Lynn Beldner & Steve Briscoe: Asking the Same Question Twice
August 17 to September 29, 2019
We decided to exhibit our work together as a way of sharing with others what it means to lead a creative life together. Amidst the domestic regularity there is always the question of art and the discussion of what we are working on. Our work is always installed together in our home and is in conversation with each other across time and media. In the more formal environment of the museum we are showing works that represent the work of the past 10 years and hope that the conversations can still be heard.
Lynn was born in Philadelphia and migrated to California during the 70’s tech boom. Steve grew up in Stockton in the Central Valley. We met, as many people do, in college and became fast friends over discussions of art, artists and punk bands in San Jose. Later we attended the San Francisco Art Institute (photography for Lynn, sculpture for Steve) and set up our studios in Oakland where we lived for many years. Recently, we have moved our home and studios to Woodland near Davis. We exhibited together earlier this year at Artspace 1616 in Sacramento.
Laura Corsiglia: Points of View: Everything Happening All at Once
July 13 to August 25, 2019
Point of View: Everything Happening All at Once is a use of drawing to explore wildness, belonging and reciprocity - to notice our participation in a deepening network of points of view. The exhibition is made of large drawings on paper, an installation inviting viewers to enter with their faces, an immersive piece made of light and artist books.
Scale: We are big, our nipples are small. We are tiny, our mountain is shelter. Every starling sees us go to the store. Redwood crowns fly by as we sit in a box.
While we are talking a chipmunk has given birth. A Peregrine falcon eats a small duck, perched on the post above the bridge. Feathers fall slowly past the trucks. Turns out there are spiders who nurse their young. My love’s face is the size of a constellation and his hair turns like a guitar. Fog is taking away our edges. We’re surrounded and seen. And we surround others at all times. That was a loon. This book folds in and out at the same time.
Lida Penkova: Dreams of Far Away Places
July 20 to September 1
My show will present a selection of some of my favorite black & white and hand colored linocuts, canvases and painted driftwood sculptures created in the last 8+ years. My art works are memories of different cultures, their customs, ceremonies, myths, as well as honoring their artists and artisans. I lived and traveled in some of them, have studied and admired others. My inspiration comes from self-taught artists of aboriginal Australia, Mexican and Nepalese villages, Inuit communities, from Irish and Indian festivals, etc. They all tell stories reflecting their everyday life, religious beliefs and folk celebrations. Last, but not least, Humboldt County, my home of the last 11 years, has inspired my later pieces. Exhibition Sponsored by Lucy Quinby.
The Sculpture of Dan McCauley
December 1 to August 25, 2019
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
“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