2015- Welcome to the New Year with New Artists, New Shows and New Artwork!


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.

Gene Olson ~ 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.

The subject matter transition also initiated a total change from acrylic paints to water-based oil paint, allowing the artist to mix color more thoroughly and to create softer edges. The artist has also, over this period of time, attempted to incorporate stronger dark and light spaces and the use of a larger range of colors in each space. The approach to the human subject is to explore softer relationships between and in spaces and less delineation of the form. For the artist this is an ongoing exploration as the media and the artist fuse.

Gene is a product of the Portland State University’s art and education programs, with advanced degrees in each area. He has taught art in high schools, at the university level, and served as a Cultural Director for the city of Concord, California.

Florence Events Center Photo
Exterior of the Florence Events Center

2015 ~ FEC Gallery Schedule

  • January ~ Gene Olsen Retrospective
  • February ~ FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS - Rent-a-Rod
  • March ~ The art show "Life In Our Town" will hang for the month of March at the FEC. It will be a "rent-a-rod" show and all artists are invited to participate. Publicity about the show and applications will be available soon.
  • April ~ April at the FEC - will be a FRAA members exhibit.
  • May ~
  • June ~
  • July ~ July at the FEC - will be a Backstreet Gallery members exhibit.
  • August ~
  • September -
  • October ~
  • November & December ~

Interior of Gallery One
Florence Events Center Interior Gallery One and Exterior