Oceana Madrone and Kurt Hellmich Featured Artists for February 2020
Oceana Madrone’s fabric and bead work focuses on the beauty and magic of life in all of its complexity. Her work directly and honestly reflects the emotional and meaningful aspects of life with an emphasis on healing through the beauty and joy of art. She has done extensive work using quilts to help women and children heal their experience of violence and pain in their lives. She has helped survivors create over one hundred healing quilts. Her new display includes a soft sculpture, several beaded necklaces and a pair of wall quilts.
Her current themes for her line of fabric collage postcards are Mardi Gras and hearts just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Madrone has been working with beads since childhood.
“My art is my effort to create order out of chaos and to transform pain and survival into strength and beauty,” she said. “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.”
Kurt Hellmich, a “backyard artist” as he calls himself, grew up in the San Fernando Valley where his father was a cartoonist for Walt Disney when they still drew their animations by hand. It was natural for him to follow his father’s pattern of making a living through art, but instead of being called to drawing he followed his love for working in wood.
Hellmich — who moved to Humboldt County in 1979 — enjoys adapting recycled woods from deconstructed barns and driftwood. His work includes cribbage boards and hanging birdfeeders made with driftwood shapes. In his laminated wood cutting boards, he insets delightful handle images such as wooden kitchen knives, fish or guitars.
Trinidad Art Gallery Reception: Friday, October 4th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Snacks and libations will be available. Wine pour will benefit the Clarke Historical Museum. Music by TAG members Howdy Emerson and JD Jeffries.
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. She has been working with beads since her childhood.
In her own words, "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."
Together We Rise
Mara Friedman has recently brought her considerable experience and skills to the TrinidadArtGallery with a rich background in a variety of art forms. After many years living in Hawaii and then the lush green Oregon countryside, the artist now makes her home with her husband Gus in the beautiful and wild northern California coast.
These days, she especially concentrates on musical mosaics composed of elk women and whales, hummingbirds and stars, dots, dashes, squiggles and swirls. Many of her new works include our whale kin, who for her are powerful allies of compassion and refuge in these turbulent times.
Show Us the Way
Mara's images celebrate the feminine aspect of Spirit. Her imagery draws inspiration from cultures around the world, from the cycle of the seasons and from universal symbols and form. Her work echoes the blend of many diverse influences: the art of O’Keeffe and Chagall; Tibetan, Hindu, Aboriginal, African and Native American art; mystical Sufi poetry and Buddhist teachings
Our gallery hosts over 20 local artists every day, but during the two weekends of North Coast Open Studios, you get a chance to see some members working their magic right at the gallery. Check out the (updated!) schedule below, and visit anytime to chat with our members.
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."
Opening Reception: Friday, May 5th 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Music by The Secret Club Opening Music by JD Jeffries
Colleen Clifford: "Glass is a fragile yet sensuous material, and I enjoy making art that can play off these elements. Designing a piece takes the creativity, concentration, and dedication that any art medium demands, and I am both challenged and inspired during this process. When the piece moves to the construction phase, I love to feel the creative force of art bonding with the traditional, mechanical craft of stained glass production. I strive to balance a piece with pleasing composition, color, and texture."
Oceana Madrone: "Fabric and beads are a passion of mine. They offer so many choices in color, patterns, textures, and sparkle. The possibilities are endless. Quilts, dolls, and ceremonial jewelry are bouncing around in my head, clamoring to be made. With time and patience they are created reflecting my desire to create order out of chaos, and bringing beauty into people's hearts."
Oceana Madrone and Diane Sonderegger Featured Artists for September 2016
Reception during Trinidad Art Night Friday, September 2nd 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Music by: Penny Gun and Son
At the Trinidad Art Gallery, Diane Sonderegger, ceramic sculptor, and Oceana Madrone, fabric and beadwork artist will have work on display. They are both founding members of the gallery. Both create works that can range from whimsy to elegance and their art will be highlighted throughout this month.
Why It Took 50 Million Years for Fish to Walk out of the Ocean
Sonderegger’s art often takes the form of ceramic sculpture which is almost in the form of comic sketch. Her charming animals often satirize the human condition. Her bears are engaged in yoga, her wildly varied hens hatch ceramic eggs, her otters are thoroughly enjoying a gourmet lunch that is perched on their furry bellies, her fish and her dragons wear shiny red shoes. It is nearly impossible to keep from laughing aloud. Every piece strikes a note of recognition in the viewer, either of their own or an acquaintance’s foibles and delights.
To see this artist create one of her figures is an amazing experience. She starts with a lump of clay that looks a lot like a small potato and begins to pull and push, and soon the unmistakable shape of a familiar animal is seen to emerge. A seal is sunning itself on an ocean rock, a dog is on point, a skunk is lifting its dangerous tail, a fish is swimming. Much of Diane’s work is raku fired, a process where the piece is lifted by tongs red hot from the kiln and placed in a bin of combustibles to soak in its smoke. “A surprise always occurs. Sometimes it’s not so good but sometimes it’s fabulous. Kind of like gambling and I love it,” says Sonderegger. Recently she has been using the more usual techniques of high fire as in the fish shown here. This results in a shinier, slightly more predictable finish.
Oceana Madrone's fabric and beadwork directly and honestly reflect her experience of the emotional and meaningful aspects of life, with an emphasis on healing through the beauty and joy of art. She creates quilts, dreamcatchers, beaded and precious stone necklaces, spirit dolls, prayer flags and collage. As she says, “I love the color, textures and sparkle of fabric and beads. Life is a magical gift. There is beauty all around us if we take the time to see it and appreciate it.” Madrone clearly appreciates it and interprets its spirit in her many inventions. Madrone has a number of her pieces on display at the Trinidad Art Gallery, and she is also available to make custom orders or to set up private lessons or workshops. She has led a number of day-long sessions where women who have experience violence come together to create a healing quilt. She says, " Art gives women and children a voice to tell their story, a place to put strong emotions like pain, fear, and anger, as well as a chance to find hope while exploring future possibilities." Through this work of Madrone's the Healing Quilt Project was born.