Humboldt Arts Council Invites You to Arts Alive on September 1

This is a press release from the Humboldt Arts Council:

William Thonson Gallery

            Fifty Years of Wire: Elizabeth Berrien’s Journey of Exploration-A Retrospective

            August 11 through September 30

A young student’s life was changed forever by the art teacher’s words: “Take this wire and mess with it!” Struggling for years, Elizabeth Berrien applied her love of basketry, weaving and other textile arts to gain control and fluency with the wire. She developed her unique, very personal textile technique of wire sculpture. Evolving it to museum level quality by the 1980’s, when few people were aware of wire sculpture and its validity as an art medium was very much in question.

In the ensuing decades, Berrien accepted myriad public and private commissions, and received dozens of top worldwide awards including a Clio, Obie, Cannes Gold Lions, and international Best of Show awards.

The artist constantly expands her repertoire. From the dragons and unicorns of the 1960’s, she expanded to explore and embrace tigers and wolves, birds of prey, humans, botanicals, microbes and spacecraft… no end in sight.

Exhibition Sponsored by Betty Osborne and John & Sally Biggin. This exhibition is partially underwritten by the Ingrid Nickelsen Trust.

Anderson Gallery

            Tony Machado: El Maestro en Reposo

            August 18 through October 28

Tony Machado impressed art enthusiasts for over 40 years with his unique style of composition and figurative oil paintings.  Growing up in Oakland, California, Tony demonstrated early talent and received a scholarship to attend the Academy of Art in San Francisco from 1970 – 1973.  He painted many murals in the Mission District and around the Bay Area until 1978.  Tony ran his own sign painting business, worked in a foundry that produced statues for the 1984 Summer Olympics, and started “Heaven Smiles” silkscreen studios with Michael Rios that created many works including album covers for Carlos Santana.  Tony then returned to the medium of oil paint and spent eight years in Humboldt County painting and showing his original art.  In 2012 Tony relocated to Grass Valley, California, and continued to amaze with his many styles and talents with the brush. Anthony “Tony” Machado away in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 7, at the home of his daughter and grandchildren. He was 63.

Knight Gallery

            William Ishmael-Wholeness and Fragmentation

            August 25 to October 28

“…to some extent, it has always been both necessary and proper to man, in his thinking, to divide things up, and to separate them, so as to reduce his problems to manageable proportions …   .. the notion that all these fragments are separately existent is evidently an illusion, and this illusion cannot do other than lead to endless conflict and confusion.”  from David Bohm, physicist, in “Wholeness and the Implicate Order”

William Ishmael has been an artist for the last 30 years, beginning with watercolor landscapes and progressing to large abstract works and art installations utilizing latex paint, sand, active rusting on steel plates, organic materials, and the natural elements of the weather to achieve the weathered, multilayered effects on many of his works.

All of the works are an effort to convey that sense of the wholeness being broken up into fragments… fragments which are beautiful in their own right, but can readily be seen in a larger context, and have greater meaning as a result.

The steel plates, the mirrored surfaces, as well as the sets of smaller canvases constituting a larger picture all intended to raise the awareness of this thesis in the viewers mind.

William has exhibited widely including multiple shows in Sacramento, as well as galleries in Palm Springs and Lexington, Kentucky. William’s accomplishments include being named Sacramento Art and Business Council’s “Artist of the Year” for 2011 and, in 2014, having his 9 foot by 12 foot work “Wholeness and Fragmentation” accepted by SMAC for permanent installation in the Sacramento County Administration Building.

Museum Store/Permanent Collection Gallery

Visit the Museum Store for a selection of gifts and merchandise inspired by the artwork on view by Morris Graves, Glenn Berry, Melvin Schuler and Romano Gabriel. The Museum Store carries a wide selection of posters, contemporary art books, cards, exhibition catalogs, children’s books, note pads, tote bags, jewelry, wine glasses, and coffee mugs. Humboldt Arts Council Members receive a 10% discount on all merchandise in the store.

Homer Balabanis Gallery

            Humboldt Artist Gallery-September Featured Artist Jan Ramsey

Venture into the Humboldt Artist Gallery in the Morris Graves Museum of Art—the perfect place to find that unique, original gift. The gallery features many exceptional Humboldt County artists currently working in our region.  Designed as an artist cooperative, the gallery features local artists working in a variety of media from representational and abstract paintings, prints, jewelry, photographs, and ceramics.

The Morris Graves Museum of Art, located at 636 F Street, Eureka is open to the public noon-5p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for seniors (age 65 and over), military veterans, and students with ID; children 17 and under free; Families with an EBT Card and valid ID receive free admission through the Museums for All initiative, Museum members are free. Admission is always free for everyone on the first Saturday of every month, including First Saturday Night Arts Alive!, 6-9 p.m. and Mini Masters at the MGMA

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