Art & Environment
The Water's Edge: Paintings and Prints
by Michael Guerriero, Jim McVicker, Kathy O'Leary & Walt Padgett
During the months of April and May, as part of its Art & Environment Exhibition Series, Humboldt State University’s First Street Gallery will present, The Water’s Edge: Paintings and Prints by Michael Guerriero, Jim McVicker, Kathy O’Leary and Walt Padgett, opening on April 5th.
Guerriero, McVicker and O’Leary are all long-term residents of Humboldt County, California and are counted among the finest landscape artists portraying the natural beauty of California’s North Coast. Walt Padgett makes his home with his family in Grants Pass, Oregon where he has worked as an artist and teacher for several decades.
The four artists in this exhibition each convey a sense of place where water meets land in Northern California’s and Southern Oregon’s watersheds, rivers, bays and coasts. The intention of the exhibition is to demonstrate how these landscape artists convey the complexity of these important ecosystems, while also creating high-quality art.
The art made by these four artists is not that of a tourist or casual observer. Elaborately colored and imbued with the humid light specific to Northern California and Southern Oregon, whether expansive or close up, these artists focus on the integrity of the region’s ecology – not as a political issue (although by inference, they warn of its fragility and argue for its maintenance), but as an experience — as their home. To better grasp the power that the North Coast landscape wields over the spirit and imagination of its resident artists, read on to the eloquent statement that artist Kathy O’Leary has prepared for this show.
The Water’s Edge, will be on exhibition from April 5 through May 18. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday April 5th during Eureka’ monthly Arts Alive program. Humboldt State University First Street Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12noon 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.