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About Backstreet Gallery

We are a co-op gallery of over 20 artists in beautiful Florence, Oregon. Find watercolor, acrylic, fiber art, jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, mixed-media, and more in our gallery. We believe art is for everyone so you fill find art in every price range and style imaginable.

Little Dickens 2014

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December 3rd begins the annual Little Dickens Miniature Show. The community is invited to enter their tiny masterpieces, additional information at the Backstreet Gallery, the FEC or at

Kenneth B Gallery owner-artist, SK Lindsey will jury the show to determine Best of Show, second, and third place in the 2D and 3D catagories. Backstreet will feature the Best of Show winners in April.

SK comes to Florence with a diversified background in art. She first attended Northern University of Arizona at Flagstaff in her twenties, where she focused primarily on realism and figure studies, but quit school to establish a family. In her mid-thirties, she returned to acquire a BA in Fine Art from California State University at Sacramento (CSUS. There she studied with esteemed artist Oliver Jackson, who taught her much about abstract expressionism, which marks her personal artistic style today.

SK also studied art with the Dogan people of Mali, West Africa. where she lived for 5 months. This experience also taught SK about the power of art when it’s created to support community as opposed to individual artists.

Now, with Kenneth B Gallery’s Print Lab, SK fashions Print ’n Sip, where the community creates mono prints and etchings; and Paint ‘n Sip where more experienced artists demonstrate skill for less experienced artists. Soon figure drawing sessions will be available for artists attracted to more formidable studies. The Kenneth B Gallery also offers Dinner +  Movie for the community to enjoy the art of film.  Backstreet’s reception for the artists is December 13th, 3-5. Vote prior to 4:30PM the day of the reception for the People’s Choice award.

A reception honoring the artists who entered the will be on December 14th which includes plenty of great art and delicious refreshments from 3-5pm.

Phillips * November Featured Artist

Flower Dust 2         Backstreet’s new member, Tamarah Phillips, will debut her first show, “Chromatic Garden”, in November. Her reception takes place onNovember 8th, from 3 to 5PM at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street.

            Tamarah entered last year’s Little Dickens Show at Backstreet and was awarded a First Place in the 2D category. She has also won awards in Celebrate Arts and the Del Mar Fair, with other shows in the Library, and The Gallery Above The Sliver Lining.

            With a very distinctive style enveloped in linear designs, organic shapes and vibrant colors, she captures her subject in an other-worldly fantasy. Perhaps having a seamstress for a mother who surrounded Tamarah with fabrics, textures and patterns gave impetus to her captivating, and as she calls it, intuitive work.

            A favorite quote of hers, “Design beyond your skill, and then raise the level of you skill to fulfill it,” is from an unknown author.

Sorceress            Her father was in the military serving as a Safety Officer, so Tamarah has lived many places around the states. She also lived with her family in Germany for six years. She and her father took long walks in the forest where he regaled her with historic stories and fairytales.

            These memories added to her mother’s cloth imagery combined with Tamarah’s active imagination, provides the basis for her truly unique art. The recurring theme of women’s remarkable faces is repeated in many of her ethereal paintings. She uses paint to create her images and tell a story using women’s faces, human figures slowly changing into something else, something magical: dancing nymphs, and hidden symbols.

            Tamarah decided to join her parents when her father retired and moved to Florence from San Diego. The art community here welcomes her signature style and grace.

            When not pursuing her art or at Backstreet Gallery you may find her at Bon Jour, a boutique clothing store where she is the assistant manager. Her position there may influence her stylish persona.


Come to the reception November 8th from 3pm -5pm,
meet the artist, and enjoy delicious refreshments.

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.


Love Remembered Vernanza-Web-


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