Even though I had the permissions right, I was not able to get into the admin page. So I decided to reinstall. The easiest thing was for me to delete the entire bobsgallery folder from ssh. I then recreated the folder. It is a subdomain, hopefully that attribute has been retained.
I then uploaded a new installation using the instructions from readme.html that comes with a new Showkase installation. I uploaded the .htaccess file from my backup.
bobsgallery comes up as a new Showkase site telling me to go to admin to set it up.
But I cannot get into admin:
You don't have permission to access this resource.Server unable to read htaccess file, denying access to be safe
Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
Changing permissions of .htaccess to 777 does not help. Clearing Chrome's cache does not help. I'm stuck... so sorry.