Dennis Halkides & James M Cudziol
Jan
2
to Feb 26

Dennis Halkides & James M Cudziol

James M Cudziol

Artist Statement

“Visions, a personal reinvention of the California Landscape”

Finding new paintings with a focus on a personal re-interpretation the California Landscape. I am weaving art history, color and light into my own personal vision of California.

Using impressionism, abstract expressionism, surrealism and pop art, the landscape becomes a vision of how I see the California I live in. Breaking down color and shapes in to basic forms, using color value, tone and hue, I challenge the viewer to see through my eyes and invite them into an experience.

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Dennis Halkides

Artist Statement

Most people think of a photographer as someone who makes “snap shots” or pictures that are accurate slices of time and place of their subject, reproducing reality if you will.

As a photographic artist, I don’t do that, or at least try my best not to. I don’t see myself as a mere “recorder” of what is.  I see a subject that interests me and try to identify why it caught my attention…then try to envision what I can make from it.  My interpretation. In other words, something about the scene caught my interest—caused me to respond to it, both with my camera and in the post-processing phase of making my image. Bottom line test is that it must be something I would proudly hang on my wall.

I try to improve, change and interpret what I am looking at when I get back to my computer, quite the same as I imagine a landscape painter who changes colors of their subject, and omits ugly litter or signs if that’s not part of their artistic vision.

For the most part, my finished print is not meant to be an accurate depiction of what was actually there at the time of capture, but rather what I envisioned that it could be looking at it the time of capture.

If that were not the case, I’d have no purpose as a photographic artist.  I’d be like a Google camera car, recording what it sees without artistic imputes.

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Dan Molyneux
May
4
to Jun 30

Dan Molyneux

Artist Statement

This latest series of work is about reflecting the natural world through geometrical expressionism, a space where the viewer can perceive the work in a personal way while relating on a level beyond language and rationale. Observable geometry is as old as cracking mud, freezing water, cooled lava, astronomy, man-made shelter and alphabets. Humans have a natural affinity and innate ability to relate to elemental form. Every civilization has had a relationship with it represented in script, written music, belief systems, mathematics, science, and mark making. By generating sculptures based on combinations of elemental shapes, my aim is for the sculpture to resonate through both its formal and more universal qualities. My hope is that the work elude definition and at the same time recall a sense of the familiar.

 

Dan was first introduced to ceramics while apprenticing with a sculptor in Bangalore, India. He later honed his firing skills at an 18-month residency at the Cub Creek Foundation, 3 years as the studio manager for Chris Gustin, and an MFA under John Balistreri in Ohio. Dan has been invited to artist residencies throughout the US, Denmark, the UK, France and the Netherlands.  His work is regularly exhibited both nationally and internationally.

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James Kroner & Ian Stetson
Jul
6
to Aug 31

James Kroner & Ian Stetson

James Kroner

Artist Bio

James Kroner b. 1978 grew up in direct opposition to his exterior world, it seemed. There was a stark contrast between his normal suburban lifestyle and all those inner adversities of a troubled youth. The two could not be made to fit together and this gave birth to a need, a need to write. By the time he was in high school he would sit for hours to write, page after page was written fueled by the blind enthusiasm to understand himself, thus carrying him through years of journal writing. The road to realization came from this ritual. Again he could return to the solitude and silence of the written page and find meaning within the throes of a world.

This same world held much visual interest and fascination as well. Kroner began studying art in his early twenties and eventually deliberated to pursue it over his longstanding study of philosophy. Something clicked for him while drawing a series of gesture poses from a figure modeling class, and it was from this click, that happened again and again which opened his mind to the path he would take.

During his MFA at the Academy of Art University S.F., James cultivated a powerful shift in focus driven towards self-development as a painter. He received numerous awards including first place for landscape painting 2010 Annual Spring Show, and a full scholarship to study in Italy for the summer of 2011. He has since exhibited his artwork in a large number of shows including solo shows and various group shows. He received the Emerging Artist of 2014, a Solo Exhibition through the Academy’s Atelier Gallery in San Francisco.  

Exhibiting in numerous galleries for a variety of group and solo shows Kroner has already caught the attention of collectors and enthusiasts. This emerging artist shows a keen ability and growing reputation, looking to be just the beginning of a long, adventurous career.

Artist Statement

We see an incredible awareness of light and atmosphere within his scenes, glowing with an ethereal vitality as if actually alive and moving. From across the room his scenes take on a striking sense of realism in some areas while in others diverge into an orchestral arrangement of tone and color, dissolving away from form altogether yet maintaining a wonderful harmony as a whole. There is a vigorous presence, and a fragility, as if he took a risk within his process of painting. He says that “While painting I want to make a discovery, the process itself is an unknown and the viewer can also see this excitement within the work.” He is continually shifting his approach to fit with a result.  

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Ian Stetson

Artist Bio

Ian Stetson , dedicated ceramicist originally from Weaverville, graduated from Southern Oregon Univ. and studied under Jim Romberg.  He is inspired by the functionality of ceramics and providing beauty in people's daily lives. Ian says that he most likes and appreciates that ceramics uses all of the elements in the creative process: fire, water, earth, air and the human/creator as the ether. Stetson primarily works on the wheel, utilizing a broad array of natural elements in clay to produce different colors int he clay body to produce variety and contrast in his work. 

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Debee Olson & Hal Oleari
Sep
7
to Sep 30

Debee Olson & Hal Oleari

Artist Statement

DEBEE L. HOLLAND - OLSON

Extreme Northern California and the Pacific North Coast have been the subject and inspiration of my work for more than forty-five years.

I am a contemporary American Realist whose imagery has sought to explore the gap between the actual landscape of inspiration and the painting of the landscape, the gap between nature and art. When internalizing the condition viewed on site, I develop a new focal point, in which the aspects meet and form something greater involving greater involving the viewer and oneself into a timeless landscape.

My first impression of the selected site for painting comes from standing within the landscape and the feelings that the scene conveys. I want to enlarge it and develop what I see into a composition that pleasing to me and which will potentially draw the viewer into the painting. I gravitate to sunrise, early morning, and late afternoons. The inspiration always comes back to the landscapes itself and my emotional response. Working outdoors on location provides opportunity for contemplation, self discovery, and inspiration as each visit brings a new physical presence and color condition working on site. The culmination of experiences is so intense as to be painfully joyful!

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HAL OLEARI

Celebrating the spectacular vastness, intricacies, and stories told by the natural world around us is the primary objective. But, can one more “landscape” show present a unique perspective on arguably the most common subject drawn, painting and photographed? “ Light and Atmosphere-a Rippling Effect” offers just that.

For this show, story-telling through landscape painting is my goal. Questions I ask myself are: Does it evoke an emotional response? Are there engaging properties that transcend color palette, composition, perspective, and a sense of place? Does it talk to me, tell me about somewhere I imagine I must have been?

The works presented will be crafted with a number of different mediums which will offer considerable visual variety along with the opportunity to experience the subject of nature is its many different settings.

Chances are you’ve become familiar with some of my earlier paintings as they’ve been exhibited in the member areas for quite some time. My work has progressed considerably over the years, and especially over the last two years as I’ve disciplined myself to work in my studio on a daily basis.

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Annual Woven Wonderland, Art & Artisan Craft Exhibit
Nov
2
to Dec 24

Annual Woven Wonderland, Art & Artisan Craft Exhibit

The Highland Art Center is in the heart of downtown historic Weaverville and we get lots of touristy holiday traffic this time of year and love showcasing local handmade goods.  If you crochet, widdle, weave, sew, weld, form and fire, paint, bead, carve, blow glass, or just plain make stuff, give us a call to find out more about getting your work into our gallery and gift shop.  info@highlandartcenter.com or 530-623-5111. 

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"Woven Wonders" A Fiber Art Exhibit
Nov
3
5:00 PM17:00

"Woven Wonders" A Fiber Art Exhibit

A collection of fiber works ranging from natural plant to animal fibers. Come see the array of uses for fiber as a medium to artistic expression in Woven Wonders, Fiber Arts Show opening reception Nov 3rd from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Today artists are using fiber in unconventional ways and creating works in a genre with a longstanding history and yet to some it seems as if fiber-based art is new and unexpected

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 34th Annual Juried Art Show
Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

34th Annual Juried Art Show

Join us for the 34th annual Juried Art Show at the Highland Art Center with an opening reception on October 6th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. To create this exciting exhibit, member artists submit the best of their work in hopes that it will fare well against their counterparts.

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"Rust, Fire, Weather: The Master's Mediums"  Sculpture and Photography by Buck Steele
Aug
11
5:00 PM17:00

"Rust, Fire, Weather: The Master's Mediums" Sculpture and Photography by Buck Steele

 

When you ask an artist what their medium is you will usually hear something like watercolor, oil, or ceramic.  Rust is not what you would expect an artist to list as their preferred medium, but Buck Steele is not your average artist.  He is an award winning photographer who has been exploring the beauty of rust in macro shots for years and has developed a deep fascination with it.  Buck has learned how to produce, control, and manipulate rust; describing it as similar to watercolor in that it still has a mind of its own. 

In this exhibit, Buck has focused on the rusted, melted, and charred remains of the recent fires at Helena and other places.  Fire and weather are the artists, and Buck has a keen eye for finding and celebrating the textures and patinas they create.  From sculpture to photography, Buck’s desire is that his work will inspire viewers to discover that there is always something beautiful to see and experience beyond the surface of what seems to be dull, ruined, or chaotic.  Art is everywhere and in everything natural.

Join us August 11th from 5-8pm for our art opening reception celebrating this incredibly talented local artist.  The Highland Art Center is located at 691 Main Street in historic Weaverville and is open 11-5pm Monday, Wednesday & Thursday.  10-6pm Friday & Saturday.  Sunday 11-3:00pm.  For more information call 530-623-5111 or email info@highlandartcenter.org

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50th Anniversary BBQ
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

50th Anniversary BBQ

Join us for a potluck BBQ in celebration of the Highland Art Center and Jake Jackson Museum's 50th birthdays!  We will be picnicking in the meadow with our friends from across the street as we reminisce about the past 50 years and look ahead toward the next 50. 

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A Blown Glass & Photography Exhibit by Michael Hopko, and Michele James Photography
Jun
2
5:00 PM17:00

A Blown Glass & Photography Exhibit by Michael Hopko, and Michele James Photography

During the month of June the Highland Art Center is alive with color and light.  Pairing the deeply saturated photography of Michele James with a collection of new glass pieces by Michael Hopko, this stunning exhibit will transport you to watery woodlands and wild west wildernesses. 

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Enamel Pendant Workshop
May
26
6:00 PM18:00

Enamel Pendant Workshop

In this fun workshop with Highland studio artist Juanita Gonzalez, we will be exploring the world of enamel. You’ll learn about various enameling techniques and materials while you design 3 pendants of differing shapes and sizes. If you’re looking for a new and different type of creative night out, this one will be a blast. All materials, snacks, and a glass of wine are included! 

$30 members
$35 non-members

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" Their Stories " 2D Works With Varying Media By Denise Granger Kerbs
May
5
5:00 PM17:00

" Their Stories " 2D Works With Varying Media By Denise Granger Kerbs

The Highland Art Center is thrilled to kick off our summer series of individual art exhibits with award winning artist Denise Granger Kerbs.  From an early age Denise’s raw talent was evident and her passion grew with every new medium she experimented with.  Growing up in a large family, Denise developed the ability to see the subtle details and nuances that make each subject unique.  It is that intuitive skill that lends so much depth to her work.  She finds herself compelled to seek out the smallest of elements in order to fully capture the essence and life of each subject.  A graduate of Chico State with a BA in Art and a CA Teaching Credential, Denise has a very full teaching schedule.  As a teacher she find a tremendous amount of inspiration in seeing the way art moves within each student’s unique perspectives!  

Join us May 5th from 5-8pm for our art opening reception, celebrating this incredibly talented artist.  We are also thrilled to be offering an Alcohol Ink Workshop with Denise earlier in the day from 9 am – 4 pm.  Please swing by, call, or email for more information and to register for this exciting opportunity. 

The Highland Art Center is located at 691 Main Street in historic Weaverville and is open 11-5pm Tues. – Sat.  For more information call 530-623-5111 or email info@highlandartcenter.org

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Alcohol Ink Workshop: Hosted By Denise Granger Kerbs
May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Alcohol Ink Workshop: Hosted By Denise Granger Kerbs

The Highland Art Center is thrilled to kick off our summer series of individual art exhibits with award winning artist Denise Granger Kerbs. From an early age Denise’s raw talent was evident and her passion grew with every new medium she experimented with. Growing up in a large family, Denise developed the ability to see the subtle details and nuances that make each subject unique. It is that intuitive skill that lends so much depth to her work. She finds herself compelled to seek out the smallest of elements in order to fully capture the essence and life of each subject. A graduate of Chico State with a BA in Art and a CA Teaching Credential, Denise has a very full teaching schedule. As a teacher she find a tremendous amount of inspiration in seeing the way art moves within each student’s unique perspectives! 
Join us May 5th from 5-8pm for our art opening reception, celebrating this incredibly talented artist. We are also thrilled to be offering an Alcohol Ink Workshop with Denise earlier in the day from 9 am – 4 pm. Please swing by, call, or email for more information and to register for this exciting opportunity.

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50th Anniversary Celebration
Jan
6
5:00 PM17:00

50th Anniversary Celebration

Established in 1968 by Gilman and Lucille Snyder, the Highland Art Center is the culmination of a dream to foster culture and creativity in Trinity County.  At the time, Weaverville was a working town with few frills; but the Snyders saw potential for this to become a quaint artistic mountain town.  They believed that by creating a place to gather artists and celebrate their work, they could improve the local community and increase tourism.  They purchased the white farmhouse on Main Street for it's location and historic appeal, then spent the remainder of their lives investing in their dream of establishing it as a cultural center.  Upon their deaths they created the Snyder/Highland Foundation as a way of further supporting the Art Center, and through the careful management of the Board members that Foundation has been able to continue to support the Highland Art Center for 50 years.  Join us as we celebrate what the Highland has been, cast vision for where the Highland is going, and raise a glass to the couple who were pioneers in establishing what is now a thriving cultural framework in our little mountain town.   

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Annual 4th of July Art and Crafts Fair
Jul
4
11:00 AM11:00

Annual 4th of July Art and Crafts Fair

Our Annual 4th of July Art and Crafts Fair is a fun-filled, traditional, American street fair with good food, hand-crafted art and crafts and live entertainment in the Highland Meadow across from the Jake Jackson Historical Museum. Perfectly situated on the south end of downtown Weaverville, the fair is a great place to meet up with friends and family, do a little shopping, and watch the 4th of July Parade.

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