The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center, 290 Highway 101, features a different local artist each month. Their August display of local artistry features a variety of pieces from The River Gallery.
“The River Gallery’s display features some amazing local work. People should make the Chamber’s Visitor Center a regular stop when traveling Florence’s art scene,” says Chamber executive director Bettina Hannigan. “ This month there are four oil paintings of coastal scenes by Gary O’Gara, three watercolor paintings of coastal scenes by John Bradley, and five photographs by Jan Jagoe—three different images of the Siuslaw River Bridge, one beach sunset, and one beautiful Oregon blue sky and clouds.
“I feel very honored to have been selected for the August exhibition,” says Jan Jagoe, owner of The River Gallery. “The Chamber’s art exhibits help promote Florence galleries and local artists. Visitors will see the beauty of the Oregon Coast and will be inspired to stay and play.”
Jan and her husband Brian own and operate The River Gallery. They feature watercolors, oil paintings, photography, zentangle, wood work, pottery, jewelry, fused glass, hanging stained glass panels, wood carvings, as well as hand-blown glass floats, bowls, and vases.
“I’ve always dreamed of opening an art gallery featuring local artists, so The River Gallery is a dream come true,” she explains. Jan studied art and photography at San Diego State University, and photography with the renowned Paul Johnson.
“I love to share the beautiful things that I see through my camera’s lens,” she says.
The River Gallery hosts summer artist receptions, and Second Saturday Art Walks from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. year around. To enjoy their full variety of works by more than 20 local artists visit The River Gallery at 1335 Bay St. (at the corner of Laurel and Bay Streets). They are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information call 541-902-2505 or visit their website at therivergallery.org.
The Chamber’s Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each month the Chamber features new two- and three-dimensional exhibits by local artists and galleries. For more information about the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, and how to join or volunteer, visit FlorenceChamber.com or call 541-997-3128.