Featured Artists for November 2016 : Drew Forsell and Annie Reid
Saturday, November 26th
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Music by: Fred Neighbors and Bruce Johnson, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Opening Music by JD Jeffries and Howard Emerson
Thanks to Friends of the Dunes for pouring wine for this event! Come support our local art and their coastal education and conservation programs.
For the month of November, Trinidad Art Gallery is highlighting works by jeweler Drew Forsell and painter Annie Reid in a show called "Sea Inspired Glow" for the month of November. Their works will be featured all month long, with a public event planned on the celebration of the gallery's Fourth Anniversary on Saturday, November 26.
Drew Forsell describes himself as an accidental jeweler. When he moved to Seattle in 1990 his only friend in that city worked in a bead store. When the manager encouraged him to take a part-time job, he learned how to make all kinds of jewelry. At the time, Forsell was working in photography, especially making macro-photographs of the blooms in his garden. As a Washington State Master Gardener he had something blooming every day of the year, and he was delighting in documenting his flowers through semi-abstract images.
Then he joined an art gallery that had a greater need for jewelry than for photographs, so he began to work in fine beads, silver and gold. He now makes a wide array of jewelry, using aura quartz infused with gold vapor, pearls, garnets, peridot, amethyst, citrine, labradorite, moonstone, aquamarine, and other precious and semi-precious gems. The Trinidad Art Gallery has also benefitted from his experience in gardening and landscape design, as he has added immeasurably to the gallery's beautiful exterior.
Annie Reid is a painter who works in oils and digital media. Her work is almost always centered on nature, reflecting the magical aspects of plants and animals as she perceives them in her artist’s view of the natural world. A Northern California native, Annie’s work is inspired by the beauty of our northern coastal environment, its flora and fauna.
She does work in traditional oil on canvas, but increasingly she is developing techniques of combining her painting skills with digital art and digital printing. Her digital work is still oil on canvas, but it is created with a state-of-the-art program where colors and other effects can be done with a computer screen. Her work often gives the impression of meditation set to canvas.
Reid’s previous Northern California exhibits have included 'California Species: Biological Art and Illustration', Oakland Museum of Natural History; 'Yosemite Renaissance National Exhibit', Yosemite National Park; and was awarded 'Best of Show' at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, Redwood Art Association exhibit.