Colleen Clifford and Lisa Landis
Featured Artists for August 2018
Trinidad Art Night Reception: Friday, August 3rd, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wine will be poured by Friends of the Dunes. Music by Absynth Quartet.
Colleen Clifford's skilled glass work is light and flowing, usually treating subjects in nature. This past year, Clifford has been concentrating on stained glass images inspired by our vast ocean. Her lines create the pattern, and the chosen glass colors create the underlying depths and reflective nature of wate. She creates these wave windows in ever-changing perspectives to express the light and texture found in the endless variety of ocean wave scenes.
Clifford describes her fascination: "Part of the ocean's beauty is its constant rhythm; the ever-surging power of waves and tides. At times serene, at times stormy, the water ebbs and flows, lifts and drops, laps and pounds. I hoped to tap into that dichotomy of strength and serenity with my current work of different types of wave patterns."
Clifford's delight in the ocean's variety is also reflected in her work with glass boxes and small mandala ornaments. The mirrored bottoms of these boxes reflect the rich, luminescent textures and colors of the glass she selects, and a simple wave on top brings a bit of motion to this precious piece of home decor.
Lisa Landis has been living in Humboldt County since 1973 and has always been creating art of varying mediums. Born into a family of artists, she has six siblings that are also professional artists. She started painting in pastel in 2005, and has studied as "artist in residence" in the Corbiere region of southern France, won "First Place" in the Pastel division at the El Cerrito Art Association's annual show.
Having shown her work locally since 2012, Landis joined Trinidad Art's cooperative gallery last fall. Her landscapes are inspired by and beautifully interpret the overwhelming beauty of our area.
Says Landis, "I am influenced by California's rugged coast and the abundant beauty of Humboldt County, including the mountains, rivers, wetlands and backroads. When I'm painting I'm lost in the landscape and completely drawn into my attempt to express it."
One of her pieces has just been accepted in the 32nd annual International juried exhibition of the Pastel Society of the West Coast. It will be on display in Morro Bay from August 16 -September 16.
Vicki Barry, Rick Gustafson, Lisa Landis, & John Wesa
Featured Artists for February 2018
Afternoon Reception: Sunday, February 25th, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Vicki Barry: "Upon my discovery of alcohol ink, my creative mind was captured by the impulse to seriously paint with them and to begin showing my work. This is an endlessly inspiring and beautiful medium. My work has been described as happy, bright, vibrant and cheerful!
"Because of their brilliance, alcohol inks lend themselves well to floral paintings. I find flowers and foliage beautiful in their variety and color. I enjoy the shapes and contrast of shadow when painting these subjects.
Rick Gustafson is an Impressionist Photographer who lives and works in Eureka, California. A native of California, his colorful abstractions are created by using in-camera blur techniques. These techniques include manual exposure settings as well as perfected movements of the camera while the shutter is open.
Lisa Landis: "I grew up in a family of artists, so I have always been conscious of design. The need to express myself creatively has manifested itself in many forms all my life, but until I picked up a pastel stick, I realized that of all the things I've done, the process of painting with pastels is the most gratifying.
"I am inspired by California's rugged coast and the abundant beauty of Humboldt County, including the mountains, rivers, wetlands and backroads. When I'm painting I'm lost in the landscape and completely drawn in to my attempt to express it."
John Wesa: "The thing I find most exciting about serigraphy is the self-publishing dynamic. I produce multiples, yet they are all originals and individual. When a good one takes off it can acquire a social life of its own. It can pop-up anywhere in the world. They can acquire a kind of currency that represents a shared value and experience. If I can produce something that makes everyone richer, that’s exciting!"