Happy Holidays from the 
Backstreet Gallery Gang to you!

Enjoy work by our December featured artists,
the Shell-A-Bration Community Challenge. Over 35 entries are being displayed in the gallery through December 31. Also see many new creations by our members just in time for the holidays.  Stop in on Wednesday - Sunday 11a.m. - 5 p.m. at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street, across from Mo’s. We can also open for you by appointment on closed days. 
Just call 541-997-0115 to arrange a date and time.

Challenge Show

November 18 - December 31, 2020

Thank you, to every one of the 29 Artists who returned artwork for the Shell-A-Bration show! We were blown away with your creative efforts! You are all winners in our eyes.

Cynthia Berman, Judie Richardson, Karen Gassaway, Carolyn Nordahl, Megan Boatmun, Kristina Sparks, Valerie Cain Mathis, Christine Santiago, Lorna Eskie, Anne Brewster, Teresa Zook, Meredith Draper, Bill Johnson, Margaret Free, Peggy Brewster, Juanita King, Kathy Johnson, Anderson Miller, Debi Ford, Kassy Keppol, Jackie Schmidt, Kristi Whittington, Paula Ryan, Jane Rincon, Kathy Moon, Kristin Anderson, Pattie Brooks Anderson, Kathleen Wenzel, Maureen Shaffer.

Shell-A-Bration First Place Winners!
Opening,  by Anderson Miller
First Place Freestanding
Weather Beaten and Timeworn, by Anne Brewster
First Place Hanging

The Florence community is blessed with a myriad of marvelous creators as manifested in the Shell-A-Bration Show at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street in Florence, Oregon.

With 37 entries, this outstanding event is one of the popular community shows the gallery regularly exhibits. Jurors Rosie Hill, Charles Edmonds, and Joni Goodman-Fox, awarded eight of these artists for their incredible creative artwork, which needed to incorporate at least one shell. However, many artists fashioned their pieces with multiple shells.

Anderson Miller, recipient of a first-place Blue Ribbon for Opening, describes his work.

“Paired with driftwood discovered 20+ years ago, abalone cabochons, beads, and fishing weights, Opening emerged.” This piece also contains a ceramic “ribbon,” which, perhaps, came about after Miller studied ceramics last year at LCC.

    Inspiration for Florence artists often comes from our coastal magnificence. The jurors awarded a second Blue Ribbon to Anne Brewster. She outlines her rational of Weather Beaten and Time Worn, a single shell mounted on a polished copper background.  “The wearing down by wind, sand, ocean, and time fascinates me. I see beauty in this transformative process—the beauty of imperfection. Nature is constantly changing, nothing is permanent.”

    Because there was no distinction between two- and three-dimensional work and the unusual number of entries, the judges presented two ribbons in each of the following categories: Second Place-Maureen Shaffer and Debi Ford; Third Place-Karen Gassaway and Margaret Free; Honorable Mention-Kathy Moon and Kathleen Wenzel.

    Backstreet Gallery would like to thank all the incredible artists who entered the Shell-A-Bration. This outstanding community show is available for viewing until the end of December. Backstreet is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. You won’t want to miss this unique presentation.

Shell-A-Bration Second Place Winners!
For the Love of the Coast, by Debi Ford
Second Place Hanging
Three Wise Men, by Maureen Shaffer
Second Place Freestanding

Shell-A-Bration Third Place Winners!
Oh, What I Spy With My Little Eye
by Margaret Free

Third Place Hanging

Oregon Reef, by Karen Gassaway
Third Place Freestanding
Shell-A-Bration Honorable Mention
A Day at the Beach, 
cast silver necklace,
by Kathy Moon,  Honorable Mention
Pretty In Pink, by Kathleen Wenzel
Honorable Mention
More Art from Shell-A-Bration!
Left to right top to bottom: Sea Shrooms by Peggy Brewster; Shelly's Got New Shoes by Pattie Brooks Anderson; North Jetty 'Jems' by Kathy Johnson; Seashells by the Seashore by Kristin Anderson; Saltwater and Seashells Heal Everything by Meredith Draper; Beach Walk by Carolyn Nordahl.
Our traditional driftwood tree is up with ornaments
and gifts and cards to purchase under it!
Pick up a special stocking stuffer or memento--a bag of shells to remember the coast. They're available under the tree for $5.00.
Mask up in holiday style with these holiday themed
masks for the season! Made by member Meredith Draper
Members New Artwork.
Just in time for a special gift. 
We have Gift Certificates too!
Godber, red spiny oyster and silver earrings by Mike McIntyre
Repose, photograph, by Stephanie Ames
Washed Ashore, watercolor, by Kathryn Damon-Dawson

The Sacred Spring, Deschutes White Clay, by Phyllis Laird


Gourd art by Colleen McKnight
Pottery Vase by Geraldine McMahan
Jatoba Spiral by Larry Bishop
Two Fused Glass pieces
by Kristin Anderson
Wildcat Bridge, by Karen Nichols
Koala, by Claudia Ignatieff
Bear, acrylic by Deborah Cray
Wood Carved Bowl by Akos St Clair
Night Out with Dad, 
by Pattie Brooks Anderson
Blue Heron, by John Leasure
Glass Lampwork Ornaments by Rhiannon Griffiths
Winter scene, photography  by Mark Anderson
Judy Fleagle's Book about the bridges on the Oregon Coast and Haiku cards below.

Judy Fleagle has the perfect stocking stuffer that is humorous and timely. It is a bundle of three cards with Haiku poems about the Coronavirus and how it has affected our lives. Get them at the online shop here. While you're there you might find some other artistic gifts to buy from our members. They'll be shipped to you free when you order from the comfort of your home. Order early because the mail is slow.

Santa Cloth by Daphne John

(Inspired by this poem about quilting.)

He packed up the Concords, Marcus’ and Beyer –

Then piled the Hoffmans and Henrys still higher.

The Hopkins, Crows and Hortens were added with glee –

Plus Indos and Speigals and then P & B.

(all designer brands of fabric)

The sleigh was soon ready – the deer set to go.

Stars lit the sky mid soft-falling snow

The journey was started to bring “piecing" to Earth.

Then he thought to himself about Christ and his birth.

Then I heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight….




From PIECE ON EARTH by Harriet M. Wyant

Backstreet Gallery is a cooperative place where artists show their work and interact with the community. Its membership has grown since its beginnings to 24+ members with the opportunity for community members to also display their work. It has earned the Best Art Gallery in Florence Award for several years and is often said to be the best on the Oregon coast.
With a variety of media and subject matter, there is something for everyone. You will find amazing painters of watercolor, oil and acrylic. Sensational felt art, fiber art and paper painting collage show beside fine woodworking, assemblages and gourd art. An elegant and earthy variety of jewelry offers gifts for any taste.  Gorgeous photography, gleaming fused glass and unique pottery pieces cap the array of arts. To surprise you, you may even find some unusual pieces created by manipulating various materials. Backstreet is a magical place to find one-of-a-kind cards, fine art and jewelry at reasonable prices.

We have curtailed our in-person events with the pandemic still raging. We are hopeful we will be able to have our Second Saturday receptions again soon.
Would you like to be considered for membership at Backstreet Gallery?

Even though the Covid19 restrictions are forcing us to not accept new members at this time, we would be happy to receive your application and put you on the wait list for when we can accept new members again.
If you live in the Florence area and would like to become part of the Backstreet Gallery Co-Op, feel free to come into the gallery and pick up an application. Or go online at the link below, download and print the application, and bring it to the gallery. Please be sure to include photos of your art. Click here for a link to the application and more information. 
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