Backstreet Gallery, a co-op of 24 local artists in Florence, is this month’s featured local exhibitor at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors’ Center, 290 Highway 101.

Visitors to the exhibit will get to see more than a dozen pieces within a theme of “A Summer Flight to the Oregon Coast.” The artists have each chosen an original piece of their artwork depicting birds. Represented artists include Stephanie Ames (photography), Kristin Anderson (fused glass), Pattie Brooks Anderson (ink on watercolor), Kathryn Damon-Dawson (watercolor), Russ Dixon (wood), Charles Draper (photography), Meredith Draper (bas relief/paper clay), Daphne John (fiber art), Claudia Ignatieff (oil), John Leasure (oil), Colleen McKnight (gourd art), Karen D. Nichols (paper painting collage), and Jane Rincon (watercolor).

“We are delighted with Backstreet Gallery’s display this month. It fills the walls of the Chamber’s Visitors Center with some really stunning original artwork,” says Chamber executive director Bettina Hannigan. “They are an integral part of growing the arts in Florence and we welcome their partnership in attracting visitors to Florence to appreciate and participate in this burgeoning area of art tourism.”

The Chamber features a different local artist, or group of artists, each month.

According to Backstreet Gallery’s president, Jane Rincon, the gallery, at 1421 Bay Street, will celebrate its 14th birthday during the area’s monthly Second Saturday Gallery Tour this June. They will welcome the public and honor a featured artist with refreshments, drink, and entertainment.

“We were founded by a small group of artists,” explains Rincon. “Ours is a cooperative place where artists show their work and interact with the community. Its membership has since grown extensively with the added opportunity for community members to display their work.” Backstreet Gallery has earned the Best Art Gallery in Florence Award for several years and is often said to be the best on the Oregon coast.

“As a co-op gallery, Backstreet members are co-owners of a special business that holds a leading place in the city’s art community,” says Kristin Anderson, the group’s marketing person. “At our Bay Street location we display a variety of media and subject matter. There is something for everyone. You will find amazing painters of watercolor, oil, and acrylic. We have sensational felt art, fiber art, and paper painting 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. Backstreet is a magical place to find one-of-a-kind cards, fine art, and jewelry at reasonable prices.”

“We appreciate the Chamber’s efforts to show art from the community and are grateful to have an opportunity to show our work at the Visitors Center,” adds Rincon.

Backstreet Gallery is at 1421 Bay Street, in Florence. They are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Their website is and phone number is 541-997-8980.