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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

All Species, All the Time

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Local puppet master James Hildebrandt, of Arcata, led the All Species Parade with an avian creation. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Local puppet master James Hildebrandt, of Arcata, led the All Species Parade with an avian creation.
The Same Old People's 43rd annual North Country Fair continued on Sunday with a large crowd gathered to watch the All Species Parade. It featured the Arcata Playhouse’s large and small creatures and a wide mix of puppets and other life forms marching twice around the plaza. Attendees also checked out performances by local bands and dancers, along with a large array of food, jewelry and clothing vendors.
Two new additions to the festival this year included a zero-waste kids’ craft zone sponsored by SCRAP Humboldt and a Wellness Row of information tents featuring community health information, tea samples, massage and yoga.

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North Country Fair 2016 Day 2
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Samba and Sunshine

Posted By on Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Belly dancers performed in the Samba Parade and the Ya Habibi Dance Company danced later on the plaza lawn at the North Country Fair on Saturday. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Belly dancers performed in the Samba Parade and the Ya Habibi Dance Company danced later on the plaza lawn at the North Country Fair on Saturday.

The two-day 43rd annual North Country Fair got off to a bright start on a warm, sunny Saturday on the Arcata Plaza. Organized by the Same Old People since 1974, the zero-waste, family-friendly festival features 170 art and craft vendors, three music and entertainment stages, local food booths and activities for children. Members of Trillium Dance and Samba da Alegria led a lively Samba Parade in the afternoon. Add a little rhythm and shine to your day with the slideshow below.
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North Country Fair 2016 Day One
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By Mark Larson

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Light and Fog

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 5:06 PM

Personalized paper lanterns drift out onto Klopp Lake on Saturday night. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Personalized paper lanterns drift out onto Klopp Lake on Saturday night.

Under sunny skies on Saturday morning, the northwest corner of the Arcata Plaza was filled with people making their personalized remembrance lanterns for that evening’s 34th annual Lantern Floating Ceremony at Klopp Lake in the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

“This has become a way of remembering those who died 70 years ago in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to help console those who have lost loved ones,” said Maggie Shaffer, one of the event organizers. The Lantern Floating Ceremony, based on the Japanese Obon tradition of honoring the departed, was first organized by the city’s Nuclear Free Zone Committee.

Other community groups and the city of Arcata now host the event, and volunteers organize the lantern-making workshop and evening program, move the hundreds of lanterns to Klopp Lake and retrieve the lanterns after the event.

Under foggy skies, Arcata Mayor Paul Pitino introduced the evening program which included three large lanterns floated to symbolize the “past, present and future,” followed by poetry and sing-alongs led by the Raging Grannies group and Fry Wolhandler.

Around 9 p.m., organizers and attendees began launching the flotilla of lanterns with battery-powered lights inside (new this year instead of candles) onto Klopp Lake. Volunteers waded into the shallows to help move the lanterns out into a light breeze that carried them east into the fog and fading light.
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Lantern Ceremony 2016
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Keepin' it Kinetic: Last Legs

Posted By and on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Team 420 Shark!!! lights up the night sky. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Team 420 Shark!!! lights up the night sky.

In the end, Team Tempus Fugitorium crossed the Ferndale finish line first for a thrilling third consecutive win. Time flies and so do they. We tip our oversize steampunk hats to all who made it through the sand, sea, rough road and hellish hills. Today the sore and the sunburned rest — their battered contraptions stowed away until the wheels and axles can be cannibalized into new human-powered amphibious machines next year. Relive Sunday and Monday's adventures on water and land in Mark McKenna's photos of the action below. And may it inspire your greed for glory.
 
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Kinetic Grand Championship 2016 Days 2 and 3
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Keepin' it Kinetic: Day 1

Posted By and on Sat, May 28, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Ken Beidleman's Shark awaits its crew just prior to the noon kick off of the 2016 Kinetic Grand Championship.
  • Ken Beidleman's Shark awaits its crew just prior to the noon kick off of the 2016 Kinetic Grand Championship.

The great rolling circus that is the Kinetic Grand Championship took off from the Arcata Plaza today for the first leg of a three-day marathon of creativity, humor, stamina and daredevilry on wheels. Now in its 47th year, the Hobartian hullabaloo shows no signs of slowing down (maybe we need another brake check) or running out of wild ideas. Photographer Mark McKenna caught the action on the plaza and the infamous Dead Man's Drop in Manila. Check out this slideshow below and bask in the glory.
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Kinetic Grand Championship 2016
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Her Rutabaga Highness

Posted By and on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 12:36 PM

PoiSin Candie, left, celebrates being crowned the 2016 Rutabaga Queen with 2015 Queen Glorya Kiddnetica. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • PoiSin Candie, left, celebrates being crowned the 2016 Rutabaga Queen with 2015 Queen Glorya Kiddnetica.
On Saturday, May 21, the Kinetic cognoscenti gathered for the annual Rutabaga Ball at the Arcata Community Center. There, royal hopefuls competed in lavish costumes, singing, dancing, skating and bribing judges for a chance to join the ranks of the Rutabaga Queens and preside over the impending Kinetic Grand Championship this weekend. The queens — fulfilling their lifetime appointments, because this isn't the easy retirement papacy, people — sat in judgement, swimming in swag, finally bestowing the crown upon Princess PoiSin Candie, she of the roller skates and pink hair. Kneel before your new queen, Humboldt, and tremble at her glory. 
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Rutabaga Ball 2016
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Fresh Air in Freshwater

Posted By and on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 12:57 PM

Visitors enjoyed the trail through pasture and marshland,  music, art and food at the grand opening of the Freshwater Farms Reserve nature trail on Sunday, May 1. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Visitors enjoyed the trail through pasture and marshland, music, art and food at the grand opening of the Freshwater Farms Reserve nature trail on Sunday, May 1.

Missing the sun already? On Sunday, the grand opening of the Freshwater Farms Reserve nature trail, hosted by the Northcoast Regional Land Trust, drew crowds looking to bask in the sunshine along the newly minted paths. Along the 3/4-mile jaunt, with its interpretive signs and kayak and canoe launch, local artists posted up for plein air painting, capturing the landscape in view of passers by. Check out photographer Mark Larson's photos of the local color and colorists below. You'll forget all about the gray outside.

 
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Freshwater Farms Reserve Trail
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Curtis Otto Retrospective and Sale

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 4:21 PM

Salon style arrangement of Otto's Oregon retrospective. - FROM THE GRANTS PASS MUSEUM OF ART WEBSITE
  • From the Grants Pass Museum of Art website
  • Salon style arrangement of Otto's Oregon retrospective.
If you're in Grant's Pass, Oregon before March 25, you can stop into the Grants Pass Museum of Art for a jam-packed retrospective of the late Curtis Otto's paintings. Otto, a fixture in Humboldt County's art scene, died in his Eureka home on Nov. 7 at the age of 92, leaving behind a community of artists he inspired and a vast stockpile of paintings. Jason Otto, his son, culled some 40 pieces from his father's Grants Pass studio, while Curtis' friend and fellow artist Tommy Drake rounded up another 35 from local collectors. The exhibition is set up salon style and, according to the museum's website, "in a manner that Otto would have loved." 

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Creamery Rises to the Big Top

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Circus of the Elements performers Loreta Flemingaite (left), of McKinleyville, and Chakeeta Marie Garabedian, of Trinidad, fire-dancing at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Circus of the Elements performers Loreta Flemingaite (left), of McKinleyville, and Chakeeta Marie Garabedian, of Trinidad, fire-dancing at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle.
A sold-out crowd headed for a big-top circus tent that sprouted on an open lot on the south edge of the Arcata Creamery district on the evening of Friday, Aug. 21. The "human only" Flynn Creek Circus from Mendocino led off the evening’s Creamery Festival lineup with a strong mix of entertaining, original and skilled athletic performances ranging from juggling to tight wire dancing to a heart-stopping double trapeze act. 

After the circus, the crowd followed enormous dragon and octopus puppets, stilt walkers and a band to a free evening performance at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle in front of the Creamery Building. Belly dancing and fire-twirling commenced, followed by an avalanche of large inflated balloons from the roof top into the excited crowd. Then the live music drew the crowd into the recycled old Arcata recycling center for the Holly Yashi dance party with the Latin Peppers. It felt a little odd — but nice — to be in the transformed Creamery district and the old Arcata recycling center on a Friday night, but it may have been the best dance floor in town.
 
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Creamery Festival 2015
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Humboldt Arts Council Gets a Little Walkin' Around Money

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 1:52 PM

One of six untitled V.S. Gaitonde drawings sold by the Humboldt Arts Council. - BONHAM'S.COM
  • Bonham's.com
  • One of six untitled V.S. Gaitonde drawings sold by the Humboldt Arts Council.

The Humboldt Arts Council is working with a little less red these days. On June 11 the council, which operates the Morris Graves Museum of Art and maintains Morris Graves' collection, sold six ink on paper drawings by V.S. Gaitonde to an anonymous bidder through Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers in London. The drawings, purchased by Graves on a 1963 trip to the artist's studio in India, brought the HAC a cool $1 million after Bonhams took its cut.

Bonhams had contacted Robert and Desiree Yarber of the Morris Graves Foundation in regard to Gaitonde oil paintings for which the auction house was gathering documentation. Turns out Morris Graves had an eye for investment as well as aesthetics, as the late Gaitonde, who died in 2001, is now regarded as one of India's most important modern artists. The Yarbers had gifted the ink drawings to the HAC in the mid 1990s and they approached the HAC with the idea of selling them to establish an endowment fund that would continue with the maintenance and expansion of its permanent collection.

And yet this windfall won't solve all the HAC's financial worries. As previously reported by the Journal, the HAC operated at a deficit of $25,000 in the 2012-2015 fiscal year, and running the Morris Graves Museum (just one of its programs) costs $1,000 per day. It was this financial pressure that led the museum to begin charging $5 admission for adults and $2 for seniors and students (entry for children and on Arts Alive! nights remain free). According Jemima Harr, the HAC's executive director and curator, the move yielded 160 new members and hasn't significantly changed overall attendance.

Harr said the nonprofit's goal is an endowment of $4 million in order to become self-sufficient. Beyond establishing the money from the sale as the Humboldt Arts Council Endowment Fund, the organization does not yet have an investment plan and is looking over proposals from financial professionals. "We're art people," said Harr, "not math people." She also stated that the council is not planning on selling any more art from the collection. So if you're looking for something for over the couch, you can forget any more Gaitondes, but you can still pick up a nice Floyd Bettiga watercolor or oil at the HAC benefit sale today through Sunday, Aug. 23. 
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