It's February and the Cypress Gallery has reopened with beautiful new stained concrete floors in the main gallery areas and ceramic tile in the other rooms. A group of dedicated Lompoc Valley Art Association members scrubbed and dusted and the gallery is ready to shine. Join us for a "reveal" reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday and enjoy wine, snacks and our new look.

When you come to the reception or the next time you drop into the gallery, get your information and wooden fish to participate in our "Something Fishy" project, open to the entire community, including kids. For $5 each, you'll have the chance to decorate/paint/embellish your fish (or fishes) to hang in the special show in May.

There's still time to get your loved ones and best friends something for Valentine's Day, including themed wall hangings, cards, glass pieces, jewelry and other gift items.

People's Choice Award for December went to Vicki Andersen for her acrylic painting "Point Conception Lighthouse." Her boldly colored canvasses are a favorite of many people. Congratulations, Vicki!

Member artists had lots of time in January when the gallery was closed to create some new, delightful pieces. Mickel Naccarato's "Beach Walk" is a large piece in acrylic and canvas with a Plexiglas and shell "shadow box." I love the soft nautical hues of this painting. Trish Campbell's "Seagull Landing," painted in crisp blues and white, made me feel I could hear the birds call as they came to rest on the rocks in the ocean. Diane Atturio's watercolor and mixed media piece, titled "Red Freesia," is a bright spot of color.

As you browse, remember to look at all the ceramic and glass pieces on display. I especially like Joellen Chrones' "Sunflower" plate. There's lots of photography, too, from Tom Chrones, Jane Kametani and Lynda Schiff.

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Make Cypress Gallery your gift shop. You will find a fine selection of small items, Lompoc souvenirs and greeting cards for all occasions, as well as affordable paintings and prints.

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Lompoc Valley Art Association (LVAA) meets the first Tuesday of most every month and meetings are open to the public. Plan to attend for a social half-hour beginning 6:30 p.m., followed by a short business meeting and a special art presentation by a local artist or video presentation. Meetings are held at Stone Pine Hall, 200 South H St. in Lompoc.

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Cypress Gallery, operated by the members of the LVAA, is located at 119 East Cypress Ave. in Lompoc. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 737-1129 or visit lompocart.com.

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