Backstreet Gallery

Three composited paintings done separately in magenta, yellow and cyan with an overlay of a pencil sketch. The composite is displayed with light coming through the back.

Upcoming Exhibition

The Lion-for-real

Inspired by a love of old Technicolor movies, this show of new work by Kristen Throop features gouache paintings in cyan (blue), magenta, and yellow, digitally layered to mimic the iconic motion picture process. “The lion-for-real” — titled after an Allen Ginsberg poem by the same name— features a dozen original sketches and limited edition Duratrans prints mounted in light boxes.
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Content of this exhibit may not be suitable for young children.

On view: September 5–27, 2015 at the Backstreet Gallery in Santa Rosa, CA

Backstreet Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm or call 707 478-4739 to arrange a special viewing
The Backstreet Gallery is located on Art Alley just east of South A Street and north of Sebastopol Ave. in Santa Rosa’s SOFA arts district.

Special events:

Opening reception: Saturday, September 5, 6-9 pm

Throop’s show launches on the heels of Technicolor’s 100th Anniversary, and her exhibit will feature a montage of clips from Hollywood’s beloved Technicolor film era. The clip reel, titled Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Technicolor Esoterica will screen at sundown on the show’s opening night.

Artist talks: Sundays, September 13, 20 and 27 at 2 pm

A chance to learn about the show in-depth from the artist

Closing reception: Saturday, September 26 at sundown we will be screening the Technicolor masterpiece, The Red Shoes (1948).

“There’s something so audacious about The Red Shoes and something unique, different from any film being made at the time. The images become like moving paintings. Painting that moved extraordinarily visually but moved emotionally and psychologically too.”

–Martin Scorsese, film maker and life-long Red Shoes fan

Outdoor films in Santa Rosa's SOFA Arts District

The Backstreet Gallery and Studios is a collective of 10 individual art studios located under one roof on Art Alley, one block off South A Street in the SOFA Arts District. While Backstreet Gallery does not have regular business hours, please visit during First Friday open studios, August ArtWalk, and many other SOFA events, or by appointment with the resident artists. See directory for artist contact information.
For information about studio space availability call: 707-303-5925


Backstreet Studios artists: Kate E. Black, Michele Bottaro, Susan Greer, Megan Rhodes, Claudia Sanchez, Kristen Throop, Diane Toso, Mary Vaughan, Fred Vedder, Carole Watanabe

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