The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors Center, 290 Highway 101, features a different local artist each month. Their July display of local artistry features a variety of pieces from Backstreet Gallery.


“Backstreet Gallery’s display of nearly 20 different items fills the walls and counters of the Chamber’s Visitors Center this month with some stunning original artwork,” says Chamber president/CEO Bettina Hannigan. “And every item is for sale. Prices range from $80 to $600.”


Kristin Anderson, board member of the Backstreet Gallery Co-op (BSG) shared: “BSG is pleased to be able to exhibit some of our local artist’s creations at the Chamber, and we appreciate the Chamber’s outreach and commitment to sharing local art, while highlighting local businesses. BSG chose the theme “As the Wind Blows” for our exhibit, and we believe that artists and businesses will benefit in many positive ways from this exposure, and visitors will explore our town with new insights.”


Stephanie Ames, photography; Kristin Anderson, fused glass; Pattie Brooks Anderson, watercolor; Kathryn Damon-Dawson, watercolor; Denise Diamond, driftwood art; Claudia Ignatieff , oil painting; John Leasure, oil painting; Karen NIchols, oil/acrylic and collage; Jane Rincon, watercolor and collage; Rae Wescott, watercolor.


“As a co-op of more than 20 artists exhibiting on Bay St. in Historic Old Town, Backstreet members are co-owners of a special business that holds a leading place in the city’s art community,” says Anderson. “We have come together to offer an ever-changing display of original art that includes watercolor, fiber art, photography, mixed-media, pottery, fabric art, jewelry, fused glass, carved wood, paper art, artisan greeting cards, books, oils, and so much more.”


“We are delighted to feature the work of the artists from Backstreet Gallery this month,” adds Hannigan. “Backstreet Gallery has been an integral part of growing the arts in Florence for more than 18 years and we welcome their partnership in raising Florence’s profile and attracting visitors to appreciate and participate in this burgeoning area of tourism.”


Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street, in Florence, is currently open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Their website is and phone number is 541-997-8980.


The Chamber’s visitor center is at 290 Highway 101 in Florence. Hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays through August from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information about joining or volunteering with the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, visit or contact Hannigan at 541-997-3128 or