Vic James

Posted by Joseph Wilhelm, Editor for the UAG, content submitted by the artist, on January 31st, 2014

Diversions

Vic James, aka, Jim McVicker

January 28 – March 7th, 2014

Artist reception: February, 14th  6-8:30pm during Arts! Arcata

Artist Statement:

Diversions is exactly what these paintings are all about. I almost think of them as doodles, letting my mind and hand wander, never knowing what direction I’m going.

I have this alter ego that pops into my head and studio on occasion. I’ve called him Vic James. He is another part of who I am as a painter. I have always loved to push paint around with no rhyme or reason, just the shear pleasure of seeing what the paint does. Thick paint, thin paint, dry and very wet paint all excite my senses. This part of painting carries over into all my work.

I’m more compelled to paint as McVicker; landscapes, portraits, and still-life paintings are more to the heart of who I am, but that’s not all of me and I like that I can explore in other directions. Life is too short and interesting not to.

Each of these paintings begin with palette scrapings spread upon a clean canvas. At some point an image starts to appear and I start to follow and develop the painting in the direction I’m carried. Some of the images are joyful and others dark. The paintings cover many emotions and always feel good to get down on canvas. The titles pop into my head as I look at the finished work.

Jim McVicker, 2014

A reception for the artist is being held Friday, February 14th as part of Arcata’s monthly arts celebration, Arts! Arcata from 6-8:30 pm. The gallery is located at 1063 G Street, Umpqua Bank, Arcata.

Please note: this is the last posting to be made at this web domain. A new website is coming, a preview is here: Upstairs Art Gallery.

David White

Posted by Joseph Wilhelm, Editor for the UAG, content submitted by the artist, on December 9th, 2013

FOOL ME ONCE
David White

December 10 – January 24
Artist reception: Friday December 13,  6:00 pm

Gallery is not open for January Arts! Arcata.


Statement from the Artist:

FOOL ME ONCE…

My friends here are everyday fools.
They are from all walks of life.
And some are not what they seem.

There are students
A few work in a muffler shop
One moves mobile homes
And many are out of work.

Confused by life’s changing rules…
Several have continued down foolish paths
Some have trusted, only to trust too much
Which can lead to being repeatedly fooled.

The deck seems stacked against them
When the large print giveth
And the small print taketh away
It’s easy to be FOOLED TWICE

Bubbles Burst and Dreams Fade
Over and over
Again and Again

A reception for David White is being held Friday, December 13th as part of Arcata’s monthly arts celebration, Arts! Arcata from 6-8:30 pm. The gallery is located at 1063 G Street, Umpqua Bank, Arcata.

Theresa Oats – Here, There and Out There

Posted by Joseph Wilhelm, Editor for the UAG, content submitted by the artist, on November 3rd, 2013

Theresa Oats

Here, There, and Out There

November 4 – December 6
Artist reception: Friday November 8,  6:00 pm



Statement from the Artist:

“This body of work represents all the things I love to paint and that inspire emotion within me. I work from life, out of doors and in my studio. Some of the paintings also represent what subjects inspire in my mind’s eye, and imagination.”

A reception for the artist is being held Friday, November 8th as part of Arcata’s monthly arts celebration, Arts! Arcata from 6-8:30 pm. The gallery is located at 1063 G Street, Umpqua Bank, Arcata.

Augustas Clark

Posted by Joseph Wilhelm, Editor for the UAG, content submitted by the artist, on October 7th, 2013

Augustas Clark

Personality

October 1 – November 1
Artist reception: Friday October 11,  6:00 pm


For the month of October, Augustas Clark is showing acrylic paintings featuring some of his favorite characters.

Clark was born and raised in Humboldt County. He has been drawing and painting all of his life, receiving his Bachelors Degree in Studio Art at UC Santa Cruz. To learn more about Gus check out his website. www.augustusclark.com.

A reception for the artist is being held Friday, October 11th as part of Arcata’s monthly arts celebration, Arts! Arcata from 6-8:30 pm. The gallery is located at 1063 G Street, Umpqua Bank, Arcata.

Amy Uyeki – create/diverge/create

Posted by Joseph Wilhelm, Editor for the UAG, content submitted by the artist, on September 9th, 2013

create/diverge/create

Amy Uyeki

September 3 – 27

Artist reception: Friday September 13,  6:00 pm

Artist Statement:

This recent work is inspired by two different sources, using two different mediums, and on first glance, may look like it has been created by two people, not one.

The Jurgen Book Drawings are a response to the often cryptic and wholly suggestive chapter titles that I found in an old book by James Branch Cabell: Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice, a fantasy novel written in 1919. Immediately intrigued by his fanciful and descriptive titles, I have used them as a prompt for  visual responses, drawing directly on the pages with prismacolor and pen. Over 60 drawings have been created, and often there are several unrelated drawings for the same prompt.

These drawings got their start several years ago, but were put aside until this year when I re-discovered the book and started drawing again. Also lost and found were a few mixed media paintings (oil pastel, Joss paper, and acrylic medium) borne out of creation stories from around the world that I had completed but never exhibited. These stories of how humankind and other creatures came into existence are found in folklore of all cultures, and I have used them as a starting point for my images.

Seeing these paintings again refueled my imagination and the result is a series of seven paintings based on genesis tales from around the globe. I use them as the jumping off place for my paintings, but the work diverges and has a life of its own.

Amy Uyeki

A reception for the artist is being held Friday, September 13th as part of Arcata’s monthly arts celebration, Arts! Arcata from 6-8:30 pm. The gallery is located at 1063 G Street, Umpqua Bank, Arcata.

Lida Penkova – Cultural Adventures

Posted by Joseph Wilhelm, Editor for the UAG, content submitted by the artist, on August 6th, 2013

Lida Penkova

August 6 – 30

Artist reception: Friday August 9,  6:00 pm


Artist Statement:

As many who’ve seen my artwork know, I’m interested in diverse cultures, specifically pre-industrial ones. I paint and carve (linocuts) scenes from everyday life of places in which I’ve lived or traveled. Sometimes places I’ve only read about: their cultural customs, shamanistic traditions, and mythological stories. Sometimes I simply imagine a part of their reality.

My additional inspiration comes from untrained artists and artisans of indigenous cultures: Inuit, Australian aboriginal artists, Mexican bark painters, self-taught, “folk” and “outsider” artists, e.g. William Hawkins, Henri Rousseau, Granma Moses, Indian miniature paintings, Art Brut, etc.

My main goal for this show is to present most of my black & white and hand painted linocuts. Most of them were shown in this area individually, never together. Furthermore, I’m bringing together a broader variety of my artwork: some paintings on canvas and foam board.

Lida Penkova

A reception for the artist is being held Friday, August 9th as part of Arcata’s monthly arts celebration, Arts! Arcata from 6-8:30 pm. The gallery is located at 1063 G Street, Umpqua Bank, Arcata.

Steve Porter – Beaches along the Redwood Highway

Posted by Joseph Wilhelm, Editor for the UAG, content submitted by the artist, on July 7th, 2013

July 2 – August 2, 2013
Artist reception during Arts! Arcata: July 12, 6:00-8:30pm

Artist Statement:

The paintings here are just the consequence of a partially out of control medium, Watercolor.  That’s what I love about it.

I paint fast because I feel it gives the painting a rhythm and effortless feel…. it really isn’t effortless, just looks so.…

Like chess, you have to think fast and several steps ahead of what your moves will be considering quick drying times etc… I have to get this in before that dries.

I also follow where the painting wants to go.  Mistakes can turn into unknown surprises.   How did that happen?  It won’t happen again.

Advice to a new water color painter, this is what I do:

Isolate yourself on a landscape somewhere.

Throw out the tiny brushes.

Detail, if any, is at the end.  When you cook, you don’t put salt and pepper in an empty pan, it’s the last.

Use a simple palate, three or four colors at the most.

Think big shapes.  Don’t worry about it or it will show.

Have fun, think, and then make your move swiftly…

No little tiny nit picking around…

Use your arms.  That is your style.  When someone walks, you see their personality, so put your body into it.

Repeat for 10 years.

- Steve Porter

A reception for the artist is being held Friday, July 12th as part of Arcata’s monthly arts celebration, Arts! Arcata from 6-8:30 pm. The gallery is located at 1063 G Street, Umpqua Bank, Arcata.

Alicia Tredway – A Little Bit of Everything

Posted by Joseph Wilhelm, Editor for the UAG, content submitted by the artist, on June 3rd, 2013

Alicia Tredway

A Little Bit of Everything

showing through June 29

Artist reception: Arts! Arcata, Friday June 14th,  from 6-8:30 p.m.

Statement about the Artist:

Lavish brush work and rich color describe the diverse collection of paintings on Mylar by local artist Alicia Tredway. All new work on Mylar….a surface that retains the look of being freshly painted and never sinks in or changes.

From cozy harbor scenes to cluttered interiors….it’s all here. Her family are frequently the models in her figure work such as “Grandparents” which portray her own son and daughter- in- law and grand-baby in a tender moment. Still lifes are painted in her ample studio using differing light sources and objects she favors. Plein Air painting is on board… weather permitting. Tredway states,”the immediacy and time constraints of this painting type can produce a beautiful lively painting or sometimes a lively disaster!”

You’ll also find Nudes, old cars, and a turkey. A little bit of everything! All invited… don’t miss the show.

- Suk Choo Kim, Gallery Curator

Regina Case – Wild: Beyond the Domestic Images

Posted by Joseph Wilhelm, Editor for the UAG, content submitted by the artist, on May 6th, 2013

Regina Case

Wild: Beyond the Domestic Images

Artist reception: Arts! Arcata, May 10th,  from 6-8:30 p.m.

Regina Case’s paintings are usually warm interiors where the outdoor views of mountains or ocean are equally important. Her new work, showing in May at Upstairs Gallery in Arcata, focuses on similar tranquil domestic spaces, but wolves or other wild species are now part of the story. “My paintings have always been intimately connected to nature,” Case says. “These are rooms I’d want to be in, quiet but filled with life- a book, a dog, with doors looking out on untouched river and ocean expanses. There’s open space to walk in and breezes blow leaves inside. The paintings in this show may still include a reading chair and sleeping dog, but a wolf may meet your gaze, or bear walk through, bringing another level of wild presence into consideration. Paint and light and image interweave the astounding wild planet around us with the quiet personal space of home.”

Regina Case has had solo exhibitions at Robert Allen Fine Art in San Francisco, Convergence Gallery in San Francisco and Santa Fe, and The Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka. Her paintings have been in shows in Palm Desert, Seattle, Philadelphia, and other cities, resulting in their placement in hundreds of national and international collections.

Steve Coppin – Digital Printmaking

Posted by Joseph Wilhelm, Editor for the UAG, content submitted by the artist, on April 4th, 2013

Digital Printmaking

Steve Coppin

Artist reception: Arts! Arcata, April 12th,  from 6-8:30 p.m.

From March 26th through April 26th, the Upstairs Art Gallery is featuring pigment inkjet prints by digital artist Steve Coppin.

Steve Coppin graduated in 1973 from Humboldt State University where his main areas of interest were drawing and printmaking. In the mid seventies, he worked at the Humboldt Cultural Center on 1st Street in Eureka, followed by four years as a letterpress printer in Crescent City. In 1981 and for the next twenty five years, he worked as a freelance illustrator for advertising agencies and design studios in Seattle, Washington. He returned to Eureka in 2005 and is now concentrating on his own imagery and creating limited edition fine art prints.

“I began seeing computers in the offices of art directors in the mid-eighties. A dozen years later in 1997 and after observing the new digital work that artists were creating, I bought my first Macintosh and have never looked back. I am self-taught and don’t consider myself an expert but I have learned how to create the look I want. I try to avoid special filters and other canned effects and rely heavily on the traditional design elements that I learned in school. My images are created entirely on a computer and do not physically exist until they are printed on paper. I do my own printing in-studio with an eight color inkjet printer using archival pigment inks on cotton rag paper. My editions are limited to no more than ten signed and numbered prints of any one image.”

“My favorite artists are those who do the human form well and my current work is mostly figurative, working  from photo reference. My images are of people in everyday situations that we all observe in life. My use of line as a frequent design element is influenced by my own drawing experience and by my appreciation of the line drawings of both traditional and contemporary artists. I try to create interest with composition and color to produce strong graphic images that suggests a mood of quiet contemplation in a clean, minimalist way.

A reception for the artist is being held Friday, April 12th as part of Arcata’s monthly arts celebration, Arts! Arcata from 6-8:30 pm. The gallery is located at 1063 G Street, Umpqua Bank, Arcata.