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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.







February’s Featured Artists: Welzel & Manzanares


Ramona Welzel & Jacklon Manzanares

Ramona Welzel & Jacklon Manzanares

Ramona Welzel is a versatile artist who excels in three media. She enjoys layering in all three arts to create depth and dimension.  When Ramona walks her black and white dogs, her neighbors have dubbed her The Black and White Lady, maybe not knowing that Ramona also creates detailed, and stylized black and white ink drawings. Her pen and inks utilize a combination of gray washes and linear blacks that result in the illusion of depth.

Getting Ready by Ramona Welzel

Getting Ready by Ramona Welzel

A signature creation of Ramona are her “Paper Quilts.  Using angular shaped, hand-painted and textured pieces of paper, she carefully stitches and folds the papers together forming a unique “quilted” work of art. Her latest is stunning in many shades of white.

Winning awards at Celebrate Arts and the Rhody Festival, Welzel is known for subtle, abstract, layered watercolors with interlacing forms.  However, her recent watercolors are precision renderings of the Siuslaw Bridge. Resembling skyscrapers, she focused on the spires, an architectural study viewed from a unique angle.  She said, “As a former resident of New Jersey, who viewed the New York skyline for years, I feel an affinity for skyscrapers.”


Jacklon Mazanares brings an elegant touch to Backstreet Gallery with dramatic jewelry. Her pieces are worn from California to New York, to Paris, also in Japan and Canada.  A friend once gave Jacklon some beads, saying, “I know you can do something fabulous with them.” Her jewel case is filled with sophisticated “fabulous” jewelry.

Necklace by Jacklon Manzanares

Necklace by Jacklon Manzanares

Jacklon loves traveling and shopping, especially when her excursions take her to bead and design shows. She personally selects the natural gems that make up her collection of jewelry. “I prefer to handpick my stones so that I’m sure of what I get.” She often sees exactly what will make the ideal piece.  Come see what her latest trip to a bead show in Pasadena brings to Florence.

 At home, she can pull together stones and metals much as you would when you dress and put an outfit together.  She uses fine quality crystals, lamp work beads, dichroic glass, pearls, and other gemstones.   Combining these with sterling silver, brass and copper, she twists, hammers and wraps, converting raw materials into wearable art that transforms an ordinary outfit into stunning.

Come to Backstreet, view their innovative work and enjoy
a spread of delicious refreshments from 3-5 PM, February 8.

Nichols and Cosko * September’s Featured Artists

 Enjoy a joint show entitled “Faces”, a very unique interpretation by artists Tanny Cosko and Karen Nichols as they are Featured Artists for September.

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         Welcome back, Tanny Cosko. She recently returned from Mexico where she loves the vivid hues of Mexican art. Her travels and love of color are reflected through her fabric art and altered art.

         A bit of whimsy plays through her wall-hangings which include feathered Ladies on Canvas, Warriors decked out in leather, floating Divas- angel-like ladies, finely stitched art quilts, and unusual collages.  Many pieces are endowed with her alluring signature painted faces.

         In addition to her wall décor, she designs innovative jewelry, alters shoes splashed with color or covered in found objects and is always coming up with a new creative ideas to capture your whimsy. Continue reading


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