Art

Friday, July 3, 2020

Art for Your Face: Snarky Mouth Coverings by Humboldt Artists for Sale

Posted By on Fri, Jul 3, 2020 at 12:18 PM

If your neighbor's children aren't already scared of you and you'd like to look more like Shane MacGowan of the Pogues, or just generally deck up your current boring COVID-compliant face mask, two local artists have you covered.
Shane McGowan mask by Aimee Hennessy. - REDBUBBLE
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  • Shane McGowan mask by Aimee Hennessy.

Aimee Hennessy, local artist and co-owner of Richards' Goat Tavern and Tearoom in Arcata, is flogging her handmade masks on Redbubble, a platform for independent artists to sell their work. Hennessey's mask designs draw from vintage illustrations ranging from the bucolic (Yosemite) to the Satanic (goat and cat chimera). The shop also features a satiric image of our fine state with an arrow pointing to the rest of the United States along with the phrase, "I'm With Stupid."
Death's Head Moth with Nose mask by Aimee Hennessy. - REDBUBBLE
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  • Death's Head Moth with Nose mask by Aimee Hennessy.
Not to be outdone, Jesse Wiedel, best known for his grim surrealist depictions of Northern California squalor and people living on the margins of that squalor, is also selling a "Meth Mouth Mask," with crooked yellow teeth poking out of a gummy pink mouth. Reached via email, Wiedel said he heard from a friend about a site  — Art of Where — that would post artwork on masks and decided to give it a try.
Sample image of "Meth Mouth" mask by Jesse Wiedel, now available for sale. - ARTOFWHERE.COM
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  • Sample image of "Meth Mouth" mask by Jesse Wiedel, now available for sale.
"I had tried to make my own painted masks a few times and I'm just not a very good crafter," he said. "The image I used was from my 'Meth Mouth 3' painting because I wanted to use a mouth image. The company does really good quality work and the masks are well made, and you can even get filters for them." It should get you that 6 feet of social distance, too.
"Meth Mouth 3" by Jesse Wiedel. - SUBMITTED
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  • "Meth Mouth 3" by Jesse Wiedel.

Wiedel said sales are "going OK." So if you'd like to put some art where your mouth is, consider supporting a local artist.
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Friends of the Dunes Presents the Dispersed Sand Sculpture Festival

Posted By on Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 5:56 PM

Friends of the Dunes announced that a physically-distanced version of its 25th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival will take place during the entire month of July. The modified event, called the Dispersed Sand Sculpture Festival, will take place in lieu of the annual Sand Sculpture Festival previously scheduled for July 25, 2020 at Samoa Drag Strip.

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2019 Sand Sculpture Festival - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • 2019 Sand Sculpture Festival

In the press release, organizers invite household groups to "create sandy masterpieces on local beaches, post creations on social media, vote for their favorite sand sculptures, and be entered to win exciting prizes."

2019 Sand Sculpture Festival - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • 2019 Sand Sculpture Festival
The press release goes on to say, "Rather than taking place at a designated beach on a designated day, the Sand Sculpture Festival will take place throughout the entire month of July at any beach the sculptors choose to sculpt. For the health and safety of participants and interested spectators, Friends of the Dunes is asking sand sculpting teams to practice physical distancing, which means teams should only consist of households or people that are sheltering together. Before households start sculpting, it is important to check the tides and always keep an eye out for dangerous sneaker waves."

Prizes include $100 cash for the sculpture with the most votes, and a chance to win a free Friends of the Dunes membership.
2019 Sand Sculpture Festival - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • 2019 Sand Sculpture Festival
July will be here in just a few days, teams, so on your marks, get your pails and tools together and get out there! For more information on rules, prizes and how to enter, read more from Friends of the Dunes below.

Friends of the Dunes is excited to announce that a physically-distanced version of the 25th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival will be taking place during the entire month of July! During the Dispersed Sand Sculpture Festival, household groups are invited to create sandy masterpieces on local beaches, post creations on social media, vote for their favorite sand sculptures, and be entered to win exciting prizes.


Humboldt beaches are open and have an ample supply of sand and plenty of space to make all of your sand-sculpting dreams come true! Rather than taking place at a designated beach on a designated day, the Sand Sculpture Festival will take place throughout the entire month of July at any beach the sculptors choose to sculpt. For the health and safety of participants and interested spectators, Friends of the Dunes is asking sand sculpting teams to practice physical distancing, which means teams should only consist of households or people that are sheltering together. Before households start sculpting, it is important to check the tides and always keep an eye out for dangerous sneaker waves.


To be entered into the competition, teams should email images of their sculptures to info@friendsofthedunes.org along with the location of the sculpture, the date it was created, the team name, the name of the sculpture, and if applicable, the name of the business partner that your team is representing. Make sure that the images are in color, are not blurry, or taken from too far away. Teams will be entered for a chance to win the following prizes:


People's Choice: $100 cash prize for the sculpture with the most votes from you!

Golden Shovel: Only available to teams representing a business partner.

Teams can also win bragging rights and a free Friends of the Dunes membership when competing for the titles of:

Best of Show

Most Dedicated Diggers

Most Photogenic

Most Imaginative

Staff Pick


Don’t forget to post your sculptures on social media! Although it is optional, households that post their sculptures and the location of their sculptures on social media with the hashtags #SandSculptureFestival2020 and #FriendsoftheDunes, as well as tagging @humboldtbaysocialclub and @friendsofthedunes, will receive $5 off of a food purchase from our generous partners at the Humboldt Bay Social Club. After a long day of sculpting, you can reward your team with fresh oysters and a cold drink around the fire pit. Posting hashtags and locations is encouraged so that interested beachgoers can admire the sculptures in person before the tides wash them away. Those seeking out sculptures can search for the hashtags online, and are encouraged to maintain safe physical distancing.


Friends of the Dunes will post emailed images of the sculptures on their website as soon as possible, which means that spectators can start voting for the People’s Choice award right away! Proceeds raised from vote purchases will support free dune education and stewardship programs.


Playing in the sand at our local beaches is a great way to kick off the summer season, so grab your buckets, pack a picnic, and start sculpting! For full details on how to participate in the Dispersed Sand Sculpture Festival and how to vote for your favorite sculptures, please visit our website.
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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Local Poets Look 'Behind the Mask' at Humboldt During COVID-19

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 1:16 PM

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The chapbook Behind the Mask: 40 Quarantine Poems from Humboldt County is now available and can be download for free from several local websites.

Eureka Poet Laureate David Holper and podcaster Anne Fricke put together the collection for release, with a host of local poets contributing their reflections on these unprecedented times.

Read the full release below:
Eureka Poet Laureate David Holper and local poet and podcaster Anne Fricke are releasing a free poetry chapbook called Behind the Mask: 40 Quarantine Poems from Humboldt County.

The chapbook can be found and downloaded from the local poetry Facebook site called Poetry on the Edge, or Anne Fricke’s website at annefricke.com, or David Holper’s website at davidholper.com, or the Eureka Poet Laureate page on the Ink People’s website at https://www.inkpeople.org/eureka-poets.

The poets included in the collection are Lasara Firefox Allen, Robert Allen, Greg Bee, Michael Bickford, Stephanie Bigham, Laurie Birdsong, Susan Bloch-Welliver, Sarah Brooks, Wendy Butler, Daryl Ngee Chinn, Larry Crist, Dylan Collins, Therese Fitzmaurice, James Floss, Mariana Franco, Anne Fricke, Susanna Gallisdorfer, Margot Genger, Susanna Gibson, Karen Harris, Kristy Hellum, David Holper, Ian Jewett, Deborah Kearns, Zev Levinson, Jason Marak, Jerry Martien, Pat McCutcheon, Katherine Nunes-Siciliani, Vincent Peloso, Will Schmit, Joe Shermis, Jacqueline Suskin, Neil Tarpey, Dawn Tisdell, Eureka Youth Poet Laureate Izzy Unsigner, Ryan Van Lenning, Adrienne Veronese, Jake Williams, and Amantha Wood.
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Monday, June 22, 2020

Eureka Street Art Festival Heads to Henderson Center with a Virtual Component

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 12:45 PM

Artist Nick Sweetman makes the climb up his scaffold. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
  • Photo by Zach Lathouris
  • Artist Nick Sweetman makes the climb up his scaffold.
The Eureka Street Art Festival is coming to Henderson Center from August 10-15, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will not hold its block party and will include a virtual aspect.

People are welcomed to visit Henderson Center to see the progress the artists are making with their murals throughout the week or participate in the Virtual Art Walks that will be streamed on Facebook Live.

Read the full release below.
Eureka Street Art Festival Announced Third Annual Event

Eureka, CA – The third annual Eureka Street Art Festival will be spreading color throughout the Henderson Center neighborhood from August 10 - 15, 2020. Due to the virus, this year’s Festival will look a little different. There will not be any large gatherings (which sadly means no Block Party), but we are staying true to our mission of bringing colorful murals to brighten the neighborhoods of Eureka.

You are invited to walk through Henderson Center throughout the week-long Festival to watch the painting in progress, or participate in the Virtual Daily Art Walks, which will be streamed on Facebook Live and available to watch on our website. We will be publishing a self-guided walking tour on our website and social media leading up to the event to help you enjoy this event at your own pace, and in a physically-distanced and safe manner.

Stay tuned: we are beginning to announce the walls on social media, and we will be announcing this year’s Artists very soon.

Follow us on instagram: @eurekastreetartfestival and visit our website for more information: www.eurekastreetartfestival.com

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Friday, June 19, 2020

SCRAP Humboldt to Close Its Doors

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 2:32 PM

The store by the Arcata Marsh. - COURTESY OF SCRAP HUMBOLDT
  • Courtesy of SCRAP Humboldt
  • The store by the Arcata Marsh.
SCRAP Humboldt, a friend to many a crafty folk who enjoyed searching for treasure in its Arcata store, announced today that it will close at the end of July.

A news release from Director Kati Texas states SCRAP Humboldt wants to say the doors will one day reopen but that’s unclear at this time.

“SCRAP Humboldt filled our little niche in the material reclamation ecosystem, and that niche will remain, the release, which includes a long list of thanks, states. “But we can’t predict what the future will hold, so for now we need you all to be your own SCRAP. “

Read the full release below:
SCRAP Humboldt is sad to announce that we will be closing our doors at the end of July. Since we opened in 2012 we have enjoyed so much support from this community. We gratefully accepted your boxes of treasures, and took joy in helping crafty people of all ages find their inspiration while doing our part to keep useful things out of the landfill.

Thank you to all our customers. Thank you to every individual, business, and grant program who has given financial support. Thank you to every adult and child who has joined us to learn how to make beautiful things while keeping the planet beautiful. Thank you to you everyone who took the time to bring their creative reuse materials to us rather than letting them go to waste. Thank you to the Arcata Marsh Commons, our landlords for the years of support and patience. Thank you to the hundreds and hundreds of volunteers who have helped us every single day with jobs large and small. We truly couldn’t have done it without you.

We want to say that we will be back. SCRAP Humboldt filled our little niche in the material reclamation ecosystem, and that niche will remain. But we can’t predict what the future will hold, so for now we need you all to be your own SCRAP. Practice the four R’s - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot, and support the other places in our community that work to keep our planet clean and our hearts full.
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Juneteenth 2020 Celebration

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Join the Eureka Chapter of The NAACP and Black Humboldt for today's Juneteenth celebration happening from noon-11:30 p.m. at various online locations. 

The event includes performances from Black Humboldt artists, music, virtual vending from local POC businesses, Knowledge for Power sessions, hands-on workshops led by local black professionals and more.

Here's how to participate:

Zoom: Meeting ID: 328 941 2424
Facebook: @BlackHumboldt
Radio: 98.7 FM & 91.1 FM 88.1FM
Television: Humboldt Local AH11

For more information on Juneteenth and the celebration today visit Black Humboldt's website
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Local Artist’s ‘Flatten the Curve’ Stained Glass was Purchased as a Gift for Dr. Anthony Fauci, Lost Coast Outpost Reports

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 7:08 PM

The Lost Coast Outpost is reporting that local artist Colleen Clifford's "Flatten the Curve" stain glass was purchased as a gift for Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Read the full story here
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Dell'Arte's 2020 Mad River Festival Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 1:33 PM

Dell'Arte Mad River Festival - FILE
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  • Dell'Arte Mad River Festival
Dell'Arte has announced that its annual Mad River Festival has been canceled. 

According to a press release sent by the school, Dell’Arte Producing Artistic Director Michael Fields was hoping to postpone the festival in September but "given the County and State health directives, it is clear that will not be possible, certainly not in a manner where groups of people can gather en masse, in a way that the word ‘festival’ embodies."

Read the full press release below:

May 26, 2020 2020 Mad River Festival Cancelled Dell’Arte Producing Artistic Director Michael Fields Pens Letter to Community BLUE LAKE, CA – The 2020 Mad River Festival, Dell’Arte’s annual summertime backyard extravaganza, featuring five weeks of theatre, music, cabaret, dance, mashups and description-defying experiments “from around the world and down the block,” is being cancelled due to the impact of Covid-19.

A message from Dell’Arte Producing Artistic Director Michael Fields:

“For the past 30 years we have gathered in the summer on the lawn of Dell’Arte’s amphitheatre to come together as a community to laugh, listen, sing, celebrate, and see things from around the world and down the block that we've never seen before anywhere. It is an experience that we hope engenders solidarity, empathy, understanding, and provides new windows and apertures for us to see into who we are as a community.

But this year will be different. It is with great sadness that we need to cancel the Mad River Festival 2020. Initially, we thought it would be possible to move the festival to September, but given the County and State health directives, it is clear that will not be possible, certainly not in a manner where groups of people can gather en masse, in a way that the word ‘festival’ embodies.

So this year will be different. This year we must make sure to keep our community and each other safe.

It has been said that live theatre has been dying for 2,500 years. Not true. If anything, our desire to come together to experience the powerful stories of our times has increased, not diminished. Once again, we will survive and thrive. While many good things can happen online and technology continues to evolve what is possible in new and interesting ways, theatre, by its very nature, is LIVE.'

So while our stages will be empty this summer, we make a promise to you. 2021 will be filled with glorious work, amazing artists, and unique experiences. 2021 will be, in the current political vernacular… Yuge!!! Most of the programming intended for this summer will be back in 2021 and we are exploring the expansion of the festival next summer to include new works and opportunities. And we continue to work tirelessly for you, our community and for our students.

Please continue to follow us on line at www.dellarte.com as we will be posting online performance opportunities throughout the summer. (You can also sign up to receive our monthly online newsletter via our website). Take care of yourselves and each other. And thank you for being a part of Dell’Arte.

All the best, Michael”

It should also be noted that the following productions slated for the 2020 Mad River Festival, “Things You Know But Cannot Explain,” The Bartow Project in collaboration with the Wiyot Tribe, “Bird of the Inner Eye,” a new opera by Joan Schirle based on the life and work of Morris Graves, and the Humboldt Folklife Festival, have been rescheduled for summer 2021.

The Mad River Festival was hatched as the brainchild of Dell’Arte’s co-founder Jane Hill, who in 1989 staged Barry Manilow’s “The Drunkard” on the then-new outdoor stage. In 1991 Jane Hill figured, “If one melodrama was popular, maybe more would be merrier,” and proposed a festival of original melodramas based on regional history. The festival has since brought original performances to its stages such as “Korbel,” a Humboldt soap opera, “Mary Jane: The Musical,” and “Blue Lake: The Opera,” along with many others that embody the “theatre of place” approach unique to Dell’Arte.

The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre offers the only accredited MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre in the world. Its training programs attract students from across the globe, with more than 1,000 graduates from 41 countries since the formation of the school in 1975. It is one of three institutions of higher education in Humboldt County, along with Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods.
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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Kinetic Sculpture in Place Streaming Right Along

Posted By on Sun, May 24, 2020 at 2:25 PM

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and the Kinetic Sculpture in Place is streaming right along. This holiday weekend, Humboldt's beloved Kinetic Grand Championship is still going for the glory, but carrying it out in a creative way. Naturally!  (For more on this year's Kinetic Sculpture in Place go here.)

Instead of racers making their merry way up, down, across and around Humboldt, this year teams have been busy creating videos of Kinetic challenges and sharing them online at kineticgrandchampionship.com/livestream.

Tune in to see daring bathtub water crossings for the “Humboldt (not the) Bay Water Crossing,” eggs falling safely (or not) from 6 feet up in the “Deadman’s Egg Drop,” or witness teams transporting eggs 6 feet horizontally and 6 feet downward in “Ovo Madness ‘Mud’ Run.” In between videos of the challenges, enjoy documentaries about the event, music, commentary, talking puppets, special guests and general wackiness.

Don’t miss all the creative and hilarious feats of ingenuity as the racers make their way across the virtual terrain. Watch all the fun live (from 11:31 a.m. until whenever) here: www.kineticgrandchampionship.com/livestream.  And if you missed some of the day's events, check them out any time at the Kinetic Universe's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/watch?t=244s&v=HQP1GVw5gGo.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Friday Night Market Offers Virtual Vending for Local Businesses

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2020 at 11:13 AM

Humboldt County won't be ready for gatherings by Eureka's Friday Night Market's original opening date of June 5. Until it gets the all-clear from county health and safety officials, Humboldt Made is setting up an online marketplace for local businesses, taking orders and arranging pick-up.

The crowd listening to live music at a Friday Night Market last year. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • The crowd listening to live music at a Friday Night Market last year.

In an email, Executive Director Alanna Powell says the online version of the market at www.eurekafridaynightmarket.com will feature the same variety of local products, ranging from food and artisan crafts to apparel, as well as a restaurant takeout listings and a gallery of local art. The public will be able to peruse and order on the site, and pick up their purchases at the Eureka Visitor Center. There will be a 15 percent processing fee for vendors, who cans submit up to five products to the market.
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