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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

TBAM: Getting Classy in Trinidad

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2022 at 11:25 AM

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In Why Trinidad is One of the Best Places to Recreate in Summer news, it’s weekend number one of the Trinidad Bay Art & Music Festival, which brings live classical music by world-class musicians — and a pop-up visual art gallery — to the seaside town the weekends of Aug. 5-7 and Aug. 12-14 ($200 TBAM FestPass or $30 per concert, $15 students per concert). Many favorite artists return this year, like Daniela Mineva, Peter Kibbe, David Powell, Terrie Baune, Carol Jacobson and John Chernoff, among others, performing concerts in the beautiful Holy Trinity Church and Trinidad Town Hall. There will also be artwork by Tom Allen, Matt Dodge, Reuben Mayes, Paul Rickard and Jeff Stanley. Get detailed information about the concerts and artists at www.TBAMFest.com. Attendees must present proof of COVID vaccination.
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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Photos: Oyster Fest 2022

Posted By on Sun, Jun 26, 2022 at 6:37 PM

It wasn't quite hot enough to cook an oyster, but the sun shone bright over the rebooted and relocated Arcata Bay Oyster Festival in the Creamery District on Saturday, June 25. The all-day event with vendors, food stalls and live music performances followed a kick-off event the night before and required a $15 ticket for entry.

The crowds showed up in festival finery and braved long, long lines for food and beer, some retreating to the big tent or whatever shade they could find along the edges of the field. The grassy dancing area by the music stage was popular, as were the giant bubbles drifting around the kids' zone. Photographer Mark Larson's slideshow below captures some of the color and flavor of the day.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Photos: Flying High at the Redwood Coast Kite Festival

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2022 at 4:10 PM

For an event that members of Humboldt Kiters didn’t start planning until three months ago, the Redwood Coast Kite Festival in Eureka on Saturday, May 21 turned out to be an artistic display of kiting and kite creation. It was also a whole lot of fun for those who attended on the first day of the two-day festival. Event planners also had a bit of weather luck on Saturday, given that the high winds of Thursday and Friday had subsided to almost perfect kite-flying conditions under sunny skies.

This large inflatable dragon kite was flown east of the Samoa Bridge  by Darril Dela Torre, of Berkeley, a kite-flying enthusiast and member of the American Kiteflyers Association. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • This large inflatable dragon kite was flown east of the Samoa Bridge by Darril Dela Torre, of Berkeley, a kite-flying enthusiast and member of the American Kiteflyers Association.

Local members of Humboldt Kiters revived the Kite Festival in Halvorsen Park along Humboldt Bay this year decades after it had been moved to Oregon in the 1990s. Group members who regularly fly kites at Halvorsen Park and elsewhere locally had quickly organized a team effort among local sponsors, the Ink People Center for the Arts and local artisans who sold kites and other offerings in vendor tents at the event.

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Friday, April 1, 2022

The Bartow Project Opens April 2

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2022 at 6:33 PM

Rick Bartow, center, with wife Julie Swan and gallerist Charles Froelick, 1996. - COURTESY OF CHARLES FROELICK
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  • Rick Bartow, center, with wife Julie Swan and gallerist Charles Froelick, 1996.
Dell’Arte International and the Wiyot Tribe present The Bartow Project, a special collaboration featuring four film screenings and several exhibits about the life and art of Wiyot artist Rick Bartow. The event spans multiple venues across Wiyot ancestral territory from April 2-23. A limited seating Gala Event and screening takes place Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. at Da Ggou Rou Louwi' Cultural Center in Old Town with an open art exhibit during Arts Alive from 6 to 7 p.m. The next screening events are: Friday, April 8 and Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m. at
Dell'Arte’s Carlo Theatre; Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. at the Eureka Theater; and Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. at the Minor Theatre. Running concurrently with the film screenings are the small exhibit at the Da Gou Rou Louwi’ Cultural Center from 6 to 7 p.m. during Arts Alive and a larger exhibit at CalPoly Humboldt’s Goudi'ni Native American Arts Gallery through May 28.
That exhibit is curated by gallery director Brittany Britton (Hupa) with the support of Portland’s Froelick Gallery, which represented Bartow for the bulk of his career.
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Friday, March 18, 2022

Local Artists Donate Work for Ukraine Relief Project

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2022 at 5:00 PM

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  • "Three Sunflowers" by Steve Lemke

Humboldt County artist Lynn Niekrasz is spearheading a campaign to help the people of Ukraine by offering local art to people who donate to relief efforts for Ukraine.

More than 30 artists from Humboldt County and beyond have created art with a theme of sunflowers and are donating that work to this project. The sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine and is the inspiration for the relief effort. Donate to a charity helping Ukraine, show that you've done so and pick out a piece of art from this exhibit. Participating artists have created watercolor, pastels, goache, photography, oil paintings, linoleum block prints, packages of cards and more.

"We've got quite a collection of amazing art and I would love to see it all benefit this urgent need in Ukraine. I'm suggesting charities like World Central Kitchen, Save the Children, Global Empowerment Mission and Maya's Hope but buyers can choose a charity of their own. All that's required is proof of a direct donation from your phone to receive your art," states a press release from Niekrasz.

This "direct donation to purchase" exhibition is upstairs at Gallery 2 inside the Redwood Art Association in Eureka. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The Gallery 2 show is also open by appointment for personal tours, which provides the opportunity for the public to select the artwork they like before it's gone.

Contact Lynn Niekrasz at lynnniekrasz@gmail.com for personal tours or attend Arts Alive, April 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.
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Friday, March 4, 2022

Red Carpet Premiere for Discovery+'s The Craftsman

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2022 at 2:16 PM

A shot of Eric Hollenbeck in The Craftsman. - - COURTESY OF MAGNOLIA NETWORK
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  • A shot of Eric Hollenbeck in The Craftsman.

The city of Eureka is rolling out the red carpet for the premiere of The Craftsman, the new Magnolia Network and Discovery+ television series that features local woodworker, writer and veteran Eric Hollenbeck and his Blue Ox Millworks.

The first two episodes of the show will be shown back-to-back at the event, held March 18 at the historic Eureka Theater, followed by an on-stage Q&A interview with Hollenbeck, a master woodworker and the owner/operator of the Blue Ox Historic Village.  That evening, there will also be an event for families at Eureka’s Redwood Discovery Museum, which is hosting a simultaneous Kid’s Night at the Museum. For $25 per child, parents with young children can drop their 3.5 to 12-year-olds off at 5:30 p.m. through 8 p.m. to enjoy crafts and science experiments while parents head over to The Craftsman Community Premiere.

"This event is a great opportunity to dress up with friends, visit the fabulous, historic Eureka Theater and celebrate our own Eric Hollenbeck, a great representative of Eureka,” Mayor Susan Seaman said in a press release. “He's creative, resilient, a great storyteller and a proud Eurekan."

Tickets are free but space is limited. Community members can reserve their seats at www.bit.ly/3pzYHdG.

The release adds that walk-up attendees will be admitted as space allows. Doors and concessions open at 5 p.m. and the show will start promptly at 6 p.m.

For more on The Craftsman and the premiere event, read the press release below.
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Zero to Fierce Kicks off Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2022 at 11:03 AM

AIREENE ESPIRITU. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
  • Aireene Espiritu. Courtesy of the artist
For the sixth year in a row, Playhouse Arts presents its womxn’s festival: Zero to Fierce 2022: Listening Out Loud, celebrating creative womxn’s work, from Saturday, March 5 to Sunday, March 13 (free and ticketed events, no one turned away). Some of this year’s highlights include: local Black artists Mona Loki (Mo Harper-Desir) and All'Love (Aundrea Stuckey) presenting an original musical performance that includes hip hop, R&B, original spoken word poetry, emceeing and digital sampling; The Madness, a one-womxn punk rock opera devoted to supporting mental health for the "Doom Generation;” a video showing of Joan
Schirle’s Bird of the Inner Eye, based on the letters of painter Morris Graves; and “An Evening with Aireene Espiritu” sponsored by Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity. Once again, there’ll also be the popular Lunchbox Series and dozens of other creative events and performances. Visit www.zerotofierce.org for a complete list of the festival’s indoor, outdoor and virtual events. Masks are required except when eating. Must show proof of up-to-date vaccination to attend.
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Monday, January 24, 2022

February Arts Alive Canceled

Posted By on Mon, Jan 24, 2022 at 4:33 PM

A press release from Economic Development Coordinator Amanda Krushke announced that due to the Omicron-driven surge in local COVID-19 cases and increased hospitalizations, the upcoming Arts Alive night scheduled for Feb. 5 has been canceled. "In support of the health of small businesses, health care workers and the community at large," the art will still be up on the walls of many Old Town businesses, but the official night out, with its accompanying events and crowds, is off. The city will determine if it will resume in March by the middle of February, based on COVID-10 confirmed case numbers. Read the full release below. 
Stephen Nachtigall's "Languisher," shown at Morris Graves Museum of Art in November of 2021. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Stephen Nachtigall's "Languisher," shown at Morris Graves Museum of Art in November of 2021.


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Friday, December 31, 2021

2021 in Pictures

Posted By on Fri, Dec 31, 2021 at 8:00 AM

It’s been a pandemic year of daily walking for my wife and me, and we never left Humboldt County. From January through April, we continued to explore our local trails and enjoyed the wildlife and emerging spring flowers without attending any events or gatherings.
Shore birds seek out a perch on driftwood during the exceptionally high King Tide at 10:18 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Shore birds seek out a perch on driftwood during the exceptionally high King Tide at 10:18 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary.
Once we got our Moderna vaccination shots No. 1 and No. 2 as soon as possible last spring, we joined our vaccinated friends and neighbors in experiencing some euphoria, masked up to attend a mix of community outdoor events in May, June and July. Then our local COVID-19 positive-test rate and hospitalizations reach all-time highs from August onward. No county fair attendance for us in August and for the rest of the year, we only attended in-person events that required all attendees to be vaccinated. In this slideshow are some highlights of what we enjoyed throughout it all in our county.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Flash Fiction Season is Here

Submissions close Monday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 10:18 AM

Well, that went by fast. It’s already time again for the annual North Coast Journal Flash Fiction Contest, so get typing. Make your original stories 99 words or fewer (like this announcement), not including the title, for a chance to see your work of genius and brevity in the Journal. Email up to three entries as attachments or in the body of your email (no PDFs, please) to fiction@northcoastjournal.com with your full name and contact information (sorry, we don’t do pen names) by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8. The judges’ favorites will be published in December. Don’t procrastinate.

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