January and February – Backstreet’s Theme Show, “Stormy Weather”

Join us the second Saturday in February for a reception for month two of our Stormy Weather Show. Check out Backstreet Gallery’s Stormy Weather Art (as seen below.) Enjoy scrumptious refreshments by Le Bouchon and live music by singer/songwriter, Phil Berglund, a native of Idaho now living in Elton, OR. Phil currently plays with the Band “Decor’mm” based in Elton OR, but he does solo performances when ever possible. He will kindle the Valentine’s Day spirit by serenading us with many old favorite love songs.

Join us February 13th, from 3-5 PM, 1421 Bay Street, Old Town, Florence, OR

“Shore Acres Rainbow” By Photographer Stephanie Ames
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“Siltcoos Winter Storm” Watercolor on Yupo By Kathryn Damon Dawson
Silcoos Winter Storm
“Wave Crash” Oil Painting By John Leasure

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Dickens Reception December 12, 3-5 PM

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Little Dickens Winners Announced

Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay St., honors the community participants in the annual Little Dickens Miniature Show with a reception 3-5 PM during the Second Saturday Gallery Tour on December 12. Refreshments and live Celtic music make this a festive event you won’t want to miss.

Backstreet appreciates all the fabulous community pieces that were submitted. Juror Mary Colgan-Bennetts, artist and Siuslaw Library Circulation Manager, had a difficult time determining which of these marvelous miniatures would receive the ribbons. Without knowing the identity of the artists who produced the pieces, Mary selected a husband and wife who share art as an important part of their lives.

Best of Show 2-D recipient is Rosy Clark for her tiny rendition of “Simple Pleasures”, a delightful watercolor. Around town, you may have seen Rosy’s marvelous wall murals. In addition she paints in oils, however, her present focus is on watercolors. Her mini is a smaller version of a full size work and is done in watercolor on Yupo Paper, a very difficult medium.

Pancho Clark was awarded Best of Show for his 3-D innovative metal sculpture entitled, “Giant Shadows”(add ‘s’). Pancho is well known in Florence for his ingenuity in a variety of media. His winning piece is forged from stainless steel. Pancho won this Little Dickens Best of Show award a few years back.

Along with the Best of Show Awards, Backstreet Gallery will host an exhibition of art by Rosy and Pancho in April 2016. You’ll be surprised by their presentation as their April show will not necessarily be miniature pieces.

Congratulations to the following artists. Two-dimensional ribbons were awarded to: First Place – Stephanie Ames’ photo, “Montana”, Second Place – Silvia Trujillo, oil, “Lady Charlotte”, and Third Place – Peg Swanson, raku ceramic, “Indio Vines.”

Three-dimensional ribbons were presented to: First Place – Pancho Clark, metal sculpture, “Kinetic Cowboy”, Second Place – Bill Johnson, assemblage, “Time Machine”, Third Place – Geraldine McMahan, ceramic, “Seeking Revelation”.

Providing the music for this exciting reception for our community artists will be another favorite community artist of the Flute, Terri Mihm.  Terri is well versed in many styles, and plays skillfully with pizazz and originality on her improvisational inspirations.  She will be honored to have with her a well-known and loved Harpist, Suzanne Bonnen, from Corvallis.  Suzanne has performed for over 20 years, from classics to contemporary and Celtic, bringing much peace and joy to all who hear her.

Little Dickens Show hangs until January 3. Make sure you see this exceptional exhibition.


Potter Geraldine McMahan, Featured in November

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Geraldine McMahan

Join backstreet Gallery in honoring potter, Geraldine McMahan, at a reception November 14th, 3PM-5 PM during the Second Saturday Gallery Tour.

For someone who loves to get her hands in clay, Geraldine has been gifted with the right talent. Each of her unique clay pieces is entirely hand built. She is a master at adding just the right texture to enhance her distinctive angular pieces. The texture may be incised with various tools, stamps or the use of materials like sandpaper. Her technique includes rounded forms she calls ‘Saturns’ that one might mistake for wheel thrown pottery. Many of these ‘Saturns’ are completed with lids sporting organic swirls for handles. She experiments with subtle glazes that react with the raised texture as they ‘break’ over the uneven surfaces. She often uses oxides and under glazes that differ from the most commonly used shiny glazes. Her designs are burnished or glazed taking full advantage of properties of both red or white clay. All the pots are glazed inside and will hold water. She continues to take ceramics classes at Lane Community College where potters share their insights, techniques and contagious creativity.

Geraldine shares a creative household with her husband John who is a talented woodworker, 3D printer, and has a flair for miniatures. Their bountiful garden supplies Geraldine with delicious additions for her kitchen creations as she cooks and bakes with great panache. Friends of the Library appreciate her leadership in the Card Workshop program, where volunteers make greeting cards for the Library to sell.

Please usher in the beginning of the holiday season at McMahan’s reception on Nov. 14th, 3PM-5PM, at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay St. Refreshments will be served. For information call 997–8980.