LOCAL ARTIST JO BEAUDREAU EXHIBITS AT CHAMBER’S VISITOR CENTER

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center, 290 Highway 101, features an everchanging exhibit of local artists’ work. Their newest display of local artistry features mixed media encaustics by Jo Beaudreau, owner of BeauxArts Fine Art Materials and Gallery in Florence.  Encaustic is an painting technique using pigments mixed with hot wax and resin that has been used for centuries.  “This year’s works featured a challenge since we have been living in challenging times – why not embrace and take it head on?,” asked Beaudreau. Beaudreau chose to set some guidelines for herself which incorporated round shapes in various sizes and neon colors. With these parameters she was able to create unique works of abstract landscapes—colorful and surreal images of forest, lake, beach, sunrise, sunset, and more—while using her popular encaustic techniques. “Neon colors are, appropriate to our times, a challenge—hard to work with—because they are so vibrant. Not many artists use neon colors in […]

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES WINNING DESIGN FOR STREETSCAPE BANNERS

Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Florence, Central Lincoln PUD, and Three Rivers Casino Resort is preparing to hang festive, colorful banners on power and light poles along the Highway 101 corridor and at the casino. The Chamber announced the effort in mid-May and had a call-to-artists for banner designs open through June 30. Lane County artist Tara Kemp’s designs were selected by the Chamber. Fine-tuning of the designs wrapped up in September. Kemp will receive $1000 for her suite of designs featuring paintings that cover the scope of local food, entertainment, sea life, and the area’s beautiful and diverse landscape. The first set of banners are scheduled to be installed soon. “I love it that the Chamber, the City of Florence, and their partners value creating a positive impression of the area through a visual display. I love it that they value creativity and […]

FLORENCE CHAMBER ANNOUNCES 2021 PHOTO CONTEST, CASH PRIZE

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for the best amateur or professional photos of the fun, frolic, famous attractions, iconic buildings, and beautiful scenery of Oregon’s Coastal Playground. The winner will collect a $250 cash prize and have their submitted photo featured in the Chamber’s resource guide and other printed marketing pieces, on their website, and in social media. A panel of Chamber members will decide the winner. The winner will be announced the week of November 1, 2021. Deadline for entry is October 15, 2021. For more contest information, entry forms, and image release waivers visit FlorenceChamber.com/2021PhotoContest, call 541-997-3128, or e-mail Contest@FlorenceChamber.com. “We call this place Oregon’s Coastal Playground for a reason,” says Bettina Hannigan, the Chamber’s President and CEO, “so we’re looking for outstanding amateur or professional photos that convey our coastal playground theme. So download your best photos from you smartphone or camera and send […]

UPDATE: JULY 4 FIREWORKS IN FLORENCE WILL BE A BLAST

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, the Port of Siuslaw and the City of Florence have come together to save Florence’s annual 4th of July fireworks display. The fireworks will be shot over the Siuslaw River from the east end of the Siuslaw Port Campground in Historic Old Town beginning at about 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, to provide a multitude of great vantage points for spectators. “Over the past two weeks, we have been holding our collective breaths, biting our nails, and working with key stakeholders—the show’s producer Western Display Fireworks, the Port of Siuslaw, and the City of Florence—for a safe contingency plan in the event that circumstances changed,” said chamber president/CEO Bettina Hannigan. With the governor’s ruling last Friday, the circumstances did change. “The Port, Western Display, and the Chamber, with support from the City, were excited to be able to reverse course on our May […]

Let’s talk about the Hwy Banner Program with KXCR!

The Chamber is launching a Banner program for Hwy 101 from the bridge to Fred Meyers, up Hwy 126, into Old Town and the Casino. Listen and find out more about this exciting opportunity to share our love of Florence with 4 million cars that drive through a year!   https://florencechamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/KXCR-Banner-CofC-BettinaHannigan-1.mp3

Nominations Open for Phoenix Rising – 2021 Siuslaw Awards July 22, 2021

Together our business community has risen from the ashes, while we keep moving upward. The Chamber community is looking towards brighter days ahead, while we prepare to recognize those who inspired us during the past 14 months. Not only do we wish to hear your nominations, but the stories behind them. Share with us who you feel not only survived, but thrived. Was there a business who made the best out of a difficult situation, who’s innovation lead to inspiring others to do the same? Do you know of a caring individual, organization or group of people that put the needs of the community above their own? We want to hear how they touched the lives of others. How about those brave souls who were determined enough to start a business during a pandemic? Give them a nod. We cannot forget the business owners and employees who worked on the front lines providing […]