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July Artist | Bly Cannon – Moving Through

July 1 - July 31

Join us at the July Art Walk and meet the artist, Bly Cannon.
6 – 9 PM


Bly Cannon (B. 1958, Los Angeles, CA.) is an artist living in Upland, CA. She received her BA in Studio Art from Scripps College in 1981, and a teaching credential from California State University at Los Angeles in 1995. She started taking art classes again in 2017 at Chaffey College.  Starting the same year, she began walking and photographing different areas of Upland and Rancho Cucamonga.  All photos used in her work were taken with her phone.  Her pieces have been exhibited at the Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, the Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, Rancho Cucamonga City Hall, Square i Gallery in Claremont, CA, and the PVAA Art Place, Montclair, CA.  She is sometimes enrolled at Chaffey College, and she works from her home studio in Upland, CA, where she also procrastinates by gardening.


Making art, and becoming able to say, “I am an artist,” (actually believing it is true), has taken me from the bottom of grief to transformation.

I believe part of that transformation happens while processing acceptance.  When we throw off denial, we see without filters.  It can be unbearable, but making art can be an antidote.  Seeing so much, and then choosing a composition, is a clarifying process.

Recently, I’ve had an intense interest in edges, borders, fences, barriers, and all that exists on either side. I see a constant tension between natural and un-natural, organic and man-made, and I love the way that pattern exists everywhere.   I also now understand that transformation, mutation, and metamorphosis seem like a rarity, but they are actually a constant. They are like a connective tissue between black and white, worm and butterfly, real and imaginary. And very importantly, when you start seeing change as a constant process, you recognize false choices more readily.  Transformation strikes down the notion of “either/or” being the only choice.  Continuing change can be understood as another pattern, and that wipes out preconceptions in a powerful way.  My challenge was looking for ways to show transformation and change in mediums where nothing moves. The work in this show uses photography, drawing, and painting combined.  I’m interested in that intersection of disparate things, and how they may give life to each other. I’m newly drawn to the power of big abstraction and flatness, and I admire the potency of realism and pattern.  I still want to fool the eye a little, and I want you to not need words to feel what you see.

Salvation Gate, 2021 | Bly Cannon


July 1
July 31
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586 W. 1st St.
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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