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GoF Welcomes New York Chainsaw Carver - Kevin Abbott, Jr.

Chainsaw Carver exhibits Wood Sculptures at Gallery On First

Kevin V. Abbott II also known as “KII” is an extremely skilled chainsaw carver. KII is the son of Kevin and Debe Abbott who display their art in studio #8. KII has been chainsaw carving for a little over ten years in northern and central New York. He decided to bring his talents south for the winter to see what opportunities exist for him in Florida.

We are excited to let you know that KII has taken space at Gallery on First in studio #6. His work is on display and available in the gallery. Recent works include tiki sculptures, animals of the wild; such as bears, alligators and a life size eagle. He accepts commissions and will do on-site carving in existing tree stumps. Examples of his work can be found at: and on his bog at:

Sólrún Björk Featured Artist of the Month

Our featured studio artist for this month is Sólrún Björk. She has always been mystified and inspired by the natural world and enchanting landscapes of her surroundings. A world traveler, Sólrún has found herself studying under masters Gary Jenkins, Dorothy Dent, Bill Bayer and more. Sólrún is a certified Bob Ross instructor and former instructor at The Bob Ross School. She is also a certified Joyce Ortner Master Seascape Instructor. Sólrún considers herself a life long learner and teacher. Her classic approach is masterful and wrought with precise attention to every detail. Much of her work seamlessly melds the natural world with dramatic figures and wildlife. Sólrún Björk has shown her work in joint exhibitions in the Library of Hveragerði among other prominent venues across Iceland.

Oil Painting Classes Björk teaches oil painting at Gallery on First. She will be teaching How to Paint a Candle. When: Saturday December 18th Time: 12:30 - 6:30 Where: Gallery On First Supplies are included. To register or inquire about further classes please contact Sólrún at Cost: $50

Watercolor Classes by Cindy Sturla A new class - Introduction to Watercolor will be conducted by studio artist Cindy Sturla. When: Tuesday, January 4 Time: 10:30am – 4:00pm Where: Gallery On First Introduction to Watercolor is designed for anyone who is just starting in watercolor or someone who just wants to brush up on their skills. By the end of the day you will have a painting you can take home with you. To register contact Cindy by email at Cost: $65

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