Current Exhibitions

Humboldt Collects!

February 24 to April 22

Why are we a nation of storage units, packed basements, and reality TV shows about hoarding? Humboldt Collects presents extraordinary collections from Humboldt County residents, exploring the fascinating practice of collecting. Celebrating the intrinsic beauty and insightful stories found within the collections and the people who make them, this show examines how the items we collect inform notions of who we are as individuals and a community.

Jim Lowry: African Fantasy

February 24 to April 29

In April, 2016 my wife of 35 years suddenly died. My life was shocked out of it’s norms, and I pledged to say “yes” to everything that came my way. One day a friend called and told me a small group of photographers were going to Africa for a month, and he invited me to join them. What could I say but yes. Yes to everything.

The months marched by rapidly, and it was time to go. I met my friend in the Vaxhall area of London where we spent a couple of days walking and taking photos. From there we caught a flight to South Africa, where we met our other four companions. We rented vehicles and headed out to Kruger National Park.

Kruger Park was in the third year of a three year drought. Many of the animals were suffering, especially the grazers and Hippos. Elephants were pushing trees over to eat the roots; Bones were in abundance; rivers were very low and water holes were drying up. Many areas looked like a war zone.

Kruger is about the animals. Photographers with enormous lenses and fancy equipment were all about the close ups. Being primarily a landscape photographer, I sought to incorporate animals into the landscape, rather than do just animal portraits. The land was telling a tale of gritty survival in a difficult environment. I needed to shoot that.

I spent days and nights in bush camps, out tracking animals on foot at sunrise with half a dozen other travelers and two rangers walking single file, an arm’s length apart so as to appear  to be one large animal. If someone needed to stop for any reason, everyone stopped. The feeling of being last in that line is something I expect to remember for a long time.

After a month, I came home with 6,000 photos. While it will take a long time to do justice to this many photos, this show is a collection of my first choices.

I hope this show inspires the “yes” in you.

Exhibition Sponsored by Gale Becker

John Humphries: Watercolor Drawing: Abstraction, Nature and Narrative

February 24 to April 15

As an adopted child I search the world to find myths and stories to fill the gap present from not having a ready-made family narrative of my own when I was young. Through this lens, I now make drawings that are emotional and technical, with a colorist's sensibility, that link the visual language of landscape, color theory, and constructed elements. These watercolor drawings are made by observing environmental phenomena (here referred to as natural characters such as wind, clouds, shadow, noise, birds, horizon, etc.) and through abstraction which assists these characters in describing an essential story about the landscape and built environment and mythology. Some characters within these drawings are rendered in the form of gestures, some with drafted lines and curves, some of collaged photographic elements, others of constructed pieces of wood floating above the plane of the paper. As these characters are coaxed into interactions, a complex image emerges revealing an underlying, perhaps subconscious, story about the context. The drawings incorporate physical elements embedded into the surface of the paper. The drawings for the exhibition will be drawings describing observations from nature and mythology. 

From the HAC Permanent Collection: Morris Graves, Glenn Berry, Bruno Groth, Melvin Schuler & Romano Gabriel

January 1

“Selections from the Permanent Collection” features highlights from the HAC's superb holdings of North Coast fine art from the twentieth century. It incorporates a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, decorative and folk arts. Though the exhibition is ongoing, the installation is updated regularly. Please call ahead for details on current exhibitions. 707-442-0278


Morris Graves Museum of Art

636 F Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Fax 707.442.2040

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children 17 and under free;
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