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David Boston:  33 Years
June 4 to July 31

“I began photographing the landscape around the historic Carson Hunting Lodge in 1979, first as a friend of Bill Burgess, son of the owner, Dr. Peter Burgess, and later when I became the main caretaker of the then long-neglected estate grounds. In 1981 I was contracted by Dr. Burgess to undertake extended restoration of the 10 acres surrounding the former hunting lodge, which was built in the late 1800s. As a photographer I also documented the land and water around the lodge on a regular basis.” David Boston shares the environmental and aesthetic changes that occurred over 33 years at the historic Carson Hunting Lodge, showing the transformation of the original gardens into a formal garden estate.

Treacy Ziegler:  States of Waiting
June 11 to July 31

Treacy Ziegler has been exhibiting her art for the past 25 years in various galleries throughout the United States and Canada. Six years ago she began seeking a different audience and began exhibiting her work in high security prisons. As a consequence, she conducts ongoing prison art workshops in various states, and develops through-the-mail art projects for a network of 3500 prisoners throughout US.

The paintings and bronze sculpture in this exhibition have been influenced by Ziegler’s involvement in prisons. Although birds are usually experienced as a metaphor for freedom, the bronze birds in this exhibition are not free but exist within the symbiotic relationship between space and being. The paintings, devoid of specific beings, are infused with a contradictory presence suggesting that something has just happened or is about to happen. If being cannot exist without space, space cannot exist without being.

Jave Yoshimoto:  The Fragile World
August 6 to October 1

Jave Yoshimoto is a visual artist and educator based in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, his MA in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his MFA from Syracuse University. He believes in creating works that are sincere and true to his authentic self, and teaches his students to do the same at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

This exhibition focuses on “disaster series,”  inspired by the great Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. After receiving the news and observing the devastation of the country where he was initially born, he collected images and collaged a composition to pay honor and homage to those who lost their homes, livelihood and lives that day. The end result was a 30 feet long scroll painting on paper completed in gouache, with large, flat color sections that also were inspired by the aesthetics of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. He believes that tragedies such as this speak on the narratives of humanity that we face in the wake of catastrophes, and wish to bring awareness to the history of the event and inspire to help those in need to this day.

Exhibition Sponsored by Betty Osborne.

Lanore Cady:  Houses & Letter
August 6 to October 10

The entire 26 piece collection of original artwork from the book Houses & Letters by Lanore Cady, from the Humboldt Arts Council’s Permanent Collection, was recently treated by a conservator for typical paper damage such as foxing, acid migration, and accretions. The collection will be on view for the public to see the transformation of the paper after treatment. Visitors can view beautiful renderings of some of Humboldt’s most historic buildings and homes while reading related text executed in Cady’s brush-painted calligraphy. These works of art were then published as an alphabet book, Houses & Letters. The original books will be available for purchase in the MGMA Museum Store.

Collecting works of art is one of the most basic undertakings of an art museum. Moreover, what the museum collects strongly determines its overall character and influence in the art community at large. As a consequence, the Humboldt Arts Council in the Morris Graves Museum of Art is founded upon the principles of ethical art collecting and stewardship. The Museum recognizes that it holds for posterity a significant portion of our cultural wealth. The addition of Houses & Letters to the HAC Permanent Collection is a wonderful gift of local history, and the Humboldt Arts Council is proud that the pieces have been restored to ensure visitors for future generations can enjoy this beautiful collection.

The next step for caring for this collection is to have all 26 works of art framed in museum quality products that will not cause any further damage to the paper. Being that this collection is so important to our local culture, community members are invited to support this effort by donating funds for new archival framing. Donors of $100 will receive an original print from the series and donors of $500 or over will receive an original print signed by Cady.

Once Upon a Time
August 28 to October 10

The exhibition will display the works of artist-made books by design students at the University of California, Davis.  The books are the final project for a foundation class called Design 15 Form and Color.  Their class focused on understanding color, form and composition as ways of communicating design concepts and content. Topics of the class include color theory, color mixing and interaction of color. Students created explorations that ultimately serve as their portfolio pieces as designers.  They used a variety of materials, media and presentation techniques.

22nd Annual Junque Arte
Competition & Exhibition
October 1 to November 27

Designed to celebrate artistic creativity on the North Coast and heighten the awareness of renewable resources in the art-making process, each artwork in this juried exhibition is made from 100% recycled materials — reclaimed, reused, recovered, secondhand, salvaged — anything un-new!

Humboldt Arts Council Annual
Member Exhibition
October 21 to December 11

The Annual Humboldt Arts Council Member Show is a juried exhibition designed to highlight the fabulous art being produced by HAC Artist Members. As always, this exhibition is eclectic, surprising and enjoyable.

Brandice Guerra:  Animalia
December 17 to January 22

Brandice Guerra holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Humboldt State University, where she coordinates the drawing area and teaches courses in drawing and illustration. Prior to arriving at Humboldt, she was the Grace V. Wisdom Endowed Chair in Visual Art, Studio Art Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Art at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She is represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago.

“Animalia is a series of small-scale paintings and works on paper informed by my interests in natural history, 19th and early 20th century illustration, and 17th century painting. I am very interested in historical interactions between science and art, and in animals as symbols in art and visual culture. My practice is largely narrative — I enjoy telling stories through imagery. Sometimes my images are illustrations of actual non-human animal behaviors, and at other times I bend the truth, using animal bodies to tell stories about human behavior.

Spectators:  Photographs by Tom Patton,
Words by Rob Davidson
December 17 to January 29

Rob Davidson is the author of two short story collections, Field Observations (Missouri, 2001) and The Farther Shore (Bear Star, 2012), and a scholarly monograph, The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells (Missouri, 2005). Davidson’s awards and honors include winning the 2009 Camber Press Fiction Award, judged by Ron Carlson; a 1997 AWP Intro Journals Project Award; a Pushcart Prize nomination; and having twice been selected Artist-in-Residence at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York. His fiction, essays and interviews have appeared in Zyzzyva, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, The Normal School, New Delta Review, the AWP Writer’s Chronicle, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and American literature at California State University, Chico.

Tom Patton has been actively engaged with photography since 1970. He received a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute (1976), MA (1977) and MFA (1982) degrees from University of New Mexico. He has held full-time teaching appointments since 1982. From 1983-2002 Tom headed the photography program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and was the chief architect of their successful BFA program. Patton joined the Art and Art History faculty at California State University, Chico in 2002, Chairing the program until 2007. With nearly 250 exhibitions and more than 60 publications, Patton’s art has been widely seen. In addition to shows in the USA, he’s also shown in Australia, Japan and Europe. Patton has received fellowships from the James D. Phelan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as numerous University grants. His work is included in several prominent public collections including: Australian National Gallery; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; St. Louis Art Museum; Seattle Art Museum; Portland Art Museum; Milwaukee Art Museum; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; and the Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento.