Current Exhibit


The new show at Westhaven Center for the Arts, “Welcome to My Garden,” is an exhibit of new oil paintings by Trinidad artist Bea Stanley.  There will be an opening reception on Sunday, November 3, from one to four.

In describing her early exposure to art, Stanley says, “I grew up on a chicken farm in Illinois, within a large extended musical and artistic family.  Often, after Sunday dinners at Grandma’s house, we would do drawings or paintings of each other. On my ninth birthday, I was given a set of oil paints and brushes by my favorite aunt – a great improvement over the watercolors and tempera previously available!”

After moving to Southern California, she studied at Otis Art Institute, Chounard, and UCLA. She came to Humboldt County in 1983 and has been active in local art organisations, having  many solo and group shows.

About the current show, Stanley said, “While I still enjoy drawing, and for a time, ceramics and sculpture, painting is what I truly love.  I am also an avid gardener, with three raised veggie and flower beds and lots and lots of flowers in pots and in the ground. Here are some of these flowers and veggies – welcome to my garden.”

 Westhaven Center is located at 501 South Westhaven Drive.  Regular gallery hours are Friday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.  For more information, call 677-9493, visit on Facebook at Westhaven Center for the Arts, or the website