Current Exhibitions

Ian Carey: Blunder-Bus

May 18 to June 30

This current body of work is a result of my reflections on an often confusing and absurd world.  A world that beyond any existential belief is created by the actions and inactions of all those involved.  I believe that my use of painting and drawing strategies is akin to thinking out loud.  The process of making helps me to navigate my interaction with an extraordinarily complex and conflicting world.  The visual language that exists within my work embodies my perception of human activity that mimics our current reality.  If the free use of gestural marks at one time suggested an internal struggle likened to the musicality of jazz, I believe the intermingling of a painterly and aggressive visual dialogue now represents the progressive attitude of what could be called punk.

Punk may be defined as a cultural and societal critique represented through several similar historical movements offering an ever-fluid opposition to a perceived status quo.  Punk provides a sporadic yet constant reminder of our need to reevaluate and challenge our political realities. It is the creative act (whether visual or sonic) that can aid in our development of an emotional range, informed by our internal understanding, constructing and informing our shared realities. I would like the viewer to enjoy an experience of self-discovery while navigating the images presented.  This activity allows for the spectator to seek out a psychological relationship to the distortion of the image while reveling in the information provided. It is my sincere hope that the work offers an opportunity of a shared thinking experience, one that allows the viewer a time to reflect and perhaps find a greater awakening to the problems that affect all.   In an idealized world, my work acts as a catalyst that may help us all find common cause to create positive change.

Divine Providence

April 28 to June 2

Divine Providence features selected photographs, works on paper, and sculptures by three artists that each explore what it means to own and exploit a landscape. As a national debate rages over public control of land and resources, the Lee Running, Meredith Lynn and Nicole Jean Hill are interested in fundamental questions about how a struggle for dominance has impacted the current relationship to a sense of place and environmental stewardship in the American West. The artists grapple with the physical and cultural remnants that point to the struggle for power and mythmaking that molded the national character of western expansion.  The works question the impact of this violent relationship to the natural world and critique a narrative that was written by men and glorifies a decidedly masculine relationship to the environment.

Roadkill is just one part of the collateral damage of our economy, land use, and speed. Lee Emma Running finds the bones of whitetail deer in the ditches and waterways near Interstate 80. These remains are the material for a series of sculptures and works on paper. Nicole Jean Hill creates landscape and still life photographs along the periphery of rural communities in the American West, collecting evidence of the lawlessness inherent in the liminal space between public and private land. The images contain evidence of the disruptive character of human activity, efforts at cultivation, and the inherent wildness of an environment. Meredith Lynn’s text-based paintings draw upon the romantic language that has framed our relationship to the frontier - poetic mantras that both obscure and narrate violence as a uniquely American spiritualism.

Pat Durbin: Picture this...

April 20 to May 26

Pat Durbin is inspired by the beauty of creation.  Many of the art pieces are large and most reflect the places in and around Humboldt County.  The familiar medium of fabric and thread are her tools.  She uses them to build works of art that bridge the gap between fine art painting and traditional quilting.

Pat’s style is to complete a pictorial fabric piece by machine quilting it with many threads which add depth and texture to her work.

Pat’s art has been shown often in national shows and exhibited in art and quilt shows locally, nationally, and internationally.  One of her special quilts “Forest Walk” was purchased by the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY, for their permanent collection.

You may enjoy walking through the exhibit, “Picture this...” and guessing where the inspiration photos were found by Pat and her husband, Gary.  Many of you will remember walking the same paths through the beauty of our great North Coast as well as some more distant places.

Pat has written several books which share her methods: “Mosaic Landscape Quilts”,  and “Painted  Picture Quilts” as well as a photo journal: “A Walk in the Woods”. Pat and her work have been featured in newspaper and magazine articles and on the online “” Show # 2103.

The Sculpture of Dan McCauley

December 1 to August 25

Artist and welder Daniel McCauley of Dan’s Custom Metals learned the art form and technique of welding as a child in his grandfather’s machine shop. “I was always up there and got interested because I could take raw materials and make something,” McCauley says.

McCauley’s scrap art is created with material he finds in scrap yards. The artist’s work is nothing if not sustainable. Turning objects that would otherwise end up in a landfill into things the community can gather around and enjoy is the essence of recycling. He also mimics nature’s art, as he builds realistic and life sized mountain lions and bears. McCauley also hopes by sharing his work he can encourage other people who dream of doing art to embrace their hopes and work to see their own pieces in the public eye.

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


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