animal imagery in art

Kelly Leal      Amy Granfield
Kelly Leal                                      Amy Granfield

During the months of July and August, Humboldt State University First Street Gallery will present,  Beaux Zoos: Animal Imagery in Art, opening on July  5th.  The exhibition will feature art by six visual artists from California’s North Coast: Amy Granfield, Kelly Leal, Lush Newton, Rachel Schleuter, Naomi Mest and Peggy Loudon.

Lush Newton      Naomi Mest and Peggy Loudon
Lush Newton                                      Naomi Mest & Peggy Loudon

The six artists in this exhibition each use animal imagery with zoological or anatomical subjects covering a broad range artistic sensibilities and approaches. The use of animal imagery by artists reflects the long tradition in art of using such images to express various aspects of cultural, societal and political conditions.  The tenor of the art in this show runs from the sublime to the farcical, from the poetic to the political, stretching across the mediums of painting, drawing, ceramics and sculpture.

Rachel Schlueter
Rachel Schlueter

Beaux Zoos,  will be on exhibition from July 5 through August 10.  A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday July 5th during Eureka’s monthly Arts Alive program.  HSU First Street Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and is located at 422 First Street, Eureka, California.  Admission is free.  Those planning group tours are encouraged to call ahead.  For more information call 707-826-3424.