2nd Saturday Gallery Tour showcases local art, galleries

Jan. 9, 2019 — Florence art lovers are set to explore the arts this Saturday for the 2nd Saturday Gallery Tour, a monthly reception where galleries and art spaces celebrate art, artists and patrons of the art. The tour runs from 3 to 5 p.m. and begins at any of the participating locations.

Here are some highlights:

Backstreet Gallery

The members of Backstreet Gallery join together to welcome the community to the New Year by filling their windows with photographs taken by the artist members. Come to a celebration on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at 1421 Bay St. to bring in the New Year with creativity, refreshments and joy during the Second Saturday Gallery Tour. Winter hours, which resume this week, are daily are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.backstreetgallery.org.

Florence Events Center

The Friends of FEC and the Gallery Committee are offering exhibits in Galleries One and Five celebrating the artwork of students from Siuslaw, Mapleton and Home School High Schools. The community, including students and their families, are invited to an award reception on Monday, Jan. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.

In addition, the FEC Gallery Committee is working with Backstreet Gallery on a call to artists for the annual Where Art Thou? Community Show. Hanging art — including paintings, mixed-media, photography, pastels — as well as 3-D art — including pottery, jewelry, fused glass, mosaics — that fits in the locked display case are welcome. Up to three entries will be accepted per artist, with $10 charged for the first entry and $5 for each additional entry. All artwork must be for sale, with the FEC retaining a 25 percent commission on any sale.

Deadline for artists to submit their entry forms is Jan. 15, 2019. Entry forms are available at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay St., or can be downloaded at www.

Florence Regional Arts Alliance

FRAA is featuring self-proclaimed “rock hound” Ed Kogut at the 2nd Saturday Gallery Tour Reception on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Kogut began learning his craft over 35 years ago, teaching himself the fine art of gem faceting. He became a full-time professional goldsmith 25 years ago.

In 2003, he accepted the position of bench jeweler and master goldsmith for the largest family-owned jewelry chain in the northwest. During the 13 years he worked for them, he was awarded the Top Goldsmith of the year twice.

“I enjoy living in beautiful Florence and creating one-of-a-kind and limited series jewelry art pieces in silver and gold,” he said.

His silver line is on display at the FRAA Art Center and Gallery. He also does customized jewelry pieces using the client’s personal stones, treasures, and heirlooms. Kogut also offers local, professional jewelry repair service, repairing or redesigning damaged, unworn or outdated jewelry.

The public is invited to meet Kogut and see his jewelry art pieces while enjoying refreshments at the FRAA Art Center on 120 Maple St. on Jan. 12. FRAA is also featuring ninth-grade student artist Nathan Pfaff and his Zentangle art pieces.

Oregon Pacific Bank

OPB in Florence will display the photography of Craig Shreeve in the lobby during the month of January.

Shreeve has lived in Florence for five years, focusing primarily on art photography.

“One doesn’t have to go far to be able to see and capture the wonders that our beautiful coast has to offer,” he said. “I am grateful in my ability to see every photo as a blank canvas waiting to be recreated in the mood that I feel will best bring out the uniqueness of the subject matter.”

More of his work can be viewed at FRAA’s Art Center, which will be open for the 2nd Saturday Gallery Tour.

Siuslaw Public Library

The library honors art all year round in the Colgan-Bennetts Gallery and inside display cases at the Florence branch, 1460 Ninth St. In January, Reggie Oflock will be displaying oils, Backstreet Gallery will be showcasing 3-D works and fiber artist Maggie Bagon will be showing her naturally dyed fabric arts.

The inside display case will switch over on Jan. 15 to show “Rusty Relics.”

The Studios at Jayne Smoley Design

Besides featuring resident and guest artists, The Studios offers classes in fused glass and special seasonal Studio Boxes.

See what is happening this month at jaynesmoleydesign.com. UPDATE: The Studios will be closed Saturday as it spruces up gallery spaces. Check back in February for the next reception!