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.
Amanita Mollier and Patty Demant
Featured Artists for May 2018
Trinidad Art Night Reception: Friday, May 4th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Patty Demant will pour wine to benefit the Winarainbow Scholarship, a summer camp specializing in circus arts that pulls in many Humboldt youths. Singer/songwriter Chief will be making merry music.
Amanita Mollier's BFA was in Photography at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, but a series of chance encounters has led her to painting on silk, the medium where she now specializes. She creates wall hangings with seascapes and landscapes that reflect the beauty of our area.
For the opening, she will hang three large, fully framed pieces. This year Mollier has been working on incorporating the human form into her pieces. She also designs and creates wispy, multi-hued silk scarves.
In silk painting each fabric takes colors differently. Even the order the colors are applied to silk changes the effects dramatically. Mollier’s experience of light in her photography brings added life to her paintings. Mollier says her work gives her peace of mind, altered sense of time, creation of beauty from nothing, and joy brought to others’ lives.
Patti Demant prints scarves and clothing with actual leaves that transfer their shapes and colors onto natural fabrics such as silk, wool, and cashmere. Her pieces are soft and inviting, almost as if one had been able to drape the spirit of the forest floor around one's shoulders.
Demant's botanical printing is an ancient fiber art from Australia. Fabric is wrapped around leaves, such as eucalyptus, alder, maple, oak and black walnut, and bound around copper pipes. Immersed in mordants such as iron and vinegar, they simmer for hours, and are opened the next day. The result always offers surprises and delights.
When asked about current work Demant replies, "I am even more determined to become the scientist needed in this volatile art form. The slightest jump in the PH can throw off the process and create an entirely different outcome than expected! Last year, adding the natural dyes of black walnut and avocado were my go-to when looking for contrast to the print process. This year I will boldly go into the world of madder and logwood."
Always excited about trying something new, this year has also seen her experimenting in delicate silks like chiffon and organza to create dreamy summer dresses. Cashmere, Australian wool and Irish weavings are adding warmth to Humboldt County's windy days.
Trinidad Art Gallery is a Hot Spot for
North Coast Open Studios Art Night:
Friday, June 2nd, 6 - 9 pm
Ranjith Jim Box (photography): June Featured Artist
Kurt Hellmich (woodworking): June Featured Artist
Arlene Broyles (monoprints)
Patricia Sundgren Smith (linocuts and drawings)
Laura Rose (ceramics)
Patty Demant (fiber art)
Annie Reid (gouache; pigment pastel;
digital and traditional painting)
Barbara Wright (mosaics): Barbara will also be present
Sun. June 11, 10 am - 1:30 pm
Demonstrations at Trinidad Art Gallery:
Saturday, June 3rd
10:00 am - 1:30 pm: Laura Rose (ceramics)
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Patty Demant (fiber art)
Sunday, June 4th
10:00 am - 1:30 pm: Amanita Mollier (silkpainting)
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Annie Reid (gouache; pigment pastel; digital and traditional painting)*
Saturday, June 10th
10:00 am - 1:30 pm: Colleen Clifford (stained glass)*
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Laura Rose (ceramics)
Sunday, June 11th
10:00 am - 1:30 pm: Arlene Broyles (monoprints)
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Patricia Sundgren Smith
(linocuts and drawings)
Amy Ellis Taylor (stained glass): open both weekends
*Annie Reid (painting and prints): open weekend 2
*Colleen Clifford (stained glass): open weekend 1
Kathy O'Leary (oil painting): open both weekends
Lida Penkova (linocuts): open both weekends (Sun only of weekend 1)
Tom Kingshill (woodturning): open weekend 1
Amy Ellis Taylor
Elaine Y. Shore
Patricia Sundgren Smith
Ranjith Jim Box
Susan Mayclin Stephenson