Current Exhibits

“SCULPTED PHOTOGRAPHS” AT WESTHAVEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Westhaven Center For The Arts is proud to announce an exhibition of innovative work by Big Lagoon artist Matt Dodge.Titled “Sculpted Photographs”, the display hangs for the months of March and April, with an opening reception Sunday, March 1 from 1 to 4 PM.

Matt Dodge works in a unique, self-developed technique. Beginning with photographs taken while pursuing outdoor activities, the images are digitally edited and printed in black and white on canvas. Next, color is applied by hand, using inks and dyes, pencils and pastels, oils, acrylics and watercolors. Outlines, textures and design motifs are then steadfastly and meticulously carved into the core of the canvas using X-Acto knives and engraving tools. These steps are repeated if necessary, until the image reveals itself. Wire is sometimes stitched through the canvas as a final embellishment. Every resulting work, which Dodge terms “sculpted photographs”, is a one-of-a-kind handmade art treasure.

“Matt’s work is unlike anything I have ever seen,” says Exhibit Coordinator, Ann Anderson, “The first time I saw it, I wanted to display it at the Center, and we are so excited to share it with the community.” To see more of his work, go to mattdodgeimages.com

Westhaven Centeris 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 on the website westhavencenter.org.

“ELEMENTS OF HUMBOLDT” AT WESTHAVEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS

The new exhibit  at Westhaven Center for the Arts is titled “The Elements of Humboldt through Rainbow Eyes.”  Artist in Residence, Crystal Ange, is showing her multi-media art created in jewelry, journals, framed art, photography, resin, sewing and wands. The opening reception is Sunday, January 12, from one to four.

Ange describes her work as a visionary experience of fire, water, earth, air and surprise, saying “come take a walk with my eyes to see magic I’ve found in nature and sound bathing and gifts I’ve treasured. Bring an element of surprise with food to share and up to ten painted heart rocks for door prize tickets to win my art.

Westhaven Center is located at 501 South Westhaven Drive.  Regular gallery hours are Fridayl 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 westhavencenter.org.

“ WELCOME TO MY GARDEN” AT WESTHAVEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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 westhavencenter.org