Maureen McGarry brings life to local landscapes with her luscious watercolor paintings. With depth of shadow and fluid lighting, there is a richness to her artwork. McGarry also teaches watercolor painting to community members, reflecting on her surrounding environment. She says that Trinidad and other Humboldt scenery provide abundant inspiration for her paintings.
Matthew Gagliardi showcases his blown glass artwork in the forms of bowls, tumblers, wine glasses and other sculptural vessels. He has been working in hot glass for 25 years, now working from his home studio. The glass comes alive as he swirls colorful glass highlights throughout the pieces.
Oceana Madrone and Kurt Hellmich Featured Artists for February 2020
Oceana Madrone’s fabric and bead work focuses on the beauty and magic of life in all of its complexity. Her work directly and honestly reflects the emotional and meaningful aspects of life with an emphasis on healing through the beauty and joy of art. She has done extensive work using quilts to help women and children heal their experience of violence and pain in their lives. She has helped survivors create over one hundred healing quilts. Her new display includes a soft sculpture, several beaded necklaces and a pair of wall quilts.
Her current themes for her line of fabric collage postcards are Mardi Gras and hearts just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Madrone has been working with beads since childhood.
“My art is my effort to create order out of chaos and to transform pain and survival into strength and beauty,” she said. “Art doesn’t make the hard things in life go away. It does help me to find joy and continue on my path of healing and discovery. I love the color, textures, and sparkle of fabric and beads. I create images of beauty and magic. Life is a magical gift.”
Kurt Hellmich, a “backyard artist” as he calls himself, grew up in the San Fernando Valley where his father was a cartoonist for Walt Disney when they still drew their animations by hand. It was natural for him to follow his father’s pattern of making a living through art, but instead of being called to drawing he followed his love for working in wood.
Hellmich — who moved to Humboldt County in 1979 — enjoys adapting recycled woods from deconstructed barns and driftwood. His work includes cribbage boards and hanging birdfeeders made with driftwood shapes. In his laminated wood cutting boards, he insets delightful handle images such as wooden kitchen knives, fish or guitars.
Trinidad Art Gallery Reception: Friday, October 4th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Snacks and libations will be available. Wine pour will benefit the Clarke Historical Museum. Music by TAG members Howdy Emerson and JD Jeffries.
Oceana Madrone’s work directly and honestly reflects the emotional and meaningful aspects of life with an emphasis on healing through the beauty and joy of art. She has been working with beads since her childhood.
In her own words, "My art is my effort to create order out of chaos and to transform pain and survival into strength and beauty. Art doesn’t make the hard things in life go away. It does help me to find joy and continue on my path of healing and discovery. I love the color, textures, and sparkle of fabric and beads. I create images of beauty and magic. Life is a magical gift."
Together We Rise
Mara Friedman has recently brought her considerable experience and skills to the TrinidadArtGallery with a rich background in a variety of art forms. After many years living in Hawaii and then the lush green Oregon countryside, the artist now makes her home with her husband Gus in the beautiful and wild northern California coast.
These days, she especially concentrates on musical mosaics composed of elk women and whales, hummingbirds and stars, dots, dashes, squiggles and swirls. Many of her new works include our whale kin, who for her are powerful allies of compassion and refuge in these turbulent times.
Show Us the Way
Mara's images celebrate the feminine aspect of Spirit. Her imagery draws inspiration from cultures around the world, from the cycle of the seasons and from universal symbols and form. Her work echoes the blend of many diverse influences: the art of O’Keeffe and Chagall; Tibetan, Hindu, Aboriginal, African and Native American art; mystical Sufi poetry and Buddhist teachings
Trinidad Art Gallery Reception: Friday, September 6th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Snacks and libations will be available. Wine pour will benefit Sequoia Humane Society. Music by singer/songwriter Morgan Corviday, who will sing songs from the Woodstock era.
Maureen McGarry is a watercolor painter who primarily paints local landscapes. Also a teacher, she has offered classes to people of all ages over the past 40 years, primarily teaching art to children in many of the local schools.
Inspired by a visit to the actual site of the infamous three-day concert in Bethel, New York, she will be available to sign prints of two watercolors paintings inspired by her experience there. Cards and a children’s book written and illustrated by the artist are also available at the gallery.
Donvieve is a multi-dimensional artist/educator. She creates masks that challenge our personal barriers and speak to our inner spaces. Another longtime resident of Humboldt County, she is best known as a mask-maker. She has conducted many art workshops, including in other countries.
Primarily made from tanned leather, her masks are molded over a sculpted form and transforms them into a multitude of characters. Masks, cards, and a guidebook for incorporating art into school curriculum are available for sale at the gallery.
Trinidad Art Gallery Reception: Friday, August 2nd, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Snacks and libations will be available. Wine pour will benefit Northcoast Environmental Center. Music by singer/songwriter Margaret Kellerman.
Matthew Gagliardi has always been attracted to the fluidity of working hot glass. He explains that most of the process of blowing soft glass is spent trying to influence a material that is not totally in a liquid form or a solid state, but tends to ebb and flow between the two. He says with some sincerity that when blowing glass his perception is often in a similar tidal pattern, drifting between daydreams in the etheric realms and physical reality, yet at the same time it requires his complete attention and total focus.
Typical of many artists, he tells us that If he is not in his studio making glass, he is usually thinking about it while trying to do other things. "Most of my inspiration comes from geometric patterns and symmetry contained within the chaotic appearance in nature and the relationship of capturing and transforming light. I approach the material with the intention of process striving to achieve clean lines, symmetric proportions and refined craftsmanship." Gagliardi's works range from the utilitarian to elegant Venetian styles.
Jim Lowry’s photographs are collected internationally, and he has won a number of awards for his stunning photographs, including Photographer of the Year and a second place award for landscapes in the International Panoramic Photography Contest.
Here in Humboldt County, Lowry is perhaps best known for his landscapes and beachscapes. While his use of color is always effective, he especially enjoys the stark minimalism of black and white photography, and he can be strongly reminiscent of Ansel Adams.
Garden of Eden
For thirty years Lowry concentrated on painting and drawing. In 1998 he began exploring digital art which soon translated into digital photograph, and he has been working with this medium ever since. Lowry says, "The possibilities are infinite. I love the whole process; identifying dynamic possibilities, overcoming technical obstacles, shooting in many different ways and processing the images with my magic computer."
Trinidad Art Gallery Reception: Friday, July 5th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Snacks and libations will be available. Wine pour will benefit Trinidad Coastal Land Trust. Music by Penny Gunn and Son.
During the month of July, Trinidad Art Gallery will feature a new print by Patricia Sundgren Smith. She has expanded on her Japanese-inspired koi theme with a new, larger linocut, "Koi Beneath Bamboo." As with her other koi images, she incorporates Japanese decorative papers into the design.
Patricia will also be exhibiting some of her past linocuts of birds, as well as her new series of egret and heron rookery collages. The birds are drawn on white or black printmaking paper, and then collaged onto two layers of decorative papers. The first layer is Murano paper, and the second is shredded and dyed amate bark from Mexico.
Elaine Y Shore has been developing her current style of ceramic art for more than ten years, although she was first entranced by the craft many years earlier. “Throwing a piece on the potter’s wheel is mesmerizing. It looks easy, but takes lots of practice and determination.” After retiring from a long career in financial modeling, Elaine moved to Humboldt County to be a full time artist and grandmother. “Fortunately, I discovered the Fire Arts Center in Arcata and it has become my second home.” Elaine decided to specialize in wheel-thrown and hand built functional porcelain pieces, and uses various surface decoration techniques to interesting, complex surfaces.
“I wanted to do more than simply dip my pieces in a glaze, so I started exploring other ways to provide visual and tactile interest and beauty”. Her pieces have evolved to include colors and textures, using techniques that include carving, painting, applying colored clay or etching away clay, all of which result in a piece that is interesting to look at and a treat to use.
Her current collection includes striking, black and white carved designs, and colorful, glaze-painted, textured designs inspired by the natural world.
Trinidad Art Gallery Reception: Friday, June 7th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Snacks and libations will be available. Wine pour will benefit Friends of the Dunes. Music by JD Jeffries.
Kurt Hellmich has been working in wood for over thirty-five years. He began by turning driftwood into utilitarian art pieces, and evolved over the years into his broad, popular selection that includes creative cribbage boards, cutting boards, unique boxes with lids and cunning drawers, and bird houses that still feature his signature driftwood.
Delicate details adorn the boxes and cribbage boards. Hellmich's precision has been refined over the time of his practice of this woodworking artistry, and the Trinidad Art Gallery is happy to boast his efforts in our midst.
John Wesa has long made his mark on the Humboldt County art scene through his landscape-focused serigraphy (screen printing), with his Master of Arts degree at Humboldt State University in 1976. His prints of the area have found their way around the world.
Wesa says of his work, “I love the interaction of shapes and colors. When things are going right the image achieves a hypnotic vibrancy. It’s fun to see it take its first breaths and begin to live. The thing I find most exciting about serigraphy is the self-publishing dynamic. I produce multiples, yet they are all originals and individual. When a good one takes off it can acquire a social life of its own. It can pop-up anywhere in the world. It can acquire a kind of currency that represents a shared value and experience.”
Our gallery hosts over 20 local artists every day, but during the two weekends of North Coast Open Studios, you get a chance to see some members working their magic right at the gallery. Check out the (updated!) schedule below, and visit anytime to chat with our members.
Amanita Mollier, Sarah Magnuson, and JD Jeffries
Featured Artists for May 2019
Trinidad Art Gallery Reception: Friday, May 3rd, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Snacks and libations will be available. Wine pour will benefit E.P.I.C. Music by JD Jeffries, Chris Volas, and Howdy Emerson.
Amanita Mollier is a silkpainter. Although she does create silk scarves with a simple flowing design, the main focus of her art is in wall hangings that are complete landscape paintings. She is especially fond of mountains and streams, or oceans and cliffs. Her egrets are a tribute both to Mother Nature and to her brush skills.
Amanita has entered a new and exciting part of her life, and her art greatly enriches it. “With my children now adults living on their own, I have energy to focus on my interests: my art, hiking and biking, and enjoying wonderful trips inland to my family home near Orleans."
Sarah Magnuson’s art is constantly evolving. She began with the creation of a myriad of hanging fantasies, from fairies to dragons. Then her imagination went wild and she added all kinds of enrichment. Shells, beads, acorns, dried seed pods were just the start. Soon there were tiny vessels of handblown glass and larger shells.
This year Sarah has experimented with trailing plants that need no water. Some of her pieces have grown so intricate and of a size that uses the support of a stand or a wall hanger rather than the simple wire that has been her trademark.
J.D. Jeffries is a founding member of Trinidad Art Gallery, and his music will add to the festivities this Art Night. J.D. Recently stepped away from performance to reset his music focus. His music at the gallery will be the first chance to hear his new sound as he appears with his new guitarist Chris Volas, a seasoned musician in his own right. He’ll be singing along with J.D.in sets that focus on vocals. As J.D. says, “I love harmony. Good band have good vocals.” J.D. has been singing pretty much all his life, and has several CDs with covers as well as his own songs, all on sale at the Trinidad Art Gallery. J.D. is hoping for some great Humboldt County spring weather so he can perform outside on the front patio.