The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] – Volume 22, Number 27
Valley Art Gallery features beach paintings by local artist Taffy French-Gray
By Caleb Wiseblood
The Valley Art Gallery presents Life’s a Beach: Avila to Venice, a new solo exhibition at Santa Maria Airport, which is expected to remain on view until the end of September. This exhibition features a collection of beach-themed landscapes, seascapes and portraits by oil painter Taffy French-Gray, who will be on display at the airport during a special guided tour and conference artists on Sunday, September 19, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
French-Gray, who grew up in San Luis Obispo but currently resides in Santa Maria, said in her artist statement that she felt “happier when she put color on paper or canvas or whatever. which is practical “. She also said that one of her main influences as an artist is watercolor artist Charles Reid, “who was the best at using hard and soft edges” to maximize the “juiciness” of the medium.
For more information on Life’s a Beach: From Avila to Venice, visit valleygallery.org. The exhibit is currently available free of charge at Santa Maria Airport, located at 3217 Terminal Drive, Santa Maria.