Explore the arts with 2nd Saturday Gallery Tour


July 11, 2018 — Enjoy Florence’s 2nd Saturday Gallery Tour on Saturday, July 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. This self-guided tour inspires locals and visiting tourists alike and reinforces Florence as an ever-evolving arts destination. Enjoy great local art, interactions with fellow patrons and artists, receptions, refreshments, live entertainment and community.

Backstreet Gallery

The work of artist Colleen McKnight will be spotlighted at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay St., in July. A reception, spread with refreshments and music, will be held on July 14, from 3 to 5 p.m.

McKnight has been decorating gourds since 2015. Before that, she was a floral designer and a crafter.

“I still have a hard time thinking of myself as an artist,” McKnight said. “I have taken several classes, but most of what I have learned comes from attending workshops with Backstreet Gallery members.”

She spends six months of the year in the coastal town of Florence and “soaks up as much sun” as she can during the six months she resides in Arizona.

McKnight’s pieces are for sale at Backstreet Gallery. She also makes custom pieces. Contact her at [email protected] or see her during the gallery tour.

Florence Regional Arts Alliance

Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) is getting a lead on the 2nd Saturday Gallery Tour by having a reception instead on Wednesday, July 11, at the Florence Events Center (FEC), 715 Quince St., from 5 to 7 p.m. This is the artist reception for FRAA and the Friends of the FEC’s “Spirit of Summer,” open now through August.

Many wonderful artists and their artwork showcasing the “Spirit of Summer” are now hung and on display at the FEC. You can stop in and view anytime, or stop by during the reception.

Artists will have the opportunity to win one of three People’s Choice Awards during this event. The award for first place will be $250, second place will be $150 and third place will be $100.

A ballot box will be at the FEC office during business hours, as well as at the reception.

Another exciting part of this exhibit will be “Patrons of the Artists,” people who will agree to purchase a piece of 2-D or 3-D artwork and will be honored during the show.

“We have such amazing and diversified talent in our coastal area, and this is an opportunity to show you, the artist, how much we appreciate all you offer to our community,” said the organizers.

Studios at Jayne Smoley Design

The Studios, 1458 First St., will feature artist Benjamin Cahoon in July.

Cahoon’s artwork expresses emo-
tionality and spirituality by using animals, people, architecture and urban themes.

He grew up in Florence, Ore., and is currently attending George Fox University, where he is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts and Art Administration.

Cahoon recognizes that God is the first and greatest artist, which is another reason that natural themes are prominent within his portfolio. Diversity in regards to medium choice is also important to him. Cahoon believes the world and the people in it are represented in a great number of ways. His artwork reflects this through the use of graphite, charcoal, acrylic paint, scratchboard, ceramics, photography and other media.

He seeks to use his experience with multiple mediums to find new and innovative ways to express himself.

Cahoon will be teaching a  Kid’s Summer Art Camp at The Studios, 1458 First St., from July 30 to Aug. 3.

For registration information, contact him at BenjaminJ
[email protected]