Regional Holiday Invitational Exhibition
Works by 25 North Coast artists are in the limelight at A Regional Holiday Invitational Exhibition from December 2 through December 23 at Humboldt State University First Street Gallery in Old Town, Eureka.
The gallerys holiday gala showcases diverse styles and mediums: ceramics, sculpture, painting, photography and works on paper.
Of special interest, the invitational exhibition introduces artists who are new to the region, including photographer John Mahony and painter Gwen Thoele.
Also of note, ceramist Peggy Loudon, who is exhibiting pieces made with translucent clay bodies, has been chosen for the second consecutive year in national competition to exhibit in the Smithsonian Institutions prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show, opening next April.
Other artists in the First Street Gallery holiday exhibition are Jacob Bailey, JoAnne Berke, Kathrin Burleson, Regina Case, Augustus Clark, William Cody, Michael Hayes, Cindy Hooper, Paul Husbands, John King, Tom Klapproth, Jim McVicker, Linda Mitchell, James Moore, Ingrid Nickelsen, Terry Oats, Kathy OLeary, Curtis Otto, Stock Schleuter, Suzanne Simpson, Jesse Wiedel and Michael Woods.
Were very excited to bring together these artists, many of them HSU alumni, during this holiday season, says First Street Gallery Director Jack Bentley. This exhibition reminds those of us who live here how fortunate we are to be in a community that is the home of so many wonderful artists.
An opening reception for the Invitational artists will coincide with Arts Alive on Saturday, December 6, from 6-9 p.m.
A Regional Holiday Invitational Exhibition is produced by HSU students enrolled in the Art Museum and Gallery Practices Program, which enables them to participate in the gallerys daily management and show planning. Students gain real life opportunities to develop gallery and museum skills and many go on to careers in the field around the nation.