceases to amaze me at how fast time goes by, and when we get to September, I need to take a deep breath because I know it will get up to lightening speed when we zip to the holidays. At Cypress Gallery we are getting ready for "Artober" and all the art-related community activities coming next month: Mural in a Day by the Mural Society, Chalk Festival to support the Theater renovation project and our own LVAA "Art Hunt." I'll have more info on the Art Hunt next month; I think you and your families will enjoy this one.

August's People's Choice Award went to Elizabeth Monks Hack for her oil painting "Stone Pines on South H Street." Congratulations, Beth; the painting is still drawing attention in the gallery.

The featured artist for September is glass fusion artist Kristine Kelly, whose statement includes that she came to art "later in life" and by 2015 was learning to make landscapes in glass. She "loves layering glass to create new depths and colors" and she wants her work "to tell a story." These skillfully done pieces do just that. In April she was awarded first place at the National Glass Expo in Las Vegas, so you'll definitely want to visit the Gallery to view her unique work. Her show runs through September 23rd.

We have some handsome photography this month, submitted by Tom Chrones, Debby Fuller and Nancy Hall. Tom's "Low Level Run" will keep you guessing, but when you get it, you'll be amazed. Debby's photo of beach grass and an aging wooden fence made me long for the shore. Nancy, whose travels often take her to Africa, has submitted a piece featuring women and children in bright, colorful clothing, entitled "Welcome to Our Village."

Further back into the gallery, a botanical watercolor by Diane Reuter featuring birds, bees and butterflies and entitled "Potential," caught my eye. Mikel Naccarato loves seascapes, and his abstract painting style brings additional life to his work, as in his acrylic painting "Another Stormy Day." Chris Jeszeck's "Poppy" in oil, is simple but powerful, and Lee Hill's acrylic landscape "Hawk's Valley View" is beautiful, featuring our golden hills and green oaks. More hills and oaks are featured in Carol Oliveira's oil painting called, simply, "Oaks." Last, but definitely not least is Valerie deMille's acrylic abstract entitled "Summer Storm." I love it.

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, visit our 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

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.


Half Dome

"Oaks" by Carol Oliveira "Half Dome in Winter" by Kristine Kelly