Art

Friday, March 20, 2020

Tip the Band at Bandcamp and Do Some Virtual Busking

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 6:05 PM

Humboldt music fans can still support some of the local bands and musicians they love, even as the bars and venues that host them stand closed. Take for example the grinding sounds of Ultramafic, local talent our Setlist columnist Collin Yeo once referred to as "space-bong lords." You can find a slice of the band's oeuvre on Bandcamp here, which is today forgoing its usual share of the revenue to help out musicians who've lost gigs and tours under COVID-19 lockdown.
Ultramafic's downloadable 2015 Demo album. - BANDCAMP
  • Bandcamp
  • Ultramafic's downloadable 2015 Demo album.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , ,

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Culture Cancel: COVID-19 Nixes Local Events

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 5:42 PM

The old theater adage is that the show must go on. But this time it may have to go on a bit later. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and California Department of Public Health recommendations on social distancing to slow and reduce the spread of the virus, events are canceling left and right.
SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Shutterstock
North Coast Repertory Theatre has postponed this weekend's Hamlet opening along with the rest of its season and Redwood Curtain Theatre has canceled the final three shows of Bloomsday Thursday through Saturday. The Eureka Theater, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Humboldt State University Center Activities, Humboldt Brews and Arts! Arcata have all canceled events through the end of March.

The Journal will be updating its online event calendar as information comes in. If you're an event organizer, email calendar@northcoastjournal.com to let us know about any changes in plans.
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Skin Deep: Photos from Inked Hearts

Posted By on Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 4:45 PM

The 11th annual Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo wrapped up four days of tattooing last Thursday-Sunday in the Sapphire Palace and Kinetik Lounge at Blue Lake Casino and Hotel. Organizers 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.
Los Angeles-area tattoo artist Isela Vasquez wrapped up a black and gray portrait for "Slowpoke," another tattoo artist from Southern California. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Los Angeles-area tattoo artist Isela Vasquez wrapped up a black and gray portrait for "Slowpoke," another tattoo artist from Southern California.
Attendees found more than just tattooing and the usual vendors at this very social event, with Friday's King and Queen of Hearts Beauty contest, Saturday's sushi-eating contest and Sunday's Little Paws Pageant, as well as late evening live music performances next door. Tattoo contests for a mix of tattoo styles and Best of Day were also held Friday through Sunday.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.: Photos

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 6:14 PM

A large crowd of all ages gathered in the Adorni Center for a "Celebration of Service in our Community" at the Eureka NAACP's Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event was co-sponsored by the City of Eureka.
Dejanai Dunn, a soloist from the Healing and Compassion Spiritual Singers and Black Empowerment Dance Troupe. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Dejanai Dunn, a soloist from the Healing and Compassion Spiritual Singers and Black Empowerment Dance Troupe.
Sharrone Blanck and Lorna Bryant emceed the event, with Paula Jones, Tina Okoye and Donna Landry leading off the music. Long-time local NAACP members Leslie Price, John Lee Lyons and Donna McQueen were honored with special presentations. See the slideshow below for highlights of the event.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Photos: Dell'Arte's 'Return to Oz'

Posted By on Sat, Dec 7, 2019 at 3:00 PM

The 39th annual Dell'Arte 2019 Holiday Show: Return to Oz is now at one of the many traveling and free venues coming up before its return to Blue Lake in two weeks. The storyline of Dorothy as an angst-ridden, friendless, guitar-playing teenager (you likely know one or used to be one) begins with her unhappiness at being back in Kansas, missing her Oz friends. The creative twists on the original plot are in good hands with director Michael Fields and an international cast. Cleo DeOrio, James Hildebrandt and others created an amazing production and set that now has to go on the road for multiple shows. Enjoy a slideshow of the highlights below.
Princess Langwidere (Marguerite Boissonnault), Billina the Chicken (H. Veenadari Lakshika Jayakody), the Tin Man (Hannah Shaka) and Scarecrow (Andrew Lupkes) in Return to Oz. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Princess Langwidere (Marguerite Boissonnault), Billina the Chicken (H. Veenadari Lakshika Jayakody), the Tin Man (Hannah Shaka) and Scarecrow (Andrew Lupkes) in Return to Oz.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , ,

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Local Native Basketry at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 12:17 PM

If you were scrolling Instagram this morning (as one of our readers was), you might have seen a familiar basket form on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s account. The shot from the museum’s ongoing show Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection features a gorgeous piece by Elizabeth Hickox, a Wiyot and Karuk woman from Humboldt.

View this post on Instagram

#DYK: In the late 19th and early 20th century, a revival of traditional basketry occurred in many Indigenous American communities. The demand for these works among non-Natives created a new market with accompanying economic opportunities for countless artists, especially women.⁣ ⁣ #ElizabethHickox (Wiyot-Karuk) specialized in lidded baskets, like the one above, and created many through a formal business arrangement with art dealer Grace Nicholson. With a guaranteed income of $500, Hickox was able to negotiate the market for her sophisticated, painstakingly designed works, develop her talent, and advance her career.⁣ ⁣ Drawing on traditional methods and designs, Hickox is known for her inventive patterns—like the lightning motif covering the body and lid of this container. ⚡ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ See her work and others on view in "Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection" in the @metamericanwing. #ArtofNativeAmerica #NativeAmericanHistoryMonth #NAHM ⁣⁣#5WomenArtists ⁣⁣ 🎨 Elizabeth Hickox (Wiyot-Karuk, 1875–1947). Gift basket, ca. 1910. Conifer root, hazel shoots, maidenhair stems, bear grass, and dyed porcupine quills. On view in Gallery 746.

A post shared by The Met (@metmuseum) on

According to Brittany Britton of the Clarke Historical Museum, Hickox was based out of Orleans for most of her life and died in 1947. “She was one of the more well-known weavers from our area,” says Britton. Unlike many Native basket weavers, Hickox had a dealer/patron, Grace Nicholson, who kept artists’ names attached to pieces as she sold them and promoted Hickox’s work. On top of that, Hickox had a recognizable style. “Her baskets are very distinctive: lidded with the raised knob and the use of [black] maiden hair ferns,” says Britton.

The photo the Met posted is indicative of that style, though Britton notes the basket is oddly photographed from the back, showing the seam at the edge of the lid. It’s a shame, too, she says, that the lid is on since many of Hickox’s baskets open to reveal designs on the bottom. As for the pattern on the body of the basket, the “lightning” to which the post refers “looks more like obsidian blade with worm trail,” according to Britton, who adds translation of the names of design elements can be tricky.
If you can’t zip over to New York for the show, you can just wait until February, when the Clarke’s remodeling of the Hover Collection’s design case is finished and a couple of Hickox’s pieces, like the one shown in the video here, will be on display. Check out @clarkemuseum on Instagram for the full #basketoftheday video story.
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Monday, November 4, 2019

Trick or Treat: Photos from Arcata's Halloween

Posted By on Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 6:10 PM

Parking was a premium for Trick or Treat on the Plaza in Arcata in late afternoon as easily more than a thousand children and adults showed up for the Halloween fun. The event, sponsored by Arcata Main Street, started off with the HSU Marching Lumberjacks, giant puppets and a bubble machine circling the plaza, followed by attendees lining ulp at storefronts and businesses around the plaza to collect the goodies.
The Bella Vita Fire Dance Company burns it up on the Arcata Plaza. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The Bella Vita Fire Dance Company burns it up on the Arcata Plaza.
Additional entertainment included a zombie flash mob performance of "Thriller," a flaming performance by the Bella Vita Fire Dance Company, hay bale rides around the plaza and photo ops with a Halloween Fairy. See the slideshow below for highlights of the costumed fun.


Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , ,

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Photos from Sunday at the North Country Fair

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 5:40 PM

Sunday at the 46th annual North Country Fair featured another splash of the popular rhythms and dances of Samba da Alegria's Samba Parade, along with the usual mix of live music on multiple stages, vendors of all types and — atypically for the season — occasional rain. See highlights of the parade in the slideshow below.
The flower blossom-strewn east side of the Arcata Plaza made a good dance platform for the Samba da Alegria dancers. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The flower blossom-strewn east side of the Arcata Plaza made a good dance platform for the Samba da Alegria dancers.
Fortunately for the paint-daubed musicians and samba dancers in a mix of costumes symbolizing Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival, the weather cleared in time for their 1 p.m. performance in front of a packed house around the Arcata Plaza. After the Samba Parade left the plaza, fair attendees took shelter for a half hour or so of heavy rain and then returned once warm sunshine appeared for the rest of the afternoon's fair activities.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , ,

Monday, September 23, 2019

Photos from Saturday at the North Country Fair

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 2:30 PM

The 46th annual North Country Fair on Saturday lived up to its reputation on Saturday for lovely fall weather, lots of food, art, clothing and craft vendors, and — in memory of the Northcoast Environmental Center's Tim McKay — a fun, all-ages All Species Parade frolic around the Arcata Plaza. See highlights of the day in the slideshow below.

Live music spanning multiple genres played on multiple stages at the event, including the first performance of the year by the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir and its new director Valetta Molofsky.
An owl sculpture/puppet flying above the All Species Parade. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • An owl sculpture/puppet flying above the All Species Parade.

And in keeping with the event's ethos, Zero Waste Humboldt volunteers were at all corners of the plaza helping educate attendees on how to keep the event environmentally friendly. Come back for more photos from Sunday's festivities, including the Samba Parade. 
  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , ,

Monday, August 26, 2019

Photos from Ladies Hat Day at the Races

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 5:26 PM

A large crowd of fans of horse-racing and ladies in hats showed up for Saturday's free admission to the eighth annual Ladies Hat Day at the Races at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale.
Laura Ayllon, of Loleta, put her sun hat to good use on the sunny afternoon. She placed second in the Most Glamorous category. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Laura Ayllon, of Loleta, put her sun hat to good use on the sunny afternoon. She placed second in the Most Glamorous category.
The hat wearers moved onto the racetrack for the Parade of Hats competition in "Hatagories" that included Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Funniest or Most Outrageous, Most Original, Youth and Best Couple or Group. Generous prizes were offered after the sixth race for the Grand Prize winner, the Runner-Up winner and the best hats in the four categories. See the slideshow below for shots of the top toppers.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , ,

socialize

Facebook | Twitter

© 2020 North Coast Journal

Website powered by Foundation