William Thonson Gallery
Erin Lee Gafill: California Atmosphere
William Thonson Gallery, June 4-July 24
In a series of abstract landscape works, Big Sur artist Erin Lee Gafill explores the interplay of land, sea, and sky on California’s northern coast. Instead of representing what is seen and observed, these paintings are a respectful response to the transcendent grandeur of the environment. The work will include small observed studies, painted on location and oversized studio works responding to this observed work; a call and response of visual and spiritual inspiration. Gafill’s artistic journey is in direct line with his great-backgrandmother, artist Jane Gallatin Powers, Powers grew up in Sacramento, just after the gold rush. Powers studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute in San Francisco, then embarked on an artistic life in Italy and France, where she abandoned Californian Impressionism for European Modernism. Gafill’s grandparents, Bill and Lolly Fassett built the Nepenthe restaurant in Big Sur, where Erin grew up. The influence of her creative ancestors, the rugged natural environment of Big Sur, where she lives, and the need to “get by” in her isolated community have inspired her artistic life. In addition to Erin’s original artwork, this exhibit will include a contextual installation of historic artifacts and original artwork from her unique journey.
Cloud Vessel Kit Davenport: new sculpt and design
Anderson Gallery, May 7-July 10
Works of art are vases, containers of meaning; clouds: nebulous, mutable, evanescent. Arcata artist Kit Davenport will present sculptures and works on paper created since 2019. Davenport’s modest-scale sculptures, made primarily of ceramic (with an epoxy medium, wood and paint), combine forms that hint both to human artifacts (often a cup or bowl) and biological or physical processes and structures. Layered, eroded color and simple geometric imagery on surfaces introduce an element of time as well as a conversation between surface and form.
Gallery of Knights
Jim McVicker: Recent Landscape Paintings of Humboldt County in Gouache
Knight Gallery, from June 4 to July 24
In December 2021, after seeing works by other gouache painters, I decided to give them a try. For the past 20 years I have worked intermittently with watercolors, so I was eager to try another water-based medium. From the first painting I made with gouache, I felt a very strong connection with the medium. The watercolor took a lot of patience to keep the paper white for the lights, but the gouache being opaque allowed me to approach the work like I do with oils, but it has a completely different feel. Immediately I was in love and jumped head first out of many places I have painted oils over the years and seeing everything as new, fresh and exciting, full of discoveries with a new medium.
Rotunda Gallery & Floyd Bettiga Gallery
From the permanent collection
MShop of the useum/Gallery of the permanent collection
Visit the museum shop for a selection of gifts and merchandise inspired by works of art exhibited by Morris Graves, Glenn Berry, Melvin Schuler and Romano Gabriel. The museum shop offers a wide selection of posters, contemporary art books, maps, exhibition catalogs, children’s books, notepads, tote bags, jewellery, glasses wine and coffee cups. Humboldt Arts Council members receive a 10% discount on all merchandise in the store.
Homer Balabanis Gallery/Humboldt Artist Gallery
Venture into the Humboldt Artist Gallery at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, the perfect place to find that one-of-a-kind gift. The gallery features many outstanding Humboldt County artists currently working in our area. Conceived as an artists’ cooperative, the gallery features local artists working in a variety of media ranging from figurative and abstract paintings, prints, jewelry, photography and ceramics.
The Morris Graves Museum of Art, located at 636 F Street, Eureka is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for seniors (65+), military veterans, and students with ID; free for children 17 and under; Families with an EBT card and valid ID have free entry 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!, 6-9pm
To ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors, we recommend that guests continue to wear masks inside the Morris Graves Museum of Art.