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"A Walk Through the Cypress"    

August 2018

by Terry Taylor

It's August! I hope you and your families have been enjoying all the fun activities at Old Town Market on Friday nights. Cypress Gallery joins in the fun by staying open until 7:00 p.m. on these days, so while you're shopping the farmers' market and enjoying the many food booths and live entertainment, plan to stop in, say hello and view the outstanding art.

This weekend you can look forward to the 16th Annual Lompoc Police Car Show, starting with Cruise Night on the 10th (5:00 to 8:00 p.m.) and the show at Ryon Park on Saturday the 11th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

July's People's Choice Award was given to Mikel Naccarato for his painting "Forest Night." Congratulations, Mikel. When you visit the Gallery, remember to vote for your favorite this month.

August's featured artist is Tonya Romano Schultz, who has a loyal following of people who enjoy the bold colors in her abstract paintings and textiles. The artist's statement for the show, entitled "Joy," defines art as "infinite possibilities and multiple directions of self-expression with joy and fun" and her artwork exemplifies these qualities again and again. My favorite pieces on display are "Street Art," a bold collage on a bright red background and a figurative piece (untitled) of a female painted in bold, warm colors on a multi-hued blue field.

The main gallery this month is showcasing some wonderful stuff. I like new member Emily Abello's hand-painted silk scarves so much I had to buy one. Fans of Angie Hamlin's bright coastal silhouettes will be excited to see "Kaanapali Sunset" and Linda Gooch's small mixed media floral piece called "Awesome Little Arrangement" will please many visitors.

The "Italian Stone Pines on South H" oil painting by Elizabeth Monks Hack made me feel like taking a shaded walk down the street. Lee Hill's cityscape reflecting in a body of water makes me curious about the title "Morning S.D." (San Diego? South Dakota?) and Alan Freeman's bright, whimsical acrylic painting "Miguelito Late Spring" tells me why is work is so highly regarded.

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, 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.

"Morning S.D." by Lee Hill "Untitled" by Tonya Schultz