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Allen & Smoley * July Featured Artists

by Donna Fay Allen

by Donna Fay Allen

Abundant creativity fills Donna Fay Allen’s display with works of alternative process photography, jewelry, altered objects and art dolls capture your attention.

In July, Donna’s work includes 12-15 innovative 3D art dolls, themed in black and white. Music and words individualize each piece. Many of the dolls incorporate altered porcelain heads, arms and legs. Sculptured heads top other dolls. Body parts include found objects like birdcages, old tins and lamp parts. These dolls are an extension of her Paper Art Doll kits of fairies and mermaids.  “I always liked to play with dolls, and this work is just an excuse to be a kid again!”

by Donna Fay Allen

by Donna Fay Allen

Her one-of-a-kind jewelry exhibits Allen’s talent of combining materials in a unique way. ”Much of my jewelry is designed to feel more like personal talismans or magical objects. I have also begun to venture into the “fine art” jewelry arena using both sterling silver and fine silver in addition to bronze, copper and brass.”

 Donna’s knowledge of archaic photographic processes has led to the creation of distinctive photographs and prints.


by Jayne Smoley

by Jayne Smoley

 “Summer Brights” is the theme for Jayne Smoley’s  jewel of a glass show.

Whether it’s utilitarian or decorative, each of Jayne Smoley’s glass pieces is unlike any other piece. Layering glass and firing the pieces at very high temperatures fuses vibrant colored glass into her geometric-shaped art, line, color and shape being key elements.  You’ll find a medley of hanging designs, plates, bowls, plates, sculptures, trays and starfish.  Her glowing pendants are dichroic eye-catching jewelry. As the light touches her creations, they come alive.

Illuminate your world with a variety of wall-sconce lamps and night lights that may create subtlety or brilliance, in addition to being a sculpted art piece. Ask about her custom work.  All of her gorgeous work goes through a process of layering and firing at high temperatures up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. The art may be removed from the kiln, cold worked, powered then returned to the kiln, taking several days to complete.

by Jayne Smoley

by Jayne Smoley

 Jayne is a member of the Oregon Glass guild. Her work is found in many private collections  throughout the US, Australia, Canada and has been exhibited in Bend, Portland and  Eugene as well as in Florence.


Help us celebrate their art during their reception, July 12, 3-5pm.









April Featured Artists: Bonnie Kramer & Tamarah Phillips

Two outstanding artists, Bonnie Kramer and Tamarah Phillips entered Backstreet’s Little Dickens Show in December, winning 2D and 3D Best of Show awards.   Size was not a limitation for their representation in this show.

Bonnie Kramer & Tamarah Phillips

Bonnie Kramer & Tamarah Phillips

           Coming to  Florence for 35 years before leaving Los Angeles,Bonnie settled here seven years ago. She came because of, “ the sweet people, all the water, the forest, and the ocean.”  Bonnie earned a master’s in Gerontology at USC and Clinical Psychology master’s at Antioch University.  She put this expertise into teaching at Emeritus College, SMC, subjects from social ethics to home repair, auto safety and maintenance, and led bereavement support groups.   However, Kramer has always been interested in creating since she majored in art during high school. Retirement offered her an opportunity to put her energy into art.  While she has dabbled in a variety of the arts including wood-working, fused glass, and ceramics, she now aspires to hone her skills as a metal artist.  Being drawn to metal work, Bonnie completed welding classes at the Community College in Coos Bay.  Taking found metal objects and sheet metal she creates the innovative assemblages and fashions the amazing sculptures that this show features.  Of her art Kramer says, “I love the creativity, the imagination and the thoughts – it’s like music for me.”


painting by Tamarah Phillips

painting by Tamarah Phillips

           Tamarah traveled around much of her life when her father was in the military and later when he took a job in Nuremburg, Germany.  This adventure, walking with her father in the forests there, sharing history, myths and fairy tales has influenced her art today.  Phillips has been interested in art all her life since she was caught drawing on the walls and floor with lipstick. Her art has come a long way from then to now. Art and writing capture much of her free time when not working at Bon Jour.  Patterns, light and darks, in ink, watercolor, colored pencil  and especially oil set Tamarah’s unique otherworldly style apart from other artists.  These distinctive pieces often depict women’s faces. Her images tell a story, “human figures changing into something magical: dancing, nymphs, and hidden symbols.” Influenced by Daisetsu Suzuki, she strives for her art not just to be technical, but to grow from her unconscious creations.  Inspired by working with bright, vibrant color Phillips says of her work, “Wherever the muse speaks, I follow.”

            Come enjoy these two talented artists’ work for the month of April and celebrate them at their reception on April 12th from 3-5pm.








St Clair March’s Featured Artist

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Award winning wood carver, Akos St. Clair, is Backstreet Gallery’s featured artist for March. You’re invited to a reception held in his honor, during the Second Saturday Gallery Tour, on March 8, 2014.

Akos takes a specially selected piece of wood, wields hand-held rotary power tools, razor knives, scalpels, and sandpaper then finishes the piece with Danish oil. The result is one-of-a-kind detailed relief wood carvings. Years of practice have contributed to the finely tuned skills he applies today.

St. Clair’s art reflects the influence the Northwest Coast Native art tradition. After numerous visits to Washington and British Columbia, Vancouver Island, he developed a great respect for the Native artisans he observed at work. Much like those Native artists, a good deal of St.Clair’s work illustrates a deep interest in the birds and animals that surround us.

While most of his carvings are beautifully hand-framed wall hangings, other pieces, such as bowls and boxes, might be functional as well. His small pieces may take as few as 10 hours to carve, but most take 20 to 40 hours to finish.

St.Clair’s work has been shown at various venues around Florence, including The Siuslaw Public Library, Celebrate Arts, Empty Bowls and the Rhododendron Art Show.

With all the hours he puts into his art, he still finds time for playing tennis and reading, two other interests he pursues.

 “I really enjoy being part of Backstreet Gallery, being inspired by other artists, and having such a beautiful venue where my work may be shown and appreciated.”

On March 8th, 3-5 PM, come by Backstreet Gallery where you will find his distinctive art joining the other 28 local artists’ work and also enjoy great refreshments.












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