Upcoming Exhibitions

Humboldt Collects!

February 24 to April 22

Why are we a nation of storage units, packed basements, and reality TV shows about hoarding? Humboldt Collects presents extraordinary collections from Humboldt County residents, exploring the fascinating practice of collecting. Celebrating the intrinsic beauty and insightful stories found within the collections and the people who make them, this show examines how the items we collect inform notions of who we are as individuals and a community.

Jim Lowry: African Fantasy

February 24 to April 29

In April, 2016 my wife of 35 years suddenly died. My life was shocked out of it’s norms, and I pledged to say “yes” to everything that came my way. One day a friend called and told me a small group of photographers were going to Africa for a month, and he invited me to join them. What could I say but yes. Yes to everything.

The months marched by rapidly, and it was time to go. I met my friend in the Vaxhall area of London where we spent a couple of days walking and taking photos. From there we caught a flight to South Africa, where we met our other four companions. We rented vehicles and headed out to Kruger National Park.

Kruger Park was in the third year of a three year drought. Many of the animals were suffering, especially the grazers and Hippos. Elephants were pushing trees over to eat the roots; Bones were in abundance; rivers were very low and water holes were drying up. Many areas looked like a war zone.

Kruger is about the animals. Photographers with enormous lenses and fancy equipment were all about the close ups. Being primarily a landscape photographer, I sought to incorporate animals into the landscape, rather than do just animal portraits. The land was telling a tale of gritty survival in a difficult environment. I needed to shoot that.

I spent days and nights in bush camps, out tracking animals on foot at sunrise with half a dozen other travelers and two rangers walking single file, an arm’s length apart so as to appear  to be one large animal. If someone needed to stop for any reason, everyone stopped. The feeling of being last in that line is something I expect to remember for a long time.

After a month, I came home with 6,000 photos. While it will take a long time to do justice to this many photos, this show is a collection of my first choices.

I hope this show inspires the “yes” in you.

Exhibition Sponsored by Gale Becker

John Humphries: Watercolor Drawing: Abstraction, Nature and Narrative

February 24 to April 15

As an adopted child I search the world to find myths and stories to fill the gap present from not having a ready-made family narrative of my own when I was young. Through this lens, I now make drawings that are emotional and technical, with a colorist's sensibility, that link the visual language of landscape, color theory, and constructed elements. These watercolor drawings are made by observing environmental phenomena (here referred to as natural characters such as wind, clouds, shadow, noise, birds, horizon, etc.) and through abstraction which assists these characters in describing an essential story about the landscape and built environment and mythology. Some characters within these drawings are rendered in the form of gestures, some with drafted lines and curves, some of collaged photographic elements, others of constructed pieces of wood floating above the plane of the paper. As these characters are coaxed into interactions, a complex image emerges revealing an underlying, perhaps subconscious, story about the context. The drawings incorporate physical elements embedded into the surface of the paper. The drawings for the exhibition will be drawings describing observations from nature and mythology. 

Justin L’Amie: The Beautiful Night

April 21 to June 10

We live in a world that I am told is guided by scientific rules and principles. There are reasons why each plant grows the way it does. There are reasons that a frog doesn't give birth to a bird. There are reasons things feel different at night. I am sure there are reasons why. Traveling to new places I see that everything looks familiar, yet different. The same or similar shapes, colours and textures. Variation and combination, repetition without repeating. Rare new life. They are new flowers to me. Insects with green eyes.

27th Annual Images of Water Photography Competition & Exhibition

April 28 to June 3

Celebrating years of creative visions of water, this revived annual competition highlights the inspiring beauty of water. From images of lakes and streams to ice-cube trays and snow, Images of Water is a fun, theme-based show to take part in or to just take a look at. Open to all photographers, this is an exciting opportunity for all to become involved in the arts on the North Coast.

Claudia Lima-Humboldt

May 5 to June 18

Claudia Lima was born in San Diego and grew up in the small town of Julian, California.  She is the oldest of nine children.  She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Animal Science.  After graduation she went to work in the family lumber business in San Diego.  In 1982 she moved to Ukiah, California and opened her own wholesale lumber brokerage business. In 1992 she married her husband, John, a logging contractor and moved to Humboldt County. Claudia was always drawing as a child.  When she moved to Humboldt County, she started taking Art Classes at Humboldt State University.  She took a break from painting after the birth of their son, Christopher, but went back in painting in earnest in 2007.  She has had exhibitions at the Humboldt State University First Street Gallery, Art Center Alturas, Strawberry Rock Gallery, Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale, San Luis Obispo Cattlemen’s Western Art Show and Sale. She also exhibits frequently at the Redwood Arts Association Gallery. The works in the exhibition are impressionistic oil paintings of logging and ranching and historic landscape symbols of the timber industry in Humboldt County.

Redwood National Park

June 9 to August 5

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Redwood National Park this exhibition features mixed media artwork inspired by the redwoods.

Mary Robinson-Confluence

June 16 to August 19

Mary Robinson’s exhibition, Confluence: Monoprints and Mixed Media Works on Paper, brings together different modes of working and contrary gestures. Robinson mixes and remixes printmaking matrices, and cuts and reconfigures paintings and collages, to see relationships freshly. This continual composing, decomposing, and recomposing reflects the way Robinson experiences the world, where circumstances can change quickly—technology is developing rapidly, political situations can suddenly flip, and the natural environment is breaking down at an alarming pace. Her cyclical process of breaking forms apart and layering or gluing them back together mirrors desires for both order and chaos.

Robinson created the monoprints in this exhibition from stencils and matrices, hand-cut from wood and other materials, and also printed from the leftover or negative cut shapes. These prints have gone through the press several times to build up translucent and opaque layers of color. Robinson’s method of printing with scraps coincides with parallel practices of collage and collage-like painting. There is a constant dialogue between the bodies of work: some of the collages contain cut-up prints, and often the collages and paintings become “sketches” or springboards for new prints.

Buzz Parker: Home Tree Home

June 23 to August 12

Home Tree Home explores Buzz Parker’s interests in both local Victorian houses and the beautiful California coastlines and treescapes. As a child living in rural Maryland, Parker built getaway hangout treeforts where he could escape, which inspires him now to create incredibly complicated treeforts on paper and canvas. Each treehouse has colorful Victorian architecture, hand carved skies, dreamy neighborhoods of towering homes and is a monument dedicated to all homes and the personal pride and seclusion we experience in owning and maintaining them.


Fifty Years of Wire: Elizabeth Berrien’s Journey of Exploration-A Retrospective

August 11 to September 30

August 11 through September 30

A young student’s life was changed forever by the art teacher’s words: “Take this wire and mess with it!” Struggling for years, Elizabeth Berrien applied her love of basketry, weaving and other textile arts to gain control and fluency with the wire. She developed her unique, very personal textile technique of wire sculpture. Evolving it to museum level quality by the 1980’s, when few people were aware of wire sculpture and its validity as an art medium was very much in question.

In the ensuing decades, Berrien accepted myriad public and private commissions, and received dozens of top worldwide awards including a Clio, Obie, Cannes Gold Lions, and international Best of Show awards.

The artist constantly expands her repertoire. From the dragons and unicorns of the 1960’s, she expanded to explore and embrace tigers and wolves, birds of prey, humans, botanicals, microbes and spacecraft... no end in sight.

Dual Nature: Porcelain Vessels and Paintings by Shimo

August 18 to October 28

Shimo is an artist who defies categorization. His talent at bridging media, style of painting, and cultural modes of expression is visually apparent in his exhibition, Dual Nature.

Born and trained in both traditional Chinese Ink and Western style oil painting in China. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Shanghai University. He has held a teaching position at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art for months out of the year. His work is represented in the public collections of many institutions, including the Crocker Art Museum, the Sacramento Convention Center, the National Art Museum of China, the China Art Museum, the Liu Haisu Art Museum; the Ningbo Museum, the Shenzhen Museum, among many others. In his professional life, he has organized multiple exhibitions of art at his eponymous gallery in Sacramento, in addition to maintaining an active artistic practice as a painter and ceramic artist in both countries. He has shown his works internationally, including in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen, New York, Sacramento, Taiwan, Japan, and Indonesia. Shimo has resided in Sacramento, California since 2003.

His current body of work pairs his elegant, porcelain vessels with gestural paintings of lotus flowers. Using highly prized clay “Gao Ling Tu” from Jingdezhen, where Chinese potters for centuries have crafted and fired their blue-and-white ware, Shimo first throws his large vessels on a wheel. He then joins several different forms together by hand. Afterward, he carves them to be extremely thin, in order to emphasize porcelain’s natural translucence. The spare, geometric shape of his vessels relies more on a modernist tradition of simple forms, rather that the elaborative silhouettes of Chinese vases. 

With a broad brush and cobalt blue oxide, Shimo paints wide field of blue on his vessels. His expressive adaptation of paint and gesture to convey emotion relates to an interest in New York Abstract Expressionist style of painting of 40s and 50s. He alternates his abstraction with more naturalistically portrayed branches, birds, lotus buds and little fishes. Such expressions of beauty function as symbols replete with cultural and spiritual significance. The lotus grows up pure and resilient from the murky waters that surround it, showing the purity of Buddhist doctrine in the face of earthly temptations.

In his paintings, Shimo blends specific natural motifs seen in the three-dimensional pieces, with larger area of ink washes, punctuated by a few touches of white, pink or red. He often mixes his own pigments from natural materials, and his known for creating ‘Ji-Mo’ (multiple layers), or a rippling surface due to the accumulation of dripping ink on paper. 

In all, Shimo’s current work in porcelain and on paper /canvas is part of his ever evolving practice that merges ancient traditions with a contemporary sprit. 

William Ishmael-Wholeness and Fragmentation

August 25 to October 28

“…to some extent, it has always been both necessary and proper to man, in his thinking, to divide things up, and to separate them, so as to reduce his problems to manageable proportions …   .. the notion that all these fragments are separately existent is evidently an illusion, and this illusion cannot do other than lead to endless conflict and confusion.”  from David Bohm, physicist, in “Wholeness and the Implicate Order”

William Ishmael has been an artist for the last 30 years, beginning with watercolor landscapes and progressing to large abstract works and art installations utilizing latex paint, sand,  active rusting on steel plates, organic materials, and the natural elements of the weather to achieve the weathered, multilayered effects on many of his works.  

William has exhibited widely including multiple shows in Sacramento, as well as galleries in Palm Springs and Lexington, Kentucky.

William’s accomplishments include being named Sacramento Art and Business Council’s “Artist of the Year” for 2011 and, in 2014, having his 9 foot by 12 foot work “Wholeness and Fragmentation” accepted by SMAC for permanent installation in the Sacramento County Administration Building.

All of the works are an effort to convey that sense of the wholeness being broken up into fragments… fragments which are beautiful in their own right, but can readily be seen in a larger context, and have greater meaning as a result. 

The steel plates, the mirrored surfaces, as well as the sets of smaller canvases constituting a larger picture all intended to raise the awareness of this thesis in the viewers mind.

Junque Arte

October 6 to December 3

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!


HAC Members Exhibition

November 3 to December 30

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.

Morris Graves Museum of Art

636 F Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Fax 707.442.2040

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12pm - 5pm Wednesday-Sunday

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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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