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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Photos: Humboldt Marble Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2024 at 3:07 PM

Eureka’s Humboldt Marble Weekend re-emerged post-COVID restrictions as the center of the marble universe last Saturday and Sunday as 28 marble makers and glass artists from around the U.S. showed off their wares to marble-art fans at vendor tables in the Wharfinger Building.
Marble Weekend featured live “torch working” and marble-making by local glass artists including Marcose Walton (left), of Eureka, and Matt Kelley, of Willow Creek, on Saturday at the Glass Garage. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Marble Weekend featured live “torch working” and marble-making by local glass artists including Marcose Walton (left), of Eureka, and Matt Kelley, of Willow Creek, on Saturday at the Glass Garage.

Event-organizer Topher Reynolds, a Eureka marble maker at Copious Glass and the Glass Garage Studio, said action actually got underway Friday night at the Glass Garage, where more than 20 glass artists each donated pieces that were assembled into a 3.5-inch mega marble by artist Seth Bickis. The one-of-a-kind 4-pound marble will be going into the permanent collection at the Clarke Museum after the end of the event, according to Reynolds, who said, “I want them to become known in the future for their marble collection.”

The event also featured live “torch working” and marble-making by local glass artists at the Glass Garage and “hot shop” glasswork demonstrations by in-house artists at John Gibbons Glass. See highlights of the event in the slideshow below.

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Photos: Inked Hearts 2024

Posted By on Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 4:53 PM

It was great fun to once again attend the Inked hearts Tattoo Expo, its 14th annual event, in the Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel Feb. 2-4, and see amazing tattoo artwork being created by many familiar tattoo artists. Ted and Amy Marks, owners of the local Nor Cal Tattoo shop, brought in more than 30 local and visiting artists for on-the-spot "ink" opportunities for tattoo lovers. See the slideshow below for highlights.
Yinnre Dedon, of Chicago, mugged with his camera while getting a tattoo by artist Shayna Behrens of Golden Gator Tattoo shop in Fortuna. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Yinnre Dedon, of Chicago, mugged with his camera while getting a tattoo by artist Shayna Behrens of Golden Gator Tattoo shop in Fortuna.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Photos: Dia de los Muertos in Eureka

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2023 at 3:58 PM

With heavy rain in the forecast for Thursday, Nov. 2, most participants in the fifth annual Day of the Dead Festival of Altars/Día de los Muertos Festival de Altares came to Old Town prepared. Some brought pop-up tents to shelter their ofrendas, the offering placed in an altar commemorating their ancestors. A few others created their altars under the shelter of the gazebo roof and others just used their umbrellas to protect themselves and their altars from the rain.

But just before 5 p.m. the rain stopped and a large crowd gathered to watch a dance performance of “Baile de los Machetes” by the Eureka High School Danza Folklórico.

Event co-organizer Xochi Quetzalli greeted attendees as they passed through a temporary gate festooned with marigolds. The gazebo was circled by several Día de los Muertos altars honoring loved ones who have died. Creators of the altars filled them with food, photos of their loved ones, including pets, and items that were linked to their loved ones.

“This is our fifth year of Día de Muertos Festival of Altares or Day of the Dead, Festival of Altars,” said Quetzalli. “We began it in 2019 to help local people celebrate at this event and remember their ancestors, their dead.”

Day of the Dead is widely observed every Nov. 1 and 2 in Mexico, and elsewhere by people of Mexican heritage. The tradition reunites the dead with the living with a celebration, rather than with mourning and sad good-byes.

“I love seeing my son and other children playing around the altars on Dia de los Muertos,” said Maria Ramirez, another organizer of the event. Ramirez had prepared a large candle-lit altar displaying photos of her late grandmother and other persons important to her life and family.

Additional performances included musician Octavio Acosta and, as darkness gathered, more dancing by the Cal Poly Humboldt Danza Mexica club and the CPH Ballet Folklórico de Humboldt club.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Photos: Under the Canopy

Posted By on Wed, Nov 1, 2023 at 4:50 PM

Walking “Under the Canopy” and the Redwood Skywalk in Sequoia Park on Saturday led me to a group of Maker’s Apron Creative Reuse artists creating a sidewalk art installation lasting for a very short time and made from compostable plant materials in. Their goal — educate people about the “4 R’s” of waste reduction: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot (think composting).

“Our hope is to get people thinking about waste,” said artist and Maker’s Apron director Kati Texas. “If we can get their attention with something beautiful, then we can talk about the materials making up that beautiful thing.”

The artists began creating their ephemeral work at 9 a.m, by placing seeds, flowers, vegetables and vegetation (no poison oak leaves in sight) into intricate mandala designs. At noon, the designs were photographed, swept up and bagged for composting. Organic waste comprises 18 percent of the material found in landfills, making plant and food waste the third largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Composting at home or through local services can turn that potential harm into healthy, plentiful plant food.

Maker’s Apron has teamed up with KEET TV’s Create channel to host community art events and educate people about the “4 R’s” of waste reduction.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Photos: Cannifest Manifests

Posted By on Wed, Sep 13, 2023 at 3:34 PM

People from all over the U.S. showed up for the Cannifest Humboldt 2023 held last Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, and there were lots of legal smiles on the 21-or-older attendees  at the fenced-in Cannabis Festival and Trade Gathering at Eureka’s Halvorsen Park. A long line-up of live and DJ music on two stages provided the afternoon/evening soundtrack. See the slideshow below for highlights.
The local Object Heavy band was one of five headliner performers on the Main Stage at Cannifest 2023 on Saturday. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • The local Object Heavy band was one of five headliner performers on the Main Stage at Cannifest 2023 on Saturday.

Attendees could sample cannabis for free or at bargain prices at many vendors, unlike Cannifest here in 2017, when a medical card was needed to partake. The breezes off Humboldt Bay reduced the chances of contact highs at the open-air event, and the few beer venders and Seed Swap Circus areas were fenced off from the cannabis-consumption area.

In addition to the music, the event featured a mix of on-site events and activities, including the Cannifest Bowl Headstash Championship, the Cannabis Marketplace and Lounge, the Makers Market, an Immaculate Seed Swap Circus tent, the Humboldt Grow Games (though no participants showed up on Saturday), the popular Ganja Games, lots of local food vendors and an educators speaker schedule at the amphitheater. Headstash Championship judges worked their way through assigned Top Flower samples from 20-plus competitors.

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Thursday, August 24, 2023

Festival of Dreams - Whimsical Fun

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2023 at 6:00 AM

There’s a new, colorful event happening in Eureka this weekend, “celebrating everything that is whimsical, weird, and wonderful about the community and world we inhabit.” That’s according to the press release for The Festival of Dreams, happening Aug. 25-27 in the Eureka Cultural District (Halvorsen Park and Old Town). The event, developed and funded by the city of Eureka, and organized in partnership with the North Coast Repertory Theatre, features a costume parade through Old Town, a block party hosted by Bella Vita Fire Dance Company and the Festival of Dreams in Halvorsen Park with live music, performances, vendors, food, drink, games and outdoor art installations. There’s even a low-stimulation  day to enjoy art in relative peace and quiet. Get the full schedule of events at ncrt.net/festivalofdreams.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Scenes from the Humboldt Obon Festival (Slideshow)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2023 at 11:50 AM

The second annual Humboldt Obon Festival got underway under warm sunshine on Sunday outside the Arcata Playhouse. The festival again drew a large crowd to celebrate traditional Japanese foods, Bon Odori dancing and culture. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors.

In a ceremonial opening after shakuhachi (Japanese flute) music by Rick Kruse, Rinban Gerald Sakamoto, minister for the San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church, blessed the festival and shared the stories and traditions of Obon. The family-friendly event featured two energetic Totoro, a spirit altar to honor ancestors, food vendors with Asian and Pacific Islander cuisine, children’s activities, music, traditional Japanese Bon Odori folk dancing (in a circle, rather than a line) and Humboldt Taiko drumming with Gary Ronne and special guests from San Jose Taiko.

For more information about the tradition of Obon and the organizer (Humboldt Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (HAPI)), see hapihumboldt.org.
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Thursday, August 3, 2023

TBAM - World-class Performers in Trinidad this Weekend and Next

Posted By on Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 6:00 AM

The Friction Quartet, one of many acts performing at this year's TBAM - SUBMITTED
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  • The Friction Quartet, one of many acts performing at this year's TBAM
Summertime in Trinidad is as lovely as can be. Sweeping ocean vistas, abundant sunshine, quaint shops, and some of the finest art and music shows around. Taking the loveliness even higher is the renowned Trinidad Bay Art & Music Festival, happening Aug. 4-6 and Aug. 11- 13 with six concerts over two weekends at Trinidad Town Hall. The festival showcases musicians from Trinidad and beyond, as well as a visual art gallery of local artworks, all for sale by the artists. Get ticket info and full schedule of events at tbamfest.com.
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Saturday, July 29, 2023

Eureka Street Art Festival Paints the Town

Posted By on Sat, Jul 29, 2023 at 6:00 AM

PHOTO BY ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Photo by Alexander Woodard
Eureka gets prettier year by year thanks in large part to the efforts of the artists that take part in the Eureka Street Art Festival each summer. This year the theme is “Beautifying Broadway.” Local and international artists — some from as far away as Canada, Puerto Rico and Taiwan — will paint murals and create street art along South Broadway and the U.S. Highway 101 corridor from July 31 through Aug. 5. In addition to artwork going up, there will be daily art talks at 5:30 p.m. and a Block Party on Saturday, Aug. 5 from noon to 6 p.m. under the Samoa Bridge with live music, a beer garden, food and art, art and more art. Get the daily list of events at eurekastreetartfestival.com.
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Saturday, July 1, 2023

Photos: First Market Night of the Summer

Posted By and on Sat, Jul 1, 2023 at 6:27 PM

The Friday Night Market scene was in full swing for its return to the streets of Old Town Eureka. The streets were filled with music, food, vendor booths, some fire dancing and faces new and old. The golden hour get togethers will keep going through October 27. Photographer Kait Angus was there to mingling with the people — enjoy her photos in the slideshow below. 
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