Little Dickens Winners featured for February

Guest artists, Jerry Polder and John McMahan are the featured artists beginning February 7th at Backstreet Gallery.  While these artists won Best of Show for their small pieces in the Little Dickens Miniature Show, this exhibit will surprise you with other pieces of their work. 

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Jerry Polder works in a variety of media. His winning two dimensional painting used a combination of colored pencil, acrylic and black ink. Dark and light play an important part of his work. So look for some exciting pieces that combine his talents with mixed media.  Jerry has always been interested in art. His teachers in elementary school always commented on his talent. He went on to become a technical illustrator and draftsman, doing illustrations for parts and repair manuals.

For now, Jerry’s new creative flair is just a fun hobby. However, with his talent, there’s hope that we will see more of his art that breaks away from the technical side of his expertise.  You might also see Jerry outdoors, along the beach, hiking, bicycling or using his digital camera.

John McMahan has always been interested in art, appreciating its form and format. He enjoys primitive Indian art.  He is an excellent wood worker. His work placed a tiny wine bottle and two glasses atop a miniature table. He has worked with wood for thirty years. When turning whatever size piece, he uses regular sized tools and lathe.  However, John uses various kinds of wood, which he turns into more functional pieces. Their usefulness, though, might include a bit of whimsy- such as boxes with a lid that seconds as a top. He calls these top boxes.

Although very adept at wood working, John’s career is in the health care sector creating information systems.  He also enjoys working with glass. In the future we might see some of his glass blowing and hot glass torch work. He says he enjoys the instant gratification this art offers.  The outdoors draws his interest with mushroom gathering and inspires his digital photography. He takes his camera everywhere.

Meet our esteemed guest artists at a reception in thier honnor on Feb. 11th, 3-5pm.  Backstreet Gallery will provide a delicious array of tasty treats to enjoy while taking in the great art.  Please join us a bring a friend for a wonderful afternoon.

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