Matthew Gagliardi and Jim Lowry
Featured Artists for August 2019
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.
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 6th Anniversary Party!
November Featured Artists: Elaine Y Shore and Jim Lowry
Celebration on Saturday, November 24th, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Wine will be poured by Friends of the Dunes.
Music by harpist Howdy Emerson and J.D. Jeffries
Elaine Y Shore has been creating original, hand painted and hand carved, one of a kind , functional porcelain since 2009, when she moved to Humboldt County after a career in financial modeling and corporate finance. Her pieces are meant to be beautiful, functional art to be used every day and include bowls, vases, mugs, tumblers and dishes.
Using a fine, white porcelain, she throws or hand builds each piece, then fires the kiln to 2,245°F, also called Cone 10, so that the pieces are very durable.
Recently, Elaine has been working in two complementary styles: She uses colored underglazes to hand paint the porcelain, which is then fired, then dipped in a clear glaze and fired again, resulting in bright, colorful work featuring flowers, fish and animals. She also creates striking, black and white pieces which she hand carves, using a technique called “sgraffito”.
South Fork Eel River
Jim Lowry & Laura Rose
Featured Artists for September 2017
Friday, September 1st
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Music by Bruce Johnson &
Jim Lowry: "The world of digital art allows for fantastic freedom of expression. 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."
Additional prints can be seen at Arcata Artisans on the Plaza in Arcata and at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka.
Read more about Jim Lowry at the Times-Standard.
Laura Rose is a potter specializing in reproducing the oldest of human art onto her
raku work. She has become enamored of these images which stand up to any of the finest art ever made.
As she 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 ancestors. While we will never be sure of their intent in creating these masterpieces, we do know that they were part of spiritual life and practices and probably of myths, heroes, and constellations.These ancients are speaking to us of their deep love and respect for the natural world and of the everlastingly vital importance of art to the human spirit."
Rose just held a show at the Fire Arts Gallery in Arcata where she does her raku work, and has just returned from showing at the American Craft Council Show at Fort Mason in San Francisco. She is currently working on raku lamps for Old Town Lighting and on cave art works to go to the Highlight Gallery in Mendocino.
Read more about Laura Rose at the Times-Standard.