Damen-Dawson * October’s Featured Artist

It Takes a Colony - Common Morres


Kathryn Damon-Dawson’s recent paintings from her series “Bird Dialogues” and “Urban Semantics” are at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street, from October 7 through November 4, 2014, where Kathryn is featured artist during October. 

  “Artistic vision comes from seeing with your eyes and feeling with your heart,”  D. W. Patterson.  This concept is reflected in Kathryn’s paintings.  She utilizes digitally gathered forms but paints moment-in-time consciousness.  “My painting, “It Takes a Colony,” is a 40” x 13” watercolor of 39 Common Murres.  I sought to capture the alert-urgency of this colony of coastal birds while retaining individual identities through my choice of composition and unexpected use of vivid color,” says Damon-Dawson.

 The title “It Takes a Colony” is also an analogy for the structure of Backstreet Gallery, a nine year old, for-profit, cooperative corporation which Kathryn helped birth nine years ago.  She is presently on the Board and holds the position of Secretary.

Tiles of additional paintings in this show include “Love Remembered,” “Reflection In the Woods,”  “Walkin’ My Lady Home,” ”Country Fair Crow,”  “Lightness of Being.” Some paintings are inspired by travel in Europe, 2013, with granddaughter Sarah.  

Kathryn’s painting “White Bishop – Black Knight” is in Medford during October.  It is one of 80 selected from 328 paintings for the juried, Fall 2014 Watercolor Society of Oregon Exhibition. The Rogue Gallery, 30 S. Bartlett St., Medford, October 3 – 31.

 “Golden Boy of the Dunes” appears on the current cover of Central Oregon Coast Telephone Book by Pacific Publishing Co. which is also the publisher of Kathryn’s children’s book, “Dogs, Crows and the Corn Chip Dance.”

 Rand Dawson, Kathryn’s husband, will offer guitar music at her reception Saturday, October 11, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Backstreet Gallery.   Refreshments will be provided.


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Bill Johnson First Place in 6×6 Challenge

 The community was invited to take a six-inch square box and create inside or outside the box, which were on display all of September.  The interpretations were fantastic.

 When asked to votBill Johnsone, visitors to Backstreet Gallery cast their ballots for their favorite, Bill Johnson’s Brass assemblage, which captured the People’s Choice Award.  He affixed various brass items to the generic box in a very innovative way, so cleverly that it was sold before the ribbon could be attached. While you won’t see this brass piece, many other unique pieces are waiting for you to view. The First Place award is adorning his second piece, which is equally as creative.

 Bill moved to Florence about ten years ago after retiring as a residential designer. His assemblages have been shown at Greentrees, Backstreet Gallery and he won an award at Portland’s Art And Soul Show. Bill is also a member of FRAA, Florence’s newly formed Art Alliance.

Second Place winner is Donna Gregg with Third Place presented to Margaret Free.

Thanks to all who participated in this great show!

Karen Nichols & 6×6 * September’s Featured Artists

“Take Wing” featured with “6×6 Challenge” at Backstreet Gallery

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We are thrilled to have as our Featured Artist for September, the multi-faceted, award winning artist, Karen Nichols. A reception will be held onSeptember 13th, 3-5PM where you will also enjoy the works of community artists invited to the 6×6 Challenge of taking ordinary wooden boxes and transforming them into marvelous art pieces.

 While Nichols paints in oils and acrylics, this show, entitled “Take Wing”, encompasses a variety of local birds and winged creatures created in her signature medium – paper painting collage. Her distinctive watercolors will also be included.

 The collages are her original process where she gathers all kinds of rice paper, which contain fibers. She then paints the paper in a variety of colors. When torn, the effect is a feathery piece that can be fitted together to form various subject matter.  This soft-edged quality makes the paper ideal for creating her many fowl feathered friends.

 You’ll also have a chance to get a signed copy of her brand new book, Second Chance Heart. How often does one experience a miracle? Other books available – The Unexpected Gift:  an inspirational story of a Marine who reclaims his life through the love and redemption. Thornton House: a mysterious love that transcends time and opens death’s door. These books are also available on Amazon.com.

 Stacked, hung and otherwise displayed will be the wooden box creations that make up the 6×6 Challenge. Artists were invited to think inside or outside the box as they interpreted their assignment.

Come to the reception, Sept. 13th 3-5pm where you can meet the artists and find out about their work while you enjoy scrumptious refreshments.



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