The Gallery Above features Butler, DiMuro


Oct. 25, 2022 — The community is invited to come and celebrate the holiday season at The Gallery Above The Silver Lining Boutique with Janey DiMuro and Rhonda Butler, both prolific and industrious local artists. The opening will be on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.

During the event, there will be pre-packages goodies, champagne and festivities.

“It has been three entire years since they have had a show and everyone is excited to see their spectacular new creations,” said boutique owner Kimberly Fleenor.

Butler and DiMuro will be featured during the months of November and December with their cornucopia of creative works to be hung in people’s homes, given as special gifts or enjoyed by the recipient.

DiMuro’s primary focus are her collectible one-of-a-kind pillows that are original pieces of artwork in extraordinary fabrics from around the world, while Butler’s attention is given strictly to her fine locally made wood creations including sushi boards, flights, trivets and jewelry that is one-of-a-kind.

“Nature is the best designer and the forest that surrounds us is my favorite place to be,” said Butler. “Whenever I spend time in the forest, I am amazed at the beauty and variety of visual patterns. The forest is so generous in so many ways — it is a great privilege.”

For both artists, it is all about the beauty, inspired by the incredible surroundings here on the Oregon Coast.

“There is a kind of alchemy in both artist’s presentations. Butler transforms and brings out the natural patterns in the various woods she gathers from each genus of trees and plant life. The wood takes on a new life in her abstract sculptures, hair barrettes, sushi boards ornaments and jewelry. Her jewelry is truly spectacular and you must see it to believe it!” Fleenor said.

Butler’s wood creations are to be enamored, worn, hung and functionally used and delighted to be received as gifts from a loved one. All of the proceeds from Butler’s works go to support Food Share and feed the hungry, while The Silver Lining takes nothing.

Meanwhile, DiMuro’s pillows are full of surprises.

“I love texture and color — the velvety feelings of different fabrics paired together in unexpected ways. A hand-woven Guatemalan pillow coupled with a delicate gorgeous piece of Chinese silk,” she said.

According to Fleenor, “Simply gorgeous. Remarkable. Tender tactile magic! Each of DiMuro’s fabrics tell a story, just like her collages. … Her pillows are to be hugged and cherished and gifted away.”

The show will be presented during the Second Saturday Gallery Show at The Gallery Above Silver Lining Boutique, 2217 Highway 101 in Florence.

“In this digital age, a hand-crafted gift is especially meaningful,” Fleenor said. “It is all about the love and appreciation of all the beauty and those around us. I am personally inviting all who love the holidays, love beautiful locally made art works and celebrate the beauty that is always around us loving lucky locals, to come and see these wonderful works from November to December.”

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