Experience the arts with 2nd Saturday Gallery Tour

Dec. 5, 2018 — Enjoy Florence’s 2nd Saturday Gallery Tour on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. This self-guided tour shows how Florence is an ever-evolving arts destination. Experience great local art, interactions with fellow patrons and artists, receptions, live entertainment and the community.

Alissa Clark Clayworks

Alissa Clark Clayworks, 180 Laurel St., features Clark’s cheerful designs and bright colors in whimsical pottery. She will be open during the 2nd Saturday Gallery Tour and showcasing small stocking stuffers for the holiday. The Clayworks is available for classes and open studio time.

Backstreet Gallery

A dynamic duo, Kristin Anderson, fused glass artist, and Kathleen Wenzel, jeweler, are center stage at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay St. The public is invited to their reception on Dec. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Anderson liberated herself several years ago from her engineering job by adding color and design to her life through fused glass. She enjoys the technical side, “such as the chemical composition and how the glass viscosity can change how it fuses with heat.”

Her newest focus is joining metal with glass. Her experiments result in distinctive gleaming pieces ranging from utilitarian to decorative, such as plates, picture frames, vases, urns and more. Her vibrant pendants and earrings are eye-catchers to enrich any outfit.

Wenzel enjoys another side to glass art through her use of seed beads, spinning the tiny beads into intricate jewelry. Weaving her pieces, she often adds a 3-D design, as in her pouch necklaces. New in 2018 is her enamel work with kiln and torch enameling on copper. She works both wet and dry enamels with glass bits and found objects.

“I especially like free-form abstract earrings and necklaces,” she said. Her creations are distinctive additions to any wardrobe.

Florence Events Center

Throughout December, Florence Events Center Galleries One & Five continue to display the “Wish You Were Here!” PostCard Art Exhibition and the BeauxArts Innovational Celebration at 715 Quince St. Both galleries are filled with local art curated by Florence artist Jo Beaudreau, who owns BeauxArts Fine Art Materials and coordinates the 2nd Saturday Gallery Tour in Florence.

Come see 4-by-6-inch art created by community members, with the option to purchase incredible art from local artists at a great price point.

Next door, at the Innovational Celebration, view works from recently deceased local artist Wolfgang (Emil) Hofmann and invited community members in a celebration of arts, innovative techniques and amazing talent.

Florence Regional Arts Alliance

FRAA, 120 Maple St. in Historic Old Town, is pleased to introduce the December Featured Youth Artist, Nathan Pfaff, as well as Featured Artist Elizabeth “Edie” Carhart. Both artists will be featured at a reception on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. The community is invited to come and meet these two talented artists, while enjoying holiday refreshments.

Pfaff is a 14-year-old ninth- grader who is homeschooled. He discovered his favorite medium one summer while doing yard work for a friend, who introduced him to a form of art called Zentangle. This is basically a stress relieving form of drawing that uses repetitive patterns. Pfaff’s media of choice are Micron pens and Prismacolor pencils.

“Zentangle provides me with a creative outlet that I hope others will enjoy as much as I do,” he said.

Carhart was raised in a small town known as “The Artist Colony.” Graduating from high school with a Festival of Arts Scholarship Award, she then attended the University of Idaho. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in textiles and fibers, and a Minor in Cultural Anthropology.

Carhart retired in 2005 and devoted her time to creating mixed media art with an emphasis on silk painting. Her artist signature is “Zabeth.”

“For me, art is a passion. The doing, the process … is the thing,” she said.

FRAA is also offering customers a special way to do some Christmas shopping/decorating while giving back to youth in our area. FRAA artists are donating all sales of the handmade items on the gallery’s “Spirit of Giving” Christmas tree to the Mapleton Art Program.

Gallery Above Silver Linings Boutique

The Gallery Above is featuring Janey DiMuro’s ninth annual art show and Rhonda Butler and her incredible wood workings.

“We want to ring in the holidays with kindness towards others, health and happiness for all while filling people’s eyes with beautiful local artistic creations,” said Silver Linings owner Kimberly Fleenor. “This cornucopia of creativity by these fascinating Florence artists will not only delight the eyes but possibly inspire hidden terrific talents inside others in this amazing town.”

DiMuro is exceptionally well known for her incredible pillows made from fabrics from around the world. Each one is a unique and inspired creation of mixed textures and handmade buttons. All are collectibles and make wonderful holiday gifts, especially at an affordable price point.

Additionally, DiMuro composes thought provoking topical collages of current events of happenings around the globe.

Butler is a masterful magician with wood workings that she collects from her property whilst clearing the paths. Some of her items are statuesque, stand-alone figures, some are sushi boards, others are jewelry or contemporary wood collages.

“Many of us are guilty of continually walking by many woods without realizing their innate and extreme beauty, colors and intricate grains that are inherent to their nature,” said Fleenor. “Rhonda has the complex abilities to bring out the various beauties that Mother Nature has provided them with — but which we seldom notice. She capitalizes on each kind of wood’s unique qualities to create incredible art.”

All of these artistic creations make wonderful gifts for the whole family and all your friends.

Heffy’s Gallery

Heffy’s Gallery, Florence’s newest gallery, highlights Dan Heffy’s incredible wood art, arguably the best wood carvings on the coast. Heffy doesn’t use paint, stain or glass eyes in his works of art he has been making for over 40 years art. His attention to detail is second to none. He makes many of his tools himself, which allows him to produce the painstaking details that truly define his work. The coloration he achieves is a real testament to his abilities.

For the holidays, Heffy’s Gallery is having a special sale on select items.

Stop by the gallery and studio Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at 1856 Highway 101, Suite B, in Florence.

Siuslaw Public Library

“Our 2nd Saturday will be crazy this year because it is our annual gingerbread house decorating day!” said Siuslaw Public Library Director Meg Spencer.

Besides the art displays in the lobby and throughout the library — featuring Siuslaw Viewfinders and a special collection of Legos and Barbies in the lobby case — Dec. 8 will be a great chance for families to visit the library.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children and families are welcome to stop by the library, 1460 Ninth St., to decorate a “gingerbread house.” All supplies are free — and kids often get messy.

The library preassembles the houses from royal icing and graham crackers and provides icing, candy, cookies and other fun embellishments.

Studios at Jayne Smoley Design

In December, Jayne Smoley will continue to unveil her next latest project: curated gift boxes just right for the season. From wedding gifts to Christmas presents, these boxes contain pieces by local artists as well as goodies and products all sourced within the Pacific Northwest.

December’s featured artist is resident artist Gigi Lassan, who brings a French flair to her works in painting, mixed media and jewelry. In “Avec Le Temps,” she looks at time through copper, brass, stainless steel and just a touch of whimsy.

The Studios also has Smoley and Tamarah Phillips as resident artists, featuring fused glass by Smoley, who offers classes each month, and vibrant oil paintings by Phillips. The new Pilates at The Studios also gives people the chance to get moving in a beautiful location in Old Town.