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.
Oceana Madrone and Tom Kingshill
Featured Artists for September 2018
Trinidad Art Night Reception: Friday, September 7th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wine will be poured by Camp Winnarainbow.
Music by J.D. Jeffries Band and Celtic harpist Howdy Emerson.
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. This season she is especially excited about beads, their colors, textures, sizes, shapes and sparkle. She finds herself adding them to every one of her fantastic creations, sewn to quilts, dolls, jewelry, dream catchers, and wound around boxes, bottles, driftwood, and more. Madrone started her first adventure with beads at the age of twelve, with her first bead loom and two pounds of beads. That is a lot of beads for a twelve-year-old!
In her own words, "My art is a mirror of my life. It reflects who I’ve been, who I am and who I hope to become. 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. There is beauty all around us if we take the time to see it and appreciate it."
Tom Kingshill is a local woodworker inspired by the great variety of wood in our surrounding landscape. He uses foraged sections of local trees and with a lathe creates decorative vessels for the home. He specializes in natural-edge bowls. These vessels challenge the artist to practice a fine-tuned discernment of formal qualities of design while leaving the edge of the piece wild.
The elements of smooth, machine-like precision and natural, raw undulations of the untamed surface of a tree come together to form an utterly unique bowl.
Born into a family of carpenters, Kingshill learned at an early age the woodworking techniques he has spent his life exploring. His biggest challenge is finding the wood he needs to create his art.
As he says, "There is always the fear that someday there won't be beautiful burls to work with. The joy of wood turning is finding a redwood burl and discover the beauty as I turn. The bowls you see in these pictures are second-growth redwood burl, a growth on the outside of the tree, somewhat like a wart. The grain is going in all different directions so you have no idea of the beauty of what you have until you are done."
Amy Ellis Taylor and JD Jeffries
Featured Artists for June 2018
Trinidad Art Night Reception: Friday, June 1st, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wine will be poured to benefit EPIC, the Environmental Protection Information Center.
Music by JD Jeffries.
Amy Ellis Taylor has returned to the Trinidad Art Gallery after a year's hiatus, and she has come back with strong, beautiful works concentrating on the life of our Pacific Coast. She grew up along this coastline and has seen the ocean and the trees in every time of day throughout the seasons.
She tells us, "What I love most about describing things that are very familiar to me, through art, is that I feel free to move into the abstract. Sometimes this exploration occurs in the palette I have chosen, and sometimes it happens in design. Either way, falling away from the literal translation of our landscape allows this medium to better interpret a feeling of real beauty."
Reception during Trinidad Art Night
Friday, October 7th
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Music by: Howdy Emerson and J.D. Jeffries
The Trinidad Art Gallery features two of its artist/musicians at the final Trinidad Art Night of the summer season. The public is invited to come and enjoy music, food, and a gallery full of art from some of Humboldt County's fine artists, craftspeople and musicians. The entire town of Trinidad will also be open to the public with a great variety of family-friendly activities, music and art displays at every venue.
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 studio. He also plays a beautiful Celtic harp and has CD's available. He is a Certified Music Practitioner and has worked as a hospital staff therapeutic musician.
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." Emerson's person connection to the sea, his art and his music is clearly reflected in all his work. There is no doubt that he is "seeking and finding a sense of being stopped by the mystery and discovering in that stillness its underlying spiritual truth.
Musician J.D. Jeffries has been heard in a wide variety of musical formats throughout Humboldt County for many years. His styles have included rock, folk, blues, country, bluegrass, Motown, and a program of John Denver’s hits. Some of the many well-known musicians he has played with include Boz Skaggs, Jerry Garcia, Elvin Bishop, bluesman Roy Rogers, Al Rossert of the Moody Blues, Youngbloods, Buddy Reed, Stoneground, and the legendary Rose Maddox.
J.D. Jeffries started his solo career in 2006, and has released several CDs, including “Mixed Classics” and “Through the Years.” Anyone who loves classic folk and country music enjoys J.D.'s performances, where he is always happy to respond to a favored request.