Upcoming Exhibitions

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.

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 “thequiltshow.com” Show # 2103.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Nishiki Sugawara-Beda: Spirit of the Day

July 6 to August 11

Nishiki Sugawara-Beda is a visual artist working primarily on painting. Her multicultural background through travels and immigration from Japan to the United State as a young adult has formed her interests in examining various cultures. To speak to the core of humanity, she seeks the connections among cultures both from the past and present, and she focuses on tracing traditional Japanese activities back to their origins through her research.

Spirit of the Day is an attempt to highlight an oft-forgotten engagement in contemporary society—a deeper connection with their own spirit. The paintings present a moment of this spiritual engagement through mindfully cultivated marks on the surface. Sumi-ink brings out subtle and nuanced shifts in values and highlights a myriad of layers so that viewers may get lost in them and find their core of shared humanity and the core of their humanity.

Laura Corsiglia: Points of View: Everything Happening All at Once

July 13 to August 25

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

Lynn Beldner & Steve Briscoe: Asking the Same Question Twice

August 17 to September 29

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.


Jack Sewell: Dance Like Nobody is Watching

September 7 to October 27

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”

William W. Purkey


The process of creating art is different for every artist, but the urge to create is common to all of us who call ourselves artists. Sculpture, especially figure sculpture, is my most compelling means of artistic expression. Conditions of the human predicament are easily conveyed using the human figure.  My work can show beauty, grace, movement, struggle or humor, all aspects of the human condition. I use sculpture to illustrate particular moments of life. The time that I spend creating these images is intense, stimulating, thought provoking, frustrating, and ultimately, rewarding.

This collection depicts people dancing as if they are free in the moment. I enjoy watching dancers: the focused concentration of the professional, the practiced grace of a couple moving seamlessly together, and the wildly free movement of the street dancer. My dancers are children and adults, moving to their own rhythm, as each of us must do in life.

I’m drawing these figures in three dimensions using steel rods, many of which were salvaged from old factory uses. For this project I use a primarily constructionist process, in that I begin with nothing and bring the materials into alignment and fix them in place to create the image. The forms of the figures are created by the positive surfaces and negative spaces, and I aim to animate the steel in this fashion. These pieces combine representational imagery with abstract expression.

Junque Arte: 25 Years!

October 5 to November 25

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

HAC Member Exhibition

November 2 to December 15

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.

Through Humboldt Fog: Atmospheric Watercolors of the North Coast Landscape

November 30 to January 12

Jim McVicker, Steve Porter, Jody Bryan, Ken Jarvela and Paul Rickard, also known as the Humboldt Open Air Watercolor Painters, are inspired by direct on-location painting. From the windswept beaches to the mountaintops, the artists meet weekly to paint the mundane and the magnificent in an association of friendship and artistry.

Exhibition Sponsored by John & Sally Biggin

Morris Graves Museum of Art

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