Monday, July 4, 2011

Gallery 412 To Open "Christmas In July"

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance Gallery 412 will open “Christmas In July—Florence In Retrospect by Stephen Guyton” with a Wine and Cheese Opening on Thursday, June 7 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The exhibition will showcase the 17 Christmas Ornaments that have been created by artist Stephen Guyton since 1974 as well as a few other memorable surprises. Guyton is an internationally known artist distinguished for his flair for capturing the natural world as well as the landmarks that are nearest and dearest to our hearts. As a child, he found it easiest to express his thoughts through whimsical paintings or photography. Encouraged by this parents with arts lessons at a very young age, he is found today fascinated by the changing lights and colors of a sunrise or a sunset. “Christmas In July” will be on exhibition at Gallery 412 through Thursday, July 28 and may be seen Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by special appointment. All 17 Christmas Ornaments are still available for sale and can be purchased during the exhibition.

A native of Florence, Stephen Guyton has been raised in the traditions and culture of the Pee Dee. His family were bridge builders, restaurants owners, and employees of the Atlantic Coast Line (now CSX and Amtrak). In his youth Stephen meet many travelers, including celebrities, writers, artists, and renowned personalities that emerged from the trains that once were the bustling heart of Florence. This love and pride for the history, places, and people of the Pee Dee gave inspiration to his vista of artwork.