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"A Walk Through the Cypress"    

May 2018

by Terry Taylor

Many of us in the Art Association along with community participants have been anxiously awaiting the "Something's Fishy" show, and it's here! One hundred plus creatively decorated fish, submitted by adults and kiddos alike, are hanging in the front room of the gallery. It's a sight to see: bright colors, interesting three-dimensional add-ons, dioramas and a large variety of art media used make these fish extraordinarily fun and special. The show runs through May 27th. You are invited to a "Something's Fishy" reception on Sunday, May 6th from 3 to 5 p.m. Have a snack, a glass of wine and enjoy the show. You don't want to miss this one.

One of the things I enjoy announcing in this column is the monthly "People's Choice" award. Since I didn't have space last month due to the long list of winners of LVAA's juried show, I have two awards to tell you about today. Bill Morson's bright photograph "Carnival Ride" was the favorite in March and Diane Atturio's striking watercolor entitled "Cardoon" was a big favorite in April. Congratulations to both of you.

Along with all the excitement of the fishy front room, there are some very nice pieces in the main gallery, submitted by LVAA members. I especially like Kathy Badrak's beautiful carved out gourd "Study in Movement" finished with an acrylic pour technique. Also three-dimensional, Mary Whittemore's sculpture "The Moon is Made of Cheese" is a whimsical wall-hanging. Mary, by the way, is the sculptor of the gallery's welcoming canine artist figure at the front door (Filbert.)

Walking around, "Grappolo d'uva," a beautiful watercolor by Rosalea Greenwood, catches my eye. Tom Heslop's watercolor "Flowing Gently" is skillfully done, as are a pair of oil paintings by Marilyn Stankewich called "Gold Sentinels" and "Hidden Trail." Lee Hill's acrylic painting "Mabry Mill, VA" is a study of a quiet setting. All of these beg me to take a walk in the woods.

Vicki Andersen has several of her bright and lively acrylic paintings on display and I especially like "Garden Arch." Vicki's florals are always popular. Trish Campbell's "The Valley" is evocative of Van Gogh, but with Trish's vibrant style and color palette shining through.

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, including cards and gifts for Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13th.

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 at the gallery or online at lompocart.com.

Our monthly general membership meetings are open to the public and feature an art demonstration or video presentation after refreshments and a short business meeting. The meetings are held most first Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Stone Pine Hall, 200 South H Street, Lompoc. Please join us at the next meeting, which will be held June 5th.

Cypress Gallery is operated by the members of the Lompoc Valley Art Association and is located at 119 East Cypress Avenue, Lompoc. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. 805-737-1129, lompocart.com .

Something's Fishy at the Cypress Garden Arch by Vicki Andersen