Thinking globally, looking locally

(July 7, 2016) Now that it's July, the farmers market has reached max volume and we've got the full scale of summer fruits and vegetables on our collective mind. I'm going to say...

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Cuts Like a Knife

Brooke Holve at Morris Graves Museum of Art

(June 30, 2016) An early work of language art by Jenny Holzer reads: "With all the holes in you already there's no reason to define the outside environment as alien." Sebastopol-based artist Brooke Holve's...

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Humboldt Video Roundup

Local YouTube art on your couch

(June 9, 2016) I know: The timing is counter-intuitive. Summer is supposed to be the season for doing things outdoors: swimming at the river, hiking, fishing and biking. But without detracting one...

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You Have Seen Their Faces

J. Raymond Mireles' Neighbors documents Eurekans

(June 2, 2016) Eurekans, get ready for your close-up. San Diego-based documentary photographer J. Raymond Mireles will be making portraits of people at various locations in and around Eureka on June 3. He's...

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Twirling Toward Freedom

Gina Tuzzi and friends at the Sanctuary

(May 12, 2016) "My artist's statement is a mixtape," Gina Tuzzi said. The paintings in her show Dance Hall Days at the Sanctuary this month are Valentines to the music that defined her...

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The Force is Strong with This One

Star Wars art at MM POPup Gallery Cower before Krissy Claw-See's collage "Chibi Ewok Dares You to Say it To His Face." Courtesy of the artist

(May 5, 2016) What exactly is a POP-up gallery? Well, think about the legendary Scottish village Brigadoon, which only appeared for one day every 100 years. Malia Penhall and Matt Jackson's MM POPup...

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Cult Following

Tripper Dungan and mail art at the Sanctuary

(April 7, 2016) Portland-based painter Tripper Dungan likes UFOs, aliens and other subjects of pop conspiracy. A slew of his small, irregularly shaped paintings are scattered at rakish angles around the Sanctuary's comfortable,...

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String Theory

Natalie Craig and Marilyn Andrews at Piante

(March 31, 2016) It is possible to look right through the surfaces of Natalie Craig's mixed media paintings, admiring their airy architecture. They are multi-layered, like baklava or Jenga. Inside the laminate...

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HSU painters at the Westhaven Center for the Arts

(March 10, 2016) Approached through fog and driving rain one recent afternoon, the unassuming Westhaven Center for the Arts rose out of the mist like a rustic scholar's retreat. Inside, a colorful blitz...

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The Bounty of the County

Chicken portraits, spore prints and gyotaku by Matthew Rooney

(March 3, 2016) "After my bantam Bootsy survived two visits from the neighborhood hawk, I began taking shallow depth-of-field morning poultry portraits," said Matthew Rooney. This month Rooney shows pictures of chickens, local...

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Rivers, Tattoos and Time

Leaving a mark at the Gou'dini and Gallery Métier

(February 11, 2016) Arts Arcata audiences are spoiled for choice this month. Up on the hill of higher learning, Humboldt State University's Gou'dini Native American Arts Gallery features an information-intensive show that documents...

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Broken Relics

Walter Early and Benjamin Funke at HSU's First Street Gallery

(February 4, 2016) How does a sculptor adapt to a world already brimming with stuff? Both Walter Early and Benjamin Funke (full disclosure: this writer's partner) make a point of making do with...

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Iconoclasm Spasm

Public sculpture takes a beating

(January 7, 2016) The past year was a rough one for public art in these parts. The summer months saw at least three public sculptures destroyed by vandalism. Those artworks, installed at Eureka's...

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Theory of Evolution

Abstract Color at Evolution Academy for the Arts

(December 31, 2015) As you pass the Fifth Street storefront that's now home to Evolution Academy of the Arts, you might wonder where Eureka Studio Arts went. In fact, the art school and...

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Full House

The Card Show at the Sanctuary

(December 10, 2015) This month, the brain trust behind the 2-year-old Arcata arts collective/alternative space/social experiment known as the Sanctuary debuts its 2015 Card Show, which brings together unique sets of playing cards...

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