The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center, 290 Highway 101, features a different local art exhibit each month. Their September display of local artistry features a variety of pieces from members of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA).
The artists exhibiting at the Chamber in September represent more than 100 members and sponsors, all who share in FRAA’s mission of supporting all the arts, and making Florence an arts destination. FRAA is a non-profit art center and gallery at 120 Maple Street in Florence.
“FRAA’s display features some amazing local work and we’re honored to have it this month,” says Chamber executive director Bettina Hannigan. “The Chamber’s visitor center should be on everyone’s list of shops and galleries if they’re interested in viewing great local art, and we change it monthly.”
The September-only exhibit includes Florence and coastal-themed pieces such as watercolor paintings by Kim D. Miller and Marsha Horner; colored pencil works by Jane Connelley; oil paintings by Claudia Ignatieff, John Leasure, Ron Hildenbrand, and Patti Williams; acrylic painting by Bob Hefty; photography by Charles Draper and Ken McDougal; stained glass by Tina Shoys; fused glass by Kristin Anderson; and driftwood art by Andy Nedder and Edie Carhart.
“We want to commend the Chamber for offering the many galleries and studios in Florence the opportunity to give visitors an artistic glance of all that Florence has to offer,” says FRAA board president Kristin Anderson.
“Members join FRAA with a wide range of interests and talents, including painting, photography, jewelry, mosaics, stained and fused glass, woodworking, writing, ocean art, knitting, textile arts, and pottery, to name a few,” explains Anderson. “We also have excellent teachers who offer classes to the community in such subjects as painting, writing, jewelry making, and crocheting. FRAA is also proud to offer local youth an opportunity to exhibit their artwork on a designated youth art wall at their gallery.”
“They also join FRAA to support the many community events FRAA is involved in, such as literary salons, writing classes, poetry events, Second Saturday Art Tours, and special events such as FlorenceFest ’18 (the wine, jazz, and art event April 30 and May 1 at the Florence Events Center), the Christmas Festival, Winter Music Festival (January 12-14, 2018 at the FEC), and Rhody Days,” she adds.
In September, the Chamber’s Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (until 2:00 p.m. beginning September 16). 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.