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Seek ‘Sanctuary’ with new Backstreet Gallery Exhibit

Posted: Thursday, Mar 2nd, 2017


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Backstreet Gallery, 1421Bay St., features painter Pattie Brooks-Anderson and photographer Stephanie Ames in March, especially at a reception during the Second Saturday Gallery Tour, March 11 frin 3 to 5 p.m.. The theme, Sanctuary, is interpreted in their work. Both award-winning artists capture light in their creations, which draws the viewer into their work.  

Brooks-Anderson says, “I believe drawing is one of the most profound methods to reach your own submerged artist.”

Drawing is an integral part of herinking motif.

Besides being an outstanding painter, Brooks-Andersonis an illustrator/author. Watercolor and ink are her media. Beginning with a vivid watercolor wash, she applies linear ink patterns drawn to interact with the subjects. More depth is added with an opaque watercolor. Atop the wash of brilliant color she adds deep shadowing by drawing ink lines that contrast and enhance the final painting.

As president of the gallery and long time member, Pattie has helped lead Backstreet from its origins to the fine gallery of today.

“Enchanted” was her first book. Each page of this book is an exquisite illustration that draws the viewer into the mystery of the alchemy and messages she reveals though artwork and her words.

This year’s project is “Spirit Bear.” After spending four months researching the legend of the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada, she has nearly completed the 26 illustrations that will make up this incredible book. She will have several of the original paintings for sale as well as prints. Look for this new edition soon.

Much of Brooks-Anderson’s artwork is devoted to endangered species.

Ames’ photography appears extensively in local publications in Florence. Her distinctive style is recognizable. She finds the right subject, waits for the right moment with the right light to illuminate the composition in a dramatic way. Her inspiration comes from subjects throughout Oregon. She presents the subject in a unique and innovative style.

Recently Ames entered a competition at Portland’s Blue Sky gallery, where 10 of her breathtaking photos were selected to show April 2017 to March 2018.

This gallery accepts works with an avant-garde flair, which definitely applies to her work.

“Oregon is all I know,” Ames says. 

However, seeing it through her eyes presents a whole new picture.

Each year Ames has been juried into the Eugene Mayor’s Art Show—not easy for a photographer. Besides being runner up in the Photozone Juried show, she won a merit award in a National juried show. She was juried into the 14th Around Oregon show in Corvallis and also into the first Eugene Biennial at the Karin Clarke Gallery. She has won numerous awards in Eugene and camera club competitions.

Ames’ eye for the dramatic is not limited to photography. As display chair for Backstreet Gallery, she is responsible for the appearance of 20+ artists’ work, helping Backstreet be voted Best Gallery in Florence several times.

Come to Backstreet’s Second Saturday, March 11. Enjoy distinctive art, fine food and hear great music, 3-5 p.m.

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