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Exhibits

CURRENT EXHIBIT

“The Mundane and Magnificent: Flowers, Gardens, Ocean, and Earth.”

Lily image by Lois Andersen
“Lily” by Lois Andersen
Image of Crescent City Lighthouse by Paul Rickard
Image of Crescent City Lighthouse by Paul Rickard

September Opening “The Mundane and Magnificent: Flowers, Gardens, Ocean, and Earth.” A group show by the Representational Art League. Drawn together in friendship over the decades, the RAL is dedicated to the rendering of the beauty found in our everyday life. Founded in 1987, the they have consistently provided the community with shows that represent the unique beauty of the community and landscape.

Members meet once a month to critique work, plan community outreach and to prepare for upcoming shows. For this show, 14 artists will share their visions and inspirations; participating artists include Vicki Barry, Pat Cahill, Michelle Murphy-Ferguson, Susan Strope, Elsie Mendes, Lois Andersen, Steven Lemke, Andrew Daniel, Jody Bryan, Paul Rickard, Dolores Terry, Julia Bednar, Camille Regli and recently passed Marj Early. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments!

Exhibit Archives

“Hargers 3: A Family Affair”

         

The July-August show at the Westhaven Center for the Arts is “Hargers 3: A Family Affair” featuring Diane Harger’s quilt art, framed poetry by William and the sculptures of Bill’s son, Patrick.  The opening reception is Sunday, July 1, from 1 to 4. 

Diane Goldsmith Harger has been quilting for thirty-five years, beginning with traditional quilt blocks and moving on to many kinds of fabric manipulation such as smocking, pleating and origami and using  innovative dyeing techniques. Following trips to Japan and South Korea, her current work includes Japanese sashiko stitching, kumihimo braiding and kanzashi flowers  as well as traditional Korean patchwork. 

William Harger holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering and an MA in Social Sciences.  He has taught college level Environmental Ethics, Sociology and Poetry classes during a period of 35 years. He has authored 8 books and was a founding father of the National Environmental Education Development in Shasta Co.  “I have been writing poetry since I was twelve years old, much of it with an environmental slant deeply influenced by growing up in Trinity County on my grandparents’ gold mining claims. Many of my poems contain a humorous element most often reflected by surprise or “twist” endings.  I am an inventor at heart which, of course, makes me kind of unpredictable.” He is showing his poetry mounted in antique, 100 year old weathered window frames.

 Patrick Harger’s fascination with tools and creating from found objects began at an early age when he turned  his mother’s treadle sewing machine into a jig saw and started making musical instruments and pendants from silver coins. He soon acquired some old welding tanks and torch and began making sculptures from found objects. Since then he has refined his skills to create the intricate and polished sculptures in this show. From the design of a dragonfly’s wing to the joints in a spider’s leg, Pat’s expert welding technique and intricate mechanical design beautifullyi capture and celebrate the details in nature.

Westhaven Center for the Arts is located at 501 South Westhaven Drive. The gallery is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.  Visit us on Facebook and at westhavencenter.org.

MEMBERS SHOW OPENING RECEPTION

                                                                                                              

The May-June exhibit at The Westhaven Center for the Arts showcases work by its members.  This annual show features a variety of media and is always a highlight of the Center’s year.  The opening reception is Sunday, May 6, from 1-4.  “This is an opportunity to meet the artists and see the wide range of our local art,” said Exhibit Coordinator, Ann Anderson.

The 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.

HUMBOLDT STATE STUDENTS EXHIBIT AT
WESTHAVEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS

ceramic by anne mcguire archival digital print alkaid remirize jasmine garcia ceramic sculpture by veronica moreira ceramic sculpture by kelsey owens sculpture by anne mcguire

 

 

 

 

“Human Presence”, a show combining photography and ceramic works by Humboldt State University students, is the March-April show at the Westhaven Center for the Arts.  The opening reception is Sunday, March 4, from 1 to 4 pm.

Humboldt State University’s Photography Portfolio Development students of Dave Woody present a group photography exhibition utilizing digital prints as well as darkroom prints. The show encompasses a variety of responses to the theme of Human Presence.

Instructor Ryan Hurst described his students’ work  as “an overview of Humboldt State’s Ceramics Department. The students participating and their work provide examples of the variety of clays, firing techniques and surface development and decoration offered at HSU from Beginning Ceramics to Advanced classes.

Westhaven Center for the Arts is located at 501 South Westhaven Drive. The gallery is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.  Visit us on Facebook and at westhavencenter.org.

MARCEAU VERDIERE SHOWING AT WESTHAVEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS

                      

 

 

 

 

“Autumn Solitude,” paintings and photographs by Marceau Verdiere, is the January-February show at Westhaven Center for the Arts.  There will be an opening reception on Sunday, January 7, from 1 to 4.  A native of Franace, Verdiere is an instructor at the Northcoast Preparatory Arts Academy. He works in oil on a variety of surfaces to create abstract paintings based on nature.

In describing his work, Verdiere states “These paintings were created during the fall, a season that I cherish more than any other. The transition between summer and winter is a time during which I feel most alive as I see nature explode in changing colors and lights. As Camus once wrote: “Autumn is a second spring in which every leaf becomes a flower”. However, it is also a time of anticipation of the coming winter, a time in which our colors inevitably surrender to the grey I so dread. It is a juggling of melancholia and euphoria.

The basis of my work is simply life, from which I attempt to abstract all layers of time past and future, aiming to lay bare the present moment. Currently, I am consumed with the study of different philosophical aesthetic principles, focusing primarily on the Japanese concepts making up what is known as Wabi-Sabi. These concepts speak to me in a most profound way. The appreciation of the simple, lopsided, weathered and worn, opens a sense of deep compassion that I strive to connect with while painting.

I create my paintings by applying then removing paint in all sorts of manners, putting the surface through a myriad of abuses in the process, allowing for remaining traces of paint to create the images I end up with. The result could be described as austere and simple but closer looks should reveal the complexity of the creation.”

This exhibit is the second part of two musings about the Fall season. The first part is titled “Autumn Reveries” and is on display at Umpqua Upstairs gallery in Arcata until Feb 6th.  You can see more of his work at marceauverdiere.com.

Westhaven Center for the Arts is located at 501 South Westhaven Drive. The gallery is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.  Visit us on Facebook and at westhavencenter.org. 

 SUSAN FOX RETROSPECTIVE
AT WESTHAVEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS

 

 

 

 

“Twenty Years Before the Easel: A Retrospective of Susan Fox’s Work in Oil, 1997-2017” is the November-December show at the Westhaven Center for the Arts.  There will be an opening reception on Sunday, November 12, from 1 to 4.

In describing this show Susan says “I’m celebrating twenty years of painting in oil with a retrospective of my career thus far by presenting this exhibition of work which has been accepted into a variety of national juried shows, along with a selection of personal favorites that I’ve kept as my “artist’s collection”. It also includes some of my early work in a variety of media dating from my childhood as a kid who loved to draw and then my work as a sign painter, graphic designer, calligrapher and illustrator. The skills that I learned in those areas have always informed and influenced my art.“

She continued, “The major theme of my work has always been the natural world and its wildlife and, since around 2007, the country of Mongolia…the animals, land and people. I have taken a traditional, naturalist approach to my depictions of animals, relying on field researchers and conservation biologists to ensure that my subjects are correct in appearance and behavior. This does not limit me in any way, but liberates me to understand the meaning of what I see. Animal behavior fascinates me. I’m interested in accuracy, not detail, and always strive for a personal painterly expression that depicts an individual of a species, not a generic representation.”

Westhaven Center for the Arts is located at 501 South Westhaven Drive. The gallery is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.   Examples of Susan’s work may be seen on our Facebook page and at westhavencenter.org.

“UNDER HUMBOLDT SKIES II”
AT WESTHAVEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS

“Under Humboldt Skies II – Humboldt Open Air Landscape Painters and Friends” is the September –  October show at the Westhaven Center for the Arts.  There will be an opening reception on Sunday, September 10, from 1 to 4.  Many of the participating artists will be painting on the grounds of the Center beginning at 10 a.m.

“We paint most every day – together, alone, in the studio, in the fog, wind, cold, with humor, frustration and determination,” said painter Paul Rickard. “Drawn together in friendship, we inspire one another to push, probe and ponder the often chaotic and spontaneous avocation of outdoor painting. For us, this is an open-ended journey of exploration, to be shared and savored together.”

The group is composed of artists of every level, from beginners to masters of the craft.  They meet weekly for a “Sunday Paintout” to which all are invited. Check Paul’s Facebook post on Saturday for that week’s time and location.

Westhaven Center for the Arts is located at 501 South Westhaven Drive. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from one to four.  Visit our Facebook page, website “westhavencenter.org” or call 677-9493 for more information.Save

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