The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center features a different local art exhibit each month. In February the exhibit spotlights a variety of works by local and Northwest artists from The Blue Heron Gallery in Old Town.
“Visitors will find a beautiful display of a wide variety of jewelry, sculpture, and artwork in several mediums by locally-, regionally-, and nationally-acclaimed artists,” says Jack Butler, owner of the Blue Heron Gallery, Sticks and Stones Gallery, and Wind Drift Gallery. “It’s exciting to be invited to participate in the Chamber’s monthly exhibit,” he adds. “We appreciate that the Chamber supports our vibrant arts community.”
“We are delighted to have a sampling of The Blue Heron’s collection on display at the Chamber’s Visitor Center this month,” says Chamber executive director Bettina Hannigan. “The Chamber is listed in the local art tour map because of our monthly displays of photography, paintings, or three-dimensional art by local artists and galleries. Our local art community is a major contributor to our success in promoting tourism.”
“Each of our three galleries offers something different,” Butler explains. “The variety found in our shops, and the other great shops in Old Town, sets Florence apart from other communities on the coast where you can go into a half-dozen different shops and find the same thing over and over. There is a tremendous diversity of artistic work, especially local work, in Florence.”
“It’s exciting to see the Florence art community’s profile growing. This area has always had an appreciation for art and an abundance of talent. With every new artist who moves to town they bring new flavors to add to our diverse offerings, and that keeps our local arts community on the upswing,” Butler adds. “Art is growing in its importance in enhancing Florence’s tourism business, and that helps all businesses.”
The Blue Heron Gallery is a contemporary craft gallery focusing on American made craft at 1385 Bay Street in Florence. Their phone number is 541-997-7993 and their website is oregoncoastgalleries.net.
The Chamber’s Visitor’s Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information about the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce and how to join or volunteer, drop by 290 Highway 101, visit FlorenceChamber.com, or call 541-997-3128.