The Lompoc Valley Art Association’s Cypress Gallery will be featuring “Between Here and There,” a show by Central Coast artist Mikel Naccarato, until Sept. 29.

This exhibit is a collection of his vibrant paintings of the Central Coast and the Big Island of Hawaii. His works include 10-by-10-inch landscapes, abstracted landscapes and pure abstracts examining the circle as symbol.

“Blood Moon” by Mikel Naccarato

Naccarato has been painting professionally for 30 years and has traveled throughout the United States exhibiting at juried art shows where buyers purchased his artwork for their retail stores. An installation of six of his large abstract paintings were commissioned by Morgan Stanley headquarters in Manhattan.

“Art was a refuge for me as I was growing up. During weekly trips to the library, I discovered art and the paintings of famous artists. Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci were Italian, as I am, and I think that, in a way, they became surrogates for me. I have had the pleasure of studying with several renowned Santa Barbara artists including Dr. Louis Taylor, Richard Phipps and Marcia Burtt. They gave me the courage to keep learning and growing as an artist.”

The Cypress Gallery is at 119 East Cypress Ave. in Lompoc.

The Lompoc Valley Arts Association is a nonprofit organization committed to expanding and supporting access and exposure to the arts in Lompoc and the Santa Ynez Valley.