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Welcome to 2015 and Happy New year! The recent last year has been a busy and productive year for everyone in the arts. We look forward to another great year.

kENNETHbgALLERY lOGOKennethBGallery Workshops ~ January thru February, 2015

Kenneth B Gallery - Contemporary art, community printmaking lab, and film house.  This gallery features local and regional artists, workshops, weekly art classes, live entertainment, movies and private events. For additional information go to KennethBGallery.com or call

 541-999-5875 ~ 1458 1st Street, Old Town Florence, OR.

Book online or by Phone..

OCF arts grant applications!

First, our flagship Community Grants Program has more grant dollars than ever before to award for arts and culture, due to the addition of monies from the Fred W. Fields Fund. Application deadlines in 2015 are Jan. 15 and July 15. Priorities includes strengthening and stabilizing organizations; supporting collaborations; supporting appreciation of diverse cultures and art forms; community-based arts education; and audience development. Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000, with an average award of $20,000. Please visit here for more details: http://www.oregoncf.org/grants-scholarships/grants/community-grants.

Next, our second application cycle for Creative Heights has begun. Letters of inquiry are due February 15th. This grant program helps arts and culture organizations to test new ideas and stretch their creative capacity. Project grants range from $10,000 to $125,000 and can be spent over a two-year period. More information and descriptions of projects funded in the first round can be found here:


Finally, our Small Grants for Arts and Culture will have a summer deadline. The program awards one-year grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to arts organizations with operating budgets under $100,000. It is ideal for reaching rural areas, and lesser-known or emerging arts organizations. Information about grants awarded in 2014 is available here:


Questions about these programs— either from you or a nonprofit—may be addressed to Jeff Geiger, Program Officer, Southern Willamette Valley, at 541.431.7099 or jgeiger@oregoncf.org.


During the month of February, Florence Events Center is offering a “RENT-A-ROD” opportunity for local artists which celebrates animals, and benefits the Florence Area Humane Society. The exhibit in Gallery One is titled “FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS.” Artists can purchase one or more rods for $20.00 each. Each rod can hold up to three pieces of art – paintings, photography, mixed media, etc. The glass case is also available for 3-D items - $20.00 for up to 3 items.

This is a great opportunity for artists to showcase their art, as well as support our local animal shelter. Domestic animals, wildlife, sea life, birds – all animal art is welcome. Your art work will be viewed by many visitors to the FEC, including an all day reception on January 31st to kick-off this month-long exhibit. This special day will feature refreshments, photos taken of people’s pets, and a raffle to win an original oil painting of your pet by well-known local artist Ron Hildenbrand.

To get the rent-a-rod application, go on-line to sandia@eventcenter.org, or go to the Office at the FEC during regular business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 715 Quince St. to apply. DEADLINE for applications is JANUARY 23rd.

@ BACKSTREET : January 2015 - Pacific North Wet Comes to Backstreet

Brr it’s cold and wet outside and Backstreet artists have captured it in their own unique way for the Pacific North Wet show as January’s theme. With twenty-some artists there are sure to be a diversity of interpretations. The reception, with great food and drink, is January 10th, 3-5 PM, at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay St. during the Second Saturday Gallery Tour.

VIEW FINDERS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB ~ January 2015 Photo Contest : Light Painting

The theme for January assigned to the Siuslaw Viewfinders Camera Club was to experiment with light painting. The technique is open to a variety of methods to achieve the end of having a photograph produced with a hand held light source that illuminates only part of the scene at one time. The variety and quality of the submitted photographs was stunning. Next month will be our annual banquet on February 7th at the Elk's Club. The theme for February is “Macro”.

First place was awarded to Jane Pittenger with a picture called Getting Ready To Go for a Drive on a Starry Night. “This photo was Taken in Ghost town near Las Vegas called Techatticup. Flashlights were used for light painting, one with green filter." - Jane Pittenger. Second place, awarded to Stephen Jones, is a photograph of a whiskey glass illuminated by a high powered laser. Larry Bacon won third place with My Sweet Ride. “The picture was taken in my garage and lit primarily with a penlight in a process that took more than 12.5 minutes." - Larry Bacon See more images by Viewfinder's Club Members.

@ Florence Events Center: Jaunuary - Gene Olsen Retrospective

A new retrospective exhibit by Florence artist Gene Olson is on display at Gallery One at the Florence Events Center during January. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Friday, January 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The FEC is located at 715 Quince Street in Florence. This show explores the artist’s transition from mainly maritime subject matter to his new field of painterly studies, the human being as an integral part of nature.

Coming up ~ The art show "Life In Our Town" will hang for the month of March at the FEC and is being organized by the FEC art committee. It will be a "rent-a-rod" type show and all artists are invited to participate. Publicity about the show and applications will be available soon.

April at the FEC - will be a FRAA members exhibit.

July at the FEC - will be a Backstreet Gallery members exhibit.

NEW WORK by Antonio Castro and Susan Canavarro 2015

Antonio Castro has updated his page with three new images. Green Figure is a particularly striking image due to the complimentary colors of a bright red with a more muted green central figure. SusanUpEndedCanavarro has added one new image called Upended. It is an upside-down view of the Siuslaw Bridge-overhead structure. Showing it upside-down forces the viewer to perceive it as abstract rather than "bridge". On another note, Susan's Whiskers, also abstracted, won People's Choice in the November 2014 Library Hang-it-All.

Second Saturday Art Gallery Tour

The Second Saturday Gallery Tour from 3-5PM has begun. Get locations and phone numbers here.


Backstreet Gallery: 1421 Bay St. Open daily 10-6PM
Old Town Coffee and Gallery: 125 Nopal St. Open Daily 8-6PM
The Gallery Above the Silver Lining Boutique: 2217 Highway 101. Open Mon. – Sat. Open 11-5:30 PM.
Vardanian Gallery: 1287 Bay St. Open Sat., Sun.: 12-5 PM
River Gallery: 1335 Bay St., Open daily 11-5PM
Pacific Frameworks: 2420 Hwy. 101 * Store hours Tues. through Sat. 11-5PM * 541 997-1138 local artists plus framing.
The Siuslaw Public Library: 1460 9th St. Open Mon. 10-6 PM, Tues. & Wed. 10-8 PM, Thurs.& Sat. 10-6PM Sun. 1-5PM
FRAA - Florence Regional Arts Alliance is located at 4969 Hwy. 101. Suite #4 -Open Tuesday - Friday 12-4PM and Saturday 9-4PM.
Kenneth B. Gallery & Print Lab Project - The hours are Wednesday - Sunday 1-8PM, or by appointment (541-999-5875). (Located behind the Old Town Coffee Shop)
FEC Florence Events Center: 715 Quince St. Click here to see info.

Start your tour at any gallery and enjoy the outstanding Florence art community. The next tour is Sept. 13, However you may enjoy the galleries during their regular hours also.

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