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Jan Woodford Exhibit @ Oregon Pacific Banking Company

Oregon Pacific Bank will be exhibiting the art work of Jan Woodford during the month of October. Woodford left Oregon when she was 5, but always dreamed of returning to her home state. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Fine Art, and she has studied at the California Art Institute, as well as several other colleges and private workshops. In 1998, after raising three daughters, she and her husband moved to the beautiful Oregon Coast. Woodford serves on the Siuslaw Library Art Committee, and she coordinates a group of artists who paint portraits of people from live models. The group calls themselves “Figure 8.” She also paints with “the Artists of Old Town Coffee,” and is a member of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA). Woodford’s paintings are on display at Old Town Coffee and Gallery, the FRAA Art Center, and various galleries along the Oregon Coast.

@ Florence Events Center in Gallery One:
Ron Hildebrand and Claudia Ignatieff Featured

Ron Hildenbrand and Claudia Ignatieff will be the featured artists in Gallery One at the Florence Events Center during the month of October. An artist reception will be held during the Second Saturday Gallery Tour on Saturday, October 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and visitors will have a chance to visit the FRAA Autumn Art Festival, taking place the same day at the FEC. Raffle tickets will be on sale and the lucky winner of the drawing will go away with one of Hildenbrand’s oil paintings.


@ Florence Siuslaw Library Lobby Gallery ~ Figure 8 Group Exhibit

Figure 8, a local group of artists who paint or draw people from life, will show their works at the library in October. Figure 8 has been meeting together twice a month for more than 12 years, beginning at the old Jan Kunz Studio. Since then it has met at various locations, and the membership has changed over the years, but the group has continued.

Operating with a coordinator, but no instructor, a model will be posed in one position for 20 minutes at a time before they take a 5 minute break, then return to the same position. Models are taken from the Florence Community.

Recorded classical music usually plays in the background while the artists are in the process of creating, but occasionally the model has provided guitar or keyboard music while they are posing.

The group’s regular members are Virginia Korosec ( one of the leaders), Jan Landrum, Jeanette Frasca, Karen Baylis, Timothy Creager, Nancy Walker and Lola Simpson. If one of these artists can’t attend, a guest artist is called by Coordinator, Jan Woodford. Guest artists participating in this show are Mary Kellis, Karen Nichols, Susan Johnson, Patricia Ball, F Michael Wood, Akiko Helwig, Carole Hillsbery, and Phyllis Dickson.

Their portraits will be on display in the lobby gallery of the Siuslaw Library during the month of October.

Curator Dr. Joby Patterson talks about "Norma Bassett Hall- Printmaker" ~ Oct. 25th, 1 pm. Siuslaw Library Bromley Rm.

The library is going to host Dr. Joby Patterson at 1pm on Saturday, October 25th in the Bromley Room. Dr. Patterson has recently curated an exhibit of the prints by Norma Bassett Hall at the Schnitzer Museum on the University of Oregon campus. I was fortunate to see the exhibit and would encourage you to make time to hear about this fine artist. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.- from Mary Colgan-Bennetts, Siuslaw Library

F.R.A.A. NEWS Autumn Arts Festival

Attached is the flyer for Autumn Arts Festival this weekend.  Please invite your friends to come...we have over 26 artisan booths as well as a dozen artists showing their work.   There will be a reception Saturday afternoon from 3 – 5 pm during 2nd Saturday Gallery Tour and a drawing for a work of art...Admission is free.
Arts Festival Flyer

@ BACKSTREET : October, 2014~ Kathryn Damon-Dawson’s New Paintings Featured at Backstreet

Kathryn Damon-Dawson’s recent paintings from her series “Bird Dialogues” and “Urban Semantics” are at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street, from October 7 through November 4, 2014, where Kathryn is featured artist during October.

“Artistic vision comes from seeing with your eyes and feeling with your heart,” D. W. Patterson. This concept is reflected in Kathryn’s paintings. She utilizes digitally gathered forms but paints moment-in-time consciousness. “My painting, “It Takes a Colony,” is a 40” x 13” watercolor of 39 Common Murres. I sought to capture the alert-urgency of this colony of coastal birds while retaining individual identities through my choice of composition and unexpected use of vivid color,” says Damon-Dawson.



The Siuslaw Viewfinders Camera Club resumed monthly meetings in September and showed off the results of their summer assignment which was to capture three types of images:  landscapes, waterscapes and sunrises/sunsets.  Members had the difficult task of selecting the top three pictures in each of the three categories and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest was the subject of all the winners. 

Curt Peters’ Oregon Coast scene was the first place winner in landscapes, Patrice Lampton won first place in sunrise/sunset with her image of photographers at Thor’s Well near Cape Perpetua and Stephen Jones went to Sweet Creek to take his first place image in waterscapes. Second place winners include Larry Bacon in landscape, Jane Pittenger in waterscape and Ed Wilent in sunrise/sunset.  Third place was captured by Larry Bacon in waterscape and Stephen Jones won in both sunrise/sunset and landscape.

Viewfinfer's Club.

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.

Popular online art supply store.
Cheap Joes
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Dick Blick Art Supplies online.
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