Howdy Emerson and Barbara Wright
Featured Artists for April 2019
Join us for afternoon tea and snacks!
Trinidad Art Gallery Reception: Sunday, April 7th, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Visit Moonstone Crossing Winery across the street for more art and libations.
Music by harpist Howdy Emerson.
Howdy Emerson wears two hats at the Trinidad Art Gallery, musician and painter. He creates landscape paintings in oil and fine-line brush paintings in ink, working on location or in his on-site studio. He also plays and teaches a beautiful Celtic harp and has CD's available. He is a Certified Music Practitioner and has worked as a hospital-staff therapeutic musician.
This year Emerson has begun to focus on Chinese fine-line brush style paintings in ink on "rice paper." Dramatic line variation comes from brushes that end in a fine flexible point, so that very thin lines that can be varied to thicker lines as more pressure is applied. Shading is done with softer brushes using ink and water color.
Emerson calls the sea his inspiration, "Finding her mystical essence is my goal. I explore the sacred narrow line where the land and sea interact. I wish to honor the subtle and nuanced – the misty grey day of muted colors. In our busy lives my endeavor is to create works that allow the viewer to stop a moment and find a breath of calm."
Barbara Wright wears at least two hats as well, one as a fused glass artist, and the other as a creator of superb mosaic creations. In 1999 Barbara Wright began making mosaics. In 2002 she attended the Sculoa Arte del Mosaico in Ravenna, Italy, learning the old techniques. There she was inspired by modern works in the old style and began creating two and three-dimensional pieces using art glass, Smalti, millefiori, tiles and various artifacts. Each piece expresses her vision and environment, with many ideas originating from the beautiful coastal area of Trinidad, where she now lives.
Wright has done several large mosaic projects in her home, as well as for commissioned work. Her art was included in the exhibition for the Society of American Mosaic Artists’ and the Museo Italo Americano in San Francisco in 2004. She also studied mosaic portraiture with Laurel Skye in Tuscany, Italy, in 2013. She has been experimenting with fused glass jewelry for several years. In 2005, she studied glass techniques in Barcelona, Spain, with Rene Culler and Phillipa Beveridge, both well-known glass artists.s.
Colleen Clifford and Loryn White
Featured Artists for March 2019
Join us for an St. Patrick's-themed reception with Irish-inspired libations and snacks!
Trinidad Art Night Reception: Sunday, March 17th, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Libations pour will benefit Camp Winnarainbow.
Music by celtic harpist Howdy Emerson.
Colleen Clifford's skilled glass work is light and flowing, usually treating subjects in nature. This past year, Clifford has found herself inspired in her images by her own customers who have commissioned her for specific topics and/or window sizes. Three of focused areas of creativity have been birds in flight, botanicals that include a fiddlehead fern that will be on display, and figures of women in moments of serenity.
Clifford begins her process by sketching drawings, and the lines create the glass pattern. The chosen glass colors create the underlying depths and reflective nature of the subject at hand. Texture and light give additional expression to the completed art windows.
Clifford's creative 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 design on top often brings a bit of beauty to these precious piece of home decor.
Loryn White just joined the Trinidad Art Gallery as of the first of March, and much of the work that she has brought to this gallery demonstrates a number of new directions for her work. Long a favorite potter in various Humboldt County venues, White came to her passion for pottery rather late in her life. She took a class here and there, and before she knew it she had a studio and a kiln in her home and she had become a full-time potter with a steady demand for her lovely work.
She began her reputation being known for her utilitarian wares with a whimsical and often flowery touch, but with each passing year she tries something new. She started by using standard glazes, but her work is now treated with a variety of glazes that White has developed through her own enthusiastic experimentation. Visitors to the Trinidad gallery will enjoy seeing some of her latest works.
Tom Kingshill and Annie Reid
Featured Artists for February 2019
Due to the snow and power outage of Feb. 10, this event has been rescheduled for Sun. Feb. 17th.
Join us for an afternoon of wine, port, cheese and chocolate.
Trinidad Art Night Reception: Sunday, February 17th, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Libations pour will benefit Trinidad Coastal Land Trust.
Music from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. by harpist Howdy Emerson.
Tom Kingshill is a local artist inspired by the natural wood of the Northcoast landscape that surrounds him. Using the wood lathe, Tom shapes foraged tree wood into artistic vessels and sculptural wall art. He specializes in natural-edge bowls, pieces that challenge the artist to practice a fine-tuned discernment of formal design qualities while leaving the edge of the piece wild. The juxtaposition of smooth, fine craftsman precision and the natural, raw undulations of untamed tree surface, are Tom's signature style.
Kingshill was born into a family of carpenters and has become passionate about woodturning. He was gifted his father's old lathe in 2007 and finds there are few other techniques in woodworking that embellish the inherent beauty of the natural wood of the tree. As Tom works he is driven by the unknown qualities of the wood. Beginning with a simple block he enjoys that there is no way for him to know exactly what the piece will look like when it's done, each a gift for us all to enjoy.
Annie Reid is exhibiting pieces from her new series, "Migrants, Monarchs & Immigrants". Her current works represent stages of the Monarch butterfly's migration. The titles are "Nurture", "Shelter", "Transformation" and "Listening to the Whispers of the Ancestors". The Monarch butterflies migration, the greatest return migration of any insect, is an evolved and somewhat miraculous example of a species' adaption to migrate for survival. At 3:20 pm Annie will give a short presentation on Monarch butterflies, their life cycle and migration. She will share how our observation can aid in their survival.
Annie earned her Certified Interpretive Guide designation to volunteer as an ambassador for the California Coastal National Monument and the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust.
Annie is a lifelong Northern California painter. Her work is inspired by the natural world and conveys a deep connection to the spirit of that realm. Also on exhibit will be "Lotus emerging into its Light Body", a pigment and gouache piece from Reid's stay at the Morris Graves Foundation.
Holidays in Trinidad!
Townwide in Trinidad, Sunday December 9th, 10 am - 5 pm
The gallery will lead Christmas Caroling at 4:00 p.m!
The Trinidad Art Gallery is joining with other artists, musicians, shopkeepers, restaurants and wineries of the beachside town of Trinidad for a celebration of the holiday season on Sunday, December 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is their hope that residents of the North Coast are beginning to make the festivity of “Holidays in Trinidad” a regular part of their Christmas enjoyment and a show of their support for shopping at local businesses for holiday joy and gift-giving.
There will be music, food and drink at many local shops and galleries. Trinidad Elementary School's Craft Fair and the Indie Craft Show at Town Hall have coordinated with the event to create a town-wide holiday atmosphere, with plenty for the visitor to do even if the possible welcome rainfall prevents long walks on Trinidad Beach. Santa Claus will ride through the town in his fishing boat to visit the school with an opportunity for youngsters’ photos with the jolly fellow. New holiday lights for the Pier will be lit at dusk.
Trinidad Art Gallery will lead carols at 4:00 p.m., a sing-along with words provided. For the month of December all its artist are featured in celebration of the wonderful gift that a treasured piece of art can make. In addition to art photos, original prints and paintings, there are ceramics, jewelry, hand-turned wood bowls, bread boards and cribbage boards, copper fairy creations in ever more fantastic forms, cave art images in clay, beadwork and dolls, stained glass and blown glass, silk-printed and naturally dyed scarves, and a wide array of affordable prints and greeting cards based on members' art.
Each year this festivity has grown enthusiastically as businesses of Trinidad have drawn together to make it a very special day. Now the Trinidad Civic Club has taken the lead and given the day added meaning by asking local businesses to donate a portion of the day’s profits to the fund to restore and find a permanent home for the iconic Trinidad Lighthouse. It's traditional cliff abode eroded, necessitating its costly relocation. Everyone who participates in Holidays in Trinidad will be contributing to that worthy cause. For a schedule of the day, go to trinidadcivicclub.org.
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
Lida Penkova and Donvieve
Featured Artists for October 2018
Trinidad Art Night Reception: Friday, October 5th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wine will be poured by Companion Animal Foundation.
Music by J.D. Jeffries Band and Celtic harpist Howdy Emerson.
Lida Penkova has gained fame in Humboldt County for her unique art pieces. Her unusual process of linocut with colors added by acrylics and colored pencils always tells a story, sometimes from mythology, sometimes from real-life moments of a Mexican market or a surf day at a Trinidad beach, and sometimes from her own imagination. This month she is focusing her work on October's Day of the Dead.
Penkova, born in Czechoslovakia and living in countries around the world, was deeply affected as an artist by sixteen years of living in rural mountains of Mexico where she encountered folk art. The style she has developed is perfectly suited to illustrate the many ways that the dead are honored in October's Mexican tradition.
Her lively scenes show altars adorned with flowers, candles, favorite dishes and drinks for deceased loved ones, families visiting the graves of relatives to honor them, the sugar skulls and skeleton toys sold in outdoor markets and at street stalls, marigold flowers in vases or spread out on pathways or hanging on strings to embellish homes and streets for the remembrance of those who are gone before us.
Donvieve creates amazingly lifelike masks that “gently challenge personal barriers and speak to people's inner places.” She uses only natural and recycled materials such as leather, fibers, metal, clay, and wood to achieve her three-dimensional expressions. “I am committed through my work, to build a deep appreciation of our connection to all things and cultivate awareness of how we each impact our planet and care for one another.”
When Donvieve traveled to countries such as Bali, Mexico, Central America and Europe, she worked with native mask makers, developing deep appreciation for the art of varied exotic cultures. Donvieve generously shares her skills and her ecological consciousness with students in a variety of venues, from high school to university and with private organizations such as the Ink People.
When teaching, Donvieve works to help her students become more interested and sensitive to different cultural groups and to what each group considers beautiful and valuable as they observe the world around them.
Oceana Madrone and Tom Kingshill
Featured Artists for September 2018
Trinidad Art Night Reception: Friday, September 7th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wine will be poured by Camp Winnarainbow.
Music by J.D. Jeffries Band and Celtic harpist Howdy Emerson.
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."
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.
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.
Amy Ellis Taylor and JD Jeffries
Wine will be poured to benefit EPIC, the Environmental Protection Information Center.
Music by JD Jeffries.
Amy Ellis Taylor has returned to the Trinidad Art Gallery after a year's hiatus, and she has come back with strong, beautiful works concentrating on the life of our Pacific Coast. She grew up along this coastline and has seen the ocean and the trees in every time of day throughout the seasons.
She tells us, "What I love most about describing things that are very familiar to me, through art, is that I feel free to move into the abstract. Sometimes this exploration occurs in the palette I have chosen, and sometimes it happens in design. Either way, falling away from the literal translation of our landscape allows this medium to better interpret a feeling of real beauty."
JD Jeffries Donahue is a long-time musician, singer, and songwriter who has played in bands alongside many top Northern California musicians since 1964. The “folksy” Jeffries plays countless classic mixed covers and originals with a flare and obvious love for his songs, with a smooth and personable delivery.
JD will be playing during the Friday evening Artist Reception.
Amy Ellis Taylor
Elaine Y. Shore
Patricia Sundgren Smith
Ranjith Jim Box
Susan Mayclin Stephenson