Howdy Emerson and Barbara Wright
Featured Artists for April 2019
Join us for afternoon tea and snacks!
Trinidad Art Gallery Reception: Sunday, April 7th, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Visit Moonstone Crossing Winery across the street for more art and libations.
Music by harpist Howdy Emerson.
Howdy Emerson wears two hats at the Trinidad Art Gallery, musician and painter. He creates landscape paintings in oil and fine-line brush paintings in ink, working on location or in his on-site studio. He also plays and teaches a beautiful Celtic harp and has CD's available. He is a Certified Music Practitioner and has worked as a hospital-staff therapeutic musician.
This year Emerson has begun to focus on Chinese fine-line brush style paintings in ink on "rice paper." Dramatic line variation comes from brushes that end in a fine flexible point, so that very thin lines that can be varied to thicker lines as more pressure is applied. Shading is done with softer brushes using ink and water color.
Emerson calls the sea his inspiration, "Finding her mystical essence is my goal. I explore the sacred narrow line where the land and sea interact. I wish to honor the subtle and nuanced – the misty grey day of muted colors. In our busy lives my endeavor is to create works that allow the viewer to stop a moment and find a breath of calm."
Barbara Wright wears at least two hats as well, one as a fused glass artist, and the other as a creator of superb mosaic creations. In 1999 Barbara Wright began making mosaics. In 2002 she attended the Sculoa Arte del Mosaico in Ravenna, Italy, learning the old techniques. There she was inspired by modern works in the old style and began creating two and three-dimensional pieces using art glass, Smalti, millefiori, tiles and various artifacts. Each piece expresses her vision and environment, with many ideas originating from the beautiful coastal area of Trinidad, where she now lives.
Wright has done several large mosaic projects in her home, as well as for commissioned work. Her art was included in the exhibition for the Society of American Mosaic Artists’ and the Museo Italo Americano in San Francisco in 2004. She also studied mosaic portraiture with Laurel Skye in Tuscany, Italy, in 2013. She has been experimenting with fused glass jewelry for several years. In 2005, she studied glass techniques in Barcelona, Spain, with Rene Culler and Phillipa Beveridge, both well-known glass artists.s.
Laura Rose and Barbara Wright
Featured Artists for January 2018
Afternoon Reception: Sunday, January 28th, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Music by Margaret Kellerman
Barbara Wright creates luminous, colorful mosaics in a great variety of forms including wall hangings, mirrors, clocks and vases embedded with mosaic design. Her moderately-sized pieces are theme-based designs and her large wall pieces encompass a mural-style story.
She uses an amazing array of materials to enrich the glass with her rich, complex designs: shells, millefiore, buttons, beads of all sizes and shapes, and a rich assortment of shiny objects find their way into the integrated color scheme that Wright is so well known for. Wright also works with the newer art of fused glass to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. Her mosaic pieces have been shown in galleries and shows throughout Northern California, and she often works on commissions.
Laura Rose is a potter specializing in reproducing the oldest of human art onto her hand-thrown raku work. Rose says, "Through these lively animals we hear the direct voice of artists tens of thousands of years old, the earliest connection by far that we moderns have to our ancient ancestors. We can never be sure of their intent in creating these masterpieces, we do know that the amazing images were part of spiritual life and practices and probably dealt with myths, heroes, and constellations. They may even have been the beginnings of astrology. These ancients are speaking to us of their deep love and respect for the natural world and of the everlasting vital importance of art to the human spirit."
Raku pottery is made through a technique where pieces are heated to red-hot and then soaked in an atmosphere of smoke that creates the black and the crackle effects.
Rose's shows this year have included the American Craft Council Show at Fort Mason in San Francisco, the Fire Arts Gallery in Arcata and the Ferndale Arts Gallery. She has raku-based lamps in Old Town Lighting in Eureka and Cave Art pots and her Coppery Whales at the Highlight Gallery in Mendocino.
Elaine Y. Shore & Barbara Wright
Featured Artists for August 2017
Friday, August 4th
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Music by Margaret Kellerman
Elaine Y. Shore specializes in creating what she calls "functional art for every day." Her signature pieces--black and white, hand carved mugs and bowls--are her original designs. After throwing and trimming her work, she applies a black liquid clay ("slip") to the surface. She then carves her designs through the black slip, into the white porcelain, creating striking black and white designs of birds, flowers and animals. The pieces are then fired to harden the clay and finally a shear glaze is applied and the pieces are fired again, this time to 2,340°F. She has recently begun to use color to create lively new designs as well.
Barbara Wright's mosaics are piece by piece creations that come from color schemes or a visual image she has from her environment or her imagination. The spontaneity of each piece creates a surprise when completed. The fused glass work is an abstract arrangement of glass, both plain and dichroic, which is slumped in a kiln, cut in patterns and slumped again, ending up with the various jewelry pieces. She is basically an abstract artist, working with many materials to create each piece, whether it be a mosaic or a piece of jewelry.
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