Category Archives: Noteworthy

Holiday Gifts at Backstreet



Our driftwood tree is up and filled with artist made ornaments.

One of kind gifts of all price ranges are all about the gallery as well, and we also have gift certificates for the art lover in your life.

Shop small business this year, shop local!

















Little Dickens Award Winners

Many mighty miniatures from diverse artists and a variety of media were entered in the annual Little Dickens Miniature show at Backstreet Gallery.   After much reflection, Jan Jagoe, a noted local artist and owner of the River Gallery and Pacific Frameworks named the award recipients of this year’s show.

Tamarah Phillips took the Best of Show 2D, for her intricate pen and colored pencil drawing titled “Mystery”. For 3D, Bonnie Kramer was awarded Best of Show for “Little Flower”, a delightful miniature pot enhanced with dried flowers. The following also won awards; First Place 2D, Nancy Reed’s “Quillage 2”, a tiny quilt-collage; First Place 3D, Kathy Elfers’ “Paradise”, a colorful polymer clay piece, Honorable Mention 2D, Christine Polder’s “Peek-a-boo Iris”, a lovely peek at an Iris in watercolor on yupo; Honorable Mention 3D, Meredith Draper’s “Music Box”, a clever assemblage.

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With 59 entries all worthy of awards, you want to miss this show and to choose your favorite for The People’s Choice Award. Votes for this award need to be in by the 14th for presentation.

A reception honoring the artists who entered the will be on December 14th which includes plenty of great art and delicious refreshments from 3-5pm.

Backstreet Artists create for Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls may not be so empty after this year’s Empty Bowls Fundraiser.


Backstreet potters, Kathy Shamey, Kris DeNoyer and Geraldine McMahan masterful sculpted, turned and glazed beautiful bowls for sale at the Empty bowls celebration. Stephanie Ames, Akos St. Clair and Bernie Herr donated  their exceptional artwork for the silent auction.  The Empty Bowls event is an annual fundraiser that Florence Food Share has where pottery artists all over town (including the high school students) make bowls to raise money for Food Share.

Other members contributed money that was matched by Backstreet. The Empty Bowls effort holds a close place in Backstreet’s collective heart.




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