Maureen McGarry brings life to local landscapes with her luscious watercolor paintings. With depth of shadow and fluid lighting, there is a richness to her artwork. McGarry also teaches watercolor painting to community members, reflecting on her surrounding environment. She says that Trinidad and other Humboldt scenery provide abundant inspiration for her paintings.
Matthew Gagliardi showcases his blown glass artwork in the forms of bowls, tumblers, wine glasses and other sculptural vessels. He has been working in hot glass for 25 years, now working from his home studio. The glass comes alive as he swirls colorful glass highlights throughout the pieces.
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.
Garden of Eden
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."
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7th 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Music by Howdy Emerson and J.D. Jeffries
Lida Penkova: "Most of those who know my art are familiar with my hand painted linocuts: the complex and very enjoyable process of drawing, carving, printing, and finally making a painting from a black & white print. For this showing I'll add larger painting canvases, some with incorporated fabrics, another passion of mine."