Backstreet Gallery presents artists Bill Johnson and Jan Woodford, the artists who won the Best of Show awards for last December’s Little Dickens Show. Their new exhibition will be mighty but maybe not miniature. Their reception is April 11, 3-5 PM during the Second Saturday Gallery Tour. Refreshments will be served.
Since childhood, Jan Woodford has loved art with her parents fostering her talents. She’s been painting and developing her expertise for 50 years, and pastels for the past 16 years.
Jan loves to work in series. Her most recent endeavor is her masterfully executed seascapes where one can almost feel the sea spray with waves crashing against the shore. She might paint with oil, plein air or take photos and combine them in the richness of her style with pastels. One of these beautiful seascapes won best of show at the miniature show in the 2D category.
She is equally adept at portraiture. Jan coordinates the Figure Eight artists who meet biweekly with a live model.
In February the Library showcased her marvelous body of work. She has exhibited at Tsunami Gallery, Mind Power Gallery, and Peace Harbor Hospital. She creates with a group of artists at Old Town Coffee where she is a permanent exhibitor. Being a FRAA member, Jan’s art appears at the Art Center.
Bill Johnson entered several Little Dickens Shows and won awards at each show for his 3D pieces.
He too has been artistic since childhood when he loved to draw hot rods. At Pasadena City College, he began to take art and design classes. He pursued a career in the aerospace industry. Later he worked in residential design and graphic arts.
Workshops like Artist Is You, Art and Soul and an assemblage class with Michael de Meng have influenced his present day art.
He expresses himself by gathering discarded objects that he finds in thrift shops and garage sales then transforms and assembles them into freestanding sculptural pieces. Machine parts, clocks, watches, dials, meters, gears and chains are a few of the items you might find pieced together in his unique sculptures.
Come enjoy their distinctive creations during April at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay St. open daily 10-6PM.