Annie Reid and Drew Forsell
Annie Reid resides in Trinidad as a third generation Pacific Northwest artist. She paints in traditional and digital oils on archival canvas. She often laces her pigment and gouache with mica for an iridescent quality for her paintings on fine papers. Reid’s work is obviously inspired by the natural world, where she spends much of her time. She captures the essence of place, and her works convey a deep connection with the spirit she experiences within nature.
Her work has been included in exhibits including 'California Species' at the Oakland Museum of Natural History; Yosemite Renaissance at Yosemite National Park. She has won numerous awards including Best of Show from Redwood Art Association and the Morris Graves Museum. She is the recipient of artist-in-residencies at 'The Lake’ from the Morris Graves Foundation. Her Trinidad Studio is available by appointment throughout the year.
Drew Forsell is a local jeweler whose work is inspired by the sea and life here on the North Coast, such as California’s giant kelp forests, bioluminescent jellyfish, waves and eddies, octopus arms, the sand and the sun.
This year, Forsell's travels outside the U. S. have given him new inspiration. In the beautiful little beach town of Zipolite in Southern Mexico, he met a wire and stone artist whose work fascinated him. At the end of the visit, this artist smiled broadly and gifted Drew with an unusual stone he called Punka or Garden Quartz, saying that this was a very special stone that had been waiting for his new American friend.
His interest piqued, Forsell learned that it's official name is lodolite. Its multitude of inclusions and mineral deposits give it the look of gardens, or to some, coral reefs and billowing clouds. In metaphysical circles, these stones are said to possess magical qualities and are referred to as the "Shaman’s Dream Stone." Forsell has been collecting them ever since he returned from Mexico and will have a display of lodolite pendants wrapped in sterling silver at the Gallery show.
In his trip to the islands of Greece, Forsell developed a new appreciation for working with gold. Some of his new pieces are gold-fill to compliment is usual silver pieces. While in Greece, Drew found another unusual stone, a delightful one called evil eye. Contemporary word is that they bring protection and good fortune. If the reader is in need of a little good luck, Forsell will have a selection of this Greek-inspired evil eye jewelry on display.
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