Art for the Commute

"Marvelous Mural of Marbled Murrelets" off Samoa Boulevard

(January 10, 2019) This time of year, as many of us migrate to or from our points of origin, it's time to consider Arcata's biggest, newest and most noteworthy piece of public art...

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Dazzling Camouflage

Benjamin Funke at Black Faun Gallery

(January 3, 2019) The new year at Black Faun Gallery in Eureka begins auspiciously with Dazzle Shjips, a solo exhibition featuring sculpture, film projections and two-dimensional works by North Coast artist Benjamin Funke....

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Our Town

All Things Arcata at the Upstairs Gallery at Umpqua Bank, Arts Arcata December 2018

(December 13, 2018) The plein-air paintings in the All Things Arcata exhibition hold up a mirror to the city of Arcata, and the city looks good in this light. There can't have been...

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The Basket and the Blade

Robert Benson at Piante Gallery

(November 29, 2018) I have reiterated tendencies, certain go-to forms," Robert Benson said. "It's like with any artist: You get caught up in your own style. With me, it's the tension between...

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Ultra Marine

Jessie Vala's exhibition Object ^ Time ^ Conduit at Reese Bullen Gallery

(November 8, 2018) Multimedia artist Jessie Vala transformed Humboldt State University's Reese Bullen Gallery for her new exhibition, turning the white cube into a blue sculpture grotto. The Eugene, Oregon-based Vala replaced the...

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Joan Gold's Dark Materials

Gratitude at Black Faun Gallery

(November 1, 2018) Approaching Joan Gold's installation of paintings at Black Faun Gallery is like walking into an animated conversation. The walls seem to dissolve into vibrating pattern. Fifty-eight tall, modular paintings on...

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Room for the Missing

Sing Our Rivers Red at Gou'dini Gallery

(October 11, 2018) This month Humboldt State University's Gou'dini Gallery hosts Sing Our Rivers Red, a traveling exhibition that seeks to call attention to the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women across...

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El Maestro en Reposo

Tony Machado at the Morris Graves Museum of Art

(October 4, 2018) In paintings by Anthony "Tony" Machado, people, objects and images from global cultures collide. A young African woman dressed in traditional robes and jewelry stands expressionless in the foreground of...

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Back to Reese Bullen

HSU's annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition

(September 13, 2018) Maybe geography is destiny. At any rate, the natural world remains a touchstone for Humboldt State University artists: Natural places and their wild inhabitants figure repeatedly in HSU's new faculty...

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The Figure in Balance

Steven Vander Meer seeks equilibrium at Piante

(August 30, 2018) Balance has got a couple of meanings," Steven Vander Meer remarked, regarding the drawings he had made. "Bodies balance. Stones balance. And there's another kind of balance in these compositions."...

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Hot off the Press

Bug Press brings Amplifier Foundation's We the People project to the streets

(August 9, 2018) Photographs and video from the Families Belong Together march held in downtown Eureka on July 30 stand out for the snappy graphics of the homemade signs marchers carried from "Zero...

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Living Walls

Eureka Street Art Festival preview

(August 2, 2018) One of my favorite things about it is the way I am going to be able to use the inherent features of the wall to my advantage," said Ashland-based street...

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Ebb and Flow

(July 12, 2018) A small show of photographs by Matt Filar, on view at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, reveals another side to an active and versatile local photographer who you might...

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Authentic Threads

Rachael Leal, Christine Bietz and Teresa Stanley at Canvas + Clay Gallery

(July 5, 2018) Old Town Eureka's newest artspace Canvas + Clay opens this month in the handsomely renovated Buhne Building. The space boasts lofty ceilings, track lighting and pristine white walls, not to...

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Peeking Inside North Coast Open Studios

(June 7, 2018) It's the 20th anniversary of North Coast Open Studios and Monica Topping, the event's hardworking organizer, is in a hurry. NCOS has 17 first-time participants this year, she says, as...

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