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oin us as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary of our Cypress Gallery. We have many events planned throughout the

month of July. We start with our Featured show, “Expressions.” Over 40 past and present members of the Gallery

were given 4x4 inch canvases and were told to do whatever they wanted. Some artists chose to create in their favorite

medium while others explored. There are a variety of paintings, drawings, photographs, gourds, fused glass, and so much

more! All of the 4x4’s will be of-

fered for $25 each. It is a perfect

way to be able to get some special

pieces.

A Celebration reception at the

gallery will be held on Saturday,

July 13, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm,

come by to meet the Artists and

enjoy refreshments while you

browse the gallery. The show be

on exhibit from June 25 through

July 28, 2019.

Other events planned are a Rib-

bon Cutting on July 1, art classes

for Kids on July 20 and an Adult

art class on July 27.

The Lompoc Valley Arts Asso-

ciation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit,

committed to expanding and sup-

porting access and exposure to the

arts in the Lompoc and Santa Ynez Valley. LVAA sponsors arts programs, events, communications, and other efforts that

mutually benefit artists, businesses, residents and visitors to our Valley.

To learn more about the arts in the Valley, visit our website

www.lompocart.org

and Like our Facebook page “Cypress

Gallery”

www.thelompocvision.com

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Lompoc Valley Art Association

“Expressions”

Cypress Gallery, 119 E. Cypress, Lompoc, CA 93436

June 25 through July 28, 2019

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rtist Elizabeth Monks Hack will exhibit her oil paint-

ings “Small Town Abstractions” at the Grossman Gal-

lery, Lompoc Library, throughout the month of July.

The paintings are part of a ongoing series begun in 2003. While

referencing the small town of Lompoc and its environs, the

work is intended to generate abstraction through realism, add-

ing layers of thinking and feeling to visual experience.

Monks Hack has called Lompoc home since 1982. As early as

she can recall, art and culture have been central to her life.Along

with painting she is engaged in music, fashion, illustration and

cartooning. She graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in

Studio Art, with a focus in costume and theater arts, followed

by a year at

FIDM. Prior

to coming to Lompoc, she worked in the fashion industry, designing

and manufacturing clothing. Later degrees were earned from Chapman

and CSU Dominquez Hills, where she completed graduate work in the

Humanities. Monks Hack worked many years as an art instructor for the

Lompoc Unified School District, Allan Hancock College and Brandman

University.

Early travels to Europe, the Middle East, India and Nepal introduced

Monks Hack to global travel as a means to witness first hand the great

art and culture of the world’s peoples. Subsequent residence in Morocco,

frequent stays in Japan, and visits with friends and family abroad con-

tinue to flavor her views, palette, and images. Along with fine art produc-

tion, she is currently engrossed in her cartoon creation Compass Rose

Artist Elizabeth Monks hack to exhibit painting series

“Small Town Abstractions” at the Grossman Gallery

Voyager, featuring an adventurous art scholar who travels

the world in the pursuit and rescue of legendary art.

The beauty and patterns of nature and the simplicity

of life in the Lompoc Valley have remained a continu-

ous source of inspiration. In the milky coastal light, small

downtown streets, the beach at Surf, and the chaparral-

covered hills, she finds a palette for her ideas of pictorial

space. In developing a painting, perspecitve and spatial

structures are blocked in, and often these lines and shapes

remain to become a part of the design. Varying in size from

small to monumental, the images begin with conventional

notions of the natural and urban landscape and then take a

few turns. Her intent is to evoke the dimension and feel-

ing of a place in time, of history, of human intervention, of

time passing. These paintings represent aspects of the small

town visual experience; humble, authentic, and in its own

special way, beautiful. Monks Hack hopes that the viewer

will find in them a new way to look at their world.

The Grossman Gallery is located in the Lompoc Library,

501 E. North St., Lompoc. The show is open during library

hours. An artist reception with be held on Sunday, July 7,

from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Call (805) 875-8775 for information.

See her work at

<www.elizabethmonkshack.com

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