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Brandon-Mitchell Gallery

The Brandon-Mitchell Gallery features exhibits of local artists that rotate every two months.  The Gallery is open to the public at no charge.

The Gallery is located at

the Center for Spiritual Living Visalia

117 S. Locust Street, Visalia

(one block south of Main)


We are open the first Friday of each month from 5-8 p.m.  The art show can be viewed Monday-Wednesday from 9-3 by ringing the bell at the door or by appointment 559 625-2441.


Artists’ Reception Friday, August 4 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 Slade Childers says it all started with a single vase of flowers given by a niece to his mother, who was in a nursing home.


 “In her room, I kept focusing on the flowers and kept seeing different perspectives as the light changed,” Slade said. “When the flowers wilted, I asked to take them home. I didn’t know why I wanted them.”


 He pressed them in a book and then spread them out on the dining room table. It didn’t take long for him to create a design out of the petals.


 “I’m not artistic, not creative. I don’t know where it came from.”


 He sent it to his mother, who was moved by the picture. When she died, Childers found that she had put it in a beautiful Victorian frame.


 Since then, he has created dozens of flower and peacock feather pictures, all made out of flowers given to him that have special meaning.


 Thirty of his creations will be on display at the Brandon-Mitchell Gallery in July and August. Slade calls the show “Sea Change.”


 “I named the exhibit ‘Sea Change’ because of one's perspective of the sea. I might see the waves; you might see the boats/cruise ships. One might see the light reflecting on the sea or fish in the sea. The point is that the sea changes depending on your perspective of it. Also my mother was often named the "Queen of the Sea" when she went on cruises.”


 Recently Slade had his coworkers vote on their favorite pieces, and he entered the top five in the Tulare County Fair. They won first place and best of division.


 The show runs through the end of August at the gallery Besides the artist receptions, the show may be viewed Mondays-Wednesdays from 9-3 by ringing the bell at the door or after service at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays.


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Sea  Change by Slade Childers