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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hillsbery & Vosseller * June’s Featured Artists

A double feature at Backstreet Gallery includes brilliant watercolors by Carole Hillsbery with Pamela Vosseller’s unique altered art and paintings. Their reception is June 14, 3-5PM.

  

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          A national award-winning artist, Carole has won awards in Arizona Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Oregon, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Transparent Watercolor of America and Celebrate Arts.

            Carole’s interest in art has been ongoing for as long as she can remember. After trying oils she received as a gift, she found she hated them. When taking a class from Katheryn Davis, she was hooked on watercolors.

            Her vivid colors, marvelous sense of light, combined with an edgy impressionistic approach, create her powerfully distinctive style. She executes her watercolors both on paper and also canvas.

Carole is becoming known not only for her free-flowing watercolors but also for classes and workshops. After having home-schooled her 4 children, she developed a love for teaching. She brings inspiration plus enthusiasm to all she undertakes. Watch for her summer class schedule and 2-day workshops.

People say, “Watercolor is hard. You can’t make mistakes.” That simply isn’t true.

Exhibiting from here to Arizona, Carole now exhibits at Backstreet Gallery, the Mind Power Gallery in Reedsport and Earthworks in Yachats.

            

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            Award-winning, Pamela Vosseller, began her art journey  with traditional drawing/painting techniques. Now, just when you figure out what Pamela does best, she surprises you with something entirely new and unique.

            Accomplished in traditional watercolor and acrylics, Pamela experiments with multimedia, combining and embellishing found objects, fibers, metals, paper, clay, paint and original art. The delightful show is filled with a collection of altered art, bird-houses, dolls, angels, sailboats and paintings.

            Pamela works full time at the walk-in clinic at Peace Health and would like to have more time to spend with her husband and creating at her own pace, so June will be her last month at Backstreet. She looks forward to being published, taking a jewelry class, and learning encaustic art using wax. You will still find her work at various venues around Florence. She plans again to teach art. Look for her classes presented at FRAA in the near future.

            Pamela and her husband are growing and planting in the First Harvest Community Garden. Don’t be surprised if you wander through the garden on 15th Street, to find that her creative spirit dwells there too.

Come out to Backstreet Gallery on June 14, enjoy the show and learn about their art.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bernie Herr * May’s Featured Artist

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While Herr began painting in oils with a realistic edge, his work has evolved. Aqueous media is his preferred media and his art leans toward an abstract eclectic style.  He may work in or combine watercolor, gouache, inks or acrylics. The result is a truly unique body of work, which is rich in color, vibrant, and diverse in subject matter.

Bernie paints daily in his tiny studio stocked with materials he thinks might enhance his work. Just when you believe you have figured out his style, he will trick you with a new technique or material to create a piece that is entirely novel and fresh.

When the FEC first opened, their thrust was theater arts. Bernie, his wife Lu, with other visual artists represented a vocal force to create Gallery One and later Gallery Five. Many wonderful art shows have resulted from the efforts of these artists.

Over the years, Bernie has received many awards for his art. Among the venues are Celebrate Arts, Emerald Art Center and the Watercolor Society of Oregon, where he is now one of 80 artists selected out of 400 submissions to tour around Oregon in the WSO’s latest show. Winning six awards at WSO shows, he advanced through bronze, silver, gold levels, and is working toward the platinum level.

 HerrBernie_SeaSongAs you travel up and down the coast of Oregon, you may see his work displayed in a various venues, like the Adobe in Yachats.

 “I have been married to Lu almost as long as I’ve been alive.”  You might ask to see the picture of him bench pressing Lu when they were young. After teaching physical education for 32 years, blowing his whistle and yelling at kids, he is left with hearing loss. So when you see Bernie, you may also see Lu, who is a great deal of help to Bernie in promoting his work.

In New York, his daughter Beth, an attorney, is opening a gallery dedicated to his work. Bernie is very proud of both Beth and her sister Jan, who is a doctor.

“I am happy to be accepted into Backstreet Gallery,” says Herr. Backstreet Gallery is pleased that Bernie hangs his art along side the work of 27 other talented Florence artists. 

While Herr began painting in oils with a realistic edge, his work has evolved. Aqueous media is his preferred media and his art leans toward an abstract eclectic style.  He may work in or combine watercolor, gouache, inks or acrylics. The result is a truly unique body of work, which is rich in color, vibrant, and diverse in subject matter.

Bernie paints daily in his tiny studio stocked with materials he thinks might enhance his work. Just when you believe you have figured out his style, he will trick you with a new technique or material to create a piece that is entirely novel and fresh.

When the FEC first opened, their thrust was theater arts. Bernie, his wife Lu, with other visual artists represented a vocal force to create Gallery One and later Gallery Five. Many wonderful art shows have resulted from the efforts of these artists.

Over the years, Bernie has received many awards for his art. Among the venues are Celebrate Arts, Emerald Art Center and the Watercolor Society of Oregon, where he is now one of 80 artists selected out of 400 submissions to tour around Oregon in the WSO’s latest show. Winning six awards at WSO shows, he advanced through bronze, silver, gold levels, and is working toward the platinum level.

 As you travel up and down the coast of Oregon, you may see his work displayed in a various venues, like the Adobe in Yachats.

 “I have been married to Lu almost as long as I’ve been alive.”  You might ask to see the picture of him bench pressing Lu when they were young. After teaching physical education for 32 years, blowing his whistle and yelling at kids, he is left with hearing loss. So when you see Bernie, you may also see Lu, who is a great deal of help to Bernie in promoting his work.

 In New York, his daughter Beth, an attorney, is opening a gallery dedicated to his work. Bernie is very proud of both Beth and her sister Jan, who is a doctor.

 “I am happy to be accepted into Backstreet Gallery,” says Herr. Backstreet Gallery is pleased that Bernie hangs his art along side the work of 27 other talented Florence artists. Celebrate Bernie during his reception on May 10th from 3-5pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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