September Show “It’s About Time” Featuring Meredith Draper and Ramona Welzel


This show’s theme, “It’s About Time”, is quite literal for Meredith’s innovative repurposing of vintage watch parts into unique jewelry. Part of the lure of her art is the hunt. Finding the right parts for her finished jewels takes many trips to estate sales, thrift stores and the like. Of late, she focuses on 1950’s enameled pieces and space age watches from the1960’s.

For Ramona Welzel, “It’s About Time” is about evolving, and refers to her trying something new in developing her beautifully subtle watercolors and intricate organic ink drawings. Experimenting with Masa and other papers as well as using stronger, bolder color, she enhances the signature soft pastel colors of her previous work. Sometimes, Ramona literally sews her water colored paper into incredible  paper “quilts”.

Their reception is part of the Second Saturday Art Tour from 3-5PM at Backstreet, the perfect spot for tasty appetizers, great art, much fun and live music. New to Backstreet, Molly Hardin, singer-songwriter of the R&B genre, is providing fabulous music. She’s the daughter of member Jill Hardin, and niece of singer-songwriter, Tom Hardin.


Watercolor Paintings By Ramona Welzel Below

Beyond The Lighthouse

Beyond the Lighthouse



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Bracelets and Necklaces By Meredith Draper

Featured in August Jan Landrum and Jacklon Manzanares — Reception, August 8th, 3-5 PM

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Join Backstreet in celebrating Jacklon and Jan’s wonderful creations on August 8th, 3-5 PM Michael Erbentraut will entertain with his fabulous classical flamenco guitar music. Food, drink, music and fun will set the scene for an enjoyable art experience.

Jacklon Manzanares integrates a unique blend of elegance, natural stone, and fine metals in her distinctive jewelry. Her sophisticated wearable pieces enhance an ordinary ensemble and make it chic. As an international artist, her fashionable creations are worn in France, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States.

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One aspect of Jan Landrum’s lovely watercolors is the transparency and vitality she achieves in her beautiful seascapes. She enjoys how the fluidity of watercolor sometimes just lets it all happen. Her marvelous paintings of flowers she says, “…come easy for me.”



Featured In July, Kris DeNoyer, Ceramic Artist

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            Noted ceramic artist, Kris DeNoyer is to be honored at a reception on July 11th, 3-5PM at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street and will be featured all month at the gallery.

            In 2000 she made her first numbered piece. Each of the 2300 ceramic creations by Kris are one-of-a-kind and numbered. They range from the sophisticated raku, wheel-thrown, sculptures to the joyful whimsical hand built ‘critters’ and from the tiny to the substantial.

            In her menagerie of creatures you will find a vibrant collection of animated starfish, pelicans, fish, elephants, flying pigs, frogs and bunnies. The gallery is looking forward to her latest, a mermaid, to swim amongst her colorful array of creations. Of these works Kris says, “They make me laugh.” All of these individual critters have a special name in addition to their number.

            Always interested in art, she once thought sketching to be her forte. After taking classes in various art media, she discovered ceramics and changed her major to concentrate her artistic efforts in that area. “I was hooked.”

            She brings her smile, enthusiasm, and talents to the patients entrusted to her care through her career in Home Health Care.

            When not at work or in her wonderful ceramic studio, you might find Kris walking on the beach, cooking or baking something delicious. She loves traveling and being with family and friends.

            Find out more about her joyful work, put a smile on your face and visit Backstreet on July 11th, where you can meet Kris DeNoyer whose personality matches her upbeat work.

            In addition to great art, Denny Weaver, guitarist, will be playing a variety of great tunes.

Denny is a Florence native and was one of the founding members of the popular local band “The Intruders” back in the 60’s; he then joined the legendary NW band “The Fabulous Wailers”, continuing his musical career across North America, returning to his home town just a few years ago.  He and his skillful guitar playing can be heard on Saturday nights at HomeGrown Public House Restaurant.

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