Past Exhibitions 2005

"Kafka Moth"

"Kafka Moth"

Natural Observations
Cheryl Coon

through January 23, 2005
William Thonson Gallery

Coon’s large, extremely textured paintings with layers of sediment and pigment similar to natural formations and geologic structures formed over time are rooted in her experience of living in Humboldt County. Images of insects, skin, fossils and other surfaces using beeswax, sediment, ashes, acrylic and raw pigments incorporate the passage of time into her work.

"Angry Bear Dream" by Harry Bluementhal  Awarded Honorable Mention

"Angry Bear Dream"
by Harry Bluementhal
Awarded Honorable Mention

Humboldt Arts Council Annual Member Exhibition

through January 23, 2005
Tom Knight & Dr. Richard and Elizabeth Anderson Galleries

Open to all Humboldt Arts Council members, this annual juried exhibition features works in all media, including photography, sculpture and watercolor. This year’s juror is Sheila Farr, art critic from the Seattle Times. Prizes are awarded for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners



Concerning the Individual
Jason Butler

through February 20
Melvin Schuler Sculpture Garden

Deeply intrigued by industrial aesthetics, “relationships are at the heart” of Butler’s outdoor steel sculptures. Butler focuses primarily on the formal elements of three-dimensional design.

"Fantasy Rabbit" by Morris Graves

"Fantasy Rabbit"
by Morris Graves

The Nature of Dreams: Mirris Graves and the Wildlife of the Northwest

through February 27, 2005
Homer Balabanis Gallery

Three never before exhibited works by Morris Graves on loan from the Veluttini Family Collection are juxtaposed with the Humboldt Arts Council’s The Great Blue Heron Yogi and The Great Rainbow Trout Yogi in Phenomenal Space, Mental Space, and the Space of Consciousness. This exhibition explores Graves’ interest in the varying states of consciousness through the wildlife of the Northwest.

"Untitled Mask” (Papua, New Guinea)

"Untitled Mask” (Papua, New Guinea)

Behind the Mask: Selections from the Humboldt Arts Council Permanent Collection

January 7 - March 25, 2005
Floyd Bettiga Gallery

A selection of masks gifted to the Humboldt Arts Council’s Permanent Collection from John and Lyn Pauley exhibited with watercolors and linoprints of masks by Helmi Juvonen.

"Landscape" by John Hill

by John Hill

Eureka High School

January 6 - February 27
Youth Gallery

Works in various media produced by students at Eureka High School. Organized by Paul Jackson, this exhibition includes drawings, paintings, ceramics and works in mixed media.


Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture

February 5 - March 20, 2005
William Thonson Gallery

Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture is the first visual arts project of its kind exploring the personal, cultural and historical dimensions of eating disorders. This multi-faceted exhibition provides a visual expression of the experience of eating disorders by combining textual narratives with powerful imagery in order to convey both the personal experience and the cultural pervasiveness of eating disorders. The narratives and images are utilized in posters, prints and sculptural pieces.

"B-A Redux: Redway"

"B-A Redux: Redway"

In Pursuit of the Invisible
Karen Sullivan

February 5 - April 3, 2005
Dr. Richard and Elizabeth Anderson Gallery

In Pursuit of the Invisible highlights Sullivan’s interest in the magic, mystery, miracle and emotion of representational imagery with open-ended meaning. Using automatic drawing, dreams and meditation, this exhibition focuses on the processes of the real world that evoke psychological concerns. “My work is about exploration of the unseen world of feelings, doubt, memory and yearning for completion. I like the back and forth interweaving of contradictory processes in making art.” Sullivan graduated from Humboldt State University and has exhibited widely throughout California.

"Chicago" by Tom Patton

"Chicago" by Tom Patton

"Decorative Element #1" by Nancy Scott Patton

"Decorative Element #1"
by Nancy Scott Patton

The City: In Print
Tom Patton & Nancy Scott Patton

February 5 - March 31, 2005
Tom Knight Gallery

Focusing on images of major urban centers and historic architectural details, this exhibition comprises collagraphic prints on hand-made paper and digital photographic works which depicts the artists’ responses to urban architecture. Tom utilizes traditional and digital photographic processes in his work, while Nancy draws from photographs and memory onto the collagraph plates from which her images are printed. In different ways both artists respond to the beauty of the urban landscape around them. Where Nancy’s prints draw on history to create a lyrical, even magical view of ornamental architectural elements, Tom’s photographs exert the hard-edge austere patterns of modern cities.

Alex Voight, age 14

Alex Voight, age 14

Monart Drawing School

March 5 - April 25, 2005
Youth Gallery

Fourth Annual Student Exhibition of works created by four to twelve year olds. Subject matter includes drawings from three-dimensional objects, animals, still-lifes, and figure studies. Students use a variety of drawing media. The artwork will reflect the drawing method developed by Mona Brookes. Monart drawing techniques have been published and received national attention in Drawing with Children and Drawing with Older Teens and Adults.



In Human Nature
Bryan Yerian 

March 5 - July 17, 2005
Melvin Schuler Sculpture Garden

Inspired by Humboldt County’s vast pastures and roaming bovine, Yerian recreates a heard of cattle using cowhides stretched over various hollow shapes such as spheres, cubes (“Cupid” shown on the left), and cylindrical forms. Each individual piece will retain an inherent tension that is established by the soft personalized nature of cowhide and the impersonal generic qualities created by the hard-edged perfection of the geometric shapes. The forms will have a spatial and visual connection to one another that will suggest a family lineage between forms.

"Parrot" by Bruno Groth

"Parrot" by Bruno Groth

Morris Graves & Bruno Groth: Northwest Flight

through May 29, 2005
Homer Balabanis Gallery

For artists of the Northwest School, imagery of birds typically represented the force of man’s soul into another state of consciousness. The Northwest Flight explores the relationship Morris Graves and Bruno Groth had with these creatures, and the power they played in their work. On exhibit with Morris Graves’ The Great Blue Heron Yogi and The Great Rainbow Trout Yogi in Phenomenal Space, Mental Space, and the Space of Consciousness, are two recently gifted Bruno Groth sculptures to the Humboldt Arts Council Permanent Collection.

"This is Not a Teapot" by Justin Mitman, 2004 RAA Winner

"This is Not a Teapot"
by Justin Mitman, 2004 RAA Winner

Redwood Art Association
47th Annual Spring Exhibition

April 22 - June 5, 2005
Dr. Richard and Elizabeth Anderson & Tom Knight Galleries

This exhibition is an all member juried show. This year’s juror is Susan Hillhouse, Chief Curator for the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. Hillhouse has a long reputation as a curator of contemporary art, including more than 200 exhibitions, having juried and judged over 100 art shows throughout Northern California, and is a frequent guest lecturer at various colleges and art organizations.

"Self Portrait with Stone" by Judy Dater, Juror

"Self Portrait with Stone"
by Judy Dater, Juror


4th Annual Northwest Eye: Regional Fine Art Photography Competition & Exhibition

April 2 - May 22, 2005
William Thonson Gallery

Open to all photographers residing in the Pacific Northwest: Northern California (from Monterey Bay north), Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and Alaska. Five Best of Show Awards for $250 each and a Grand Prize Award of $1000. Juror Judy Dater has been making photographs for over 30 years. One of America’s foremost photographers, Dater is best known for her images of women and confrontational photographs of the nude. Having received numerous grants and awards, she is a lecturer and workshop leader throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan. Her photographs are represented in many collections, including the International Museum for Photography in New York and the Seattle Art Museum.


Artwork from the Humboldt Arts Council Volunteers & Board Members

April 2 -May 27, 2005
Floyd Bettiga Gallery

In honor of the many hours of service to the Humboldt Arts Council, this exhibition highlights the work of our dedicated volunteers. Besides assisting with mailings, exhibitions, and guarding the galleries, view the artistic talents of our loyal community members that donate their time.

by Melina Syvoravong

by Melina Syvoravong

Small Works Done by Students of Humboldt County

May 6 - July 2, 2005
Youth Gallery

Bid on donated works from Humboldt County students to benefit the Youth Gallery exhibition programs.


North Coast Open Studios

June 3 - June 15, 2005
Floyd Bettiga & Annex Galleries

In conjunction with the 7th Annual Open Studios, view a selection of work by participating artists and then plan your tour to visit selected studios over the weekend.

"Kyoto, Japan " by Joshua Awbre

"Kyoto, Japan "
by Joshua Awbre

3rd Annual Small Works Benefit Drawing

June 3 - December 3, 2005
Performance Rotunda

Twenty of Humboldt County’s most generous artists have each donated a 6”x 8” painting or a 3-dimensional work for this fundraiser to benefit the Humboldt Arts Council. The lucky winners will be drawn at the Dec. 3, 2005 Arts Alive! Celebration at 7 p.m. Drawing tickets will sell for $10 each, 3 for $25, 10 for $50 and 25 for $100. Tickets are available in the Museum store. Each ticket purchaser can deposit their tickets in the boxes under the artworks of their choice.


Photography Competition & Exhibition

June 3 – June 30
Eureka City Hall Alternative Gallery

Celebrating creative visions of water,this annual competition is open to all photographers. Entries will be accepted at the museum Friday May 27, from 4-6 p.m. Visit for rules of entry. An Award Reception will be held Friday June 3, at Eureka City Hall Alternative Gallery, 531 K Street, Eureka, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

"New York Woods "

"New York Woods "

Lisa Marie Waters 

June 4 - July 17, 2005
William Thonson Gallery

Lisa Marie Waters began painting in 1976 at Humboldt State University, and has been the featured artist in publications such as “American Artist Magazine” and “Ladies Home Journal”. This retrospective highlights her traditional dry pastel paintings, including impressionistic landscapes and the abstract elements that exist in nature.

"Blue Glitter Eyeshadow"  by Ellie Brown

"Blue Glitter Eyeshadow"
by Ellie Brown

Elastic Identity 
Ellie Brown

June 11 - July 31, 2005
Tom Knight Gallery

Ellie Brown’s photographic images examine pre-adolescent girls and the subtle nuances of body language, grooming rituals, gestures and the search for identity. The images focus on the time between childhood and adolescence when confidence and one’s voice typically falter. Elastic Identity comes from Brown’s intense examination of her own middle school experiences and what made it so difficult.

"Intersections" by Lisa Hale

"Intersections" by Lisa Hale

Depicting Spaces, On and Off the Wall
Lisa Hale

June 11 - August 14, 2005
Dr. Richard and Elizabeth Anderson Gallery

This installation is a combination of sculpture and painting united through the relationship of strong color and form. Each work utilizes the repetition of multiple shapes as a metaphor for communities in urban and rural environments. As a means of furthering connections among communities, this work is designed for interactivity and serves as a mechanism for dialogue between viewers and art.


Meet Morris: An Introduction Through His Art

July 8 - August 21, 2005
Youth Gallery

An exhibition of prints, paintings and interpretive materials that explores the life and career of Morris Graves.


Izumo. Everyday Life with Kamis.
Kamis Stay Close to Us.
Makoto Furukawa

August 6 - September 25, 2005
Tom Knight Gallery

A selection of photographs of Izumo, Japan, the artist’s birthplace and current home. Izumo is well known as a special place for Japanese spirituality, and these images explore the scenery and people of the area.

"Truck in Flux" by Philo Northrup, Juror

"Truck in Flux"
by Philo Northrup, Juror


11th Annual Junque Arte
Competition & Exhibition

August 6 - September 11, 2005
William Thonson Gallery

Designed to celebrate artistic creativity on the North Coast and heighten the awareness to renewable resources in the artmaking process, each artwork in this juried exhibition is made from 100% recycled materials. Open to individual, group and youth artists. This year’s jurors are Jack DeVore and Philo Northrup. DeVore is best known for founding the art movement known as “Elastic Symbolism,” and his work has been exhibited throughout Northern California and Oregon. Northrup co-founded the West Coast’s largest ArtCar Festival, and his work has been exhibited at the USC Museum of Art and the Triton Museum of Art.


Junque Arte Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

August 6 - January 8
Melvin Schuler Sculpture Garden

In conjunction with the 11th Annual Junque Arte Competition and Exhibition, outdoor works will be presented in the Melvin Schuler Sculpture Garden.

"Snake Hands”

"Snake Hands”


A Dreaming Hand
Kit Davenport

August 27 - November 21, 2005
Dr. Richard & Elizabeth Anderson Gallery

This exhibition features new sculptures and paintings that portray subliminal energies relating to the precariousness of the body and the planet’s health, the familial relationship of human beings 
with plants and animals, and the human agency as creativity and 
destructiveness. The hand imagery represents our human-ness in the world’s family of life forms and the electricity of touch given and received. The sculptures in this exhibition are built from stoneware and low fire clays. The surfaces are developed with underglazes and lusters, acrylic and oil paints, waxes, pigments and metal leaf.

"On the Waterfront " by Curtis Otto

"On the Waterfront "
by Curtis Otto


Grand Gala at the Graves
Annual Art Auction Preview

September 15 - September 24, 2005
William Thonson Gallery

The Grand Gala, which takes place on Saturday, September 24, 2005, beginning at 5:00 pm at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, is the Humboldt Arts Council’s premiere fundraising event. This year’s Grand Gala at the Graves will include entertainment, a hosted wine and specialty bar, and features gourmet presentations by local Celebrity Chefs and an exciting auction of fine art and special packages. Join us in honoring Glenn Berry as the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award.


Art of the Children’s Author Festival

September 3 - October 31, 2005
Youth Gallery

As part of the Annual Children’s Author Festival, select works from winning illustrators are on exhibit to demonstrate the processes of illustration in children’s literature.

"White Writing on the Mad River"

"White Writing on the Mad River"

Milestones: Photographic Images
William S. Pierson

October 1 - November 21, 2005
Tom Knight Gallery

November 2005 marks the 35th year Bill Pierson has been a practicing artist employing photography as a medium. The work in the exhibition draws from some of the finest photographs in Pierson’s inventory, which have been reprinted with today’s standards. These milestone images will be accompanied by new photographs made from 2003 to 2005.


Glenn Berry Retrospective Exhibition

October 8 - November 21, 2005
William Thonson Gallery

A founding father of Humboldt State University's Art Department and a nationally recognized painter, Glenn Berry is the creator of a distinctive and prevailing geometric style of painting in which faceless figures shift and explore the landscape, symbolizing the process rather than the end result. This retrospective highlights Berry’s career achievements and illustrates his unique style. A full color catalog will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.


Holiday Sale

November 6 - January 14, 2006
Museum Store and Annex, and Floyd Bettiga Galleries

From the whimsical to the exotic, see what holiday treasures from artists near and far can be found at our annual Holiday Sale. Artifacts from around the world and from the finest artisans of Humboldt County make for an intriguing shopping experience at the Museum Store open Thursday through Sunday, noon to five.

"Balloon Tract Before and After" by 2004 Award Winner Alan Sanborn

"Balloon Tract Before and After" by 2004 Award Winner Alan Sanborn

Humboldt Arts Council Member Show

December 3 - January 20, 2006
Tom Knight and Dr. Richard & Elizabeth Anderson Gallery

The annual member show is a juried exhibition designed to highlight the fabulous art being produced by our artist members. The competition is open to all HAC members, or sign up to be a member and enter the show!

"Baltimore Oriole"

"Baltimore Oriole"

Audubon Prints from the Humboldt Group Corporate Collection

December 4 - January 29, 2006
William Thonson Gallery

Explore a selection of prints by premier wildlife artist John James Audubon. On loan from the Humboldt Group Corporate Collection, this exhibition highlights the first edition copper engravings that are hand-tinted watercolors (c.1830), second edition stone lithographs (c.1860) and third edition stone lithograph octavo prints. Included in the exhibition is the premiere print Baltimore Oriole, along with various specimens of the birds featured in the prints.