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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.

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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Featured In June The About Face Community Challenge

We are getting close to the day we will hang the About Face Community Challenge to last throughout the month of June.  The reception for this fabulous show is June 13th from 3-5 PM.  Everyone is invited to come and check out what the Community and Backstreet Artists have prepared for this show!

From this to start with:

MaskTo These amazing Creations!

More to come!

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Carole Hillsbery Featured in May

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Carole Hillsbery featured at Backstreet Gallery

Nationally acclaimed watercolorist, Carole Hillsbery, is spotlighted in May at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street.  Her reception will be held on May 9, 3-5 PM during the Second Saturday Gallery Tour.

Originally from Florence, Carole lived in Arizona for 30 years then returned home to her beloved Florence. “It’s a great place to slow down and a great place to paint and draw.”

As a child Carole loved to draw. Carole’s expertise in painting started over 40 years ago when she began painting with oils. She continued painting while she homeschooled her children.

After taking a workshop from Katheryn Davis, Carole found her chosen medium—watercolor. A prolific painter, she set high goal. In 2003 she began entering competitions. Thinking that those goals were, “like going to the moon,” she continued perfecting her signature style—loaded with rich color, and impressionistic forms. Her paintings draw the viewer in emoting the joy that radiates from her personality. She’s a storyteller so watch for the tale that each of her paintings impart.

A unique aspect of Carole’s work is executing watercolors on canvas. The painting is coated with beeswax that seals the canvas bringing back the look of watercolor wetness.

While many artists are accepted into watercolor societies, her goals included becoming a Signature Artist in several National Art Societies, which meant multiple submissions juried in for each award. She’s  on her way to achieving her goals. Her Signature Memberships are Transparent Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and Arizona Watercolor Society.  In the 2014 Watercolor Society of Oregon’s traveling show Carole took a fourth place. She’s just been juried into the latest Northwest Watercolor Society show qualifying her as a Signature Member.

Carole’s works have been exhibited at Earthworks Gallery in Yachats and Mind Power Gallery in Reedsport. The Reedsport Hospital hosts a reception for her show on June 5th from 5-7PM.

“As soon as I learn something new, I want to turn around and teach it.” In April, she held a one-day workshop at Kenneth B Gallery. An outstanding teacher she conducts workshops, at all levels. Her manager and close associate, Charlene Wilson, books workshops for Carole all over the western United States. If interested in attending one of these wonderful workshops here in Florence, contact her at charwilson66@gmail.com. Carole paints for fun, teaches for fun and transmits that through her workshops. So come and have fun.

Her Backstreet reception includes refreshments. Denny Weaver will provide a sweet mellow background on his acoustic guitar for the event.

See more of Carole’s work here.


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