Eclectic Exhibitions – Times-Standard

The arts are alive at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, 636 F St., Eureka.

The museum — which hosts an Arts Alive! reception Saturday 6-9pm — features several exhibitions this month, including:

• “Erin Lee Gafill: California Atmosphere”, opening Saturday and until July 24.

In a series of abstract landscape works, the Big Sur artist explores the interplay of land, sea and sky on California’s northern coast. Instead of representing what is seen and observed, these paintings are a respectful response to the transcendent grandeur of the environment.

This piece is part of “Erin Lee Gafill: California Atmosphere,” a new upcoming exhibit at the Morris Graves Museum of Art. (Submitted)

The work includes small observed studies painted on location and oversized studio works responding to this observed work – a call and response of visual and spiritual inspiration.

Along with original artwork by Gafill, this exhibition will include a contextual installation of historic artifacts and original artwork from the artist’s journey.

• “Cloud Vessel Kit Davenport: New Sculpture and Drawing” until June 26th. The artist Arcata presents sculptures and works on paper that she has been creating since 2019.

Davenport’s modest-scale sculptures, made mostly of ceramic (with epoxy medium, wood, and paint), combine forms that hint at both human artifacts (often a cup or bowl) and biological or physical processes and structures. Layered, eroded color and simple geometric imagery on surfaces introduce an element of time as well as a conversation between surface and form.

• “Jim McVicker: Recent Landscape Paintings from Humboldt County”, open Saturday through July 24.

In December 2021, after seeing works by other gouache painters, McVicker decided to give them a try.

“Over the past 20 years,” he said, “I’ve worked intermittently with watercolors, so I was eager to try another water-based medium. From the first paint I made with gouache, I felt a very strong connection with the medium.

“The watercolor took a lot of patience in order to keep the paper white for the lights, but the gouache being opaque allowed me to approach the work as I do with oils, but it has a completely different feel” , McVicker said. “Immediately I was in love and jumped head first out of many places I have painted oils over the years and seeing everything as new, fresh and exciting, full of discoveries with a new medium .”

The Morris Graves Museum of Art is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for seniors (65+), military veterans and students with ID; and free for children 17 and under, families with an EBT card and valid ID, and museum members. Admission is free for everyone during Arts Alive! Masks are recommended inside the Morris Graves Museum of Art.

Julia P. Cluff