Rediscovering Phillips House

A walk through Arcata history, one room at a time

(July 13, 2017) Arcata's Phillips House is the oldest building standing in Arcata and it has lasted longer than is likely for any structure in a culture that prioritizes change. Built between 1850...

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From Kiln Shed to Skate Park

Conrad Calimpong at Piante Gallery, skate art downtown

(June 29, 2017) One person throws a pot, one rides a board. Yet the subcultures that have grown up around ceramics and skateboarding center around membership in a group or tribe. This month's...

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Sculpture Garden Variety

Subjective Realities at the Sanctuary Arcata

(June 8, 2017) Viewing Subjective Realities at the Sanctuary Arcata feels like passing through a wind tunnel time machine. All major 20th-century sculptural tropes come at you at once, revenants with their wires...

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Open Season

Planning your tour of North Coast Open Studios

(June 1, 2017) When you visit a studio or a shared exhibition space, you're often able to interact directly with the artist. The resultant possibilities abound. You might meet an established artist you've...

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Time (and) Travel

Way back at the Blue Lake Museum

(May 11, 2017) It's May and the Blue Lake Museum just reopened for the season — two good reasons to head inland, toward the sun. A copywriter working for the now-defunct Hotel Korbel,...

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Details from Big Collision

Kaye Buchman at the Morris Graves

(May 4, 2017) Whether or not you've spent much time thinking about the wizardly effects that can be achieved with pen and ink, you should catch Kaye Buchman: Around the Whirled at the...

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Points of Egress

Art in the airport

(April 13, 2017) Not long ago, I found myself in the recently renamed California Redwood Coast Humboldt County Airport, looking at art. Perhaps you haven't given much thought to the airport as arts...

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Containment Strategy

Shannon Sullivan and David Zdrazil at HSU's Third Street Gallery

(March 30, 2017) David Zdrazil's gnarled, earth-toned vessels stay close to the ground, while Shannon Sullivan's sleek ceramic discs cluster like tethered balloons on the gallery walls, pushing back against their own intrinsic...

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Tapping into Wire

Elizabeth Berrien expands her Wire Zoo

(March 9, 2017) Elizabeth Berrien makes sculpture from tensile wire, crimping, twisting and winding silvery filaments around a central void. Her gossamer sculptures take the forms of living things — mostly animals and...

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Low Life and High Times

Jesse Wiedel's paintings at Black Faun

(March 2, 2017) Jesse Wiedel paints moments when the down-home, corn-pone, howl-at-the-moon strain of crazy that burbles beneath the placid surface of Humboldt life rears its head. And he owns the niche. The...

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Private Icons

Luke Forsyth and Molly Schaeffer at the Sanctuary

(February 9, 2017) A visual journal and a scattering of open letters kick off the Sanctuary's 2017 exhibition season. Concurrent exhibitions by Luke Forsyth and Molly Schaeffer provide a chance to contemplate...

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Reality Show

Transgender journeys at HSU Third Street Gallery

(February 2, 2017) Humboldt State University's Third Street Gallery takes on the topic of transgender identity with two concurrent exhibitions running through March 5. One features New York-based Lorenzo Triburgo's photographic portraits...

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Winter Break Walking Tour

Art in the HSU library

(January 12, 2017) Winter break in a college town is a good time to seek out exhibition spaces that may fly under the radar during busier times. This month, I revisit the art...

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Crossing the Tracks

With Paul Rickard at the Morris Graves

(January 5, 2017) Paul Rickard's early morning painting expeditions favor the intrepid. "I like to go out painting before dawn," he told me. "I end up scrambling down past the No Trespassing signs....

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Studio Space

On the walls and easels at StewART

(December 8, 2016) If you missed the annual open studio event at Arcata's StewART studio spaces last week featured new and in-progress paintings, prints and drawings by Carol Andersen, Joyce Jonté, Patricia Sennott,...

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