Throughout the year, Main Street Fort Pierce hosts numerous art shows and social events. The Reflections of the Future Art Show is truly one of the most extraordinary shows we host at the Backus

Join us on Thursday, November 9th at 5:00 p.m. for our exciting Artist Reception. Each year, Anita Prentice curates work from a diverse group of artists working in a myriad of medium. This year, Anita is showing with Edgar Straeffer, Debi Crouse, and Ginny Piech Street.

In the “Center Ring,” Circus Man, Edgar “Lucky” Straeffer is a painter, sculptor, photographer and  musician. His professions have included teacher, museum curator, photojournalist and more. In 2007, Edgar received a call from his old friend, John Ringling North II, offering him the position of Musical Director with the Kelly Miller Circus. So, Edgar and his wife Vickie left their jobs, sold their belongings and set off on the road, touring with the circus for five seasons. Now back in Fort Pierce, Edgar is painting abstract reflections of the beauty and symmetry of some of the outstanding trapeze artists and acrobats that he had the pleasure of watching daily during his tenure with “America’s One Ring Wonder.”

Another part of the troupe is mixed media artist, Debi Crouse. Debi’s collection of works are titled “Midnight Reverie” an after-hours look at the mysterious, oddities and activities of those who have chosen life in the circus. Debi grew up in Fort Pierce and was educated by Dominican Nuns, who let her free spirit wander through the world of Art via pastels, oils, watercolors, sculpting and mosaics. Art
should draw a person into a piece, allowing them a wee peek inside the soul of the Artist. Through her friend, Edgar Straeffer, who ran away with the circus twice.

Clay & Collage artist, Ginny Piech Street has acquired an intimate knowledge of, interest in and respect for circus life. This exhibit gives her an opportunity to explore the colorful and sometimes-edgy imagery
associated with the circus. She also is excited to honor a part of American history that may soon be found only in our memories and imagination.

The star of the show is mosaic artist, Anita Prentice. Anita will be showing a mosaic portrait of Fort Pierce native, Lucia Zora, a 1900s circus animal trainer billed as “the bravest woman in the world.” Her works will include furniture and “hamsa hands,” which are known as the protective eye of God. Anita
will also be showing other curious oddities.

The Artist Reception is Thursday, November 9th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

If you can’t attend the Thursday Reception you have one final opportunity at the 3-Hour Last Chance Sale on Friday, November 10th, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ❖