The annual “Where Art Thou?” Community Challenge Show with Backstreet Gallery will be displayed at the Florence Events Center through March 31. The show is open to all.
Two outstanding, independent artists will judge the show: Jim Buch, world traveler and photographer, and Geoffrey McCormack, multimedia artist.
Buch retired from his work as a college administrator at the University of Iowa and the University of Oregon and is now an award-winning photographer of landscapes, wildlife, primarily birds, and people. Traveling to such places as Africa, India, Antarctica, Zanzibar, Siberia, and Eastern Europe, as well as his beautiful home state of Oregon, provides inspiration and subject matter for his distinctive photography.
As a member of Viewfinders Camera Club, Buch chairs the Critiquing Committee. Though an amateur photographer, he has received awards from the following: Emerald Art Center, PhotoZone, Lane County Fair, Celebrate Arts and the Columbia Council of Camera Clubs. People can enjoy his photos at www.buchshots.com.
McCormack spent 12 years teaching visual arts at Cabrillo, Calif., where he also developed a freelance illustration studio. He then went on to 30 years as an illustrator. He has won numerous awards with his aqueous media and watercolor paintings.
Working in series, his work in acrylic and watercolor captures unique items in new ways, expanding on traditional ideas and norms of abstraction and also representational art.
He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association and American Watercolor Society, accruing awards from each. See his paintings and sculptures at mcsurf.com.
A reception for “Where Art Thou?” will be held Wednesday, March 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the FEC, 715 Quince St.
Backstreet Gallery is located at 1421 Bay St. in Historic Old Town Florence and is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Where Art Thou?” will be judged by photographer Jim Buch and multimedia artist Geoffrey McCormack