Art Talk Sundays

First Sundays 2 p.m.

Learn from professional visiting and local artists as they share their inspiration, techniques and the meaning behind their work.
Art Talk is included with regular museum admission: $5 adults, $2 students/seniors, FREE for children & members!

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 September 3 at 2pm 

Carla Baku, author of Chasing Down the Moon: Mixing History and Mystery

Carla Baku, a local author, discusses her novel, Chasing Down the Moon, based on the historical events surrounding the expulsion of the Chinese from Eureka in 1885. The novel reimagines the events surrounding the expulsion via the experiences of its characters—both those purely built in the imagination and those drawn on real-life persons living in Eureka at the time. Carla also shares her creative process, specifically how this particular novel went from a vague idea to a completed book. 

Chasing Down the Moon explores strong universal themes that continue to be relevant in the world: human trafficking, fear of otherness, the oppression of women, and the rhetoric of hatred towards immigrants.

Carla Baku earned her BA from Standford with distinction at the age of 52 and an MFA in creative writing at age 55. She published her first novel at age 57.

October 8 at 2pm 

Michael Kibbe, composer and oboe soloist

Michael Kibbe is a composer and plays oboe and English horn in the Eureka Symphony, where he is also the Music Librarian. At Art Talk Michael walks the listener through the composing process, from "idea" or commission to pencil-on-paper (or computer) to extracting the work, preparing the instrumental parts, and finally to the performance.  Using the piano, Michael demonstrates sketches of the composition to the listener.

Michael Kibbe's total creative output is over 250 concert works, including two string quartets, 15 wind quintets, a large variety of mixed chamber music for winds, strings, brass, harp, keyboards and percussion. His catalogue includes works for band, orchestra and concertos. Kibbe’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Israel and China.

As oboe soloist he has appeared in concertos by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Marcello, Vivaldi and Kibbe. In addition to a performing degree on oboe and bassoon, he plays most of the other standard woodwind instruments, and has done live performing and recording work for over 40 years in the Los Angeles area.




Morris Graves Museum of Art

636 F Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Fax 707.442.2040

Museum Hours
12pm - 5pm Wednesday-Sunday

Humboldt Arts Council Office Hours
9am - 5pm Tuesday-Friday

$5 for adults;
$2 for seniors (age 65 and over) and students with ID;
children 17 and under free;
Museum members are free.

Thank You Museum Sponsors

•Schmidbauer Lumber Company
•Living Education & Arts Foundation
•Philip & Sally Arnot
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