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.
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.
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.