Past Exhibitions

Miya Hannan: Layered Stories

June 8 to July 14

For the last 13 years, I have been working on installations, sculpture, and drawings that are driven by my cultural perception of death. After working for a hospital and experiencing death for seven years, I came to view the world as layers and linkages of histories. This exhibition “Layered Stories” depicts this view. Every dead person becomes a part of our land both physically and spiritually, creating rich histories around us. In my home county Japan, people inherit the histories of the land where they live. Whatever happened and whoever died underneath one’s feet become a part of one’s own story. I am interested in stories buried beneath the present layer. 

Wesley Hurd: The Odyssey of These Days

June 1 to July 7

Wesley Hurd’s painting series, The Odyssey of These Days, explores intimate depths of loss, struggle, grief and hope. The paintings present an abstract visual narrative evoking the intensity of human suffering and our journey beyond it, into hope.

According to Hurd, “This series of abstract paintings formed an unexpected narrative in three movements: shock and struggle, loss and grief, and finally memoriam and acceptance of loss. Rather than focusing on the social, political and ideological, I am interested in how we form meaning from life experiences—good and bad, pleasurable and painful.” The tragic shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College in 2015, occurred in the midst of the making of this work, deeply influencing the final two paintings.

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.

28th Annual Images of Water Photography Competition & Exhibition

April 3 to May 12

Celebrating years of creative visions of water, this annual competition highlights the inspiring beauty of water. From images of lakes and streams to ice-cube trays and snow, Images of Water is a fun, theme-based show to take part in or to just take a look at. Open to all photographers, this is an exciting opportunity for all to become involved in the arts on the North Coast.

Youth Arts Festival- Celebrating Humboldt County Youth in Visual and Performing Arts

March 2 to April 14

The Morris Graves Museum of Art in partnership with the Humboldt County Office of Education proudly presents the Youth Arts Festival; a celebration of student creativity in visual, media, and performing arts. This exhibition features various styles of visual artworks in both traditional and communication media created by Humboldt County preK-12 students in their public and charter classrooms during the 2018-2019 school year. The exhibition highlights the promise of equity and access in quality arts education for all students preK-12, in every school, every day, made real by Humboldt County’s Arts Education Plan.  The festival itself is the living portfolio, where all who attend may see for themselves the inspiration and creativity inherent in all of Humboldt County’s Youth. We welcome students, parents, teachers, artists and community members to see, hear, and feel what has been taught and experienced in so many classrooms across Humboldt. Become the beneficiary as you stand in wonder at what our children are capable of; the enormity of their creative dreams becomes immediate and evident, viewed in the context of a historical museum. Join us in this annual culminating event that celebrates the creative power of all students of Humboldt County!

Nicole Havekost: Massed

February 23 to April 21

Nicole Havekost’s exhibition includes works from her Sewing and Cooking Doll series.  This body of work was begun when her son was small and she was finding her way as a new mother.  Since, the sewing pattern paper of the dolls surface has inspired new works exploring the body in a group of embroidered works and stitched three-dimensional forms. 

Nicole Havekost is an artist living in Rochester, Minnesota.  Her own work is varied in media and technique, but linked by her interest in material and process. Her work has a delicate and feminine quality, but one that is driven by her particular obsessions.  Nicole is a 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant recipient and a 2018 Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council Advancing Artist Grant recipient.  Additionally, Nicole was a finalist for the 2016 Jerome Emerging Artist fellowship and was a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She has recently exhibited work in  California, Rhode Island and Texas as well as Tasmania, Australia.  Nicole earned her BFA in Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in Printmaking from the University of New Mexico. 

Humboldt Collects!

February 2 to March 17

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.

Paul Flippen: 36days

January 5 to February 24

I lost my father to a stroke his third day in the hospital. 

He didn’t die for another month.

36days examines the emotions and ethics of the end of life, through drawings and text describing the narrative of one family’s experience.  Negotiating with doctors, each other, and our own feelings, my family and I sought to do what was best for my father, as he would have defined it.

Thirty-six drawings of pen and ink layered over eroded surfaces of paint weave in and out of thirty-six text panels that detail my relationship with my father and my reactions to his passing.  Shifting from crisp scientific renderings to the atmospherics of memory, the words and images navigate one account of modern medicine meeting family history.

Chris Motley: Feelings in Fiber

January 5 to February 17

Chris Motley’s sculptural forms use knitting in a unique way.  She takes a familiar medium and expands its possibilities, using texture, color and dimension to explore universal themes.

Often her sculptures tell personal stories.  “Slice of Life,” like a tree, has a ring for each year of her life.  “Living Alone” is about her Mother’s first year as a widow.  “Up, Really Down and Up Again” reflects the changing moods of our daily life. 

Widely familiar in its usual functional form, knitting in her art brings the technique up to date.   Motley has received wide recognition and critical praise for taking the craft of knitting and elevating the process into the realm of contemporary sculpture. 


20 Years: The Victor Thomas Jacoby Award

December 8 to January 27

Victor Thomas Jacoby was a local artist whose medium was French tapestry. He was internationally renowned for innovation in his field. When Jacoby passed away in 1997, he left a generous bequest to set up a fund with Humboldt Area Foundation, which would support visual artists and craftspeople, and encourage the exploration of new ideas, materials, techniques, mediums, images, and excellence. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award and view the work of over 20 artists that the award has supported. The works of these grantees will be showcased along side Jacoby's tapestries and sketchbooks from the HAC Permanent Collection.

HAC Members Exhibition

November 3 to December 30

The Annual Humboldt Arts Council Member Show is a juried exhibition designed to highlight the fabulous art being produced by HAC Artist Members. As always, this exhibition is eclectic, surprising and enjoyable.

Junque Arte

October 6 to December 3

Designed to celebrate artistic creativity on the North Coast, and heighten the awareness of renewable resources in the art making process, each artwork in this juried exhibition is made from 100% recycled materials…reclaimed, reused, recovered, secondhand, salvaged, anything un-new! This year's juror is Dan McCauley from Dan's Custom Metals.

Exhibition Sponsored by Linda Wise & Recology Humboldt County


William Ishmael-Wholeness and Fragmentation

August 25 to October 28

“…to some extent, it has always been both necessary and proper to man, in his thinking, to divide things up, and to separate them, so as to reduce his problems to manageable proportions …   .. the notion that all these fragments are separately existent is evidently an illusion, and this illusion cannot do other than lead to endless conflict and confusion.”  from David Bohm, physicist, in “Wholeness and the Implicate Order”

William Ishmael has been an artist for the last 30 years, beginning with watercolor landscapes and progressing to large abstract works and art installations utilizing latex paint, sand,  active rusting on steel plates, organic materials, and the natural elements of the weather to achieve the weathered, multilayered effects on many of his works.  

William has exhibited widely including multiple shows in Sacramento, as well as galleries in Palm Springs and Lexington, Kentucky.

William’s accomplishments include being named Sacramento Art and Business Council’s “Artist of the Year” for 2011 and, in 2014, having his 9 foot by 12 foot work “Wholeness and Fragmentation” accepted by SMAC for permanent installation in the Sacramento County Administration Building.

All of the works are an effort to convey that sense of the wholeness being broken up into fragments… fragments which are beautiful in their own right, but can readily be seen in a larger context, and have greater meaning as a result. 

The steel plates, the mirrored surfaces, as well as the sets of smaller canvases constituting a larger picture all intended to raise the awareness of this thesis in the viewers mind.

Tony Machado: El Maestro en Reposo

August 19 to October 28

Tony Machado impressed art enthusiasts for over 40 years with his unique style of composition and figurative oil paintings.  Growing up in Oakland, California, Tony demonstrated early talent and received a scholarship to attend the Academy of Art in San Francisco from 1970 – 1973.  He painted many murals in the Mission District and around the Bay Area until 1978.  Tony ran his own sign painting business, worked in a foundry that produced statues for the 1984 Summer Olympics, and started “Heaven Smiles” silkscreen studios with Michael Rios that created many works including album covers for Carlos Santana.  Tony then returned to the medium of oil paint and spent eight years in Humboldt County painting and showing his original art.  In 2012 Tony relocated to Grass Valley, California, and continued to amaze with his many styles and talents with the brush. Anthony “Tony” Machado passed away in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 7, at the home of his daughter and grandchildren. He was 63.

Fifty Years of Wire: Elizabeth Berrien’s Journey of Exploration-A Retrospective

August 11 to September 30

August 11 through September 30

A young student’s life was changed forever by the art teacher’s words: “Take this wire and mess with it!” Struggling for years, Elizabeth Berrien applied her love of basketry, weaving and other textile arts to gain control and fluency with the wire. She developed her unique, very personal textile technique of wire sculpture. Evolving it to museum level quality by the 1980’s, when few people were aware of wire sculpture and its validity as an art medium was very much in question.

In the ensuing decades, Berrien accepted myriad public and private commissions, and received dozens of top worldwide awards including a Clio, Obie, Cannes Gold Lions, and international Best of Show awards.

The artist constantly expands her repertoire. From the dragons and unicorns of the 1960’s, she expanded to explore and embrace tigers and wolves, birds of prey, humans, botanicals, microbes and spacecraft... no end in sight.

This exhibition is partially underwritten by the Ingrid Nickelsen Trust. Exhibition Sponsored by Betty Osborne, John & Sally Biggin.

Buzz Parker: Home Tree Home

June 23 to August 12

Home Tree Home explores Buzz Parker’s interests in both local Victorian houses and the beautiful California coastlines and treescapes. As a child living in rural Maryland, Parker built getaway hangout treeforts where he could escape, which inspires him now to create incredibly complicated treeforts on paper and canvas. Each treehouse has colorful Victorian architecture, hand carved skies, dreamy neighborhoods of towering homes and is a monument dedicated to all homes and the personal pride and seclusion we experience in owning and maintaining them.

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Mary Robinson-Confluence

June 16 to August 19

Mary Robinson’s exhibition, Confluence: Monoprints and Mixed Media Works on Paper, brings together different modes of working and contrary gestures. Robinson mixes and remixes printmaking matrices, and cuts and reconfigures paintings and collages, to see relationships freshly. This continual composing, decomposing, and recomposing reflects the way Robinson experiences the world, where circumstances can change quickly—technology is developing rapidly, political situations can suddenly flip, and the natural environment is breaking down at an alarming pace. Her cyclical process of breaking forms apart and layering or gluing them back together mirrors desires for both order and chaos.

Robinson created the monoprints in this exhibition from stencils and matrices, hand-cut from wood and other materials, and also printed from the leftover or negative cut shapes. These prints have gone through the press several times to build up translucent and opaque layers of color. Robinson’s method of printing with scraps coincides with parallel practices of collage and collage-like painting. There is a constant dialogue between the bodies of work: some of the collages contain cut-up prints, and often the collages and paintings become “sketches” or springboards for new prints.

Towering: Art Inspired by the Redwoods

June 9 to August 5

The Humboldt Arts Council, Redwood Parks Conservancy and Redwood National and State Parks have teamed up to present a juried art exhibition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Redwood National Park. This unique juried exhibition will highlight an appreciation for the skills and creativity of artists and the essence of Redwood National Park. Artists are invited to submit work inspired by the redwoods that conveys their personal interpretation of the majestic beauty of the redwoods as well as environmental, ecological, cultural, and political ideas.   .

Claudia Lima-Humboldt

May 5 to June 18

Claudia Lima was born in San Diego and grew up in the small town of Julian, California.  She is the oldest of nine children.  She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Animal Science.  After graduation she went to work in the family lumber business in San Diego.  In 1982 she moved to Ukiah, California and opened her own wholesale lumber brokerage business. In 1992 she married her husband, John, a logging contractor and moved to Humboldt County. Claudia was always drawing as a child.  When she moved to Humboldt County, she started taking Art Classes at Humboldt State University.  She took a break from painting after the birth of their son, Christopher, but went back in painting in earnest in 2007.  She has had exhibitions at the Humboldt State University First Street Gallery, Art Center Alturas, Strawberry Rock Gallery, Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale, San Luis Obispo Cattlemen’s Western Art Show and Sale. She also exhibits frequently at the Redwood Arts Association Gallery. The works in the exhibition are impressionistic oil paintings of logging and ranching and historic landscape symbols of the timber industry in Humboldt County.

27th Annual Images of Water Photography Competition & Exhibition

April 28 to June 3

Celebrating years of creative visions of water, this revived annual competition highlights the inspiring beauty of water. From images of lakes and streams to ice-cube trays and snow, Images of Water is a fun, theme-based show to take part in or to just take a look at. Open to all photographers, this is an exciting opportunity for all to become involved in the arts on the North Coast.

Justin L’Amie: The Beautiful Night

April 21 to June 10

We live in a world that I am told is guided by scientific rules and principles. There are reasons why each plant grows the way it does. There are reasons that a frog doesn't give birth to a bird. There are reasons things feel different at night. I am sure there are reasons why. Traveling to new places I see that everything looks familiar, yet different. The same or similar shapes, colours and textures. Variation and combination, repetition without repeating. Rare new life. They are new flowers to me. Insects with green eyes.

Richard Stockwell: Pastel Waters

April 7 to May 27

Pastel Waters features the small-scale pastel landscapes of artist Richard Stockwell. Stockwell finds his inspiration from the coastal landscapes of Humboldt County and enjoys plein air painting with other local artists.

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. 

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

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.

Artists Who Animate

January 8 to February 18

Humboldt County does not have a rich tradition as an animation hotbed. But one of its best-known resources are its artists, and it is in from a background of exploring other art mediums that the AWA come. Each of the five artists has worked in other mediums, and animation becomes a logical progression in their own personal art forms. The diverse forms and styles that are included in this exhibit speak to their unique backgrounds in the creative arena.

Expect the unexpected. The AwA members are continually surprised at the direction that their exhibit has taken. Animation will be explored in many forms, from historical "pre-film" techniques of moving form  --- zoetropes and mutoscopes that require hands-on manipulation by viewers to create the moving image while also offering the viewer an understanding of the basic process of animation – to techniques using digital processes to create moving art. Much of the original artwork used in creating the animations will be exhibited.

AWA is likely the only artist collective of its kind in the region. Animation artists, studios, and schools are typically located in urban centers, such as San Francisco or Los Angeles. AwA is a grass-roots collective with a specific interest in artist-driven (rather than commercially-driven) experimental animation. The exhibition ‘Artists who Animate’ may be the first of its kind in Humboldt County, as participants are not students but emerging and mid-career artists with years of professional experience in various art forms.

Each artist, coming from different backgrounds, ages, and art expression takes animation through his or her own unique exploration:

Kyle Couture has studied animation formally at the Kansas City Art Institute, and his exhibit at the Morris Graves brings together his knowledge of early animation techniques (mutoscopes, a form of hand-crank flipcards that create animations of a few seconds each through changing images on multiple cards) combined with the latest digital approaches through Adobe Flash. Used together, the animation vignettes become wry comments on popular culture.

Brent Noel Eviston is an artist, a passionate drawing instructor, and a draftsman who is rooted in the drawing process, both traditional and experimental.  His exhibition titled “The Forbidden Chamber” is a multi-media installation that that brings together text, images, motion and sound to explore how we consume and process information. Using the traditional drawing and animation materials like paper, ink, water, tape, etc, he creates movement through a wide range of experimental and traditional animation techniques. 

Julie McNiel is a painter and teaching artist with the Prison Arts Project. Her short animation, “Fogline” is a meditation on the rhythmic passage of time and movement of bodies through space, involving a stop-motion process that uses a whiteboard with black marker, photographing, and then erasing each drawing. Hundreds of individual drawings, shown at 12 frames per second, are accompanied by a sound track of slow yet repetitive beats that calls forth the heavy, sometimes surreal, atmosphere out on the prison yard.

Amy Uyeki chooses art forms that take a narrative path, and animation is a natural succession in her storytelling. “From Somewhere” uses pastel images drawn on wood and photographed, then animated digitally as her basis for a narrative that follows 5 individuals and their families’ arrival in America, sometimes over years. Holly Mead, a San Francisco musician and composer has created the original score for this 10-12 minute animatio

Steven Vander Meer makes films that are all hand drawn on 3x5 inch index cards, what has been called "flip book style" animation. His timing and movements are quite precise, but the limitations of the medium -- mainly rough registration and small size -- cause the images to vibrate in a way that seems almost out of control. His choice of exploration is the dichotomy between complete order and utter chaos. "Random Thoughts" will exhibit upstairs in the Tom Knight Gallery.  It will be a hands-on multimedia, individual film festival of his many years of animation and most current work.

Inspired-New Work by Humboldt Artist Gallery Members

November 4 to December 30

View a selection of new works by Vicki Barry, Julia Bednar, Jody Bryan, Gilbert Castro, Rick Gustafson, Jim Lowry, Sanford Pyron, Paul Rickard, Sara Starr and Patricia Sundgren Smith.

16th Annual Northwest Eye Regional Photography Competition & Exhibition

November 4 to December 31

The Northwest Eye is a five-state regional fine art photography competition and exhibition highlighting the current trends in the art of photography. This exhibition showcases the creativity and beauty caught by some of the finest photographers in the Northwest.

Sponsored by Pierson Building Center

Micki Flatmo: Dating Chaos - What to Wear

November 4 to December 31

"Dating Chaos - What to Wear is meant to make visible a conversation that takes place between two artistic mediums when they are both used to express a single idea. Painting and costuming - endeavors I have long enjoyed - are paired up for this exhibition and allowed to influence and transform one another. The structure is simple: first a gesture painting is created that sets the mood and design parameters for the costume. Then, the costume is worn by a model which in turn, inspires a painting. This process yields a set of three pieces that express a single idea."

"The subject of the conversation though, and the underlying idea of all the sets is chaos.  Each group of works attempts to demonstrate the various effects chaos has upon us.  Each one of us is dating chaos; things explode and we're all standing in the way of the blast; appropriate dress will ensue!"

23rd Annual Junque Arte Competition & Exhibition

September 23 to October 29

Designed to celebrate artistic creativity on the North Coast, and heighten the awareness of renewable resources in the art making process, each artwork in this juried exhibition is made from 100% recycled materials…reclaimed, reused, recovered, secondhand, salvaged, anything un-new!

This year’s juror is Monica Topping. Monica is the coordinator of North Coast Open Studios and owner of Rock Chick Designs -- she has been turning used and discarded materials into wearable art since 2004. "Around 2004, I was going to a lot of live concerts and started collecting used and broken instrument strings. The bracelets I made from those guitar strings were the beginning of Rock Chick Designs," Topping says. "I find creative inspiration in items that have lived their original intended lives, and love the challenge of making those items into something fun and wearable," she adds. Over the last decade, Topping has expanded her materials to include vinyl records and record jackets, rubber motorcycle tire tubes, and salvaged copper electrical wire. This year, she won the Victor Jacoby Award, which she's using to build her own glass studio and make lovely colored beads out of recycled liquor bottles. 


Humboldt Arts Council Annual Member Exhibition

September 2 to October 29

The Annual Humboldt Arts Council Member Show is a juried exhibition designed to highlight the fabulous art being produced by HAC Artist Members. As always, this exhibition is eclectic, surprising and enjoyable.

We invite you to submit one piece of your artwork be included in this year’s exhibition. Open to current members of the Humboldt Arts Council or join on entry day. Submissions are $15 per entry, limit one entry per artist. Work can be from the visual arts discipline-drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, and mixed media. Entries will be accepted at the Morris Graves Museum of Art on Wednesday, August 30th from 12 to 5 p.m.

This year one submission from each artist will be accepted into the exhibition. The public will be able to vote for their favorite pieces. The People’s Choice Awards will be presented at 5:30 on October 7th prior to Arts Alive for Best of Show, First, Second and Third Places.


Suk Choo Kim: Big Picture II

August 12 to September 17

"I see large prints as a different medium than smaller prints just as black and white photographs differ from the color photographs.

When I create smaller prints, I am seeking an emotional impact through the subject matter as well as lighting, composition, and tonal range. But I am also consciously eliminating all unnecessary elements that are not part of storytelling. When I show smaller prints in the gallery, I only expect my audiences to look at the photographs for a short period of time regardless of how much they might enjoy the photos. 

Larger prints are quite different.

When I create big pictures, I am recreating environments so that one can feel the place as if they were there. Instead of eliminating elements, I try to include as many details as I can. I want my audiences to be immersed in the environment, and to take a long time to look around and discover many of the details I captured in the photo. As I travel around the world, I am always searching for surroundings with as many different elements as possible. To be able to capture all of the details, I sometimes take more than one hundred shots, overlapping one exposure to the next, so I can stitch them together in my studio.

I've seen viewers of these big pictures spend a long time looking around and discussing with others what they discovered in the print. When I see this, I feel I am accomplishing my intentions for my work: creation and communication."

Suk Choo Kim

Ann Holsberry: New Navigation

July 8 to August 27

“We need instruments for a new navigation.” -Morris Graves

Ann Holsberry is a painter who works in a variety of media. Her experience growing up on the Gulf Coast of Florida and journeys since then have been central to her work. She finds inspiration in the mystery of the natural world, and is fascinated by the movement of humans and animals across the globe. Cosmology also fascinates her as the movements of planets and stars complement these earthbound migrations. The transit of bodies across distances large and small, in conjunction with her love of found maps and scientific papers from bygone eras, is the inspiration for this New Navigation Installation.

Holsberry currently works with cyanotype, an archaic photographic process that starts with a spontaneous application of chemicals onto paper or canvas in the darkroom. She then develops the work in outdoor sunlight, often using elements from nearby surroundings in the exposure. Due to the iron-based chemistry involved, a deep Prussian Blue predominates. These works are then brought into the realm of painting by the application of pigments, as well as wax, ink, and embroidery. Throughout the process, she often reverts to the simple goal of letting this be an exploration of blue.

As she work outdoors with materials that are responsive to the elements, She feels a deep personal engagement with nature. This engagement is furthered by working with large canvases at the edge of oceans, rivers, and other bodies of water in an attempt to capture their ebb, flow, and sedimentation at that particular time and place. Through observation of these natural phenomena, Holsberry has gained an acute awareness of the changes in our ecosystem that require both humans and animals to adapt to new ways of navigating the world.

Andrea Bergen & Adrienne Heloise: Feral Kingdom

June 24 to August 6

Feral Kingdom uses two different styles of collage to explore human relationships with the natural world. Bergen and Heloise both use hand cut, brightly colored artists papers and recycled materials to amass dense, layered collages that reflect their backgrounds as painters. The whimsical paint-by-number quality of their collages gives a sense of idealized, playful landscapes that upon closer inspection reveal a darker message. Both artists are reacting to their fears of global warming and overwhelming loss of habitats and wildlife as a result of human consumption and waste.  Both use fantasy, humor and metaphor around these issues to help process the tragedy of what is happening and question on their own culpability.

Claire Rau: Heirloom

May 13 to July 2

"These home accessories are inspired by the recent move of my grandmother, who was entrenched within a tomb of family artifacts. Many of these objects, furniture and tchotchkes, have descended to her nearest and dearest. Translation: into another storage unit. Heirloom speaks to this burden of stuff, physical and emotional, between generations of people to whom acquisition meant wealth."

Claire Rau was born in Sandusky, Ohio and raised in northeast Tennessee. She completed her graduate work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2004) with the installation Body Plunder. She has taught printmaking and sculpture at several institutions and presently teaches sculpture at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She is the recipient of several awards and residencies, including the Book Arts & Printmaking Fellowship at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica (Venice, Italy) in 2005. She is a founding member of The Front, an art collective in New Orleans.

Ginger Owen-Murakami & Vicki VanAmeyden: Heritage Habitats

May 6 to June 18

Much like making rope, collaboration bonds individuals to create something larger and stronger than they could ever be separately. Ginger Owen-Murakami and Vicki VanAmeyden began collaborating on art works in 2009. Their ongoing efforts have resulted in a collection of six, large-scale installation works that comprise “Heritage Habitats”. 

"Heritage Habitats" is a series of physical spaces for contemplation and invocation of ancestry. Framed around nostalgia and memory, "Kites", "Cairn", and "Hankies" are large-scale, sculptural and experiential installations that engage in viewers’ unique memories and experiences.  In essence, the work emphasizes commonalities that bind people and cultures and serve as an expression of humanism.

Methods for creating these works involve appropriating imagery from our respective family albums and vintage "National Geographic" magazines, and then, framing our ideas around the experience generated from remembering our past. The images we select are iconic in nature. They reference concepts linked to blueprints of identity and help us to find our place in a larger historical picture. We value history and tradition as the staples of human life while acknowledging that representations of realities are altered by elapsed time and convoluted memories.

Representational Art League

April 29 to June 25

The Representational Art League was formed in 1987 by a group of serious, working artists to create, display and promote representational art in Humboldt County. Styles of the artists vary from impressionism to realism, from whimsical to narrative. Paintings are in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, and colored pencil.

Jimmie Nord: Elevated Topography

April 1 to April 30

Jimmie Nord's work is influenced by his background in forestry, natural resources, and art movements like German Constructivism, Bauhaus, and The Memphis Design Movement, along with a splash of Surrealism. He explores materiality and form, looking to express elemental qualities of specific materials. Elevated Topography is an unrealistic portrayal of how we might overcome rising sea levels. The concept of scaffolding and construction materials used is meant to illuminate the challenges we face moving forward and the necessity to think beyond our current solution methods. 

Kaye Buchman: Around the Whirled

April 1 to May 7

Around the Whirled is a collection of nature-based works by Chicago-based artist and educator Kaye Buchman. This grouping of large-scale pen and ink drawings, mixed-media paintings, and thematic artist books represents spaces, places, forms and concepts related to the expressive and destructive energies found in our embattled ecosystems. These works were developed through years of sketchbook research, the study of fairytales and vintage illustration, and an ongoing dedication to the vast and unrestrained world of visual discovery. 

Kaye Buchman received her BFA in Printmaking from Illinois State University and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows nationally, received numerous awards, taught at many institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and attended several artist residencies. She is the founder and director of KB Studio, an urban center for arts education and imaginative projects.

Raphaëlle Goethals-Dust Stories: Tales from the Land

March 11 to April 23

Focusing on painting as a space of exploration, Belgian-born American artist Raphaëlle Goethals has worked in encaustic as her signature medium for nearly two decades. Known for her signature layered encaustic and pigment abstractions, Goethals established her own unique and sophisticated vocabulary in the form of distinctive groups of paintings, which evolve concurrently. 

Humboldt Collects!

February 4 to March 26

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.

From the Collection: New Acquisitions

February 4 to March 19

From the Collection: New Acquisitions puts on view, in many instances for the first time,selections from collection newcomers. These works have deepened holdings of previously collected artists and serve to introduce new artists to us. The exhibition also serves as a reminder of the generosity of many donors who understand the value of sharing great art with our community.

Ellen Litwiller: Natura Morta, Natura Viva

January 28 to March 5

Rocks appear to be inanimate and dead to us however they go through incredible transformations during their geologic lifetime.  The oldest rocks on Earth are 3.8 billion years ago and they will be here in one form or another long after we humans are gone.  The heat, shifting and uplifting that occurs in geology can all be associated with our own lives and how we also form through personal experiences of pressure, eruptions and erosion. These images of rocks are brought into a more traditional setting to encourage a fresh awareness and affection for the ground beneath our feet.

Brandice Guerra: Animalia

December 17 to January 22

Brandice Guerra holds a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Humboldt State University, where she coordinates the drawing area and teaches courses in drawing and illustration. Prior to arriving at Humboldt, she was the Grace V. Wisdom Endowed Chair in Visual Art, Studio Art Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Art at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She is represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago. 

"Animalia is a series of small-scale paintings and works on paper informed by my interests in natural history, 19th and early 20th century illustration, and 17th century painting. I am very interested in historical interactions between science and art and in animals as symbols in art and visual culture. My practice is largely narrative - I enjoy telling stories through imagery. Sometimes, my images are illustrations of actual non-human animal behaviors and at other times I bend the truth, using animal bodies to tell stories about human behavior."

Spectators: Photographs by Tom Patton, Words by Rob Davidson

December 17 to January 29

Rob Davidson is the author of two short story collections, Field Observations (Missouri, 2001) and The Farther Shore (Bear Star, 2012), and a scholarly monograph, The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells (Missouri, 2005). Davidson’s awards and honors include winning the 2009 Camber Press Fiction Award, judged by Ron Carlson; a 1997 AWP Intro Journals Project Award; a Pushcart Prize nomination; and having twice been selected Artist-in-Residence at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York. His fiction, essays and interviews have appeared in Zyzzyva, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, The Normal School, New Delta Review, the AWP Writer’s Chronicle, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and American literature at California State University, Chico.

Tom Patton has been actively engaged with photography since 1970. He received a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute (1976), MA (1977) and MFA (1982) degrees from University of New Mexico. He has held full-time teaching appointments since 1982. From 1983-2002 Tom headed the photography program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and was the chief architect of their successful BFA program. Patton joined the Art and Art History faculty at California State University, Chico in 2002, Chairing the program until 2007. With nearly 250 exhibitions and more than 60 publications, Patton’s art has been widely seen. In addition to shows in the USA, he’s also shown in Australia, Japan and Europe. Patton has received fellowships from the James D. Phelan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as numerous University grants. His work is included in several prominent public collections including: Australian National Gallery; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; St. Louis Art Museum; Seattle Art Museum; Portland Art Museum; Milwaukee Art Museum; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; and the Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento.

Paul Rickard: A Watercolorist's Perspective from the Other Side of the Tracks

December 3 to January 15

December 3 through January 15, 2017

"I want to record for posterity the decomposing creosote wood piers and rails that run along Humboldt Bay along with the residents who inhabit it. The life for the residents on the other side of the tracks unfolds daily as they wake and rouse to the challenge of the morning light. I paint the landscape and home of these residents with their permission, support, and friendship. My art will share the great beauty of the shores of Humboldt Bay are a significant and challenged population of people.”

Exhibition Sponsored by John & Sally Biggin

Humboldt Arts Council Annual Member Exhibition

October 21 to December 11

The Annual Humboldt Arts Council Member Show is a juried exhibition designed to highlight the fabulous art being produced by HAC Artist Members. As always, this exhibition is eclectic, surprising and enjoyable.

22nd Annual Junque Arte Competition & Exhibition

October 7 to November 27

Designed to celebrate artistic creativity on the North Coast, and heighten the awareness of renewable resources in the art making process, each artwork in this juried exhibition is made from 100% recycled materials…reclaimed, reused, recovered, secondhand, salvaged, anything un-new!

To enter the show bring your creative re-purposed art piece to the Museum on Wednesday, September 28 from 12-5p.m. Join us before Arts Alive for on Saturday, November 5 at 5:30 for the Junque Arte Awards. Cash awards will be given to first, second and third place winners in each category!

Sponsored by Recology Humboldt County & Linda Wise

Two Years, 102 Books

August 28 to October 10

The exhibition will display the works of Artist made books by Design Students at the University of California, Davis.  These books expand on ideals of visual communication while breaking the boundaries of traditional book making. They span from magical fantasies of illusion to personal narratives, that deal with cultural realities, understanding of beauty and gender identification.

Jave Yoshimoto: The Fragile World

August 6 to October 1

Jave Yoshimoto is a visual artist and educator based in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his BA in University of California Santa Barbara, his MA in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his MFA from Syracuse University. He believes in creating works that are sincere and true to his authentic self, and teaches his students to do the same at University of Nebraska at Omaha.

This exhibition focuses on "disaster series" which was inspired by the great Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. After receiving the news and observing the devastation of the country where he was initially born, he collected images and collaged a composition to pay honor and homage to those who lost their homes, livelihood and lives that day. The end result was a 30 feet long scroll painting on paper completed in gouache, with large, flat color sections that also was inspired by the aesthetics traditional Japanese woodblock prints. He believes that tragedies such as this speaks on the narratives of humanity that we face in the wake of catastrophes, and wish to bring awareness to the history of the event and inspire to help those in need to this day.

Exhibition Sponsored by Betty Osborne

Lanore Cady: Houses & Letters

August 6 to October 10

The entire 26 piece collection of original artwork from the book, Houses & Letters by Lanore Cady from the Humboldt Arts Council’s Permanent Collection, was recently treated by a conservator for typical paper damage such as foxing, acid migration, and accretions. The collection will be on view for the public to see the transformation of the paper after treatment. Visitors can view beautiful renderings of some of Humboldt’s most historic buildings and homes while reading related text executed in Cady’s brush-painted calligraphy. These works of art were then published as an alphabet book, Houses & Letters. The original books will be available for purchase in the MGMA Museum Store.

Collecting works of art is one of the most basic undertakings of an art museum. Moreover, what the museum collects strongly determines its overall character and influence in the art community at large. As a consequence, the Humboldt Arts Council in the Morris Graves Museum of Art is founded upon the principles of ethical art collecting and stewardship. The Museum recognizes that it holds for posterity a significant portion of our cultural wealth. The addition of Houses & Letters to the HAC Permanent Collection is a wonderful gift of local history, and the Humboldt Arts Council is proud that the pieces have been restored to ensure visitors for future generations can enjoy this beautiful collection.

The next step for caring for this collection is to have all 26 works of art framed in museum quality products that will not cause any further damage to the paper. Being that this collection is so important to our local culture, community members are invited to support this effort by donating funds for new archival framing. Donors of $100 will receive an original print from the series and donors of $500 or over will receive an original print signed by Cady.

Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home

August 6 to October 2

A little over two years after the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-oki  earthquake triggered a massive tsunami off the coast of northeastern Japan, a lone boat washed up on the shores of Crescent City, California.  The confirmation of the boat as belonging to a high school in Rikuzentakata was first the step in an amazing story that has linked two tsunami-vulnerable communities on opposite sides of the Pacific and initiated friendships between high school students in both communities. Museum visitors will view Amy Uyeki’s beatiful illustrations from the book Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home and learn how the journey of this small boat made a big difference in the lives of people living on two continents separated by the vast Pacific Ocean.

By Lori Dengler, Amy Uyeki, and Amya Miller

Humboldt Collects!

July 9 to August 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 exhibition examines how the items we collect inform notions of who we are as individuals and a community.

Ben Funke and Walter Early: Outdoor

July 2 to October 2

Outdoor is a collaboration of Ben Funke and Walter Early built over the course of 2 weeks in February. Featured in this exhibition are five large intensely colored modernist steel sculptures that will activate the garden with an electric palette.  The duo’s abstract constructions appear to be following in the footsteps of Anthony Caro, Mark Di Suvero and Richard Deacon.

Early and Funke were studio mates during graduate school at the University of Notre Dame.  Early is a sculptor from the state of Kentucky and Funke resides on California’s north coast.  They recently exhibited their show “Chronic Fatigue” at HSU’s First Street Gallery.  

Chuck Johnson: Soul Night

July 2 to August 2

A multifarious career in the audio/visual industry has led Chuck Johnson of Freak Photo to team up with clients such as The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institute, Academy and Grammy Award winning composers, musicians, and just plain wonderful people. He currently produces The Humboldt Live Sessions, a music video series shot on locations all around Humboldt County.

The Soul Night installation is inspired by The Big Picture Humboldt, an exhibition curated by Johnson, utilizing and beautifying disused public spaces with wheat-pasted, large format black and white photographs.  This series of photographs explores the ecstatic ritual of engaging in one of Humboldt’s most coveted nightlife experiences.

Treacy Ziegler: States of Waiting

June 11 to July 31

Treacy Ziegler has been exhibiting her art for the past 25 years in various galleries throughout the United States and Canada. Six years ago she began seeking a different audience and began exhibiting her work in high security prisons. As a consequence, she conducts ongoing prison art workshops in various states and develops through-the-mail art projects for a network of 3500 prisoners throughout US. 

The paintings and bronze sculpture in this exhibition have been influenced by Ziegler’s involvement in prisons. Although birds are usually experienced as a metaphor for freedom, the bronze birds in this exhibition are not free but exist within the symbiotic relationship between space and being. The paintings, devoid of specific beings, are infused with a contradictory presence suggesting something has just happened or something is about to happen. If being cannot exist without space; space cannot exist without being.

David Boston: 33 Years

June 4 to July 31

"I began photographing the landscape around the historic Carson Hunting Lodge in 1979, first as a friend of Bill Burgess, son of the owner, Dr. Peter Burgess, and later when I became the main caretaker of the then long-neglected estate grounds. In 1981 I was contracted by Dr. Burgess to undertake extended restoration of the 10 acres surrounding the former hunting lodge which was built in the late 1800s. As a photographer, I also documented the land and water around the lodge on a regular basis." David Boston shares the environmental and aesthetic changes that occurred over 33 years, at the historic Carson Hunting Lodge showing the transformation of the original gardens into a formal garden estate.

Exhibition Sponsored by: Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Paul Nickolson, State Farm Insurance; Humboldt Audiology; Kenneth S. Singleton, DDS; Thomas Rydz, MD; and the Art Center Frame Shop

Brooke Hall Holve: Cuts Make You.

May 28 to July 3

Brooke Holve contemplates the poetics of seeing in Cuts Make You., an exhibition of mixed media constructions, installations and an artist book. Her work reflects an exploration of ‘cutting’ as process and form as she cuts to see and cuts to make. She is interested in how to apply process to a material and arrive to a form that refers back to its making. The work is informed by the changing role of the book as the world moves to primarily digital delivery systems. Discarded book remnants are the dominant material of this work.

Brooke lives and works in Sebastopol, CA. A visual artist for more than two decades, her art practice has taken her through explorations of calligraphy, bookbinding, printmaking, digital technology and poetry. Interested in combining mediums, she draws from each discipline to make mixed media works, installations, constructions, and artist books. Her probing work investigates culture, memory, place, language, time and natural phenomena. She often looks for materials and objects that hold a history. The interplay of the materials and methods inform her process; and over time expose possibilities for shaping form. She often attempts to put together disparate ‘things’ that have come apart, but were once traditional structures used to preserve, protect and hold.

5x7 Exhibition & Art Splurge

May 7 to May 22

Five X Seven is an art sale and exhibition benefiting the HAC exhibitions and Youth Arts Education Programs. Dozens of recognized California artists create unique works of 2D art on identical 5” x 7” boards or 3D works of the same size. Each 5×7-inch artwork is only $100, or $75 for HAC/MGMA members (yet ANOTHER great reason to become a member today!). With lots of works to choose from, this is your chance to have first pick and build or add to your art collection. All pieces are displayed anonymously – only when you purchase a work of art will you discover who created it. One of the North Coast’s most unique artistic events…you can’t afford to miss it!

Lynette Cook: Catching Shadows

April 23 to June 5

Lynette Cook’s shadow-centric urban scenes – executed using exceptional concentration, patience, and skill – pay homage and provide clues to the individual lives of those who inhabit San Francisco’s Chinatown and neighboring communities. Yet the life-like acrylic paintings – capturing light as it dramatically moves across this unique environment with its utility poles, balconies, stairs, and laundry hanging out to dry – also represent that which is universal in human experience and connects people on a basic level. With meticulous detail and vibrant color strategically placed, the commonplace is celebrated and rises to the extraordinary.

15th Annual Northwest Eye Regional Photography Competition & Exhibition

April 9 to May 29

The Northwest Eye is a five-state regional fine art photography competition and exhibition highlighting the current trends in the art of photography. This exhibition showcases the creativity and beauty caught by some of the finest photographers in the Northwest.

Sponsored by Pierson Building Center

Erik Reel: Full Circle

March 12 to May 1

It gives me great pleasure to be doing a show in conjunction with the Morris Graves Museum and the Humboldt Arts Council, institutions with such strong connections to an artist whose work that, along with Mark Tobey, greatly influenced me when I was growing up in Seattle.  These artists in both their work and their lives were instrumental in my early development as an artist and in the directions I chose to investigate. In a way, this exhibition, psychologically, is a coming full circle. Thus the title, “Full Circle”, which also alludes loosely to the obvious visual aspects of my current work as well.

Morris Graves’ visual influence is more obvious in Reel’s early work. His current work has a starting point closer to Mark Tobey’s late “white writing” paintings.  He remembers when the big technicolor movies came out. Back then, a lot of Northwest painters stuck to a palette dominated by the ochres, black and white that Graves and Tobey used so effectively.  But  for Reel, color has always been a central aspect of his painting practice, even from the beginning. At one point someone asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up. He told them, “I want to paint technicolor Tobeys.”

This exhibition contains a set of works on paper created especially for this exhibition and space. These works on paper are “bookended” by two works on canvas: an earlier pre-curser painting to this group and a painting contemporary to this group from a dramatically different set of work in order to acquaint those who may be totally unfamiliar with his work with a hint of a broader introduction to his range.

Dean Hunsaker: Musical Chairs

March 5 to April 7

Dean Hunsaker is a SF Bay Area visual artist who began his career after moving from New York to California to pursue a PhD in sociology at the University of California. At the time the burgeoning field of visual studies inspired him to study photography. He soon left academia for a career in the visual arts, which has included drawing, painting, mixed media and assemblage. For over 20 years he has exhibited in galleries and municipal exhibition spaces in the Western
states. In addition he has participated in public art projects with several Bay Area cities.


THE CHILDREN’S GAME MUSICAL CHAIRS teaches us at an early age the value of a
chair as a symbol of comfort and civility, which is perhaps why taking a chair at another’s expense is only acceptable in the ritual context of a child’s game. In Musical Chairs we are allowed to abandon civility and selfishly take the nearest seat when the music stops., knowing that one of our fellow players will be left seatless. We can even laugh about it since it is, after all, a game.

Now consider that in the recent economic crisis many participants (players) lost so much as a place to sit, compliments of a gamed economy.  Fueled by a whole lot of self-interest and reckless abandon, the economy  was no child’s game, but one played by adults, or perhaps an adult  game where adults behaved like children. Capricious game-playing with calamitous results.

THE SERIES OF PAINTINGS MUSICAL CHAIRS presents a meditation on the recent economic crisis. Extending the metaphor of the children’s game–a lot of people lost their seats and then some. To underscore this grim reality the viewer is presented with various compositions of decomposing chairs which are always vacant.

The titles and imagery of the paintings are suggestive in this regard. The ironically titled work Circular Thinking, for example, is comprised of 3 chairs, each on a small vertical panel, which rest inside in a larger horizontal panel. Within the same panel fragments of old music scores appear
faintly in the background with red circles floating across the surface.  The circle motif appears throughout the paintings, to reinforce the notion of circular thinking, in which participants circle around a diminishing number of chairs, knowing in advance that only one can ultimately remain. Last Chair Standing, which represents the sole survivor of the game, is comprised of a single blackened chair against a hot red background.  The painting “Remains of the Day” presents a trio of chairs receding into a grayed background, while in the foreground a pair of pigeons peck at crumbs on the ground, oblivious to the follies of humanity.


February 27 to April 3

The group exhibition titled Hybrid, highlights the work of Ken Graves, John Hundt, Catie O’Leary and Vanessa Woods, combining disparate elements to create new visual systems. Using original paper ephemera and found material, each artist in the show reconfigures the human body in some way to generate new narratives that explore identity, surrealism, and the subconscious.

The title, Hybrid refers to the ways that heterogeneous images can be combined into fluid entities. The title also refers to the medium of collage, which in of itself is a hybrid—made by layering found images and their fragments to form a seamless whole.
In the show, each artist’s work is distinctive but shares a common theme. All exploit and distort the use of symbols and the human body to appropriate and reassign meaning. In John Hundt’s work for example, the formal strategy of totems is employed to create figures that are built up with a combination of human, machine, animal and object parts. In Woods’ work, new iconography is generated through bundles of fabric and body parts that become historical allegories reimagined. In Graves’s work the male figure is re-contextualized in surreal landscapes that emphasize the body’s ability to fascinate and threaten. In O’Leary’s work, towers of fragmented objects, scientific tools and body parts become reinvented human still lives. More than 30 collages made from 1988-2014 will be included in the exhibit.

Mary Louise Anderson: Spontaneity, Harmony & Peace

January 16 to February 28

Mary Louise Anderson sees, appreciates and translates the environment around us
through watercolor, oil and mixed media. She draws inspriration from North Coast
Rivers, beaches and forests.

Clay Vorhes: Trapeze Paintings

January 16 to March 6

"These paintings are about the contradictions of history in painting. I am attempting to use as much variety as possible in their creation. The best paintings through time utilize an “opposites attract” principle in regards to the notions of the extreme and I am trying to mimic that concept.

Although objective in appearance regarding the figures, I try to incorporate as much abstraction as I can. The blending of objective and non-objective elements in a single painting is something that fascinates me. As such, I try to pursue that end as far as possible and still produce a credible work. I see lots of abstract elements in everyday life. Diebenkorn’s search for the abstract in reality is something that occupied him and I try to adopt his philosophy. Elmer Bischoff did the same, albeit from a different perspective.

I try to infuse as much color as possible and still make my work plausible. The variety of color and texture is something I admire in the work of the Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, Fauves and especially the California Bay Area Figurative painters. I look to them for guidance...I want my paintings to look like paintings, not taxidermy.

One goal of the Trapeze series is to explore all of the possibilities of painting. The use of multiple, complex planes intrigues me and I try to work with as many planes as possible. Incorporating Cezanne’s use of the picture plane is illuminating. Multiple vantage points, viewpoints, sizes and scales are many of the elementals I wish to explore…much like Thiebaud does in his Sacramento Valley landscape works. At the same time, I am trying to flatten the picture plane, much like Matisse.

Besides the above mentioned, my influences for this series are de Kooning and the Abstract Expressionist painters for their immediacy and aggressive paint handling. I also reference the Cubists Picasso and Braque with their pursuit of multiple viewpoints and M.C. Escher’s stairwell works. The structural components of the Bay Area Figurative paintings are something I aspire to. Bonnard is referenced for his use of color and inner radiance. Kandinsky has inadvertently snuck in with his use of a basic line developing into complex planes. The figures are inspired by the Impressionists and Bay Area Figurative painters, as well as Vuillard, Hopper, and de Kooning.

On an emotional level, these works are about life. The tightrope we all walk irrespective of age, race, creed, religion, economics and everything in between. While painting these works, I experience the fun and elation of success, the bitter agony of defeat, the fear of failure and the reality of failing. Getting up and trying it all over again, accompanied by the joys and horrors of the living experience. I hope the viewer will experience the butterflies in our stomach before that and all of the stresses…the good and bad in between. I hope the works reveal all of the experiences of humanity…that which makes us who and what we are."

Lou Bermingham - Into the Deep: Visions of Infinity

January 9 to February 21

After years of creating paintings, drawings, architectural glass panels, and installations, Lou Bermingham had a dream in which he saw over 200 images flashing across his dreaming memory. When he woke up he painted the first one he could remember and have been influenced by this vision ever since. His artwork is therefore influenced by dreams, Aikido training, Egyptian, Asian, and Tribal artwork, and natural imagery found while exploring caves. For this exhibition his abstract visions link to the ancient gods Isis, Osiris, and Athena and their visual rhythms and esoteric motifs. He believes art making is an alchemical process which allows the artist to transform base visions into vital energy needed for the rebalancing of ourselves, our consciousness, and our world.

Lustrous Lines: Contemporary Metalpoint Drawings

November 21 to January 3

Lustrous Lines: Contemporary Metalpoint Drawings offers a 21st century update to a quietly powerful and shimmering drawing medium that originated in the 8th century AD.  Today’s artists, in the USA, the UK and Australia, selected for this show by metalpoint artists and curators Jeannine Cook and Jeffrey Lewis, Professor of Art at Auburn University, AL, demonstrate a vigourous inventiveness in subject matter and technical approach in this exacting, demanding medium.  The 43 drawings, principally in silver and gold, form a compelling and unusual body of work that attests to the dedication of these noted artists to this ancient yet very modern medium of metalpoint.

Paula McHugh: Bound to Have a Little Fun--Paintings Inspired by the Titles of American Folk Music and Songs

October 3 to November 29

A couple waltz beside a crackling campfire under a harvest moon, a medicine show pitchman sporting an Indian war bonnet extols the virtues of his elixir to a crowd of curious townspeople, a son plays a farewell tune for his mother before going off to war, a farmer stands bewildered in front of his dust blown farm, a man and a bear stand together in the forest both playing the fiddle, a deer sprouts a peach tree from the top of its head…

The work of artist Paula McHugh celebrates the rich legacy of traditional American fiddle music and folk songs. A musician herself who plays the “old-time music” with her husband in a duo called The Time Travelers, her oil and watercolor paintings bring out the joy, playfulness, and longing of this enduring art form. The characters, settings, and narratives expressed on her canvases arise from the wellspring of the American psyche and call us back to what is most essential in the human experience. 

21st Annual Junque Arte Competition & Exhibition

October 1 to November 15

Designed to celebrate artistic creativity on the North Coast, and heighten the awareness of renewable resources in the art making process, each artwork in this juried exhibition is made from 100% recycled materials…reclaimed, reused, recovered, secondhand, salvaged, anything un-new!

Andrzej Maciejewski: Garden of Eden

September 26 to November 29

Garden of Eden features 24 colour still-life photographs, resembling the paintings of old masters, but showing our modern fruits and vegetables from supermarket, with label stickers or wrapped in plastic foil. This is why the titles of images consist of the PLU numbers and names of the countries of origin of the products in the photograph. The project was completed in 2011 and its creation was supported by an Ontario Arts Council grant. The exhibition of Garden of Eden is now on the world tour, visiting simultaneously several venues across Europe and North America.

John Jameton: Off the Grid

September 5 to September 27

Award-winning watercolorist John Jameton is inspired by nature surrounding his southern Humboldt home. His paintings have won awards in numerous exhibitions and are included in the HAC Permanent Collection.

Barbara Milman: Sea Change

August 1 to August 30

August 1 through August 30

“Sea Change” is Barbara Milman’s response to climate change, expressed in her prints and artist’s books. The books and prints complement each other – in fact create a kind of conversation in text, form, image and scale.  They share images and techniques as well as an ironic sense of humor about a serious subject.

The artist’s books are intimate in scale, combining text and images.  They invite a viewer to enter into a conversation with the artist.   The prints, much larger than the books, provide a more purely visual approach to the subject.  Unlike the books, they catch your eye immediately as you enter a gallery.

Both the books and the prints are reflections upon various aspects of climate change, particularly as they affect the oceans.  For example, ocean warming and acidification cause by increased carbon dioxide levels have proved toxic to many plant and animal species.  However there is at least one notable exception – jellyfish.  Jellyfish thrive in conditions that kill off other creatures.  They may turn out to be beautiful sea monsters of the future.  With this in mind, many of Milman’s most recent prints incorporate jellyfish imagery.

Metaphysical Abstraction: Contemporary Approaches to Spiritual Content

August 1 to August 30

This exhibition features work by ten artists living in the Southwestern United States and in Northern California: Co-curators and painters Jamie Brunson (Lamy, NM) and Michelle Mansour (Oakland, CA); painter Pegan Brooke (Bolinas, CA); sculptor Freddy Chandra (Oakland, CA); painter David Ivan Clark (Douglas, AZ); collage artist David King (Monte Rio, CA); painter Keira Kotler (Ross, CA); painter Tracy Rocca (Albuquerque, NM); painter Jenn Shifflet (El Cerrito, CA) and draughtsman Alex Zecca (San Francisco, CA).

Working in paint, colored pencil, hand-colored cast urethane and paper collage, respectively, these ten abstract artists use the physical qualities of their materials—including luminous color, delicate surface effects and refined composition—to evoke a sense of the ineffable. By focusing on meticulous process and the tactile and sensate qualities of their media, they create sensory and visual experiences of expansiveness and mystery through their art that transcend the physical materials from which the work was made.

Although abstract, their work obliquely references the space, atmosphere and light associated with landscape; meditative states; or microcosmic and macrocosmic structures found in biology.

Collectively, their work is characterized by pristine surfaces that suggest deep, atmospheric space or emanate the quality of internal light or luminosity. The artists achieve their ethereal, often sublime surface effects through processes that require repetition or layering, uniting material and metaphysical concerns. The resulting abstract work invites contemplative, even transcendental, experiences in the viewer.

Empire Squared Strikes Back

July 29 to September 20

Empire Squared is a local art collective founded in 2002 by a group of art students at Humboldt State University. The group was formed because they wanted to bring avant-garde/cutting age art to Humboldt County. The collective has been showing art consistently since 2002. This exhibit will focus on the diverse styles from the collective.

Fawn Atencio & Catherine Chauvin: Where Land and Water Always Meet

June 13 to July 19

Where Land and Water Always Meet present interpretations of affected public lands and altered bodies of water.  These landscapes appear carved or diminished, but carry a visual beauty and an insistent content beyond the edges of the paper. This is the first collaboration of two professional printmakers who live and work in Denver, Colorado.

Each artist has been addressing landscapes through a contemporary lens: Chauvin, looking at man’s land use, manipulations ranging from logging, to preservation and paths through spaces.  Atencio, looks at how water behaves as it creates paths, patterns, and connections to the land it intercedes.  The body of work shown together is significant in that each artist uses a combination of low tech (monotype and relief) and high tech (digital) print processes, which convey a curiosity and concern for land and water issues in a unique and thoughtful manner.  The artists' subjects of land and water become abstracted through their choices: hand drawing meets printed and digital processes and textures of ink meet close observation.  A real environment interpreted through printmaking becomes surreal while maintaining something tangible. The artists are pursuing a collaborative goal, creating pieces leading to insightful dialogue between the work and gallery goers. 

Here & There: Topographic Conversations with Morris Graves

June 6 to July 26

Morris Graves believed the natural world could provide meaning and subsequent inspiration for his work. In particular it was the West that influenced his aesthetics and at both his homes The Rock in Skagit County, WA (1940-47) and The Lake in Humboldt County CA (1961 – his death) he sought to create environments that would bring forth his creative potential. The natural beauty of these two counties has inspired other artists as well. This exhibition presents the work of eight artists, four from each location, together with works of Grave’s to create a visual conversation about the inspiration both he and these regions draw out. Juxtaposed with works from the MGMA collection of the renowned artist the work of these eight artists will provide the potential for discussions about the relationship between Graves, the artists, these geographic locations and how and why nature inspires us to create.

14th Annual Northwest Eye Regional Photography Competition & Exhibition

May 2 to May 31

The Northwest Eye is a five-state regional fine art photography competition and exhibition highlighting the current trends in the art of photography. This exhibition showcases the creativity and beauty caught by some of the finest photographers in the Northwest.

Deborah Barlow: Behind, Beyond, Beneath: Scaling the Continuum

April 25 to June 7

Artists and scientists share a common fascination with nature. While both approach their work with a sense of discovery, scientists find answers through methodical procedures that break the world down into component parts. Artists on the other hand are more inclined to experience nature in its totality, relishing their engagement with wonder and awe. Rather than dismantling or categorizing the world, they seek a nonlinear entry into what lies beneath and beyond what the eye can see. The multilayered universe is limitless with secrets and the unseen, and it is that complexity that continues to compel the artist’s eye and mind. Painter Deborah Barlow has studied images from one end of the continuum to the other—the microscopy of single organisms to NASA’s hyperspectral radiographs of the multiverse. Rather than approaching these phenomena with deductive or reductive intent, she employs the materiality of paint to engage with what is essentially ineffable and deeply sublime. Luminous, evocative and richly surfaced, her paintings bring the viewer face to face with the profound mystery and wonder that is everywhere in the natural world.

5X7 Fundraiser and Exhibition

April 18 to May 2

April 18 through May 2

Five X Seven is an art sale and exhibition benefiting the HAC exhibitions and Youth Arts Education Programs. Dozens of recognized California artists create unique works of 2D art on identical 5” x 7” boards or 3D works of the same size. Each 5×7-inch artwork is only $100, or $75 for HAC/MGMA members (yet ANOTHER great reason to become a member today!). With lots of works to choose from, this is your chance to have first pick and build or add to your art collection. All pieces are displayed anonymously – only when you purchase a work of art will you discover who created it. One of the North Coast’s most unique artistic events…you can’t afford to miss it!

Katherine Meyer: Finding Your Place

March 7 to April 19

March 7 through April 19

“Being alone in nature has always sustained me.  In my twenties, I lived for 5 years in a house in the Maine woods with wood heat and no electricity or running water or money; that close to nature, I felt I had more resources than at any other time. Although I live with more amenities now, I still seek out solitary experiences in untamed territory.  What is it about a particular landscape that lets me take my place in it?  My drawings are attempts to answer that question, to make visible what helps create my heart’s own home.”

“This work is not meant to be self-reflexive only, and I don’t intend to impose my vision on viewers.  Whether my inspiration is the mystery of California redwoods or the austerity of the Maine coast, I want to make spaces that invite people to follow their own path through each drawing, to take their own place in that environment, and to sense the restorative connection that still can exist between us and nature.”

Shawn Griggs: Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds, and Points in Between

March 7 to April 26

For some time now, I have been infatuated with several concepts... the incredible beauty of our north coast, the mysteries of life, and riding waves... All of these ideas have strong connections to my heart, and exploring each of these concepts individually as well as infusing them with one another, has been the focus of the work for my show.

Natalie Craig: Notations on The Great Highway

March 7 to April 12

When we look at landscapes do we see the landscape itself or is it imbued with thoughts and memories? This exhibit of mixed media paintings explores the balance between what is seen and the imprint of the human spirit.  The Great Highway is a notion of passing through time and, also, the road alongside the beach in San Francisco’s Sunset. Using details of the beach along the Great Highway the artist explores how perception informs, and is informed by, place, and inspires the search for beauty.

Beverly Corbett: Elbe

February 1 to February 28

Explore Author/Artist Beverly Corbett’s heartwarming story through original illustrations featured in the self-published book, Elbe.

“It was early morning. I woke up with a cramp in my leg. While I was lying there trying to stretch it out, I thought, ‘I wonder if storks ever get leg cramps sitting on their nest for so long?’ What if a stork could bend her legs as we do?”

“Her name is Elbe. She is a very clever and creative stork, entertaining herself, never shirking her duties to egg and nest. Her job is not unlike any other job where one is confined to a limited environment. Imagination is the key, Elbe’s key to survival.”

Awkward Family Photos

January 21 to March 1

Childhood friends Mike Bender and Doug Chernack began a blog after Mike saw an awkward vacation photo hung in his parents’ house. Realizing there were probably plenty of other people out there with their own awkward family images, the two friends decided to create a friendly, online place where everyone could come together and share their uncomfortable family moments. Thus, Awkward Family Photos was born. The site quickly took off and became an internet sensation; it now receives millions of hits daily and submissions from around the world.

But why make it into a museum exhibit when all the pictures are available online? For Bender and Chernack, it's about the in-person experience.

"It emphasizes the fact that we're all awkward, and that we have all of this stuff in common with other families," Bender said. "When you see it laid out in a museum setting, it really hits that home."

Bender is also proud of the exhibit's picture frames, which are "awkward frames" from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. "The frames to me are almost as fun as the show," he said.

In honor of the exhibition, visitors are invited to share their own absurd family snapshots and stories behind the photos, for a chance to win fantastic MGMA and Awkward Family Photo prizes.  Visitors may hang their own photos and create wall text for them in the Knight Gallery.

Humboldt Arts Council Annual Member Show

December 6 to January 4

The Annual Humboldt Arts Council Member Show is a juried exhibition designed to highlight the fabulous art being produced by HAC Artist Members. As always, this exhibition is eclectic, surprising and enjoyable.

Morris Graves Museum of Art

636 F Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Fax 707.442.2040

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12pm - 5pm Wednesday-Sunday

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$5 for adults;
$2 for seniors (age 65 and over) and students with ID;
children 17 and under free;
Museum members are free.

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