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July 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Are you having a good summer? Here in Santa Barbara we enthusiastically welcomed the season with a free-spirited Solstice parade and other festivities. Growing up in Alaska, the Summer Solstice was always actively celebrated, as we basked in over 19 hours of daylight.

The beautiful lights of summer influence my art, and I am especially drawn to a blue and green palate this time of year. Water, verdant growth, natural abundance, and reflection inspire me. What do you like most about summer?


July Shows and More.

The outstanding Abstract Art Collective's ArtSEE Show is at the JCC (524 Chapala St.) until August 9. Three of my paintings were juror selected to be part of the show, Serenity (shown above) Openings , and Always There. Also, I donated two 10" x 10" panels, the proceeds of which go to SEE International -- a wonderful organization. One of my panels has already sold. There will be a closing reception on August 7th from 5-7 pm. I hope to see you there!

My paintings, Monarch and At Once are displayed at Gallery 113 through July (1114 State St). And two of my paintings, Can't Do Without and Reflect, are being shown on the 3rd floor of 1919 State Street.

I am honored to have sold several paintings in June, including one of my large acrylics, Shooting Stars, and one of my favorite paintings from my solo show, Radiance Afar. Sometimes it is especially hard to part with paintings, but I am deeply inspired by so much meaningful support.

Sparkler Skies
My Braille Institute Art Class

New Art, Braille Institute Class and Quote.

Since the last newsletter, I have continued to focus on my acrylics. One of my new pieces, Explore, is shown above. When I painted it, I was influenced by the exuberance and callings of summer. Other nature inspired pieces can be seen on my website, including Mountain Dreams and Mysteries Within. Summer also means the 4th of July, and fireworks have always been an important part of every summer. The colors are exceptional, and helped inspire my painting above, Sparkler Skies.

As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, and as shown in the photo above, I have a wonderful group of vision-impaired students in my class (entitled Bold and Beautiful) at the Braille Institute. It is very rewarding to volunteer there and feel the joy my students experience in exploring art, color, themes, and expression. There are so many reasons for gratitude.

Now for my quote of the month: "Freedom lies in being bold." Robert Frost.

Thank you for reading my newsletter and for your support of contemporary abstract art. I look forward to hearing from you. And, happy 4th of July!

In Art,
Andrew Roy 

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