7th Anniversary Party!
Annie Reid resides in Trinidad as a third generation Pacific Northwest artist. She paints in traditional and digital oils on archival canvas. She often laces her pigment and gouache with mica for an iridescent quality for her paintings on fine papers. Reid’s work is obviously inspired by the natural world, where she spends much of her time. She captures the essence of place, and her works convey a deep connection with the spirit she experiences within nature.
Her work has been included in exhibits including 'California Species' at the Oakland Museum of Natural History; Yosemite Renaissance at Yosemite National Park. She has won numerous awards including Best of Show from Redwood Art Association and the Morris Graves Museum. She is the recipient of artist-in-residencies at 'The Lake’ from the Morris Graves Foundation. Her Trinidad Studio is available by appointment throughout the year.
Drew Forsell is a local jeweler whose work is inspired by the sea and life here on the North Coast, such as California’s giant kelp forests, bioluminescent jellyfish, waves and eddies, octopus arms, the sand and the sun.
This year, Forsell's travels outside the U. S. have given him new inspiration. In the beautiful little beach town of Zipolite in Southern Mexico, he met a wire and stone artist whose work fascinated him. At the end of the visit, this artist smiled broadly and gifted Drew with an unusual stone he called Punka or Garden Quartz, saying that this was a very special stone that had been waiting for his new American friend.
His interest piqued, Forsell learned that it's official name is lodolite. Its multitude of inclusions and mineral deposits give it the look of gardens, or to some, coral reefs and billowing clouds. In metaphysical circles, these stones are said to possess magical qualities and are referred to as the "Shaman’s Dream Stone." Forsell has been collecting them ever since he returned from Mexico and will have a display of lodolite pendants wrapped in sterling silver at the Gallery show.
In his trip to the islands of Greece, Forsell developed a new appreciation for working with gold. Some of his new pieces are gold-fill to compliment is usual silver pieces. While in Greece, Drew found another unusual stone, a delightful one called evil eye. Contemporary word is that they bring protection and good fortune. If the reader is in need of a little good luck, Forsell will have a selection of this Greek-inspired evil eye jewelry on display.
Saturday, November 26th
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Music by: Fred Neighbors and Bruce Johnson, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Opening Music by JD Jeffries and Howard Emerson
Thanks to Friends of the Dunes for pouring wine for this event! Come support our local art and their coastal education and conservation programs.
Drew Forsell describes himself as an accidental jeweler. When he moved to Seattle in 1990 his only friend in that city worked in a bead store. When the manager encouraged him to take a part-time job, he learned how to make all kinds of jewelry. At the time, Forsell was working in photography, especially making macro-photographs of the blooms in his garden. As a Washington State Master Gardener he had something blooming every day of the year, and he was delighting in documenting his flowers through semi-abstract images.
Then he joined an art gallery that had a greater need for jewelry than for photographs, so he began to work in fine beads, silver and gold. He now makes a wide array of jewelry, using aura quartz infused with gold vapor, pearls, garnets, peridot, amethyst, citrine, labradorite, moonstone, aquamarine, and other precious and semi-precious gems. The Trinidad Art Gallery has also benefitted from his experience in gardening and landscape design, as he has added immeasurably to the gallery's beautiful exterior.
She does work in traditional oil on canvas, but increasingly she is developing techniques of combining her painting skills with digital art and digital printing. Her digital work is still oil on canvas, but it is created with a state-of-the-art program where colors and other effects can be done with a computer screen. Her work often gives the impression of meditation set to canvas.
Reid’s previous Northern California exhibits have included 'California Species: Biological Art and Illustration', Oakland Museum of Natural History; 'Yosemite Renaissance National Exhibit', Yosemite National Park; and was awarded 'Best of Show' at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, Redwood Art Association exhibit.
Amy Ellis Taylor
Elaine Y. Shore
Patricia Sundgren Smith
Ranjith Jim Box
Susan Mayclin Stephenson