Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bayside Grange Haiti Fundraiser. Poster by Amy Uyeki

I've decided to donate an art print to this fundraiser and to go and support the event.
I've seen it mentioned in the press, but this poster made by artist friend Amy Uyeki (thank you Amy! Powerful poster!) got me energized.

I called Kate Martin who is collecting the donations - her phone no. is on the poster - and got her email address:

Click on the poster to make it larger and legible.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

wind in my hair - first an earthquake and now El Niño!

Felt motivated to update our emergency box. Got it after the 7.2, 6.7, 6.2 quakes in 1992.
Guess when we last checked it? Yes, 1992. Embarrassing! Unpacked our son's clothes and hugged them. They were for the slender 9 year old we had then. Gordon's were too large, he has shed 30 lbs.
The cans with poptops had completely disintegrated. And, technology has improved: we don't need batteries for anything. They had also erupted! Crank and solar radio, and flashlight.
And modern spacefabric clothes - so much lighter and better. So there it sits, yellow and bold ready for whatever nature hands us.

Right now we are in the middle of a series of rain and windstorms that could cause flooding, power outages and cut us off from the rest of the world.

Here a couple of selfportraits of wind in my hair

Saturday, January 16, 2010

In the printing lab at the Ink People

Here are photos of Crescent and Susan, members of Patricia Sennott's monotype class, working with the hefty press, that cannot be moved out of the lab. ( too bulky, too heavy) Nor can it be used there, since the building is "red tagged" - unsafe to be in after the earthquake.

Moore about the Ink People status, and how you can help.

The Ink People Sets Up Temporary Administrative Location

Many Arts and Cultural Programs Still Need Space To Operate

January 14, 2010 – After 22 years in Eureka’s Muni building, earthquake damage has forced The Ink People Center For The Arts (TIP) to relocate temporarily to Suites 36-39 of the Carson Building at 517 3rd St. in Old Town Eureka. This space will accommodate administrative functions, the after school MARZ program, and a small number of classes and meetings, though many TIP programs still need new work space.

TIP is requesting community assistance locating suitable facilities for the following: The Humboldt Handweavers Guild, The Printmakers Studio, Life Drawing Class, Placebo, Rural Burl Mural Bureau, and the Animation Lab. Also needed are a photography dark room, artist studio space, and a display gallery, in addition to several desks, file cabinets, bookcases, and a couch.

Inquiries and offers of assistance can be made via Monetary donations can be made online at or via snail mail to TIP’s new temporary location in the Carson Building. TIP has no budget for rent or utilities since these have been provided free for many years by the City of Eureka to its designated art agency.

TIP has been an art and cultural hub in Humboldt County since 1979 and runs mostly on volunteer energy and donations. TIP Executive Director Libby Maynard thanked the Northern California Indian Development Council for providing the new location, and Charlotte McDonald of Eureka Main Street for earlier temporary office space as well as networking and community outreach assistance.

Damage to the Muni Building appears limited to the area used by TIP, but may involve asbestos and toxic lead paint. The City of Eureka does intend to fix the space, although with a current repair estimate of $500,000 the time frame for TIP returning home is uncertain.

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Tanya Nordberg
Programs Manager
The Ink People Center for the Arts

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Eureka Earthquake damage: update on Ink People status, from Libby Maynard

"Thank you so much, Iris. Tanya was thrilled to hear her postings were well appreciated. It doesn't look good at this moment, but things are changing moment by moment, for Perta's class. The press is just too big to move.

The inspectors are assuming asbestos in the fallen plaster and think a concrete wall shifted. We have found a temp home in the Carson Block Building, 517 3rd St., Ste 36, Eureka, CA 95501, thanks to the generosity of the Northern Calif Indian Development Center.

We are definitely not going to waste this crisis."

She's thanking me for offering to make a donation. Now I know where to send it.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

6.5 earthquake hits the North Coast, what happened to our art galleries?

The first report came from Jack Bentley at HSU’s First Street Gallery:

"Hello All -

I did an inspection of the gallery last night after the quake. The gallery, and its storage areas fared well with minor plaster damage to the ceiling at the drywall joints . The building was seismically retrofitted before we moved in in 1998; and it looks like the upgrade did its job. There are reports that other buildings in Old Town, which were not retrofitted, have sustained significant damage.

All the artwork was safe, undamaged and in place as we had installed it. This is a testament to the professional standards that our students and gallery assistants employ in their earthquake-proofing installation practices. So you artists who have work at the gallery, especially you ceramists, can rest assured that your work is safe.

Thank you interns and assistants for your excellent work!"

Note: my paintings are still there, as they have been held over to a new group show featuring animals in art during February. I am impressed that the clay sculpture was intact. Have to learn about their practices.

Note: Dolores Vellutini who owns the Janssen Building that houses the First Street Gallery, hired architect John Ash to do the seismic retrofit - and they became a couple. He must have done a good job on more than one front.

Next I heard from Tanya Nordberg of the Ink People, on Facebook, that the Municipal Auditorium that houses The Ink People for the Arts (where I have spend every Friday afternoon, making monotypes for a year now) was badly damaged
and "red tagged" that is, nobody has access to it, except guys in hazmat suits inspecting the cracks.

Note: we were in Old Town during the quake and it was terrifying. On the way home I found that Facebook had very current information, generated by numerous plugged in friends. Having an iPhone turned out to be useful. Our home did not show any evidence of the quake - well, just a few paintings askew.

Yesterday I emailed Jemima Harr at the Morris Graves Museum for the Arts, a building that was retrofitted, and it did well. I also heard from Sue Natzler at Piante that all is fine at that gallery, and so is the Accident Gallery. ( information about other art venues is welcome. How did galleries in Ferndale do?)

Ran into Cynthia Hooper at the COOP who said CR's Art building was not damaged, but a kiln had fallen down and broken, but that the students are planning to repair it themselves!

The Arcata Artisans had no problems, not even any broken items, and at the Upstairs Gallery in the Umpqua Bank, the paintings had already been straightened by the staff. Arcata was much less impacted than Eureka.

See if you can give the Ink People your support. They will need temporary housing for all their numerous art incubator programs. And money. Contact Libby Maynard:
TIP is a very important part of our art infrastructure!